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October 17, 2017 


Ada Lovelace Day Honors the World's First Computer Programmer
On Tuesday, October 10, take a few moments to honor Lady Ada Lovelace, an early Victorian mathematician hailed as the world’s first computer programmer.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Our House Celebrates Two Years
Hosting an open house on Sept., 13, Our House, a program under the umbrella of Connections for the Homeless, celebrated two years of productive and successful operations.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Walmart Helps Meals at Home
In recognition of September as Hunger Action Month, Meals at Home celebrated a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation at a check presentation ceremony Sept. 18. The grant will help further Evanston-based Meals at Home’s mission of delivering nutritious meals and providing supportive services to the homebound, elderly, disabled and others temporarily unable to care for their nutritional needs.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A RoundTable Take on Punctuation Day
National Punctuation Day, Sept. 24, never stood a chance of making headlines amid Trump tweets, Russian hacks, and cat-5-force hurricanes. A catastrophe beats a comma for reader appeal every time.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
What I've Learned: The Particular Peculiarities of Evanston's Readers
Itd been two years since I started as Evanston Public Library’s Collection Development Manager and I think I’m finally beginning to get a handle on what makes Evanston different from other communities around the country. Sometimes the things you learn about your new hometown are instantly obvious. Sometimes the quirks come up at the most unlikely of moments.  Here then is a quick rundown of three of the most interesting things I’ve learned about the people who walk through our doors every day.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
'The Stars Are Fire'
"The Stars Are Fire" by Anita Shreve is a novel set in Maine during a real-life disaster in 1947 where more than 200,000 acres of massive fires burned out of control for 10 days from Bar Harbor to Kittery.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
EPL's Third Annual Storytelling Festival
The rich art of storytelling returns to multiple venues in Evanston with the third annual Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival the weekend of Oct. 6-8.  Five nationally known storytellers will entertain audiences with true and imaginative tales during this free event that is open to all.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Nominated For 11 Black Theater Alliance Awards
Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre (FJT) has received 11 nominations for the 23rd annual Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
2017 Heinz Award Winner Natasha Trethewey
Poet Natasha Trethewey, who joined Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences as a Board of Trustees Professor of English on Sept. 1, has been selected by the Heinz Family Foundation to receive the 22nd Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
ESO Opening Season With Beethoven's 7th
The Evanston Syymphony Orchestra will open its 72nd season – titled "Music from Many Lands" – at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Farmers' Market Gets Cooking at Annual Truck to Table Event
Things heated up at the Evanston Farmers’ Market Truck to Table benefit on Sept. 23. With temperatures reaching into the 90s, it felt more like a summer barbecue than a harvest celebration.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Fear Mingled With Hope: Attorney Presents Infosession for DREAMers and Their Families
Immigrants’ rights organizations, pro bono attorneys, and community centers all over the country have been working overtime to help eligible DACA holders file for the renewal.  Of the 42,400 DACA holders in Illinois, approximately 11,000 had to renew their documents by the filing deadline of Oct. 5.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Rep. Schakowsky Tells Story of Her Path to Leadership at 178th Birthday Party for Frances E. Willard
Despite record-setting heat on Sept. 24, more than a hundred people showed up on the front lawn of the Willard House Museum, 1728-30 Chicago Ave., to celebrate the 178th birthday of local temperance and suffrage leader Frances E. Willard (1839 -98).
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Foundation Invests $10 Million to Double Impact of Successful Children's Mental Health Initiative
The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) announced a $10 million initiative today to expand its Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) to four new Illinois communities.
Monday, October 2, 2017
OSP 'Peacemakers' Empowers Children To Overcome Violence and Trauma
Evanston’s arts and social service organization, Open Studio Project (OSP), will hold a special event – "Peacemakers"– to celebrate International Day of Peace, Sept. 22 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in its studio at 901 Sherman Ave.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Joe "Butch" Martin Fund Celebrates 10 Years, Honors Three with Real M.M.E.N. Awards
Three generations of Joe Martin’s family were among those who celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Joe "Butch" Martin (JBM) fund on Sept. 9 in the Terrace at Evanston Township High School. Each year since 2008, the memorial fund has presented Real M.M.E.N. (Men Meeting Evanston’s Needs) awards to African American males who reflect Mr. Martin’s philosophy of sharing whatever he had with those in need.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Mix, Mingle, and Mash It Up!
A lifelong Evanstonian who has achieved many firsts while serving the community and a partnership that epitomizes the spirit of successful collaboration were honored at the 2017 Evanston MashUp, which took place on Sept. 12
at Northwestern University.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The Painting That Is Not a Painting
When you come up the steps of the Main Library here in Evanston, proceed
to the third floor and then turn to your immediate left. There, on the wall, rests a lovely painting by French academic painter William Adolph Bouguereau called "At the Fountain." In it, an older sister
tips a jug of water towards her younger sister’s mouth. The scene is a rather idyllic image, done in the French realist style of the late 1800s.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
'Bacchanalia,' a Spirited Benefit With Music And Wine
Reprising last year’s successful fundraiser, Evanston-based Bach Week Festival again invites the public to the revels at Bachtoberfest Bacchanalia at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. Proceeds will support the 45th annual Bach Week Festival next spring.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
EPL Highlights Banned Books for Banned Books Week
Evanston Public Library thinks banned books – books that have been removed from a curriculum or library based on the objections of an individual or group – are no cause for celebration.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Block Museum to Present 'Blockbuster' Exhibit on William Blake
Northwestern University’s Block Museum is readying a major exhibit on the English poet and artist William Blake, who died in obscurity in 1827 at the age of 69.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Evanston Author Offers a Fresh Version of the Well Worn Path Through Hell
Peter Thornton said he knew that having a calm mind would be essential to passing his law school exams, so while his classmates at the University of Illinois were frenetically quizzing each other on elements of their first-year courses, he pulled a book from his shelf and began to read. The book was an English-Italian version of Dante Alighieri’s "Inferno."
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A Free Reading Will Lift New Musical 'Blu' off the Page
On Oct. 1, an Evanston audience will have the rare opportunity to see a stage musical before it bursts onto the theater scene.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Fourth Annual Main-Dempster Wine Walk
A warm late summer evening was the perfect setting for the Evanston Charity Wine Walk on Sept 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.  New shops in the area joined neighborhood favorites to offer tastings of domestic and international wine, an array of appetizers, and a chance to take advantage of special “Wine Walk” discounts. 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Streets Alive
In strollers, on scooters and bicycles, or just walking, hundreds of people of every age took over most of Main Street on Sept. 10 for the annual Streets Alive! event and the Green Living Festival
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
New Name, Larger Focus and Key Merger Announced For the Frances Willard Historical Association
Rest is not part of the exciting plans on the drawing board for Rest Cottage at 1728-30 Chicago Ave., the landmark home of long-time temperance and suffrage leader Frances E. Willard.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Big Fork & Art Festival
Wednesday, September 6, 2017



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