Evanston150’s Steering Committee and the Celebrate!2013 Working Group held a reception for sponsors and volunteers last week at the Evanston History Center. Lori Osborne of Celebrate!2013 explained the difference between Evanston 150 and Celebrate!2013: Evanston 150 sought ideas from residents and winnowed them down to 10 that would be started this year and would make a long-term difference in the community.

Ten committees are working on those ideas under these names: A Market for All Seasons, Evanston Teen Center, Edible Evanston, Green and Clean, Water Water Everywhere, Little and Learning, Here’s to Health, The More You Know, Learn to Work and Walk ‘N’ Roll.

Celebrate!2013 is a movement to celebrate Evanston’s sesquicentennial year by engaging the community “in this historic moment” by celebrating and volunteering. The goal is to log 150,000 hours – about two hours per resident – of community service by the end of the year. The score now is 72,566, Ms. Osborne said.

The treat of the evening was an announcement from Gary Silbar of Andy’s Frozen Custard, the lead sponsor of Evanston150: To celebrate Evanston’s sesquicentennial Andy’s will offer the “Evanston 150,” sold only at the Church Street shop. The Evanston150 combines Andy’s vanilla custard, fresh strawberries, pretzels and a peanut butter jackhammer (peanut butter inserted into the center of the treat) – “as close as you can get to a PBJ,” said Mr. Silber. A portion of the proceeds of all Evanston150’s sold during the year will be earmarked for Evanston150’s 10 big idea projects in care of the Evanston Community Foundation, he added.