Get hammered for St. Patrick’s Day

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents “St. Patrick’s Day Music on the Hammered Dulcimer” on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Dulcimer player and singer Phil Passen performs traditional Irish music ranging from slow airs to rousing reels. 

The program is free. To sign up call 708-447-0869 or visit online at

RBHS Big Band Blast

The Riverside-Brookfield High School Jazz Department will host its Big Band Blast concert on Thursday, March 9 in the auditorium of the school, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside.

This year’s event features the Hauser Jazz band, the RB Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble and will be headlined by the Vern Spevak Big Band. Spevak is an RBHS graduate who has spent two decades as a bandleader, performing at venues throughout the Chicago area.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 students).

Brookfield Adopt-A-Spot signup

The Brookfield Beautification Commission will hosts a volunteer signup event for its Adopt-A-Spot program on Saturday, March 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

Choose a favorite park or other public space to help clean up. Set your won schedule and work at your own pace. Great opportunity for community groups, youth groups, clubs, neighbors, families and individuals.

For more info call 708-485-1167 or email

Get down and dirty in Riverside

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will kick off its landscape workday schedule on Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to noon sprucing up the triangle at Longcommon and Downing roads.

Come for as long as your schedule allows. Supervised children are welcome. Service hour credit available. Bring your work gloves and a water bottle. Other supplies and snack provided.

Look for the Riverside Public Works dump truck. Questions? Email or call 708-447-0226.

Sculpture exhibition

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Resist the Urge to Press Forward,” a two-person show of sculpture and installations by Brent Fogt and Stacia Yeapanis through April 15 in the Freeark Gallery.

The artists’ installation for the outdoor sculpture garden will be unveiled April 15, when the RAC will host an artists’ talk and closing reception for the Freeark exhibit from 3 to 6 p.m.

Admission is free. Gallery hours T, W, Th, Sat from 1 to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Pancakes in Hollywood

The Hollywood Citizens Association will host its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Hollywood House, 3435 Hollywood Ave. in Brookfield, on Saturday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Enjoy a meal (tickets are $5; children 3 and under free) of pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee, chat with neighbors and enter to win raffle prizes. Profits go to support the Hollywood House and its mission to be a resource for the community and schools.

And more

• The Scottish Home, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, continues its Brunch Series on March 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Heritage Hall with a Virtual Dementia Tour, presented by Gloria Harrington of Right at Home. To RSVP call 708-447-5092.

• 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. 

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts an exhibit of artwork by local artist Brittany Hanks. The exhibit runs through April.

• Nazareth Academy, 1209 Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, hosts a Spring Band Concert on March 15 at 7 p.m. in the school’s Romano Family Theater. The concert also features performances by the Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Concerts are free and open to the public.

• North Riverside Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2 and up) on March 14 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (adults with babies/toddlers) on March 9 at 10:30 a.m.; Lego Club (1st grade+) March 8, 15 at 3:30 p.m.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society present Lydia Scott, director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and manager of Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program. Scott will talk about “The Impacts of Exotic Species on Native Trees” on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room. 

Also at the library, Genealogy 101 on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Room. Sandra Trapp will cover first steps in getting started with tracing family history. Also on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room there will be a Medicare Information Seminar. Learn about Medicare changes, how to select the best supplement plan and drug plan. Free.

• Parent Community Network, in partnership with local area school districts 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 204, will present a free screening of the documentary Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age on March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Lyons Township High School South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 Willow Spring Road in Western Springs. Seating is limited; parents and students are encouraged to register at

• St. Barbara, Divine Infant and St. Louise de Marillac parishes will host Father Mike Ahlstrom who will talk on “Spiritual Tools of Jesus: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving” on March 14 at 7 p.m. as part of the parishes’ Lenten Mission. The talk will take place at St. Barbara Church, 4008 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield.

• Friends of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, are selling raffle tickets ($5 each or five for $20) as a fundraiser to support the library. Purchase a chance to win any of the five prize items, which are in display at the library. The prize drawing will be held April 9.