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July 16, 2019 

Williams Shoes Owner to Retire, But Offers Hope that Store May Remain
Asked if he plans to continue living in Evanston Mr. Lembeck said, “You know people ask me how I like living in Chicago and I always say it’s the second greatest City in the world. When they ask me what’s first, I say ‘Evanston.’”
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Ernest W. Jackson Way Named to Honor 'Pillar' of His Community
Speaking at the Human Services Committee meeting, Cameron Ellis, a neighborhood resident, said though he and his family have lived on Mr. Jackson’s block now for many years, “it is Mr. Jackson’s block – there’s no better way to define it,” said Mr. Ellis. 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Celebrating 35 Years, CUB Releases Summer Utility Tips List
In honor of its 35th anniversary, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has released a list of “Dos and Don’ts” – summer tips to help Illinois consumers avoid pitfalls that make their utility bills skyrocket.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Evanston Recycled
On July 6, hundreds of Evanstonians packed their cars with old papers, fluorescent light bulbs, clothing, expired medications and more and drove them to Evanston Township High School.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
D65 Green Teams Tackling Waste in Schools:
This year parent-led Green Teams (GT) and District 65 staff collaborated to begin inching Evanston toward the Zero Waste by 2050 goal laid out in the City’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
First Graduates of YW Culinary
On June 20, the lobby at YWCA Evanston/North Shore, 1215 Church St., was filled with family members, YWCA staffers and other well-wishers as the eight women of YW Culinary’s first graduating class received recognition and applause. 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
'Under a Spreading Chestnut Tree'
The American chestnut tree pictured here, abloom in an Evanston yard, is a rare sight.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
New Name for Meals at Home
Evanston-based Meals at Home has re-branded to Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois to more closely align to other Meals on Wheels organizations.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Levy Foundation Team Wins Gold at National Senior Games in Albuquerque
Members of a Levy Senior Center Foundation-sponsored women’s basketball team, the Chicago North Stars, were sporting gold medals when they returned to Evanston after playing through the Women’s 70+ Silver Division bracket at the National Senior Games presented by Humana held in Albuquerque, N.M., June 14 through 25.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Reused Muse: Satire in Past Voices
“The Old Man and the Tweet”  (with apologies to Mr. Hemingway)
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Annual Farm to Fork Dinner Celebrates Food, Community and the Children
On the evening of July 19, the parking lot of the Family Focus building, 2010 Dewey Ave., will be transformed into a farm to table community dining experience. Approximately 100 guests will gather under fairy lights at communal tables overlooking the Foster Street Garden that sits on a narrow plot at the north end of the parking lot.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Evanston History Center Book Examines 1968 Takeover at Northwestern
On May 3, 1968, a group of black students at Northwestern University made headlines when they occupied the University’s main financial building and announced that they would not leave until their demands were met.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Here's the Scoop The Significance of Ice Cream in Evanston
The ice cream sundae, the ice cream cone and ice cream itself are loved by all and consumed by many.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Please Don't Stop the Music: What Evanston Won't Read
Sure, it’s fun to look at what your fellow Evanstonians are checking out of the library these days.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
ECF Announces New Board Members
The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) announced three new members to its board of directors: Carolyn Lickerman, active board member for a variety of community causes;
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Shakespeare and Arc Return to the Ridge
The Arc Theatre joins Ridgeville Park District’s Shakespeare on the Ridge series again this summer with Shakespeare’s seductive comedy of magic and mischief.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Fat Babies Delight the Levy Senior Center Crowd with 1920s Jazz Standards
The Maple Room of the Levy Senior Center was pulsing with excitement on June 7 as the seven members of The Fat Babies took the stage to deliver two one-hour sets of jazz standards from the 1920s and 1930s. The free concert was the fourth presented by the Levy Senior Center Foundation under the aegis of the Jamming Jean Concert Series. Already this relatively new musical series is making a name for itself around town.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Breakfast with Sherialyn Byrdsong
It has been more than 20 years since Ricky Byrdsong was murdered by a white supremacist while walking in his neighborhood with two of his young children. In the days and weeks that followed, stunned neighbors came together in shared grief. The community was shaken by the senseless shooting of the former Northwestern basketball coach who “never met a stranger” and was voted ‘most likable’ in high school, according to his wife, Sherialyn Byrdsong.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Moms Gather on Central Street To Get Beyond the Blues
The perinatal periods – those surrounding birth – often bring depression and anxiety for new or about-to-be mothers. Evanston-based Beyond the Baby Blues provides therapeutic support for them.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Food and Fun on Father's Day
Evanston’s only locally produced art and craft festival, the Custer Street Fair, took place June 15 and 16.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Grandparents Rock - Again
On May 28, The Second Chance Grandparents Group of Family Focus in collaboration with Northlight Theatre presented a performance of their writings called “That’s Your Story” at Family Focus.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Leslie Goddard Interprets 10 Famous Illinoisans
The Levy Lecture Series held its final lecture of the spring season on June 11, when Leslie Goddard spoke to the crowd at the Levy Senior Center about “Ten People from Illinois Who Changed History.” 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Wynton Marsalis Receives Dushkin Award at Music Institute
The Music Institute of Chicago welcomed 300 guests to its 2019 Anniversary Gala last month in Chicago. The event raised more than $850,000 from a combination of table sponsorships, ticket sales and outright contributions.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Evanston Rotary Club Announces Grant Recipients
The Center for Independent Futures (CIF) and the Evanston Public Library have been chosen by the Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund as the recipients of the Fund’s 2019 Community Grants. Each will receive a grant of $2,500.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Poetry Slam at Family Focus
On May 21, Family Focus held its fifth annual poetry slam with the 8-to-13 year old Expressive Writing Group participants. Approximately 20 poets and three slam teams competed for trophies, judged by Gerald Daye, Jr., Maia Hubbard and Nina Uziel-Miller.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The Block Receives Major Gift of Photography by Brett Weston
mages ranging from landscapes to botanical studies are among the 50 photographs by celebrated American photographer Brett Weston (1911–¬1993). These were gifted to The Block Museum of Art by New York-based philanthropist Christian Keesee, who in 1996 acquired the most complete collection of Weston’s work directly from the photographer’s estate.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
'The Mountaintop'
I strongly recommend seeing “The Mountaintop,” a fictionalized account of a meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Camae, a maid in the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The play, written by Katori Hall, takes place on April 3, 1968.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Solstice Celebrated at Jennifer Morris Park
When Jennifer Morris died 30 years ago, in June of 1989, she was known to have a “winning smile and compassionate heart,” her husband Gerry said in a recent letter he wrote to acknowledge the revitalization of the Jennifer Morris Park, on the southeast corner of Custer Avenue and Washington Street.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
After 11 Years, Happy Husky Bakery On Central to Close in Mid-July
Until the store officially closes, Mr. Ruppenthal and Mr. Farmer will be in the store serving customers, Wednesday through Sunday. The second generation of happy huskies, “Gene” Kelly and “Judy” Garland, will also be at the store to welcome customers.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The Reused Muse: Satire in Past Voices
Elizabeth Barrett Browning died 158 years ago this week, after composing some of the loveliest verse of the 19th century. Robert Browning, who fell for her poetry and then for her, judged her sonnets the greatest since Shakespeare’s and so swept her from a domineering father, married her and convinced her to publish. She was an early feminist, and were she alive today I doubt she would fall for our president as she did for Robert. I think she would instead dismiss Trump with a verse like the following.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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