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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.

Black History Month Kickoff – Sat. Feb. 6

City of Evanston Summer Camp Registration

Summer camp kids

It’s never too early to start thinking about summer! Evanston summer camp registration will begin next week with a lottery for Evanston residents (ZIP codes 60201 and 60202 only) from Tuesday, January 19 through Monday, January 25. Open registration will begin on Monday, February 15. For more information and to view the summer camp guide online, visit

MLK Day Events in Evanston – Jan. 16-26

Saturday, January 16
Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
12 p.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches. The day promises to be inspiring and entertaining, with many special guest artists and esteemed speakers. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sunday, January 17
MLK Day Event with Insight Arts
1-2:15 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.
The Evanston Art Center and Insight Arts join in a program dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr.

“11 Months” Wrap Up Celebration
3 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.
“11 Months” of speakers, films, play readings and author talks, all focused on African American culture in the US concludes on Sun., Jan. 18. Please join us for a celebratory finale, with food from Curt’s Cafe, August Wilson scene readings from the theatre community, and a special performance by Evanston’s own S.O.U.L. Creations. We will also salute and thank all of the wonderful speakers and performers who helped make this past year so special.

To register for the event, call 847-448-8620 or click here >>>

Monday, January 18
Day of Service
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Northwestern University
Northwestern students will engage in a variety of service projects throughout Evanston and Chicago area. During lunch students will have the opportunity to reflect over their experience.

Diverse Communities United – Realizing King’s Vision Today
1:00-2:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School
Join us for Y.O.U.’s 10th annual Diverse Communities United (DCU), a celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 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. A community reception will be held in the lobby outside of the auditorium immediately following the program, showcasing youth artwork.

MLK Day Celebration Movies: Martin’s Big Words and March On!
1:30-2 p.m & 2:15-2:45 the Evanston Public Library, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.

“Martin’s Big Words,” by Doreen Rappaport

Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to life in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart.

“March On!” by Dr. Christine King Farris

In celebration of the of the March On Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sister presents a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and of the man who went on to inspire a nation.

Presence Saint Francis Hospital Celebrates the Legacy of MLK
2 p.m. at the Presence Saint Francis Hospital auditorium, 355 Ridge Ave.
Rev. Mark A. Dennis, Jr. will discuss the cultural significance of King’s contributions and achievements, and the impact it has made in the 21st century. Soprano soloist Brenda Marie Turner will sing inspiring songs.

MLK Day Program
3 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Children’s Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.
Join us to remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Rev. Eddie Reeves’ moving interpretation of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

Campus Observance: Candlelight Vigil
7 p.m. at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd.

Student Oratorical Contest 
Time: 4:00 p.m., Norris University Center’s McCormick Auditorium (1999 Campus Drive)
Three Northwestern undergraduate finalists will recite their orations inspired by MLK, with entertainment between orations. The winner will have the opportunity to recite their oration at the MLK commemoration keynote event on January 25th at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Please see the Oratorical Contest page for more information on contest guidelines.

Monday, January 26
Campus Observance: Keynote Speaker Diane Nash
6 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Dr.
Join us for this University-wide observance featuring music and performances by Northwestern student groups and a keynote address delivered by civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash. Sign language interpreted event.

For other Northwestern University events, click here >>>

City of Evanston Summer Camp Registration

Printed Summer Camp guides will be available at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center (2100 Ridge Avenue), Robert Crown CenterChandler-Newberger Center, the Ecology Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, and Noyes Cultural Arts Center by Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

Camp guides will be distributed to Evanston public and private elementary schools the week of Jan 4, 2016. Note: Some schools do not distribute printed material to every student. Some schools use the electronic backpack.

Youth camps include several types of sports camps, arts camps, ecology camps, preschool camps, aquatic camp, fencing, figure skating, general day camps, LEGO camps and more! Older children and teens may register for arts camp and several counselor in training/leadership programs. Adults can even sign up for their own version of Aquatic Camp!

Please do not register for camp before you have read the policy pages in the Summer Camp Guide. Deposits are never refunded and there are important policies regarding deposits, balance due deadlines, etc. that you need to know before registering.

See the online camp guide here:

Pop-Up Adventure Playground – Sat. Dec. 19

POP-UP ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND! This one is going to be in collaboration with the City of Evanston!
WHEN: Saturday, December 19th, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Grey Park (Main and Ridge)
WHAT: see the poster below


Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting and Celebration – Thurs. Dec. 10

On Thursday, December 10, beginning at 5:30 p.m., community members are invited to join Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and other civic, business and community leaders for the Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting and Celebration at Fountain Square, located on Davis St. between Orrington and Sherman Avenues.

The ceremony will celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and freedom of conscience over oppression. Attendees will enjoy musical entertainment and free refreshments.

For more information, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at 847-866-2914.

Public Skate DJ Night – Fri. Nov. 20

Robert Crown Center will hold special DJ night skating sessions on the main rink on select Friday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. with A-Z Entertainment, Ltd. Questions? Call 847-448-8066.

Dates: October 23, November 20 and December 18
Location: Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
Age: All ages
Admission: $8 adults, $6 student with ID, $3 children 5 and under

Holiday Tree Lighting in Fountain Square – Fri. Nov. 20

Kick off the holiday season at the Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m., in Fountain Square.

Join Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Santa, and Mrs. Claus as they light the tree in Fountain Square; enjoy holiday music by the Evanston Children’s Choir; and take advantage of specials, discounts, entertainment, and hot chocolate at downtown stores and restaurants. Free parking will be available at the three main downtown Evanston parking garages.

Evanston Holiday Food and Toy Drive

Holiday Food and Toy banner image

Help local families in need by providing food, toys and financial donations to the annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive through Fri., Dec. 11! The City is currently collecting new, unwrapped toys that encourage physical and/or social activities, in addition to non-perishable food items, at various City locations. Financial contributions can be made online or by mail.

More information and drop-off locations

Still time to vote for your favorite snow plow

Cast your vote for your favorite snow plow design as part of the 10th annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest! Ten schools participated in this year’s contest, including Dawes, Lincoln, Washington, Willard, and Lincolnwood elementary schools; Chute, Haven and Nichols middle schools; and St. Athanasius and Pope John XXIII schools. This year’s theme is “Think Outside the Bag.”

Vote here

Streets Alive – Sun. Sept. 13

All are invited to bike, walk, run, scooter or skate freely down Main Street as part of Evanston Streets Alive! on Sunday, September 13, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For the second year in a row, a mile of Main Street between Hinman Ave. and Robert Crown Center will be closed to motor vehicles and open to fun activities for all ages. The free “open streets” event includes four of the City’s nine aldermanic wards (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 9th) and spans two parks, a lively business district and a major transit hub.

This year’s Streets Alive! theme is “Just Move – Walk, Run and Bike to a More Sustainable Life!” The goals of the event are to inspire healthy, green transportation and to help everyone visualize new ways to use public space.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Streets Alive! back to Main Street for the second year in a row,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “Streets Alive! allows community members to celebrate and explore our beautiful public streets and spaces while enjoying all things Evanston.”

This year, Streets Alive! has partnered with the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) to bring the Evanston Green Living Festival to the event. Located on Main Street between Ridge and Asbury Avenues, the Green Living Festival will feature a large number of businesses and local organizations exhibiting their sustainable products, services, and ideas; alternative transportation and energy demonstrations; and much more.

Also new to Streets Alive!, Latino Resources and the City of Evanston will host the Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off Celebration at Main Street and Ashland Avenue in front of Washington School. The celebration will include live music, art, food, dancing, games and more.

Other free activities at Streets Alive! include a climbing wall, street soccer, a bike rodeo, a kids’ bike ride, an Explore Evanston bike tour, an imagination playground, a chalk art contest, dancing, drumming, live music, an interactive art project, a hula hoop festival, bike instruction, food trucks and much more.

“Streets Alive! is a great way to showcase the uniqueness of Evanston and bring neighbors together to enjoy a wonderful weekend,” said state Rep. Laura Fine.

Streets Alive! is presented by environmental nonprofit Citizens’ Greener Evanston and the City of Evanston. Major sponsors include First Bank & Trust, the Evanston Bicycle Club, Homefield Energy, Archer-Patterson Family Foundation, WinSol Power, Natural Awakenings, Evanston Community Television (ECTV), The Autobarn of Evanston, Collective Resource, and Evanston RoundTable. To become an event sponsor, please contact Streets Alive! Coordinator Natalie Watson at

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

Auditions for Evanston’s Tater Tot Theatre Company – Sept. 2 & 4


Children ages five through seven are invited to audition for Evanston’s Tater Tot Theatre Company’s production, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, on Wednesday, September 2 and Friday, September 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, located at 927 Noyes St., in Evanston.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears tells the story of an old folktale about a mosquito who fibs to a lizard and causes a long line of panic. To run away from the consequences of the lie, the mosquito hid and now buzzes in people’s ears to find out if everyone is still angry. In the end, the mosquito learns that it’s not good to spread lies and rumors.

Performances will take place on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15 at 3 p.m. in the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St., in Evanston.

The fee for those cast is $75. For more information, please call 847-866-5914.

Movie in the Park – Sat. Aug. 22

Enjoy “Guardians of the Galaxy” August 22, Final Starlight Movie of the Summer

Starlight Movie

Come dressed as your favorite superhero for the final Starlight Movie of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, on Sat., Aug. 22 at James Park. The movie will begin at dusk. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket!

More information

Evanston CommUNITY Picnic – Sunday, Aug. 23

Celebrate Evanston, diversity and going back to school! Evanston residents gather for a free community picnic with free food, games, giveaways and entertainment.

The 2015 CommUNITY Picnic will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23 in Ingraham Park, located west of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue.

Admission is free. Bring the whole family for hours of entertainment, fun activities, free food and giveaways!

2015 Picnic Entertainment Schedule

12:30-2:00 South Boulevard Band
2:00-2:30 Jesse White Tumblers
2:30-3:30 Magic by Randy


Starlight Movies + Youth Film Submissions in August

From Tuesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 22, community members are invited to attend free movies in Evanston parks on Tuesdays and Saturdays as a part of the City’s 2015 Starlight Movies in the Park series. This year, attendees will get to enjoy various films including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,Star Trek (2009), The LEGO Movie,The Great Debaters, and more! All movies will start at dusk. To view the complete movie schedule, visit

On Saturday, August 22, community members are encouraged to have some fun by dressing up as their favorite superhero at the Starlight Movie event, featuring Guardians of the Galaxy, at James Park, located at Dodge Ave. at Mulford St.

Similar to last year, local youth age 21 and younger are invited to submit their locally-made, short films to be screened as opening trailers during the 2015 Starlight Movies in the Park series.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, August 21. Valid entries must be 15 minutes or less, formatted on a DVD-R disc that can be played in the U.S., and include the name of the participant, their role(s) in the production, age, address, email and phone number.

Interested participants can drop off their submissions at the Cultural Arts Office, Room 1116, located in the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Local youth can also mail in their film to Starlight Movies c/o Galen Anderson, Cultural Arts Room 1116, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201. Participants who wish to have their DVD returned must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selected parties will be notified when and where their film will be played closer to the premiere date. For more information regarding the film submission process, please contact Senior Program Coordinator Angela Allyn at 847-448-8263.

Ethnic Arts Festival – July 18-19

On Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, noon to 7 p.m., community members are invited to celebrate the 30th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. This year the festival will return to its original location at Dawes Park, located at Sheridan Rd. and Church St.

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, dance, and spoken word performances.

The Parade of Nations opening ceremony, with a procession of flags from over 200 countries, kicks off the festival at noon on July 18. Following this international celebration, attendees will get to enjoy Highlander-Roma music with influences of Balkan, Latin, and Reggae from Megitza.

Similar to years past, many of the best ethnic entertainers from the metropolitan Chicago area and beyond will perform. Groups scheduled to perform on the Music Stage include Fiddle Club of the World (international), Plena Libre (Puerto Rico), Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit (Uganda), RUNA (Ireland) and more.

This year, the Music Stage will also be shared by Storyteller Linda Gorham as she presents folk tales from around the world. Gorham is known to think outside of the box by giving new twists to old stories using movement, humor and sometimes the audience!

The Field Performance Stage will include Japanese Taiko percussion and choreography from Kaiju Daiko, Pacific Island songs from Lanialoha Lee’s Uke Nation, and Punjabi dhol drummers and bhangra dancers from Chi Town Dholiz and Bollywood Groove Bhangra Dancers.

In addition to the live performances, children can enjoy art activities such as origami, Shibori banners, Aztec Codex Medallion necklaces, tree weaving, and more. Ethnic cuisine will be available for purchase, ranging from Jamaican jerk chicken and vegetable samosa to pierogis, and a variety of gourmet pies! Chilled refreshments include Italian ice and fruit smoothies.

To view the complete entertainment schedule and a list of artists and food vendors, visit or call 847-448-8264. For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 while in Evanston.

Activities for Kids at Recycling Fair – Sat. July 11

The City of Evanston will host its fifth annual recycling fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 11 at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. The free event provides residents an opportunity to recycle a variety of items, securely shred documents, obtain recycling education materials, learn about construction projects, visit with “green” vendors, and more.

New this year, the fair will feature an enhanced “Touch a Truck” display, allowing community members of all ages to get an up-close look at City vehicles and heavy equipment, as well as those from ComEd, Nicor Gas, the US Army and more. Children can also enjoy free face-painting, temporary truck tattoos, and complimentary popcorn and snow cones.

Click here for more information.

4th of July Activities

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

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 Park, South Blvd. and Barton Ave.; Baker Park, Forest Ave. and Keeney St.; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School, 2424 Lake St.; and Raymond Park, Chicago Ave. and Lake St. Playground activities include Frisbee, 25-, 40- and 60-yard races, jump rope competitions, sack races, pie eating contests, and more. More information >>>

North Evanston will be home to a Fun Run, tennis tournament finals, and the award-winning Evanston 4th of July Parade.

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 plus finish line refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Evanston 4th 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 along Central St. beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, in accordance with City ordinance. The 2015 parade theme is “Tree City – Green City.”

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.

The Evanston 4th of July Celebration is organized by the Evanston 4th 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

Instagram Contest – July 1-20

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month with “Share Your Rec Life” Instagram Contest July 1-20

In honor of Park and Recreation Month, from Wednesday, July 1 to Monday, July 20, the City of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department invites all Evanstonians to participate in the “Share Your Rec Life” Instagram Contest! Instagram users will have a chance to show off their favorite recreational activity for a chance  to win two free beach tokens for the 2016 season and a free pass to enjoy a Parks & Recreation activity or event, such as personal training, the Zombie Scramble, a Nutcracker on Ice performance, and more.

In order to take part in the contest, participants must have a public Instagram profile and adhere to the following rules:

  • Follow @ParkRecEvanston on Instagram
  • Snap a picture of yourself, friends or family participating in a recreational activity and use #EvanstonRecLife
  • Tag the beach, park, or any other Evanston location in the photo.

Please note that all recreational activities must take place in Evanston. Activities include, but are not limited to, playing sports, biking, exercise, kayaking, ice skating, swimming and fishing. Photo submissions will be judged based on creativity. Following the close of the contest, judges will select the top three photos for a community-wide vote to determine the winner.

The contest is only open to Evanston residents. Proof of residency will be required upon prize pickup. For more information, contact Recreation Program Manager Ray Doerner at 847-448-8682 or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents in Evanston can simply dial 3-1-1.