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  • Friends of Lovelace Park Are Restoring the Natural Beauty of This Pit-Turned-Park

    Sigrid Pilgrim has been a fan of Lovelace Park since 1983, when she and her family moved to a home nearby. Now she is one of its Friends.

  • ‘Black Lives Matter’ Project Underway at ETHS
    July 3  Beginning at 7 a.m. this morning, Evanston Township High School basketball players took to the streets. No basketballs – but the goal was to paint “Black Lives Matter” in giant yellow letters across Dodge Avenue in front of the school.
  • Ken Schaefle, Charting His Own Course Here and Abroad
    It takes a brave man to enroll in medical school on the eve of his 40th birthday. But that is exactly what Ken Schaefle did, and so far, it is working out splendidly. He spoke to the RoundTable at length recently about his career in comedy as one of the founders of Amsterdam’s first improv club, Boom Chicago; living in Europe and in Africa; going to medical school; and taking calculated risks.
  • One Hundred Cars Join Juneteenth Car Parade
    June 30  Evanston Present and Future founder Kemone Hendricks stood at the entrance to the Levy Senior Center parking lot cheering on more than 100 cars in the Juneteenth Car Parade, as they reached the end of the parade route on June 27. 
  • Freedom Rings a Little Louder as Thousands Join Evanston’s First Virtual Juneteenth Parade
    June 30   Evanston’s First Annual Juneteenth Parade, hosted by Evanston Present and Future at 6 p.m. on June 19, was a resounding success, with more than 3,000 views during the live-streamed event.
  • Miep Gies, a Largely Unknown Heroine
    June 29    Megan Wells brought Miep Gies to life in a poignant and emotional portrayal on June 23 as part of the virtual Levy Lecture Series sponsored by the Levy Senior Center Foundation.
  • Sherman United Methodist Church Welcomes the Return of 
Pastor Dennis Oglesby Jr.
    June 29   Pastor Dennis Oglesby Jr. is the new pastor at Sherman United Methodist Church, returning to a post he held between 1991 and 1997. He has been an ordained pastor for 29 year and come most recently from Transformation Community United Methodist Church (formally First Wesley Academy UMC), where he was Senior Pastor.
  • Pride Parade
    June 29   Balloons, flags and banners adorned cars in the Youth Pride Caravan, covering Evanston in small segments to minimize traffic congestion and still spread the message of pride on June 28, the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which is seen as a turning point in the fight for LGBTQIA rights.
  • Cherry Scholarship Fund Honors 21
    June 29  A parade of scholars wound its way through the west parking lot of Evanston Township High School on June 28, as the Cherry Scholarship Fund presented awards totaling $80,000 to 21 new and returning Cherry Scholars. 
  • Bubble Man at the Lakefront
    Evanston resident Ben Jimenez has a unique specialty, crafting handblown bubbles and launching them skyward. Lately he has been busking at the lakefront just south of the Northwestern campus.
  • Rainbow
    June 27   ... over Lovelace Park
  • “Imagine U Storytime” launched April 16 on the Wirtz Center YouTube channel.
    June 27  E. Patrick Johnson, Dean of the School of Communication and professor of African American studies and performance studies, shares “Precious and the Boo Hag,” a children’s fairytale by Patricia C. McKissack and Onawumi Jean Moss, as the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University “Imagine U Storytime” series continues.
  • June 27.  The annual Holiday Concert will be cancelled. The regular season debut program, originally set for Oct. 25, 2020, will be postponed. The remaining scheduled program concerts of the ESO’s 75th Anniversary Season beginning with the concert Feb. 14, 2021, will be maintained for now. The orchestra will closely monitor the state of the pandemic and keep our patrons regularly informed.
  • Heritage Sites Will Recognize African American Culture and Contributions
    June 26.  Working with Morris “Dino” Robinson, founder of Shorefront Legacy Center and collector and curator of the history of African American history in Evanston and on the North Shore, the City of Evanston has designated several African American Heritage Sites here. 
  • Northwestern’s Request for City Consent on Canal Shores Football Parking Lands in the Rough
    June 26  A member of the golf course association board requested that Council members withhold the City’s consent in the matter, “unless and until Northwestern sits down with us and negotiates in good faith and reaches a deal that is financially fair to us, a not-for-profit organization that's taking good care of open green space in Evanston at no cost to taxpayers.“
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