May the Force be with you

Get your Star Wars fix this week at a pair of events celebrating the venerable film series.

• On Thursday, May 4 the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, will be featuring Star Wars themed activities during “May the Fourth Be With You.” The all-ages, all day event will include trivia, crafts, a community puzzle and more.

There will even be a special Star Wars storytime at 10 a.m. No registration required for any of the activities. Just drop by.

• Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave., hosts a “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy,” a comic interpretation featuring Charles Ross for one night only on Friday, May 5 Theatre at 8 p.m.

The performance is a fundraiser for the theater group. The public is invited and welcome to dress up in their favorite Star Wars garb. The show is appropriate for children age 6 and up.

Tickets are $35 ($30 for subscribers). Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or buy online at

Art exhibit opening reception

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites the community to a special after-hours reception on Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. to launch an exhibit by artists Robin Monique Rios. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Rios and tour the exhibit, which will be on display through June.

Rios is a Chicago native and founder and director of 4Art Inc. Gallery. For more information visit

LTHS presents Tens by Teens

Lyons Township High School’s theatre board presents its 11th annual Tens by Teens evening featuring short plays written, directed and performed by students.

Performance dates are May 3-5 at 7 p.m. in the South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs. Tickets, available at the box office before the shows, are $10 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens and free to LTHS students with ID. The theater opens at 6:30 p.m.

Brookfield Reads! kickoff

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., kicks off its 2017 Brookfield Reads! Community-wide reading and book discussion initiative next week with the first of five events related to this year’s book selection Believer: My Forty Years in Politics by David Axelrod.

Copies of the book, a memoir of Axelrod’s career from political journalist to senior advisor to President Barack Obama, are available through the library in both print and electronic formats.

The first event, “Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley: The Man, His Times and the City he Loved” will be on May 10 at 7 p.m. Historian Jim Gibbons presents a look at “Hizzoner” – the first Mayor Daley.

More information at

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. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours Tues. – Sat., 1 to 5 p.m.

• North Riverside Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Body Smart Gardening on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to protect yourself from injury while gardening. Presented by Lise Gorajski from the University of Illinois Extension. Co-sponsored by the North Riverside Garden Club. Sign up by calling 708-447-0869 or online at

Also at the library, Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+) on May 9 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies and toddlers) on May 3 and 11 at 10:30 a.m.; Lego Club (1st grade ) May 3 and 10 at 3:45 p.m.; After School Book Club (2nd grade ) on May 4 at 3:45 p.m.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts Introduction to Essential Oils with Megan Isenberg on May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. The library also kicks off its Millennial Book Club, a book discussion group open to readers in their 20s and 30s, on May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. The first book is The Circle by Dave Eggers.

• Nazareth Academy, 1209 Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, hosts a Choir Pops Concert on May 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Romano Family Theatre. Both the Concert and Progressions choirs will be performing.

• The village of North Riverside will host Senior Fair 2017 on May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Health screenings and other free resources for seniors and caregivers will be available. Call 708-442-5515 for more information.

• Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N. LaGrange Road in LaGrange Park, presents Nostalgia Entertainment: WWII Radio Show honoring VE Day on May 8 at 7:15 p.m. in Dole Hall. A costumed and piano accompanied trio re-enact a 1940s radio hour. Free and open to the public. Reservations requested. 708-354-0340.

• The LaGrange Farmers Market opens May 4 and continues every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 26 adjacent to the LaGrange Village Hall, at the intersection of LaGrange Road and Harris Avenue.

• 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.