City of Evanston's blog

Time to seek a garden plot

Spring will be here before you know it, so now is the time to sign up on the wait list for a spot in the Evanston community garden rental program.

Plots are rented from March through mid-November at four different sites in Evanston.

A full plot, about 400 square feet, costs $60 and half plot fees are $30.

Stop by the Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Blvd. to pick up a brochure and sign-up form. The Center is open Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Children's theater holds auditions

Evanston Children's Theatre will hold auditions Jan. 15-17 for its spring production of "Hansel and Gretel: The Untold Story."

Auditions are open to youth age 8-12.

Auditions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston.

And auditions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.

Auditions are free. No appointments are necessary; just arrive no later than 5:45 p.m.

Voter registration deadline is Jan. 8

Evanston City Clerk Mary P. Morris says her office will be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon for voter registration.

Regular voter registration for the Feb. 5 primary closes on
Tuesday in accord with Illinois statutes that require closing
voter registration 28 days preceding an election.

Residents need to provide two pieces of identification to register -- one with name and current address, the other with name only.

Christmas tree recycling is underway

From now through Jan. 31, Evanston residents can place their Christmas trees on the parkways in front of homes for recycling.

Tree pickups will take place on the same day as a resident's normal garbage and recycling pickup.

City public works officials say to place trees on parkways; they will not be picked up for recycling on alleys or private property.

Remember to remove all lights and decorations, and do not place trees in plastic bags. For more information, call 847-866-2912.

Pampering for cancer survivors

The City of Evanston Health and Human Services Department announces “Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day.”

Evanston residents currently undergoing cancer treatment or who have survived cancer are invited to some pampering! On Tuesday, Dec. 4, several Evanston salons and spas will offer free services to residents 18 years and older who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Nominations sought for mayor's arts award

Nominations are once again being accepted for the Mayor's Award for the Arts. Each year, awards are given to an Evanston arts organization and an Evanston individual who have contributed to the community through excellence in the arts. Individuals eligible for nomination include Evanston artists, arts volunteers and arts educators.

Winter break camps spice up holidays

Whether it's basketball, tennis, chess or art that captures a child's imagination, parents can probably find it at one of the 13 winter break camps being offered this holiday season by the City of Evanston's Recreation Division. With options that range from drop-in programs to those that meet for one week or two, half-day or full-day, there is a camp to meet almost every interest and schedule.

Snow parking rules in effect Dec. 1

The City of Evanston reminds community members that street cleaning ends on November 30, and snow parking regulations go into effect on December 1.

The City will use its emergency sirens this year to announce any snow emergency parking regulations.

Five basic guidelines necessary for community members to follow in order to endure the upcoming winter season include:

Special event application deadline Feb. 1

Organizations planning to hold special events in Evanston during 2008 are reminded that the first part of the Special Events application is due Feb. 1 with a $100 application fee.

The following criteria should be used to determine if an event is considered a special event:

Yard waste collection ends Dec. 13

Yard waste pickups will continue on regular refuse/recycling collection days until December 13.

Community members are reminded to comply with state laws and separate their yard waste from the rest of the household waste. For information about the yard waste program, call Streets and Sanitation, (847) 866-2940.

Roadside check set for Friday night

The Evanston Police Department announces it will conduct a Roadside Safety Check beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 through 3 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at a high volume traffic area in the city.

The Roadside Safety Checks are designed to reduce traffic crashes and the liability associated with violation of vehicular safety laws. The goal of the checks is to detect and enforce violations associated with impaired driving as well as any occupant restraint violations.

Buckle up, or else!

The Evanston Police Department has received funding from the state transportation department for a traffic enforcement campaign running through Sunday, Nov. 25.

The purpose of these enforcement efforts is to reduce the frequency of motor vehicles crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities through increased highly visible enforcement mobilizations. The campaigns will emphasize the use of occupant restraint (safety belts, child safety seats and booster seats), speed laws and impaired driving.

City announces holiday schedule

Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, Nov. 22. All locations of the Evanston Public Library will be closed.

City government offices will be closed on both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23.

Additionally, no refuse, yard waste and recycling collections will occur on Thanksgiving. Thursday’s collection will occur on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Firewood sale starts Saturday

The City of Evanston's annual firewood sale begins Saturday, Nov. 10.

While firewood supplies last, sale hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 2310 Oakton St., Evanston (between the former Recycling Center and the Animal Shelter).

The cost is $20 per 1/8 face cord; $30 per 1/4 face cord; $50 per 1/2 face cord; or $90 per full face cord.

Payment by personal check is preferred although payment can also be made by cash. Credit cards are not accepted, and delivery is not available. Because of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation, none of the firewood being sold is ash.