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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

The blank walls of the Chandler-Newberger Community Center gym are getting a lot more lively: Students from Beacon Academy, a private high school in downtown Evanston, are painting the walls, tracing and coloring projected murals designed by Chandler-Newberger staff member Rachel Darter.

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The Northwestern University men’s basketball will face Boise State at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the NCAA tournament in Sacramento, California. It’s only the second-ever March Madness appearance for the Wildcats, and the first since 2017, so NU fans are pumped. And you know who else is excited? Evanston bar owners. The RoundTable rounds up six good spots for watching the game. Go ‘Cats!

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Representatives from Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central St., discussed plans for the site’s $5.9 million renovation at the Seventh Ward meeting on Wednesday, March 15, with a focus on a new caddy program and a college scholarship opportunity. As of now, Canal Shores has raised $4.4 million of the funds needed for the project, which is set to break ground in June. The revamped course should be ready by summer 2024.

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Reba Place Church, 620 Madison St., is presenting the play We Own This Now this Friday and Saturday to foster a conversation about reparative justice for Native Americans. “The lesson is really more about how any of us who benefit from the forced removal of Native Americans can reckon with that history,” co-pastor Laura Kraybill said.

Stories of the pandemic: The RoundTable is compiling stories about the pandemic lives of everyday Evanstonians as we prepare to mark the third anniversary of the initial COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020. Share your thoughts, memories, experiences and photos with us by emailing news@evanstonroundtable.com.

More RoundTable reads

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In the first of a series of articles on climate change and what we’re doing locally to make a difference, we profile Cara Pratt, Evanston’s sustainability and resilience coordinator. Pratt “has been an agent of change her whole life,” writes Libby Hill.

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Theater review: Music Theater Works’ Avenue Q is hysterical, writes critic Wendi Kromash, and cast members “demonstrate superb comic timing, expressive faces and lush singing voices.” But be prepared for full-frontal puppet nudity.

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Design Evanston’s Jack Weiss looks at Evanston’s parks and open spaces in the latest Eye on Evanston column. From how the city got “the jewel” of its lakefront parks to how “Mount Trashmore” was created, there’s a lot to learn.

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On Wednesday, Northwestern University announced that Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker will be the school’s commencement speaker this year. Commencement will be at 9 a.m. June 12 at Ryan Field.

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Studio5 is welcoming back some local jazz legends – including the Metropolitan Jazz Octet, Joel Paterson, Steve Million and Dee Alexander – and some rising stars. The venue at 1934 Dempster St. has released its spring schedule.

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Mather and the City of Evanston are creating workforce development opportunities for youth and young adult Evanston residents through eMerge, a program that includes internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

Picture perfect: Send your photos of people, places and events around town to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

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Around the web

Suburban leaders blast approval of controversial rail merger. After the U.S. Surface Transportation Board’s approval Wednesday, the wheels are in motion for the merger of the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads.

Northwestern begins transplant trial for stage 4 lung cancer patients. Researchers at Northwestern are exploring transplant trials for lung cancer patients who have exhausted traditional treatment options.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Brandi Carlile among Ravinia’s 2023 lineup. The summerlong music fest has released its schedule.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...