North Riverside Recreation invites kids in grades six through eight to enjoy music, dance and have fun with friends at their Freaky Friday event on Friday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Village Commons building, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Snack and concessions will be available for purchase and there may be some Halloween-ish surprises, too. All attendees must have a signed waiver for this lock-in event. The fee is $6 if you pre-register or $8 at the door.

Call 708-442-5515 or visit for more information.

39 Steps on stage in
Western Springs

The Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave., presents its second mainstage play of the season, The 39 Steps, the two-time Tony-winning comedy adapted from the 1915 John Buchan novel and 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller.

Performances are Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. Friday night talkbacks after the shows on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.

For tickets call 708-246-3380 or visit Parking is free.

Where were you that day? 

For those alive when it happened, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a time-stopping event.

“From Dallas, Texas, President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago” were words that riveted an America dumbfounded by the killing.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., presenter Jim Gibbons will provide an informative and insightful look at those past events and people. The presentation will be held in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

Zoo says Boo! to you

Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo will take place on Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the zoological park, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield.

Youngsters (come in costume!) can visit six trick-or-treat stations manned by more than 300 volunteers and wander among the Halloween-themed backdrops that make the event perfect for pictures.

Special zoo chats will feature creepy critters such as scorpions, bats, giant spiders and snakes and over on the West Mall at every hour watch the Pumpkin Smasher pulverize pumpkins into pieces and watch professional pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke create masterpieces. There will also be hay rides, a corn maze and more.

General zoo admission applies, with additional fees for some activities.

Call 708-688-8000 or visit for more information.

BYOB bingo

The Riverside Friends of the Library will host Harvest Bingo for adults 21 and older on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The BYOB fun includes 12 games/8 cards per game, cash prizes and prize drawings. Popcorn and chocolate will be for sale. Tickets are $25 per person and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Buy tickets early at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, or online at

2 new shows at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., kicks off two new exhibitions on Sunday, Oct. 23 with an opening reception from 3 to 6 p.m. In the Freeark Gallery enjoy the work of Judith Brotman and Fraser Taylor in their joint show titled “Missed (And Other) Connections.”

The artists reference form and the human body through the immediacy of mark – be it drawn, stitched, collaged or sculpted. The exhibition runs through Nov. 26.

Then head outside to the rear sculpture garden to experience the work of Luis Sahagun and his installation “An Old God Renewed.” Sahagun creates paintings, sculptures and objects that serve as icons of an invented personal mythology where memory, imagination and his own ancestral legacy and art overlap.

RAC is open Tues. through Sat. from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.