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Arts Week Evanston kicks off its annual ten-day celebration of the arts at 6 p.m. on Oct 10 with a free family event at Fountain Square. Among the artists performing on opening night are the Dolphin Show Singers, the Music Institute of Chicago’s Children’s Choir and puppeteer Michael Montenegro. On Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., artists and organizations will host a free open house at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, showcasing arts-related activities on three-floors, including demonstrations in silkscreening and printmaking.

On Oct. 19, at 3 p.m., the Dance Showcase will present local amateur and professional dancers at the Levy Center. Other art events and activities will be available throughout the week. A complete schedule of events is available at www.cityofevanston.org/artweeek.

The Evanston Art Center will host an exhibition Oct. 5-Nov. 9, featuring artists responding creatively and practically to environmental challenges. The First Evanston Art Walk will feature art work by Evanston and other Illinois artists in more than 40 retail shops along Central Street during October. The winning photographs in the Faces of Evanston photo contest will be on display this month at First Bank & Trust, 820 Church St. The RoundTable‘s Artist Weekend reception will feature the work of Erik Horvitz on Oct. 10-12 at the Frame Warehouse.

Evanston has always prided itself on the fact that, though it adjoins Chicago, it has a vigorous identity of its own. Arts Week, known around the state for its excellence and breadth, is a window on the cultural riches of our town. It is a chance for the public to sample art in its various forms – dance, visual arts, music – and an invitation to come back later for more.

Inundated with information about environmental degradation – and swamped with suggestions on how to live responsibly some conscientious citizens these days are drowning in “green guilt.” This weekend those who are interested in making changes but not sure where to start will find practical suggestions just a walk or a bike ride away from home.

Evanston’s second annual green living festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Evanston Ecology Center. The festival offers strategies and “how to” tips on reducing one’s carbon footprint, including lectures on buying local first, green remodeling and design, and using solar power for the home as well as advice for parents on earth-friendly living for kids. Children’s activities and crafts will be available. Local vendors will explain their environmental services and products, from nontoxic cleaning supplies to organic lawn care. The festival will also feature demonstrations of composting, rain barrels, organic gardening, bio-fuel and I-Go cars, as well as Northwestern University’s solar car.

Stop by and take advantage of a lineup of experts whose practical advice is intended to help attendees implement earth-friendly practices and move Evanston toward the goals of the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.

The festival is hosted by the Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston. For more information visit www.cityofevanston.org.