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Hundreds of pumpkins go from creepy … to compost. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

More than 200 participants dropped off pumpkins from the Halloween season at the Morton Civic Center on Saturday as a part of the sixth annual “It’s the Great Pumpkin Compost.”

Cars lined up in the parking lot November 6 with those inside popping the trunk or bringing out brown paper bags filled with jack-o’-lanterns that city employees threw in the large waste bin. Some parents and children threw in their pumpkins together to see how far they would land.


A stilt dancer performs at the event. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Evanston art lovers enjoyed tasty desserts, chamber music and live performances on Thursday, November 4 at A Bright Night for the Arts, an annual event hosted by Mayor Daniel Biss and the Evanston Arts Council.

The gathering celebrated the city’s vibrant artistic community, and took place at the Evanston Art Center. 


Weekend in Photos: In tomorrow’s newsletter, we will share a roundup of photos taken over the weekend. Were you up to this weekend? Please send us your photos at news@evanstonroundtable.com!


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Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Dear Gabby, A long-time friend – who lives alone and out of state – has told me she is at high risk for dementia (her mother had Alzheimer’s, and she’s tested positive in some DNA screen). I’m starting to see signs of her failing. Should I discuss it with her? Her daughters?

ETHS girls swimming: Consiglio makes the cut, advances to State. Three tests in one week and a hard week of practice left Lily Consiglio exhausted by the end of the New Trier Sectional swim.


Around the web

Northwestern holds first institution-backed celebration of Diwali. Northwestern’s first-ever institution-backed celebration of Diwali included a gathering in Cahn Auditorium, a student-created display of nearly 5,000 diyas across campus and Indian dishes in all major dining halls.

Vintage Vinyl makes grooves in Evanston for 42 years

Fall back? Illinois COVID-19 cases up nearly 20% as temperatures drop and people head indoors


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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...