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Upcoming Events at Ayla's Originals, April 25 to April 30

Upcoming Events at Ayla's Originals, April 25 to April 30

Ayla's Originals has plenty of fun planned for the rest of April. Stop by the shop to check out the new inventory and enjoy these great deals and events!

Ayla's Day on April 25
In honor of the Mayor’s proclamation 2 years ago and their 22nd year here, everything in the store will be 22% off. Yes, EVERYTHING is 22% off. Gifts, gemstones, pendants, leather, EVERYTHING. 

Bead Love Class on April 28, 2-4pm
Make a beautiful bracelet at the Bead Love class. Cost for the class is only $25. All class materials are 20% off. Please call to register: 847.328.4040

Bead & Craft Expo on April 29, 10am-4pm at Holiday Inn (1501 Sherman Ave.)
Paradise Grove Beads is sponsoring this event but Ayla’s Originals will be there with Ahh-mazing deals. Click here for details.

A Very Special Happy Hour Nirvana Trunk Show April 30, 4-7pm

Join fellow beaders on Monday, April 30 from 4-7 for a Very Special Happy Hour Trunk Show featuring beads from Nirvana. You know their amazing Czech glass beads and buttons from previous trunk shows; see what’s new with Nirvana and enjoy some adult refreshments

Where: Ayla's Originals, 1511 Sherman Ave.
When: April 25 to April 30
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Pete Miller's Hosts The Prisoner Wine Dinner on April 26

Pete Miller's Hosts The Prisoner Wine Dinner on April 26

Pete Miller's is hosting the first ever Prisoner Wine Dinner on Thursday, April 26. Enjoy a 5-course dinner is paired with 5 wines. Tickets cost $85.  Call 847-328-0399 to reserve your seats!

Where: Pete Miller's Evanston | 1557 Sherman Ave.
When: Thursday, April 26
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Spring Sale & Grand Re-Opening at Wheel & Sprocket

Spring Sale & Grand Re-Opening at Wheel & Sprocket

From April 27-29, Wheel & Sprocket is celebrating spring with a Spring Kickoff SALE! All bikes are on sale so you can leave the store on wheels! Plus, check out the newly renovated store and give the team a high five! 

ALL BIKES ON SALE
Bikes $299-$999 get $50 off!
Bikes $1,000-$1,999 get $100 off!
Bikes $2,000 and above get $200 off!

* Wheel & Sprocket Oak Park & Evanston locations only

Where: Wheel & Sprocket 1027 Davis St.
When: April 27-29
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Carnival of Kids and Books at Evanston Public Library!

Carnival of Kids and Books at Evanston Public Library!

This Saturday, April 28 from 2-4pm, bring the whole family to this fun Carnival in celebration of kids & books!  We will start with acting out with beloved teacher, Rosa McAndrew, a great book, Yuyi Morales’ Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Then visit 4 activity booths (face painting, cookie decorating, crafting and Loteria) and receive a free paperback book in English and candy from Mexico! 

This is an all ages event in the Main Children’s Room. No registration required; just come!

Where: Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave.
When: Saturday, April 28, 2-4pm
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Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Bookends & Beginnings on April 28

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Bookends & Beginnings on April 28

Don't miss out on this year's Independent Bookstore Day at Bookends & Beginnings! The day is packed with fun, giveaways, and special events. Throughout the day, get a free bumper sticker and custom-designed store postcard with any purchase over $10. There will be unique, limited-edition items for sale, exclusively designed for indie stores today, including a book club journal featuring 45 original, quirky, themed reading lists from authors and bookstores across the country, and literary tea towels with quotes from Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain.

10:30am: Special Storytime: Reading & Giveaway of Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore 
Bring your kids for story time and take home a free copy of the book (while supplies last, one per family, please!) 

3pm: What's With Chicago? Trivia Contest with author Ellen Shubart
Author Ellen Shubart will explore the quirks, personality and charm of the Windy City with a Trivia Contest based on her new book, What's With Chicago? Try your luck -- and compete for fabulous prizes, including a First Prize gift certificate of $25 to the store, Second Prize $15, and Third Prize $10.

5:00 to 7:00 p.m: The Great Books Foundation Launches its New Big Ideas in Popular Culture Anthologies

The Great Books Foundation is launching a new series of three anthologies that explore the immense impact of popular culture on our lives: Sound Bites: Big Ideas in Popular Music; Double Features: Big Ideas in Film; and Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television. 

The launch event at Bookends & Beginnings will feature readings by authors from the anthologies: Devin McKinney ("Beatlemania: A Love Story") and Walter Podrazik ("Pursuit of the Public Interest in the Vast Wasteland"), with more authors to be announced. Readings will be followed by a group discussion and a lively question and answer session, moderated by Joseph Coulson, former president of the Great Books Foundation.

This event includes light refreshments, so please visit 
greatbooks.org/booklaunch to click a quick RSVP to let us know you're coming.

Where: Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave. (alley entrance)
When: Saturday, April 28, 10am - 7pm
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Celebrate International Tabletop Day at Evanston Games & Cafe on April 28

Celebrate International Tabletop Day at Evanston Games & Cafe on April 28

Join Evanston Games & Cafe on April 28 for International Tabletop Day! MAMs, an independent premier gaming group, is coming to EGC! MAMs will be hosting a variety of different tabletop sessions for only $5 a game including Cypher System, Mouse Guard, Fate, Star Wars Edge of the Empire, Iron Kingdoms, and Vampire the Masquerade. Sessions will run from 11am to 3pm, 3pm to 7pm and 7pm to 11pm. Space is limited, so head to www.mams-gaming.com/gameday to sign up and for more info!

Where: Evanston Games & Cafe | 1610 Maple Ave.
When: Saturday, April 28, 11am to 11pm
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NaKorn Urban Thai Celebrates Thai New Year with New Menu Items

NaKorn Urban Thai Celebrates Thai New Year with New Menu Items

NaKorn Urban Thai is rolling out an offering of the spring/summer dishes including a couple of old favorites. One of those "oldies", the Fresh Mango and Coconut-Sweet Sticky Rice is available now, and the other dishes go live on the first day of Thai New Year, Friday, April 13. View the new menu items here and
book your reservation today!


- Bangkok Chinatown Stir-fried Longevity Noodle, shitake mushrooms, green cabbage, asparagus, spring carrots, scallions and crispy tofu cubes.
- Coconut Milk Poached Prawns with shrimp flakes, young ginger, pineapple, sour fruit bits and garlic in coconut milk broth.  Gluten Free
- Smoked White Fish and Rice served with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, frisée, Thai shallots, sliced Thai birds-eye chilies and red radish.
- Tuna and Rice Cubed yellowfin tuna, salmon roe, jicama, turnips, cucumbers and cilantro marinated in our special Thai seafood nahm jim, served over Thai jasmine rice.
- Steamed Seafood Noodle Soup Black tiger shrimp, calamari, fish cakes, white jelly mushrooms and water spinach, served over thin rice noodles with Thai famous 'YenTaFo' sauce
- Dessert: Fresh Mango, Coconut-Sweet Sticky Rice Mango with mango sorbet, liquid mango yolk, salted coconut sauce and toasted coconut flakes.  Gluten-Free, Dairy-free, Vegan
- Dessert: Coconut Cream Pie Parfait.  “Sixth star” housemade dessert from our secret recipe.

Where: NaKorn Kitchen, 1622 Orrington Ave.
When: April 13
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Evanston Games & Cafe Hosts Weekly Game Night on Tuesdays

Evanston Games & Cafe Hosts Weekly Game Night on Tuesdays

The demo library at Evanston Games and Cafe is always available and free to peruse, but Tuesdays bring our community together for our weekly board game meetup. Come by any time after 6 PM to learn a new game or meet a new friend - and bring your appetite! Our sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked goods are provided by the award-winning chef Sarah Stegner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook.

Where: Evanston Games & Cafe | 1610 Maple Ave.
When: Tuesdays after 6pm
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Evanston Public Library Kids Programs

Evanston Public Library Kids Programs

Do you ever find yourself searching for kids activities in Evanston? The Evanston Public Library has a variety of free programs for kids of all ages! Below are a few suggestions and see the full list here

Upper EL is a drop in event for kids (3rd - 5th grade) that gives you some time to yourself! The next event is Saturday, April 14, 12-2:30pm. Note that your child must be in 4th or 5th grade if you want to leave him/her at the library while you shop, exercise or enjoy the spa!

Jammie Time is a bedtime storytime perfect after a fun dinner in downtown Evanston. This weekly event takes place on Thursdays at 6:30pm.  

1,2,3 Play with Me! is designed for little ones aged 1-3 years and a parent or caregiver to engage in creative play. This event starts on April 21 at 10am and continues for 4 weeks.  

Where: Evanston Public Library
When: April
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Youth & Opportunity United (YOU) Hosts 40 for 40 Launch Party on May 1

Youth & Opportunity United (YOU) Hosts 40 for 40 Launch Party on May 1

You’re invited to the official launch party for Y.O.U.’s new young professional society, 40 FOR 40! Join inaugural members and other young professionals who have a desire to give back for a fun night at Five & Dime in Evanston. Learn more about how Y.O.U. is working to close the opportunity gap for youth and how your involvement in 40 FOR 40 can make an impact. Appetizers, beer, and wine will be provided.

Space is limited and priority is given to 40 FOR 40 members.

Learn more about it here http://youthopportunity.org/40-40

OR

Contact Krysta for more information at: kmichorczyk@youthopportunity.org or 847.801.0281

Where: Five & Dime | 1026 Davis St.
When: Tuesday, May 1, 6-8pm
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Evanston Literary Festival - May 12-20

Evanston Literary Festival - May 12-20

The Evanston Literary Festival, now in its fourth year, will take place from May 12-20 at a variety of venues in downtown Evanston. The festival celebrates the literary culture of Evanston. In partnership with a variety of local cultural institutions and businesses, ELF brings a variety of free readings, workshops, and live lit events to Evanston. It is organized by the organizers of the Chicago Book Expo, a 501c3 that celebrates Chicago's literary community.


Where: Various locations in downtown Evanston
When: May 12-20
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Evanston Environmental Association "Nature's Night Out" on May 18

Evanston Environmental Association "Nature's Night Out" on May 18

The Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) is hosting it's annual fundraiser on Friday, May 18, 7pm to 10:30pm at the Evanston Ecology Center. Formerly called the Evanston Green Ball, the EEA has partnered with the City of Evanston to put on an event that is NEW in almost every way:

New Name: Nature's Night Out
New Location: The Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
New Music: A disk jockey will be catering to the musical tastes of our attendees.
New Ticket Pricing: Ticket prices are more affordable, including discounts for guests who are 35-and-under and 75-and-older. 
New Raffle: 5 exciting raffle prizes that everyone will want to win!
New Tours: Tours of the Ecology Center's new apiary (bee hives) will be offered, one immediately before the event and the other a week later. Tickets for these tours will be made available in the next several weeks. 
New Stuff at the Center: You'll be able to see the improvements and investments at the Ecology Center that your past donations have made possible. 
One Thing that has Not Changed: The best local food, beer and wine providers will be there serving their tastiest offerings.

Don't miss this festive gathering of Evanston residents and friends from nearby communities who care about the environment. Tickets at link below.

Where: Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd,
When: Friday, May 18, 7-10:30pm
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