About 500 community residents are expected to attend the free Evanston150 Community Kick-Off Rally  from Noon to 2 p.m. today at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

The public will receive Evanston150 visioning brainstorm toolkits and get an overview of Evanston150 —  grassroots initiative to engage the entire community in envisioning 10 big ideas that would make the city a better place to live, work and play in honor of Evanston’s 150th anniversary in 2013.

Attendees will also enjoy a taste of Evanston restaurants including Andy’s Frozen Custard, Casteel Coffee, Dave’s Italian Kitchen, Whole Foods, Wild Dogz Gyros and Wings Over Evanston, children’s activities and performances.

Here’s a schedule for the event:

  • 12:15 p.m. – Emcee Bill Campbell interviews Evanston150 Steering Committee Member Sara Schastok from the Evanston Community Foundation.
  • 12:20 p.m. – Evanston North Shore Community Choir performs.
  • 12:55 p.m. – Bill Campbell interviews Steering Committee Member Karen Mosby-Avery from Second Baptist Church.
  • 1 p.m. – Tierra y Luz De Mexico Dancers perform.
  • 1:35 p.m. –  Bill Campbell interviews Steering Committee Members Eden Juron Pearlman from the Evanston History Center and DinoRobinson from Shorefront.
  • 1:40 p.m. – McGaw YMCA’s Brillianteen performs a song from The Wiz.
  • 1:55 p.m. – Entire Evanston150 Steering Committee on Stage.

Throughout the Community Rally there will be drop-in brainstorming sessions, music by an Evanston Township High School Jazz Combo, and children’s activities hosted by staff members of the School for Little Children.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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