PEER Services: Step Up for Recovery

PEER Services is holding an annual charity stair climb called Step Up for Recovery on Sunday, November 6th @ 8am in Orrington Plaza.

This event’s mission is to stop stigma and to raise need-based addiction treatment scholarships for teens and adults in recovery.

More information and registration is available at

Try Imagination Playground at Kohl Children’s Museum – Sept. 22-24

This fall Imagination Playground, in partnership with some of the finest Children’s Museums world-wide, launches its North American Learn & Play Tour.

To date, Learn & Play events have touched thousands of educators and engaged parents – experiencing children’s play with Imagination Playground is wondrous.

  • Give yourself a chance to see children interacting with Imagination Playground – seeing is believing!
  • Educators can receive school Teaching Credit for their attendance!
  • Meet Imagination Playground’s President, Dave Krishock – who is eager to discuss the global state of play – and play benefits!
  • All attendees receive a pop-out Mini Playground for attending – and Educators receive a Small Block Sample Pack.
  • Submit to win a 105 Piece Big Block set of your very own!

Moms of Multiples Fall Resale – Sat. Sept. 24


Bike the Ridge – Sun. Sept. 25

BikeTheRidge2011_0746web.jpgThe annual Bike the Ridge event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Ridge Avenue will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic between Howard and Church Streets. Bicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue at any other time, so come out and enjoy this non-competitive, city-sponsored special event!

You are invited to join the official start of the ride at 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street. You may bike Ridge Avenue from Howard Street to Church Street and back again or anywhere in the middle. Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets per City of Evanston ordinance. This event is limited to those on non-motorized bicycles only (motorized bicycles or skateboards are not allowed).

More information here.

Rotary Peace Festival – Sept. 23-25


To encourage a more peaceable city, the Rotary Club of Evanston will bring together varied groups to exchange ideas and encourage sustained action during a weekend-long Peace Festival Sept. 23-25 in Evanston:

Friday, Sept 23: Young Professionals: “Peace: What You Can Do”
5:30 – 8:00 pm., One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Sports Enthusiasts: “Rotary Day at Northwestern”
11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Tours of One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave.
6:30 pm:  Kickoff at Ryan Field

Sunday, Sept. 25: Family Peace Festival: “A More Peaceful Evanston”
12:00 – 4:00 pm., Rotary Friendship Garden at McCormick Blvd. & Bridge St.

Evanston organizations – including downtown businesses, Northwestern Athletics and numerous community groups such as Restorative Justice Evanston, the YWCA, and Moran Center – will participate throughout the three-day Peace Festival.

For more information about Friday’s event, view the event flyer. Additional information about the entire weekend-long Peace Festival can be found at

More Events for Teens @ EPL in Sept.


Teen Advisory Board. TAB members help plan, lead and set up Loft programs, assist with decision making in the Loft, decorate the space and more. We hope to see you there! For grades 6-12. Tuesday, September 20, 6-7 pm, The Loft, Main Library

loft lab

Loft Lab: Design. Tinker with and make all kinds of amazing projects. Each week, we’ll have a different group project ranging from 3D design and sewing to coding. Saturdays,1-3 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Loft Laughs

Loft Laughs. Explore the art of joke writing. Use satire and everyday life experiences to create jokes that get laughs. Appreciate great comedians. Create the best comebacks ever! Grades 6-12.Sign up for a reminder or drop in. Saturdays, September 17- October 22, 3-4:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

FAAM Draft – Sat. Sept. 17



The Fellowship of Afro-American Men Youth basketball league offers competitive and Cheerleading programs to middle school boys and girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The girls league is open to girls in 5 th , 6 th , 7 th and 8 th grades. FAAM has 14 boys, 6 girls and 2 Cheerleading teams, over 350 youth in the league, over 80 volunteers, and a feeder to the ETHS basketball program. We are excited about your interest in FAAM and we hope that this experience exceeds your expectations.

D65 Special Services 101 – Weds., Sept. 21

The Special Services department will be hosting three workshops to learn about D65 special services.  By participating, you can:
* Advocate for your child and other children with special needs in D65
* Have a voice in decisions made regarding special services
* Connect with other D65 families
* Take away tools, resources, and tips for supporting your child
Workshops will all take place at JEH (1500 McDaniel) from 6:30 – 8:00pm.  (Spanish interpretation will be provided)

September 21, 2016 – Special Services 101: helpful info for families navigating D65 special services

December 7, 2016 – Transitions: Supporting your child during key transitions in school
January 25, 2017 – Parent/Caregiver Toolkit: Practical tips to use at home
ALL parents are welcome to attend!

STEAM Workshops in Ridgeville Park District – Weds. Sept. 21

S.T.E.A.M. Workshops start next week!
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

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.

4th-8th graders. On School Improvement Days. At Kamen Fieldhouse (1111 South Blvd.)

Register here

Pipes & Precipitation Program – Volunteer Orientation – Sept. 19

FYI: Orientation is 10-11 am and also 7-8 pm that same date.

We’re getting ready to kick off another year of Great Lakes education!

This fall, over 700 District 65 6th grade students will take a closer look at our precious resource, the Great Lakes watershed: where water goes, what pollutes it and why this matters. We are looking for community volunteers to join students, teachers and Pipes and Precipitation partners at upcoming field trips to Evanston beaches to study the land and water.

We are holding an Orientation to fill in volunteers on all you will need know to be a confident guide on the field trips. Orientation is REALLY important since our time with students is brief–but memorable–! At that Orientation, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the field trip(s) that best fits your schedule. Trips will take place on weekday mornings in late September and early/mid October.

What: Pipes & Precipitation Program – Volunteer Orientation
Date & Time: 9/19 Monday 10-11am or 7-8pm (two options, pick one)
Location: Lagoon Building (just south of Clark Beach)

If these dates/times don’t work and you still want to participate, I will catch you up. To RSVP or Questions?: Contact Pipes Program Director Clare at

Let me know if you’re able to make it on the 19th and PLEASE share this volunteer opportunity!

Movies at EPL – Sat./Sun. Sept. 17 & 18

Jungle Book

September Weekend Family Film: The Jungle Book
Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, 2 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library      

Angry Birds

Family Film and Craft @ Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch. The Angry Birds Movie
Saturday, September 17, 3 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main St. Branch.

Volunteer for Stuff the Bus


full of food for hungry families in Evanston!

They need volunteers! Sign up for slots to:

1. Pick up groceries from D65 schools on 10/13/16 and deliver them to a storage space.

2. Sort groceries on 10/14/16.

3. Stuff a whole school bus full of donated groceries and encourage community members to buy more groceries on 10/15/16.

4. Hand out groceries to hungry, Evanston residents on 10/15/16.

*Kid volunteers are welcome!

Sign up here

Family Programs at The Mitchell Museum

The Mitchell Museum offers weekend programming for the entire family with “Animal Arts and Seasonal Stories” on Saturdays from 11:00-noon and Sundays from 12:30-1:30pm. Each month, an animal that is significant to various tribes throughout North America is featured through crafts and stories.  A selection of three different craft activities are offered at varying levels of difficulty and interest. The program is free with regular admission and participants must be accompanied by an adult. September features the beaver, October the soaring eagle, November the whale, and December the caribou.

For more information about The Mitchell Museum of The American Indian, visit, call 847-475-1030 or see our verified Facebook page. The museum is located in Evanston, Illinois at 3001 Central Street. It is open Tuesday-Wednesday 10am to 5pm, Thursday, 10am to 8pm., Friday- Saturday 10am to 5pm. and Sunday noon to 4 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children and free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal members.

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age – Sun. Sept. 18

We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

Tickets $10

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Jewish Reconstruction Synagogue
303 Dodge Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

Buy tickets

District 65 Digital Backpack – Sept. 7

See all digital backpack listings

Art Classes at Chandler-Newberger Begin Sept. 21


District 65 Early Dismissal Camp at Little Beans Cafe Begins Sept. 21

District 65 Early Dismissal Camp

Starting Wednesday, September 21 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Wondering what to do with your kids on those monthly Wednesday early dismissal dates? Little Beans Café has a solution….early dismissal drop-off camp at Little Beans Café in Evanston for 4-11 years old!  Below is a list of dates that camp will be offered.  You can pack a nut-free lunch for your child or purchase a lunch from the café for $5.00.  One snack will be provided.

The camp will run on the District 65 calendar dates below from 12:30pm-4:30pm.

  • Sept 21st
  • Nov 8th (full day- times to be determined)
  • Dec 7th
  • Jan 18th
  • Feb 1st
  • March 1st
  • May 3rd

The cost is $40 for one child, $30 for first sibling and $25 for additional siblings.

Registration for each date must be done in individual transactions to keep accurate rosters.

Toddler Time at SLC

Toddler Time @ SLC

Looking for something fun to do with your toddler?  SLC’s adult/child classes are for our youngest learners – age 18 to 28 months with their parent/caregiver. This two hour class includes music, movement, classroom exploration, play, a snack, and story time. This is a great way to prepare your child for a drop-off preschool program the following year!

Choose Monday OR Tuesday mornings.  Each class runs from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Toddler Time enrolls in two sessions; Fall and Spring.  Fall session begins October 10th or 11th


GPS Volleyball League

There are only a few days left to register for the GPS Volleyball League. This league is a great introduction to the sport of volleyball and it can also provide extra practice for girls that may already be playing on a team.

The GPS Volleyball league is 6 weeks long, starting September 11th at 4:00pm at ETHS. The 4th and 5th grade girls and the 6th – 8th grade girls will be divided into different groups.

The focus will still be teaching the fundamentals and forming balanced teams to give the girls great experience playing.


ESAP Coalition – Tues. Sept. 13


Join the Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention (ESAP) Coalition on Tuesday, September 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Room N112, as we celebrate over 30 years of youth substance abuse prevention in the Evanston community. Reconnect with members who have contributed to the success of reducing youth alcohol and tobacco use, learn about plans for the future, discuss new opportunities, see the data and engage with other professionals and neighbors to learn how to become involved.

For more information, contact ESAP Coalition Coordinator Karen Finstad at or 847-951-0109, or visit esapcoalition.orgRSVP is encouraged, but not required to attend.