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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
Erie Family Health Center Honored as One of 2017 Top Workplaces
For the fifth time, Erie Family Health Center has been recognized as one of the Chicago area’s most dynamic and supportive local businesses as part of the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2017.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Victims of Sex Trafficking
She may look like any other teenager, but if she slides up her pant leg she reveals a tattoo covering her thigh that reads, “Daddy’s Little B—h.” She is far from most women her age, but she may be living right in the neighborhood as a sex worker. This is not a woman who has freely chosen this life; she is a victim of sex trafficking.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Comparing Apples to Apples at North Shore Cider Company
Of all the apples grown in the United States, some of the most difficult to find are those that lend themselves to the production of hard cider, according to Chris Collins, proprietor of North Shore Cider Company, which opened this year at 707 Howard St.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Fleetwood Jourdain's YSTEP Theater Program Connects Youth and Older Adults
This fall Fleetwood Youth & Senior Theater Ensemble Project (YSTEP) is celebrating its seventh year of bringing young people and older adults together for a collaborative storytelling and theater experience.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 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
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
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


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