Greg Lisinski of American Legion Post 43 emceed the Memorial Day celebration at Fountain Square last year. Credit: RoundTable photo

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Happy Memorial Day!

It’s been a rough week. The heartbreaking tragedies out of Buffalo and Uvalde,Texas have made it nearly impossible to go on as usual, but here we are…again. I plan to take this long weekend to slow down a bit and spend some quality time with my people. The beaches are officially open this Saturday and they are FREE to all Evanston residents this year! So, grab your tokens and a beach towel, leave your phone at home and get some sand between your toes.

American Legion Post 42 Memorial Day Ceremony
Honor America’s fallen heroes with nondenominational reflections, singing and remarks by elected officials and leaders of local veterans groups at Fountain Square.
Monday, 10 a.m.

Ask a Master Gardener at the Evanston Public Library
Got gardening questions? Master gardeners from UIC will be available to answer your questions in the Robert Crown Community Center lobby.
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Beaches open for the season May 28
Pick up your free passes with proof of residency (60201 & 60202) from the Robert Crown Community Center, Levy Senior Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Ecology Center and Chandler-Newberger Community Center during their office hours.

Chicago Ballet Arts celebrates 35 years with anniversary concert 
Support Evanston’s Chicago Ballet Arts and watch students from the pre-professional division perform to the music of Bruch, Corelli, Haydn, Strauss,Tchaikovsky and more at the Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture, 2936 N. Southport Ave, Chicago.
Sunday, 3 p.m.

Farmers’ Market Downtown Evanston
See what’s growing at the Farmers’ Market in the parking lot at University Avenue and Oak Street ( behind Hilton Garden Inn).
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m

Jamie Lou Thome Fundraising Exhibition
The ‘Everything Must Go!’ fundraising exhibit features work by Evanston artist Jamie Lou Thome at 1100 Florence, a former polish meat shop turned art event space. Proceeds will be donated to Artists Book House and Evanston Made.
Friday, 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, noon – 5 p.m.

Mini Movie Marathon at Robert Crown Branch Library
Drop-in for family friendly movies every fourth Friday of the month at Robert Crown EPL Branch.
Friday, 2-6 p.m.

Mudlark Theater presents I’m Smiling Beneath This Mask
In this free, outdoor performance the young actors have drawn on their experiences living through the pandemic, acknowledging the pain, humor, and occasional joy that arises in times of upheaval. Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m.

Sacred Spaces: The Works of David D’Arcy
This is the last weekend to view the work of Evanston landscape artist David D’Arcy in the Northminster Presbyterian Church Tower Gallery, 2515 Central Park Ave.
Sunday, 1-3

For more events check out the RoundTable Calendar


Anne Bodine

Anne Bodine, Community News Editor, has been a part of The Evanston RoundTable since 2008 as a reporter covering businesses and institutions; arts and entertainment; and health and wellness. More recently,...

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