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Tuesday Swim crew dedicated to McGaw YMCA swim lessons

When Dr. Ann Borders and her husband, attorney Will Borders, first moved to Evanston, they asked around about swim lessons for their children. Following a scare with a different child who had fallen into a pool, the Borders knew it was time to give their kids the skills necessary to be safe, and have fun, around water.

Friends recommended McGaw YMCA. So, they enrolled Vera, age 4, in a group swim class that happened to be on Tuesday evenings. Soon after, baby Kate and her mom joined a Parent-Tot swim class, also held on Tuesday evenings.

Bach Week Festival to Bring 'Brandenburg' Concertos

The 42nd annual edition of the Chicago area’s Bach Week Festival will feature all six of J.S. Bach’s beloved “Brandenburg” Concertos, performed in the course of concerts April 10 at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston and May 1 and 3 at Anderson Chapel at North Park University on Chicago’s North Side.

Meet Co-Director Monique Nottage from 'Guys and Dolls!'

Brillianteen Begins Tomorrow!

Join us this weekend for 'Guys and Dolls,' a family-friendly musical comedy produced and performed by Evanston high school juniors and seniors! This hilarious musical, about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway, features well known numbers such as ‘Luck Be a Lady Tonight’ and ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’.

Meet Co-Director Ezra Averyhart From Brillianteen's 'Guys and Dolls!'

McGaw YMCA's youth-run theatre

On March 6-8, McGaw YMCA's Brillianteen will present its 64th annual student-produced musical, Guys and Dolls. Click here for tickets!

Brillianteen introduces high school juniors and seniors to the experience of live theatre, allowing them to develop leadership and team-working skills, boost their confidence, and gain a greater sense of community. In the YMCA’s spirit of inclusion, every student who auditions is invited to participate.

Meet Sky, From The Cast of Brillianteen's 'Guys and Dolls'

McGaw YMCA's youth-run theatre

On March 6-8, McGaw YMCA's Brillianteen will present its 63rd annual student-produced musical, Guys and Dolls. With almost 150 high school juniors and seniors involved in the production, you’ll be sure to see someone you know!

Brillianteen introduces high school juniors and seniors to the experience of live theatre, allowing them to develop leadership and team-working skills, boost their confidence, and gain a greater sense of community. In the YMCA’s spirit of inclusion, every student who auditions is invited to participate.

Meet Sarah, from Brillianteen's 2015 Production, "Guys and Dolls"

McGaw YMCA's youth-run theatre

On March 6-8, McGaw YMCA's Brillianteen will present its 63rd annual student-produced musical, Guys and Dolls!

Brillianteen introduces high school juniors and seniors to the experience of live theatre, allowing them to develop leadership and team-working skills, boost their confidence, and gain a greater sense of community. In the YMCA’s spirit of inclusion, every student who auditions is invited to participate.

Click here for tickets!

McGaw YMCA Member's Transformation and Celebration

Two months ago, Susan treated herself to something special: a visit to a spa, complete with massage, to celebrate a milestone that she wouldn’t have thought possible a few years ago.

November 2014 marked her one-year anniversary of maintaining the loss of 85 pounds, thanks to her determination and her membership at the McGaw YMCA.

“It turns out that keeping the weight off was more significant than losing it,” Susan said. “The Y is an integral part of my success. It’s a very supportive environment.”

A new perspective

McGaw's Henry Johnson bids farewell to front desk

Henry (Jonell) Johnson has been a YMCA believer since his days working at the Ann Arbor YMCA in his home state, Michigan.

“Some organizations talk about being purpose-driven, but the Y backs it up – we walk the talk, you could say. And I wanted to be a part of that movement.”

So, he moved to the McGaw YMCA in Evanston. For the past six years, Henry has stood behind the front desk, welcoming McGaw members with an energy many have come to appreciate. Though Saturday is his last day in member relations, Henry will continue to share his talents with McGaw.

Local Democrats to honor Axelrod Sunday

Honors David Axelrod & Others!

It is not too late to join fellow Democrats and our great legislators for 2014 Democratic Party of Evanston Annual Dinner , “Forward Together,” to be held on Sunday, October 19. The event will highlight David Axelrod, currently Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and formerly top advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama, who will receive the Yellow Dog Award for providing political acumen and wise counsel to the Democratic Party.

Brummel Park and Clyde/Brummel Park Halloween Walk

Halloween - Southeast Evanston

Once again, neighbors near Brummel Park and Clyde-Brummel Park will be hosting our annual Neighborhood Watch Halloween Patrol along with our Chicago neighbors in Rogers Park's Network 2424. Neighbors on patrol will be handing out candy (generously donated by M&M Mars) through Trick-or-Treat hours, and will continue on radio patrol throughout the evening so that everyone has a safe and happy holiday.

Marriage Equality Champions to be Honored at DPOE Annual Dinner

The Democratic Party of Evanston will honor state legislators who have led the crusade for marriage equality in Illinois at its Annual Award Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 10.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky will present awards to State Reps. Kelly Cassidy and Greg Harris and State Sen. Heather Steans for their efforts to promote the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which has passed the Illinois Senate but has not been called for a vote in the House.

City needs thoughtful arts planning

Viewpoint

Aldermen Tendam, Wilson and Fiske are to be praised for standing up and thinking outside the box on the Noyes/Piven plan.
The city has unfairly pitted its artistic children against each other for over two years -- and, worse, taken one's side, giving its time generously to forge an affordable deal for Piven but no time -- literally -- to the self-sustainability model proposed by the tenants' association.
The Piven model loses the city enormous amounts of money; but the tenants' plan makes the Noyes Center, currently a profitable City building, even more profitable.

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