Child Care Center of Evanston Spring Benefit and Silent Auction

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It isn't too late to join the supporters of the Child Care Center of Evanston  for a wonderful afternoon of fine food & wine, congenial people, great silent auction items and a chance to win the CCCE Grand Raffle Prize of a new Apple IPad2.

Bach Week Festival to make noble gestures

Audiences at the 38th annual Bach Week Festival in Evanston Friday, April 29, and Sunday, May 1, will hear works that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote for Easter and other occasions, plus celebratory English Renaissance and Baroque works saluting the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Mitchell Museum slates public meeting to plan major new exhibit

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston plans to completely transform its main-floor permanent exhibit in time for the museum’s 35th anniversary in 2012.

According to Mitchell officials, the new exhibit will provide “a participatory, educational, and inspiring museum experience that introduces the public to American Indian peoples, culture, art, and history from the U.S. and Canada, from Paleo-Indian times to the present.”  It will also aim to “dispel stereotypes and inspire pride in and respect for indigenous cultures.”

Mitchell Museum to host Native American poets

A trio of notable Native American poets with upper Midwest roots will read and discuss their work at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian’s first “Native American Poetry Night,” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the museum at 3001 Central Street, Evanston.

Viewpoint: Support change, vote Baum, Budde and Rykhus

Today is Election Day and I am writing to encourage you to support three candidates for school board: Richard Rykhus and Eileen Budde for District 65, and Jonathan Baum for District 202.

I have been a long time observer of the District 65 and 202 school boards. I've seen candidates come and go. I've heard promises that were not kept and pronouncements on issues that were poorly understood by the candidates. I have never before publicly endorsed a candidate, but this year I was truly impressed by these three individuals.

Views: Free speech and campaign signs

I can't tell you all how distressed I am to hear a report that legally-placed political yard signs are being removed from people's property without their permission.

While I hope that this is small children who don't know any better, I would also hope that an effort is being made to educate children on how important this right is to our community.

Guests Can Test Their Native Knowledge at Mitchell Museum Benefit

Guests will be able to test their knowledge of Native American history and culture by taking part in prize quizzes and other activities at the Friday, March 25, spring benefit for Evanston’s Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

Diverse Native Artists to Exhibit at Mitchell Museum Market

Native artists and art dealers from around the Midwest and beyond will be exhibiting at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian’s annual Artists’ Marketplace on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, from noon to 4 p.m., at 3009 Central St., Evanston, next door to the museum.

Voting in school elections starts March 14

Early voting for election of three members to each of Evanston's two school boards starts March 14 at 8:30 a.m. and ends on March 31 at 5 p.m.

To vote early registered voters can go to Room 1700 at the Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. on weekdays during the early voting period. Take with you a drivers license or other photo ID showing your current home address.

Election day is April 5, but you don't have to wait till then.

Children's book exhibit depicts Native path to diabetes prevention

An exhibit showcasing original watercolor illustrations from a recent landmark series of diabetes-awareness books for Native American children -- but with wisdom beneficial for everyone -- will be on view from February 12 to May 22 at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston.

Viewpoint: School schedule snafus

As we continue to plow our way out of the blizzard of 2011, there’s another little mess we now have to deal with.  Because both D65 and D202 planned to close out their years by Friday, June 10, the use of two snow days now means that school will extend into the week of June 13th.

McGaw Y hosts International Family Festival

About 600 families gathered Dec. 11 at the International Family Festival hosted by the McGaw YMCA. For over 15 years, the International Family Festival has encouraged children and their families to learn about the many holiday traditions celebrated by different cultures all over the world.