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Light of Unity: Indigenous Peoples’ Day – October 10

Join the Baha’i House of Worship, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian and Northwestern University in celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day at special events this Monday, October 9.

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Summer Camps at Quad Indoor Sports!


Summer Camps at Quad Indoor Sports!

Quad Indoor Sports is a state-of-the-art indoor facility in SW Evanston.  Our climate controlled environment is a perfect setting for our multi-sport camps.  Our coaches will keep campers engaged in multi-spot activities all day!

Don’t miss out on this very fun and interactive sports camp!

Summer Camp Dates: June 5th, 2017 thru August 25th, 2017

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Community Habitat Project Kickoff – March 15

Attend a kickoff meeting for the Evanston Community Habitat Project.

The two-year project will include improvements to 3.75 acres of bird habitat along the North Shore Channel in the Ladd Arboretum, as well as add bird-friendly plantings of native shrubs, understory trees and forbs in four Evanston parks.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday March 15, 7 p.m., in the Morton Civic Center’s Parasol Room (4th floor).

Learn more here

North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie – Odd Squad Live! – THIS WEEKEND




WHEN:March 4 @ 5:00 pm
WHERE:Center Theatre, North Shore Performing Arts





Attention Odd Squad fans, there is oddness in your town and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve it. Team up with brand new agents Orian and Oleanna in this live, interactive adventure. With help from Ms. O back at headquarters, kids will put their STEM skills to the test and decode, decipher and unravel clues to stop villains like Father Time and Lady Terrible. Featuring an original script by the creators of Odd Squad and new music including songs by Soundcheck, Odd Squad – Live! is a laugh-out-loud, action-packed experience not to be missed.

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.



Navigating Diversity – Cómo navegar la diversidad – March 11

Timothy Goes Back to School Auditions – Noyes Center – January 15

614lyyuwfalThe Tater Tot Theatre Company was created to allow young thespians ages 5-7 the opportunity to participate in the magic of live theatre. This year we will be presenting “Timothy Goes Back to School,” inspired by the series of children’s books by acclaimed author/illustrator Rosemary Wells. Read more

Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Fountain Square – December 25

menirah1The entire community is invited to come together at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 25 to light the 10′ Menorah in Fountain Square. Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl will offer greetings and help in the lighting of the Menorah with civic, business, community and religious leaders.

The ceremony will celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and freedom of conscience over oppression. A boys choir will perform, there will be live musical entertainment, free dreidels and refreshments (doughnuts). For more information, please call 847-866-2914.

Location: Fountain Square, intersection of Davis St., Sherman Ave. and Orrington Ave.
Date/Day/Time: Sun., Dec. 25, 5:30pm
Admission: Free

District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of December 14

District 65 Digital Backpack

Community/Recreational/Civic flyers that were shared and approved for posting this week:

Take the Kid to the Game Day – Friday, November 25


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Special Needs Parent Connection Support Groups – Thurs. Nov. 10

November Evanston CASE Parent Connections Support Groups

Thursday, November 10th at the CASE offices, 1940 Sherman Ave. Suite A in Evanston.

  • Brown bag lunch meeting from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Evening meeting from 7:00-8:30 pm
FYI —  There will be no Parent Connections meetings in December

Pop Up Evanston Events for Everyone – Nov. 4-6


Mark your calendars the weekend of November 4-6 to stroll around downtown Evanston visiting “pop-up” art shows, markets, musical performances, art demonstrations and special discounts at various restaurants, shops, hotels, organizations and more!

Shop early for the holidays at a market featuring artists and makers offering jewelry, clothing, prints, baby items, photos, home decor and more!

POP UP MARKET | 1627 Sherman Ave. (former Galleria in Evanston store)
Friday, November 4, 5 – 8pm
Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 11am – 5pm


Stop by the restaurants, shops, hotels and other businesses listed here to enjoy art demos, live music, special discounts and more!

Fall Flea Market – Sat. Nov. 5

On Saturday, November 5, community members are invited to attend Robert Crown Center’s Fall Flea Market, located at 1701 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The annual market connects people who are looking to resell their great “stuff” to folks who like a bargain and believe in the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle! Anticipated sale items include sporting equipment, household goods, jewelry, books, and more, including household items that are affordable for the first-time homeowner.

For more information about the flea market, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, Evanston residents can simply dial 3-1-1.

FAN Events – Nov. 2 & 3

“Late Specialization: The Surprising Key to Athletic Success”
David Epstein, Investigative report, ProPublicaFormerSenior writer, Sports illustrated Author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, Evanston Township High School (Class of 1998)

EVENT #1: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Late Specialization: The Surprising Key to Athletic Success, 7:00 PM, Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201.


EVENT #2: Thursday, November 3, 2016, Late Specialization: The Surprising Key to Athletic Success, 7:00 PM, New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, 60093.

Many of us assume that given how incredibly competitive sports are these days, every athlete needs to be running, jumping, throwing, and hitting practically as soon as he or she is walking.  The necessity of an early start on the lifelong road to athletic expertise is the subject of a half dozen bestselling books, not to mention national commercials, thousands of youth sports programs, and more articles than anyone can count. Unfortunately, typically, the people running those programs and writing those articles are oblivious to the growing body of cutting-edge science that illuminates the true foundation of athletic expertise — and it isn’t what you may think!

David Epstein, an investigative reporter at ProPublica, a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance will examine what science reveals about the (often surprising) best path to sporting stardom, underscoring why a late start can sometimes be a head start.

Mr. Epstein is a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Evanston Township High School (Class of 1998), and has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, where he was a university record-holder in track and field. His 2014 TED Talk was one of the 20 most watched of the year.

More information can be found on the FAN website:

Navigating Real Life Diversity: Session 2 – Weds. Nov. 2 – CANCELLED



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Award Winning Authors at King Lab – Mon. Oct. 24

Author Invasion: Five Award Winning Children’s Authors to Visit Evanston

During the week of October 24 – 28th, Foundation 65 will bring five critically acclaimed authors to visit fifteen District 65 schools. This ‘author invasion’ is part of a visiting author series called Perspectives: A Shared Author Experience. The program was created by the District 65 library department and is funded through a grant from Foundation 65.

The authors represent diverse cultural backgrounds, writing styles and topics. Authors include, Matt de la Peña, Janice Harrington, Grace Lin, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Steve Sheinkin. Each visiting author will work with a specific grade level(s) and visit schools across Evanston (see which grade levels will work with each author below).

The Perspectives program helps highlight the importance of diversity in children’s literature and the intent is to give District 65 students and families the opportunity to view issues from multiple perspectives, and see themselves represented in the authors, the author’s life experiences, and the stories they tell.

“We are thrilled to bring these amazing authors to our schools,” said Tracy Hubbard, chair of the library department, “Reading is a way of exploring the world around us, and navigating difficult ideas. We believe that this program deeply supports the equity work that District 65 is so committed to.”

All authors will take part in a panel discussion that is open to the public on October 24th. This event will be co-hosted by the Evanston Public Library and will be moderated by Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager for the Evanston Public Library. The event will be held at King Arts Magnet School, 2424 Lake Street, Evanston.

“Rarely have I seen this impressive a gathering of authors and illustrators gathered in Illinois outside of a conference setting.  Each one of them is a master of their art.  It’s a privilege to get a chance to talk to them together,” said Betsy Bird.

The event will begin at 5:30 with student art inspired by the authors’ work on display. Books by each author will be available for purchase from the Book Stall.Two food trucks, La Cocinita and Gotta Bee Crepes will have food for purchase on site. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.

Authors will work with the following grade levels during the week of Oct 24 – 28th:

Matt de la Peña – all 7th & 8th graders
Janice Harrington – all K & 1st graders
Grace Lin – all 2nd & 4th graders
Steve Sheinkin – all 5th & 6th graders
Duncan Tonatiuh – all 3rd graders

Stuff the Bus: Free Groceries @ Valli – Sat. Oct. 15

ESCCA Needs Your Coats

38491_146998711981543_4590024_nBrrr…there’s a chill in the air! What a good reminder to clean out the coat closet and see what fits and what can get passed along before winter comes. We are low on winter coats (especially sizes 14/16 through adult) and welcome donations of new and gently used winter coats and parkas for D65 children in need! Our donation box on the west side of the D65 Hill Administration building is open 24 hours. (You may also bring donations to your child’s D65 school during school hours.) Please spread the word – thank you!

Little Beans Fall Festival