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.

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:

Photographer to Discuss Hidden Sights of Native Canyon Lands

Chicago photographer Tom Petrillo will present an illustrated talk on the archaeological sights and contemporary culture of the Native American canyon lands of the southwest U.S. on Sunday, November 11, at 1 p.m., at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., in northwest Evanston.

In an illustrated presentation entitled “Off the Beaten Path in the Native Southwest,” Petrillo will discuss prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs, as well as the present-day Native people he’s met in the canyons and mesas of southeast Utah.

Join an Ojibway Drumming Circle

Ron Kanutski, a member of the Bear Clan of the Red Rock Band Ojibway (Chippewa) from northwestern Ontario, Canada, will give a presentation that includes the opportunity to participate in an Ojibway drumming circle on Saturday, November 10, 2007, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central Street, in northwest Evanston.

Visitors may bring their own hand drums or rattles and actively participate in the session or simply sit back and observe the proceedings.

“We will be sharing songs to promote healing and a good life,” he says.

Hospital holds holiday card contest for kids

Calling all aspiring artists! With a chill in the air and a cup of cocoa in hand, Saint Francis Hospital of Evanston, IL is pleased to kick off a community-wide Greeting Card Challenge with the theme of “Winter Wonderland.”

In past years, Saint Francis Hospital employees and their families, along with the children from the hospital’s Child Time Learning Center, have been asked to design cards. This year, in the spirit of the season, the hospital is inviting all children up to 18-years-old in the greater Chicagoland area to participate.

Plow art contestants seek your vote

Eleven city snow plows designed and painted by Evanston school children go on display Monday in front of the Civic Center and residents will have just a week to vote for their favorites.

Lauren Cooper adds details to the snow plow art designed by students in teacher Mel Wolff's class at Pope John XXIII School

Good Gourd: Visitor Will Demo Ancient Art at Mitchell Museum

Arthur Mate will discuss and demonstrate the ancient craft of turning gourds — those woody, hard-shelled, inedible fruits of autumn — into practical household utensils Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St. (at Central Park Avenue) in northwest Evanston.

In a presentation entitled “Traditional Gourd Craft,” Mate (pronounced MAYT) will explain how to grow, carve, and dry gourds for use as washbowls, mixing bowls, storage containers, and canteens.