Big Week: April 12-19

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Easter egg hunts are on! 

Looking to take the kids to an Easter egg hunt in the area this weekend? Then you're in luck, because there are two events taking place on Saturday, April 15.

νThe North Riverside Policemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will host its 36th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Hot Dog Luncheon at 10 a.m. behind the North Riverside Police Department, 2359 Desplaines Ave.

And more

• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, host the lecture "How Berwyn is Going Green" on April 18 at 7 p.m. Assistant City Administrator Ruth Volbre will talk about the ways Berwyn is addressing green infrastructure and flooding issues. Free and open to the public.

• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. in Riverside, hosts an artists' talk featuring Brent Fogt and Stacia Yeapanis during a closing reception of their exhibition "Resist the Urge to Press Forward," in the Freeark Gallery on April 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. 

• The Scottish Home, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, continues its Brunch Series on April 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. with Mary Flynn of Comfort Keepers. To RSVP call 708-447-5092.

• League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will host a public discussion on the Supreme Court's review of recent important cases, including ones concerning DAPA, abortion rights and affirmative action on April 18 at 7 p.m. at the LaGrange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt in LaGrange. Free.

• North Riverside Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Messy Mornings for Munchkins (2+ with adult) on April 18 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies and toddlers) on April 13 at 10:30 a.m.; Lego Club (1st grade ) April 12 and 19 at 3:45 p.m.; Family Bingo and Loteria Familia on April 15 at 2 p.m.; Mad Science (1st grade ) presents "Build a Racer" April 18 at 3:45 p.m.; Scrabble Art on April 15 at 11 a.m.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts Dr. Layne Phillips for "Weight Loss, Vitamins and Supplements" on April 12 at 7 p.m. 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.

• North Riverside Parks and Recreation hosts a supervised open gym for teens every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Concession available. $5 fee at the door.

Children through the age of 13 are eligible to take part and collect plastic eggs filled with jellybeans. Some eggs will contain vouchers for prizes. Separate hunts will be conducted for kids in different age groups. Bring your own baskets or bags to collect eggs.

Kids can also meet the Easter Bunny, McGruff the crime dog and Medinah Shriner clowns. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the lower-level community room of the police department.

• The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, will host its Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. at Ehlert Park, Congress Park and Elm avenues. 

Children of all ages can search for hundreds of candy-filled eggs and special golden eggs containing prizes. There will be Easter baskets full of goodies, music, a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and more.

Save the earth with the Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts' Salt Creek Service Unit of Brookfield, LaGrange, LaGrange Park and Lyons will hosts a "Save the Earth" celebration for Earth Day on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Congress Park School, 9311 Shields Ave., in Brookfield.

Tour a solar house, climb aboard the Clean Air School Bus and enjoy exhibits, crafts and games as well as a special visit from WTTW's own Nature Cat. The unit will raffle off a rain barrel and distribute oak tree saplings.

Entry to the event is $1 per person.

Remembering The Great War

April marks the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I and Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, is marking the occasion with the presentation "American Doughboys in the First World War" by Robert Mueller, a member of the Military Writers Society of America, on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room.

Mueller will take listeners on a trip across the battlefields of northern France and describe the events, people and places of the nation's contribution to the defeat of the German Kaiser.

Jazz at the library

The Lady T. Jazz Combo, featuring vocalist Toscanellie "Lady T" Marcelain, guitarist Jim Pierce and bassist Dan DeLorenzo, performs at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.

The program is free. To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit online at www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

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