City 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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
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>>>