Big Week: October 31-Nov. 7

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Holiday Bazaar in North Riverside

North Riverside Parks and Rec kicks off the holiday shopping season with its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Crafters and other vendors will be on hand to help you start your holiday shopping early. Concessions available for purchase.

Anyone interested in being a vendor can register for $25 (includes table and two chairs) at 708-442-5515 or online at www.northriverside-il.org for Code 2608-1.

25 years of RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts the exhibit "25 Years of RAC School" in the FlexSpace gallery from Nov. 4 through Nov. 30.

The show features work from instructors who have taught at RAC throughout its 25-year history. An opening reception will be on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m., with a vocal performance by the A Cappella Fellas at 4 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden.

Fab Four Confab

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to learn about the career of legendary rock 'n' roll group The Beatles, from their development in Liverpool, England, through Beatlemania into their psychedelic phase and finally their dissolution at "The Beatles: Their History in an Hour" on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

Register to attend at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info. 

'Darkest Hour' at North Riverside Library

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee series with the 2017 film "Darkest Hour" starring Gary Oldham as Winston Churchill on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

Free. Drop-in only. 

D-Day for Operation Sweaters

From Nov. 5 through Nov. 9, Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, is taking part in the 11th Annual Operation Sweaters for Veterans by collecting new sweaters and gloves that will be delivered to local VA hospitals, VA homes and veterans service organizations.

Drop off items at the funeral home between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily during the drive. 

Get on the Brain Train

Aging Care Connections and Aging Well Neighborhood invites local senior citizens to Brain Train: Keeping Your Brain Sharp, an interactive program that will stimulate your mind and body on Nov. 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the lower-level recreation room of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

The free event also includes snacks and teas. RSVP by calling the Brookfield Public Library at 708-485-6917 or email to brookfieldagingwell@gmail.com.

Free screening of 'Coco'

Pillars Community Health's Buddy's Place program hosts a free family movie morning featuring the Disney Pixar film "Coco" at the LaGrange Theatre, 80 S. LaGrange Road in LaGrange, on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event will also include Day of the Dead activities, such as face painting. Reserve your seats at www.pillarscommunity.org or call 708-995-3750.

And more

Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, will host the next of its monthly grief support gatherings on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The theme of the gathering will be "Coping with Grief During the Holidays." Seats are limited. RSVP by Nov. 9 to info@hitzemanfuneral.com or call 708-485-2000.

  The Riverside Township Lions Club will collect used eyeglasses at churches in Riverside and North Riverside on Spectacle Sunday, Nov. 4. Special collection boxes will be available for congregation members to drop off used eyeglasses at participating churches.

  The Parent Community Network in partnership with local school districts will host "The Truth about Vaping" on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the South Campus Performing Arts Center of Lyons Township high School, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs. Free. Registration required at Eventbrite.com (search for "vaping").

  Friends of the Chicago Portage will hold a walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 S. Harlem Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. Tour guide John Langer will explore Chicago's "birth story" from the geological beginnings to how the portage functions today. The tour is about a half-mile on a gravel path through the woods. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots. Rain or shine. Meet by the statue of Marquette, Joliet and their Native American guide.

  The Frederick Law Olmsted Society hosts its next landscape workday on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon, weeding and mulching at the Longcommon/Downing triangle in Riverside. Bring a pair of work gloves and a water bottle. Snacks and other supplies are provided. Stay as long as you like. Look for the public works dump truck.

  Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents a Day of the Dead Community Altar Exhibit through Nov. 3. Special dates include: Nov. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., create a luminary in remembrance of a loved one and make a sugar skull treat; Nov. 2 from 7 to 10 p.m., walk through the gallery and enjoy a Mexican hot drink; Nov. 3 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., last day to walk through the exhibit.

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents "Are you OK?" featuring paintings by Andreas Fischer in the Freeark Gallery through Nov. 1 and "We Are Beasts" featuring the work of Sarah and Joseph Belknap in the outdoor sculpture garden through December. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

  The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold will hold its next 60-to-Win prize drawing on Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe's Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. Winner need not be present.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts "How to Draw Cardinals" with artist Christine Thornton on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. Kids in grades 1-6 can learn how to draw Illinois' state bird. Register to attend at 708-485-6917, ext. 134 or online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For adults, there's a moderated Community Election Discussion on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.; Crafternoons: Bad Art Afternoons on Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. and Unwind at the Library: Tai Chi for adults and seniors on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. To register for programs call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

For kids, there's Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m.; and Love 2Read (grades K-1) on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.

  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.

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