The Weekender: Roundtable Roundup June 24-26


Happy Friday!

It looks like the weather will finally cooperate with us this weekend. That’s a good thing because there are plenty of outdoor activities around town, including fishing in Lovelace Park, a community-wide block party celebrating Bill Logan, and the 32nd annual Garden Walk. ‘Evanston. So grab the sunscreen and head out for the first official weekend of summer!

Annual Evanston Garden Walk
Spend an afternoon strolling through eight private gardens and a church garden during the 32nd annual walk organized by the Evanston Environmental Association.
Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Block Party: My City, Your City, Our City
As part of the city’s initiative to provide fun and safe activities for everyone, the city invites the entire community to the official block party in Harbert-Payne Park at Main Street and McDanial Avenue. It is one of several events honoring Chief William “Bill” Logan Jr., Evanston’s first black police chief, including an honorary street naming ceremony.
Saturday, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Downtown Evanston Farmer’s Market
Find out what’s in season at the Farmers’ Market in the parking lot at University Avenue and Oak Street (behind Hilton Garden Inn).
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free fishing at Lovelace Park
The free and popular program is a great way to introduce kids ages four and up to “catch and release” fishing. Fishing equipment and expertise are provided. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fountain Square Fitness Fridays
The McGaw YMCA is hosting this week’s Get Fit Friday with yoga for men at Fountain Square on the plaza south of Davis Street. No experience necessary. Although the course is designed for men, all genders are welcome.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Guided tour of the Jens Jensen Garden
Join the Evanston Public Library, Jens Jensen Gardens and the Evanston Garden Club for Parks, Plants and People: Jens Jensen’s Impact on the Natural Environment of Evanston, a conference and an educational walk in the park. The group will meet at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, and a bus will take participants to Lighthouse Park.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

I AM A HUMAN Exhibition at the Evanston Art Center
I AM A HUMAN is an exhibition of artists from underrepresented groups in the North Shore and Chicagoland area. They bring their own visual perspective and their own concepts of how empathy plays a role in coexisting with each other as Americans. Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lecture on the life of Betty White
Historical presenter Jim Gibbons will discuss the life of Betty Marion White Ludden. He will explain how Betty White’s legacy, popularity and fame have steadily improved with age. Registration is mandatory. The Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Friday, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Scientific conference at NU
Northwestern University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts a conference every Saturday throughout the summer. It is free and open to the public. Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, 2133 Sheridan Road.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon

Pride Shabbat by the Lake
In honor of Pride Month, the Jewish Reconstruction Congregation and Rabbi Rachel Weiss, the synagogue’s first openly gay rabbi, will welcome the public to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with two lakeside Shabbat services in Elliot Park, Lakeshore Boulevard at Hamilton Street.
Friday, 5:30 – 6 p.m. Pride Shabbat for Littles (designed for children under five and their adults)
Friday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pride Shabbat Picnic
Friday, 7 – 8 p.m. Pride Lakefront Shabbat

Scarecrow Building Event
Help Evanston Grows build scarecrows to protect and decorate the city’s many vegetable gardens. The scarecrows will be featured in the Evanston Grows Float during Evanston’s 4th of July Parade and will later find a permanent home in local gardens. Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center parking lot, 1655 Foster Street.
Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tribute to Sondhiem at Nichols Concert Hall
The celebration of Stephen Sondheim Musical Theater will feature 11 actors and singers, backed by a 30-piece professional orchestra. Using unique narration, 20 Sondheim songs will be explored, both from Sondheim’s catalog of Broadway shows and his film scores. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

West End Farmer’s Market
The Central Evanston Business Association Community Farmers Market is held in the YOU parking lot located on the southeast corner of Church Street and Dodge Avenue.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

For more events, see the roundtable calendar.

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