Fabulous Family Event at Twiggs Park on May 19

10k-ripples.jpgThis Sunday, May 19, between the hours of 1 PM and 4 PM, join in a community art and peace project, ‘Coming Together, Bridging Differences.’  The location is Twiggs Park at the intersection of Simpson and Bridge Streets in Evanston, near the Ecology Center.  There will be music, weaving (a giant web out of fabric and twine!), sidewalk painting and more. In case of rain, meet at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster Street.

One of the highlights will be a drumming circle led by Rhythm Revolution.  If you’ve never experienced a drumming circle or the health benefits it promotes, read this excerpt from Rhythm Revolution’s website:

A drum circle, or rhythm circle, is a group of people creating and sharing a rhythmical and a musical experience. The instruments used are usually percussion instruments including drums, metal, wood, shakers and Boomwhackers. The circle format is used to optimize listening and communicating. In a circle everyone is an equal participant with no person in the circle any more or less important. The sustained repetition of the pulse results in a rhythmic phenomenon called rhythmic entrainment. Entrainment uplifts the self physically, mentally and emotionally. There is a calming effect on the body and an energizing effect on the spirit.

Evanston is one of ten communities participating in the Ten Thousand Ripples (TTR) project, a collaborative public art, civic engagement and peace project.  You can read about an earlier TTR event in Evanston here. The other nine communities are all neighborhoods in Chicago.  Each community uses art as a spark to encourage discussions, communication and solutions about peace and non-violence.

Don’t miss out — join in the fun this Sunday at Twiggs Park!

Find Found

al-fresco-restaurants-Found.jpgFoodies, locavores and aesthetes rejoice!  Indulge your senses at Found Kitchen and Social House, a novel new restaurant in downtown Evanston.  The food is delicious and all freshly prepared in interesting and unusual combinations.   The decor is creative and homey flea market chic: cozy chairs, settees and banquettes to sit on and plenty of eye-catching repurposed items to view.  The people-watching by the bar is terrific and the place is crowded for dinner by six every evening.

Found turns the traditional model of how a restaurant operates upside down.  A server presents the menu and explains the chef encourages all dishes are meant to be shared, which frees those at the table to try items slightly out of one’s comfort zone.  The portions are larger than tapas plates.  The server also alerts you that items arrive at the table as they come out of the kitchen as opposed to when the entire table’s course is ready.  The pace is leisurely yet constant; the service is attentive and plentiful.

The menu is fascinating with daily specials added to enhance the standard fare.  My parents and I shared a kale and Swiss chard salad tossed with nuts, seeds and cranberries and creamy polenta with almonds, mushrooms, blue cheese and a slow cooked farm egg.  Two very different dishes, both delicious.  The two grilled fish dishes we chose were fresh, healthful and filling.  Desserts were too good to pass up–we treated ourselves to three and passed each eagerly around the table.  Even the coffee served with dessert was satisfying in taste, aroma and temperature.

Found is a culinary pleasure.  We loved each of the dishes we ordered and felt comfortable dining in its ambience.  Go and please your palate: try Found soon.

Found holds court at 1631 Chicago Avenue close to the Northwestern campus.  Open every day except Monday; no reservations.

Lovely Sunday

So much activity in Evanston today!  Things we loved: a birthday pinata, several beautiful kites, and an innovative, traffic-stopping giant bubble wrangler!  Out for a long walk with Honey and Fig, we saw bikers, joggers, sunbathers, picnickers, skateboarders, leisurely strollers, children on swings and slides and jungle gyms, and many other dog walkers all under a beautiful blue sky.   The day’s finale was breathtaking views of a cherry blossom tree in full bloom…the beautiful carpet of fallen petals in soft shades of pink and white is a stunning addition to the neighborhood.