Who are you?
Join award-winning author and researcher Grace DuMelle and learn more about finding your roots during her program “Getting Started in Genealogy” on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave.
DuMelle will have copies of her book, “Finding Your Chicago Ancestors,” for sale and signing at the event, which is free and open to the public.
To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit online at www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.
An afternoon with Nick and Nora
Take the chill off your week in the company of husband-and-wife sleuths Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) in the 1939 film “Another Thin Man” during Riverside Township’s Thursday Afternoon at the Movies matinee series on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 12:30 p.m.
The public is invited to drop in to the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside for the matinee series, held every Thursday afternoon.
Topinka Foundation fundraiser
The Judy Baar Topinka Charitable Foundation will host its inaugural fundraiser and to celebrate the late state legislator’s life and legacy on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse in Chicago.
The evening will include the first annual Judy Award presentation. Enjoy beer, wine, delectable bites and sweet treats. Tickets ($200 each) can be purchased at judybaartopinka.eventbrite.com.
Martin Luther King Jr. celebration
The Lyons Township High School Black Culture and Multi-Cultural clubs invite the community to attend a special Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.
The free event, which is open to the public, is titled “The Ultimate Measure of a Man” and features keynote speaker Dr. Jerome Blakemore, a university professor who has trained social workers and criminal justice professionals at Lewis University and the University of Memphis.
From Bach to the Beatles
Enjoy classical guitarist Jason Deroche and violinist Sherri Framborg Deroche – also known as Ten Strings – in a concert that fuses Old World tradition with an understanding of pop culture on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:15 p.m. in Dole Hall at Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road in LaGrange Park.
The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by calling 708-354-0340 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents the work of artist Natalie Jacobson in “Seeing Things: The difference between you and me” in the Freeark Gallery of Art through Jan. 13. Free. Gallery hours Tuesday thru Saturday (except major holidays) from 1 to 5 p.m. www.riversideartscenter.com.
• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to stay informed about public transportation options at an RTA Transit-Oriented Presentation on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Call 708-442-6366 for more info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies/toddlers with adult) on Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales and Treats (ages 2-5 with adult) on Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m.; Legos Club Mega-Build Challenge (1st grade ) on Jan. 12 at 3:45 p.m.; and Family Bingo; Manners Class (1st grade ) on Jan. 16 at 3:45 p.m.; and Wii Play Games and Watch Movies on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Call 708-447-0869 for more info.
• 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.