Good Thursday morning, Evanston!

Cub Scouts Nadja Gasinski, foreground, and Katie Maggi prepare to ride down an incline onto sloping Leonard Place, just north of the Evanston Civic Center. The street was closed for four hours Sunday so that more than 100 girls and boys could race in the 16th annual Soap Box Derby. It’s for pack members who are 5 to 10 years old. The Cub Scouts began welcoming girls in 2018. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

And now let’s race on to the latest Evanston news.

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The election is coming sooner than you think, so the RoundTable has prepared Evanston’s voting guide for the 2022 general election. The 2022 midterm elections will be held nationwide on Tuesday, Nov. 8. But there are more key dates for registration and early voting that you need to keep in mind.

Which reminds us, here is an #ICYMI from the RoundTable about a key referendum on the ballot – ranked-choice voting. And speaking of voting and missing things, if you missed the Ninth Congressional District voter forum, hosted by a number of North Shore chapters of the League of Women Voters, we have the recap via our reporter, but also yesterday posted a link to the video of the live discussion.

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It was just a year and a half ago that Evanston’s first community refrigerator popped up outside the Childcare Network of Evanston. Today there’s a network of four fridges where anyone can stop by to take or leave food. Take a deep dive into just how the free community fridges have flourished in Evanston with part one of a three-part series. After an early setback, the fridge effort found strong support.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 14 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Tuesday, Oct. 4, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 16.86 cases per day.

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Undercover craftsman hides at Wheel and Sprocket. Chris Keil is a service manager at the Wheel & Sprocket bike store on Davis Street as well as as a sculptor and craftsman who repurposes used, nonworking bike parts in his creations.

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Sullivan basketball star transfers to ETHS for bigger goals. In the high school sports scene, it’s rare to see student-athletes deciding on their own to switch schools to get a proper education – as well as to attain golden opportunities to play for prominent athletic programs. But rising basketball star Ephraim Chase made that move, transferring to Evanston Township High School for his senior year.

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Gay Riseborough: My neighbor bites the dust. RoundTable columnist Gay Riseborough mourns the loss of her longtime neighbor, a towering presence on the block. “It made us all sad to watch her coming down.”

Student-led organization supports refugees with potluck this Sunday at James Park. Refugees are Served Here, a student-led nonprofit dedicated to fundraising for refugee families in the Chicago area, will host its first potluck and fair at James Park on Oct. 9. There will be booths from refugee-owned businesses, a raffle, activities for people of all ages and cultural food from all over the world to try.

MashUp brings business community together on Nov. 2. DATE CORRECTION: The Evanston Chamber of Commerce is bringing back MashUp on Nov. 2. It’s an opportunity for local business owners, community leaders and Evanston aficionados to engage in a spectacular one-night celebration of all that makes Evanston vibrant and unique.

Picturing Evanston. Part of the 1993 “Wall of Struggle & Dreams” mural painted by community residents that runs near the Yellow Line tracks at Clyde-Brummel Park. Kiela Sonya Smith was the artistic director of the piece. John Ewing was the assistant artist. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Field house in Rogers Park converted to shelter for migrants bused from Texas. The Leone Beach Park field house has been converted into a temporary emergency shelter for asylum seekers sent to Chicago by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. As of Tuesday, 2,078 migrants have been sent from Texas to Chicago, officials said.

New Evanston policy makes it easier for convicts to find homes. An amendment to Evanston’s Fair Housing Ordinance now prohibits landlords from rejecting applicants based on their criminal record unless the convicted crimes occurred within the previous three years.

No code necessary in new all-gender ETHS bathrooms. The student journalists at The Evanstonian report on how the school has added all-gender restrooms that do not require passwords. The school has had all-gender restrooms since about 2019, but using those required codes, which excluded closeted students.

Prairie Moon and Chicago’s Fulton Street Collective partner up for weekly jazz nights. Prairie Moon is hosting local musicians for jazz nights each Wednesday throughout October. Owner Robert Strom said he was excited to bring back live music after the pandemic shut down concerts and in-person dining for months.

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Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...