Enjoy a beer, and then a concert
Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside has an entertaining weekend in store, starting on Saturday, Oct. 7 with its annual Oktoberfest at 5 p.m. Enjoy roast pork, roasted veggies and a brew in the outdoor beer garden. The kitchen closes at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $12 per person in advance ($15 at the door). Tickets are $5 for children under 12. Wine and beer separate purchases. Call 447-2600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Proceeds benefit programs for the hungry.
On Sunday, Oct. 8 the church hosts a concert by guitarist Raphaella Smits, who is internationally renowned as a performer and teacher. A recent review of her Russia tour called her the "queen of the guitar."
Admission is free; a free-will offering will be collected.
NR Players kick off season
North Riverside Players have kicked off their 2017-18 season with the Agatha Christie classic mystery And Then There Were None in the gym of the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.
Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All have two things in common, a wicked past they are unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate.
Performances are Oct. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. For more information and to order tickets call Andy Natanek at 708-512-7015 or visit www.nrplayers.com.
Blessing of the Animals
Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road, invites all of you animal lovers to bring your pets for a Blessing of the Animals at a special outdoor service on the Scottswood Road lawn at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8.
Feel free to bring a lawn chair and join in the annual outdoor worship service. All –people and pets -- are welcome.
The colors of Riverside
Celebrate the arrival of fall colors in Riverside's arboretum as the village Landscape Advisory Commission hosts its first arboretum tour in Guthrie Park on Oct. 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Join Riverside "tree talker" docents as they showcase some of the park's trees and explain how to use trees in your home landscape. Admission is free. Cider and doughnuts will be served. Meet on the steps of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.
Martin Luther Film Fest
Commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the Martin Luther Film Festival on Sunday evenings in October at 6:30 p.m.in the dining hall theater of Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside.
On Oct. 8, catch the 2003 film Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes. Free and open to the public. Complimentary popcorn and apple cider. Free raffle of Lutheran souvenirs. More info at www.stspeterandpaulriverside.org.
• Lyons Township High School's Theatre Board presents The Glass Menagerie on Oct. 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. in the North campus Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange. Tickets are $10 ($5 children/seniors; free students with ID) and can be purchased at the box office before the show.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues its exhibition of paintings by Paula Henderson in the FlexSpace gallery from through Oct. 7 and "Portage," featuring the work of Duncan Anderson, George Blaha and Dan Gamble in the Freeark Gallery through Oct. 21. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 708-442-6400 or visit online at www.riversideartscenter.com.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Adler Planetarium master educator Michelle Nichols for an Armchair Tour of the Universe on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and Halloween Magic with Gary Kantor on Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. To register for these events visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info or call 708-485-6917.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Harry Potter Film Festival with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. Free. Drop-in only. To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.
Also at the library this week: Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult), Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales and Treats (ages 2-5 with adult), Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m.; After School Book Club (2nd grade ), Oct. 5 at 3:45 p.m.; DIY Kinetic Sand, Oct. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.
• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts The Essential Great Chicago Fire on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room, and the German Cabaret Legacy in American Popular Music, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room.
• The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its annual "60 to win" raffle with its next prize drawing on Oct. 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe's Saloon, 9220 47th St., Brookfield. Tickets are $20 and only 1,100 tickets will be sold. All drawings will be held at Joe's Saloon each Thursday through Nov. 16. Tickets remain in the tumbler for the full 10 weeks regardless of how many times you win.
• The Brookfield Farmers Market continues on Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the west parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. The market will be held rain or shine every Saturday morning through Oct. 14.
• The Riverside Farmers Market continues on Oct. 4 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue. The market runs every Wednesday afternoon/evening through Oct. 11.
• The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.