Jazz on Sunday afternoon

Local jazz enthusiasts have two concerts to choose from on Sunday, Nov. 20.

At 2 p.m., you can head over the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., for vocalist Connie Marshall’s interpretation of The Great American Songbook, accompanied by pianist Spencer Keyes, with songs by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and more.

To sign up visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events or call 708-485-0869. Free.

At 3 p.m. Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road in Riverside, presents a jazz concert featuring vocalist Terry Sullivan, pianist Bobby Schiff and bassist Stewart Miller with a guest appearance by Art Davis, one of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpeters.

Suggested minimum donation is $20 per person ($15 for seniors and $10 for students), cash only. Visit www.stspeterandpaulriverside.org or call 708-488-1701.


Get your Grimm on

The Lyons Township High School Theater Board presents this year’s freshman/sophomore show The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, where the Grimm fairy tales are turned on their heads in a fast-paced, rollicking ride and two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories – from “Snow White” and “Hansel and Gretel” to more bizarre, obscure stories like “The Devil’s Grandmother.”

Performances are Nov. 17, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in the South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

Tickets are $10 ($5 for children and senior citizens; free with LTHS ID) are available at the box office starting one hour before each show. 


Mater Christi Turkey Shoot

The Mater Christi Holy Name Society will host its annual Turkey Shoot on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Menarik Hall of Mater Christi School, 2400 10th Ave. in North Riverside.

Turkeys will be raffled off every five minutes. Ham, prasky, kolacky and other items are available to win. Split the pot and pull tabs with cash prizes will be available.

Hot dogs, chips, pumpkin pie, ice cream, beer, wine, soda and coffee will be available for purchase. TVs will be tuned to NFL action. Call 708-442-5611 for more info.


Piano jazz with
Lara Driscoll

The Brookfield Jazz Society presents live jazz featuring the Lara Driscoll Trio on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the lower-level Jazz Room of Sawa’s Old Warsaw, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview from 7 to 9 p.m.

Driscoll’s music has been called “fresh and sophisticated, with a dash of nostalgia in her arrangements that reminds us of the great pianists of the sixties.”

The event is open to the public. There is a minimum band donation of $7 for BJS members; non-BJS members will be asked for a minimum $10 band donation.

Visit www.brookfieldjazz.org.

Gobble gobble … bingo!

North Riverside Recreation hosts Turkey Bingo on Friday, Nov. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gym at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Bring the family; there’s even a kids’ bingo. Win a turkey and other Thanksgiving goodies.

The fee is $8 per person ($9 non-residents). If space is available tickets at the door will be $16 ($20 non-residents). To register call 708-442-5515

And more

νKuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, is participating in the 8th Annual Christmas Stockings for Soldiers and Veterans initiative. 

From now through Dec. 20, stop in at the funeral home and pick up a stocking to take home, decorate and stuff with Christmas cheer from a list of recommended items. Kuratko-Nosek will ship the stockings to troops overseas and deliver them to veterans’ hospitals.

Pick up stockings or drop off filled ones Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 708-485-2500.

νThe village of North Riverside provides $6 haircuts for seniors at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Open to residents and non-residents. Call the Recreation Department for details and appointments at 708-442-5515. Upcoming dates are Nov. 28 and Dec. 12.

νSokol Spirit, 3909 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield, invites everyone to its annual All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. Adults $8, children under 12 $4.

νIrish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave. in Brookfield, will host a 25th Anniversary Party on Sunday, Nov. 20 starting at 3 p.m. The event features live entertainment, food and drink specials, prizes and giveaways. Call 708-485-8787.

νBring your lunch and head to Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., for “Lunch and Learn: Write a Business Plan” on Friday, Nov. 18 at noon. Business analyst David Fridda will discuss essential elements of a business plan. The event is free. Call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info for more.

νGet in the holiday spirit at the Fall Craft Show and Bake Sale on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Barbara Parish center, 4015 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield. Fifty crafters will be on hand selling handmade items and home-baked pastries. Proceeds help support the food pantry, religious education and other parish programs. Admission free. Lunch available.