Evanston150 teams tackle the big ideas

If your New Years resolution calls for doing good deeds for your fellow Evanstonians, the Evanston150 folks have a suggestion:  Come to the Evanston Public Library Saturday morning and volunteer to work on one or more of the 10 big ideas for Evanston.

You may recall that the civic group spent much of the summer and fall obtaining more than 2000 ideas for helping the community celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2013 and then winnowing those ideas down to 10 really big ones, which were unveiled on Nov. 10.

Some residents were critical that many of the ideas might be too big or too costly to implement, but the group immediately entered the implementation phase undaunted, and Saturday’s meeting is an event designed to shift that phase into high gear.

Beginning with coffee and refreshments at 9 a.m. in the library’s large community room on the first floor, the organization plans to divide volunteers into 10 groups that will receive guidance from consultants Paul Arntson and Judy Hertz, who will help the volunteers craft action plans and move the projects forward.

The session will begin at 9:30 a.m., and by the time the event ends at about 12:30 p.m., all 10 groups should be sufficiently motivated to move ahead, organizers hope.

The Saturday session is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

A complete list of the ideas is contained on the organization’s website.



Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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