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Good Friday morning, Evanston.

Safi Alia Shabaik, who documented the last years of her father’s life as he faced Parkinson’s disease, dementia and Sundown Syndrome, will speak about her work Saturday and Monday at the 1100 Florence Gallery. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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District 65 officials and Cordogan Clark architects unveiled the latest designs for the Fifth Ward school at a Thursday community meeting. Climate action activists got a big win: Plans include sustainable design elements such as solar panels, LED lighting and water-efficient fixtures, and District 65 has committed to achieving LEED Gold or Silver certification. But residents voiced another concern: Parking.

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The Evanston Police Department has released more information about Wednesday night’s fatal shooting at Clark Street Beach. Police say the incident began as an argument between two groups that escalated into gunfire, killing Jacquis Irby, 18, of Skokie. Two boys, both 15, were hurt; one remained in critical condition Thursday. EPD said it will deploy additional resources at city beaches through the weekend.

Northwestern University admitted in an emailed statement that the alert it issued warning the university community to shelter in place should have been sent sooner. It plans to review its alert process.

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Earth Day celebration: On Saturday morning, volunteers will remove invasive buckthorn, trim trees and plant native plants along the North Shore Channel.

Filipino chamber music: The Evanston Chamber Music Society presents music by Filipino composers at a 4 p.m. Saturday concert at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St.

Evanston Art Center: A new exhibition, The Artist’s Voice, features works by members of Artmakers North, an informal group of midcareer artists, at EAC, 1717 Central St.

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Evanston is seeking federal funds to support affordable housing energy retrofits, Sustainability Coordinator Cara Pratt told a Thursday virtual meeting of the Environment Board. The city also plans to add to its electric vehicle charging stations, as its EV fleet has grown from one vehicle to 12, Pratt said.

For the second week in a row, Evanston has reported no new COVID-19 hospitalizations. The seven-day average of new cases fell 53% from the prior week. As of April 13, Evanston and Cook County remain at low community risk.

The Evanston Township High School baseball team was relentless on offense in a Wednesday victory over Mundelein Carmel. The official score was 11-3, but it could have been even more lopsided for the Kits as they notched their fifth win in a row.

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Pearl Hirshfield, 1922-2023: Hirshfield, a longtime artist and activist, died Thursday, April 13. The centenarian co-founded the Evanston Peace Center, marched for civil rights and donated two sculptures to the City of Evanston, which are displayed near the Main Street CTA station and just outside Clark Street Beach.

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Longtime Evanston resident Mark Miller discusses his new book, Retirement Reboot: Commonsense Financial Strategies for Getting Back on Track, at Bookends & Beginnings Thursday night, April 13. Miller’s financial columns have appeared in the N.Y. Times, Reuters, Morningstar.com and WealthManagement.com. He’s also vice president of the Evanston RoundTable board.

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Spring is in full bloom in this shot by reader Laurel Covert. 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

Summer-like weather to end with chance of severe storms, rapid cooldown this weekend. Rain and cooler weather is approaching.

Nine-month ban on gas leaf blowers could stretch from Evanston to Highland Park by 2024. Pending nine-month bans, plus Evanston’s year-round ban, could limit gas-powered leaf blowers for a 20-mile stretch of lakeshore towns.

Northwestern model finds elevated air pollution over Lake Michigan and Chicago’s interstates. Scientists say pollution levels were highest over the lake, lakeside neighborhoods and areas near highways.

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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative reporting....