Kiss Me, Kate at NR Players

North Riverside Players present the classic Broadway musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate on April 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the gym at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. 

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (60+), $14 for students and $13 for kid under 12. Order by phone at 708-512-7015 and please spell your last and first name, specify the performance date and provide the type and quantity of tickets.

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It’s National Library Week: So celebrate!

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., is celebrating National Library Week, which begins April 9, by hosting a series of events that illustrate the theme “Libraries Transform.”

The week kicks off on Saturday, April 8 with an appearance by Mike Grosso, author of the 2017 Illinois Reads selection I Am Drums. The family event is part book discussion, part drum lesson and all fun. Open to all ages. Advance registration required by calling 708-485-6917 or visiting

From April 9 to 15 the library is also offering a library fine amnesty. All week long, pay off your overdue fines on Brookfield Library materials for just $1. Some restrictions apply; see staff for details.

They’ll also be host a National Library Week Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, from April 9 to 15. Complete a list of challenges and enter a drawing for a $100 gift card to Trader Joe’s. Entry forms at the library.

Finally, the library will host the Hollywood School Young Authors Book Display, works created by students in the school’s young authors program.

Breakfast with the Bunny at the zoo

Celebrate the arrival of spring with Breakfast with the Bunny at Brookfield Zoo, an all-you-can-eat buffet at the zoo’s Discovery Center on April 8, 9 and 15. The event features an appearance by costumed characters Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who will be available for photo ops. Banjo Buddies provides the musical entertainment.

Seatings are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets (which includes admission to the zoo and parking) is $29.95 for adults and $21.95 for kids 3-11. Children 2 and under free. Reservations required. Visit www.CZS,org/events or call 708-688-8355.

Help beautify Riverside

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will host a Landscape Workday on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Longcommon/Downing triangle, one of the largest and most visible of the public triangles in the village.

Come for as long as your schedule allows. Supervised children are welcome. Service hour credits available. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks will be provided. Look for the Riverside Public Works truck.

Mall hosts Dance EGGstravaganza

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, hosts an Easter Dance EGGstravaganza on Saturday, April 8 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Food Court.

Activities include live dance performances, a hip hop dance class, music, games, prizes, face painting, balloon artist and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. First 100 kids receive a free bunny plush toy.