Steven Sigurdson

The calendar is creeping toward Halloween, which make it the perfect time to focus on one of the holiday’s mascots – bats.

On Saturday, Oct. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m., the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts “Beautiful Bats” where kids and adults can learn about where they live, what they eat and the contributions they make to the ecosystem.

The folks from the Flying Fox Conservation Fund will be on hand to dispel superstitions and old beliefs about the winged animals, including fruit bats, which attendees can meet up close and personal.

The program is for all ages with adults.

Watch for Lions in the streets

Members of the Riverside Township Lions Club will be hitting the streets of the township on Oct. 6 and 7 for their annual Candy Day fundraising campaign. Lions will be giving away rolls for mint candy to all who donate. 

The money is used to help the visually and hearing impaired and also to support organizations who assist children and adults who are disabled or have special needs.

LTHS presents outdoor swashbuckler

The Lyons Township High School Theater Board will host its first-ever outdoor production, turning South Campus courtyard into Sherwood Forest for a production of Robin Hoode of Sherwood, a play written and directed by LTHS faculty member Eugene O’Reilly.

Sit in a chair or relax on your own blanket in the grass and be transported to 13th-century England while following the exploits of Robin, Marian, Little John, Gisborne and the rest of the cast of characters. The production includes period costumes, live battles and music.

Performances are Thursday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the South Campus courtyard, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens and free for students with an LTHS ID. Tickets are available from the box office starting one hour before the show. The rain location will be the North Campus Reber Center.

Say hello to the cello

Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road in LaGrange Park, presents a performance by outstanding cellist Steven Sigurdson in Dole Hall on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:15 p.m.

The Julliard-trained Sigurdson has been featured cellist on albums by Gloria Estefan and many others and has played with the New World Symphony and for 13 years with the Florida Philharmonic. He also is a voting member of the academy selecting Grammy Award winners.

Abraham Lincoln’s Foreign Legion

Did you know the Germans fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War? Well, at least three companies of German soldiers did as part of the multinational New York 39th Infantry Regiment – the “Garibaldi Guard” – which was recruited to fight by special authority of the U.S. War Department.

On Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, you can learn more about Lincoln’s Foreign Legion from Riverside resident Tony Pecelunas and a group of re-enactors, who will introduce you to the unit, which comprised more than 1,000 soldiers from 50 different countries.

Admission is free and open to all ages.