Archive for Community Centers


Some of the most widely used FREE resources in the City of Evanston for the past year have been the Street Soccer pitches!  But as much as our community loves them, neither the City of Evanston nor District 65 can afford to buy and keep them.  These pitches have been on loan from Mettle Sports at NO cost to the city, the schools, or the park district.

Help Evanston own the Street Soccer pitch at Robert Crown Center!

To learn more and donate, click here. 

The Evanston Children’s Rummage Sale – October 14, 2017

This sale is FREE to enter and will take place on Saturday Oct. 14th from 8-3pm. The donations will be accepted until that Friday the 13th at Robert Crown.

All proceeds will be donated to Friends of Crown in support of the new recreational and ice-skating facility.

Donations are tax deductible and volunteers will receive discounts at checkout.

Volunteers can sign up online and the incentives are as follows:

2 hrs  receive 10% off
4 hrs  receive 20% off
6 or more hours receive 30% off

STEMeX Family STEM Learning Program – Engineering Challenge (Kids ages 6-10) – February 26

Fleetwood – Jourdain Center
Sunday, February 26, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Come take the Index Card Tower Engineering Challenge! Families with children ages 6-10 are invited to fine-tune your engineering skills in this fun STEM session with an engineering expert and library staff.

Space is limited and registration required.
Call the Evanston Public Library Children’s Services at: 847-448-8610 to register.

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Center – Valentine’s Day Party for Middle School – February 24

Evanston Hockey Days – January 27 – 28

Come to Robert Crown Center and enjoy a Hockey Days Weekend! More Info

Mudlark Theater – Snow Queen – Starts Friday, January 20

A brand new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s most fantastical fairy tale, The Snow Queen. In this world premiere production, you’ll journey through an enchanted land filled with angels, demons, and witches, as you witness the incredible power of love and friendship.

January 20-22, January 26-29
Directed by Andrew Biliter and Michael Miro
Noyes Street Theater

Get your tickets here

DJ Skate Night at Robert Crown Center – January 13


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


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.

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.

ROBERT CROWN CENTER – Winter Break Camps

free-snowman-clip-art-knmegh-clipartLooking for some fun over Winter Break?

There are still openings at the Winter Break Camp at Robert Crown Center!

We offer a fun filled camp over the winter break for children age 2-12!

Visit for more information, and  to register!

And/or call Tiffany, Program Coordinator, at 847-448-8258.

The Young & the Restless Storytime – Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center – December 9

epl_storytimeThe Young and the Restless Storytime New at Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center. Bring your infant, 1 or 2 year old to this fun monthly sing-a-long storytime led by Ms. Martha, at Evanston’s newest cultural center, just northeast of Evanston Township High School. Friday, December  9, 10 am, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston IL (This same program is offered every Thursday at 9:30am at the Main Library.)

Music Classes – Gibbs-Morrison Center – Starting December 6

Class Voice

This beginning singing experience will teach young singers in sixth through eighth grade healthy singing technique, while encouraging them to the appreciate different vocal styles and have a great time! Performances will conclude the session.
Instructor: Charles Taylor

Fridays, Dec. 9–Feb. 10, 4-5pm
Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center
$50 R/$55 NR

Music Stories and More
This 30-minute class for ages 6 months to toddler will help your little one grow accustomed to sound. Babies and toddlers will be stimulated by the playing of various instruments. Your child will be mesmerized by your voice and interested in learning about their own emerging musicality.
Instructor: Charles Taylor

Tuesdays, Dec. 6–Feb. 7, 12:30–1pm
Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center
$40 R/$45 NR

Music in Your World
This 30-minute class introduces 3- to 5-year old boys and girls to the music, sounds and rhythms of various cultures.
Participants will learn to use their voices and bodies to create music, as well as hand percussion techniques.
Instructor: Charles Taylor

Tuesdays, Dec. 6–Feb. 7, 1:15–4:45pm
Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center
$40 R/$45 NR

Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center

1823 Church St., Evanston

For more information, please call 847-448-8040 or email or see this flyer: music-classes

Pinocchio – Mudlark Theater – December 8-11, 15-18


Welcome to the town of Livorno where the seas are always blue, the sun is always shining, and Senior Geppetto is about to get a big surprise.


For more detail and to purchase tickets, click here

Fallen Angels – etc. Music School – December 2-4

etc_fallen-angelsetc. Presents: ‘Fallen Angels’
Music and Lyrics by: Mike O’Mara
With Book by: Mike O’Mara, assisted by the Presents cast

A legendary world with ancient laws. A city in the clouds, with peasants below. When a daughter’s compassion marks her unwanted, it sets off a chain of events that will leave both the Angels of the sky and the Terrans on the surface forever changed. “Fallen Angels” weaves a magical tale around the very real-life issues of social justice, gender equality and the corruption of absolute power.

Show Location:
Rm. 213, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL. 60201

Show Dates/Times:
Fri., Dec. 2: 7 P.M.
Sat., Dec. 3: 2 P.M. and 7 P.M.
Sun., Dec. 4: 2 P.M.
<The show is approximately 120 min. in length.>

For more information, please visit etc. Music School website.

Power to the Arts – Sat. Oct. 29


Navigating Parent-Teacher Conferences Workshop – Sun. Oct. 16

pt-conferencesEstablishing a rapport with your child’s teacher is a crucial partnership. When having limited time at a parent-teacher conference of 10 or 15 minutes you must prepare to get to the heart of the matter.

Join Felisha Parsons, Ed.D., for a few hours of unlocking the keys to a more meaningful parent- teacher conference. Learn to effectively navigate through the conference:

* Key questions that lead to answers
* Claim your presence and power
* Be an engaged participant
* Communicate your expectations
* Seal the collaborative partnership

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Where: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster Street Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free & Open to Public
Light Refreshments Served

Young and Restless Storytime – Fri. Oct. 14

image003The Young and the Restless Storytime: New on the West Side.

New! Once a month, bring your infant, 1 or 2 year old to this fun, free, dynamic, sing-a-long storytime led by Evanston Public Library’s energetic Young and the Restless leader, Ms. Martha, at Evanston’s newest cultural center, just northeast of Evanston Township High School. Home providers and center classes welcome! Pie and lunch available for purchase.

Friday, October 14, 10 am, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston, (Also Friday, November 11 and Friday, December 9)


Art Classes at Chandler-Newberger Begin Sept. 21


Alice Through the Looking Glass Auditions – Tues. Aug. 30

If your 8 year old to 8th grader wants to be in a show this fall, auditions for Alice Through the Looking Glass on Tuesday August 30th at the Levy Center, and Thursday September 1 at the Gibbs Morrison Center on Dodge and Church, both from 4 to 6pm.

Nothing to prepare or bring except themselves Performances are November 18,19 and 20.

Evanston Streets Alive! – Sun. Aug. 14

Evanston Streets Alive! featuring the Evanston Green Living Festival
Presented by NorthShore University HealthSystem
Sunday, August 14, 2016, 1:00-6:00pm
Main Street from Crown Park to Chicago Avenue

Come enjoy a blissful mile of Main Street dedicated to biking, strolling, playing, art, education and community building. This year’s theme is “Staying Healthy, Staying Alive: Streets Alive!”

This year’s Streets Alive will feature fun, free activities for all ages, including a climbing wall, yoga, Pound class, miniature parks, karate, music, dancing, interactive art, tactical urbanism, and more. There will be a variety of food trucks along the route as well as a water station. We will make the connection to Dodge Avenue’s new protected bike lane and incorporate our new Divvy bikeshare stations. This year we are making more room for through movement- bring your bikes, skateboards and scooters!

A big highlight for 2016 is an “intersection repair” project at Custer and Main. Local artist Heather Hancock will create a giant prairie-themed crosswalk while participants learn about Evanston’s abundant transportation options.

We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Evanston Environmental Association to bring the Evanston Green Living Festival to Main Street. This annual community festival features products, services, and ideas that encourage and empower attendees to lead healthier, more sustainable lives.

2016 Evanston Green Living Festival attractions will include:

  • The Green Market – a large number of local businesses and organizations exhibiting their sustainable products, services and ideas
  • Alternative Transportation – the latest in all-electric & hybrid autos and more.
  • Alternative Energy – solar panels & hot water systems and other alt-energy demos
  • Composting of festival food scraps by Collective Resource