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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

The last weekend in July was beautiful and so many Evanstonians were out and about with so many things going on. Join us as we look at the parties, the purposes and the people making news.

Evanston Pride is all year round according to the city’s LGBTQ+ families who gathered for the second annual community picnic Saturday in Ridgeville Park. The family- and youth-oriented event, was co-founded by Rada Yovovich, who said the picnic is in July because LGBTQ+ folks can end up being tremendously over-scheduled in June and because “pride doesn’t exist only in June.”

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Two weeks ago, a group of women who own businesses in Evanston organized Evanstonians for Reproductive Rights. Sunday night, more than 300 people gathered at The Custer Oasis just south of Main Street for an Old School Vinyl Dance Party for Reproductive Rights. Said one: “When you get a group of women together whose fundamental rights are threatened, you can get stuff done very, very quickly.”

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The Hemenway United Methodist Church held its annual Taste of Hemenway event Saturday, serving up a variety of cultural foods in a buffet cooked by church parishioners. Partly inspired by Taste of Chicago, the event was organized by church secretary Fay Bennett more than a decade ago. This year about 250 people came to the church’s backyard to enjoy food from Jamaica, Belize, America, India and Spain.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 26 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, July 28, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 25.7 cases per day.

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Eye on Evanston: Thoughts on Design | Dwight Perkins, architectural pioneer and conservationist. Stuart Cohen examines the work and legacy of Dwight Perkins, a late 19th- and early 20th-century architect who served as Chicago Public Schools’ chief architect and later designed Evanston’s Lincolnwood School (1911), Oakton School (1913), and Evanston Township High School (1924).

Don’t let COVID kill my mother. I’ll do that. This week’s ‘Dear Gabby’ column discusses how to communicate positive COVID results after a wedding, telling friends to make safer choices, and safely criticizing an education program while taking it.

Evanston Police announce National Night Out at Arrington Lagoon Aug. 2. EPD invites community members to participate in the “National Night Out” celebration event taking place from 4 to 9 p.m. tomorrow night (Tuesday, Aug. 2) at Arrington Lagoon, 1647 Sheridan Road. The family-friendly event will feature an obstacle course, food trucks, games, raffles and a screening of the movie Superman.

Committee to review proposed ordinance on park hours. City Council discussed Eighth Ward Council member Devon Reid’s proposal to keep Evanston’s parks open 24 hours a day on July 11, ultimately referring it back to the Human Services Committee for further deliberation.

West End Market continues every Saturday through Sept. 24. The Central Evanston Business Association (CEBA) is bringing back the West End Market, a local community market which will be held at the corner of Church and Dodge. The market will take place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 24.

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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...