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.
(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.
For more information visit Ridgeville Park District’s website
Winter Session: Jan 9-Mar 11
- District 65 – Financial Information Sessions (English/Spanish)
- District 65 – Special Services Workshops for Families (English/Spanish)
- District 65 – Join Us! December 15 Community Cafe w/ Superintendent Goren (English/Spanish)
- Evanston Symphony Orchestra – An Evanston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
- Fonseca Martial Arts – Free Class + 50% Off Karate Special
- City of Evanston – Music Classes
- McGaw YMCA – Community Days (English/Spanish)
- McGaw YMCA Children’s Center – Winter Break Holiday Camps
- Music Institute of Chicago – Duke it Out! (The Nutcracker)
- Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana – Girl Scout Troops Are Forming
- Skokie Park District – Community Basketball League 2016-2017
- ETHS Dance Company – Wildkit Winter Dance Workshop
- Evanston Children’s Choir – Holiday Concert 2016
- Open Studio Project – Art and Adventure
- Skomor Soccer Club – Future Stars Training Program Winter 2017 Sessions
- Mudlark Theater – Mudpie Creative Writing Submissions
- Mudlark Theater – Pinocchio
- Center for Talent Development – Weekend Enrichment Program
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.
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.
Wednesday, December 7: Pourquoi Tales: Tracing Evolution through Mythology
Residents, $30; Non-Residents, $35
Location: Kamen Fieldhouse (1111 South Blvd.) in Kamen Park
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.
Rm. 213, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL. 60201
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.
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
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
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
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
Help make the holiday season joyful for as many needy Evanston families as possible.
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)
- 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.
2016 CTA Holiday Train & Bus
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.
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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
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, email@example.com with any questions
The 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!