An evening of fun activities can be expected on Dec. 31, thanks to First Night Evanston, a non-for-profit charitable organization that aims to foster public appreciation for visual and performing arts through a diverse and quality New Year’s Eve program.  First Night Evanston has scheduled 12 performances taking place at First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St., First Presbyterian Church, 1427 Chicago Ave., and First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1417 Hinman Ave.  First Night Evanston is supported by corporate and individual contributions.

A family-friendly event for all ages will take place at First United Methodist Church from 2 to 4 p.m.   Jason Kollum, a magician, juggler, and stilt-walker will inaugurate the First Night festivities.  That will be followed by “Music by Jeanie B!” Her shows are filled with interactive music, dancing, and sing-alongs for children. The event will also showcase balloon twisting entertainment from Nick Connell and a puppet show and storytelling from Marilyn Price.

A barn dance with Barb Silverman will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church’s Roy Hall.  A gospel performance features the Heirs of Joy Choir and Second Baptist Church’s Gospel Choir in the church’s sanctuary from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The poets of Rhino will host the third annual First Night poetry contest from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the chapel.  Afterward, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will perform from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary.  Comedian Aaron Foster will perform a comedy set in the church’s chapel from 8:30 to 10 p.m.  Then the Cover Girls will perform with their colorful violins from 10 to 11:45 p.m. in Roy Hall.  The R&B group Lynne Jordan and The Shivers will entertain from 10 to 11:45 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary.  There will also be photo booths in the church’s chapel for attendees to take New Year’s Eve photos from 10 to 11:45 p.m.

At the First Congregational United Church of Christ, “mentalist” Christopher Carter will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Mr. Carter is recognized as a great mind-reader and a careful observer of human behavior.  After Mr. Carter’s performance, the ETC.Choir will entertain from 8:30 to 10 p.m.  The last performance at the church will be by Special Consensus bluegrass band from 10 to 11:45 p.m.

            Tickets and information are available at http://firstnightevanston.org/wp/.