Wine and song and art

Support the arts locally and enjoy an evening of music, dancing, food, fun and wine by participating in the Riverside Arts Center’s Annual Gala – Fall Bacchanal – on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St.

New and longtime arts patrons can also bid on valuable works of art from top Riverside and Chicago-area artists. Online bidding has begun and will continue at the Oct. 14 event. Visit to join in.

You can preview the works in person on Oct. 12 and 13 during the gallery’s regular hours, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Buy tickets ($45 members/$50 non-members) by visiting and clicking on the Fall Bacchanal link on the home page.

The ‘Prince of Polka’ in Brookfield

Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield presents the Eddie Korosa Jr. “The Prince of Polka” and the Boys from Illinois at the saloon’s Oktoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 15. 

Korosa’s 50-year career includes starring in WGN’s long-running show “Ron Terry’s Polka Party.” He also was 2012 Chicago Music Awards’ Best Polka Player and received their Lifetime Achievement award in 2013.

Korosa and his band will play from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

David Orr on voting rights

Cook County Clerk David Orr will speak at Lyons Township High School, North campus, Room 140, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange, on Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. about expanding voter registration, defending voting rights for all citizens, including discussions of the Voting Rights Act and the federal Election Integrity Commission.

The program, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area, the Community Diversity Group of LaGrange and the Congregation of St. Joseph’s Peace and Justice Office is free and open to the public.

It’s a Harvest Hootenanny! 

The Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity will throw a Riverside Harvest Hootenanny on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Scout Cabin, 417 Fairbank Road.

The family friendly event includes live music from Evil Burrito, inflatable jousting, a pie-eating contest, pumpkin decorating, a photo booth, food and more.

Tickets are $35 for adults/$15 for kids or $70 for two adults and up to three children. Includes barbecue dinner and access to most activities. Cash bar features unlimited beer and wine for $10.

Buy tickets at Proceeds fund the philanthropic mission of the Riverside Juniors.

LTHS Fall Fashion Show

Lyons Township High School presents “Falling for Fashion,” a fashion show benefitting the Hope Chest, an upscale resale shop associated with the Constance Morris House, a domestic violence shelter. The show will be on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Lyons Township High School Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange.

Open to all ages. Tickets ($25/$10 students) are available at The Hope Chest, 305 W. Hillgrove in LaGrange, and at the door.

And more

• Parent Community Network, in partnership with Lyons Township schools, will host “Ignite Motivation, Foster Resilience (No Screens Needed)” on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the North campus Reber Center at Lyons Township High School, 100 S. Brainard Ave., LaGrange. The presentation will be given by Janna Peskett, director of digital learning and curriculum design at MindsetWorks. Seating is limited, tickets required. To register

• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will host its next landscape workday on Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon in Scottswood Commons. Bring your favorite work gloves and water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the Riverside Public Works dump truck.

• Hitzeman Funeral Home will host pair of free seminars on understanding funeral arrangements in the coming week as part of Lyons Township High School’s Adult Continuing Education Program. The seminars will be held at the South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs. “Understanding Funeral Arrangements” will take place Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. That will be followed by “The Benefit of Pre-Planning and Pre-Funding Funerals” on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Registration required. Call 708-579-6573.

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues its exhibition “Portage,” featuring the work of Duncan Anderson, George Blaha and Dan Gamble in the Freeark Gallery through Oct. 21. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 708-442-6400 or visit online at

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to learn about the latest books being published at a Fall Book Buzz on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The library also hosts Going Incognito: Protecting Your Internet Privacy on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.; and making Yarn Ball Pumpkins (high school and up) on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. To register for these events visit or call 708-485-6917.

• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Harry Potter Film Festival with Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. Free. Drop-in only.  To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit

Also at the library this week: Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult), Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m.; Pajama Storytime (kids and adults), Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m.; After School Book Club (2nd grade ), Oct. 12 at 3:45 p.m.; Lego Club Mega-Build Challenge (1st grade/kindergarten with adult) on Oct. 13 at 3:45 p.m.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts the German Cabaret Legacy in American Popular Music, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room and the USP Seguin art exhibit reception on Oct. 12 at noon in the Public Meeting Room.

• The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its annual “60 to win” raffle with its next prize drawing on Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St., Brookfield. Tickets are $20 and only 1,100 tickets will be sold. All drawings will be held at Joe’s Saloon each Thursday through Nov. 16.

• The Brookfield Farmers Market will wrap up the 2017 season on Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the west parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. The market is held rain or shine.

• The Riverside Farmers Market puts a cap on the 2017 season on Oct. 11 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest 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.