Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Upcoming Events for CIERA - Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
Observe the eclipse through telescopes. Talk to CIERA Astronomers!
Multiple telescope stations will be available to shorten the lines.
Maximum point of eclipse occurs at 9:47 PM. If the weather is questionable, check our Facebook Event for updates.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
CIERA is the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics at Northwestern University. Visit us: CIERA.northwestern.edu
Segal Visitors Center, Top Level, 7th Floor Parking Garage
1841 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Monday, September 21, 2015
Have you seen this? Downtown Evanston commissioned local artist Heather Hancock to install a temporary mural on the building at the corner of Grove Street and Sherman Avenue, also known as Other Brother Coffee. Titled "Flourish", Hancock used masonry tape and repurposed reflectors to create a new experience in the streetscape. "Flourish is a playful re-imagining of lines and forms from the built world as organic, growing elements." Stop by during the day and night to see how "Flourish" changes with light. If you share a photo on Facebook or Instagram, use #flourishdowntownevanston.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
This Sunday, 1-6 p.m., on the corner of Elmwood and Main Streets, Dave Ford's Swing Set Drum Kit will be open for swinging and music making! Stop by and say "hello"
Streets Alive is a Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike, Pro-Place initiative of Citizen’s Greener Evanston (CGE). CGE’s mission is to create a more livable and resilient city while decreasing the community’s carbon emissions. CGE promotes and facilitates green transportation options such as walking, biking, transit, and car-sharing, educates and mobilizes the community, advocates for appropriate policies and infrastructure, and implements a variety of programs that aim to engage underserved constituencies. For 2015, CGE is excited to partner with the Evanston Environmental Association to bring the Green Living Festival to Streets Alive. The City of Evanston is also a major partner and sponsor of Streets Alive.
Visit http://evanstonstreetsalive.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
See activity map below
Friday, September 11, 2015
Be a part of the first-ever Evanston craft beer fest! Bring your friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of craft beer, food, and fun, fall festivities right here in downtown Evanston!
October 11 - Evanston Oktoberfest will celebrate Evanston's craft breweries and brewpubs, featuring four pours each from Temperance, Smylie Brothers Brewing, Peckish Pig and Sketchbook Brewing. There will be plenty of delicious food available for purchase from some of Evanston's finest resaturants and food vendors. Attendees will also enjoy live music, dancing, kids activities and more!
Evanston Oktoberfest runs from 1:00 to 5:00 pm for General Admission ticket holders and VIP ticket holders get early admission at 12:00 pm. Please note that all food is available for purchase so please bring cash. See below for additional ticket information. Evanston Oktoberfest will take place at the parking lot behind the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1818 Maple Avenue (also known as the Downtown Evanston Farmer's Market location).
Evanston Oktoberfest is hosted by Downtown Evanston, a nonprofit organization that manages and markets the downtown Evanston business district. Ticket sales help cover the event costs for the participating breweries and Downtown Evanston.
VIP Tickets ($50 plus tax)
- Early admission at 12:00 pm
- Four 3-oz pours of a special cask ale (1 from each brewery)
- 3-oz pour of a specialty drink from FEW Spirits (more info to come soon!)
- Commemorative beer sampling glass
- Sixteen 3-oz pours (4 from each brewery)
General Admission Tickets ($35 plus tax)
- Commemorative beer sampling glass
- Sixteen 3-oz pours (4 from each brewery)
- Admission from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Designated Driver and Kids 13 and Older Ticket ($10 plus tax)
- Commemorative water bottle
Kids 12 and Younger (FREE)
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Last month the Evanston arts community lost Lorena La Grassa, to her 4 year battle with cancer. She left behind a husband, 2 young sons, and a daughter with autism. The family needs help, please take the time to view the Crowdrise page for the Conde family, and consider contributing in whatever way you can. https://www.crowdrise.com/condefamilyfund/fundraiser/condefamily
School has just started, and as summer freedom gives way to long days in the classroom, the three children of the Conde family struggle with a much more difficult transition. Their mother, Lorena LaGrassa, passed away on August 9, 2015, after a 4-year struggle with melanoma. A beautiful wife, mother and visual artist, Lorena gave all she had to raise and nurture her children, particularly her 11-year-old daughter, Mila, who has autism. Now their father, Derek Conde, needs to be home to help Mila and her two brothers, Giacamo (13) and Marco (10), come to terms with their new circumstances. We are raising $20,000 to help the Conde family through the first four months of this difficult time.
Lorena was dedicated to giving her daughter Mila an optimal environment to navigate the difficulties of autism as well as a pristine diet tailored to support the highest mental functioning. She home schooled Mila, and Mila did well in an environment that was familiar, friendly, and free. Now Mila will start a new school year without her mother, and leave her familiar home schooling environment to attend the local middle school.
This transition will be difficult. As a child with autism, Mila requires constant nurturing, guidance, and structure. Inherent in the condition of autism is the need for “sameness” – rituals and routines. The transition for Mila will be fraught with frustrations as she struggles to adapt to the loss of her mother at the same time as she enters a completely new world of public school.
Within a week of Lorena’s death, Derek has already attended the first school district meeting for Mila. There will be frequent IEP (Independent Educational Plan) meetings, particularly in the beginning, as the teachers, teacher’s aids, and administrators learn how they will accommodate Mila. These changes come only incrementally, and only through further meetings.
In the course of Lorena’s 4-year illness, Lorena and Derek have exhausted both personal and family resources. Derek had taken periodic leaves from work when Lorena became too ill from chemotherapy to care for Mila. Upon Lorena’s death, once again Derek has had to take a leave of absence from his position at Trader Joe’s to care for the children. The family needs support to pay for all basic living expenses, including rent, utilities, food, and clothing, as well as childcare and a fund to help ease the constant financial stress.
To help the Conde family during this emotionally and financially trying time, you can contribute in one of three different ways:
- The fastest and easiest way to help, is by making a monetary donation via Crowdrise.
- Via Sign Up Genius, where the Conde's have a weekly grocery list. Go to signupgenius.com and "find a sign up" using the email email@example.com. Sign up to contribute as little as 1 item from the list, or as much as the entire list!
- Purchase a piece of jewelry designed by the late Lorena LaGrassa. Etsy shop run and managed by friends of Lorena LaGrassa, on behalf of the family. ALL proceeds go directly to the Conde/LaGrassa family. https://www.etsy.com/shop/llgstudio
Thank you for taking the time to read our story, and please know that every donation, no matter how small, is LARGELY appreciated.
Photograph by Chris Bradley