9/11 Memorial Service in North Riverside

The public is invited to join first responders, both local and from nearby communities, at North Riverside’s annual Celebration of Heroes ceremony, hosted by the North Riverside fire and police departments, on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The ceremony, which honors the sacrifices first responders made on Sept. 11, 2001, will take place in the parking lot of the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. It begins at 9:45 a.m.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel will be this year’s keynote speaker. 

Prepare for prom at RB Boutique

The Riverside-Brookfield High School PTO will host an RB Boutique Fall Flash Sale, just in time to get ready for the homecoming dance, on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside.

The boutique will include more than 400 dresses, including long and short dresses for both prom and homecoming, as well as hundreds of pairs of shoes. All dresses are priced at $5 and shoes are $2 per pair. There will be dresses in every size and style.

The boutique is open to the public, not just RBHS high school students.

A glimpse into Hollywood’s Golden Age

Jack Warner, the head of Warner Bros. Studio during Hollywood’s Golden Age, once called Bette Davis “an explosive little broad with a sharp left.”

On Thursday, Sept. 8 you’ll get an intimate glimpse into the life of the storied actress as North Riverside Parks and Recreation presents “Bette Davis: A Living History Portrayal,” featuring Leslie Goddard, at the North Riverside Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., from noon to 2 p.m.

Goddard, who assumes the persona of Davis, will give voice to stories of the past in a fun, inspiring way. The event includes a catered lunch. The fee to attend in $24 ($26 for non-residents). Call 708-442-5515 with Visa or MasterCard or register online at www.northriverside-il.org (Code 1209-1).

A Night at Riv-Inia

Riverside Parks and Recreation will host “A Night at Riv-Inia,” a free outdoor concert on Friday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Guthrie Park, located at Riverside and Bloomingbank roads in downtown Riverside.

Tony Ocean will provide the music, performing numbers from the Rat Pack era. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from The Chew Chew. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and the family to enjoy a music-filled evening under the stars.

Run a race, make a difference

You can help conserve wildlife and get in a good workout at the same time on Sunday, Sept. 11 by putting on your running shoes and heading over to Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, for its annual ZooRunRun 5K race through the zoo’s grounds.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Welfare and Conservation Fund. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Discovery Center. Runners can register for $40 through Sept. 10. Race day registration is $45.

Race packet pickup is in the north parking lot (8400 31st St.) on Friday, Sept. 9 from 1 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For info and to register visit www.CZS.org/ZooRunRun.