Friday, September 13, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tuesday Toasters TONIGHT/August 27 at Five and Dime.

TONIGHT: The Rotary Club of Evanston invites you to Tuesday Toasters at Five & Dime at 1026 Davis St., Evanston from 5:15 - 7:15-ish p.m.

Join us friends and neighbors, some of them Rotarians, for conversation over food and/or drinks.

Bring a friend, if you like.

Tuesday Toasters is the Rotary Club of Evanston's monthly no-agenda meetup of Evanstonians and friends gathering in the name of promoting friendship.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Evanston Rotary's PizzaFest May 21

This in from the Rotary Club of Evanston...

Stephanie Murray--with other member of the Rotary Club of Evanston Paul Fischl, Gene Servillo, Jane Lawicki, Paul Larson, Dick Peach, Dave Stumpf, Diane Krier-Morrow, Ada Kahn, Janet Butterfield, Björn Gylling, Pete Giangreco, Tori Foreman, Helen Dickson, Harry Vroegh, Gary Bowen, Paul Giordano, Bill Logan, Shawn Iles, Evelyn Lee, April Jensen, Jason Orloff, Pam Rosenbusch, John Robertson, Bridget McDonough, Tracy Tebear, Mark Lowry, Michele Berg, Wally Bobkiewicz, Kelly Gilbert, Brian King, Tom Swigert--invites you to this year's PizzaFest
Gigio's Pizzeria, 1001 Davis, Evanston
Tuesday, May 21, from 4:30-8:30 p.m..

New this year is outdoor dining on Maple Street ad entertainment by the Greenleaf Band and Johnny Price aka DJ JP Gunnz.

Bennison's will be bringing the dessert.

The growing list of "celebrity servers" expected to be there slinging slices includes John Hewko, Rotary International; Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty; and Evanston Alderman Peter Braithwaite.

Tickets for all the pizza and pop you can consume run $20 for adults and $12 for kids, if you purchase from a club member or online. Tickets at the door will cost a bit more.

This umpteenth annual pizza and pop extravaganza raises funds to support community projects and initiatives vital to the well being of Evanston. Past recipients of the club's philanthropy include James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, Family Focus Evanston, On Your Feet Foundation, Curt's Cafe South, Evanston Food Exchange, Park School PTA, School for Little Children, Youth and Opportunity United/Y.O.U., Mudlark Theater Company, Youth Job Center
and others.

Deejay JP Gunnz aka Evanston's own Johnny Price

Friday, March 29, 2019

Grants to combat hate and intolerant behavior

Evanston logo This in from the Rotary Club of Evanston...

National statistics indicate that hate crimes are on the rise, accompanied by an alarming increase in hateful speech and intolerance in the nation’s social discourse.

Recent incidents of intolerant behavior and language among school-age children indicate that this broad societal problem can have a local impact, “trickling down” to affect our youth at a particularly important time in their intellectual and emotional development.

Recognizing the destructive impact of hateful speech and intolerance on communities, and particularly its significantly harmful impact on youth, the Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund is turning its attention to this issue with its annual request for local grant proposals. The Charitable Fund will award community grants this year to local organizations that are interested in addressing the issue through innovative programming. The grants will range in size from $500 to $2,500.

To be considered for a 2019 grant, local organizations are asked to demonstrate programming intended to reduce the impacts of hateful speech, cultural insensitivity or intolerance among children, while promoting youth communities that are characterized by tolerance, empathy and respect for diversity. Because these issues impact children of all ages, program proposals aimed at children from pre-kindergarten/early childhood through middle school and high school are encouraged, including those focused on parenting skills and support for families.

Funding for this effort is being provided by the generous contributions of four Community Partners who are supporting this year’s grants: Byline Bank, Hagerty Consulting, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Romano Brothers & Co. Wealth Management.

Completed applications may be submitted by email to or sent by U.S. mail to: Rotary Club of Evanston, P.O. Box 84, Evanston, IL, 60204. The application deadline is May 10, 2019. Grant awardees will be announced in June 2019.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Apply to Evanston's Cultural Fund Grant Program by April 1

This in from the City of Evanston...

Arts organizations are invited to apply to the City of Evanston’s Cultural Fund Grant Program. The Cultural Fund, administered by the Evanston Arts Council, supports artistic excellence throughout the community by providing financial assistance to not-for-profit arts organizations for operational costs or projects. Applications must be submitted online at
by Monday, April 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The City will award a total of $30,000 in grants in the following two categories: Grants to Organizations, awards up to $5,000; and Special Programs and Projects, awards up to $5,000. Applicants may only apply for one of the grant categories. All projects must take place in Evanston in order to successfully qualify for a grant.

There will be a free grant-writing workshop offered specifically for the Cultural Fund Grant Program. All applicants are encouraged to attend the session on Wednesday, February 27, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Morton Civic Center, Room 2402, 2100 Ridge Ave. For special considerations, such as sign language interpretation or Braille translation, please call 847-859-7833 at least one week prior to the meeting date.

The Cultural Fund Grant application must be completed and submitted online only. This allows applicants to easily submit financial records and supporting documents, as well as save progress throughout the application process.

All information about the grants, guidelines and applications can be found by visiting For questions, please contact Assistant to the City Manager Paulina Martínez at

The goal of the Cultural Fund Grant Program is to sustain and advance the community’s arts industry. Evanston’s vision for its Cultural Fund Grant Program is to activate the extraordinary assets of the community to develop Evanston as an arts hub and destination.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Chilling at King Spa

updated November 22, 2018

I go to King Spa almost monthly. It feels like a vacation, because it's such an uncommon-to-me atmosphere and I leave feeling good, body and soul.

By uncommon-to-me, I mean that it is a Korean-style spa. Most of the staff seems to be Korean. The televisions are tuned into Korean programs. Most of reading materials are in Korean. I’m not Korean. That said, it feels as common-to-me as going to my neighborhood pool. Little kids try to swim in the hot tubs (to the annoyance of some). There are signs telling us the rules and minders, a combination of lifeguards and librarians, making sure we observe them, rules like no water in the hot rooms and only whispers in the hot tubs. There are lockers, towels, showers, and what I call a concession stand, but with tasty, healthy Korean/Asian food. No hot dogs here.

If you’ve never been there, I wholeheartedly encourage you to go.
Here’s some tips.

* Entry costs $40. Discounts are available via coupon sites and on their website, but I think the best deal is found next door at Super H Mart. Their customer service desk staff sell passes for $24 each, if you give them cash. Note that while the spa is open 24 hours, the customer service desk closes at 9 p.m., last I checked.

* The locker key issued to you includes a fob that allows spa staff to track your purchases — food, slippers, facial masks, plus facials, massages, scrubs and other services. You’ll pay for those items on your way out.

* Hot tubs are not co-ed. They’re accessible only through locker rooms and include lots of nakedness. If one is not used to this, this can be challenging at first. To me, the scene by the hot tubs is like an impressionist's painting. This I believe: a) If any of the other women in and around the hot tubs looks at you at all, it won't be for too long. No one there cares much about your looks. b) You won't have the most unusual, noteworthy body in the place.

Before going into the cool tub, spend as much time as you can in the hottest tub. If you do that, the cool tub will feel refreshing, not freezing.

A Korean women long acquainted with the hot-cold system of recommends continuing to move in the hot and cold tubs to help the toxins leave your system and keep your joints nimble.

* Hot rooms are co-ed. You’ll be issued blousy shorts and a top. No one looks good in them, but no one looks bad either.  No dust or dirt on the floors, but in the hottest rooms, those floors get very hot, so wearing socks is a good idea.

I hope you’ll go and enjoy it.

[ Photos courtesy King Spa's website ]

Friday, November 2, 2018

Learn about artist Gabriele Munter--or Pirate Women--at the Evanston Public Library, courtesy Rotary Club of Evanston


Gabriele Münter (1877–1962) was a central figure of German Expressionism and the artist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider)--artists who believed the Neue Künstlervereinigung München had become too strict and traditional--which was founded at Münter’s house in Murnau, in Bavaria, Germany. Her role as a dedicated proponent, mediator, and longtime companion of Wassily Kandinsky is widely recognized.

Less known is the fact that Münter is one of the few women who played an early role in developing modernism.

Her openness and willingness to experiment as a painter, photographer, and graphic artist will now be presented in detail for the first time at an exhibition now at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, until January 13, 2019.

For those of us not going to Cologne: Gabriele Münter: Painting to the Point, by Isabelle Jansen, Matthias Muhling und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung has been gifted to the Evanston Public Library by the Rotary Club of Evanston, in honor of fellow Rotarian Julie Clark's visit to one of their Thursday lunch meetings. (Better than a pen or a mug.)

A few of the other books we've donated in the name of our guest speakers:
> Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement by Naomi Andre

> A Guide to Improvised Weaponry: How to Protect Yourself With Whatever You've Got by Terry Schappert

> The Science of Positivity: Stop Negative Thought Patterns by Changing Your Brain Chemistry by Loretta Breuning

> Pirate Women : the Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers who ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Duncombe

> Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado

> 1,001 Ways to be Creative : a Little Book of Everyday Inspiration by Barbara Kipfer


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