Evanston RoundTable
Aug. 28, 2022
Credit: Gary Rejebian

Good Monday morning, Evanston!

Evanston loves a party, and residents turned out on force for civic celebrations on Sunday, making the most of the last weekend in August as summer nears its end.

Above, more than 1,500 people came to Clark Street in front of St. James of Nisibis Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the 34th annual Taste of Armenia, one of the largest Armenian cultural events in the country, according to organizer Gary Rejebian.

Credit: Duncan Agnew

Across town on Sunday afternoon, another 1,000 people gathered for the inaugural Robert Crown Carnival, where kids and adults enjoyed games, raffle prizes, bouncy castles, crafts and free food. The event was the first major community gathering hosted at the community center since its official reopening in October 2020. And in other news …

The City of Evanston has more than 40 boards, commissions and committees; it can be difficult to keep track! To help out, the RoundTable has a new City Government 101 to cover everything you need to know about the city’s numerous BCCs: what they are, what they do, who sits on them, and how you (yes, you!) could join one.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Three new cases and zero new deaths were reported Thursday, Aug. 25, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 6.9 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

At This Time: Saturday at 7:54 p.m. Shavon Burrell rises in worship in a tent next to Mt. Pisgah Ministry during the church’s annual eight-night crusade.

Dear Gabby: When should I call the doctor? In this week’s column, Gabby dispenses advice on feeling sad about federal retirements, deciding when something warrants a trip to the doctor, and Americanizing a foreign spouse’s sports interests.

ETHS open house on Aug. 29. ETHS parents and guardians are invited to attend an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, with or without their current ETHS student(s) in grades 9-12. The event will include meet and greet sessions with new school leadership, group equity discussions and visits to each class on students’ schedules.

Y.O.U is looking to hire – right away. Youth & Opportunity United is holding a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 and has a number of jobs to fill. Those interested are invited to bring a resume and three references. Those hired can expect to start Sept. 6.

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Alex Harrison reports on local government, public safety, developments, town-gown relations and more for the RoundTable. He graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in June...