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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

There was a lot of cheer to go around this weekend, with music, performances and singing to stir the heart and feed the spirit throughout the city.

Above, The Newberry Consort presents A Mexican Christmas on Friday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Magaly Cordero, center, and Nythia Martinez were among the singers. Photographer Richard Cahan reports the performers received a standing ovation.

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And there was applause aplenty at Sunday’s Evanston Symphony Orchestra holiday concert. Above, the Evanston Dance Ensemble performs Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker. View more photos and video of the concert.

There is news plenty in Evanston as well. Here are today’s top stories.

Evanston Police and the Cook County medical examiner are investigating a death at a local hotel. A woman, believed to be in her 20s or 30s, was found dead in a guest room at the Holiday Inn in Evanston. An autopsy is expected today.

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The Evanston City Council will meet tonight, looking to pass the 2023 budget proposal, amid questions from two of the city’s key finance officials, who talked to the RoundTable.

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Budget debate: The City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 tonight, and a vote on the 2023 budget is on the agenda.

Book launch: Bookends & Beginnings celebrates Encountering Evanston History, a book benefiting Evanston RoundTable Media, from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Ryan Field: The Seventh Ward has a “special topic” Zoom meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday concerning Northwestern’s football stadium plans.

Plant swap: Bring a cutting to swap with others at the event, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library’s Robert Crown Community Center branch.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable’s website

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Lois & Company, at 2014 Central St., has been dressing Evanston women for 30 years. Customers praise the honesty of owner Lois Combs – they say she never tells you an outfit looks good on you if it doesn’t.

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Western swing guitarist Joel Paterson wowed a sold-out audience at Evanston SPACE, putting his signature style on popular Christmas songs. Critic Patrick Romanowski says the tunes offered “a nifty little something in each stocking for everybody.”

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Three members of the Evanston Township High School girls wrestling team – Ashland Henson, above, and teammates Marlowe Lang and Natalie Graettinger – earned fourth-place finishes at Saturday’s Maine East High School Invitational.

Sometimes a wife keeps secrets from her husband. And sometimes our advice columnist Gabby even approves. “I hold you in the greatest esteem for your instinct to lie and deceive!” she writes. Of course, it’s probably not what you think.

Picturing Evanston. The window at the consignment shop Stepping Out On Faith, 1632 Orrington Ave., is all decked out for purple holidays. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Building up artists of the future. Tony Award winner KO steps out of the Broadway spotlight and into the Northwestern University classroom.

Evanston police seek applicants for new chaplains. The Evanston Police Department is asking for volunteer clergy members to apply by Dec. 30.

Illinois hasn’t delivered jobs, job-training promised under clean energy law. Fifteen months after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, the state hasn’t begun its promised workforce development programs.

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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...