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Summer Youth Employment Program Job Fair – April 20 & 27

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program’s annual Job Fair will be held on two Saturdays this year. Evanston youth age 14 -18 years can choose to attend on April 20 or 27, 2013. The fair will take place both days from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. There will be over 100 summer positions available; the majority of the jobs will be with the City of Evanston.

Youth are encouraged to fill out a Summer Youth Employment Program application in advance online at or at an outreach session. Outreach sessions will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the week of April 8 at the following locations:

  • Evanston Public Library’s Teen Loft, 1703 Orrington Ave. – April 8-12
  • North Branch Library, 2026 Central St. – April 8
  • Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch Library, 900 Chicago Ave. – April 11
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. – April 8
  • Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St. – April 9
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. – April 10
  • Chandler-Newberger Community Center, 1028 Central St. – April 11
  • Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. – April 12

In order to be eligible to attend the job fair, youth must be enrolled in school, be at least 14 years of age when the Youth Employment Program begins in mid-June and live only in ZIP codes 60201 or 60202. Current high school students must attend at least one of three Youth Job Center presentations, to be held in the ETHS Auditorium from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on April 3, 10 and 17.

At the Job Fair, staff from the Career & Counseling Center of ETHS and the ETHS Alumni Association will be on site to conduct mock interviews and facilitate various seminars to help prepare youth for their first job.

For more information, visit, e-mail or call 3-1-1 (847/448-4311).



Documentary on Disability and Inclusion – Weds. April 10

Free screening of a short documentary film entitled “Perhaps Penelope” will be shown Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm at Inclusions Solutions, 2000 Greenleaf in Evanston. The film features the Lassman family, Evanston residents, and their experience in putting their daughter Penelope into an inclusion classroom in Evanston School District 65.To watch other short videos about the Lassman’s experiences in raising their daughter, born with a developmental disability, visit


Elections – Tuesday, April 9

Evanstonians will be voting for many municipal and regional offices on Tuesday, including mayor and alderman. The mostly hotly contested race is for the District 202 (ETHS) school board.

The PTA Council’s website has voting information, links to ALL of the candidates’ campaign sites and completed questionnaires from candidates in the D202 and D65 school board races.  There are also links to recordings of several candidate forums, and articles in local media.

Some polling places have changed since the last election: Find your polling place

Have questions about what school boards do and why they are important? Have a look at this resource guide:

Penny Park Improvements Meeting – Thurs. April 4

The City of Evanston and Second Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite invite the Penny Park neighborhood to participate in aPenny_Park_1015_web.jpg community meeting to discuss potential improvements to Penny Park on Thursday, April 4, 2013 (NOTE: this meeting has been changed from March 28, 2013). The community meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Perla Café, 1813 Dempster Street.

City staff and Alderman Braithwaite are interested to hear community ideas and concerns related to improvements at this park and playground, which are tentatively scheduled to occur in 2014. Penny Park is located at the intersection of Lake Street and Ashland Avenue.

A Community Conversation On Childhood Obesity – Tues. April 2

Join local physicians, community members, parents, and school district representatives for  a community conversation on childhood obesity. There will also be discussion of the use of Body Mass Index (BMI ) measurements in D65 schools.

When: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Place: Joseph E. Hill Board Room, 1500 McDaniel Ave

Please RSVP to Nicola Whyte @ 847-866-2851, but walk-ins are welcome.

Sponsored by: Evanston Health Department, District 65 Wellness Council, Pioneering Healthier Communities and the McGaw YMCA

D65 Parent Input on Teacher Effectiveness – April 4

Effective teachers are essential to ensure that every student benefits from high quality instruction. To ensure that District 65 attracts and retains effective teachers in our schools and classrooms, we are conducting a study to identify the qualities of effective teachers that our community values.

Parent expectations and support are essential for our planning process. We are inviting you to join us at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center to provide input into the study by participating in a discussion scheduled for Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P. to Dr. Beth Flores, Director of Human Resources, at or by calling 847 859-8021

STEM Programs in Chicagoland – K-12

Oakton Community College has collected a list of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs for grades K-12 in the Chicago Area:

Evanston Township High School Wildkit Engineering Summer Camp for grades 6 – 8
Contact Shelley Gates, Career and Technical Education Department Chair, at gatess @ or 847-424-7660 for more information.

Aristotle Circle Peers is offering custom workshops for elementary, middle and high school students on academic and enrichment topics, including STEM. Workshops are taught by talented high school and college students and will run for one or two weeks, with each session lasting 1-2 hours. Interested parents should contact Regional Education Advisor, Mindy Wallis at mindy @ or 312-725-3886 for more information.

Spring Break Family Films @ EPL Branches


altMonday,  March 25, 2 pm, North Branch, Thursday,  March 28, 2 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch

Follow the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom—her actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.  Running Time:  100 minutes  Rated:  PG

Wreck-It Ralph

altTuesday, March 26, 2 pm, North Branch, Friday, March 29, 2 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch

Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan — win a medal — but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Vanellope von Schweetz might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy.  Running time:  101 minutes  Rated: PG

Spring Break for Teens @ EPL

Spring Break Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Wednesday, March 27, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. The only friend he had killed himself, forcing him to face high school alone. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love, until a repressed secret from his past threatens to destroy his new found happiness.

Join us for a teens only showing of The Perks of Being a Wallflower based on the book by Stephen Chbosky and starring Emma Watson. Refreshments will be served. FREE!

TEENS ONLY. Please register.

Spring Break Writing Workshop: Playwriting

Thursday, March 28, 2 – 3:15 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Join us in the Loft this spring break to try your hand at the art of playwriting in a workshop setting. Led by ETHS sophomore and passionate writer, Alyssa Nichols, participants will discuss how playwrights dramatize action and conflict through dialogue and then write their own scenes to share with the group.

Gr. 6-9 only. Space is limited. Register online, in person at the Loft staff desk, or by calling (847) 448-8625 during regular Loft hours.

Spring Break DIY for Your Room: Paper Clip Chandeliers

Thursday, March 28, 4-5 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Does your room need something to brighten it up? Then make sure to get your friends together and head to the Loft to make chandeliers for your room out of paper clips! The Loft provides all the supplies all you need to do put you DIY skills to work to make a one of a kind piece for your room. Make sure to register for this event.

Early Voting Begins March 25

evanston 2013 elections.jpgEarly voting for the April 9th election begins on Monday, March 25.

Vote for Mayor, City Clerk, Aldermen, Evanston Township Supervisor and Assessor and School Districts 65 and 202 Board members will take place through Saturday April 6 in Room 2200 of the Morton Civic Center.  The Consolidated Election will be Tuesday, April 9 at your local polling place.  Click here to find your polling place.

Voting hours are:

Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

More on Early Voting from the Cook County Clerk’s Office here>>>

Information about school board candidates is available on the Evanston/Skokie PTA Council website.

Violence Prevention Community Forum – Thurs. March 28

The City of Evanston is presenting a Violence Prevention Community Forum featuring Tio Hardiman, Executive Director of CeaseFire Illinois, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013. It will be held at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street. The public is invited to attend.

Tio Hardiman has dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change. This forum is a follow-up presentation that Mr. Hardiman and CeaseFire Illinois representatives gave at Evanston Township High School on February 27.

From 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., residents are invited to browse resource tables; the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Topics will include: what was learned at the ETHS presentation; an overview of CeaseFire violence prevention model; whether Evanston is on the right track or not; and effective best practice community strategies to reduce violence, which include block clubs, neighborhood watches, outreach and mentoring.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Limited parking will be available in the following lots: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, Faith Temple (west parking lot only) and Family Focus.

The event will be hosted by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. Sponsors are the City of Evanston, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and Peaceable Cities.

For more information, please call 847/448-8042.

Youth Job Center Job Fair – Thurs. March 28

The Youth Job Center is hosting a job fair next Thursday March 28th from 1-4pm that is FREE and open to the public. Over 15 employers from Evanston, Chicago, Skokie & Niles will be in attendance.

  • Open to all job-seekers 16 & up
  • Resumes & appropriate interview attire strongly recommended
  • Fair ends promptly at 4 PM; job-seekers should arrive no later than 3:30 PM

Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca TeKolste
(847) 864-5627

Evanston Raiders – Football & Cheerleading

Join the Evanston Raiders –  the only Pop Warner football association in the area!!

Football and Cheerleading
Ages 5-14
Registration online is available –

Walk IN Registration will be on:
April 13 – May 18 – June 15 -July 13

Robert Crown Center
1701 Main St Evanston, IL

Cost: $250 Football players
$175.00 Cheerleaders
Payment Plans available

Email: or call 847 563-8428


Spring Break Camps


Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th
Grades 1st-3rd = 9am-Noon
Grades 4th-6th = 1pm-4pm
$156 for either session
More information:
Dave Regnier, Director
3Point Athletics


Spring Break Arts Camp: Wizards!

From Merlin to Harry Potter to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the idea of people who study magic is woven through literature. In this full-day camp, the Cultural Arts Division folks will cover everything from magical beings to potions to foreseeing the future.
Mar 25-29, M-F 9am-5pm, Age: 6-11 yrs.
Fee: $200 R/$215 NR Length: 5 sessions

Spring Break Arts Camp: Survival Skills, a Tribute Training Camp

Inspired by recent YA literature that features an apocalyptical future, the Cultural Arts Division brings you a spring break camp that will get you in shape for whatever the future may hold: from archery to orienteering, star navigation to rope tying.
Mar 25-29, M-F 9am-5pm Age: 9-14 yrs.
Fee: $225 R/$245 NR Length: 5 sessions

For the program flyer and online registration, see the Parks & Recreation website



School vacations. They happen. Want your kiddo (5th grade and older) to do something besides take up residency on the couch? Tony Lawry, Piccolo’s programming and outreach director, as well as a Second City Detroit alum and founder of the teen improv group The Underage Sugar Addicts, puts together amazing Winter, Spring or Summer breaks full of improv, movement and other theatrical styles taught by a who’s who of Chicago area theatre and performing arts professional teaching artists.

Piccolo Theatre Spring Break Camp

Tony Lawry, Piccolo’s programming and outreach director, as well as a Second City Detroit alum and founder of the teen improv group The Underage Sugar Addicts, offers an amazing Spring break full of improv, movement and other theatrical styles.

March 25-28, 9:30a – 4p
Ages 10-15
$175 for the full camp Single day rates for $50/day

More information:



Ecology’s Adventure Spring Break Camp

The Evanston Adventure Bus is leaving, so hop on! New life is springing up all over Evanston and we are going to find it. Visit Lovelace Pond, Lighthouse Dunes and even a hidden playground to see what spring is like in every corner of your city. Games, crafts and mini-experiments make up our days, plus daily outside adventures in the Arboretum and beyond, so dress for the weather. Post-camp care is available.

Location: Evanston Ecology Center
Age: Grades K-5
Fee: $250 R/NR Length: 5 sessions
Mar 25-29 M-F 8am-4pm

Enroll on-line.



Spring Holiday Camp

Dates: March 25-28
Ext. Care available $3 per hr
Grades: 1-6
RPD Residents $30 per day
Non-Residents $35 per day

Ridgeville’s Spring Holiday Camp follows the tradition of our popular summer camps by offering kids a good time in a safe and nurturing environment. Daily art and recreational activities will be planned.

Click here to register online

Easter Egg Hunt – Sat. March 23

Ridgeville Park District is celebrating spring with their annual Egg Hunt! Candy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout Ridgeville Park awaiting the searching eyes of neighborhood children. A special prize awaits the lucky individual who finds the Golden Egg. Mr. Bunny will be on hand to start the hunt, be he won’t be giving any hints!

NOTE: The Egg Hunt is designed primarily for kids 5-7 years of age.
Please help spread the word to any families you think might be interested.

Saturday, March 23rd
11 a.m. sharp
Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St., Evanston

Also, don’t forget…

SPRING HOLIDAY CAMP starts next week!


Earth Hour – Sat. March 23 – 8:30 – 9:30 pm

Switch off your lights on Saturday 23rd March at 8:30pm and show the world what you’re willing to do to save the planet.

Join the global community at

Bullied with Carrie Goldman – Thurs. March 21

ETHS and ETHS PTSA will co-sponsor a program on bullying which will feature Carrie Goldman, writer, blogger, commentator and Washington Elementary School parent. Ms. Goldman is the author of “Bullied – What Every Parent, Teacher And Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear”.

The program will be held at Evanston Township High School on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm in Room N112. Parents and students are invited to attend.

Topics she will address include:

  • Hidden influences on bullying in our culture.
  • The differences between normal social conflict and bullying.
  • Cutting, eating disorders, and other manifestations of bullying.
  • Discussion of which groups of kids are at elevated risk for being
  • targeted by peers.
  • Steps to take with the school if you are being bullied.
  • Teaching kids the difference between tattling and reporting.
  • Strategies to prevent cyberbullying, as well as steps to manage
  • cyberbullying once it has occurred.
  • How to recognize and manage sibling bullying.
  • Long-term effects of bullying on the brain.
  • The role of empathy and emotional intelligence in reducing bullying
  • actions.
  • The value of restorative actions over punitive actions in dealing
  • with bullying behavior.

Carrie Goldman is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, ChicagoNow, and Psychology Today, and her work has been featured by NPR, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, WGN TV and WGN Radio, ABC Radio,,, and many other international news sites.

Ms. Goldman will sign her book, which will be available for purchase, both before and following the program.

Care About the D65 School Calendar? Share Your Views – Mon. March 18

On Monday, March 18,  the District 65 School Board is gathering input on the school calendar for the next three years. See the complete calendars in the school board packet.

Why should you care about the school calendar?

Well, for example, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, ETHS is exploring an earlier August start and should the D202 Board approve that change and D65 not follow suit, families with students in both districts may be looking at different back-to-school dates.

For a better understanding of school calendar issues, read this blog post by “calendar mom” Rhonda Present.


Spring Youth Circus Auditions – March 19 & 20

The Actor’s Gymnasium announces auditions for the Spring Youth Circus on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 

Last year’s Fall show, Troupe sold out its two weekend run and was such a hit that they’ve decided to add a Spring show!

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

See the details below, and if you are interested in auditioning, click here to fill out a quick online audition form.

The Actors Gymnasium Youth Circus is a performance-based training program that culminates in a fully-produced, original show.  This intensive experience includes high-quality training in drama, dance and circus arts – not to mention personal and interpersonal skills that are invaluable.  The Youth Circus is one of the most popular ticketed events each year.

  • Auditions March 19 & 20 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm (No need to prepare material ahead of time. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.) 
  • Rehearsal Run:  April 3-May 22, 2013 (no rehearsal May 17 & 18)
  • Rehearsal Days/Times:
    • Every Wednesday, 5:30pm-7:30pm
    • Every Saturday, 4:00pm – 7:00 pm
    • Every Sunday, 2:00pm-5:00pm
    • Possible Tech Week Rehearsals on:
      • May 24, 7:00-10:00pm
      • May 25, 4:00-10:00pm
      • May 26, 2:00-5:00pm
      • May 29, 5:30-7:30pm
      • May 30, 7:30 -9:30pm
      • May 31, 7:00-10:00pm
  • Performances June 1 at 4:30 & 7:30pm, June 2 at 3:00pm.
  • Tuition: $300 for 9 weeks/72 approximate instructional hours
  • Financial aid is available for this program.

Click here to fill out a quick online audition form now! 

Family Day of Music – Sat. March 16

Bring the family for a day of music at the Music Institute of Chicago on Saturday, March 16.

Open House » 9 am


Spend your day with the Music Institute of Chicago!  Begin with a morning of music including an open house for families featuring winds, brass and percussion instrument “petting” zoo, student performances and special discounts on lessons and classes.

Music Institute of Chicago Instrument Petting Zoo
Peter and the Wolf Family Concert » 10 am


Enjoy Prokofiev’s classic musical tale featuring the MIC’s award-winning ensemble in residence, Quintet Attacca.

 Quintet Attacca-Music Institute of Chicago
Nichols Middle School Advanced Jazz Band

and MIC New Horizons Band » 2-3:30 pm


MIC’s New Horizons Band for seniors joins forces with Evanston’s own Nichols Middle School Advanced Jazz Band for some big band and Latin jazz. MIC Jazz faculty, Audrey Morrison and Victor Garcia, on trombone and trumpet, will sit in with the youth band for some Latin Jazz to end the concert with flare. MIC’s Carolyn Merva Roblee and District 65’s Cary Jacobs conduct.  Cary and his band will be receiving an award for Excellence in Middle School Music Programs, along with a monetary gift to the program and MIC tuition credits for five deserving students in his band.

 Nichols Middle School Advanced Jazz Band

MIC ArtsLink Brass for Beginners and MIC Trumpet Ensembles» 4-5 pm


Elementary students from Evanston’s Walker and Lincoln Elementary Schools who particpate in MIC’s ArtsLink program will demonstrate their growing talent on natural trumpets, followed by MIC’s Trumpet Ensembles. All led by MIC faculty member Chris Hasselbring.

 Music Institute of Chicago ArtsLink Brass for Beginners
Evanston Escola de Samba » 5-6 pm


EEDS leads you in a joyous hour of Brazilian music and dance under the direction of Reed Flynt, their new director. EEDS is a multi-generational group open to all. EEDS’ samba dance classes for youth and adults are taught at MIC at very friendly rates.  To learn more and register for spring or summer classes click here.

 MIC Percussion-Evanston Escola de Samba


Evanston 150 Multi-generational celebration of music, FREE. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue
847.905.1500, ext. 108