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Events for Teens at EPL – Dec. 1-10

Teen Loft

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

Events for Kids at EPL – Nov. 25 – Dec. 8

Angry BirdsThanksgiving Weekend Family Film: The Angry Birds Movie. Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27, 2pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

FaFinding Dorymily Film and Craft at the Chicago Ave/Main St. Branch. Saturday, November 26, 3pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

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 

sea life

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

Book Club

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

Holiday Food & Toy Drive

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)

please bring new, unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food items to the lobby of one of our convenient Evanston drop-off sites starting Monday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Dec. 9.  See locations below.
The City is seeking donations of staple food items for holiday meals, including: stuffing, green beans, yams, mac and cheese, corn and corn bread mix (PLEASE CHECK EXPIRATION DATE).
  • 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.

CTA Holiday Train

CTA Holiday Bus2016 CTA Holiday Train & Bus

This year marks 25 years of the CTA Holiday Train – a holiday tradition unique to Chicago. In celebration of this milestone, this year we introduce and welcome you aboard the new Elves’ Workshop Train.
Just as dazzling and decked out as the Holiday Train, this six-car train will follow the Holiday Train on Saturdays, which are the busiest days, to help ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience this one-of-kind and joyful tradition.
Complementing these two festive trains is the CTA Holiday Bus, which brings the same holiday spirit and joy to bus riders as it travels throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Santa’s Magical Trolley Express at Little Beans Cafe

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.

Book Launch for Screenwise – Weds. Nov. 16

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

Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World Cover Image

‘Cats Come to Dinner

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 –

Email Simran Chadha, with any questions

Share Your Table for Thanksgiving


Make Your Own Website Workshop for Girls – Sun. Nov. 13


Musical: Killing Time – Nov. 11-12, 18-20

14937280_1088100121268099_5096204042380597503_nThe 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

Tickets are only $10 and MO students are admitted free.

A hilarious, inventive and beautifully-written must-see show!

Special Needs LEGO event – Sat. Nov. 12

altSaturday, November 12, 11am – 12p, Community Meeting Room, Main Library; Register NOW.

Come join us to meet up and play with LEGOs! This event is open to all families with children age 6 years and older who have special needs and/or would benefit from an environment that is friendly to all abilities. Parents can join in or relax and talk with other parents navigating a similar path.

Registration required; space is limited to 30 kids. Register online, by calling 847-448-8610, or come into the library.

Gender Expansive & Transgender Lego Meet up – Sat. Nov 12


Saturday, November 12, 9:30 am, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Come join us to meet up and play with LEGOs! This event is open to gender expansive and transgender youth ages 5 – 12 accompanied by an adult or guardian. Parents can join in the LEGO fun or relax and talk in the company of other parents navigating a similar path.

Register NOW: call 847-448-8610 or come to the Children’s Desk or sign up online.

Gender expansive is defined as a range of gender expressions and identities including expanding beyond traditional gender identities or stereotypes. Gender expansive reinforces the notion that gender is not binary but a continuum and that many people express their gender in multiple ways.

Special Needs Parent Connection Support Groups – Thurs. Nov. 10

November Evanston CASE Parent Connections Support Groups

Thursday, November 10th at the CASE offices, 1940 Sherman Ave. Suite A in Evanston.

  • Brown bag lunch meeting from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Evening meeting from 7:00-8:30 pm
FYI —  There will be no Parent Connections meetings in December

Mudlark Theater Half Day Workshops – Tues. Nov. 8

Tuesday, November 8th

The perfect mix of theater games and Mudlark’s own brand of Longform Improv. 
Longform is the art of making up whole plays as you and your fellow improvisers form a cohesive, supportive, and hilarious team.

Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 1:00-3:30pm
Ages 10-14, Fee $45
Location: Mudlark HQ – 1417 Hinman Ave.

Who will reign supreme? The goliath meets the martial artist in this legendary afternoon of imagination and fun.

Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Ages: 8-9, Fee: $45
Location: Mudlark HQ – 1417 Hinman Ave.


District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of Nov. 2

Community/Recreational/Civic flyers that were shared and approved for posting this week:

Pop Up Evanston Events for Everyone – Nov. 4-6


Mark your calendars the weekend of November 4-6 to stroll around downtown Evanston visiting “pop-up” art shows, markets, musical performances, art demonstrations and special discounts at various restaurants, shops, hotels, organizations and more!

Shop early for the holidays at a market featuring artists and makers offering jewelry, clothing, prints, baby items, photos, home decor and more!

POP UP MARKET | 1627 Sherman Ave. (former Galleria in Evanston store)
Friday, November 4, 5 – 8pm
Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 11am – 5pm


Stop by the restaurants, shops, hotels and other businesses listed here to enjoy art demos, live music, special discounts and more!

Fall Flea Market – Sat. Nov. 5

On Saturday, November 5, community members are invited to attend Robert Crown Center’s Fall Flea Market, located at 1701 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The annual market connects people who are looking to resell their great “stuff” to folks who like a bargain and believe in the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle! Anticipated sale items include sporting equipment, household goods, jewelry, books, and more, including household items that are affordable for the first-time homeowner.

For more information about the flea market, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, Evanston residents can simply dial 3-1-1.

Halloween Events & Trick or Treat Times



Halloween Trick or Treat
Official trick-or-treating hours for the City of Evanston are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 31. Evanston children are encouraged to participate in the ELIMINATE Project, a partnership between the Kiwanis Club of Evanston and UNICEF looking to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. When children trick or treat, they will be asking for change for their UNICEF partners. For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Hopf at 847-475-4270.

Halloween Carnival
Children of all ages can come experience a carnival themed Halloween event at the Robert Crown Community Center on Mon., Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.   Kids will enjoy games, face painting, and music.  Costumes are optional and admission to the program is free.

Halloween DJ Skate Party
Robert Crown Center will host their annual Halloween Skate on the Main Rink on Mon., Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission and skate rental are free when you come in a costume. The center is located at 1701 Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

Halloween Family Storytime and Craft!
Bring your trick or treater to the Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room of the Main library at 6:30 p.m. for Halloween themed stories, songs and a craft! A lovely way to spend some family time together after all the candy excitement is over. Come in costume (or not: your choice.) Please visit their website for more information.

EISMA Benefit – Sun. Nov. 6

Sunday, Nov. 4:00 – 7:00 PM
at Five and Dime, 1026 Davis Street, Evanston

Bring the family and join Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA) for an evening of live music, food, and a beautiful selection of silent auction items in the cool atmosphere of Five and Dime. Proceeds from this evening’s event will go toward EISMA’s diverse, inclusive programming which brings professional music twice a year to all 7800+ students in District 65 elementary and middle schools. Featuring performances by:

  • Taiko Legacy 13, traditional Japanese drumming – one of EISMA’s diverse musical genres
  • Halfstache, jazz/funk/rock. Members are ETHS alumni: Leif Opland (piano), Michael Werner (trumpet), Tony Mest (drums), and Simon Ciaccio (bass).

Performances begin at 4:45, so arrive early to mingle, see auction items, and have some food and drinks. Tickets start at $40.00 ($75/couple) and include food and one free drink. Children 12 and under are Free! Discounted student tickets also available. See  for tickets and more information.

Proceeds from this event help support EISMA’s programming.  Since 1971, EISMA, a not-for-profit organization, has presented Concerts for Kids twice a year in each District 65 school, presenting diverse musical genres and cultures to your children throughout their K – 8 experience. With contributions from individuals, grants, and school PTAs/PTOs, EISMA seeks to inspire students with a full range of musical styles, instruments, and ethnic traditions.  Visit the Evanston In-School Music Association at Facebook or via email at

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