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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Pride was back in Evanston Sunday as people honked their horns and decorated their cars to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. Evanston Pride directed a procession of more than 30 decked-out cars through the city for the second annual Evanston Pride Youth Car Parade. Jackson Adams, Evanston resident and President of Evanston Pride, told the RoundTable that many onlookers were pleasantly surprised and smiled, waved or honked horns at the cars.

“There is a sense of community here,” said Adams. “Our queer population is growing.” The car parade is meant to be a fun reason to get together and celebrate, and also to give the kids a chance to connect.

“We want all the kids to feel included, to feel loved to be seen,” Adams said.

Members of Slow & Steady, Evanston’s over 50 men’s basketball team, recently made the trip to Florida to compete in the 2022 National Senior Games 50-to-55-year age category. Despite losing their first game against the eventual tournament champions, the team won four games in a row to get back into medal contention, ultimately coming away with the silver medal.

“We played nine games in four days. I mean, I’m amazed I came out of that still walking,” team member Steve Cline said. “It really brought us together and brought out the best of us.”

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The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree. In this episode of Evanston Rules, hosts Laurice Bell and Ron Whitmore speak with Kimberly Holmes Ross, who is truly her mother’s child. Listen as the daughter of Delores Holmes describes growing up in Evanston, attending District 65 schools and Evanston Township High School – and why she is drawn to the work she is passionate about, serving her community.

At This Time: Sunday at 1:06 p.m. Members of the Clamor & Lace Noise Brigade send off cars in the Evanston Pride Youth Car Parade as they leave Evanston High School. About 30 drivers and two bike riders rode around the city. “It’s a great day to all come together,” said driver Emily Portugal. Visible are (from left) Helena Burgueño on French horn, Carey Anne Farrell on trombone and Nikki O’Neal on glockenspiel. The parade, sponsored by Evanston Pride, supports the for LGBTQ+ community. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Invention Convention has Nichols buzzing with creative excitement. Nichols Middle School gym was packed Wednesday with parents, teachers, siblings and nearly 230 sixth-grade students representing 12 school classes for the 2022 Invention Convention, where students presented new ideas for fighting climate change locally.

We see flaws, they see charm. Go figure. Dear Gabby, Why does my father, who is a retired cardiac surgeon and honestly something of a snob, understand my boyfriend, who never went to college but can fix anything in the universe, better than he does me?

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Boy Scouts host Central Street car wash fundraiser for summer trip. Rising ETHS sophomores Oliver Powell (left) and Eli Corr are raising money for Evanston Boy Scout Troop 929’s mid-July trip to Philmont Scout Ranch BSA in New Mexico. The troop’s car wash Sunday will help four scouts and their parents to hike an average of 10 miles a day and climb 12,500-foot Mount Baldy.

Guest essay: Open letter to Evanston’s Mayor and City Council on City Manager search. “As we enter the next chapter in Evanston’s increasingly desperate search to find a new City Manager, some reassessment is in order. Why do we not seem to be able to get candidates who both suit our needs and who actually want the job?” local activists asked city leaders in a letter published in the RoundTable.

ETHS girls soccer: Wildkits finish 4th at state tourney. After losing 2-0 to Barrington in Friday’s state semifinals and 2-1 to Lincoln-Way Central in the third-place game on Saturday, ETHS lost as many games on the final weekend as they dropped all season. The flat ending to one of the best seasons in program history left coach Stacy Salgado’s squad with a final record of 21-4-1.

Picturing Evanston. “Ultra Violet” is the name of Ouizi’s mural adorning the south wall of 1231 Chicago Ave., just south of Dempster Street. The artist is also known as Louise Jones. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...