News Posted in: June 2012

Summer Reading Stop at EPL

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The Evanston Public Library is bringing the Summer Reading Game to our Summer Reading Stop locations June 9 - July 28: Evanston Plaza, 1900 Dempster, next to Subway. Mondays and Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays 10 am to 1 pm Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm Robert Crown, 1701 Main Mondays, noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. Fleetwood-Jourdain, 1655 Foster Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. Stop in to register for the Summer Reading Game or come in to play (regardless of…more »

Vote for "Noah's Playground for Everyone"

Does your family love going to Noah’s Playground for Everyone? If you think this inclusive playground is the best outdoor play area, cast your vote in Time Out Chicago’s Hipsqueak Award. Voting runs through Saturday, August 4, 2012.…more »

Twilight Historical Kayak Tour July 13

Take a kayak fishing trip on July 6 and catch a bluegill, or go on a Twilight Historical Kayak Tour on July 13 and learn about Evanston from a different vantage point! Rowing for Fitness lessons also are being held this summer. Age level: 14 years and older. Click here for details.  by Martha Logan…more »

Ongoing Activities for Youth, Teens & Young Adults

Free summer activities are in full swing for youth, teens and young adults. Evanston youth age 13-18 ice-skate for free during Robert Crown Center’s public skating sessions. Skate rental is free, too! Click here for details. Evanston youth age 13-18 who may not otherwise be able to go to the beach may pick up a pass for free beach visits. They are available at the main Evanston Public Library or a Recreation Community Center during office hours: (Robert Crown,…more »

City Holiday Operations July 4

The Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center will be closed for the 4th of July holiday. All community centers will also be closed for the holiday. No recycling or garbage collections will occur on Wednesday this week. Wednesday and Thursday collections will occur one day later this week. The City of Evanston's 3-1-1 Call Center will be open Wednesday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. by Eric Palmer…more »

Trees Need to be Watered During Dry Spells

Please help Evanston stay green! Trees may take 40 to 100 years to mature. Trees that have not been watered are now water deprived due to the hot, dry weather. Trees and shrubs need at least an inch of water per week. You can help your private and public (parkway) trees, as well as your shrubs, survive by watering them during dry spells. On weekdays, please water before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. (Fourth of July excluded) due…more »

Evanston Bicycle Shop Changes Name to "TEN 27 Cycles"

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Evanston’s premier bicycle shop has changed its name to Ten 27 Cycles. Ten 27 Cycles, formerly known as Turin Bicycle, is at 1027 Davis Street in Evanston IL, where it’s been offering Truth, Knowledge, and Really Great Cycling since 1971. Much will stay the same. The familiar front window displays on Davis Street will highlight bicycles for all riders. The same passionate-about-cycling staff will warmly welcome both committed and casual riders, whether they’re road cyclists, triathletes, track racers, Northwestern…more »

Summer Curfew Information

The City of Evanston, its police department, and school districts 202 and 65 want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Working together, we can increase safety and reduce disorder. Your help is crucial. Make this a safe summer for everyone. Curfew applies to kids under 17. Curfew ordinances are created for the safety of minors as well as to maintain the quality of life throughout neighborhoods. Walk in well-lit areas, with a companion or in a group.…more »

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

With temperatures and heat indices rising, the Evanston Health Department urges all residents to take preventive actions throughout the summer to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat-stroke. The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips: Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.  Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, as they…more »

Crawford Avenue Resurfacing Set for July 9

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Illinois Department of Transportation Crawford Avenue Resurfacing The Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting road resurfacing work on Crawford Avenue from Golf Road to Gross Point Road. This project involves curb replacement, as needed; roadway base repair, replacement of asphalt surface from curb to curb; and roadway striping. The funding for the project will be from Illinois Department of Transportation funds and there will be no direct charge for the property owners on these streets. The limits of work…more »

2012 Water Main Replacement and Street Improvement Project

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The city will be contracting water main replacement and roadway work on Group 2 project consisting of four street segments listed below. This project includes the replacement of the existing deteriorated water main with new ductile iron pipe as well as replacement of the existing water services. The street resurfacing portion of the project involves curb replacement as needed, roadway base repair, asphalt surface patching, along with selected sidewalk replacement and driveway aprons. The water main work and street resurfacing…more »

Outdoor Water Usage Rules and Information

The City of Evanston has an outdoor watering ban that runs from May 15 through September 15 during daytime weekday hours. The City Code (7-12-14-2) does not allow for any person, firm or corporation to use water for the sprinkling or irrigation of lawns or gardens on weekdays (Monday through Friday) between the hours of ten o'clock (10:00) A.M. and four o'clock (4:00) P.M. Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and all weekends are excluded. An exception to the watering ban is…more »

Evanston Receives $400,000 State Grant for Lakefront Lagoon

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced on June 23 that the City of Evanston has been awarded $400,000 to renovate the 4.5 acre lagoon located in Dawes Park. The project includes upgrades to plumbing and basin systems, reconstruction of the stone waterfall, replacement of pavement and lighting, new site furnishings and enhanced landscaping. This award was part of $12.3 million of Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Grants projects awarded to 42 projects around Illinois. This grant, combined with a $500,000…more »

Mayor Tisdahl Honored at Piven Theatre Workshop Gala

City of Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl was honored at the Piven Theatre Workshop Gala held at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, June 23. Mayor Tisdahl was recognized for her outstanding support of the arts in Evanston with the first named seat in the proposed new theater to be built at the Noyes Center as part the proposed expansion of Piven’s company at the Center. Several hundred people turned out for the gala, including actor Jeremy Piven, whose…more »

50th Anniversary Celebration for International Friendship Garden

The Rotary Club of Evanston will hold a ceremony at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Evanston International Friendship Garden. The ceremony will be held in the International Friendship Garden, which is located in the Ladd Arboretum. Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee will plant a Himalayan Pine Tree, native across the north of India, in the garden. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will present Mr. Banerjee with a key to the City…more »

Evanston Police Raid House for Drugs in the 1800 block of Ashland

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Evanston Police personnel from the N.E.T. Unit which investigates complaints of drug dealing, executed a search warrant at 1824 Ashland Ave. at approximately 1:10PM. Police had received complaints from neighborhood residents regarding possible drug dealing at the address. Police recovered small amounts of cannabis during the search. Arrested and charged are the following individuals for misdemeanor possession of cannabis. Police additionally had personnel on hand from the City of Evanston Property Standards Office to…more »

Mayor Thanks Senator Schoenberg, CTA President for Purple Line Upgrades

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The Chicago Transit Authority and the City of Evanston held a press conference on June 21 to discuss the recent $10.3 million in upgrades made to the Purple Line in Evanston. These upgrades include the replacement of 100-year-old viaducts at Grove, Dempster and Greenleaf Streets in Evanston, as well the repair of the retaining wall along Chicago Avenue from Madison Street to South Boulevard. Speakers included CTA President Forrest Claypool, Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg, Mayor Tisdahl of Evanston, and Alderman…more »

Upcoming Activities for Youth and Young Teens

Posted in fishing, parks, youth

Free summer activities are in full swing for youth, teens and young adults. Weather permitting, open fishing will be held on Lake Michigan this evening (Thurs., June 21) for ages 10 to 15 years. Meet at the Church St. Boat Ramp at 5:00 p.m. The program will end at 7:30 p.m. For more info., call 847-866-4167. Evanston youth age 13-18 ice-skate for free through the end of August during Robert Crown Center’s public skating sessions. Skate rental is free,…more »

$650,000 Annual Federal Grant Awarded to Establish Community Health Center in Evanston

Grant Will Provide Support for Community Health and Wellness Needs The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday that Erie Family Health Center has received a grant to open a new health center in Evanston. This grant will provide $650,000 of annual support toward the operation of the center. It is one of 219 new grants nationwide and one of 11 in the State of Illinois. "This is a great day for the City of Evanston. A…more »

"Home" Opens at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center June 30

Posted in Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will present the must-see drama, Home, from June 30 through July 15, 2012, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston. Home is Samm-Art Williams’ coming-of-age story about a young black man from Cross Roads, North Carolina. Originally produced to great acclaim by the Negro Ensemble Company, Williams was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. Home is brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive, and joyfully performed. It will certainly be one of the happiest theatrical events…more »

Opt-out of Electricity Aggregation Program Deadline June 25

Monday, June 25 is the deadline for Evanston residents and small businesses to opt-out of the city’s Electricity Aggregation Program if they do not wish to participate. On April 30, 2012, the Evanston City Council voted unanimously to purchase electricity from Constellation Energy, an Alternate Retail Electricity Supplier (ARES), for the city’s Electricity Aggregation Program. Under the agreement with Constellation Energy, Evanston residents and small businesses that participate in the program will receive 100% renewable energy mix for a…more »

CTA Viaduct Replacements Continue: CTA Purple Line Shuttles to Run and Dempster at Sherman Closed June 22-26

Starting this weekend, the Dempster and Grove Street viaducts will be replaced, with work beginning on Friday, June 22 and concluding on Tuesday, June 26. The new viaducts will tentatively be put into place sometime in the mid-afternoon on Saturday, June 23 between 4 :00 and 7:00 p.m. Minuteman Press, located at 1553 Sherman Ave., has graciously agreed to host a City of Evanston camera in its building, which will allow residents to watch the Grove St. viaduct being hoisted into place. Resiedents can…more »

First West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes in Evanston Reported for 2012

The City of Evanston's Health Department announced mosquitoes collected in Evanston recently tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). Mosquitoes were collected by the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) on June 18, 2012 and were the first to test positive for WNV this year. Public health officials believe that a hot summer could increase mosquito activity and the risk of disease from West Nile virus. "To protect yourself against illness, wear insect repellent and get rid of any…more »

Mayor, Ald. Rainey Welcome GFS Marketplace to Evanston

On June 19, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Alderman Rainey, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and members of the community welcomed GFS Marketplace to Evanston at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the store located at 2424 Oakton St. The store began construction in November of 2011 and was the first project to be built within new environmental guidelines passed by the Evanston City Council in 2009. According to Alderman Rainey, Gordon Foods has helped the City of Evanston "improve green…more »

The Evanston Police Department begins July 4th Crackdown on Drunk Drivers and Seat Belt Law Violators

The Evanston Police Department today announced its plans for July 4th traffic enforcement, focusing on both drunk and unbuckled drivers. The intensified enforcement effort will focus on late-night hours as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunk driver and/or unbuckled motorist. The crackdown is part of the statewide, Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket effort.    “The Fourth of July is one of…more »

E.P.D. and C.P.D. Will Meet for a Police Roll Call This Friday at 6PM

On Friday, June 22nd at 6PM police officers from the Evanston Police Department and the Chicago Police Department’s 24th District –Rogers Park Station will meet for a joint roll call in the parking lot of the Popeye’s Chicken located on the southeast corner of Howard St. and Damen Ave. Information will be exchanged between both departments to assist in deploying officers to deal with hot spot locations in the area. This exchange will allow for officers to be well…more »

Evanston Public Library Will Host History Exhibit

EPL Hosts Changing Worlds' Oral History and Photography Exhibit Evanston Public Library (EPL) is delighted to host an astounding interactive oral history exhibit on the immigrant experience courtesy of Changing Worlds. The exhibit will be housed in the EPL Children's room from June 18th-29th. Through the stories of immigrants and refugee families, Changing Worlds' oral history and photography traveling exhibit gives voice and a face to those often seen and heard through the filters of stereotype and prejudice, and…more »

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 Open House Event

On June 14, 2012, the City of Evanston hosted a Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) Open House at 1733 Leland Avenue in Evanston. Members of the community were invited to attend to learn about the program, marketed as LiveEvanston, and meet local contractors involved in the rehabilitation of these foreclosed homes. U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, State Representative Robyn Gabel, and Alderman Delores Holmes (5th Ward) were on hand to kick off the open house and…more »

Arts Camp 30-Year Reunion July 5

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After 30 years, it’s time for an Arts Camp reunion! Did you ever attend a City of Evanston Arts Camp? Were you one of the fantastic counselors or teachers? If so, come to an Arts Camp reunion to remember and celebrate! Wear your camp T-shirt, dust off that scrapbook or bring your VHS video (we’ll have a player), then come to the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. After…more »

Sign-up for Street Sweeping Text Notifications to Help Avoid a Ticket

The City of Evanston launched a new tool in early April 2012 that will allow residents to sign-up for text message or e-mail alerts to remind them of street sweeping operations on their street. The launch of this new tool coincided with the beginning of the 2012 street sweeping season, which runs from April 2 to November 30. “This simple alert system will allow residents to be better informed of street sweeping in their area and help give them ample…more »

City of Evanston's Facebook Page Exceeds 4,000 "Likes"

The City of Evanston’s Facebook page exceeded 4,000 people following or “liking” us this week.  While many people have many opinions about Facebook, it is a way people communicate and follow happenings.  4,000 likes is a small number in the world of Facebook (pop star Justin Bieber has 44 million “likes”), but a pretty big number in the world of local government sponsored Facebook pages. We are now the third largest “liked” Facebook in Illinois after Waukegan (4,209) and…more »

Water Main Break- 1500 block of McDaniel

Water will be shut down at 4:00 PM today for 4 hours to repair a water main break at: 1500 block of McDaniel Av.…more »

Mayor Congratulates District 65 Parents of Inaugural Bilingual Program

On June 7, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl congratulated participants of School District 65’s inaugural class of “Instituto de Liderazgo,” a leadership module offered in spanish to bilingual parents.  The group of seventeen parents met on a weekly basis for two hours over a nine week period covering various topics relating to leadership in education and the community as a whole.   “I was honored to be at the recognition ceremony and I believe that programs like this one are…more »

It's Thursday, Let's Dance Will Be Heating Up Downtown Evanston Starting June 21

It’s Thursday, Let’s Dance! in Downtown Evanston Now in its Thirteenth year, It's Thursday, Let’s Dance! will be heating up downtown Evanston on six consecutive Thursday nights: June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19 & July 26.  The only outdoor dance floor north of Chicago is conveniently located at 909 Davis St. Plaza, Maple Avenue and Church Streets, at the Davis St. Metra stop. Look for the dance party between American Apparel and Chef’s Station’s outdoor…more »

City Council Actions - Monday, June 11th, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, June 11, 2012 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Planning & Development (P&D) Committee meets at 7:15 p.m. City Council meeting convenes immediately after the conclusion of the P&D Committee meeting ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Wynne (II) Evanston Town Board Meeting (III) Mayor Public Announcements • Ethics Committee found no wrongdoing with Ald.…more »

Bike Corral Pilot Project at Evanston Athletic Club

The City of Evanston, in conjunction with the Evanston Athletic Club (EAC), recently unveiled the first pilot bike corral in the city on Benson Avenue in front of the EAC. Bike corrals are low-cost and low-impact street modifications that can improve the visibility of bike infrastructure, improve pedestrian safety on downtown sidewalks, and help to encourage bicycling as a convenient and viable mode of transportation. Reports from all over the country suggest that bike corrals are successful in providing convenient parking…more »

Waco Brothers Kick-off Starlight Concerts Jun 14 at James Park

Chicago's own Waco Brothers will open the City of Evanston's 2012 Starlight Concert series with a free performance on Thursday, June 14, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue in Evanston. Presented by the City of Evanston, the series features 16 free outdoor concerts at six park locations throughout Evanston. Founded by Jon Langford of the Mekons, the Waco Brothers' train-wreck approach to country has been described as Johnny Cash meets the Clash. To see a video of the Waco…more »

Auditions to be Held June 16 for FJT Concert

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre (FJT) is holding a second round of auditions to discover the best gospel singers the City of Evanston has to offer! Selected singers will be a part of the Summertime Gospel Celebration Concert conducted by Reverend Kenneth Cherry. Auditions will be held at 2:00 on Saturday, June 16 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Studio 223, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Piano accompaniment will be provided. Singers may bring sheet music or sing a cappella. Audition appointments are required. To…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

1. Special Town Board Meeting for final adoption of Town budget. 2. Contract to replace light poles at Sherman Avenue Garage. 3. Review of annual audit on our GASB 45 Post Retirement Benefits. This is one of those strange accounting requirements to account for costs, but not to fund them. These are real costs however that are made even more expensive by the Illinois General Assembly in the laws governing the Public Safety Benefits Act for those safety officers injured…more »

Public Works Projects on Church, Dodge & Sheridan Set to Begin June 18

The City of Evanston's Public Works Department announced today that work on three projects in Evanston is set to begin June 18. The projects include resurfacing of Church St. between Dodge Ave. and Ashland Ave. including the installation of a protected bike path; a streetscape project at Dodge Ave. and Lake St.; and traffic signal improvements on Sheridan Rd. Church St. Road Improvements & Dodge Streetscape Project Starting the week of June 18, the City of Evanston will be…more »

Youth Summer Lunch Program Begins June 11

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Free cold lunches will be served to all children age 1-18 again this summer on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunches will be served Monday through Friday, June 11-August 17, 2012. There will be no lunch service on July 4. Lunch sites are Mason Park (Church St. at Florence Ave.), James Park (at the Fieldhouse west of the Levy Center at 300 Dodge Ave.), and the parks adjacent to Fleetwood-Jourdain Center (1655 Foster) and Robert Crown Center (1701 Main). Lunches…more »

Evanston Police Wants Residents to be Aware of a Burglary Pattern

The Evanston Police Department wants residents to be aware of a residential burglary pattern occurring in Evanston during the late evening to overnight hours. During the period of May 31, 2012 through June 2, 2012, three residential burglaries were reported at the following locations:   2500 block of Noyes St.                Police Beat 75 1300 block of Greenwood Ave.    Police Beat 74 2100 block of Wesley Ave.           Police Beat 76 In all of the listed burglaries, entry was made through an…more »

"HEAT" Opens June 9 at Noyes Cultural Arts Center

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre presents Heat, a searing family story that also warms the soul about three generations of African American women coping with the struggles of their daily lives and those of their close-knit, albeit sometimes volatile, family members. Their individual stories are intertwined with pathos and humor over family matters old and new, while they passionately search for answers they may never find.  Join us at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, home of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, for this rivetingly performed…more »

"Evanston Green Drinks" June 12

Thinking About Going Electric? Have you considered buying an electric car? Do you have “range anxiety”? Find out what it means to own an electric car and what recharging resources are available to Evanston residents at our June 12 Green Drinks program. Panelists will include local members of the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association: Chuck Carrington – owns a (converted) all-electric MG Midget and a Nissan LEAF    George Gladic  – converted his Toyota Prius into a plug-in hybrid Sharon…more »

Update: Central Street Water Main Breaks

The City of Evanston has experienced a series of water main leaks and breaks over the past few days on Central Street. There have been eight water main breaks, on the 6-inch diameter water main on Central Street between Cowper Avenue and Central Park Avenue, within the past 48 hours. This water main was installed in 1924 and is therefore 86 years old. The water main is constructed of cast iron metal. The City's Utilities Department was advised of the…more »

CTA Viaduct to be Put in Place Starting June 8 at Greenleaf St.

Starting this weekend, the Greenleaf Viaduct will be replaced with work beginning on Friday and concluding on Monday. The new viaduct will tentatively be put into place sometime in the mid-afternoon on Saturday, June 9 between 4 -7:00 p.m. Starting at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8, CTA will shut down the trains running between the Howard and Davis L stops. CTA buses will service this area until CTA Purple Line resumes service at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, June…more »

City Council Honors NU Women's Lacrosse on Their 7th NCAA Title

The Evanston City Council honored Northwestern University’s Women’s lacrosse on June 4, 2012 after they bested number 4 ranked Syracuse 8-6 on May 27 to bring home their seventh NCAA title. More on the team's win from NU Athletiscs here>>> Photos below:…more »

Evanston P.D. Participates in Upcoming Torch Run for Special Olympics

PLEASE COME JOIN OFFICERS FROM EVANSTON POLICE   THIS COMING SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012 FOR THE ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN   The Evanston Police Department proudly supports our Special Olympic Athletes as we carry the torch through EVANSTON!! The 2 mile run will begin at the Dominick’s Food Store located at 2748 Green Bay Road at 10:00AM when Wilmette Police Officers will pass off the torch to Evanston Officers. E.P.D. Officers will then run the torch through downtown Evanston ending at the Evanston Police Department with a celebration lunch!…more »

Evanston P.D. Arrests Robbery Offender

Evanston Police on Friday, June 1, 2012 at approximately 10:30PM responded to a call of a robbery that just occurred at the Citgo gas station located in the 2400 block of Dempster St.. Police learned on scene, that an 18 year male victim from Palatine, IL was approached in the lot of the gas station by two male Hispanic offenders. One offender then punched the victim in the mouth and took his Blackhawk’s hat. The victim told police that…more »

Update on Evanston Electricity Aggregation Program

Evanston Saves Residents Money and Helps Achieve Climate Action Goals On April 30, 2012, the Evanston City Council voted unanimously to purchase electricity from Constellation Energy, an Alternate Retail Electricity Supplier (ARES), for the city’s Electricity Aggregation Program. Under the agreement with Constellation Energy, Evanston residents and small businesses that participate in the program will receive 100% renewable energy mix for a term of 12 months at a rate of $0.04797 per kilowatt hour, which is 32% lower when…more »

BCS Computer Skills Workshop To Begin

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Computer literacy is an essential skill - Up-to-date computer skills keep you competitive in today's job market. A computer will be a basic tool you will have to use no matter where you find employment. Potential employers expect computer literacy and the skills that can be acquired through this wrokshop can help you advance within your career field. Check out the workshop, "Computer & Internet Basics for Beginners", offered as early as Thursday June 7th at 9:30 a.m. Various other workshops…more »

2012 Starlight Concert Line-up Features Waco Brothers, ? and the Mysterians, Andre Williams

Chicago's own Waco Brothers will open the City of Evanston's 2012 Starlight Concert series with a free performance on Thursday, June 14, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue in Evanston. Presented by the City of Evanston, the series features 16 free outdoor concerts at six park locations throughout Evanston. Founded by Jon Langford of the Mekons, the Waco Brothers' train-wreck approach to country has been described as Johnny Cash meets the Clash. To see a video of the Waco Brothers at James Park in 2009, click here>>>. Other performers…more »

Evanston Police N.E.T. Unit Makes Drug Arrests

The Evanston Police Department N.E.T. Unit which focuses its efforts on drug and gang enforcement began an investigation approximately two weeks ago into the sale of illegal drugs near the Northwestern University campus. Evanston Police learned of two locations that were selling illegal drugs, one in the 2200 block of Sherman Ave and the other in the 800 block of Hamlin St.   On May 24th police executed a search warrant on the Sherman Ave. address and recovered over…more »

Evanston Police Memorial Day Traffic Enforcement Results

The Evanston Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement initiative targeting seatbelt violators and drivers under the influence during the Memorial Day campaign May 11 through May 28, 2012  This initiative was supported through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” and the “Click it Ticket” program. The following enforcement totals were the result of this initiative. Seatbelt Violations:  64 Operation of a Cell Phone While Driving:  48 No Insurance:  34 No Child…more »

Evanston Welcomes Baby Falcons in a Special Naming and Banding Celebration at EPL

An excited crowd joined the Evanston Public Library staff in meeting, naming and banding the newest peregrine falcons on Thursday, May 31st. For the last seven years, the same pair (Nona and Squawker) has nested at the Library. In late March, the first of four baby peregrine falcon eggs was spotted. On May 2nd, the first egg hatched, and a few days later, a second chick hatched. The last two never hatched, and will be researched by scientists to…more »