Honoring Riverside’s Person of the Year

The Riverside Township Lions Club will host its annual Riverside Day to honor the Person of the Year – this year it’s Jennifer White – on Thursday, Aug. 31 at the Riverside Golf Club, 2520 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside.

Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased until Aug. 25 at Riverside Bank, 17 E. Burlington St.; Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road; and Aunt Diana’s Old Fashioned Fudge, 29 E. Burlington St. Make checks payable to the Riverside Township Lions Club.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Get your drink on at the zoo

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield hosts its fifth annual 21-and-over beer-tasting event ZooBrew on Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sample brews from 35 breweries – some small and some not so small – and enjoy food and live music as well.

General admission ticket ($45) includes 3 oz. samplings of more than 80 beers and a commemorative tasting glass. VIP tickets ($75) are available Aug. 26 only, and include early admission, access to the VIP Beer Garden, and a visit with some of the zoo’s ambassador animals.

General admission designated-driver tickets ($25) and a VIP designated-driver tickets ($35) are also available. Discounted tickets are available for Brookfield Zoo members. All tickets will be an additional $10 on the day of the event.

Visit www.czs.org/events.

Evening in the garden fundraiser

The Daughters of the British Empire are inviting the public to join them in the Best Life Garden of Cantata Adult Life Services, 8700 31st St., Brookfield, for their “Wishes Come True” Fundraising Drive Finale on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The organization has a fundraising goal of $1,500 to grant wishes to residents who live on the Cantata campus, which range from taking classes to brush up on technology to getting a professional shave to going to a Cubs game and more.

Tickets are $25. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For call Sherry at 630-661-5111 or email Lydensherry@gmail.com.

Comboni Fest

Join the Comboni Missionaries for their annual Comboni Fest on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Comboni Mission Center, at Raymond Avenue and 31st Street in LaGrange Park, about one mile west of the Brookfield Zoo.

The event kicks off with an outdoor Mass at 3 p.m., followed by a pig roast, Italian and Mexican food, music, games and live entertainment. All are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

For more information call 708-354-1999.

Book release party

Brookfield resident Matt Bieniek has just published his fifth novel, The Sleep Detectives Go to Washington, and to mark the occasion he’ll be releasing the book at next installment of the Reading Series at Tamale Hut Café, 8300 Cermak Road in North Riverside at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

As the featured reader, Bieniek will be performing one of the chapters of the book in the style of a radio play, with music, sound effects and multiple actors.

The event is free to attend. For more information about the author, visit www.storiesbymatt.net.