Music Institute Presents “Family Concert: Duke It Out!” – December 10

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This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca. Featured ensembles include Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, Moscow Ballet’s children’s cast, The Kate Jablonski Statement, Tapman Productions, Visceral Dance Chicago, Wheatland Dance Theater, and other companies and choreographers participating in Dance Chicago 2016.
General Admission:  $7
Where: Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue
When: Saturday, December 10, 10 am and 2 pm
For more information and to purchase the tickets, click here

Winter Break Camp – Ridgeville Park District – Registration NOW OPEN

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Winter break may be a two-week vacation for District 65 school children, but not for most working parents. Ridgeville’s Winter Camp is a great way to make sure your kids are having a fun, structured, and supervised winter vacation. The camp will feature exciting art projects, games, and activities organized by our dedicated staff.

Dates: Dec. 27-30, 2016 and Jan. 3-6, 2017

Days: Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri.

Times: 10am-4pm

(Extended Camp Available 8am-10am/4pm-6pm for $3/hr)

Fees (per day): $35 RPD Residents/$40 Non-Residents*

Location: Ridgeville Park Community House, 908 Seward.

Click here to Register

For more information visit Ridgeville Park District’s website

Winter Classes at Ridgeville Park District – Registration starts December 9

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Winter Classes at RPD 
Registration Opens: Dec 9
Winter Session: Jan 9-Mar 11
Where: Enroll in-person during business hours at the RPD Community House, or online at ridgeville.org.
To learn more about class offerings this season, take a look at the Fall/Winter brochure

District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of November 30

Community/Recreational/Civic flyers that were shared and approved for posting this week:
 

Downtown Evanston Holiday Tree Lighting – December 9

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Join Mayor Tisdahl and Santa and Mrs. Clause to light the tree on Friday, December 9th at 5:30pm! The Evanston Childrens’ Choir and Northwestern University Wamuu will perform before and after the tree lighting. Hot cocoa locations and visits with Santa and Mrs. Clause too! More details coming shortly.

Where: Fountain Square
When: Friday, December 9th

S.T.E.A.M Workshop – Ridgeville Park District – December 7

Wondering what to do on District 65 school improvement half-days? This workshop series is a fun, hands-on way to engage with STEM concepts with an added arts component. We will explore a variety of exciting topics at the different workshops including local ecosystems, light absorption and color, electrical circuits and more! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get out of the house and learn more about the world around you.

*Transportation is not provided by the park district. Students can come early with lunch from home to eat.

Workshop Theme

Wednesday, December 7: Pourquoi Tales: Tracing Evolution through Mythology

Residents, $30; Non-Residents, $35

Location: Kamen Fieldhouse (1111 South Blvd.) in Kamen Park

Grades: 4-8steam

Fallen Angels – etc. Music School – December 2-4

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Music and Lyrics by: Mike O’Mara
With Book by: Mike O’Mara, assisted by the Presents cast

A legendary world with ancient laws. A city in the clouds, with peasants below. When a daughter’s compassion marks her unwanted, it sets off a chain of events that will leave both the Angels of the sky and the Terrans on the surface forever changed. “Fallen Angels” weaves a magical tale around the very real-life issues of social justice, gender equality and the corruption of absolute power.

Show Location:
Rm. 213, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL. 60201

Show Dates/Times:
Fri., Dec. 2: 7 P.M.
Sat., Dec. 3: 2 P.M. and 7 P.M.
Sun., Dec. 4: 2 P.M.
<The show is approximately 120 min. in length.>

For more information, please visit etc. Music School website.

Events for Teens at EPL – Dec. 1-10

Teen Loft

Sound of Music Saturdays. Join Loft staff as we listen to and analyze the music you love plus the music you don’t. Bring fresh ears to deconstruct song lyrics, production, cadences, and song content while creating songs that you like even better. Grades 6-12. Saturdays through December 3, 3-4:30pm, The Loft, Main Library.

Loft Lab: Design. Tinker with and make all kinds of amazing projects. Each week we’ll have a different group activity like 3D design, coding or sewing. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you. We provide the supplies, you bring the creativity. Grades 6-12. Drop in. Saturdays, 1-3pm, The Loft, Main Library.

Hour of Code is coming! Take part in the world wide celebration ofcoding at the Loft. While you’re here you can learn how to program your own video games, make art using coding or learn the basics ofJava script or Python. We’ll have some unplugged coding activities too! Drop in. Grades 6-12.  Wednesday, December 7, 1-5pm, The Loft, Main Library

Events for Kids at EPL – Nov. 25 – Dec. 8

Angry BirdsThanksgiving Weekend Family Film: The Angry Birds Movie. Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27, 2pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

FaFinding Dorymily Film and Craft at the Chicago Ave/Main St. Branch. Saturday, November 26, 3pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

Purple Crayon Players Storytime. Bring the kids to this storytime and craft program run by Northwestern University’s Purple Crayon Players for children ages 3 to 8. Everyone is welcome. End your week with college kids and reading fun. Friday, December 2, 4pm, Children’s Room, Main Library 

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Little Explorers: Sea Life! Join us as we introduce your preschooler to the wonders of ocean life. Young explorers ages 3-5 should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver; we will learn about the ocean, identify some seashells, and make our own crab from a real shell! Register online or call 847-448-8610. Register today! Saturday, December 3, 11:00am, Children’s Room, Main Library

Book Club

Caldecott Club for Kids in Grades K-4. We have Caldecott Fever! The Caldecott Award is a national award given to the illustrator of the best picture book of the year. We will share what makes an award winning picture book and give the inside scoop on how the Caldecott Medal is awarded. Register for the December 8 meeting, in person, or by calling 847-448-8610.  Each meeting is limited to 20 participants in grades K to 4. Thursday, December 8, 7pm, Children’s Public Conference Room, Main Library

Holiday Food & Toy Drive

Help make the holiday season joyful for as many needy Evanston families as possible.

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Be a part of the annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive sponsored by Mayor Tisdahl and local community organizations.

Donate online quickly and securely using our Holiday Drive payment site.(Visa, MasterCard, American Express, & Discover accepted)

OR
please bring new, unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food items to the lobby of one of our convenient Evanston drop-off sites starting Monday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Dec. 9.  See locations below.
The City is seeking donations of staple food items for holiday meals, including: stuffing, green beans, yams, mac and cheese, corn and corn bread mix (PLEASE CHECK EXPIRATION DATE).
  • Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.  Mon.-Fri., 7am-9pm
  • Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Sun., Noon-6pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-9pm; Fri. and Sat., 9am-6pm
  • North branch library, 2026 Central St. Mon., 10am-8pm; Tues.-Wed., 10am-6pm; and Sat., 10am-5pm
  • Chicago Ave./Main St. branch library, 900 Chicago Ave., Suite 102, Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat, 10am-6pm; Mon., 10am-8pm
  • Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. Mon., 9am-6pm; Tues.-Thurs., 9am-8pm; Fri., 9am-9pm; Sat., 8am-9pm; Sun., Noon-4pm
  • Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St. Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat., 9am-4pm
  • Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm; Sat., 9am-4:30pm
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-9pm; Sat., 9am-3pm
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm; Sat. and Sun., 9am-3pm
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm
  • Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. Mon.-Fri., 9am-6pm; Sat., 9am-6pm
  • All five Evanston Fire stations, locations here
  • Evanston Police Station, 1454 Elmwood Ave.

ATTENTION:  Families who wish to participate in the Holiday Food & Toy Drive to receive toys and/or food items must register by calling 311 between Monday, November 28 and Friday, December 9.

CTA Holiday Train

CTA Holiday Bus2016 CTA Holiday Train & Bus

This year marks 25 years of the CTA Holiday Train – a holiday tradition unique to Chicago. In celebration of this milestone, this year we introduce and welcome you aboard the new Elves’ Workshop Train.
 
Just as dazzling and decked out as the Holiday Train, this six-car train will follow the Holiday Train on Saturdays, which are the busiest days, to help ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience this one-of-kind and joyful tradition.
Complementing these two festive trains is the CTA Holiday Bus, which brings the same holiday spirit and joy to bus riders as it travels throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Santa’s Magical Trolley Express at Little Beans Cafe

Santa’s Magical Trolley Express in Evanston is an enchanting 90 minute interactive holiday program that begins with an exciting trolley ride to Santa’s North Pole, where the adventure comes alive! Join us for a delightful visit to Santa’s polar workshop where the kids will get involved in whimsical games and lively music, get a picture with Santa, and finally will receive a special surprise!

Your Polar Adventure ticket also includes entry to Little Beans Cafe and their imaginative indoor playground. Plan your visit so your children can enjoy both their polar adventure as well as some time at their indoor attractions.

PLEASE NOTE! Each guest over the age of 12 months is required to have a ticket! Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and all children need to have their own ticket! Tickets are sold individually, per person, regardless of age (over 12 months). A single ticket does NOT allow for entry for a child AND her/his parent! Each guest must have their own ticket.

Evanston – Little Beans Cafe combines a family cafe with an imaginative indoor playground for kids. The cafe boasts a delicious assortment of drinks and snacks, where parents can enjoy the ambiance of a comfortable cafe with their children.

At the Evanston Little Beans Cafe, children ages 0-6 can play in the Little Beans Village, while children 5-12 years can explore Big Beans. For more information, please visit the Little Beans Website.

Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – Single-session – December 11 – Register Now

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Click here for more information and to register

Mother/Daughter Bellydance Workshop – December 4 – Register Now

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Click here for more information and to register

Take the Kid to the Game Day – Friday, November 25

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Click here for more information and to purchase tickets to the game

Book Launch for Screenwise – Weds. Nov. 16

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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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

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‘Cats Come to Dinner

Sign up to host Northwestern students for an evening of great food, conversation, and company!

‘Cats Come to Dinner is an NU Associated Student Government initiative dedicated to strengthening the bond between NU students and Evanston residents. If you are interested in hosting a dinner with some awesome students on either Nov 18th or 19th, please fill out this form by November 11th – tinyurl.com/hostdinner2016

Email Simran Chadha, simran.chadha2018@u.northwestern.edu with any questions

Share Your Table for Thanksgiving

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Make Your Own Website Workshop for Girls – Sun. Nov. 13

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Musical: Killing Time – Nov. 11-12, 18-20

14937280_1088100121268099_5096204042380597503_nThe Musical Offering’s sixth annual student-written, composed, directed and produced musical, “Killing Time”, will be opening its run of five performances this Friday, November 11th at 7 pm, with additional performances on November 12th, 18th, 19th and 20th.

Seating will be limited and reserved seats are highly recommended.
Reservations via Brown Paper Tickets will be available this Tuesday at www.themusicaloffering.org.

Tickets are only $10 and MO students are admitted free.

A hilarious, inventive and beautifully-written must-see show!