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August 17, 2018 


ECF Accepting Root2fruit Grant Applications
The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) is now accepting grant applications for its root2fruit grant program.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
10 Young Men Complete 'Healthy Masculinity' Program
 On Aug. 1, YWCA Evanston/North Shore held a graduation ceremony for 10 young men from Evanston Township High School who had completed a six-week program centered on leadership and the role of men in preventing gender violence.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
JRC Members Journey to Alabama to Explore Racism's Legacy
As they look ahead to what their rabbi called “a yearlong exploration of racial equity,” some 30 members of Jewish Reconstuctionist Congregation (JRC), 303 Dodge Ave., visited the newly opened Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. in July.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Evanston Native and Indie-Pop Artist iDA HAWK Performing At Lollapalooza
Singer/Songwriter and Evanston native iDA HAWK (aka Jessie Arlen) performed alongside electronic artist Big Wild at Lollapalooza on Aug. 3, on the American Eagle Stage.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Fifth Annual Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
The Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival introduces a weekend-long celebration of local art and flavorful fare in downtown Evanston from Aug. 17-19. More than 130 of the country’s top artists will showcase and sell original work in a variety of categories including ceramics, glass, furniture, photography, jewelry, mixed media, drawing, fiber and more.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Dark Tyranny Depicted In 'Richard III'
The dark tyranny of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” evokes questions that many are asking about the future of this coutnry: How does tyranny happen? The play, a story from England’s dark past, addresses these questions and provides a serious warning about the possible future.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Another Sphere of Usefulness Literary news you can use from Evanston Public Library's blog The Book Bird
Today’s story is a sad one that also hints at the bizarre. Many bizarre stories do have a bit of sadness to them, of course.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Stop! Hey! That Sound Was Mavis Staples
At 79, Mavis Staples still can move a crowd. Her Out of Space performances at Canal Shores golf course July 27 and 28 had many members of the audience on their feet clapping, waving, singing and cheering the venerable gospel/pop singer. She is the last of the famed Chicago Staple Singers, headed by Pop Staples, whose music sometimes echoed and sometimes led the Civil Rights marches of the 1960s.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Book by Dawes Teacher Explores Immigration and Departure
“Whether it’s a happy feeling or a sad feeling because of war or whatever is going on in your country, you have that last day that you’re home,” said Dahlia Richards as she talked about the day in 1987 when she and her family left Jamaica for Evanston.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
On, Above and Behind Sherman Avenue
On, Above and Behind Sherman Avenue, a series of profiles, gives our readers the opportunity to learn more about the people and businesses that would have been displaced, and the buildings that would have disappeared if a recent development proposal had not been withdrawn.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Island Fantasy - Real Jamaican Food at Good2Go on Howard
Tony and Lenice Levy have impressed on their staff their top priority: At Good2Go each guest must have a good experience – quality food and good service.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
A Taste of Sherman
Sherman United Methodist Church (SUMC), located at Ridge Ave. and Noyes St. in Evanston, hosted its annual fundraiser, “A Taste of Sherman” on July 22. Tickets were available on the day of the event, and could be used to purchase delicious, modestly priced entrees, appetizers, and desserts.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Summer Fun at Northwestern's Community Picnic
Northwestern University hosted its third annual Community Picnic on July 21 on the East Lawn of Norris University Center, where free food and family activities were plentiful. Family tours of the Sculpture Garden were sponsored by Northwestern Art Circle in partnership with Block Museum of Art and Northwestern libraries.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Monarchs From Milkweed
 “We were even lucky enough to catch one of the butterflies going into chrysalis, which is amazing and is complete in about two minutes.  I, for one, have learned a ton from their explorations.”
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Central Pizza Pie Serves Homemade Pizza and Hometown Charities
 At Central Pizza Pie, Hòa Voscott and Ned Schaub use this connection to make a change in the world, gathering people around food to raise money for local nonprofits.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Produce Mobile is the Easy Option on a Tight Budget
While there is enough food to go around, people always want food, and by 10 a.m. on a sunny Tuesday morning 176 people had either full bags or baskets of food or were waiting to get food such as bananas, radishes and loaves of bread.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Building a Sustainable Community Begins with Fifth Ward Children
Located behind the Family Focus building, 2010 Dewey Ave., a long and narrow plot of overgrown grasses and weeds has been transformed into a thriving urban garden thanks to the collaboration between Family Focus and Evanston Food Exchange, a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce hunger and poverty in Evanston.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Student Wins Poetry Contest
Vanessa Harvey, a student in Beth Jacobs’ poetry group at Family Focus, was a first-place winner in the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Student Voices
Contest in Poetry.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Sci-Fi Legend's Life in Evanston
When legendary science fiction writer Harlan Ellison died on June 27 at his home in Los Angeles, the Chicago Tribune and many other media outlets featured his obituary, but none of them mentioned the fact that he once lived in Evanston. Perhaps that is because Mr. Ellison hated Evanston so much he quickly left it twice.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Author Stephen Vick Offers Path to Social Transformation
Evanston author and social service leader Stephen Vick will share his new book, “Soul Consciousness: A New Vision of Community Empowerment and Cultural Transformation” at 7 p.m.  on July 26 at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
'Merry Wives of Windsor' Returns to Shakespeare on the Ridge
For nine years now, the Arc Theatre has been producing free, outdoor Shakespeare on the lawn behind the Ridgeville Park main building at Ridge Avenue and Seward Street. These Shakespeare on the Ridge performances are consistently fun, always clever, professionally produced and eagerly awaited by south Evanston residents.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Top Dog/Underdog' Pushes the Envelope
In the latest production by the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ 2001 play “Top Dog/Underdog,” challenges the audience with its raw, painful depiction of two troubled men in an unnamed city.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Rotary's Taste: A Feast of Flavors
A record crowd of more than 500 people attended the fourth annual Taste of Evanston on July 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the east lawn of the Charles Gates Dawes House, home of the Evanston History Center.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Canal Shores' Ecological Restoration Efforts Honored
Canal Shores Golf Course received the 2018 Silver Ribbon Award from the Friends of the Chicago River for its ecological restoration work that aids in the improvement of the Chicago River system.
Monday, July 9, 2018
What's Big, Green and Eats Books by the Carload
Here at the library we have a new addition, and you can see it anytime you like. Just drive down Church Street and pull into the alleyway just after Orrington. On your left, on the east side of the library, you'll see a big green bin. It kind of looks like a drop box for library books and you'd be forgiven for mistaking it as such, were it not for the large sign plastered at the top that reads, "STOP - NO LIBRARY RETURNS."
Monday, July 9, 2018



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