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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Northwestern students Gabby Perkins (from left), Autumn Rose and Jordan Muhammad walk at Clark Street Beach Sunday after an Easter sunrise service. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Angela Allyn, Evanston’s community arts programs coordinator, launched The Old Lady Project to promote scripts with meaty parts for older female actors. She’s been overwhelmed. By mid-January she had 646 scripts from 32 countries. “It felt like that I Love Lucy scene with the chocolates,” she said. A screening process chose four works. Grandmothers, Incorporated (cast photos above) is up first, with a stage reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

Credit: Mudlark Theater

Mudlark Theater, which held its first Latinidades Spring Break Camp this year, is expanding its work with Latinx youth with support from Northwestern University. “A lot of the projects that I continue to do, such as the Mudlark project, is about filling those curricular gaps that are affirming of Latinx identity,” said Myrna García (above, center), an associate professor in the university’s Latina and Latino Studies program.

RoundTable roundup

Monday: City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center with ward redistricting and an affordable housing project at 1811-1815 Church St. on the agenda.

Wednesday: The Evanston Public Library hosts a panel discussion with some RoundTable-affiliated authors of Encountering Evanston History at 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday: Matthew Desmond, author of Poverty, by America, talks with Alex Kotlowitz in a Family Action Network event at 7 p.m. in the ETHS auditorium.

Wednesday: The city’s Land Use Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center with a proposed cannabis dispensary, without a smoking lounge, and a connected restaurant at 100 Chicago Ave. on the agenda.

Thursday: Mark Miller, Evanston author of Retirement Reboot: Commonsense Financial Strategies for Getting Back on Track, speaks at 6 p.m. at Bookends & Beginnings, 1620 Orrington Ave.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 12 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, April 6, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 9.71 cases per day.

More RoundTable reads

Credit: Barbara Ruiz

The Art of Making Art: Columnist Jean Cunningham introduces us to Barbara Ruiz, who keeps old clothes out of the landfill by repairing and artistically embellishing them. She sells the upcycled items at Retro*Fit, at 1620 Greenleaf St.

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Columnist Les Jacobson notes a Harvard study found that good relationships are vital to a happy life, and he has an idea of how to form those connections: “Serve yourself and your community by volunteering.” April is National Volunteer Month, and he lists a handful of local opportunities.

Dear Gabby: Our advice columnist takes on whether to confront a friend over her parenting style, dealing with a caring sister’s resentment and what to do when one of your kids is conquering mountains … while another is down in the dumps.

Credit: Evanston Wildkits Girls Soccer Instagram

The ETHS girls soccer team improved their season mark to 5-0-1 with a 3-2 win over Naperville North Saturday in the first round of the Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Classic. Today the Wildkits face Wheaton St. Francis as the tournament continues.

Credit: Family photo

Dr. Earl Zazove, 1920-2023: Earl Zazove, 102 and three-quarters years old, of Evanston, died on April 4. Zazove worked for decades as a physician, then retired and began a successful second career as an investment adviser.

Credit: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

The Lumberjacks of Canal Shores maintain and manage natural areas within the golf course in Evanston and Wilmette and they’re looking for volunteers to help on April 15. “Getting out to restore this place actually restores us as a community,” said Patrick Hughes Jr., who organizes volunteerism for the site.

Photos from our readers

Credit: Susan Blatz

A brilliant orange sunrise peeks through reader Susan Blatz’s window. 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

Central Street businesses divided over impact of Ryan Field rebuild. Owners of businesses near the stadium hold mixed opinions on the project, with some anticipating more revenue and others concerned about traffic congestion.

CTA plans Red and Purple Line renovations, prioritizing ADA accessibility and increased capacity. Major improvements are planned for the Red and Purple lines, but a chart shows the dramatic drop in CTA ridership triggered by COVID-19.

How Pride in the Pews builds inclusivity in the Black Church. The nonprofit, which works nationally to promote acceptance of LGTBQ+ people, held its first local workshop last month at Second Baptist Church in Evanston.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...