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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which marks the birth of the civil rights leader on Jan. 15, 1929. He is seen above on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial delivering his “I Have A Dream” speech. But unlike any other federal holiday, this is also designated by Congress a National Day of Service.

We have put together a few stories to show Evanstonians celebrating through song and the arts Sunday as well as giving you choices for service and celebration today. Here they are:

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Artistic Director Tim Rhoze and the Music Institute of Chicago put together the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Sunday at Nichols Concert Hall. A visual arts exhibition, curated by artist Fran Joy, greeted everyone in the lobby.

We have a list of celebration and service events for Evanstonians as well as those who want to work outside in the Cook County Forest Preserves. Plus, we want you to be able to listen to the man himself, so here’s a link to King delivering his “I Have a Dream Speech” for extra inspiration. Now, on to more news.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 21 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Jan. 12, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 16.43 cases per day.

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My husband gave me wrinkle cream!, writes one reader to Dear Gabby. Can her husband ever live that down? And does he deserve to forget? Gabby has the answer.

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Douglas Wood, an actor, script writer, entertainment executive and award-winning children’s show writer, grew up in Evanston and graduated from ETHS in 1975. He talks about the celebrity years (with Chaka Khan above on the Motown Revue Starring Smokey Robinson) and the not-so-easy years as well as his 2020 novel, Ladies of the Canyon.

Michele Hays, the founder of community social media page Back on Their Feet, is resigning after six years. “My hope is that this will reinvigorate the group to create a community in Evanston where everyone helps each other,” she wrote in a post on Facebook and LinkedIn.

In case you missed it: Weekend ETHS sports

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There was a lot of ETHS basketball this weekend, but not a lot of winning. Nevertheless our sports photographer Michael Kellams, also known as, captured some amazing moments. Here’s our coverage: Wildkit boys basketball games from Friday and Saturday, and the Wildkit girls basketball Saturday.

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Illinois’ assault weapons ban is facing opposition from some local officials. Nearly 80 Illinois sheriffs said they will not enforce the assault weapon ban signed by Gov. Pritzker J.B. because they believe it violates the Second Amendment.

CTA President blames poor New Year’s Eve operations on sick staffers. CTA President Dorval Carter at a board meeting Friday blamed the agency’s haphazard runs New Year’s Eve Day on higher than normal employee call-offs. “Unfortunately,” he said, “sometimes we fall short. … New Year’s Eve was one of those times.”

Northwestern men’s basketball team suffer consecutive defeats.
The Wildcats’ tough run continued Sunday against the Michigan Wolverines with an 85-78 defeat. The result came just days after a narrow loss to Rutgers.

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