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A recent protest in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Photo provided)

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Last week, Ukrainian Northwestern student Valeriia Rohoza was sitting in a study room in Evanston working on a computer science assignment when “everything changed,” she said. Rohoza watched from afar as the Russian army invaded her homeland.

Within days, Chernihiv, Ukraine, where Rohoza grew up, became the site of some of the most violent destruction and fighting between the two countries.

Dance Marathon 2022 in high gear. (Photo by Jill Norton)

The 48th annual Northwestern University Dance Marathon took place this weekend. The annual fundraiser, affectionately referred to as “DM” by the dance marathon team, is a charitable event well known throughout the Northwestern campus and its far-flung community of alumni.

After the 30-hour event closed, DM leaders announced impressive results: $580,778 raised from 4,680 donations, many thousands of snacks and gallons of water consumed, and nearly 1,000 sleep-deprived but aerobically fit students.

At This Time: Saturday at 3:08 p.m. AJ Brown jumps rope with his 9-year-old daughter, Soleil Reed-Brown, at Mason Park. “I’ve been jumping rope since COVID,” said AJ, who drives a school bus. “I’ve lost 85 pounds.” When he started, he could jump only a few times before needing a break. Saturday was the first time they jumped together. “She’s pretty good,” he said. (Photo by Richard Cahan)


Week in Photos: In Tuesday’s newsletter we’ll share a roundup of photos taken throughout the past week. What were you up to in the last seven days? Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com!


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Rebecca Sanchez. (Photo via Kombucha Brava’s Instagram)

Evanston resident takes over Kombucha Brava: ‘We had to keep it open.’ When Rebecca Sanchez tried kombucha for the first time more than a decade ago, she was surprised. Kombucha’s taste grows on you, and once it does, you’ll fall in love with it, Sanchez says.

(Ridgeville Park District photo)

Ridgeville Park District does ‘a whole lot with a little.’ Residents living in South Evanston may take advantage of summer camps, classes, a farmers market, free concerts and events offered by Ridgeville Park District. And the district’s programs aren’t limited to the 10,000 households within its boundaries.

(Photo by Joerg Metzner) Credit: Joerg Metzner

Picturing Evanston. “Ciao bella.” Saturday’s hint of spring seems like a distant memory. In front of The Mexican Shop on Dempster Street and Sherman Avenue.

Tucked under the Metra line, Alcove keeps cooking. Elio Romero was just 17 when he emigrated from El Salvador to the United States. He eventually got a job as a sous chef at Chef’s Station – now called Alcove – at 1625 Maple Ave.

Which is better, a good therapist or a good hairstylist? Dear Gabby, My best friend is really unhappy in her job (and has been for years) and won’t stop complaining about it.

Nancy E. Anderson: ‘It will be OK’ and other things I don’t say anymore. I’m lying in bed reading a book about a woman who is terminally ill. She’s telling her therapist that people say the wrong things to her.

Photo provided by North Channel Community Rowing

North Channel Community Rowing to offer free learn-to-row camps for middle schoolers. North Channel Community Rowing will offer free learn-to-row camps for sixth, seventh and eighth graders this summer.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns for in-person viewing March 11. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is presented annually by the Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston.


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Around the web

Ukrainian woman weds Chicago fiancé ahead of return home. When Russia invaded her home country of Ukraine, Maria decided she had to get there and help defend it — even if it meant leaving her new husband behind.

Cold for a cause: Chicago’s Polar Plunge returns in-person to Lake Michigan. Chicago’s Polar Plunge, a popular wintertime staple, made its return to North Avenue Beach Sunday, with massive crowds and brave participants.

Two years later: Northwestern’s COVID-19 story, as told by testing data. It’s been almost two years since the first confirmed COVID-19 case at Northwestern. The Daily Northwestern compiled testing metrics for NU, Evanston and the state, along with the context of mandates and phased reopenings, to provide a full account of the pandemic since campus reopened in Winter Quarter 2021. 


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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...