"Life in a Japanese American Internment Camp"

The North Riverside Department of Parks and Recreation hosts its Autumn Fest and Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Free to attend, the event features live entertainment, carnival games, a petting zoo, inflatables, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. You’ll also have the chance to sample chili cooked up by local organizations and have a chance to vote for your favorite.

The evening will be capped off with a fireworks display. For more information call 708-442-5515 or visit online at www.facebook.com/NRRecreation.

Meet the Creek 
in Brookfield

The Brookfield Conservation Commission invites nature lovers (and those who’d like to be) to celebrate Salt Creek at the group’s annual Meet the Creek event on Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues.

Activities include opportunities to take a 30-minute paddle on Salt Creek, to interact with reptiles courtesy for the Chicago Herpetological Society and to view other fish and critter found in Salt Creek. There will also be a scavenger hunt and crafts for kids.

The event is free to attend. Canoe rides are offered on a first come, first served basis. Children must be 3 years or older and minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email to ConservationBrookfield@gmail.com.

Eat lobster 
for a good cause

Community Nurse Health Center hosts a Lobster Bake fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Community House, 415 W. 8th St. in Hinsdale. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7. 

The country club casual event includes a traditional lobster bake (or non-seafood) dinner, drinks, whiskey tasking and college football in the “Lobster Trap” and live music by Enough Said.

There will also be raffles for a trip for two to St. Lucia or to host your own private lobster bake for 10.

Call Joan Metz, jmetz@communitynurse.org or 708.579.2403 for tickets or order online at www.communitynurse.org/lobster.

Life during 
wartime for 
Japanese 
Americans

After Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941, all Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast were rounded up and placed into relocation camps in remote areas of the country.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents “Life in a Japanese American Internment Camp” to shed more light on what life was like inside the camps for the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans forced to live there.

Historian Sarah Okner, a descendant of internees, will share photos and details of daily life in the camps. The program is free. To sign up, call the library at 708-447-0869 or sign up online at www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

West End Art Fest

The LaGrange Business Association on Sept. 17 and 18 will host the 21st Annual West End Art Fest, West End Art Festival, celebrating all aspects of art, including a juried fine art, music and culinary art.

The festival is held in cooperation with the village of La Grange in the shadow of the landmark Stone Avenue Metra Station along Burlington Avenue between Brainard and Spring avenues. 

On Sept. 17, artists’ booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; evening music and limited artists remain open for browsing and purchase from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Sept. 18 the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, patrons can join in and show off their own artistic sides by contributing to the creation of a community mural or by purchasing a small canvas and making their own masterpiece with help from the staff of Bottle and Bottega. The Park District of La Grange will also offer art activities for kids of all ages on Sept. 17.

Up-to-date information on artists, musicians and vendors can be found on the Facebook and Twitter/ West End Art Festival or www.lgba.com.