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What's going on and what's coming up ...

Thursday, November 4 and Saturday, November 6

Build community, Build power, Build antiracist schools: info sessions.

Next Steps Evanston, a group that works to build an antiracist community and antiracist schools, invites Evanston residents to apply to the Next Steps Antiracism Learning Studio to work for change in D65 schools.

During the learning studio, you'll:

  • design a group project to impact a policy change at your school, and

  • build the change needed to create anti-racist schools.

These sessions will provide more information, answer questions, and provide tips on building a successful school group. Click here for the application, information session registration, and more information about Next Steps. Applications are due November 19.

Now through December 1

"What is Racial Justice?"

... a group art exhibit now up at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, curated by Fran Joy.

The exhibit features 20 artists from Evanston and the greater Chicago area, and will grace the walls of the Noyes Cultural Center now through December 1.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This piece is by Candace Hunter.

Artists showing their work are:

Indira Johnson; Sarah Kaiser; Ben Blount; Alpha Bruton; Candace Hunter; Laura Easton Frazier; Joanna Pinsky; Tasha Nemo; Sholo Beverly; David Anthony Geary; David Niari; Sandra Bridges; Rose Cannon; Nicholas Barron; Makeba Kedem-Dubose; Dr. Yaunde Olu; Jevoid Simmons; Stacy Thomas; Debra Flint Salter; Michel Delgado; Claudia Marter; Michael Berns; Carmanie Bhatti; Yancey Hughes; and Fran Joy.

The exhibit includes professional artists, emerging artists, self-taught artists, and student artists.

The exhibit opened October 15 and featured guest speaker Jude Laude who spoke about Haitian relief efforts and a special silent art auction raised funds for Haitian relief. Read more here.

Tomorrow, Thursday November 4 and until November 21

...Portraits and panels highlighting stories and legacies of Black life on Chicago's north shore.

Northminster Presbyterian Church of Evanston presents, North of Chicago: Shorefront Stories and Legacies.

Community open house is tomorrow, Thursday, November 4 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (reservations may be necessary).

Partnering with Shorefront Legacy Center, the exhibit will feature portraits and panels from the Shorefront traveling exhibition collection, highlighting the stories and legacies of African-American life on Chicago’s North Shore.

Shorefront founder Dino Robinson will make a brief presentation and be available for questions during the viewing time.

Regular exhibition open hours are Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. through November 21. No reservations necessary.

Click here for more information, or call 847-869-9210.

The exhibit is hosted by Northminster's Racial Justice Task Force and the Worship, Music and the Arts Committee.

Northminster is located at 2515 Central Park, Evanston.

Wednesday, November 10, noon

Evanston Public Library presents Malcolm Wright and Farah Jasmine Griffin discussing Richard Wright's lost masterpiece, The Man Who Lived Underground. Wright's most famous work is Native Son.

Malcolm Wright is Richard Wright's grandson.

Farah Jasmine Griffin wrote Read Until You Understand.

The event is virtual and FREE.

Register here.

Wednesday, November 10, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

... Ever wonder how a law gets created in Evanston? And what is a city manager form of government, anyway?

If you've ever wanted to understand how Evanston's municipal government works, this event is for you.

Community Alliance for Better Government (CABG) will host Mayor Daniel Biss , a former University of Chicago professor, who will explain the basics of Evanston government structure and explain how new laws are created.

Thursday, November 11, 7 p.m.

... Collective Resource Compost will discuss Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago, written by David Naguib Pellow. The book chronicles how and why the waste industry—including dumping, incineration, landfills, recycling, and all of the pollution and hazards that come along with it—disproportionately impacts minority and lower-income communities in Chicago and throughout the U.S.

Click here for more information and register here.

This group meets on Zoom.

About Collective Resource

Collective Resource Compost began when Erlene Howard, an Evanston resident, became interested in composting but couldn't find a good place to do it in her condo environment. Howard, a bookkeeper by trade, is a frequent consumer of organic fruits and vegetables. She was inspired to start a food scrap recycling service when she realized that, if composting were made more convenient, more people would do it.

Her first pickups started with three customers, using her Toyota Camry for collection. Collective Resource Compost’s customer base has since grown to over 2100 residential and nearly 200 commercial customers.

During their first six months of business, Collective Resource Compost collected a single ton. Now they collect at least twice that amount every day, averaging 20 tons per week. The company reached a total collection milestone of 7,000 tons in November 2020.

Friday, November 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Black Women of Evanston (BWoE) invites the whole community to Sip & Shop at Minouchic Boutique, 1900 Asbury Ave in their "Minouchic Boutique Takeover!"

Mai and Marie Toussaint's hidden-gem clothing store sells new and resale items, men's, women's, kids, accessories, shoes, jewelry, handbags, hats, stunning paintings by Haitian artist Harold Alvares, who paints with his mouth and feet because he doesn't have arms.

A great time to get a head start on your holiday shopping -- buying Black and buying local!

Bring your family, neighbors and friends!

Unable to join the shopping event? Make sure to stop in when you have a chance, or, to support Mary's beloved shop, you can contribute via Zelle or CashApp to Mary Toussaint, 847-800-4378.

Saturday, November 13, noon to 3 p.m.

... Evanston resident Maura Bowen organized this holiday pop-up, which will take place at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street.

"I just really want people to be able to promote their small businesses," she told me. "I could never find an event that didn't cost a lot to participate in ... or they were too far away."

Here are the deets.

Friday, November 19, 7 p.m.

Don't miss this!

One of my favorite annual events has been the Evanston Own It event Evanston Sings, a gospel concert that has taken place in the ETHS auditorium for the past several years (before Covid). Usually, it's an amazing choir that comprises community and church members across Black congregations.

This year, it will take place at First Church of God Christian Life Center, 1524 Simpson Street, and will feature "The Singing Pastors of Evanston Own It," and special guests. We'll miss the late Pastor Zollie Webb, who was instrumental in organizing and presenting this outstanding event.

Proceeds from Evanston Sings support the Mayor's Youth Summer Employment Program.

Watch Dear Evanston's recording of the concert from 2018 here.


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