Hear an update on fair trade from the headquarters of the oldest and largest fair trade company in the United States at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Piccolo Theatre in Evanston. 

Ron Hershey, contract store division manager for Ten Thousand Villages U.S., will speak at the public annual meeting of Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston. He also discuss the future of the more than 70 nonprofit, fair trade stores in the Villages U.S. network. 

Ryen Dwyer, an assistant manager of the Evanston store, currently on a Villages U.S. Learning Tour in Laos and Cambodia, also will speak. He will share stories and photos of artisans he met. 

Doug Horst, manager, and Joe Zurawski, chairman of the board of directors, will report briefly on the state of the Evanston store. 

Piccolo Theatre is in the alley between the Main Street CTA and Metra stations. Enter the alley from either Main or Washington street. 

The Ten Thousand Villages is based in Akron, Pa. Its mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to North American markets through long-term fair trading relationships.”