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Central Street lights up for the holiday season (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Christmas decorations, string lights and wreaths have appeared throughout Evanston this week. A tree lighting at Independence Park on Saturday brought a particularly festive spirit to the city.

The tree lighting marked the final event of the Central Street Holiday open house. Shops opened at 10 a.m. November 13 for holiday shopping and the afternoon consisted of visits from Santa, the Frozen Robins Carolers, elves and a toy soldier.

(Image from Houses of Evanston Instagram)

Architecture enthusiast spotlights Evanston’s historic homes online. While Marie Gallagher had a successful career in rehabilitation counseling, she thinks she may have missed her calling – historical architecture. “Property enthusiast and appreciation of old houses,” reads Gallagher’s Instagram biography for her account, Houses of Evanston.

Weekend in Photos: In tomorrow’s newsletter, we will share a roundup of photos taken over the weekend. What were you up to this weekend? Please send us your photos at news@evanstonroundtable.com!

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Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Tied in knots before anyone ties the knot. Dear Gabby, My parents (in their 70s) have been separated for three years. Neither of them did great financial planning. My mother recently started dating a wealthy man, let’s call him Bob, who turns out to be the father of a friend of mine.

Virtual FAN event on 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah-Jones set for November 19. The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning “1619 Project” issue sought to reframe our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative.

Around the web

NAISA releases demands to Northwestern following anti-Indigenous vandalism at The Rock. Northwestern’s Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance released a set of demands to the University Thursday in response to recent anti-Indigenous hate at The Rock and the University’s reaction to the vandalism.

NU students and faculty advocate for increased sustainability in campus buildings.

After drinking water crisis in Flint, similar problems surface in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

In the United States, 25% of newspapers have ceased operation, and 2,000 community newspapers have closed in the past 15 years. The vacuum created when local journalism declines poses a serious threat to democracy. Our democracy relies on a free press to educate the public.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...