Keep election season going

North Riverside Public Library’s Wednesday Movie Matinee series continues on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. with a screening of the 1948 film State of the Union, starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn and directed by Frank Capra.

The film set amid the 1948 U.S. presidential race tells the story of Grant Matthews (Tracy), who is pushed to run for president by a newspaper publisher (Angela Lansbury), who wants to be the power behind the scenes, and his ex-wife, Mary (Hepburn), who is unaware of the arrangement.

The film at the library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., is 123 minutes long. Admission is free.


Wild encounter with wine

Sample exquisite wines while supporting a world famous institution at the Chicago Zoological Society’s “Wines in the Wild” event on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the zoo’ Discovery Center at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield.

The event, hosted by the CZS Women’s Board, also features a raffle and silent auction. The cost is $120 per person. Special VIP packages are also available.

For more information and to make reservations call 708-688-8393 or visit 

Shake hands with Honest Abe

Get up close and personal with President Abraham Lincoln, one of the nation’s most beloved and esteemed historical figures, at a special event in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Kevin Wood, an Oak Park resident who’s ringer for the nation’s 16th president, will portray Lincoln, providing a “firsthand” account of his life and times, of his rise from obscurity to the highest office in the land.

Admission is free. For more information, call 708-442-6366. 

Don’t feed the plants! 

LaGrange-Brookfield School District 102 students take to the stage to present Little Shop of Horrors on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Park Junior High, 333 N. Park Road in LaGrange Park.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Under the direction of Kelley Paetsch, music/choir teacher at Park, students will perform the hit musical, which features a man-eating plant tended by a lovable loser named Seymour at a flower shop in New York’s skid row. 

Beware The Ides of March

Theatre of Western Springs will host a fundraiser as part of its TWS Performance Series featuring Jim Peterik and the Ides of March at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the theater, 4384 Hampton Ave. in Western Springs.

Peterik is the composer of top hits such as “Eye of the Tiger,” “Vehicle” and many more. The band Ides of March, formed when Peterik was a student at Morton West High School, toured the U.S. and Canada and signed with Warner Brothers in 1970. Their hit “Vehicle” went to No. 2 on the Billboard chart that spring.

Tickets are $40 ($35 to TWS subscribers) and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 708-246-3380. Free parking is available. 

And more:

The Riverside Township Mental Health Board will host a mental health forum on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside to discuss needs related to mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse. The public is welcome.

  • Monday Night Bingo is held every Monday at the Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St. in Brookfield. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. minimum $2,225 payout a night.
  • Hollywood Citizens Association is holding its annual holiday wreath fundraiser. Order wreaths, scented pine cones and holiday gifts. Money will go towards replacing windows at Hollywood House. Order online at Pickup time is Nov. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site Walking Tour will be on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Marquette and Joliet monument at 4800 Harlem Ave. in Lyons. Hike on a gravel path through the woods.