Big Week: September 6-13

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Harry Potter Film Festival

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., kicks off its Harry Potter Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. with the first film in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

The movie is free. Refreshments provided. Drop-in only. For more info call 708-447-0869 or visit Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

The series continues on Sundays at 1 p.m. through Oct. 29.

RBHS Fall Flash Boutique

The Riverside-Brookfield High School PTO will host its Fall Flash Boutique on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside.

Get ready for homecoming by browsing through hundreds of dresses -- both long ($10 each) and short ($5) – and shoes for a fraction of the retail cost.

All proceeds go to the RBHS PTO and will be used to pay for prom tickets for students who otherwise can't afford to go. The sale is open to the public. 

Exhibition opens at Riverside Arts Center

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents "Portage," featuring the work of Duncan Anderson, George Blaha and Dan Gamble in the Freeark Gallery from Sept. 10 to Oct. 21. 

Opening reception is Sept. 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays. For more information, call 708-442-6400 or visit online at

Out of this world

North Riverside Parks and Recreation continues its Popcorn and a Movie series on Friday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. with the Academy Award-nominated film Hidden Figures, a bio-drama telling the story of the African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch of John Glenn into orbit around Earth.

The film will be shown in the council chamber of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Free, but registration is required. Call 708-442-5515.

Meet Hamilton's women

Join historian Leslie Goddard as she introduces you to the women behind Alexander Hamilton in the living history presentation "Hamilton's Women" on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Meet the sisters who captivated Hamilton, including his wife, Elizabeth; and her sisters Angelica Schuyler Church and Peggy Schuyler van Rensselaer. Goddard brings each woman to life.

Register to attend online at or call 708-485-6917.

Nunsense at TWS

Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. in Western Springs, kicks off its 2017-18 season with the musical comedy Nunsense from Sept. 7-17.

The Off-Broadway hit follows the exploits of the Little Sister of Hoboken, who decide to put on a variety show to pay for the burials of 52 of their nuns poisoned accidentally by their cook.

Tickets are $23 and 25. Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or visit for show times and tickets. Free parking available.

A night at Riv-Inia

Riverside Parks and Recreation invites everyone to enjoy a night under the stars at Riv-Inia in Guthrie Park (Bloomingbank and Riverside roads) in downtown Riverside on Friday, Sept. 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The outdoor concert features the Louisiana sounds of Zydeco Voodoo. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Mollie's Public House.

And more

• Hispanic Organization of North Riverside (HONR) hosts a Latin Music Festival, featuring Caliente!, ol'Skool and Ritmo on Sept. 9 from 3 to 10 p.m., in the North Riverside Village Commons Parking Lot, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Free. No outside beverages, food, or coolers allowed. For tickets and reserved seating, contact Matt Morales, 708-785-1651. For more info, contact Raul Pelayo, 708-309-9606.

• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues its exhibition of paintings by Paula Henderson in the FlexSpace gallery from through Oct. 7. Opening reception, Sunday, Sept. 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 708-442-6400 or visit online at

• Lyons Township High School will host an open house for parents at the South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs, on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Tour the building, go through an abbreviated form of your student's schedule and ask questions. The North Campus open house is Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will hold its next landscape workday on Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon on Riverside Road. Volunteers will plant native grasses and sedges. Look for the public works dump truck. Bring works gloves and water bottle. Other supplies and snacks provided.

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Family Art Night on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. Bryan Malone leads the after-hours workshop. Registration required Ages 10 . The library also hosts a Red Cross Babysitting Workshop on Sept. 9 and 10, noon to 5:30 p.m. Students must attend both sessions. $55 fee. Ages 11-15. Payment at registration. Call 708-485-6917 or visit

• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Crocheting Scarves, Part One on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Free. Supplies provided. Call 708-447-0869 or visit to sign up.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts a free, full-length Practice SAT test on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Bring a pencil and calculator; Knitting and Needlework Drop-in on Mondays beginning Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Bring your needles, hooks and projects; Wednesday Night Book Club discussion of The Hobbit on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room.

 Sokol Stickney hosts an open gym on Sept. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Hugh Parish, 7939 43rd St. in Lyons. Orientation and registration will follow on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Classes run thru May 2018. Visit 

• LaGrange Bible Church, 850 S. 7th Ave., begins its Wednesday evening youth activities on Sept. 6. Awana clubs for boys and girls age 3 through 6th grade, Power Source for kids in grades 7 thru 12. All groups meet 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call 708-354-2485 for info.

• Home Helpers and Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home present the free seminar "Plan Today for Peace of Mind Tomorrow," covering such topics as aging safely at home, paying for long-term care and funeral pre-arrangement planning on Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

• Water Exercise Techniques, an adult-level class, meets Wednesday nights beginning Sept. 6 through Oct. 25 at Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside. The fall session is $48 for eight classes. No swimming involved. For more info email Noelle at

νThe Township of Lyons Board and the Illinois Secretary of State, 6404 Joliet Road in Countryside, host a Rules of the Road review on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Sign up by calling Clerk Mary Jo Noonan at 708-482-8300, ext. 221.

• The Brookfield Farmers Market continues on Sept. 9 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 Sept. 6 and Sept. 13 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.

• Lacrosse programs, boys and girls, grades K-8. Beginner and experienced players welcome. Programs start Sept. 10. House & travel programs. Western Springs Lacrosse is in its 19th year. Register online at or call 708-246-9070 or email

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