Updated: December 2, 2012 6:09AM
Evanston Township High School presents its 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Festival on Nov. 2 featuring performances and a special display created by students.
The theme of this year’s free family event is “Celebrate Dia de los Muertos,” which will be held 7-9:30 p.m. in the ETHS auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston.
As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, the student club Latino Q.U.E.S.T. builds an annual display, the Dia de los Muertos altar. The day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors those who have died. This year, students have built an altar to remember loved ones lost to violence. The altar will be on display in the ETHS main lobby during events such as the Nov.1 Fall Music Festival and the Nov. 2 festival.
The festival includes performances by the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, the Latin Rhythms Academy of Dance & Performance, Banda Nueva Generacion, and ETHS student performers. Guests are invited to view the altar and attend a reception in the east wing of the ETHS Michael Cafeteria from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and free parking is available in the school’s front and back lots.
The festival is sponsored by the ETHS Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, the ETHS Latino Advisory Committee, and the ETHS Latino Q.U.E.S.T. Student Club, and in part by the City of Evanston.
Comedy show benefit
ETHS Boosters present “COMEDY SPORTZ, ARTZ, AND CLUBZ: An Evening of Wildkit Comedy” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the ETHS Auditorium. ComedySportz has created a customized competitive comedy show for the school.
The evening will include:
• An improv comedy show that celebrates the sports, fine arts and clubs at ETHS.
• A silent auction.
• A raffle drawing.
The production will feature audience participation opportunities, and is designed for high school students, but middle school students will also enjoy it.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. All proceeds will be used by the Boosters to fund athletics, fine arts and clubs at ETHS.
Tickets are $20 for balcony seating, $40 for main floor seating, and $100 for premium seating with a post-show wine tasting party at Wine Styles. To purchase tickets go to www.ethsboosters.org.
Invitations, including an order form for event tickets and raffle tickets, were sent to all ETHS families. Raffle tickets can be ordered by mail. Just return the order form with a check made payable to ETHS Boosters, PO Box 463, Evanston IL 60201.
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Three Evanston Township High School seniors received the Ted Van Zelst award from the Kiwanis Club of Evanston in October.
The award, named for the late Evanston businessman and art collector, is presented to outstanding scholar athletes at ETHS, which this year recognized Kevin Doyle, Caroline Duke and Nick Tennant.
Doyle is a soccer player, Duke a volleyball player, and Tennant a football player for ETHS. Each student received an inspirational book, a Barnes & Noble gift certificate and a Kiwanis Club certificate recognizing their efforts.
The annual resource fair for students with special needs, “Transitions for the Future,” will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 7. All students with special needs, their parents/guardians, and professionals are invited to attend the event at Niles North High School, 9800 N. Lawler Street, in Skokie.
The resource fair is designed to assist students with special needs in making post-high school transition plans.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with an hour-long panel discussion, “Planning for your student’s future,” by the Business and Education for Students in Transition Committee. Guests can spend the rest of the evening meeting with representatives from attending organizations.
The BEST Committee includes: The Cove School, The Douglas Center, Evanston Township High School District 202, Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services, JVS Career Planning Center, Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center, Maine Township High School District 207, New Trier Township High School District 203, Niles Township High School District 219, Orchard Village.
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