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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Evanston Township High School’s Senior Prom was Saturday at Navy Pier in Chicago. Above, Lizzie Mertz takes a photo of her friends at Canal Shores Golf Course before they all left for the big dance. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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Evanston spans only 7.8 square miles, but its zoning code has 34 districts and some inequitable effects. For example, the Fifth Ward is one of the only areas zoned for two-family residences, limiting options for those with lower incomes. “It’s a mess,” Community Development Manager Sarah Flax said during a Wednesday Zoom webinar. The event, hosted by the Community Alliance for Better Government, looked at ways to bring more equitable housing to Evanston.

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Evanston City Manager Luke Stowe (left) answered a range of questions from Helen Gagel of the League of Women Voters of Evanston at the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday. Morale of city staff? “I remain optimistic that we’re on the right path.” Downtown vacancies? “We have work to do, but we also have tremendous assets.” Harley Clarke mansion? He took a “pass” on that one.

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Now posted: Paws and Claws Cat Rescue has found homes for hundreds of cats since it was established by Ashlynn Boyce (second from right) in 2020, but until now it’s never had a real home of its own. That changed Saturday as it celebrated the grand opening of its adoption center at 829 Chicago Ave.

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Wednesday: The Central Street Neighbors Association hosts a discussion on possible city zoning changes at 7 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

Thursday: Evanston Made and the Main-Dempster Mile are putting on an Arts and Craft Beverage Crawl starting at 5 p.m. along Chicago Avenue.

Friday and Saturday: The Evanston Garden Fair will be held in Independence Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with native plants, vegetables and more available for sale.

For more events throughout the week, check out our Events Calendar.

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Artruck began in 2011, and the art gallery in two rental trucks became a popular pre-pandemic Evanston tradition. This year, founder Julie Cowan continues her innovative plan for exhibiting work by more than 60 artists: artruckish. As the name implies, it’s not exactly the same as artruck.

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Founder and host Elizabeth Sayles said this year’s Spring Fling Extravaganza brought a record 39 vendors to Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center on April 29. Black women-owned businesses offered art, jewelry, food and more.

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The RoundTable’s Nancy McLaughlin catches up with Evanston transplant Alexander Rocca, who restored a vineyard in central Italy with his family in 2021 and is now entering his third season as a winemaker.

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ETHS junior Oliver Hassard and senior Miles Granjean both took first-place finishes in the boys track division meet at Niles West on Friday, while the Wildkits took third overall, behind New Trier and Glenbrook South.

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ETHS announces 2023 Senior Scholarship recipients. Meg Houseworth and Benjamin Levy (above) won scholarships after being nominated by fellow seniors. Also, Emmet Ebels Duggan was recognized as a 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Picturing Evanston. A fluffy, brand new Evanstonian explores the pier near the Church Street Power Boat Ramp east of Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Kate Morris snapped tulips at the intersection of University Place and Sherman Avenue. Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

Around the web

Vintage Garage hosts Mother’s Day Season Opener, enters 11th year of shows. More than 75 vendors set up shop on the fifth floor of the 1800 Maple Ave. parking garage. The pop-up will return July 16, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.

SPLIT startup breaks up airport ride-sharing costs, brings students together. Northwestern students Zach Delson and Grayson Donnelly say their ride-matching service has saved students about $46,000 since Thanksgiving 2022.

Heads up, Chicago: Red-winged blackbirds are divebombing earlier than usual this year. The birds, notorious for fiercely protecting their offspring, appear to be nesting earlier this season thanks to unseasonably warm weather.

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Alex Harrison

Alex Harrison joined the RoundTable in 2022 for the summer in between his undergraduate and graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Since then, he continues to write...