Several local groups will perform at the kickoff rally for Evanston 150 — a project designed to drum up bright ideas for how to make Evanston a better place in time for its 150th anniversary in 2013.

Cast members from Brillianteen’s”The Wiz,” The Evanston North Shore Community Choir, an Evanston Township High School Jazz Combo and Tierra y Luz De Mexico Dancers will perform at the Saturday, March 26 event.

The noontime event at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., The Community Rally is being hosted by former ABC-7 television host and media personality Bill Campbell.

Evanston residents of all ages are invited to drop in any time between Noon and 2 p.m. to learn about Evanston150 — a grassroots project that gathers community members ideas to make Evanston a better place to live, work, play and study.

The event offers a children’s activity table, balloons and a free taste of treats from Evanston restaurants including Andy’s Frozen Custard, Whole Foods, Wild Dogs Gyros and Wings Over Evanston.

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Evanston150  is made possible by support from the City of Evanston, Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, First Bank & Trust, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Northwestern University, Romano Brothers & Co., and Saint Francis Hospital.

Evanston150 is a community-wide initiative to engage people in imagining the city’s future, a process intendent to lead to development of 10 visionary ideas having broad support and promising long-lasting impact on the community.

Steering Committee members include Alan Cubbage of Northwestern University, Carolyn Dellutri of Downtown Evanston, Mary Johns of the Evanston Public Library, community volunteer Patrick Keenan-Devlin, Barry Lundberg of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, Jay Lytle of First Bank & Trust, Karen Mosby-Avery of Second Baptist Church, Lori Osborne and Eden Juron Pearlman of the Evanston History Center, Dino Robinson of Shorefront, Naria Santa Lucia of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, and  Sara Schastok and Marybeth Schroeder of the Evanston Community Foundation.

Above: A detail from “Conversations: Here and Now” (2007) by Evanston artist Indira Freitas Johnson which is being used to illustrate the Evanston 150 project.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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