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Studio 908 Monthly Happenings

Participants MUST pre-register for all Monthly Happenings. Please contact Natalie at or (847) 869-5640 with questions. Visit or for registration and updates! 


Special Needs Social Dances

Photo (c) 2017) Modal Music, Inc. (tm) All Rights ReservedDates: May 25, June 29

Time: 1:45-2:45pm

Instructors: Terran Doehrer and Jutta Distler from Evanston’s own Jutta & the Hi-Dukes™

Individual Fee: $5 (FREE for aides)

Separate Registration Form (see top of page)

Come dance, socialize, meet new people and share good times with friends or simply enjoy the acoustic ethnic music at these unique monthly Saturday Social Dances which are geared to the Special Needs community. Everyone, regardless of their skill level, is encouraged to come do fun traditional line and circle dances from many cultures, all done to the live music played by instructors Terran Doehrer and Jutta Distler. The fact that the structured movements have powerful cognitive and physical benefits is fun frosting on the cake. Distler and Doehrer have been serving the Special Needs communities internationally for over 23 years. Check out where you can read a bit and see a video of their work. This project is partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council, a city agency supported by the City of Evanston and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

TGIF Party at the Park!

*These Friday events have been canceled due to low interest. We'll try again in the Fall!

Day/Time: Last Friday of the Month, 7-9pm

Individual Fee: $12

Partner Fee: $20

Family 3+ Fee: $28

Thank GOODNESS it’s Friday! Once a month, we will host a themed “party at the park” that’s an affordable, familyfriendly opportunity to meet your neighbors and unwind. So collect the family and head over to the Ridgeville Park Community House to play, relax, stretch your creative muscles or just sit back and enjoy. All are welcome!

JANUARY 25: Board Game Night  CANCELED


MARCH 29: Puzzle Night CANCELED

APRIL 26: Improv Game Night CANCELED

MAY 31: Family Dance Party CANCELED


Ridgeville Readers BOOK CLUB

Calling all bookworms! Come join the park district’s monthly book club, Ridgeville Readers. Our inaugural reading season will begin at the start of 2019, and we will read a selection of books that celebrate the rich diversity of our community. Book selections should correlate with our monthly cultural celebrations (book suggestions have been made below, but final selections will be decided upon amongst the readers- except January’s book, that one is locked in so start reading!). Ridgeville Readers will meet on the second floor of the Community House at Ridgeville Park to drink hot chocolate and take part in a lively, literary discussion.

Please Note: Members are responsible for securing their own copy of selected books.

Day/Time: Last Sunday of the Month, 3-4:30pm

Individual Fee: FREE!

JANUARY: Celebrating Social Justice SELECTED Read: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Discussion Date: January 27

FEBRUARY: Celebrating Black History SELECTED Read: Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim Discussion Date: February 24

MARCH: Celebrating Women’s History SELECTED Read: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas Discussion Date: April 7 (date changed from March 31)

APRIL: Celebrating Jewish American Heritage SELECTED Read: My Real Name Is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih Discussion Date: April 28

MAY: Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage SELECTED Read: All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung Discussion Date: May 19 (date changed from May 26)

JUNE: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride SELECTED Read: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Discussion Date: June 30

JULY: Celebrating America’s Independence Suggested Read: Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara Discussion Date: July 28

AUGUST: Celebrating Senior Citizens Suggested Read: Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika Discussion Date: August 25

SEPTEMBER: Celebrating Latin American Heritage Suggested Read: United States of Banana by Giannina Braschi Discussion Date: September 29

OCTOBER: Celebrating Muslim American Heritage Suggested Read: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi Discussion Date: October 27

NOVEMBER: Celebrating Native American Heritage Suggested Read: There There by Tommy Orange Discussion Date: November 24

DECEMBER: Celebrating the Special Needs Community Suggested Read: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Discussion Date: December 29



Date: April 25 CANCELED

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Instructor: Christine Shiel

Individual Fee: $20 

Come learn everything you need to know about getting started with your own backyard egg laying flock!  We'll talk about where to get your chicks and how to care for them, what kind of coop to build or buy, what breeds are best for the backyard, and why fresh eggs are so much better than store bought!  If you want fresh eggs, you're interested in reducing the carbon footprint of your diet or you just love chickens, this is the class you've been waiting for!


West African Dance & Drum with Alla Tan Tou

Dates: June 4, June 11, July 23, July 30

Time: 8-9:30pm

Instructor: Amy Osterman

Individual Fee: $15

our favorite class returns on select Summer dates for an extended workshop series. Whether you’re giving West African Dance a try for the first time, or you never miss a class throughout the year- these workshops are your opportunity to express yourself through dance & movement and appreciate rhythms from Guinea, West Africa played LIVE by an ensemble of drummers. All are welcome! Participants are encouraged to pre-register, but drop-in is welcome. Please contact Natalie at or (847) 869-5640 with questions. Visit or for registration and updates!