"RAC the House"

World renowned cellist visits Riverside

Riverside United Methodist Church, 82 Woodside Road, presents “A Musical Event to Remember,” featuring world-renowned cellist Maja Bogdanovic, soprano Olga Bojovic and pianist Kristijan Civljak on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m.

Bogdanovic has played all over the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Berlin Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic, and was among a select group to give a special performance in Warsaw to celebrate the 80th birthday of composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

Tickets are $15. For information or to purchase tickets, call the church at 708-447-1760.

RAC and roll to support the arts

Support the arts and have a ball at the same time at the Riverside Arts Center’s annual gala “RAC the House” on Saturday, Cot. 1 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the arts center, 32 E. Quincy St. in Riverside.

Proceeds from the event, which includes a silent auction of artwork, will help the support RAC’s school, outreach and gallery programming for the next year. You can also bid online at www.32auctions.com/RACTHEHOUSE2016.

The gala will also feature the Latin rhythms of Alewife, hors d’oeuvres by The Chew Chew and dessert by Chocolate Twist, along with a cash bar.

Tickets are $50 for members and $55 for non-members and are available for purchase online at www.riversideartscenter.com.

Taste of Brookfield returns

The Brookfield Public Library and Friends of the Brookfield Public Library will host the 10th Annual “Taste of Brookfield @ Your Library” on Friday, Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

The special after-hours fundraising gala allows attendees to sample food, wine and beer provided by local restaurants and businesses. In addition, there will be live music and a silent auction featuring gift baskets, sports tickets and other experiences. There will also be a special grand prize raffle of $500 to mark the event’s 10th year.

Bid online for auction items at www.tasteofbrookfield.com through Sept. 30.

Advance tickets ($40 each, or two for $75) can be purchased at the library’s checkout desk or online at www.tasteofbrookfield.com. Tickets at the door will be $45 each.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Brookfield Public Library.

It’s Oktoberfest season

Got a hankering for beer and a bratwurst? Then the place to be is Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside, on Saturday, Oct 1 for the church’s Oktoberfest event.

Oktoberfest starts at 5 p.m.; come early, because the kitchen closes at 8 p.m. Enjoy bratwurst, roast pork, sides, dessert, music and, of course, beer. Hang out by the fire pit in the outdoor beer garden (weather permitting) and drink in the gemutlichkeit.

Tickets are $12 for adults ($15 at the door) and $5 for children under 12. Beer and wine can be purchased at additional cost. 

Proceeds from the event benefit local residents who are food insecure. Attendees are also asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Riverside Township Food Pantry.

Visit the church office, call 708-447-2600 or email to ascensionriverside@gmail.com to order tickets.

Hike the portage

Join the Friends of the Chicago Portage on Saturday, Oct. 1 for a free two-hour historical walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site beginning at 10 a.m.

The tour will start at the Marquette and Joliet statue, 4800 S. Harlem Ave. in Lyons (two blocks north of the Stevenson Expressway) and will be about a half mile in length along a gravel path through the woods. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots.

More info at www.chicagoportage.org or by calling Gary Mechanic at 773-590-0710.