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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Author Sharon Hoogstraten, who spent 12 years photographing Potawatomi and their regalia, spoke Monday at the Evanston Public Library. “Regalia is our story,” said Hoogstraten. “It is a living, evolving thing.” Hoogstraten is a descendant of Antoine and Archange Ouilmette, who settled in the Evanston area in 1826 and were given land by the federal government encompassing most of present-day Wilmette.

There’s always more to learn about the history and evolving story of the Evanston area. Now here’s the latest local news.

Credit: Screenshot from the Main-Dempster Mile

Community members are raising funds to aid Yun Park, the owner of Soapie’s Dry Cleaning & Tailoring, after she was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident early Wednesday, Feb. 8. Yun was found lying in the street near the curb at Dempster Street and Chicago Avenue, and Evanston Police Commander Ryan Glew said the case was originally handled as a fall. But security footage from a nearby shop revealed Yun was hit by a white SUV that drove away. The footage was initially posted online, and many who saw it were outraged by the crime.

Credit: Rich Cahan

At Sunday’s town hall organized by the Community Alliance for Better Government, several speakers saw Northwestern’s Ryan Field project as an opportunity to negotiate an agreement between the university and the city. David Ellis, former co-chair of the Fair Share Action committee of Evanston, urged those attending to talk to the mayor and city council members. “I’m not saying the stadium is a good idea or bad idea,” he told the crowd of about 125 people. “All I’m saying is Northwestern needs to pay its fair share, period.”

Credit: with permission of Gabi Walker-Aguilar

Fire, smoke and water damage from a Feb. 3 fire took a heavy toll on 4Suns Fresh Juice. Most of its equipment has been destroyed, including a new refrigerator. “The process is like when you lose a loved one,” owner Gabi Walker-Aguilar (above) told business columnist Isabelle Reininger. Walker-Aguilar said insurance coverage was not sufficient, but a loyal customer of the juice, smoothie and smoothie bowl shop started a GoFundMe page to help, and she is determined to reopen soon.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Seven new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, Feb. 19, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 10.6 cases per day.

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Six Evanston residents with diverse life experiences are featured in a new 50-minute film, At Home in Evanston, by Leslie Delmenico (right). The film, backed by a $1,000 grant from the Evanston Arts Council, will be shown soon at the Evanston Art Center and then other local venues before being posted to YouTube.

Credit: Mathew C. Yee

There’s a new hit in town: Circus Quixotic from The Actors Gymnasium. It’s an abbreviated version of Miguel de Cervantes’ famous tale. Critic Wendi Kromash calls it “a delight” and writes that the cast delivers “a magical and athletic performance.”

Credit: ETHS Athletics Twitter

The five individuals and two relay teams from the Evanston Township High School boys swimming and diving team are headed to the state finals after a strong performance at the Niles North Sectional meet on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Credit: Provided by Godinez family

For ETHS alumna Lucy Godinez (second from left) and her director father Henry Godinez (right), theater is all in the family. The pair discuss what it’s like to work closely together as Henry directs Lucy in Big Fish at the Marriott Theatre.

Credit: provided by the artists

Northwestern University’s Institute for New Music, the nexus of contemporary music at the Bienen School of Music, hosts a residency with Unheard-of//Ensemble and the return of the NUNC! festival and conference this spring.

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Around the web

They received reparations in 2022. Did it really change their lives? The Independent newspaper in the UK offers its take on Evanston’s local reparations program and looks at its influence on efforts in San Francisco.

Northwestern professor’s hand-sewn quilts on display for Black History Month. Tracy Vaughn-Manley sews quilts by hand as an homage to her ancestors, and an important piece of American history. They are on display through March 4.

‘Not giving up’: New Illinois Holocaust Museum CEO concerned about antisemitism, hopeful for future. Bernard Cherkasov, who was 13 when his family fled Azerbaijan, sees signs antisemitism is moving into the mainstream.

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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....