Monday, July 30, 2012

Going to the Evanston Mini Maker Faire this weekend?

This in from the Faire's organizers...
On Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th the Evanston Technology Innovation Center and Pump Station: One will present the Evanston Mini Maker Faire, a showcase of local inventors and entrepreneurs and a demonstration of applied science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills for young innovators. 

The event will run from 6pm to 10pm on Saturday, August 4th and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday, August 5, and will be located adjacent to the downtown Hilton in Evanston at the intersection of Oak St. and University St. 
The Faire will include interactive presentations, exhibitions, and hands-on demonstrations by organizations including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Chicago Children’s Museum, live performances and workshops by experimental electronic music group Roth Mobot, beer brewing lessons by the Evanston Homebrew Club, and classes in soldering, laser cutting, and wood sculpture.
In addition, Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun will serve as Race Marshal for the championship race of the Power Racing Series, where 30 different children’s electric riding cars, heavily modified for durability and speed, will compete in endurance and time trials.
Over 250 presenters and vendors from regional technology and creative businesses and organizations are set to exhibit at the Faire.

Kids younger than 18 get in for $4. Tickets can be bought online.

The Evanston Mini Maker Faire is presented with thanks to the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, and Downtown Evanston.

By the way, the Faire is sponsored by Make Magazine, a division of O'Reilly Media, Inc. Evanston Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from O’Reilly Media, Inc. 
Got questions? Contact the organizers at

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Fourth of July parade fun Evanston-style

Keeping cool with a little help from a friend: Evanston native Joel Lerner helps his ol' friend,
parade official Hillary Bean, cool off a bit before the start of the 2012 Evanston 4th of July
parade. Temperatures were reported to be up to 99 degrees F in Evanston. Joel marched with
Rotary and covered the parade for the Evanston Review. (His take is online now.)
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl gets cool by the fire station on Central.
Grand Marshal Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary International's President 2012-2013 cooled off by the fire station too.
Carolyn Dellutri, Wally Bobkiewicz and other Rotarians cool off walking past the fire station.
Love them. One of the Jesse White Tumblers
sails over the See Jane Sparkle's car.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Next BizPics shoot: July 22 at Creative Coworking

Portrayed here: Cozeake Nelson (upper, left), Diane Brazen Gordon, Thomas Applegate,
plus Holly Rotman-Zaid (lower, left), Catherine Johns and David Lindgren.

As discussed in a post here from last year, there's at least three good reasons to get a good portrait of yourself made.

• To help maintain or enhance your reputation, having a strong, smart online presence is important. If you are using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, you're expected to include a picture of yourself. An up-to-date one is usually best so you'll be recognized when people meet you in person. You'll want to have a photo created of yourself that communicates the qualities you want the public to know about you now.

• As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but who's got time to even read more than 300 words? Reading a picture is faster. Portraits communicate in seconds qualities of a person words can't. They transcend language. Images are more show and less tell, which is what effective communication is about.

• You never know when the AP might want to feature you in an article, like the one social media strategist Alecia Dantico was featured in back when she was at Garrett Popcorn. Fast Company's piece on Domino's Ramon DeLeon was very useful to him, but more so because he had a picture of himself to provide the magazine (which I'm pleased to have made for him.)

You're doing yourself a favor, and the media outlet, by having a photo on hand. Because deadlines and budgets are tight, editors and producers don't always have the resources for getting an image made for their stories. And if by chance they are able to assign a photographer to make your picture, there's no guarantee you'll like the image.

Can't make it to the July 22 shoot? "Like" BizPics on Facebook to be informed
of upcoming shoots or contact me at karen (at)

Details and registration:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Next YWCA Community Conversations on Race series starts July 10

This in from the YWCA Evanston/North Shore...

Summer is here, many of your schedules are different, and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore wants to make it easier for you to be part of our ongoing anti-racism work.  We will hold our four-part conversation series over two weeks, to help you work around vacation times.

The next Community Conversations on Race series starts Tuesday, July 10.  The series will meet four times over two weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm here at the YWCA, at Ridge and Church.

Sessions will be July 10, 12, 17, 19.   Pre-registration is required either online at (click on "What We Do" and you'll see the Community Conversations on Race listed there) or by calling Eileen Heineman at
847-864-8445 ext. 158.   Sign up today!

And of course, big thanks to those who participated in, or volunteered for the Race Against Hate. What an awesome event, and a great way to remind each other that it is communities standing together that effect change.  Hope you'll keep it going by engaging in dialogue that works to identify and dismantle racism in all forms.

Karen here: If the topic of race interests you, you might appreciate Teresa Puente's multimedia essay which is on her blog, Chicanisma, and on WBEZ.