Author to discuss Black Hawk War at Mitchell

Chicago author Ben McLaughlin will discuss his regional guidebook, In Black Hawk’s Footsteps, on Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m., at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St. (at Central Park Avenue) in northwest Evanston.

Chicago's fur-trade history

Fred Christensen, a history lecturer at downstate Parkland College, will give a video-illustrated talk about the early fur trade era in the Chicago region on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m., at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St. (at Central Park Avenue) in northwest Evanston.

Theater seeks play submissions

Evanston's Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is looking for play submissions for upcoming reading/performance opportunities.Play submissions, which will be accepted at any time, should be sent to: Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201.Submissions should include a hard copy of the script, including cover sheet, synopsis, two title pages with contact information and a self-addressed postcard. Please allow eight weeks for a response. Scripts will not be returned. For more information, call 847-448-8260, ext.

'Wonders of the Wigwam' at Mitchell

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian member and volunteer Ken Schwuchow (pronounced SHOO’-koh) of Chicago will explain how he constructed the museum's birch bark wigwam -- a popular attraction with visitors -- in a program for families Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the museum, 3001 Central Street (at Central Park Avenue) in northwest Evanston.

Bach Week Festival starts May 4

The 34th annual Bach Week Festival, the Midwest’s premiere baroque music festival, will be held May 4 to May 13 in Evanston.“This two-weekend, six-concert event is a genuine festival with its wide-ranging variety of ensemble and concert formats, artists and repertoire, and the festive spirit of the entire enterprise,” says Richard Webster, music director of the Bach Week Festival since 1975.

March book groups at EPL

The Evanston Public Library has three ongoing book groups. Book groups offered by the Library are free and open to the public.Registration is expected, and the books can be picked up at time of registration. For book groups at Main, register and pick up a copy of the current book at the 2nd floor Reader's Services desk, or call 847-448-8620.The African American Literature Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 pm at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, to discuss "Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns," by J. California Cooper.

Custer's seeks artists, crafters, food vendors

The Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts is accepting exhibitor applications from artists, crafts people, antique dealers, food vendors and selected retail businesses.This show, which won Northshore Magazine's annual reader’s poll for Best Art Fair in 1993 and 2001, will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 16 and 17 in Evanston's Main Street Station Shopping District.

Poetry competition entries sought

The Evanston Public Library invites submissions to the Twenty-ninth Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards, judged this year by Averill Curdy.The competition is open to all adult and high school age Chicago-area poets. There is also an elementary school category open to Evanston elementary school students. The competition deadline is March 30.The awards will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 when the competition winners will read their poems and Ms.