Adult Improv

Time to make NICE

Grab a rake and a trash bag and join your neighbors for the Brookfield Beautification Commission’s fall Project NICE on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., to sign in and pick up work assignments, gloves, tools and a T-shirt.

Be one of the more than 300 people who show up to clean up Brookfield’s parks, plant flowers, mulch trees, pick up trash and beautify public spaces. Volunteers under the age of 18 who are not part of a pre-registered group must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

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You think you’re funny? 

North Riverside Parks and Recreation will host its first-ever Adult Improv gathering – no experience necessary – on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Whether improv is in your blood or something you just want to try, everyone is welcome. Play Chicago-style improv comedy games and enjoy character creation.

A $5 fee is payable at the door. Call 708-442-551 or visit for more info.

Ghosts of Route 66

Everyone has heard of Route 66, the 2,000-mile long highway “from Chicago to L.A.” made famous in song and legend. But did you know the highway is haunted?

“The Ghosts of Route 66,” presented by Route 66 expert David Clark on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., explores the ghost stories and ghost towns along the highway.

To sign up, visit or call 708-447-0869.

Brewing up fun

Are you a craft beer enthusiast? Then you may want to head over to The Max, 4750 S. Vernon Ave. in McCook, for the Brew Moon beer and band festival on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6 to 11 p.m.

More than 40 breweries will be offering samples of their beers. The band Sixteen Candles will provide a 1980s soundtrack and the Cubs playoff game will be shown on a big screen.

Tasting tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. General admission tickets without tasting are $7/$10. Proceeds benefit The LeaderShop and Pillars. Visit for tickets and more info.

Hollywood Fall Fest

The Hollywood School PTA and the Hollywood Citizens Association will host Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 7 p.m. on the front lawn of Hollywood School, 3423 Hollywood Ave. in Brookfield.

The family friendly event features an inflatable obstacle course, local food and drinks, kids games and temporary tattoos, music provided by a DJ and bags games. All proceeds benefit the Hollywood School PTA to fund student events and activities.

Popcorn and a movie

North Riverside Parks and Recreation will host its monthly free Popcorn & Movie on Friday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. in the council chamber of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

This month’s feature is the 2014 biopic The Letters: The Epic Life Story of Mother Teresa, starring Juliet Stevenson, Max von Sydow and Rutger Hauer. Admission is free but registration is required by calling 708-447-5515.