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Summer Vacation Ends in Style At CommUNITY Picnic
Aug. 20 was a perfect summer day – midday heat, occasional clouds and just the hint of fall – to end Evanston’s love affair with summer.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center Celebrates Five Years
On Aug. 15, the Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center welcomed U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky and other elected and public officials and guests to celebrate its first five years in Evanston/Skokie and to discuss future challenges and strategies in providing affordable and accessible healthcare.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Evanston to be Home of New Center for Women's History and Leadership
On Aug. 13, members of the Frances Willard Historical Association (FWHA) voted to re-incorporate as a new non-profit organization, The Center for Women’s History and Leadership.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
DCE Student Participates in Prestigious Ballet Competition
Dance Center Evanston student Olivia Mitchell represented the Cecchetti Council of America in the Senior Division of the 2017 Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition held in Florence, Italy, earlier this summer.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Evanstonian Wins State Spelling Bee
The Levy Senior Center congratulates Evanstonian Lewis Koppel for winning the State of Illinois Senior Spelling Bee held at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Aug. 14. Top senior spellers in the state competed for the State Championship as part of Senior Citizen’s Day celebrations at the fair. The competition was hosted by the Department on Aging.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Evanston Resident Wins Sixth North American Bridge Title
Brian Platnick of Evanston claimed victory in the Spingold Trophy Replica event at the Summer North American Bridge Championships (NABC) held in Toronto, Canada, from July 20 to 30.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Muse of Fire's 'Pericles' Freshens Up Shakespeare's Unlikely Adventure Tale
After a 20-year career, Shakespeare was the most popular playwright in the country, celebrated for witty romantic comedies, soul-searching tragedies, and the rich lyricism of his “sugared sonnets.” After the success of “Othello,” “Macbeth,” and “King Lear,” Shakespeare obliged the new taste for nostalgia, old-fashioned fables and medieval romances by offering  a new form now called the “romances” – “Pericles,” “Cymbeline,” “The Winter’s Tale” and “The Tempest.”
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill'
Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre has had a triumphant summer, garnering 11 nominations for Black Theatre Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards for its productions of “Yellowman” and “Sweet.”
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Literary news you can use from Evanston Public Library's blog The Book Bird Fun With Solar Eclipses
Library book displays are a struggle. A real hassle, honestly. You want to make them interesting, highlight books in your collection that don’t go out enough, while at the same time having enough books to replace those that are checked out.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
'Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives'
As a reporter who did not grow up amidst America’s gun culture but who is a member of the race that suffers the most from gun violence here, reporter Gary Younge asks some hard questions that other reporters duck: Why are the deaths of poor or minority children all but ignored by society – as the 10 profiled in the book?
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Evanston Skywatchers Vanish Briefly in Missouri's Eclipse Totality
Back in mid-July, a model globe sat on a shelf in my home in Evanston, a few feet from a floor lamp. A fly calmly buzzed the room at night, casting a small shadow. For a moment it buzzed within a couple inches of the globe. Briefly I saw its little shadow dance on the map of North America. Call it “foreshadowing.”
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
FAAM Celebrates 50 Years
The Fellowship of African American Men (FAAM) Youth Basketball League is celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
At Interfaith Service of Lament and Hope, Many Decry Violence and Hatred, and Some Even President Trump
Even by 6 p.m. – an hour before the Interfaith Service of Lament and Hope was to start – people began to gather at Second Baptist Church. By the time Minister Sharon Weeks, 3rd Vice President of the Evanston NAACP, began her welcome, the sanctuary was more than packed, with people sitting on the floor in front of the pulpit and standing in the back.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Look Up Day at the Library
The great solar eclipse of 2017 was the inspiration for the community party at the Main Branch of the Evanston Public Library on Aug. 21. A crowd estimated at more than 500 – toddlers and teens to seniors – shared in the anticipation...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Fostering Dance From Within
In September, Foster Dance Studios will celebrate its sixth anniversary with the launch of a new fall dance program. The Studios’ approach to education offers youth a nurturing environment to explore their artistic interests. The studio’s fall program will feature diverse dance programs taught by award-winning instructors for youth of all ages and ability levels.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Carolyn Shapiro: A Lawyer's Path
Evanston resident Carolyn Shapiro says she did not think she would become a law professor, much less practice law. “I thought I was going to do policy work, but I really loved law and law school,” she said. “When I go to reunions with my classmates, they always tease me when I say that I didn’t know I was going to be a law professor. They roll their eyes and say ’Well, we did!’”
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Block Exhibit Inspires 'Black Lives Matter' Quilt
Evanston artist Melissa Blount said she was long drawn to the work of Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers, African American women who, dating back to the early 20th century, have been making quilt masterpieces in a small, remote black community in Alabama, where most residents are descendants of slaves.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Literary news you can use from Evanston Public Library's blog The Book Bird Readalikes for the Discerning Reader
How many times has this happened to you? You hear about a pretty awesome sounding book. You go to the library to see if it is in. It’s not (naturally). You decide to place a hold on the item.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
'True Colors: Evanston Through Our Eyes'
Written as an Evanston Township Hight School Senior Studies project, “True Colors: Evanston Through Our Eyes” by Shama Kipfer-Tessler, pro-vides a window into the disparities that seniors in high school experience here.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
At the Summer Showcase, The Star Was Y.O.U.
Eight weeks of summer learning by more than 600 middle-school students were distilled in performances, demonstrations and descriptions at Y.O.U.’s annual Summer Showcase, held this year on July 27 at the Levy Center.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Partnership in Education & Service 10th Anniversary
Partnerships In Education & Service (PIE’s) is a national not-for-profit group whose volunteers help open schools the hardest hit by economic or natural disasters. PIEs, many of whose members are from Evanston, has been working in New Orleans, La. (NOLA) schools since first coming in August 2007 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Parent Day Out Closes After 22 Years
On Aug. 4, Karen Cohen Dinelli loaded up a truck and closed the door to Parent Day Out (PDO) for the final time. For more than 22 years, Ms. Dinelli served as the director of the parent-run, cooperative playschool for children ages 2 to 5.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Cricket Club Celebrates Jamaican Independence
More than 700 people gathered at James Park on Aug. 6 to celebrate Jamaica’s independence at the annual Friends & Family Day event hosted by the Evanston Cricket Club.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Homeless in Evanston: Getting Through This Thing Called Life
He admits that he smells of alcohol all day, and if he stopped drinking, he would get the shakes. At night, when he sleeps outside, he is afraid when he hears the sound of gun shots or people arguing.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
'Stealing the Show' at Levy Center
Dr. Miriam Petty, Assistant Professor in Northwestern University’s School of Communication, Department of Radio/Television/Film, talked to a capacity crowd at the Levy Senior Center on June 13 as part of the Levy Lecture Series.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Be Realty opens on Washington Street
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
New Executive Director at Actors Gym
The Actors Gymnasium Artistic Director Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi and Board of Directors announced the appointment of Murphy Monroe as the organization's new Executive Director, effective June 16.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Fidelity Investments Opens in Evanston
Fidelity Investments announced the opening of its new investor center in Evanston. Located at 808 Church St. #17, the new office is a state-of-the-art facility that provides area investors with greater access to investment guidance, as well as Fidelity’s broad array of products and services. Fidelity now has over 195 investor centers around the country.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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