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Book Launch for Screenwise – Tues. Oct. 25

Book Launch for Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner

Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children–if their parents help them. Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age.

Heitner is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness. An experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Dr. Heitner serves as a professional development resource for schools wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

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Court Kingz vs. Evanston’s Elite – Sat. Oct. 22

Cursed Costumes – Oct. 22-30


Park School Open Door Day – Tues. Oct. 25


Tours Available at: 10:00 to 11:00 AM/1:00 to 2:00 PM

PARK SCHOOL 828 Main St. Evanston IL 60202

Park School is a public therapeutic day program serving students with the most significant special needs. Our “Open Door Days”, are an opportunity for prospective families, parents, friends, community members, and educational/related service providers to tour Park School and view our unique program. Though we require an RSVP for our “Open Door Days”, all interested parties are welcome to set up a tour or observation by appointment all throughout the school year.

Please RSVP by phone or email to: 847-424-2300 We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Hullabaloo at Howard Street Farm – Sat. Oct. 22

The Talking Farm hosts
The 6th annual 
Saturday, October 22, 2016
12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Join our Celebration of Harvest and Community!

Since 2011, we’ve opened up our Howard Street Farm every fall for a community celebration. The HULLABALOO is our way of celebrating autumn, harvest and progress we made in building the Howard Street Farm from weed to seed.

This year’s Hullabaloo will open with PUMPKINS! Grab a pumpkin at noon and stay to decorate it!

Emcees Mike Nowak of The Mike Nowak Show and Peggy Malecki of Natural Awakenings Magazine will guide you through the day’s activities.

We are excited to announce two storytelling sessions by Elysabeth Ashe. Elysabeth tells nature folktales and spooky stories that tantalize the imagination and stir the senses. Elysabeth has performed at festivals, conferences, nature centers, and academic settings for almost twenty years. She is also the Youth Programs Director at the Jewish Council Youth Services and an experiential educator with a primary focus on team-building.

Schedule of Activities

12 noon  Pumpkin Sales begin

1 pm Strictly Jug Nuts

1:30 Story telling by Elysabeth Ashe

2:00 The Old Town School Community Choir

2:30 Strictly Jug Nuts

3:00  Story telling by Elysabeth Ashe

3:30  Tell ’em Henry

All-Day Activities

Antique Cider pressing by Ben Harris
Pumpkin decorating
Farm Tours

Details: All are welcome.* Family-friendly. Casual. $5 suggested donation per person/$20 per family. Pumpkins $6-$8 each.

The Howard Street Farm is located at 3669 Howard Street in Skokie, behind the Tot Learning Center. Free parking onsite.

All proceeds raised from the Hullabaloo support The Talking Farm, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates the Howard Street Farm.

Special thanks to the Skokie Park District for helping us host this event.


Award Winning Authors at King Lab – Mon. Oct. 24

Author Invasion: Five Award Winning Children’s Authors to Visit Evanston

During the week of October 24 – 28th, Foundation 65 will bring five critically acclaimed authors to visit fifteen District 65 schools. This ‘author invasion’ is part of a visiting author series called Perspectives: A Shared Author Experience. The program was created by the District 65 library department and is funded through a grant from Foundation 65.

The authors represent diverse cultural backgrounds, writing styles and topics. Authors include, Matt de la Peña, Janice Harrington, Grace Lin, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Steve Sheinkin. Each visiting author will work with a specific grade level(s) and visit schools across Evanston (see which grade levels will work with each author below).

The Perspectives program helps highlight the importance of diversity in children’s literature and the intent is to give District 65 students and families the opportunity to view issues from multiple perspectives, and see themselves represented in the authors, the author’s life experiences, and the stories they tell.

“We are thrilled to bring these amazing authors to our schools,” said Tracy Hubbard, chair of the library department, “Reading is a way of exploring the world around us, and navigating difficult ideas. We believe that this program deeply supports the equity work that District 65 is so committed to.”

All authors will take part in a panel discussion that is open to the public on October 24th. This event will be co-hosted by the Evanston Public Library and will be moderated by Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager for the Evanston Public Library. The event will be held at King Arts Magnet School, 2424 Lake Street, Evanston.

“Rarely have I seen this impressive a gathering of authors and illustrators gathered in Illinois outside of a conference setting.  Each one of them is a master of their art.  It’s a privilege to get a chance to talk to them together,” said Betsy Bird.

The event will begin at 5:30 with student art inspired by the authors’ work on display. Books by each author will be available for purchase from the Book Stall.Two food trucks, La Cocinita and Gotta Bee Crepes will have food for purchase on site. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.

Authors will work with the following grade levels during the week of Oct 24 – 28th:

Matt de la Peña – all 7th & 8th graders
Janice Harrington – all K & 1st graders
Grace Lin – all 2nd & 4th graders
Steve Sheinkin – all 5th & 6th graders
Duncan Tonatiuh – all 3rd graders


Although we have had no bona fide “scary” clown sightings here, as reported in other jurisdictions, we have had two incidents that we are currently investigating involving “scary” clown activity over social media.  With Halloween quickly approaching, we would like to take this opportunity to send a message to parents and children in reference to “scary” clown incidents.

The Evanston Police Department takes these reports seriously and they are fully investigated.  Parents should speak with their children and let them know that there can be serious consequences in copycat activity involving clown threats whether in-person or via the internet.  What can start out as a prank can quickly spiral into a serious situation, and can result in the unwanted attention of law enforcement and/or a private citizen who may feel threatened.

It is not illegal to wear a clown costume in public, but parents are encouraged to carefully consider whether a clown costume is appropriate.  No matter what costume is being worn, we would like to remind residents to be respectful and not intimidate or harass others during this Halloween season.

As always, the Evanston Police Department will be out this Halloween to make sure that everyone can have a safe and happy Halloween.

If you need immediate police assistance, dial 911.  You can also reach the police desk by calling(847) 866-5000 or utilize Text-A-Tip at CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line with the tip information.

Gather: Spook-tacular Halloween Party! – Sat. Oct. 29

Saturday, October 29th, 9:30am-noon

It’s not too late to get your tickets for our annual Spook-tacular family fun event! Be sure to wear your costumes and join us for a magic show by the Incredible Greg beginning at 10:45; storytelling by Kennedy Center teaching artist, children’s poet & educator, Karen Erickson; a fun photo area; art making, creative play, and of course festive snacks! This event sold out last year, so please get your tickets in advance.

RSVP now by calling 847-859-2312 or click the link below. $25 for a family of three (two children & one adult or two adults and one child), $7 for each additional family member.

Gather, 602 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201

register now

Parent Seminars on Gifted Children – Oct. 22-Nov. 12

This fall, Center for Talent Development and Rush NeuroBehavioral Center are presenting a special series of parent seminars on the complex cognitive and emotional needs of gifted children. The seminars will be offered in Evanston and Lake Bluff on Saturdays October 22-November 12.

Learn more at:

Boo Bash @ Goldfish Swim School – Sat. Oct. 22

gss-mummy-fishWhat: BOO Bash at Goldfish Swim School Evanston

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: Goldfish Swim School Evanston- 2008 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60202

Details: Event highlights include open swim, crafts, games, snacks, trick-or-treating and more! Come in your costume for FREE admission! $5/child (max $15 per family) without costume

For more information:


2nd Annual Infant/Toddler Fair – Sat. Oct. 22

The Happy Toddler

Learn about Language, Social-Emotional and Motor Skill Development Throughout the First Years

Featured Speaker: 

Jennifer Brown, MS, OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy at Playworks Therapy, LLC

9:00–11:00 am Children welcome | 11:00–12:00 pm Adults only

Door Prizes and Light Refreshments RSVP by October 15, 2016 847.864.2190

Oct 22 2016 – 9:00am

Chiaravalle Montessori School
425 Dempster

2nd Annual Exploratorium Event @ Chiaravalle – Sat. Nov. 5

Register Now!

Sat. Nov. 5, 9-11 am

Get hands on at Chiaravalle’s 2nd Annual Exploratorium to learn how Montessori education supports creative, innovative thinkers.

  • Sample the Chiaravalle experience
  • Enjoy storytime, snacks and other fun activities
  • Explore the LEED Platinum North Wing
  • Children ages 6 months to 6+ years

Register at

Accepting applications for 2017-18 school year now!

Mudlark Theater: Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Oct. 21-23, 27-30

Adapted from the short story by Washington Irving

Directed by Michael Miro and Andrew Biliter

When skittish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow, he finds himself in a town steeped in ghastly spirits, haunted paths and spine-chilling tales. Don’t miss this delightfully spooky retelling of a beloved American ghost story.

October 21-23, 27-30
Thursday-Saturday at 7pm, Sundays at 3pm
Noyes Street Theater
927 Noyes Street
Click here to purchase tickets>>

Navigating Parent-Teacher Conferences Workshop – Sun. Oct. 16

pt-conferencesEstablishing a rapport with your child’s teacher is a crucial partnership. When having limited time at a parent-teacher conference of 10 or 15 minutes you must prepare to get to the heart of the matter.

Join Felisha Parsons, Ed.D., for a few hours of unlocking the keys to a more meaningful parent- teacher conference. Learn to effectively navigate through the conference:

* Key questions that lead to answers
* Claim your presence and power
* Be an engaged participant
* Communicate your expectations
* Seal the collaborative partnership

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Where: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster Street Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free & Open to Public
Light Refreshments Served

Register for 3rd Annual Zombie Scramble

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The Evanston Recreation Division presents the 3rd Annual Zombie Scramble on October 22, 2016!


The goal of the Zombie Scramble is for you and your team members to finish the race with all of your “lives” intact.  Your “lives” are represented by flags hanging off of a flag football belt you will wear.  Throughout the course, Zombies will be attempting to grab your flag as you attempt to avoid them.  If you lose all of your flags you become “infected” and complete the race as an “infected” person.

Fire Department Open House – Sun. Oct. 16

Stuff the Bus: Free Groceries @ Valli – Sat. Oct. 15

ESCCA’s 25th Annual Pumpkin Patch – Sat. Oct.. 15

Come and pick your pumpkins on Saturday, October 15, from 8am – 2pm at Independence Park (across from EPL North Branch and Foodstuff on Central Street).

All money raised will be donated to ESCCA (Evanston School Children’s Clothing Assoc.) to purchase jeans, shoes and underclothes for District 65 children in need.

ESCCA Needs Your Coats

38491_146998711981543_4590024_nBrrr…there’s a chill in the air! What a good reminder to clean out the coat closet and see what fits and what can get passed along before winter comes. We are low on winter coats (especially sizes 14/16 through adult) and welcome donations of new and gently used winter coats and parkas for D65 children in need! Our donation box on the west side of the D65 Hill Administration building is open 24 hours. (You may also bring donations to your child’s D65 school during school hours.) Please spread the word – thank you!