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December 11, 2017 


Free Community HIV and STI Testing
Howard Brown Center will offer free and confidential testing for HIV and sex-ually transmitted infections from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Peaceable Cities Evanston Holds Event to Discuss and Listen to Stories of Forgiveness and Reconciliation
About 30 community members gathered to listen and talk with Father Robert Oldershaw and Susan Trieschmann about their expertise in restorative justice and vision of a peaceable city. The forum at the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center elicited discussion of preventive measures members of the Evanston community are taking to decrease violence and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders with victims and the community.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Climate Change Honest Dialogue in an Era of Questionable Federal Leadership
More than 400 people attended the 2017 Northwestern Climate Change Symposium, hosted by the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) at the Hilton Orrington Hotel on Nov. 9 and 10. To accommodate high demand for the two-day event, portions of the program were held in adjacent locations, including the Women’s Club of Evanston.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
ESO's Annual Holiday Concert Brings the City Together
Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert, held this year at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, will bring 1,500 people together at the Evanston Township High School Auditorium to celebrate the holidays with music, dance, song – even Santa. With 350 people on stage, it is the North Shore’s biggest indoor show of the year.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Restoration Day at Perkins Woods on Dec.2
Volunteers are invited to Perkins Woods from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2 to remove invasive species that compete with native species for sunlight and space.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Open Call for Aging Well Conference Presentations
The Aging Well Conference Planning Committee has announced an open call for presenters at the 20th Annual Evanston Aging Well Conference from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 4 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
'Way-Down-Home-Funky Blues' at the NAACP Banquet
At the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the NAACP Evanston/North Shore on Nov. 18, Reverend Wendell Anthony of Fellowship Chapel in Detroit entertained and challenged his audience with a sometimes-serious and often biting rendition of the “way-down-home-funky blues” – the political scene in this country in 2017.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
New Fund for the Arts Established at ECF
The Young Evanston Artists Foundation (YEA!) has voted to dissolve the organization and distribute the funds to the Evanston Community Foundation as a way to pay tribute to the legacy of the YEA! Day Festival and honor Harvey Pranian as the Founder and Project Director.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
YWCA Fundraiser Honors a Decade of YWomen
More than 600 people attended YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s YWomen 10th Anniversary Celebration in Deerfield on Nov. 10.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Mark Dennis to Retire as McGaw Y CEO
McGaw YMCA President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Dennis Jr. has announced his retirement. He has been in his role at McGaw Y since April 2014.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
YWCA Wins 2017 Purple Purse Challenge
YWCA Evanston/North Shore raised $556,403 in private donations to win the grand prize of a $100,000 grant through The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
EPL Best Children's Books of 2017 List
Just in time for the holiday season, the Evanston Public Library has announced selection of the 101 Best Books for Kids 2017. This list provides books of mystery, science, poetry, hilarity, sorrow, and more. The books have been chosen by EPL librarians from the thousands published in 2017.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
'The Girl Who Wrote in Silk'
Kelli Estes captures readers immediately with her story, based on actual events that took place on Orcas Island north of Seattlein the late 1800s. It is the story of two strong women faced with hard decisions.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Actors Gymnasium and Lookingglass Theatre Soar in Production of 'Hard Times'
The Actors Gymnasium, whose motto is “Learn to Fly,” has called Evanston home for more than 20 years. Guided by its vision of “a revitalized American theatre; one with performances as thrilling as a rock concert, as mesmerizing as the circus,” Actors Gym teaches circus techniques and performs original plays featuring circus and physical theater, all at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Amanecer Tacos Food Truck Opens Storefront
“We’re now operating both the tiniest food truck in America and the tiniest retail space in Evanston,” Ana Vela, Amanecer Taco Shop owner, said about converting the Amanecer Tacos Smart Car “food truck” to a brick and mortar taco shop in Evanston. 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Erie Family Health Center Honored as One of 2017 Top Workplaces
For the fifth time, Erie Family Health Center has been recognized as one of the Chicago area’s most dynamic and supportive local businesses as part of the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2017.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Victims of Sex Trafficking
She may look like any other teenager, but if she slides up her pant leg she reveals a tattoo covering her thigh that reads, “Daddy’s Little B—h.” She is far from most women her age, but she may be living right in the neighborhood as a sex worker. This is not a woman who has freely chosen this life; she is a victim of sex trafficking.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Comparing Apples to Apples at North Shore Cider Company
Of all the apples grown in the United States, some of the most difficult to find are those that lend themselves to the production of hard cider, according to Chris Collins, proprietor of North Shore Cider Company, which opened this year at 707 Howard St.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Fleetwood Jourdain's YSTEP Theater Program Connects Youth and Older Adults
This fall Fleetwood Youth & Senior Theater Ensemble Project (YSTEP) is celebrating its seventh year of bringing young people and older adults together for a collaborative storytelling and theater experience.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Northwestern Students, Meals at Home Address Food Insecurity in Evanston
The Evanston Public Library has partnered with Meals at Home, a meal delivery service that supports the homebound, the elderly, the disabled, and others unable to care for their nutritional needs, to present a series of events addressing the issue of food insecurity in Evanston.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
NU Solar House Takes Two 1st Place Awards
A collaboration between Northwestern undergraduates and senior members of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) has resulted in two first-place awards in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 competition.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
A New Public Art Initiative Is Brightening Evanston's Streetwalls
In an effort to restore and brighten the neglected streetwalls across Evanston, the Evanston Mural Arts Program is creating public art for everyone to enjoy.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Myefski Honored By Design Evanston
Design Evanston, a local non-profit advocacy organization focused on promoting good design, recently announced the winners of the 2017 Design Evanston Awards program.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Ice House Gallery: Showplace and Workspace For Local Artists
On Oct. 7 Ice House Gallery opened with an exhibition of 17 artists, 15 of whom are from Evanston and the Chicago area. The gallery at 609 South Blvd., is managed by Hannah Litvan, a 24-year-old from Wilmette.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Jason Narducy: Evanston's Kevin Bacon
If one is to believe everything written about Evanston native and current resident Jason Narducy, it might be that he sometimes shoots clay pigeons in the dark after sugar-benders; inspired Foo Fighter Dave Grohl to play punk music; runs a painting company even when touring as Bob Mould’s bassist; and started his first touring punk band at age 10.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Literary news you can use from Evanston Public Library's blog The Book Bird Celebrate NaNoWriMo with Some Sage Advice
Literary news you can use from Evanston Public Library’s blog The Book Bird
Celebrate NaNoWriMo with Some Sage Advice
It only comes but once a year. Every November, people all around the world buckle down and take to heart those wise words from author Jane Yolen on how to write. Put simply: “Butt + chair = book.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Teen Team Scores a Hit with Original Musical at The Musical Offering
Storied pairs and single luminaries – the Gershwin brothers, Lerner and Lowe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephens Sondheim and Schwartz – mastered the genre in the 20th century. With “La La Land” and “Hamilton,” Hurwitz, Pasek and Paul, and Lin-Manuel Miranda made it cool again in the 21st.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Looking for Resolution About the Future of Family Focus Programs and Building
Fears and rumors about the possible sale of the Weissbourd-Holmes Family Focus building collided at a Nov. 7 meeting about the future of the building, located at 2010 Dewey Ave.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Our House Celebrates Two Years
Hosting an open house on Sept., 13, Our House, a program under the umbrella of Connections for the Homeless, celebrated two years of productive and successful operations.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017


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