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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 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.

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

Fifth Ward STEM Fest – Sun. May 14


Fleetwood- Jourdain Children’s Day – Sat. May 7


Making Evanston the Most Livable City – Sun. April 24

CGECitizens’ Greener Evanston (CGE) will be hosting an Earth Month celebration on Sunday, April 24, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. While CGE continues to work with the City to promote environmental sustainability, the event this year will focus on the economic and social justice components of sustainability — hence the theme: “Making Evanston the Most Livable City – For Everyone.”

The event will be highly interactive, with participants joining smaller groups to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and possible solutions and next steps related to three of the most pressing issues facing our community —
• Affordable Housing
• Gun Violence
• Economic Opportunity

Following these breakout sessions, each group will report back to the larger group and receive responses from Mayor Tisdahl.

The tone for the day will be set by the dynamic keynote speaker Veronica Kyle, whose organization, Faith in Place, is dedicated to bringing together people of diverse faiths to care for the earth through education, connection, and advocacy.

We hope you can join this Earth Month celebration and will invite your friends and neighbors

Sun, Apr 24, 2:00 PM – 5:00
Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center,1655 Foster St.

Los Moralitos Circus – Weds. March 16

The circus is coming to Evanston on March 16 at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center! Doors open at 4 p.m., the first show starts at 5 p.m., and the second show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $13 for adults, $7 for children ages 2-12, and are free for children under the age of 2.

Don’t miss out on an amazing performance featuring unicycles, trapeze, Rolla Bolla, Hula Hoops, trampoline, Aerial Lyra, and much more! Note: the circus does not have animals.

For more information about Los Moralitos, view their Facebook page or Instagram.

Black History Month Kickoff – Sat. Feb. 6

Celebrate Kwanzaa in Evanston – Sat. Dec. 26


Evanston community members are invited to celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa at two free events on Saturday, December 26.

“A Community Celebration of Kwanzaa”
Beginning at 11 a.m. in Fountain Square, “A Community Celebration of Kwanzaa” will feature music, songs, the traditional lighting of the Kinara, and the recitation of principles. The event is hosted by the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and the City of Evanston’s Recreation Division. Admission is free.

Fountain Square is located on Davis St. between Orrington and Sherman Avenues in downtown Evanston. For more information, please call 847-448-8254.

“A Kwanzaa to Remember”
At noon, community members are invited to learn the meaning of love, unity and the power of faith during a free performance of “A Kwanzaa to Remember” at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, located at 1655 Foster St. The performance will feature a multicultural cast of Evanston children of all ages performing skits, singing songs, and reciting poetry that celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

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


3-on-3 Basketball Tournament @ Fleetwood-Jourdain


Middle School Pre-Thanksgiving Party – Fri. Nov. 20


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.

Children’s Day – Sat. May 2

Childrens Day 2015Fleetwood-Jourdain Center is hosting their annual afternoon dedicated to children. There will be a face painter, games, food and fun. Last year, hundreds of children and parents attended this special afternoon featuring the Jesse White Tumblers! For more info., please call 847-448-8254.

Date and Time: May 2, 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Location: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.
Age: 2-13 yrs. accompanied by a parent
Admission: Free

“A Kwanzaa to Remember!” on Stage – Fri. Dec. 26

Celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa with a special production of A Kwanzaa to Remember! (formerly Merry Kwanzaa).The free, premiere performance will take place on Friday, December 26, 3 p.m., at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. Admission is free.

The production will feature a multi-racial, multi-cultural cast of Evanston youth age 6 through 8th grade. Cast members will perform skits and choreographed dances, sing songs, and recite self-composed poetry that celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Community members are encouraged to come early for the best seating; last year the Center was filled to capacity! For more information, please call 847-448-8254 or call/text 847-448-4311.

Evanston Children’s Theatre Presents: “The Hobbit” – Nov. 21-23

November 21-23   Evanston Children’s Theatre Presents: “The Hobbit” and will be performed by children age 8 through 8th grade. Locations are the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. and Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. Levy Center shows: Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 22 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Fleetwood-Jourdain Center show: Sunday, November 23 at 3 p.m. Admission: $6 in advance or at the door.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Pop-Up Family Theatre – Sat. July 19

Follow Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre on Twitter @FJTheatre or Facebook to discover the locations for our Saturday morning productions. Three different short plays that the entire family will enjoy are being presented this summer in three different outdoor Evanston locations. Besides watching and interacting with great theater, you may visit some terrific locations new to your family.

Remaining show (weather permitting):
You’re Not Ugly…Duckling on July 19

Location: Varies; follow us for updates!
Day/Dates/Time: Sat., June 21, July 5 and July 19; 11am
Admission: Free

Fleetwood-Jourdain Pop-Up Family Theatre

We can tell you what you’ll see at Fleetwood-Jourdain Pop-Up Family Theatre this summer and when you’ll see it — but not where. All we know for sure is that each of the three plays will be staged outdoors in Evanston, unless there’s inclement weather.

“They won’t know where the locations are until the Thursday before that Saturday, when they will be posted on Twitter and on Facebook,” said Tim Rhoze, Fleetwood-Jourdain’s artistic director. “We’re trying to engage our younger families who are savvy with social media.”

The shows, which will be performed on Saturdays at 11 a.m., are: “Little Ned Riding Hood” (June 21), “Hansel & Greta?,”( July 5) and “You’re Not Ugly…Duckling” (July 19).

“All the stories are taken from the fairy tales,” Rhoze said. The theater’s program assistant, Lilien Lemieux-Jordan, adapted them.

Younger audience members will be encouraged to participate by doing such things as counting steps and letting a hero know when they spot a villain.

For details, visit Twitter @FJTheatre or

Free Lunch Program for Local Youth Begins June 11

Summer Meals

Beginning Wednesday, June 11, free cold lunches will be served to youth age 1-18 on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunches will be available daily, Monday through Friday, until August 15, 2014. There will be no lunch service on Friday, July 4.

Lunch will be provided at the following sites: Mason Park, Church St. at Florence Ave.; James Park, located at the Fieldhouse west of the Levy Center at 300 Dodge Ave.; and the parks adjacent to Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. and Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St.

There are no residency or income-based restrictions to participate in the program. Free lunches are available to all youth, but lunches must be eaten on site and parents must accompany young children. Lunches are served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain and Mason Park, while lunches are served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Robert Crown and James Park.

The Summer Food Service Program is coordinated by the City of Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and funded by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education. In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture policy, this program is available to all eligible children without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. For more information, please call 847-448-8254.