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Graduations at Welsh-Ryan Arena

'Tis the season for graduations.  Northwestern University's McGaw Hall/Welsh-Ryan Arena, just north of Ryan Field on Central Street, will host five high school graduations: 
May 26, 9:30am, Warren Township High School
May 30, 7:00pm, Niles West High School
May 31, 7:00pm, Niles North High School
June 3,11:00am, Evanston Township High School
June 3, 5:00pm, New Trier Township High School
Please plan for additional, local traffic. The University's commencements will take place the weekend of June 15-16: 
June 15, 10:30am, Northwestern University's 154th Commencement (14,000 guests)
June 15, 5:00pm, Kellogg School of Management
June 16, 8:30am, McCormick School of Engineering
June 16, 12:00pm, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Congratulations to all the graduates, including my son, Dylan Blanchard, and his classmates in ETHS Class of 2012.  

Food Trucks and Music, Dillo Day 2012, May 26

In addition to its musical offerings, this year’s Dillo Day at Northwestern University will feature a Food Truck Festival in the parking lot behind the university's Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center (SPAC) at 2311 Campus Drive.  Between eight and ten food trucks will take part in the event on Saturday, May 26, offering everything from coffee and bagels to cupcakes and sandwiches.  However, admission to all Dillo Day events is limited; read on. 

Mayfest, the student group that organizes Dillo Day, has announced a change in its admittance policy for the annual festival.  Admittance to the Dillo Day festival. including the Food Truck Festival, will be limited to persons over the age of 19 with a valid college or State ID and pre-registered guests.   Anyone under the age of 19, including high school students, will not be admitted through Dillo Day security, unless accompanied by a parent with valid ID.  Northwestern University works closely with the Evanston Township High School Safety Department to monitor and minimize underage participation in Dillo Day.  For more information, check out the Dillo Day website.


Engage:  Leadership Evanston

The Evanston Community Foundation's Leadership Evanston program is accepting applications for the 21st Leadership Evanston class, which will begin this August.  Learn broadly and deeply about everything Evanston and build your network with friends you haven't met yet.  You'll find more information here.  The application deadline is July 1.
Since its inaugural class in 1992-93, Leadership Evanston has produced over 500 graduates, including my City Council colleagues, Ald. Peter Braithwaite (LE 00), Ald.Mark Tendam (LE 04), and Ald. Coleen Burrus (LE 09).  Congratulations to Leadership Evanston on its first 20 years!

Ground breaking:  Central Station Apartments, May 2012

Construction on the Central Station Apartments at 1700-1722 Central Street commences in the next couple of weeks.  This is the development where the Evanston Theater once stood, formerly known as The Eastwood.  
Next steps:  Fencing will be installed around the property and the process has begun to convert Eastwood Avenue to two-way traffic between Central Street and the alley.  Parking spaces on the west side of that portion of Eastwood will be eliminated to accommodate the two lanes of traffic.  Earthwork (foundation) begins the week of May 21. 
Look for more updates on the project's website,   The project is a joint venture of Dodge Capital, LLC, and M&R Development.  The project's construction manager is Zachary Smrt, of McShane Construction (847-292-4300).  Central Station Apartments should be completed by next spring, 2013

Recycling, shredding, and sharing:  July 14

To shred and destroy documents, bring your documents to Evanston Township High School on Saturday, July 14 from 9 am to 12 pm, where they will be shredded on-site.  This free event is run by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC).  SWANCC will shred up to six banker-size boxes or grocery bags per vehicle.  Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove binders.  Please have your ID ready, as SWANCC staff will be checking each vehicle.  

To recycle electronics, bring them to the July 14 SWANCC event at ETHS.  For more information, visit SWANCC's website. And, if you have infrequently-used items that you can share with your neighbors, rather than tossing them, consider joining 10,000 Neighbors Evanston

To recycle batteries, both household alkaline batteries and rechargeable batteries, you can drop them off at the Civic Center (ground floor) and Levy Center during normal business hours. 

Run for Walker, July 29

Register now for Northwestern University Athletics' 4.1 mile run, 5 K family walk, or Kids' 'Cat Dash on Sunday, July 29.  Events will begin 7:30 am at Ryan Field on Central Street, with a race finish in the football stadium.  Yes, you can watch yourself finish with speed, strength and style on the stadium's enormous videoboard. 

Register here.  Race registration also get you one ticket to one of NU's three non-conference home football games.  The looped course will run east on Lincoln Avenue to the university's campus, then back to the stadium on Lincoln Avenue. 

The Run for Walker honors the late NU football head coach Randy Walker, whose number during his collegiate playing days was 41.  Proceeds from the Race for Walker will benefit C.A.R.E., Evanston's animal shelter.  


Summer Camps: 

Summer is just weeks away but it's not too late to register for the Ecology Center Camps. The camps a memorable summer camp experience with active indoor and outdoor activity and rich environmental appreciation.  Camps combine fun with enviromentally focused learning and exploration.  Talented City of Evanston staff members with backgrounds in education, natural history and recreation lead all camp programs. There are camps for seven different age groups running from June 11 to August 17.  Openings are still available for most camps, click here for more information and to register.  You can also call the helpful folks at the Ecology Center at 847-448-8256.  

Wilson Shirley, 7th Ward Intern
Jane Grover
Alderperson, 7th Ward
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