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December 15, 2017 


Sew Much to Like at Simple Grace
Simple Grace Design slipped into the storefront at 1937 Central St. a little more than two months ago with little fanfare. The place formerly occupied by George Ritzlin Antique Maps & Prints has a different vibe these days, what with the hum and whir of an octet of shiny new sewing machines and the companionable conversation of classmates learning how to use them.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tinkering with Torpedoes How Hedy Lamarr's WWII Invention Led to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
What do Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, and James Stewart have in common? They all starred in movies with a clever Austrian immigrant named Hedwig Kiesler, who designed and patented a “Secret Communication System” to ensure that World War II Allied torpedoes hit their targets without interference from the enemy. Today, we use concepts from Kiesler’s design in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and cellular technologies.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
100 Years of White Gloves Raises Funds for North End Mothers' Club
Since 1917, Evanston middle-school students have donned white gloves and suit coats to learn the latest dance moves at the North End Mothers’ Club (NEMC) Fortnightly dance classes.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Hanging Around
The two-foot branch pictured here gives a new meaning to “wired.”  Entangled in electric wires, it’s still hanging around some three years after the giant elm tree it was lopped off of was cut down to the ground behind the garage at 1103 Grant St.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Mayor Hagerty Joins Mayors in Signing Chicago Climate Charter
On Dec. 5 Mayor Steve Hagerty joined municipal leaders from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico in signing the Chicago Climate Charter, a first-of-its-kind international charter on climate change.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
With a Proper Headstone, a Family's Unease is Put to Rest
On July 17, 1887, the temperature reached 95 degrees. Redmond Lyons, an Irish immigrant was working in Chicago’s swelter. He had come to the United States to find work, since jobs were becoming scarce in Ireland.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
North End Mothers' Club Supports ESCCA
The North End Mothers’ Club (NEMC) held two coat drives in November, collecting nore than 40 bags of clothing for the Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association (ESCCA).
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
'A Tribute to Nonviolence'
More than 75 people attended “A Tribute to Nonviolence” at the Evanston Art Center in October, a benefit celebrating the first anniversary of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Raising Money For Ontulili Literacy Project
Gene Kannenberg Jr. (left) and Karen Kring present funds to Florence Mugambi, Project Director of the Ontulili Literacy Project, toward building a library in Ms. Mugambi’s home village in Kenya. The event took place at Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Justin Wynn Fund Holds Annual Food Drive
On Nov. 13, more than 60 youth in grades 5-12 from the Justin Wynn Fund leadership program gathered in Kingsley School’s gym to sort and bag food that they had collected from their neighbors as part of the organization’s 10th annual November Food Drive. 
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Serves Up a Homemade Thanksgiving Feast
Nearly every Wednesday evening, the Soup Kitchen at Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 Dempster St., serves some 100 guests in need of a hot meal. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is always a Soup Kitchen night, and for the last five years one man – with the support of his family and a cadre of returning volunteers – “owns” the Soup Kitchen.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Speaker Highlights Chicago's Love Affair with Marshall Field's
On Nov. 14, speaker and author Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., tantalized a crowded room at the Levy Senior Center with her presentation “Remembering Marshall Field’s.” A historian and fan of all things related to Marshall Field and Company, Dr. Goddard told the story of how the store was founded and shared historical photographs in a slide presentation.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Holiday Staff Picks From Your Friendly Local Librarians
Literary news you can use from Evanston Public Library’s blog The Book Bird
Holiday Staff Picks From Your Friendly Local Librarians
If the people who work at Evanston Public Library know one thing, it’s how to recommend a book. Now I’m sure you’ve all already seen EPL’s magnificent 101 Great Books for Children list, released last month.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Kweku Collins' Homecoming
When Kweku (Kway-Koo) Collins first grabbed the microphone, he could not help but smile. He stared into a familiar crowd of old high schools friends, former schoolteachers, his parents, and various mentors, all of them fans and supporters. The audience listened to music by the Evanston native at a sold-out concert at Evanston Space, 1245 Chicago Ave., on Nov. 25.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Chocolate Artist Turns Beans to Bars in Family Focus Kitchen
Finding Journey Shannon in her workplace is as easy as following one’s nose. The rich aroma of warm chocolate that envelops visitors at the entrance to the Family Focus building is a sure sign Ms. Shannon is downstairs in the kitchen.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Free Community HIV and STI Testing
Howard Brown Center will offer free and confidential testing for HIV and sex-ually transmitted infections from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Peaceable Cities Evanston Holds Event to Discuss and Listen to Stories of Forgiveness and Reconciliation
About 30 community members gathered to listen and talk with Father Robert Oldershaw and Susan Trieschmann about their expertise in restorative justice and vision of a peaceable city. The forum at the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center elicited discussion of preventive measures members of the Evanston community are taking to decrease violence and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders with victims and the community.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Climate Change Honest Dialogue in an Era of Questionable Federal Leadership
More than 400 people attended the 2017 Northwestern Climate Change Symposium, hosted by the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) at the Hilton Orrington Hotel on Nov. 9 and 10. To accommodate high demand for the two-day event, portions of the program were held in adjacent locations, including the Women’s Club of Evanston.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
ESO's Annual Holiday Concert Brings the City Together
Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert, held this year at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, will bring 1,500 people together at the Evanston Township High School Auditorium to celebrate the holidays with music, dance, song – even Santa. With 350 people on stage, it is the North Shore’s biggest indoor show of the year.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Restoration Day at Perkins Woods on Dec.2
Volunteers are invited to Perkins Woods from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2 to remove invasive species that compete with native species for sunlight and space.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Open Call for Aging Well Conference Presentations
The Aging Well Conference Planning Committee has announced an open call for presenters at the 20th Annual Evanston Aging Well Conference from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 4 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
'Way-Down-Home-Funky Blues' at the NAACP Banquet
At the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the NAACP Evanston/North Shore on Nov. 18, Reverend Wendell Anthony of Fellowship Chapel in Detroit entertained and challenged his audience with a sometimes-serious and often biting rendition of the “way-down-home-funky blues” – the political scene in this country in 2017.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
New Fund for the Arts Established at ECF
The Young Evanston Artists Foundation (YEA!) has voted to dissolve the organization and distribute the funds to the Evanston Community Foundation as a way to pay tribute to the legacy of the YEA! Day Festival and honor Harvey Pranian as the Founder and Project Director.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
YWCA Fundraiser Honors a Decade of YWomen
More than 600 people attended YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s YWomen 10th Anniversary Celebration in Deerfield on Nov. 10.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Mark Dennis to Retire as McGaw Y CEO
McGaw YMCA President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Dennis Jr. has announced his retirement. He has been in his role at McGaw Y since April 2014.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
YWCA Wins 2017 Purple Purse Challenge
YWCA Evanston/North Shore raised $556,403 in private donations to win the grand prize of a $100,000 grant through The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
EPL Best Children's Books of 2017 List
Just in time for the holiday season, the Evanston Public Library has announced selection of the 101 Best Books for Kids 2017. This list provides books of mystery, science, poetry, hilarity, sorrow, and more. The books have been chosen by EPL librarians from the thousands published in 2017.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
'The Girl Who Wrote in Silk'
Kelli Estes captures readers immediately with her story, based on actual events that took place on Orcas Island north of Seattlein the late 1800s. It is the story of two strong women faced with hard decisions.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Actors Gymnasium and Lookingglass Theatre Soar in Production of 'Hard Times'
The Actors Gymnasium, whose motto is “Learn to Fly,” has called Evanston home for more than 20 years. Guided by its vision of “a revitalized American theatre; one with performances as thrilling as a rock concert, as mesmerizing as the circus,” Actors Gym teaches circus techniques and performs original plays featuring circus and physical theater, all at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Amanecer Tacos Food Truck Opens Storefront
“We’re now operating both the tiniest food truck in America and the tiniest retail space in Evanston,” Ana Vela, Amanecer Taco Shop owner, said about converting the Amanecer Tacos Smart Car “food truck” to a brick and mortar taco shop in Evanston. 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017


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