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Starlight Movie: The Wiz – Weds. Aug. 20

Last Starlight Movie of the Summer: The Wiz


Enjoy the summer’s final Starlight Movie this Sat., Aug. 20 in James Park! “The Wiz” will be screened at dusk; admission is free. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket!

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CommUNITY Picnic – Sun. Aug. 21

Community members of all ages are invited to celebrate Evanston, diversity and going back to school at the City’s 2016 CommUNITY Picnic. The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, at Ingraham Park, located behind the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

As in previous years, the picnic will feature free food, gamesCommUNITYPicnic_600px.jpg, activities, entertainment, community partner social service agencies and more. Entertainment will include live music from The Musical Offering, Suite Molly Seven and Joel Frankel, as well as performances by Evanston Children’s Theatre, the Jesse White Tumblers and Balloon Artist Tony Wright.

Volunteers are needed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. to assist with picnic activities and food. To volunteer, please contact Myra Gorman at or call 847-448-4311.

The CommUNITY Picnic is sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and local community organizations. For more information, please or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 while in Evanston.


2015 CommUNITY Picnic.

Hook in Bent Park – Tues. Aug. 16

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Starlight Movies in the Park

Movies will be shown on select evenings at dusk. Admission is free. Movies are cancelled in inclement weather (except July 21 movie; see below).

Day/Date Park Movie
Thur., Jul 21 Ryan Field* The Good Dinosaur
Sat., Jul 30 Brummel Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tues., Aug 2 Penny Inside Out
Sat., Aug 6 Dawes West Side Story
Tues., Aug 9 Twiggs 42
Sat., Aug 13 Mason Dreamgirls
Tues., Aug 16 Bent Hook
Sat., Aug 20 James The Wiz

Park locations for movies:

Bent Park: Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Brummel Park, Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford (base of James Park hill)
Mason Park: Church St. at Florence Ave.
Penny Park, Lake at Ashland
Twiggs Park, Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.
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End of Summer Bonfire Dance – Fri. Aug. 19

Say goodbye to summer in a special way:

End of Summer Bonfire and Fire Dance

Evanston youth age 12 years and older are invited to enjoy one of
the final weekends of the summer at the End of Summer Bonfire!
Throughout the night, teens will get to watch fire dancers, make
s’mores, and enjoy various games, including oversized versions of
Twister & Kerplunk!

Clark St. Beach
Sheridan Rd. at Clark St.

DATE: Fri., Aug. 19th
TIME: 7-9pm
AGE: Teens

For more information, call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 while in Evanston.


Penny Park Improvement Meetings – Aug. 11 or 18

The City of Evanston, together with 2nd Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite and the Park and Recreation Board, will host two public engagements regarding planned improvements at Penny Park, which is located at Lake St. at Ashland Ave.

Each meeting will present the same materials, thus residents are encouraged to attend either as their schedules permit.

Meeting 1
2nd Ward/Public Meeting
Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7 p.m.
J.E.H. Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave.

Meeting 2
Parks and Recreation Board/Public Meeting
Thursday, August 18, 2016, 7 p.m.
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Room 2402,
2100 Ridge Ave.

The goal is to receive community input in order to finalize the restoration plan.

The agenda for these two meetings is:

  • Introduction / Opening Remarks
  • Overview / Update of Park and Playground Restoration
  • Public Comments / Questions

Evanston Cricket Club Friends & Family Day – Sun. Aug. 7

Evanston Cricket Club’s Friends and Family Day will be held on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at James Park, 300 Dodge Ave.

National Night Out – Tues. Aug. 2

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This Tuesday, August 2 is National Night Out. The annual event promotes police-community partnerships and brings us together to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Events are being held at locations throughout the city during the evening.

National Night Out festivities in or near the 2nd ward will be:

  • Penny Park – Movie in the Park, 7 p.m., Lake Street and Ashland Avenue (movie begins at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m.)

Here is a list of other National Night Out events in Evanston:

  • Evanston Public Library – 1703 Orrington Avenue: Providing Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) activities outside the Church Street entrance between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • 1500 Washington Neighbors – Block Party BBQ, 7 p.m., 1500 block of Washington Street
  • Brummel Park Neighborhood Watch – Neighborhood Walk – Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Custer Avenue and Howard Street.
  • Evanston Animal Shelter – 2310 Oakton Street. 7 p.m.
  • Church Street and Dodge Avenue – Neighborhood Meet & Greet, 7 p.m.
  • Cartwright Park – Neighborhood Meet & Greet; food and drinks, 3300 Noyes Street, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Hidden Park Neighborhood Watch – Neighborhood Meet & Greet, 7 p.m., Dobson/Brummel Park, Ashland Avenue(between Dobson and Brummel Streets)
  • Smith Park Neighborhood Watch – Block Party in the Park with popsicles and treats, 7 p.m., Smith Park, Ashland Avenue & Lyons Street

Residents are also encouraged to turn on their front porch lights on Tuesday evening as a display of unity.

For more information, please visit or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

The Evanston Police Department will also tweet live from various events throughout the night. Be sure to follow them on Twitter, @EvanstonPD.

Access to Fishing in Lovelace Park – Sat. July 30

This popular free program is a great way to introduce children ages 4 and up to the “catch-and-release” process. Equipment, bait, and fishing expertise are provided! Drop by every Saturday from 10am-1pm, at Lovelace Park, Gross Point Rd. and Thayer St. Kids under age 16 don’t need a license, but must be accompanied by an adult. For any additional questions, please call 847-448-8256.

Starlight Movies in the Park

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Starlight Movies in the Park

Movies will be shown on select evenings at dusk. Admission is free. Movies are cancelled in inclement weather (except July 21 movie; see below).

Day/Date Park Movie
Thur., Jul 21 Ryan Field* The Good Dinosaur
Sat., Jul 30 Brummel Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tues., Aug 2 Penny Inside Out
Sat., Aug 6 Dawes West Side Story
Tues., Aug 9 Twiggs 42
Sat., Aug 13 Mason Dreamgirls
Tues., Aug 16 Bent Hook
Sat., Aug 20 James The Wiz

Park locations for movies:

Bent Park: Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Brummel Park, Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford (base of James Park hill)
Mason Park: Church St. at Florence Ave.
Penny Park, Lake at Ashland
Twiggs Park, Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.

Rain Site
The rain site for concerts: Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston

In the event of inclement weather for concerts, rain site updates will be available after 4:30 p.m. on the show date by calling 847-448-8058 (24/7) or 847-448-4311 (until 7 p.m.).

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Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival – July 16 & 17

The Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival returns to Dawes Park on the lakefront for its 31st annual edition on Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17 from noon to 7 p.m.

The free, two-day event transforms Evanston’s lakefront into a Global Village to celebrate diversity world-wide and features art from a variety of countries, family craft activities, international cuisine, live music, and dance. The Parade of Nations opening ceremony, with a procession of flags from over 200 countries, kicks off the festival at noon on July 16 at the park, located at Sheridan Road and Church Street.

Similar to years past, many of the best ethnic entertainers from the metropolitan Chicago area and beyond will perform. Visitors will enjoy performances from the Music Stage as well as a Field Performance Stage.

Music Stage performers on Saturday will be The Puppet Place: Wonderful World of Puppets followed by an opportunity to participate in a drum circle with Rhythm Revolution. Later that day, the stage will feature Sultans of String, Hounds of Finn, and Kiran Ahluwalia.

Sunday’s Music Stage performers will be Chicago Folklore Ensemble, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Gaby Moreno, and Johnny Blas Afro Libre Orchestra.

The Field Performance Stage will feature a Japanese drumming performance, belly dancers, Hawaiian hula dancers, gypsy dancers, Punjabi drumming, a Brazilian batucada parade and more!

In addition to the live performances, children can enjoy art activities such as origami, dream weaving, Shibori banners, felt making, Mehndi (Indian body decoration) and more. Ethnic cuisine will be available for purchase, ranging from tandoori chicken and vegetable samosa to pierogis, plus Ćevapčići, tacos, salmon salad and chocolate-covered frozen bananas! Chilled refreshments include fruit smoothies, Mexican sodas and lemonade.

To view the complete list of performers, artists, food vendors and art activities, please visit For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 while in Evanston.

Dawes Park is located just a few blocks east of the Davis Street Metra and CTA stations. It is located between Davis and Church Streets on the lakefront.

Free parking is available in the Northwestern University parking lot three blocks north of the festival grounds. A free City of Evanston festival shuttle bus will travel between the lot and the festival grounds. New this year: Free weekend parking is also available at the Northwestern University Segal Visitors Center parking garage at 1841 Sheridan Rd., which is adjacent to NU’s parking lot.

GOALED Gallery for Evanston Youth Artists, Crafters and Makers

Evanston Youth Artists, Crafters and Makers ages 13 to 21:
Sell your work!

The City of Evanston Parks Recreation and Community Service summer youth program presents:

The GOALED Gallery at the Lake Shore Arts Festival, August 6th and 7th from 11 am to 6pm

  • Be a part of Evanston’s premiere Fine Art Fair!
  • Youth meet with award winning artists to discuss entrepreneurship and professionalism.
  • You are responsible for selling your own artwork throughout the fair.
  • All work must be produced by You.

If selected, You will receive a small area to display and sell your work in a city sponsored tent. There is no vendor fee for you and we will not demand any commission on your sales.

To apply, send photos and contact information to or to GOALED GALLERY, City of Evanston Cultural Arts Programs, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge, Room 1116, Evanston, IL 60201 Questions? Call 847-448-8263

Sand Castle Building Contest – Mon. July 18

Every year, the City of Evanston hosts a Sand Castle Building Contest at Clark Street Beach. This year, Downtown Evanston is excited to invite professional sand castle builder Big Wave Dave to create an inspirational masterpiece! Starting at 4:00 pm you can watch Big Wave Dave build a sand castle and then start building your own!

This family-friendly contest is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm after which prizes will be awarded to the biggest sandcastle, best family effort and more!  Please bring your own buckets, shovels, creativity and other sand castle building tools.

Event is free and admissions to beach is free for Evanston residents. Please note that proof of residency is required.

The rain date is Monday, July 25.

Where: Clark Street Beach, 1811 Sheridan Rd
When: Monday, July 18, 4:00-7:30 pm

Free Youth Fishing Derby at Lovelace Pond! – Sat. July 9

Free “Access to Fishing” youth program (sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources). This program is a great way to introduce children age 5 & up to the “catch-and-release” process. Equipment, bait and fishing expertise are provided. Drop by every Saturday, May through September, from 10am-1pm, at Lovelace Park (Gross Point Rd. at Thayer St.). Kids under 16 don’t need a license, but must be accompanied by an adult. Call 847-448-8256 for more info.

  • On Saturday, July 9, come to Lovelace Park for the very first youth fishing derby at Lovelace Pond! We will be holding the derby in conjunction with our weekly free access to fishing program. We will have a limited amount of poles and bait available for those that need them. Come catch fish and win a variety of prizes in this free program for the whole family.Age: 5-15 yrs. | Admission: FREE | Time: 10am-1pm

4th of July Activities in Evanston

The Evanston Fourth of July Association has planned a terrific Independence Day celebration for Monday, July 4, 2016 with fun activities all day and evening.

Community members are encouraged to share photos of their Independence Day festivities with the Evanston Fourth of July Association on Facebook and Instagram using #ETown4th. Submissions may be featured online and in future materials. Winners may qualify for VIP seating at the 2017 fireworks and parade or may be invited to serve as a Parade Judge or Association Trustee.

Playground Activities
Events will begin at 9 a.m. with roller skating and refreshments at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, located at 1655 Foster St., and family playground activities at seven Evanston locations: Lincolnwood School, 2600 Colfax St.; Willard School, 2700 Hurd Ave.; Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.; Kamen East Park, South Blvd. and Barton Ave.; Baker Park, Forest Ave. and Keeney St.; ETHS Track Area, 1600 Dodge Ave. (change of location due to construction at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School); and Raymond Park, Chicago Ave. and Lake St. Playground activities include Frisbee, jump rope competitions, sack races, pie eating contests, soccer ball kick for distance competition, and more. View playground activities schedule.

Fun Run
Children age 12 years and younger are invited to take part in the half-mile Kids Fun Run. Participants can register online or on race day from noon to 12:30 p.m. The run begins at 12:45 p.m. at Ackerman Park, located at Central St. and McDaniel Ave. The $10 registration fee includes a t-shirt and packet to the first 200 registered, plus finish line refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Evanston Fourth of July Association.

Tennis Tournament
The finals of the citywide tennis tournament managed by the Evanston Tennis Association will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ackerman Park.

The award-winning Evanston 4th of July Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Central St. at Central Park Ave. and travels east to Ryan Field. Lawn chairs may be placed on the parkway along Central St. beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 1, in accordance with City ordinance. As a reminder, chairs and blankets are not permitted on sidewalks or in the right-of-way. The 2016 parade theme is “The Fourth Awakens.”

Concert & Fireworks
The Palatine Concert Band will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Dawes Park, located at Sheridan Rd. and Church St. Lakefront fireworks set to music will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.; tune in to FM 90.5. Fireworks are visible from most lakefront parks.

Free parking will be available in downtown Evanston public parking lots. for locations and more information.

The Evanston 4th of July Celebration is organized by the Evanston Fourth of July Association, a private, volunteer group. All aspects of the celebration are funded by voluntary contributions from businesses and individuals. For more information, visit

Beaches Open Sat. May 28

beachEvanston’s five public swimming beaches open for the season May 28. A daily pass or season token must be presented for beach admission.

2016 Beach Hours

From May 28 through June 3, beach hours are 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. From June 4 through Sept. 5 (Labor Day), beach hours are 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Evanston has three beaches which are accessible to people with disabilities: Greenwood Street, Lee Street and Lighthouse.

With a boat launch, kayak and sailboat rentals, kayak and sailboat lessons, kayak fishing trips and miles of sandy beaches, everyone can enjoy a day on the lakefront.

Beach Locations from North to South:

  1. Lighthouse Beach – Central St. at Sheridan Rd.
    (2611 Sheridan Rd.)
  2. Clark Street Beach – Clark St. at Sheridan Rd.
    (1811 Sheridan Rd.)
  3. Dog Beach – Church St at the lakefront
    (1631 Sheridan Rd.)
  4. Greenwood Street Beach – Greenwood St. at the lakefront
    (1401 Sheridan Rd.)
  5. Lee Street Beach – Lee St. and Lake Shore Blvd.
    (1111 Lake Shore Blvd.)
  6. South Boulevard Beach – South Blvd. at the lakefront
    (525 Sheridan Square)

A beach token or daily pass is needed for admission.  Admission for children under age one is always free. Daily passes may be purchased at each beach entrance. Free beach days for Evanston residents will be held at Clark Street Beach on Mondays from July 11 through August 29, 2016. Clickhere for information about teen outreach beach passes and the free beach token program.

During certain conditions, swimming is prohibited at one or more of Evanston’s beaches, but admittance to the beach (sandy area) is still allowed. At other times, both the water and the beach areas are closed for your safety. During the season, check the beach status page for updates.

Lakefront Fitness Classes
All Lakefront fitness classes will take place at Clark St. Beach, Monday through Friday, from 6-7pm.  Details and the schedule will be posted here, along with at all the recreation centers, when finalized.  For more information, please call Bob Russo, Levy Center Program Coordinator, at 847-448-8283.

Dempster St. Beach Office
847-866-4167 or 847-866-2913 (preseason)
Location: where Dempster St. meets the lake (1251 Lake Shore Blvd.)
2016 Hours: May 21-Sept. 5: Open seven days a week from 10am-7:30pm

Clark Street Beach Office
Location: Clark Street at the lake (1811 Sheridan Rd.)
2016 Hours:  June 4-Sept. 5: 10:30am-7:15pm

“Clean Up, Evanston!” – Sat. April 23

Community members are invited to participate in the City’s annual “Clean up, Evanston!” event in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This year’s event is made possible through partnerships with the Evanston TreeKeepers, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Township High School District 202 and Northwestern University.

Community groups and individuals of all ages can sign up to volunteer at any of the designated clean-up sites across the city by visiting volunteerevanston.orgor calling/texting 847-448-4311. There is at least one clean-up location in each of Evanston’s nine wards.

Volunteers are encouraged to register to meet at any of these locations at 9 a.m. on April 23:

  • Robert Crown Park – Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.*
  • Ladd Arboretum and Twiggs Park – Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
  • James Park – Fieldhouse, Dodge Ave. at Mulford St.*
  • Lovelace Park – Fieldhouse, Gross Point. Rd. at Thayer St.*
  • Lakefront, Dawes Park – Greenwood St. Beach Restroom, 1401 Sheridan Rd.*
  • Chute Middle School, 1400 Oakton St.
  • Dawes Elementary School, 440 Dodge Ave.
  • Dewey Elementary School, 1551 Wesley Ave.
  • Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies, 3701 Davis St., Skokie
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary & Fine Arts School, 2424 Lake St.
  • Haven Middle School, 2417 Prairie Ave.
  • Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave.
  • Kingsley Elementary School, 2300 Green Bay Rd.
  • Lincoln Elementary School, 910 Forest Ave.
  • Lincolnwood Elementary School, 2600 Colfax St.
  • Nichols Middle School, 800 Greenleaf St.
  • Oakton Elementary School, 436 Ridge Ave.
  • Orrington Elementary School, 2636 Orrington Ave.
  • Park School, 828 Main St.
  • Walker Elementary School, 3601 Church St., Skokie
  • Washington Elementary School, 914 Ashland Ave.
  • Willard Elementary School, 2700 Hurd Ave.

*Sites with an asterisk denote parks where volunteers will be mulching trees in addition to cleaning the park.

Community members who would like to clean up a park not listed above are encouraged to sign up for the “self-organized park clean-up” option on Volunteer Evanston. This option allows community members to clean up their local park with support from the City. When signing up, volunteers should indicate which park they would like to clean up and the number of volunteers participating. A team leader may then pick up gloves and clean-up bags from the Ecology Center, Wednesday, April 20 through Saturday, April 23, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

This year’s “Clean-up, Evanston!” festivities will also include a tree planting ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Clark Street Beach House, 1811 Sheridan Rd. All community members are welcome to attend.

Also on April 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., ETHS will continue its long-standing tradition of organizing a community clean-up in the area surrounding the high school. Students interested in participating should contact ETHS Community Service Coordinator Mary Collins, at, for more information.

As part of Northwestern University’s Associated Student Government (ASG) Earth Day celebration, ASG has partnered with the City to host a clean-up at Ingraham Park, 2100 Ridge Ave., on April 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information about this event, please contact Northwestern University ASG, at

In addition to participating in the City’s “Clean Up, Evanston!” event, volunteers from civic organizations, social clubs, neighborhood associations, individual families, church groups, school groups, and employee groups are encouraged to participate in the City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department’s year-round Adopt a Park program. The City is seeking volunteer groups to assist with litter pick-up, preservation, and maintenance of Evanston parks. To learn more, visit

For more information about Earth Day and Arbor Day events in Evanston,, email, or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Beach Tokens Now Available

Evanston 2016 season beach tokens are now available for purchase. Tokens are available at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and at Evanston recreation community centers. Most centers offer extended evening and/or weekend office hours; call 311 for details. Starting Saturday, May 21, tokens will also be available for purchase at the Dempster Street Beach office between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cash, personal checks and credit cards are accepted.

Evanston’s five public swimming beaches open for the season Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

A beach token, also known as a season pass, is valid from the time of purchase through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. Tokens will be sold at a discounted rate of $26 for Evanston and Skokie residents and $42 for nonresidents through Friday, June 3. On Saturday, June 4, the price for a beach token will increase to $34 for Evanston and Skokie residents and $58 for nonresidents.

Daily beach admission is also available, and may be purchased at beach entrances. Daily admission is $6 for children age 1-11 years and $8 for those 12 years and older. Admission for children under age 1 is free.

To ensure that everyone has access to Evanston’s beautiful beaches, the Mayor’s Super Summer Recreation Program includes free beach admission through a 10-punch pass for Evanston teens, age 13-18 years old. Teens may pick up their pass beginning Monday, May 16 at Evanston recreation community centers and the main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Please contact 311 for details.

Additionally, Evanston residents who meet the income requirement are eligible to participate in beach token fee assistance and the free beach token program. To learn more about the fee assistance program,

For more information about Evanston beaches, please or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 while in Evanston.

Free beach days for Evanston residents will be held at Clark Street Beach on Mondays from July 11 through August 29, 2016.


Skokie Pool Pass Discounts
The City of Evanston and the Skokie Park District have a reciprocal arrangement that allows Skokie residents to buy season beach tokens at Evanston resident rates and allows Evanston residents to buy Skokie season pool passes at Skokie resident rates. Pool passes are valid at both the Skokie Water Playground and Devonshire Aquatic Center. For more information, visit or call 847-674-1500.

Arboretum Egg Hunt Set – Sat. March 26


The Evanston Ecology Center’s annual egg hunt will be held in the Ladd Arboretum on Saturday, March 26. Sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m. The Arboretum is adjacent to the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston.

Birds in the arboretum have misplaced their eggs, and need the help of youngsters (18 months and up) to find them. Bring a basket or bag for collecting. A special area is reserved for egg hunters 18 months to 3 years, as well as for children with special needs. Egg hunters must pre-register online for class #113130 at, by calling the Ecology Center at 847-448-8256, or by emailing The cost is $5 per Evanston resident and $7 per nonresident.

10-11 a.m.
11:30-12:30 p.m.
1-2 p.m.
2:30-3:30 p.m.

GOALed Gallery Seeks Young Artists

GOALed Gallery holiday sale

The GOALed Gallery program is seeking young artists ages 13 to 21 who would like to sell their arts and crafts. Local young artists and crafters will sell their work at the City of Evanston’s Indoor Farmers Market, which is held at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., in Evanston. The GOALed Gallery will operate on the following dates:February 20; March 5 and 26; and April 2, 16 and 30. Artists selected may choose the dates that they will sell their work.

Young artists should send their contact information and photos of their work to The program’s goal is for young artists to sell their work, network with other artists, and learn about entrepreneurship. GOALed Gallery also has a booth at the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, which will be held August 6-7, 2016.

The program is managed by the City of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. For more information about the program, please contact Angela Allyn at 847-448-8263.

Washington School Resource Fair – Feb. 9 & 10

We are hosting a resource fair at Washington Elementary during Parent-Teacher conferences on the evenings of Tuesday, February 9th, and Wednesday, February 10th from 4-7 p.m.

The goal of the resource fair is to share information about a wide variety of resources, enrichment opportunities, and summer programs  available to Evanston families. In addition to browsing the book tables, learn about enriching summer opportunities for your child in the Evanston/North Shore community. Talk to representatives and bring home materials that detail the myriad of activities in recreational, therapeutic and academic programs.

Some of the confirmed attendees so far include Asociación de Familias Hispanas de Washington, Robert Crown, YWCA, YMCA, YOU, Evanston Substance Abuse Council, D65 Family Center, D65 JEH Education Center, Ridgeville Park District, Evanston Art Center, Childcare Network of Evanston, Center for Talent Development, and many more.

Spanish translation will be provided.