Drone's-eye view of the old Robert Crown Center Photo by Steve Lemieux-Jordan

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Good morning, Evanston. It’s March 25, the 85th day of the year. The temperature of Lake Michigan yesterday was 41 degrees at the Chicago crib and 42 at the Chicago shore.

This day in history:

  • 1774, The British Parliament passed the Boston Port Act, which closed the Boston port and demanded that Bostonians pay for the tea dumped into the harbor at the Boston Tea Party, on Dec. 16 of the previous year.
  • 1911, The Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City killed 146 workers – mostly teenaged women who did not speak English.
  • 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march in Chicago of 5,000 protestors against the Vietnam War.

The City and the community are pulling together to help us all get through this scary and surreal new phase of Life in Evanston.

The new Robert Crown Library is command center for the Covid-19 Task Force, composed of the Mayor, two aldermen, the Interim City Manager and other City employees, plus representatives from the fire and police departments, Evanston Township High School, School District 65.

Next door, the old Robert Crown Center is subsiding into memory, as deconstruction of the inside and demolition of the have begun. Thanks to photographer, videographer and consummate volunteer Steve Lemieux-Jordan, we have a drone’s-eye view of the progress.

Even though playgrounds are closed, there are still walking and biking trails along the lake and the canal.

Monday’s shortage of free breakfasts and lunches may be resolved soon. Youth ages 1-18 were supposed to be able to pick up five days of breakfasts and lunches on that day, but the supply fell short of the need. More meals will be available today for those who did not receive their food on Monday.

Neighbors are finding ways to communicate with each other without devices but within the parameters of social distancing. There was a singalong from the lawn in one neighborhood; another group formed “six at six” – gathering outside at 6 p.m. within six feet of each other.

The City has organized “an uplifting social media campaign” on the Evanston Parks & Recreation Facebook page. Also on FB, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre Workshop have a series “Stay Creative.” Check out the sidebar to this story for details of each.

Streets in commercial areas are deserted, and many businesses are shuttered or have signs noting temporary closures. People out walking cross the street or hover at the edge of the trail when they see others, but they still wave or smile, though few actually speak.

Got a photo of Life in Evanston? Send it to us at editor@evanstonroundtable.com. Let us know how you’re getting through.

Stay Active, Stay Creative While You Stay Home

Here are the schedules for free remote programming at the Levy Center and the Fleetwood-Jourdain/Piven Theatre collaboration:

Levy Center Schedule March 25-28  

Wednesday, March 25 – Cardio, Strength & Stretch, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Marla Lampert Meeting ID: 837347 Password: 556-982-090 Click here to join

Thursday, March 26 – Gentle Chair Yoga, 10 to 11 a.m. Instructor: Shauna Babcock Meeting ID: 52428 Password: 978-173-792 Click here to join

Thursday, March 26 – Zumba, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Instructor: Suzanne Hock Meeting ID: 670884 Password: 185-096-623 Click here to join

Friday, March 27 – Zumba Gold Toning, 10 to 11 a.m. Instructor: Suzanne Hock Meeting ID: 2384222 Password: 245-998-338 Click here to join

Saturday, March 28 – Yoga to Heal, 9 to 10 a.m. Instructor: Shauna Babcock Meeting ID: 748968 Password: 580-839-645 Click here to join

Additional activities will be shared on Evanston Parks & Recreation’s Facebook.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre Workshop Weekly Schedule

Mondays 8 a.m. – Morning Movers/Beginning Ballet with Kara Roseborough Noon  – A Journey Through Black Theatre History, Professor Bria Walker

Tuesdays 8 a.m. – Morning Movers/Family Theatre Games with Piven Theatre  Noon  – Black Poets Then & Now with Kara Roseborough

Wednesdays 8 a.m. – Morning Movers/Beginning Modern Dance with Kara Roseborough Noon  – A Journey Through Black Theatre History with Professor Walker 6 p.m. – Special Guest Artist Series

Thursdays 8 a.m. – Morning Movers/Beginning Acting Technique with Piven Theatre  Noon  – Black Poets Then & Now with Kara Roseborough

Fridays 8 a.m. – Friday Freestyle/The Family Weekend Challenge/Happy Birthday 

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...