First Methodist Church, 100 W. Cossitt Ave. in LaGrange, hosts organist Christopher Houlihan in a recital to showcase the church's recently rebuilt Moller organ, on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

Everybody make NICE

The Brookfield Beautification Commission invites residents to volunteer at its Fall Project NICE community-wide clean-up effort on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Clean up parks, plant flowers, mulch trees, pick up trash, conserve natural resources and beautify public spaces. Meet at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. at 8:30 a.m. to sign or turn in waivers and pick up worksite assignments, gloves, tools and a free T-shirt. Volunteers under 18 not part of a group must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

To pre-register and for more information email to

Des Plaines River clean-up event

There may no longer be a Hofmann Dam, but the Hofmann Dam River Rats will host their 42nd Annual Fall River Clean-up on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are asked to meet in the forest preserve area east of the Barrypoint bridge and Hofmann Tower (Joliet Avenue and 39th Street). Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes and gloves. Bags and pokersticks will be provided by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

Refreshments will be served. Call John Mach at 708-990-9717 or Bob Bezouska at 708-749-9654 for more information.

Boo! at the Zoo returns

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, hosts Boo! at the Zoo on Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can bring trick-or-treat bags or pick one up at the zoo and visit trick-or-treat stations throughout the zoo and take photos at Halloween-themed backdrops.

A costume parade kicks off at 1 p.m. in front of the Discovery Center and ends on the West Mall, where a costume contest will follow at 1:30 p.m. Regular zoo admission and parking fees apply. Visit or call 708-688-8000 for more information. 


Riverside Friends of the Library will host Harvest Bingo 2: The Return, a fundraiser for the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets at the library or online at 

This joint is haunted

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents “Haunted Location in Illinois” on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Carl Crooks of TnT Paranormal Investigators, Illinois will look at some of the more notable reputedly haunted sites in the state.

To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit

Organ recital

First Methodist Church, 100 W. Cossitt Ave. in LaGrange, hosts organist Christopher Houlihan in a recital to showcase the church’s recently rebuilt Moller organ, on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

Houlihan, whose playing was called “dazzling and seductive” by the L.A. Times, will perform selections by Bach, Vierne, Messiaen and Sowerby. The opus 8261 organ was built by M.P. Moller in 1951 and rebuilt by Berghaus in 2017.

A freewill offering will be received.

And more

• Anyone needing help learning to use their smartphone, computer, tablet or other device can get help at Teens Teach Tech on Oct. 18 and 25 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at Hauser Junior High, 65 Woodside Road in Riverside, Room 107. Contact Nicole O’Connell with questions at 708-837-2833 or

• St. Mary Parish will host the domestic violence forum “Don’t Look Away” on Oct. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. The forum will explore how to respond to troubled relationships and resources for those suffering from domestic abuse and violence. Spanish translation available. Contact

• Tallgrass Sudbury School, 82 Woodside Road in Riverside, hosts a talk and discussion on Addressing Anxiety in Children and Adolescents on Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tallgrass founder Melissa Bradford will share her professional and personal experiences and end with a group discussion. RSVP at 

• St. Paul Lutheran School, 9035 Grant Ave. in Brookfield, will hold a Rummage Sale on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Items for sale include household items, toys, books and more. $5 bag sale on Oct. 21.

• Sokol Spirit, 3909 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield, hosts the World Beer Club on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m., with a special focus on Oktoberfest beers. Meets the third Friday or every month in the lower-level hall. $10 donation.

• North Riverside Parks and Recreation continues its free Popcorn and a Movie series on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. with a screening of Jackie, about the life of Jaqueline Kennedy after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. Call 708-442-5515 to reserve a seat.

• The Brookfield Rotary Club will host its monthly meeting on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave. in Brookfield. Special guest speaker is from the children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn.

• 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., hosts an SAT practice test on Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. proctored by Sylvan Learning Center (advance registration required) and a movie matinee featuring The Nightmare Before Christmas on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. To register visit or call 708-485-6917.

• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Harry Potter Film Festival with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Free. Drop-in only.

Also at the library this week: Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult), Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m.; After School Book Club (2nd grade ), Oct. 19 at 3:45 p.m.; Crafts and Cookies (2nd grade ), Oct. 20 at 3:45 p.m.; Ghost Stories, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.; and Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts How to Research Ancestors from German-Speaking Countries on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room and Restoring Wright Buildings to their Rightful Brilliance, in conjunction with the Frederick Law Olmsted Society, on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Great 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 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.