Whiskey and wine, oh my!
Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, hosts its first-ever Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the zoo's Discovery Center.
There will be more than 50 seasonal wines and whiskeys to sample, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, live music and visits by animal ambassadors during this event for those 21 and older.
There are two ticket options, which include parking and zoo admission from 1 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 24, so you can enjoy the zoo before the event. General admission tickets are $85 ($75 zoo members) and include a commemorative glass. Designated driver tickets are $45 and include unlimited soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
Buy tickets at CZS.org/WinterWineandWhiskey.
Jazz it up
Local jazz fans have a couple of opportunities to hear some live music in the next week.
• On Thursday, Feb. 22 the Brookfield Jazz Society hosts concert featuring the Nicole Kestler Quartet in the lower-level Jazz Room of Sawa's Old Warsaw restaurant, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts promptly at 7:15. There's a $10 cover charge for non-Brookfield Jazz Society members, $7 for members.
• On Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m., Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 250 Woodside Road, hosts a concert of mainstream jazz with the Terry Sullivan Trio, featuring Riverside resident Bobby Schiff on piano.
Admission at the door is $20 ($15 students/seniors), cash only. For information call 708-488-1701.
Brookfield Public Library hosts Fandomonium, a festival of fandoms – Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Star Wars, princesses, you name it – on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate your favorite fictional universe by making a Harry Potter wand, a Star Wars light saber or mini droid or your own GOT house banner. Younger kids can enjoy Pokemon activities and decorate princess tiaras or super hero masks.
There will also be a selfie station and a cosplay costume contest with a chance to win a gift certificate to a local business.
The event is free for all ages. For more info call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
Forum on opioid addiction
Riverside Township and the Riverside Township Mental Health Board will host a presentation and discussion on opioid addiction on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. in the second-floor auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.
The event will feature a short media presentation and a panel of speakers, including representatives from the state of Illinois, police, Nar-Anon and addiction counselors.
Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Refreshments will be served.
Call 708-442-4400 for more information.
Artist talk at RAC
Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts a conversation between artist Andrew Falkowski and Terry R. Myers, critic, independent curator and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.
The conversation is in conjunction with an exhibition of Falkowski's work at RAC titled "Flat Earth," which runs through March 3 in the Freeark Gallery, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
• North Riverside Parks and Recreation invites you to a screening of the 2017 version of the film "Beauty and the Beast" starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. in the Council Room of the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Admission and popcorn are free, but registration is required. Call 708-442-5515.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Book Fiesta, featuring Senorita Christal for a morning of stories and songs in Spanish, on Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. The library hosts How to Draw Manga Faces (kids ages 10-18) with art teacher Christine Thornton on Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. and Lapsit Storytime (babies/toddlers with adult) on Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m.
• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts Beyond the Basics Genealogy on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room and Computer Basics on Feb. 24 in the Public Meeting Room.
• 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.
• Lyons Township High School invites the public to use the indoor track at the South Campus fieldhouse, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Spring on school days from 6 to 7 a.m. through March. No admission charge.