Whether you consider yourself a patron of the art, an artist or a would-be artist, the Riverside Arts Center can help you get your artistic fix. Located at 32 E. Quincy St. in Riverside, the Arts Center, along with Higgins Glass across the street, may be viewed as a mini art area.

The Arts Center — or RAC as they have dubbed themselves — remains the loving project of Ruth Freeark, who started it two decades ago. It has grown in its ability to provide an outlet for those who have an interest in the arts. Various art classes are available not only for those who are RAC members but also who just wish to take a course in the fine arts. The classes are taught by qualified artists, and one can learn to refine his or her own talents or even find a hidden talent.

Courses are designed for different age levels as well as
talent levels.

The Freeark Gallery inside the RAC is home to many art shows, featuring local and non-local artists. The grammar schools also have participated in exhibitions and yearly the advanced art students at Riverside-Brookfield High School have a showing.

Run primarily by volunteers and a board of trustees, the Riverside Art Center is currently planning their annual fundraiser, a 20th anniversary gala, Prom-O-Rama, to be held on Saturday, May 18 at St. Mary Parish Center in Riverside.

The primary purpose of the fundraiser is to benefit the center’s exhibition and educational programs. Items are being solicited to be raffled or used as silent auction items. More information on the gala will be coming as the event draws closer, but for more information about the Riverside Arts Center go to www.riversideartscenter.com.

Winner, winner … Here’s a fundraiser you will not have to wait to attend — the annual Riverside Township Lions Club Chicken Dinner, slated for Sunday, April 7 at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road.

This annual event is another way to get out of cooking and enjoy camaraderie with friends and family and have fried chicken from White Fence Farm.

The Lions Club is a philanthropic organization. Funds from the dinner are used to help many local groups as well as organizations supported through the national Lions Club. Primarily Lions Club helps support those with vision impairments. Locally, the club has been instrumental in collecting thousands of eyeglasses over the years that are redistributed.