Draw with the director

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., invites residents to “Figure Drawing with the RAC Director,” Camille Silverman, on Monday, May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the outdoor sculpture garden.

A figure model and drawing materials will be provided (or bring your own materials). The event is limited to 20 participants. Artists of all skill levels welcome.

To register email to csilverman@riversideartscenter.com. A $5 donation is suggested to help pay for modeling fees.

Olmsted Society
celebrates 50 years

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Golden Jubilee tree-planting event on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at Indian Gardens on Fairbank Road in Riverside.

During 2017 and 2018, the group will plant 50 trees in honor of founder Robert Heidrich. Volunteers will plant the first group of trees on April 29. Tools and snacks provided. All are invited.

Go to www.olmstedsociety.org for more info.

Eat spaghetti for a cause

Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside, hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on April 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

The all-you-can-eat fundraiser supports the church’s participation in the Appalachia Service Project. Silent auction items include sports and special event tickets, services, art and more.

Tickets are $10 in advance ($15 at the door) and $5 for children under 12. But them at the office Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by phone at 708-447-2600. Parking available at the church and at Ames School.

Sister Act at Nazareth Academy

Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, presents the feel-good musical comedy Sister Act, based on the 1992 hit film, April 27-30 in the Romano Family Theater.

The musical follows the disco diva Deloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder and is placed in protective custody at a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with lifestyle at the convent and with the uptight Mother Superior.

She breathes new life into the church and community, but blows her cover in the process.  

Showtime are 7 p.m. on April 27, 28 and 29 and at 1 p.m. on April 30. Tickets are $18. Call 708-387-8528 for reservations.

Book sale at North Riverside Library

North Riverside Friends of the Library hosts its Spring Used Book Sale on April 27, 28, 29 and 30 at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave.

April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. is a preview/sale for Friends members only. The sale is open to the public on April 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on April 30 from noon to 3 p.m.

Buy a bag of books for $4.

And more

• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts “AP Art 2017” the center’s eighth annual exhibition of work by Riverside-Brookfield High School art students April 22-May 13. Opening reception April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours Tues. – Sat., 1 to 5 p.m.

• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society hosts a Landscape Workday on April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at Indian Gardens (near the Scout Cabin) and Patriots Park. Look for the Riverside Public Works truck. Supervised children welcome. Bring work gloves and water.

• Riverside Township Radio Players present classic radio recreations of “Murder is the Medium” from The Fat Man and “The Kidnapping” from Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Town Hall, 27 Riverside Road. Free.

• Brookfield Jazz Society hosts live jazz with the Marshall Vente Octet on April 27 at 7 p.m. at Sawa’s Old Warsaw, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview. $7 for BLS members/$10 non-members. Public invited.

• School District 102 hosts the Run for 102 Race to the Finish on April 30 with races at 8:30 a.m. (1-mile fun run) and 9 a.m. (5K) starting at Ogden Avenue School at Ogden and Waiola in LaGrange. Proceeds benefit PTO/PTC projects. Visit www.runfor102.org to register and for info.

• Riverside Police and the DEA taking back unwanted prescription drugs on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the police station, 31 Riverside Road. Free. No questions asked.

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., continues Money Smart Week with a “Medicare Seminar” on April 26 at 6:30 p.m.; “How Money Works” on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. and “Money Smart Jewelry Art” on April 29 (all day).

• Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. in Western Springs, presents Wait Until Dark, a thriller telling the story of a blind woman who becomes the target of dangerous con men, April 20-30. Tickets are $20 or $22. Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or buy online at www.theatrewesternsprings.com. 

• North Riverside Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts “How to Pay for College Without Going Broke” on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. and a Wednesday Movie Matinee featuring the film Sully with Tom Hanks on May 3 at 2 p.m. Free. To sign up call 708-447-0869 or online at www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

Also at the library, Lapsit Storytime (babies and toddlers) on April 27 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales and Treats (ages 2-5), April 29 at 10:30 a.m.; Lego Club (1st grade+) April 26 at 3:45 p.m.; Poetry Jam (grades 2-up) on April 29 from 1-2:30 p.m.