How To Be a Patient Parent – Guest Blog

We’ve all been there – struggling to fake the resemblance to a sane person, a calm and composed parent, all while gritting our teeth exactly 2 seconds before all hell breaks loose. Eva, a mother of 4, and a creator and owner of Kid Minds, has a wealth of experience in how to “stay cool” and she shared it with her readers in the blog post  How To Be a Patient Parent – The One Simple Trick You Need In Your Life.

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Evanston Fire Explorer Program Open House – January 24

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Evanston Fire Explorer Program Open House

Tuesday, January 24th @ 7pm

Evanston Fire Department Headquarters

909 Lake Street Evanston, IL

District 65 Digital Backpack – week of January 16

DJ Skate Night at Robert Crown Center – January 13

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Enjoy a night of skating and music at the Robert Crown Center’s special DJ night skating session on Friday, January 13, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. 

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Evanston Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – January 14

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On Saturday, January 14, at noon, all are invited to the City’s “Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. The event will pay tribute to Dr. King through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches. Admission is free and open to the public. See the City’s website for more events celebrating Dr. King this month.

Y.O.U. – Diverse Communities United 2017 – January 16

youY.O.U. is thrilled to invite you to our 11th annual Diverse Communities United (DCU), a celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service held on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
January 16th, 20171:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
ETHS Auditorium | 1600 Church Street, Evanston
Reception and tours to follow across the street in Y.O.U.’s new youth center and headquarters at 1911 Church Street!
Our youth leadership committee has decided this year’s theme will be “Defiance with Purpose.” The event will feature artistic performances by youth from 11 schools across Evanston and Skokie who seek to realize Dr. King’s vision today. The event is free, family-friendly, and open to all ages. Immediately following the program, join us across the street at our new youth center and headquarters (located at 1911 Church Street) for a community reception featuring youth artwork and tours of our new building.
Click “going” on our Facebook Event and follow us on Instagram for live updates and sneak peeks into our youth’s preparation in the weeks leading up to the event!
We can’t wait to see you at DCU 2017!

Arboretum Winter Trees Night Hike – January 13

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Test your nocturnal senses on a guided hike through the Ladd Arboretum on Friday, January 13, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy themed activities, a campfire, and s’mores! Pre-Registration required.

Location: Evanston Ecology Center
Age: 5 yrs. and up
Fee: $5 R/$7 NR
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Register online or call 3-1-1.

Outdoor Ice Skating Now Open!

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Outdoor ice rinks are now open at all three Evanston locations: Ackerman Park, Baker Park, and Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park. As weather conditions change, visit the City’s website or text SKATE to 847-448-4311 for an automated response, to check the Current Outdoor Rink Status 

Rink Locations:

  • Ackerman Park, Central St. at McDaniel Ave.
  • Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St.
  • Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.

Note: Indoor public skating is available at Robert Crown Center)

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Evanston’s 2017 Summer Camp Guide Available Online

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Evanston’s 2017 Summer Camp Guide is now available for viewing online! Printed guides will be distributed to Evanston public and private schools the week of January 16.

This year, a new, simpler camp registration process will begin online and at the Robert Crown Community Center on Saturday, February 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. No more waiting for camp lottery results! For more information, see page 3 of the guide.

See the Guide here

Timothy Goes Back to School Auditions – Noyes Center – January 15

614lyyuwfalThe Tater Tot Theatre Company was created to allow young thespians ages 5-7 the opportunity to participate in the magic of live theatre. This year we will be presenting “Timothy Goes Back to School,” inspired by the series of children’s books by acclaimed author/illustrator Rosemary Wells. Read more

The Little Mermaid Auditions – Gibbs-Morrison Center – January 10

Audition for the Evanston Children’s Theatre Production of the Little Mermaid, Disney’s Classic Musical tale about a curious girl who will sacrifice anything for love.

Auditions are open to local children ages 8 to 8th grade.

Rehearsals are Tuesdays or Thursdays and Saturdays. No experience necessary, performances will be March 17 to 20 at the Levy Center.

Auditions will be held on January 10th at Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church Street, Evanston IL 60202 at 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Age: Children age 8 to 8th grade
Fee: $100 R/110 NR for those cast

For more information call 847-448-8263.

Finding Dory Day at NU Women’s Basketball – Saturday, December 31

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Cheer on NU Women’s Basketball and enjoy special “Finding Dory Day” promotions this Sat., Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. The game will include clips of your favorite fish, discounts for those in Finding Dory attire, prizes and more!

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FREE New Year’s Eve Rides on the CTA and Pace

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Let the CTA or Pace be your driver this New Year’s Eve. The Chicago Transit Authority and Pace Bus will provide free rides on all trains and buses from 10 p.m.on Saturday through 4 a.m. on Sunday. The Purple Line will also offer extended service.

For more information click here

Erase Evanston Public Library fines

FINE FORGIVENESS IS OUR GIFT TO YOU!

Make a gift of $10 or more to the Evanston Public Library before midnight, December 31st and we’ll erase your current Evanston Public Library fines. Your donations improve our collections, services and programs.

For additional details, click here

SUMMER PLANNING – Northwestern Fencing – Summer camp

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Try something new this summer and join Northwestern Fencing in June.

Dates: June 9-12, 2017

Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Patten Gymnasium, 2407 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208

Cost: $395 for the week or $125 per day. Register by April 30 for discounted price of $350 for the week.

Open to any and all ages 12 and up.  Competitive experience recommended.

Plan to bring a lunch, a water bottle and a notebook.

Find more information here: june-fencing-camp-2017

To register please visit www.wildcatfencing.com

Community Kwanzaa Celebration – December 26

kwanza1On Monday, December 26 at 11 a.m., join your friends and neighbors in celebrating the first day of Kwanzaa at Fountain Square, in the heart of downtown Evanston. Experience the traditional lighting of the Kinara and recitation of Nguzu Saba, the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. For more information about Kwanzaa’s history, visit www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org.

Fountain Square is located at Davis Street between Orrington and Sherman Avenues.

District 65 – Winter Workshop for Families

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This winter, we are following up on the success of our fall workshop series for families. We had a great turnout with over 70 family members participating in our first session! As partners in education, our goal is to provide support and resources for the benefit of our students.

We are excited to announce new opportunities for this winter! Join other families from throughout the district and learn about district programs and services, make connections, and to discover way to help your child in school.

These opportunities are open to all families and include:

Reading Skills for Parents
Parents Supporting Parents
English as a Second Language (ESL) for Beginners
Computer Basics Class (offered in English and Spanish)
Parents as Educational Partners

Click here to read class descriptions and to view dates and time options. Please register for the classes listed as winter sessions on or before January 19. Click here to register. We look forward to connecting with our families through these engagement opportunities this school year.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Fountain Square – December 25

menirah1The entire community is invited to come together at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 25 to light the 10′ Menorah in Fountain Square. Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl will offer greetings and help in the lighting of the Menorah with civic, business, community and religious leaders.

The ceremony will celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and freedom of conscience over oppression. A boys choir will perform, there will be live musical entertainment, free dreidels and refreshments (doughnuts). For more information, please call 847-866-2914.

Location: Fountain Square, intersection of Davis St., Sherman Ave. and Orrington Ave.
Date/Day/Time: Sun., Dec. 25, 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Ring in the New Year at First Night Evanston! – December 31st

Celebrate the New Year with First Night Evanston on Sat., Dec. 31! The family-friendly event will feature Grammy Award-winning entertainment, live music, poetry, dancing and much more at a variety of indoor venues surrounding Raymond Park. General admission wristbands may be purchased online and at locations throughout Evanston at a discounted price of $20 through December 25first-night-evanston

 

 

 

 

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Evanston Field Hockey Club – Winter Academy – REGISTER NOW

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The Winter Academy 12-Weeks Session begins after the winter recess. Please see attached document for pertinent information.