Before the Flood Screening at Evanston Library – October 22nd

Attend a free screening of this riveting documentary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and actor, environmental activist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio. Before the Floodpresents a dramatic account of the changes now occurring around the world due to climate change. Most importantly, the film outlines the actions that we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet – a topic to be followed up on in discussion.
Where: Evanston Public Library Community Room
When:
 Sunday, Oct. 22nd2-4 p.m.

Light of Unity: Indigenous Peoples’ Day – October 10

Join the Baha’i House of Worship, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian and Northwestern University in celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day at special events this Monday, October 9.

For more information, follow this link

Free Hearing Screening – October 24

The Evanston Children’s Rummage Sale – October 14, 2017

This sale is FREE to enter and will take place on Saturday Oct. 14th from 8-3pm. The donations will be accepted until that Friday the 13th at Robert Crown.

All proceeds will be donated to Friends of Crown in support of the new recreational and ice-skating facility.

Donations are tax deductible and volunteers will receive discounts at checkout.

Volunteers can sign up online and the incentives are as follows:

2 hrs  receive 10% off
4 hrs  receive 20% off
6 or more hours receive 30% off

Summer Camps at Quad Indoor Sports!

 

Summer Camps at Quad Indoor Sports!

Quad Indoor Sports is a state-of-the-art indoor facility in SW Evanston.  Our climate controlled environment is a perfect setting for our multi-sport camps.  Our coaches will keep campers engaged in multi-spot activities all day!

Don’t miss out on this very fun and interactive sports camp!

Summer Camp Dates: June 5th, 2017 thru August 25th, 2017

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Dance Forward 2017 – Foster Dance Studios – May 12-13th

Dance Forward 2017

Dance Forward 2017 is Foster Dance Company’s Sixth Annual Spring Concert. It features performances by Foster Dance Company, Classical Ballet Company and Foster Dance Crew.

Performances:

May 127:30pm
May 132pm/7:30pm
$20 – Adult/$15 – Student
Where: Regina Dominican High School (701 Locust, Wilmette, IL 60091)
Contact:
Artistic Directors: 
Foster Dance Company – Ronn Stewart and Sarah Goldstone
Classical Ballet Company – Graca Sales
Foster Dance Crew – Marchello “Chello” Lee, Christopher “Espuppy” Escoffery and Jana Schneider

Guest Post – Keeping Your Teens Safe and Sober When School’s Out – By Frank Lawson

Keeping Your Teens Safe and Sober When School’s Out

By Frank Lawson, http://edutude.net/

 

Summer is the time for fun and relaxation for your teens, but it can also be the time for engaging in risky behavior. Thanks to the ample free time and minimal supervision that teens enjoy over the summer months, many adolescents find themselves in troubling situations they don’t encounter during the school year.

Every day during summer vacation, 11,000 teens drink alcohol for the first time, 5,000 have their first taste of nicotine, and 4,500 try marijuana. This is a huge jump from school year rates, so make sure you talk about the dangers of drugs and alcohol before the last school bell rings. You might feel like your words of caution will have little impact, but statistics show that teens who believe their parents disapprove of substance use are less likely to experiment.

Summer break is also the most dangerous time for teen drivers — teens get into 16 percent more accidents and eight teens die every day during the 100 days following Memorial Day. Since nearly 60 percent of those accidents involve a distracted teen behind the wheel, institute strict rules for your teen drivers. Restrict them to one passenger at a time and take a zero tolerance approach to texting and driving.

One thing you shouldn’t take a zero tolerance policy on is underage drinking: While you don’t want your kids drinking before it’s legal, it’s more important to ensure they don’t drink and drive. Explain to your children that, despite your disapproval, you’ll pick them up if they ever need a safe ride home. That way, you can keep your teen from joining the 23 percent of teens who admit to driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.

The good news? Teens are less likely to be a victim of assault during the summer months. However, physical violence against teens peaks when the school year begins, so summer break is a good time to talk to your child about conflict resolution, de-escalation, and when to turn to an authority figure.

Conception rates among teens also plummet during summer vacation. This makes summer the ideal time to broach the talk with your teen, since they’re less likely to be on the defensive. Be sure to cover consent, contraception, and healthy relationships so your child is prepared for what the next school year throws at them.

With these numbers, you’re probably wondering how you can keep your kids safe this summer without resorting to locking them indoors. The best strategy? Keep them busy. Teens who are occupied with fun extracurriculars and family activities are less likely to find themselves in trouble. However, getting teens busy over the summer can be a challenge. Teens can be restless, and toys and trips to the pool don’t quite entertain them like they used to.

Get your teens involved in summer camp for a structured activity and positive role models in the form of college-aged counselors. Camp will help regulate your teen’s schedule so they’re not staying up all night and sleeping all day, and it also keeps them learning so they face less of a struggle when classes resume. Whether you choose drop-in camp sessions, day camp, or sleepaway camp will depend on your family’s summer schedule and budget, but any option is a great way to keep your teen happy and out of trouble.

Volunteering may not be the most appealing option for your teen at first, but volunteering at the right organization can help your teens make friends, learn about potential careers, and build a resume that will impress college admissions officers. Look for opportunities with other engaged young people, like a nature trail clean-up day or peer tutoring program.

Plan family vacations. Time away and free from distractions can help you reconnect with your teen. Building a strong parent-child relationship is central to keeping your teen on the right path. It may also alert you to concerning behavior changes that you hadn’t noticed in your busy everyday life.

No matter what approach you take to keeping your children safe this summer, make sure you find time to talk to your teens about risky behavior, peer pressure, and how they can protect themselves.

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Digital Backpack – District 65 – April 26 issue

Junior Volunteers Needed! – Evanston Animal Shelter

Happy Spring Junior Volunteers!

I am happy to announce the dates for this year’s Junior Volunteer Days at the Evanston Animal Shelter! This year we will be meeting at the shelter on Saturdays at 11am for 60-90 minutes. Each month we will have a special guest. Stay tuned for each month’s theme and be sure to sign up on Eventbrite so we can make sure we have enough room and supplies for everyone. Sign up information will be sent out closer to each date.

Pencil in the following Saturdays to join us at the shelter.

May 6
June 3
July 8
August 19

Additional dates for sessions of Rescue Readers will be announced soon!

I hope you have all had a wonderful winter and are looking forward to helping out at the shelter this summer. We can’t wait to see you!

Stephanie

Director of Youth Programs
Evanston Animal Shelter
2310 Oakton St. Evanston, IL
847-866-5082
youthprogramseasa@gmail.com

2017 Dajae Coleman Achievement Award – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – Due by April 14

The Dajae Coleman Achievement Award recognizes two African American (male or female) Evanston Township High School freshman students for their leadership capabilities and ability to honor the values articulated by Dajae’s life and ethics. Winners of the Award receive $1000 scholarships to be applied toward their post-secondary education.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Dajae Coleman Achievement Award.  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 14, 2017.

DCAA Application

 

Mother/Daughter Bellydance Workshop – Hip Circle Studio – April 9

Open to daughters 4 and up, this workshop focuses on gaining comfort in your body and boosting self-esteem through dance. Bellydance started, historically, as a dance done by women, for women and is a wonderful art form to share with our daughters.

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Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – Hip Circle Studio – Starts April 19

This is a great way to start creating an active lifestyle for your family, and is fun to boot! Your toddler will have the freedom to follow the ebb and flow of their interest, while you get to learn to move your body. 

Looking to get your workout in? This class will do it so come dressed comfortably and be prepared to sweat! We’ll be barefoot for the class, so feel free to bring grippy socks (for you or your toddler) if that’s more comfortable for you.

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Evanston Public Library – SPRING BOOK SALE – March 24 – 26

Spring Book Sale All Weekend!

This Book Sale has been called “The Best” by the Chicago Reader.
Browse through 1000s of high-quality books in every category of fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. Enjoy low, low prices, recent titles, and favorite authors.
Buy gifts for others and yourself too, and while you’re at it, every penny you spend supports the Library.

Preview Sale
Friday, $5 charge 10am to noon

Regular Sale
Friday, noon to 5:30pm
Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm

Half – Price Sale
Sunday, noon to 5:30pm

2017 Spring Book Sale

Evanston Public Library – Special Needs Friendly LEGO Event – March 29

Evanston Public Library – Gender Expansive and Transgender Lego Event – Ages 5-12 – March 29

Spring Break Programs – McGaw YMCA – Grades K-5

District65 DIgital Backpack – Week of March 9

Community Habitat Project Kickoff – March 15

Attend a kickoff meeting for the Evanston Community Habitat Project.

The two-year project will include improvements to 3.75 acres of bird habitat along the North Shore Channel in the Ladd Arboretum, as well as add bird-friendly plantings of native shrubs, understory trees and forbs in four Evanston parks.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday March 15, 7 p.m., in the Morton Civic Center’s Parasol Room (4th floor).

Learn more here

District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of March 1

North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie – Odd Squad Live! – THIS WEEKEND

 

 

 

WHEN:March 4 @ 5:00 pm
WHERE:Center Theatre, North Shore Performing Arts

 

 

 

 

Attention Odd Squad fans, there is oddness in your town and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve it. Team up with brand new agents Orian and Oleanna in this live, interactive adventure. With help from Ms. O back at headquarters, kids will put their STEM skills to the test and decode, decipher and unravel clues to stop villains like Father Time and Lady Terrible. Featuring an original script by the creators of Odd Squad and new music including songs by Soundcheck, Odd Squad – Live! is a laugh-out-loud, action-packed experience not to be missed.

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.