Lots of little stuff to clear off the desk this week, so I’ll begin with a response from my recent column on make-up (and I got quite a few comments) from one “Bonnie Bell.” If the name sounds familiar, it just happens to be a cosmetic company brand.

Anyway, she suggested it might be a good idea to gather up those cosmetic bags and trial cosmetics I wasn’t going to use and bring them to a homeless shelter or a women’s shelter, her thought being many women are in a situation where getting relocated is of more importance than grabbing their make-up bags.

That’s a great idea, and I wanted to pass it along to the rest of you hoping you will join me in putting some of those “goodies” together and passing them on. You may want to include other trial and sample sizes toiletries you can purchase at the store. I think we know how a little blush or lipstick can make us feel better, so why not share some of that “gloss” with others. Thanks, Bonnie Bell, I only wish I had thought of it.

Event central

Lots coming up around the towns in the next few weeks, there’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to have a good time and support some worthy organizations whose endeavors benefit many local things.

If pizza is what you’re craving along with camaraderie, you may want to attend the Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity Pizza Fest on Friday, Sept. 25. You won’t have to go far; it will be held at The Village Center (of course I still say the old Henninger corner, I’ll get it right, eventually) at Longcommon and Burlington. Look for the ad in The Landmark for further information.

What better way for those of us living in the Land of Lincoln to learn more about the late president than to hear Dr. Orville Vernon Burton speak on his book The Age of Lincoln at The Chew Chew on Sept. 24. The evening is sponsored by the Riverside Elementary Education Foundation (REEF), which supports District 96 through its many fundraising events.

The Brookfield Bar Owners Association is they are having its annual “Bartoberfest” on Sept. 26. The event features seasonal beers, German food, live music and trolleys to shuffle you from one place to another.