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City Announces Robert Crown Center Open House and Invocation

Evanston community members are invited to celebrate, explore and experience the wide variety of programs and activities offered at the brand new Robert Crown Community Center and Library, 1801 Main Street, at an open house and invocation event.

The free public event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.

Community members of all ages will be able to participate in free ice skating lessons, pottery and art activities, dance demonstrations, preschool programs, gym activities, games, library programs, and more. Magician Gary Kantor will provide entertainment in the lobby from 10 a.m. to noon.

Open house visitors will receive an event passport encouraging them to explore the facility's amenities and public spaces, including the gymnasium, library branch, preschool and after school rooms, studio/dance room, multi-purpose room, walking track and ice skating rinks.

Visitors who collect a stamp from each location will be entered for a chance to win prizes, including beach tokens, public skate passes, and a birthday-party package.

At 11 a.m., elected officials, neighbors, City staff, and community and faith leaders will participate in the invocation of the new facility.

Event Schedule

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Free public activities

11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. - Speakers and invocation

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Free public ice skating and continued activities

The Robert Crown Community Center and Library will open to the public on Saturday, February 29.

The entire project, including construction of outdoor turf athletic fields, will be completed in August 2020 following demolition of the previous center.

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