Big Week: April 4-11

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Autism awareness at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo partners with Autism Speaks for its annual Zoo Goes Blue event on April 7 during Autism Awareness Month.

The zoo's lions will wear blue scarves and blue flags will decorate the park grounds. Throughout the day activities will take place for families with children on the autism spectrum, including quiet-hour on the carousel, a sensory-friendly dolphin presentation and special animal Zoo Chats.

For more information, call 708-688-8000.

Library celebration

The folks at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., celebrate National Library Week beginning April 8 by offering a $1 fine amnesty. All week long, pay off overdue fines for just $1. Visit the checkout desk for details.

Also all week, the library invites people of all ages to join in a library-centric scavenger hunt. Complete a list of challenges and be entered into a raffle for one of six gift cards to local restaurants.

On April 11, the library will unveil its 2018 Brookfield Reads selection. Copies will be available for checkout. Visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info for more.

LTHS host College Fair

Lyons Township high School will hosts its annual College Fair for its students on Wednesday, April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Campus fieldhouse, 100 S Brainard Ave. in LaGrange.

Representatives from more than 250 public and private colleges, as well as community colleges, will be available to help students and families explore options.

Students can register at www.strivefair.com and receive a bar code on their phone that can be used to demonstrate interest to schools and receive information.

Parking on local streets and at the South Campus, where a continuous shuttle will operate between 5:45 and 8:15 p.m. between the two campuses.

Reflections on Riverside 

It's National Poetry Month and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society seeks entries from students in Riverside and surrounding communities for its annual Reflections on Riverside contests.

High school students may enter the Imagery Contest, which carries a $100 first prize and $25 second prize. The Poetry Contest is open to younger students. An award of $25 will go to the winner in each grade from 1-5 and $50 to the winners in grades 6-8.

Rules and entry forms available at www.olmstedsociety.org.

Lower-level lowdown

The Riverside Public Library Board of Trustees invites community members to a public forum on their improvement plan for the library's lower level on Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. in the Great Room of the library, 1 Burling Road.

Trustees will display the plans for the renovation, answer questions and address ideas you may have about the changes.

Children are welcome to participate in supervised activities while the forum is taking place.

And more

• Get your friends together and compete in Riverside Presbyterian Church's Team Trivia Night on April 7 at 7 p.m. in the social hall of the church, 116 Barrypoint Road. Teams of eight compete for prizes, while supporting the church's summer youth mission trip. Claim a table for $160 or register individually for $20. Call 708-447-1520 or email office@rpcusa.org to make reservations.

• Support Community Support Services for a benefit evening of food, drink and fun, including raffles and live art auction at "Passport for Learning: Beat the Odds 2018" on April 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt Lodge, 2815 Jorie Blvd. in Oak Brook. Tickets are $135. RSVP by April 6 at www.CSSservices.org/beat-the-odds.

• St. Louise de Marillac Church's Catholic Women's organization holds its annual rummage and bake sale on April 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Colonnade Room, 1112 Raymond Ave. in LaGrange Park. Clothing, toys, appliances, books, linens, religious items, kitchenware and more.

• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents the art exhibition "Strike/Slip" featuring the work of John Grod, Stacy Isenbarger, Harold Jeffries and Jennifer Mannebach in the Freeark Gallery of Art through April 14. In the FlexSpace, "In Two Places @ Once," featuring the work Tom Burtonwood thru April 18. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Protect That Trademark or Copyright, presented by Professor Fran Zollers on April 6 at noon; a Tinker Lab (grades K-up) where you can channel your inner maker on April 10 at 4 p.m.; and a Medicare Seminar on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. To register for events, call 708-485-6917 or visit online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts its First Thursday Book Club for adults on April 5 at 2 p.m. to discuss "The Mountain Between Us" by Charles Martin. For kids, the library hosts Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), April 10 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult) on April 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Pajama Storytime (all ages with adult) on April 10 at 6:30 p.m.; Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. and Cactus Rock Painting (grades 6-12) on April 7 from 1-3 p.m.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents "The Chicago River Bridges" by historian Patrick McBriarty who covers the development of the city from 1832 through its bridges on April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

Sign up for an exam at a free oral, head and neck cancer screening event, which will take place April 23 at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola Medicine, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood. To register, call 888-584-7888. Free parking. Refreshments served.

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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