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Anti-Bullying Concert – Friday, Nov. 8

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is hosting a community wide Anti-Bullying Concert featuring Yemi-Marie, T.L. Williams and Zophia. All three teens have been the victims of bullying and each on will share their own personal message, as it relates to the subject.

When: Friday, Nov. 8 at 4:00 pmWhere:  Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Back-to-School Talent Concert – Sun. Aug. 11

talent showCity Clerk of Evanston, Hon. Rodney Greene is sponsoring a non-violence back to school talent concert for all children in grades K to 8 in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 on August 11th at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. from 2pm to 5pm.

There is still time to sign up your children to showcase their talents: singing, poetry, dancing, playing a musical instrument, telling a joke. Send an email to

There will be different guest speakers from the Evanston community and will also have the assistance of the Evanston Police Department to make sure everyone is safe.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and show support – this is a community event. Lots of surprises!

If you would also like to contribute to this event in any way, contact Rodney Greene at

Dreadlocks and the Three Bears – July 20 – Aug. 3

Dreadlocks logo news.jpgFleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and The Actors Gymnasium present “Dreadlocks and the Three Bears” by Kara Roseborough.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is presenting its second annual play for very young audiences, which will be performed by members of the FJT Acting Ensemble. Children will follow Ziggy on his hilarious adventures in a strange forest inhabited by talking trees and animals.

Location: Evanston Ecology Center (2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston)
Day/Dates/Time: Sat., July 20-Aug. 3, 10am
Age: 4 yrs. & up
Admission: FREE as a part of the Mayor’s Super Summer Activities

There will be tumbling activities for children following the performances and free popcorn and lemonade will be served. For more information, please call Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at 847-448-8260.

Violence Prevention Community Forum – Thurs. March 28

The City of Evanston is presenting a Violence Prevention Community Forum featuring Tio Hardiman, Executive Director of CeaseFire Illinois, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013. It will be held at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street. The public is invited to attend.

Tio Hardiman has dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change. This forum is a follow-up presentation that Mr. Hardiman and CeaseFire Illinois representatives gave at Evanston Township High School on February 27.

From 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., residents are invited to browse resource tables; the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Topics will include: what was learned at the ETHS presentation; an overview of CeaseFire violence prevention model; whether Evanston is on the right track or not; and effective best practice community strategies to reduce violence, which include block clubs, neighborhood watches, outreach and mentoring.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Limited parking will be available in the following lots: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, Faith Temple (west parking lot only) and Family Focus.

The event will be hosted by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. Sponsors are the City of Evanston, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and Peaceable Cities.

For more information, please call 847/448-8042.

Spring Arts Programs at Noyes

Audition Boot Camp

In four fast-paced weeks, we’ll briefly cover the theater business for kids in Chicago, from “on camera” to auditioning for theater and musicals. Kids will find out how to choose and work on monologues; learn to handle cold copy and dialogue; do “bite and smile” for the camera; and gain knowledge about how to make bold choices. They also will learn how to be comfortable and retain their true self in an audition. The program finishes with an actual audition for local directors, who will give feedback. This is a joint program created by Evanston Children’s Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and the Evanston Arts Camps.
April 6-27, Sat 1-3pm, Age: 9-15 yrs.
Fee: $130 R/$150 NR Length: 4 sessions

Spring Break Arts Camp: Wizards!

From Merlin to Harry Potter to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the idea of people who study magic is woven through literature. In this full-day camp, the Cultural Arts Division folks will cover everything from magical beings to potions to foreseeing the future.
Mar 25-29, M-F 9am-5pm, Age: 6-11 yrs.
Fee: $200 R/$215 NR Length: 5 sessions

Spring Break Arts Camp: Survival Skills, a Tribute Training Camp

Inspired by recent YA literature that features an apocalyptical future, the Cultural Arts Division brings you a spring break camp that will get you in shape for whatever the future may hold: from archery to orienteering, star navigation to rope tying.
Mar 25-29, M-F 9am-5pmAge: 9-14 yrs.
Fee: $225 R/$245 NR Length: 5 sessions

Opera Field Trip New! for Teens and Tweens: “Oklahoma”

This spring, the Evanston Cultural Arts Division has a very limited opportunity to go to the LYRIC OPERA of Chicago for Youth Performances of Oklahoma (note: this is a school-time performance suitable for homeschoolers). Teens and tweens will travel from Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., to the Lyric Opera House and return to Robert Crown Center. Note: the bus departs promptly at 11am. 847/448-8260.
May 7 Tu 11am-TBA, Age: 10-18 yrs.
Fee: $20; box lunch available for add’l $10

For the program flyer and online registration, see the Parks & Recreation website

Martin Luther King Observances in Evanston

There are events scheduled all over the community for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, beginning Saturday, January 19.  For a complete list, see the City of Evanston website.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21. The Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Noyes Cultural Arts Center and Ecology Center will be closed. The Main Library and the North Branch will be open. The Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch will be closed.

Free drop-in gym sessions will be held on Monday, January 21 at Robert Crown Community Center. Times are 9-11am for grade school age children; Noon-3pm for high school students and 4-7pm for adults. For more information, please call 847/448-8258.

Aristotle Peers (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) will offer free tutoring for students in grades K-12 from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 21 at Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St. in downtown Evanston. Tutors will work with students on homework, study skills, test preparation and more! Parents are encouraged to stay for snacks and conversation. More>>>

Kwanzaa Events in Evanston – Dec 26

 Kwanzaa in Fountain Square Dec. 26 – A “Community Celebration of Kwanzaa” will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Fountain Square.

You’re invited to join friends and neighbors as the first day of Kwanzaa is celebrated right in the heart of downtown Evanston. The celebration will be hosted by Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and will feature music, songs and the traditional lighting of the Kinara and recitation of principles.

Fountain Square is located on Davis St. between Orrington and Sherman Avenues. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 847/448-8254.

“Merry Kwanzaa” Performance Dec 26 –  Awarding-winning playwright Gloria Bond Clunie’s play about four generations learning the meaning of love and unity and the power of faith will be performed at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. The play features a multi-generational and multi-racial cast of Evanston residents. Come early for the best seating; as last year the Center was filled to capacity!  847/448-8254.
Sponsor: Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Evanston Recreation Division
Location: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.
Day/Date/Time: Wed., Dec. 26 at 3pm
Admission: Free

More information at the City of Evanston website.