Junior Volunteers Needed! – Evanston Animal Shelter

Happy Spring Junior Volunteers!

I am happy to announce the dates for this year’s Junior Volunteer Days at the Evanston Animal Shelter! This year we will be meeting at the shelter on Saturdays at 11am for 60-90 minutes. Each month we will have a special guest. Stay tuned for each month’s theme and be sure to sign up on Eventbrite so we can make sure we have enough room and supplies for everyone. Sign up information will be sent out closer to each date.

Pencil in the following Saturdays to join us at the shelter.

May 6
June 3
July 8
August 19

Additional dates for sessions of Rescue Readers will be announced soon!

I hope you have all had a wonderful winter and are looking forward to helping out at the shelter this summer. We can’t wait to see you!


Director of Youth Programs
Evanston Animal Shelter
2310 Oakton St. Evanston, IL

2017 Dajae Coleman Achievement Award – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – Due by April 14

The Dajae Coleman Achievement Award recognizes two African American (male or female) Evanston Township High School freshman students for their leadership capabilities and ability to honor the values articulated by Dajae’s life and ethics. Winners of the Award receive $1000 scholarships to be applied toward their post-secondary education.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Dajae Coleman Achievement Award.  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 14, 2017.

DCAA Application


Mother/Daughter Bellydance Workshop – Hip Circle Studio – April 9

Open to daughters 4 and up, this workshop focuses on gaining comfort in your body and boosting self-esteem through dance. Bellydance started, historically, as a dance done by women, for women and is a wonderful art form to share with our daughters.

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Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – Hip Circle Studio – Starts April 19

This is a great way to start creating an active lifestyle for your family, and is fun to boot! Your toddler will have the freedom to follow the ebb and flow of their interest, while you get to learn to move your body. 

Looking to get your workout in? This class will do it so come dressed comfortably and be prepared to sweat! We’ll be barefoot for the class, so feel free to bring grippy socks (for you or your toddler) if that’s more comfortable for you.

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Evanston Public Library – SPRING BOOK SALE – March 24 – 26

Spring Book Sale All Weekend!

This Book Sale has been called “The Best” by the Chicago Reader.
Browse through 1000s of high-quality books in every category of fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. Enjoy low, low prices, recent titles, and favorite authors.
Buy gifts for others and yourself too, and while you’re at it, every penny you spend supports the Library.

Preview Sale
Friday, $5 charge 10am to noon

Regular Sale
Friday, noon to 5:30pm
Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm

Half – Price Sale
Sunday, noon to 5:30pm

2017 Spring Book Sale

Evanston Public Library – Special Needs Friendly LEGO Event – March 29

Evanston Public Library – Gender Expansive and Transgender Lego Event – Ages 5-12 – March 29

Spring Break Programs – McGaw YMCA – Grades K-5

District65 DIgital Backpack – Week of March 9

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

District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of March 1

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

Let The Children Play! – Playwork Workshop – March 8 – Please note the time change!

Parents, early (and not so early) childhood educators, park and rec staffers, children’s librarians, nature and forest educators, play therapists, and anyone interested in livable and child-friendly environments – come and hear about this unique professional approach to children’s play!

District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of February 22


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

Mudlark Summer Camp – Register Now

District 65 – Black and Latino Parent Advisory Meeting – February 21

The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights – Register by February 15