Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites the community to a special after-hours reception on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. to open an exhibit by local artist Brittany Hanks, who will be on hand to meet with attendees. The exhibit, part of the library's Community Art Initiative, runs through April.

Visit Oz, benefit Riverside charity

The Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity presents a special benefit production of Ozma of Oz at the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave., on Saturday, March 4.

A show with something for all ages, Ozma is the sequel to the Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy and her Uncle Henry embark on another adventure. Pre-curtain activities, including a children’s and family raffle and live auction, start at 2:45 p.m. The 90-minute show begins at 4 p.m.

Tickets (with VIP seating upgrade options) can be purchased online at

All proceeds benefit Riverside-area causes and charities.

No prom dress? No problem! 

Planning on attending prom this spring, but looking for a way to find a great, affordable dress and maybe some accessories? Then visit the Riverside-Brookfield High School PTO’s RB Boutique on Saturday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the commons area just inside the main entrance of the school, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside.

The boutique is a modeled after the Glass Slipper Project in Chicago, where local girls can purchase gently worn formal wear and shoes for a fraction of the cost. The boutique features hundreds of dresses in every style and size, all for only $5-10 each. Jewelry is $2. 

The boutique is open to everyone in the public. All proceeds go to the PTO and much of the profit will be used to pay for prom tickets for students who cannot otherwise afford to attend.

RBHS presents Annie: The Musical

The Riverside-Brookfield High School Fine Arts Department stages Annie: The Musical, in the auditorium at the school, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, March 2-5.

Enjoy the adventures of the red-headed orphan, her dog Sandy as they struggle through Depression-era America, accompanied by an award-winning musical score, through their hard knock life, battling wits with the cruel Miss Hannigan and her brother Rooster as the powers that be – include President Roosevelt himself — try to locate Annie parents.

Show times are March 2, 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and March 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 students) if bought online at Adult tickets at the door are $12 (students still $5).

New show at Riverside Arts Center

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. in Riverside, presents “What the Cool Pigeon Knows,” a solo exhibition of works by painter Kevin Blake in the RAC’s FlexSpace gallery from March 5 through April 15.

The paintings in the show, “highlights this responsibility – the everyday task of asking oneself why you believe what you believe, and applying those conclusions to the world you see in front of you.”

An opening reception with the artist will be held March 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. The public is welcome. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays.

Benefit dance concert

Lyons Township High School Social Action Club hosts its annual Teens Dancing for Teens benefit to support the Firehouse Arts Center in Lawndale on March 2 at 7 p.m. in the South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs. Admission is $5 and there will be a 50/50 cash raffle.

The event will feature performances by the LT Steppers, Greek Club and Eurythmics Dance Company. 

M.A.D.D. Rhythms Bronzeville: The Harold Washington Cultural Center Crew and Watch My Feet will also dance, along with routines from Oplenac, a Serbian folklore group, Joe’s Footwork Dance Ensemble, Beyond Words Dance Company and the Firehouse Community Arts Center Dancers.

And more

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites the community to a special after-hours reception on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. to open an exhibit by local artist Brittany Hanks, who will be on hand to meet with attendees. The exhibit, part of the library’s Community Art Initiative, runs through April.

• Nazareth Academy, 1209 Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, hosts a Spring Choir Concert on March 7 at 7 p.m. in the school’s Romano Family Theater. The concert is titled “Music for the Soul” and features both the Concert and Progressions choirs. Concerts are free and open to the public.

• North Riverside Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts “Eleanor Roosevelt: Overcoming Odds, Achieving Greatness” on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. The speaker is historian Jim Gibbons and the program is free. To sign up call 708-447-0869 or go online at

Also at the library: Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2 and up) on March 7 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (adults with babies/toddlers) on March 9 at 10:30 a.m.; Lego Club (1st grade+) March 1, 8 at 3:30 p.m.; Pajama Storytime (children with adult), March 7, 6:30 p.m.; Tales and Treats (ages 2-5), March 4, 10:30 a.m.; Play Wii Games and Watch Movies (tweens/teens), March 4, 1-3 p.m.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts a concert by the Hauser Chamber Orchestra and Choir on March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Great Room and an Introduction to Essential Oils and how to introduce them into your daily life on March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

• St. John United Church of Christ, 4500 Prescott Ave. in Lyons hosts a Women’s Guild Flea Market on March 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.

• North Riverside Parks and Recreation hosts a supervised open gym for teens every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Concession available. $5 fee at the door.

• Make your plans for St. Patrick’s Day parties now. North Riverside recreation is taking reservations now for their St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon and Blarney Bingo on March 16 at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 ($16 non-residents). Call 708-442-5515.