Special event applications due Feb. 1

Organizations planning to hold special events in Evanston this year need to submit the first part of the city's special events application by Feb. 1 with a $100 application fee.The following criteria should be used to determine if an event is considered a special event: All outdoor events requested on city property, i.e.

Free help with tax forms for seniors

The City of Evanston provides two locations where seniors can schedule assistance from trained AARP volunteers to prepare their 2006 state and federal tax returns.The Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., offers assistance on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon, from Feb. 2 through April 13. Seniors can schedule appointments at the Levy Center by calling (847) 448-8250.The Commission on Aging also provides tax assistance to seniors at the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Appointments can be made from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, from Feb. 7 through April 4.

Food service classes scheduled

The Evanston Health Department will offer courses in both Spanish and English for Food Service Sanitation Managers in April.The registration deadline for the classes is March 26. Registration forms are available on the city's web site,  or by calling (847) 866-2952.Two courses will be taught in English at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Ave. The 15-hour State of Illinois Certification Course is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26, with the exam scheduled on Friday, April 27 from 9 a.m.

Citizen police academy opens March 1

Evanston residents can learn the difference between television cop shows and real policing by attending the at the next Evanston Citizen Police Academy.Starting March 1, this 12-week course will take participants through the critical elements of police work in Evanston, including criminal and juvenile investigations, evidence collection and processing, traffic and accident investigations, police tactics and an interactive mock trial conducted by Cook County assistant state's attorneys.    Applicants must be Evanston residents, local business owners, employees or students and must be at l