Alice Through the Looking Glass Auditions – Tues. Aug. 30

If your 8 year old to 8th grader wants to be in a show this fall, auditions for Alice Through the Looking Glass on Tuesday August 30th at the Levy Center, and Thursday September 1 at the Gibbs Morrison Center on Dodge and Church, both from 4 to 6pm.

Nothing to prepare or bring except themselves Performances are November 18,19 and 20.

FAN Event – Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis – Mon. Aug. 29

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Andrew Aydin, co-authors of the March trilogy, Monday, August 29, 2016, 7:00 PM at Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201. Free and open to the public, no RSVPs required. Suitable for youth ages 12+. INFO:

When John Lewis, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th District and an American Icon known for his role in the civil rights movement, was a college student in Nashville, Tennessee, he attended a workshop on nonviolence that changed his life. Based on the principles of Gandhi and the recent Montgomery Bus Boycott, it also included a comic book — Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story — as a take-home study aid in nonviolent resistance. “That little book became like a Bible for us,” says Rep. Lewis. Fifty years later, he teamed with co-writer Andrew Aydin, his Congressional Digital Director and Policy Advisor, and artist Nate Powell to adapt his own incredible life story into a 3-part series of award-winning graphic novels, entitled March. The March series is a #1 New York Times-bestselling phenomenon, earning a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, becoming a popular selection for university reading programs, and prompting the Washington Post to write, “There is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries than March.”

Rep. Lewis first joined the civil rights movement as a seminary student in Nashville, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Rides, which challenged illegal segregation at bus stations across the South. He soon became the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the “Big Six” national leaders of the movement, alongside such figures as Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph. As SNCC chairman, Lewis was an architect of, and the youngest featured speaker at, the historic 1963 March on Washington, and was a key figure in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. Together with Hosea Williams, he led the landmark “Bloody Sunday” March in Selma, Alabama, where police brutality spurred national outrage and hastened passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite physical attacks, serious injuries, and more than 40 arrests, John Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. His subsequent career has included voter registration activism, service on the Atlanta City Council, and over 25 years in Congress. Lewis was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011, and was the first recipient of the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jumping Out of Technology – Sun. Aug. 28


Fall Lacrosse Registration Open

lacrosseEYLA Fall Lacrosse Registration is now open!

EYLA Girls Fall 2016
Season  – 9/11 – 10/23

Welcome to Fall 2016! Fall is a great time to try out the sport of lacrosse or hone your skills for the Spring season. Lacrosse is the fastest growing field sport in the US, and with this there are changing US Lacrosse rules per age group, leagues and parameters for lacrosse at this particular time.Please read the registration carefully as we are adapting to the new US Lacrosse age guidelines and format of play for our younger players. All players are required to be US Lacrosse members, which is $25 annual membership.

We are always searching for parents to help coach, manage or assist EYLA with the growth of the game, please reach out to if you are interested.

US Lacrosse is moving toward the birthdate model, not grade model for youth programming, 8/31 cutoff. EYLA Girls will transition to the USL model beginning this Fall. For more information on ages – see link US Lacrosse. In addition based on the USL Lacrosse ADM protocol.

For Scholarship information, contact:

Boys Programs

EYLA Fall ball is a great opportunity for boys of all ages and skill levels to play Lacrosse in the fall.  Our Fall ball program features skills based practices coupled with fun Coach led scrimmages.  Fall is a great opportunity for new players to try out lacrosse.  Fall is also good for returning players to hone their skills in a fun learning environment.

All Players must possess a US Lacrosse Membership.  Registration process for US Lacrosse membership included in EYLA registration  (Price of membership not included in tuition).

For info on US Lacrosse Membership CLICK HERE

For info regarding age Guidelines CLICK HERE

More information for both girls and boys programs:

Kids Painting Class at ​Maggiano’s Old Orchard – Sat. Aug. 27


Join us for a morning of fun at Maggiano’s Old Orchard!

Shari Pontillo from Twisted Fiber Studio will be helping your children create 2 mason jar projects including a vase and a luminar. ALL materials will be provided.

Saturday, August 27th
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Parents must be present throughout the entire event.

Reserve Your Spot

Pricing includes: mason jar projects, art supplies, Maggiano’s breakfast buffet, tax & gratuity

4999 Old Orchard Center – Space A28
Skokie, IL 60077

Art with Lisa

Registration is now open for Art With Lisa at Little Beans Cafe.  Classes for 5-8 year olds Wednesdays at 5:30p. 3-5 year olds Thursdays at 11a.  Get ready for a hands-on studio art experience that weaves art history, aesthetics and production.  Children will be inspired by the styles of great modern artists (Jacob Lawrence, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, etc.), and will explore drawing, painting and clay.

About the teacher:
Lisa Lieb, art teacher, is a graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago.

Lisa has taught an award-winning art program for students from pre-K-8th grade at Chicago Public Schools for 20 years. She offers private classes and birthday party group art activities.



etc. Music School Fall Term Registration Open

We’re looking for new student-artists to join our school for Fall ’16 Term excitement at etc. Music School!

Here’s what we’re offering this Fall term:

– Private lessons with positive, affirming, engaging arts professionals ready to help you reach your goals in piano, voice, flute, violin, viola, guitar and composition!

– A musical theater program that utilizes the varied talents, ideas and creations of the student-artist body to create ensemble-driven, equitable-stage time-focused original works as a team!

Be a cast member – but ALSO be a writer, or a composer, or a lighting designer, or a costumer – what are YOU into? Let us give you a chance to work with professionals in the field to enhance your experience! Musical theater experiences are available for students aged K-12 and beyond!

– A unique choral program (The etc. Choir) open to singers of all voice types and experience levels aged 13-19, offering awesome performance opportunities and the most varied, challenging-yet-FUN repertoire around!

– *NEW this year*: The opportunity for FULLY-STUDENT WRITTEN AND RUN productions, revues and more – we want to partner with you to make YOUR unique creations a reality!

Our space is available at very reasonable rates to rent, OR if you are enrolled in our musical theater program, you can use the space FOR FREE that term for your own shows as well!

Private lessons begin Sept. 6, with group classes beginning Saturday, Sept. 10.

Work-study and other need-based scholarship options are available. etc. Music School never turns ANY student away for lack of funding.

Questions? Contact Director Mike O’Mara any time at:!

Little Beans Cafe Back to School Festival – Fri. Aug. 26


Friday, August 26th from 5:00-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of Family Fun. We will have live music with Bubbles Academy, a cotton candy machine, a bounce house, glitter tattoos and games plus hot dogs, pizza and ice cream for everyone. Come by and celebrate back to school! This event is priced per person with kids paying $20 for all activities and food and adults paying $6 for food costs.

  • Hot dogs from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Concert with Bubbles Academy at 6:30pm
  • Bounce house
  • Glitter tattoos
  • Cotton Candy machine
  • Ice Cream
  • Games and Play

Register for 15% OFF HERE

*Must register in advance to receive the discount

End of Camp Bounce House and Ice Cream Celebration

If you can’t make it to the evening bash, you can join us during the day to celebrate the end of camp and back to school with the bounce house and ice cream on the deck from 12-2pm.

Auditions for Fall Youth Circus – Aug. 27 & 31

Fall Youth Circus

We are pleased to announce auditions for the Fall Youth Circus are August 27, 12:00-6:00 pm and August 31, 5:00-7:30 pm.

The Actors Gymnasium Youth Circus is a performance-based training program taking place in fall and spring that culminates in a fully-produced, original show. This intensive experience pairs professional artists and youth performers to collaboratively create an original new show and includes high-quality training in drama, dance, aerial and circus arts. The Youth Circus is one of our most popular ticketed events each year. Rehearsals Begin September 7, 2016

Students in 5th grade or higher are eligible to audition.

Creative Team

Written and Directed by Abby Pajakowski and a Special Guest
Circus Choreography by Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi


August 27, 12:00-6:00 pm and August 31, 5:00-7:30 pm. No need to prepare material ahead of time. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

Click here to fill out an audition form!
Responses due by August 22

Rehearsal Days/Times*

  • Every Wednesday, 5:15-7:45 pm
  • Every Saturday, 3:00-7:00 pm
  • Every Sunday, 2:00-5:00 pm

*Necessary changes may be made to the schedule as required. All participants may not be required for every rehearsal.

Tech Week Rehearsals^

  • Friday, October 14: 6:00-10:00pm
  • Saturday, October 15: 3:00-7:00pm
  • Sunday, October  16: 2:00-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, October  19: 7:30-9:30pm
  • Thursday, October  20: 6:00-10:00pm
  • Friday, October  21: 6:00-10:00pm

^All call members must attend all tech rehearsals. No conflicts are permitted.


October 22 at 4:30 & 7:30 pm (call at 3:00 pm), October 23 at 3:00 pm (call at 1:30 pm), October 29 at 4:30 & 7:30 pm (call at 3:00 pm), and October 30 at 3:00 pm (call at 1:30 pm).


$360 for 9 weeks/72 approximate instructional hours

Financial aid is available for this program.

Fifth Ward Festival – Sat. Aug. 27

The Inaugural Fifth Ward Festival will be held on Saturday, August 27 from noon to 8 p.m. at Twiggs Park (Simpson St. and Bridge St.) Hosted for all of Evanston, the event provides residents living outside of the Fifth Ward an opportunity to experience and learn more about the area. A wide variety of booths by local organizations will address the need for jobs and job training, mental health care, voter registration and more, all of which contribute to empowerment and can help reduce gun violence. Police and firefighters will be on hand to share information about public service jobs and mingle with the community.

Performers: Kweku Collins, Manwolves, Chainsaw Dupont, Funkadesi and more.

For more information head to Dear Evanston’s Facebook page.

Fifth Ward

Mudlark Theater Auditions – Aug. 24 & 25




Audition for Mudlark’s Fall 2016 Season!

  • August 24th, 4-7pm
  • August 25th, 4-7pm

1417 Hinman Ave.

Click here to reserve your slot.

For more information, visit the Audition Page.

Classes at School

Mudlark offers drama and improvisation classes at schools in Evanston, Skokie and Chicago. Our classes take place once a week immediately after school and run about an hour. In each seasonal session, children are taught how to be part of a cooperative ensemble as they engage in improvised scenarios, creative movement exercises, vocal training, and characterization study. The curriculum of each session is tailored to meet the skill level of each student.

Interested in bringing Mudlark to your school?
Email Melissa at for more information!

After School Class Registration is open for:

  • Bessie Rhodes
  • King Arts
  • Kingsley
  • Lincoln
  • Lincolnwood
  • Orrington
  • Willard

More class information can be found here.

Tell Your Mudlark Stories

Do you have a story about Mudlark’s impact?

Tell us about it and your child’s story might be featured at the benefit on September 17th!

Activities at the Evanston Public Library – Aug. 19 – 31

Register for our September Storytimes starting August 29 at 9 am: online, in person, or by calling 847-448-8610. Main Children’s Room staff provide programs geared to children from a few months old  through 5th grade. Storytimes start September 12th. See our wide range of storytime programming.


Donate Your Legos to Evanston’s Children. You can help Evanston’s kids get more Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) expertise. Donate your extra Legos. Bring your Legos to the bin in the Children’s Room to donate to new, local robotics clubs! Accepting donations until August 31.

And, coming in September…The Caldecott Club, Fall Words and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.


Zootopia, August Weekend Family Film: Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, 2 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

More at the Branches
The Chicago Avenue/Main St. Branch (CAMS), at 900 Chicago Avenue,has a wide variety of programming including bilingual storytimes, a book discussion group, STEM Saturdays, crafts, movies, personalized computer training, and more. See all upcoming programs at the CAMS branch. 

(The North Branch, 2026 Central Street is closed for repairs and will reopen on August 29. The book drop is not available during this closure.)

More Programs for Teens

Outside the Lines Book Club. Teens will read and discuss books about strong teen protagonists pushing back again normative identities to live their lives with pride. This is a safe space for teens of all identities. This month we’ll be readingZodiac Starforce, Copies of the book are available in the Loft one month before each discussion.Grades 6-12.Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 to 7pm, The Loft, Main Library
Loft Lab: Design.  Make all kinds of amazing projects from 3D design and sewing to coding and scrapbooking. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you. We provide all the supplies you bring creativity.  Grades 6-12. Drop in. New on Saturdays from 1-3, the Loft, starting in September.

See all upcoming Teen Programs including the new Loft Laughs, and latest Teen DIY.

Peanut Flag Football & More at Ridgeville Park District

2nd and 3rd graders love our Flag Football program as a way to learn more about the sport this Fall! Come enjoy the Football season spirit with your child in a fun, safe environment. Saturdays 9-10:30am. Free clinic on Sept. 10!

Sign up here

Youth Classes Available

  • Ballet I, Wed. 5:15-6pm (~7-10 year old)
  • Ballet/Tap Combo, Wed. 6-7pm (~7-9 year old)
  • Boys Bop, Mon. 10-10:30am
  • Fairy Ballet, Mon. 9:30-10am (~2-3 year old)
  • Fairy Ballet, Wed. 4-4:30pm (~4 year old)
  • Intro to Ballet, Wed. 4:30-5:15pm (~5-6 year old)

Sign up here for youth classes

Canal Shores Campout – Early Bird Registration Ends Aug. 20

Join us for an afternoon in the sun and an evening under the stars at beautiful Canal Shores Golf Course. It all begins at 3pm on Saturday, August 27th with food, fun and activities for the whole family. LET’S FILL THE FAIRWAY!

only $199 for a family of 4
includes dinner and breakfast for four

Each additional family member is only $50
Without meals it’s only $99 per family
After August 20th, $249 per family, $62.50 for additional campers

For the entire family. Focused on families with kids ages 5-12 years old.


The troupe from Evanston’s very own Actors Gymnasium will be training us on their aerial acrobatic rig. Slither up the silk knots, climb the Spanish web, and spin on the Lyra (aerial hoop).


Eight players strategize during 10 minute games to see who is the Campout Laser Tag champion. Each laser tag phaser tells players when they have been hit and when they score for interactive “off the couch” gaming fun. $10 for (2) 10 minute sessions.


  • Space for your tent and personal campsite area
  • Ten Mile House restaurant will be onsite providing us with another great dinner! Last year’s burgers were amazing.
  • Snacks and water
  • FREE rollerskate rental at Chandler
  • Midnight movie (starts about 9:30pm)
  • Games
  • Inflatable obstacle courses
  • Wide-open fun

STARTS: Saturday, August 27, 3pm
ENDS:     Sunday, August 28, 10am

Canal Shores Golf Course
1030 Central Street, Evanston

Thank you to our premier sponsors for the campout: the Actors Gymnasium, American Legion Post 42, and the Chandler Newberger Community Center. They will provide entertainment and have been instrumental in our planning.

They’re just up the street and will be onsite with their awesome fare. They’ll be providing Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Smoked Brisket Sandwich and Housemade Chips.

The Legion will be open until 11pm for pizzas, refreshments, and shelter.

We will have a large charcoal grill available for families to cook-out. We will supply snacks and bottled water while supplies last. Have something delivered for dinner!

The Pro Shop’s bathrooms will be open all night, Chandler’s bathrooms will be open until 10p, and there will be port-a-potties onsite.

If weather is poor, we’ll be moving inside the Chandler-Newberger Center for all activities and the overnight.

Want more details? Contact Dan Bulf at 847-475-9173 or

Canal Shores Golf Course – 1030 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201 – View Map

End of Season Beach Schedule

2016 End of Season Schedule Announced for Evanston Beaches

Due to seasonal lifeguard and beach staff going back to school, some Evanston beaches will have reduced weekday hours for swimming for the remainder of the 2016 summer season.

Beaches with limited weekday hours include:

  • Greenwood Street Beach and South Boulevard Beach – Open for swimming from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, beginning Monday, August 22 through Friday, September 2.
  • Clark Street Beach – Open for swimming from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, beginning Wednesday, August 24 through Friday, September 2.

Beaches will still be open for non-swimming activities before 4:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Beach and Lee Street Beach will maintain normal hours, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., for the remainder of the season. In addition, all five public swimming beaches will continue to be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

Evanston residents are reminded to take advantage of the two remaining free beach days on Mondays, August 22 and 29. The free beach day on August 22 will be held at Clark Street Beach, and the free day on August 29 will be held at Lee Street Beach.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Starlight Movie: The Wiz – Weds. Aug. 20

Last Starlight Movie of the Summer: The Wiz


Enjoy the summer’s final Starlight Movie this Sat., Aug. 20 in James Park! “The Wiz” will be screened at dusk; admission is free. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket!

More information

Free Movies at Cinemark Theatres – Sat. Aug. 20


Enjoy family-friendly movies for FREE along with discounted concession offerings!

Net proceeds will support in providing youth empowerment and service learning programs in the USA!

Cinemark Community Day will feature:

  • FREE family movies at all Cinemark locations starting at 9AM
  • Showtimes begin at 9AM and will be available through 11:30AM. (Will vary by location. Check your local theatre’s showtimes for available times.)
  • Movie selection provided by DreamWorks Animation, Inc.
  • Movie selection at each theatre may include the following family-friendly films: Kung Fu Panda 3, Home, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Madagascar 3, and Shrek.
  • Discounted concession items including: $2 small popcorn, $2 16 oz. soft drinks, and all packaged candy varieties for $2 (While supplies last)

Share this Cinemark Community Day event with friends & family to help spread the word! Enjoy a movie outing while also helping to make a difference.

Showtimes and movie selection will be available to view online at starting August 15th. Complimentary tickets for the select DreamWorks movies, at each theatre, will be available at the theatre box office only. Community Day showtime tickets will be available at each theatre’s box office starting at 8:30AM on August 20th.*

See showtimes for the Century 12 Evanston/Cinearts 6:

1715 Maple Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

*Free tickets to select DreamWorks movies will be available at the Cinemark box office starting at 8:30AM on August 20, 2016. No advance tickets available at box office or online. Check your theatres available showtimes at (Showtimes and movie sections may vary per location. Exact showtimes to be determined. Participating theatres only. Limited seating. Seating availability is first come, first serve, per showtime. No rainchecks).

Cinemark Community Day.

CommUNITY Picnic – Sun. Aug. 21

Community members of all ages are invited to celebrate Evanston, diversity and going back to school at the City’s 2016 CommUNITY Picnic. The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, at Ingraham Park, located behind the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

As in previous years, the picnic will feature free food, gamesCommUNITYPicnic_600px.jpg, activities, entertainment, community partner social service agencies and more. Entertainment will include live music from The Musical Offering, Suite Molly Seven and Joel Frankel, as well as performances by Evanston Children’s Theatre, the Jesse White Tumblers and Balloon Artist Tony Wright.

Volunteers are needed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. to assist with picnic activities and food. To volunteer, please contact Myra Gorman at or call 847-448-4311.

The CommUNITY Picnic is sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and local community organizations. For more information, please or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 while in Evanston.


2015 CommUNITY Picnic.

Stay Informed, Meet Other Parents

Here are a bunch of ways to find other families and keep up with the goings on around our community.

Facebook Groups

  • Raising Children in Evanston
    How do we define success? How do we achieve balance in our homes, schools, and communities? Inspired by the movie Race to Nowhere, organize and take action to preserve childhood for our children in Evanston.
  • District 65 Parents and Guardians
    A group for parents of students in Evanston/Skokie District 65 or for those interested in following D65.
  • District 65 Dyslexic Support Group
  • ETHS Parents and Guardians
    A group for parents of students attending Evanston Township High School.
  • Evanston CASE Parent Connections
    A private group for Evanston parents of children and teens with special needs. Share resources, ask questions, receive and provide support with others navigating the special education system.
  • Evanston Mamas
    This is a place where Evanston Mamas can share ideas, concerns, questions and build community. You can post services to share or offer, events that you think other mamas might like to know about, freecycle stuff here, maybe even meet another mama in your ‘hood that you never knew was there!
  • Evanston Foster Families
    This group connects people who are interested in foster care in the Evanston area, including current, past, and prospective foster parents, foster children, adoptive families, and people who work in the child protection system.

Playdates & Meetups

Girls Play Sports Opportunities

GPS After School Clinics: this FREE program is for 4th and 5th grade girls, bringing high school female student-athletes directly to your school to introduce girls to a wide variety of sports over the course of the year. Sign up once and then your daughter may come to as many of the sessions that she is available.


GPS Leagues and Tournaments: these programs provide a variety of opportunities for 4th – 8th grade girls that are not currently offered for girls in the community. BEGINNERS WELCOME!!

Leagues and Tournaments this Fall include:
5th – 8th grade Tennis Tournament on Aug 28th
4th – 8th grade Cross Country Meet on Sept 24th
4th – 5th grade Volleyball League from Sept 11th – Oct 16th

Financial Aid is available for all of our Leagues and Tournaments.

REGISTER for the GPS Leagues and Tournaments:…/leagues-and-tournaments-registration

Team GPS is for girls 6th – 8th grade.
Whether your daughter has played a few sports, many sports, or your daughter is simply interested in trying sports for the first time, consider signing her up for a few of our Team GPS Sessions in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

The first 3 week session will focus on Basketball and Lacrosse and will meet on October 9th, 16th and 22rd at Evanston Township High School from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. The social discussion topic for October will be Social Media.

Registration is open for Team GPS:

CharityWERQ for Girls Play Sports

Come WERQout for a great cause – support Girls Play Sports!!!
Sunday, August 21st @ 4:00pm, Doors open at 3:30pm

Join Creator of WERQ, Haley Stone and instructor (and GPS Board Member), Sharon Morgan Robinson

Featuring: • ALL HIP HOP playlist • Refreshments • Raffle Prizes
Minimum donation: $20

Evanston Township High School- Beardsley Gymnasium
1600 Dodge Ave.
Parking located off Church St.