Artists are out in force selling their works on the streets of downtown Evanston this weekend at the Fountain Square Arts Festival
The event, in its 34th year, is sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, and it includes features to interest kids -- including participatory arts and crafts programs and a chance to get a temporary tattoo.

Top: First-time exhibitor Chris Jensen from Oak Creek, Wis., shows off earrings at his hand-crafted jewelry tent. Above: A young festival vistor gets a temporary tattoo.

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Tuesday, July 16, 7:00pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library
In Unafraid of the Dark: A Memoir, Rosemary Bray traces her quest for identity as a writer, a feminist, a wife, a mother and an African American. Along the way, she imparts a visceral sense of what it meant to be poor and black in Chicago's South Side in the 1960s. A quietly affecting memoir, and a call to action.
Copies will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620.

Post date: July 6, 2013 - 4:04pm

In this age of electronics, the Evanston History Center offered lessons Saturday in getting around the old-fashioned way…using a map and a compass.
Partnering with the L.L. Bean store at Old Orchard, groups of eight youngsters and adults participated in a series of hour-long clinics, held outside at the Dawes House
Instructor Rich Svehla uses a globe as he explains the rudiments of using a compass.

Post date: July 6, 2013 - 4:03pm

Evanston fire officials say a stolen car was set on fire in the 500 block of Michigan Avenue about 4 a.m. today.
Fire Division Chief Dwight Hohl says fire units responding to the scene outside a building at 542-544 Michigan found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.
No one was inside the car, and Hohl says no injuries were reported.
The torched car, a 2012 Nissan, was reported stolen in Chicago on May 28, and Evanston police are investigating the incident.

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Monday, July 15, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

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Great weather is forecast for the Fountain Square Arts Festival that will fill downtown streets in Evanston with artists' tents today and Sunday.
Sunny skies and a high temperature around 80 degrees will greet visitors today. There's a slight chance of a thunderstorm in the forecast for tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.

Post date: July 6, 2013 - 5:41am

In addition to the Fountain Square Art Festival this weekend, there are open houses to tour in Evanston. Here are some of the homes that will be open on Sunday.

2454 Pioneer Rd.
Open 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. List price: $695,000. Taxes: $9,956. 4BR/1.5BA.
Tucked into a lush and shady lot, this Cape Cod cottage is one of a trio of historic homes built by noted architect, Robert Spencer. 

Post date: July 6, 2013 - 5:30am

The Fountain Square Art Festival, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Church Street and Sherman Avenue, July 6-7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 34th edition of this annual event will feature juried artwork by more than 225 artist vendors, as well as live entertainment and crafts activities for children.  
More information is available on the event's website

Post date: July 5, 2013 - 2:46pm

The 28th Annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival will be held July 20 and 21 at Dawes Park, located at  Sheridan Road and Church Street.

Post date: July 5, 2013 - 2:25pm

Opponents of the proposed sale of the Harley Clarke mansion and its conversion to a boutique hotel took their message to the 4th of July parade Thursday, sticking fliers on windshields and light poles and even adding it to a parade float.

Post date: July 5, 2013 - 9:29am