Renee Galvin, an award-winning children's author, illustrator and artist will appear at an event at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.

Author, artist at Brookfield Library

Renee Galvin, an award-winning children’s author, illustrator and artist will appear at an event at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.

Galvin, the author of books such as “Teal,” “Stuck in a Muck” and “Chasing Monster Tales,” will read from her books and discuss the writing and illustrating process.

Following the event, attendees can explore highlights of her work, which are currently on display at the library.

To register, call 708-485-6917 or visit Learn more about Galvin by following her on Instagram or on Facebook at @BooksbyReneeGalvin.

It’s a hootenanny!

The Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity hosts a family friendly Riverside Winter Hootenanny on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Beyond Words Dance Center, 7933 39th St. in Lyons.

In addition to food from Q-BBQ, there will be beer and wine available at the cash bar ($10 unlimited beer and wine). Activities include a cake walk, face painting, a bounce house, silent auction and raffle and games for all ages.

Tickets are $70 per family (2 adults and up to 3 children), $35 per adult or $15 per child.

Purchase tickets online at

Health screenings at St. Barbara

St. Barbara Parish, 4008 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield, will host an affordable health screening event through Life Line Screening on Jan. 31.

Area residents can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic conditions. The screenings are accessible to those who use wheelchairs and walkers. Free parking is available.

Packages start at $149, but consultants can work to create a package that suits your needs based on your age and risk factors.

Call 877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is required.

Read to a Dog returns

All young independent readers can sign up for Read to a Dog on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave.

Sign up for one, two or three 15-minutes time slots. Readers who sign up by Jan. 29 and show up on time will receive a treat.

Space is limited and participants must pre-register at the Youth Services desk or online at

Call 708-447-0869 for more information. 

‘Fiesta’ benefit for refugees

Ascension Lutheran Church and Riverside Presbyterian Church will co-host a fiesta-themed dinner to benefit RefugeeOne, a Chicago-based resettlement agency, on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ascension Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside.

The event features build-your-own tacos, margaritas, beer, soda and more. Tickets ($12 in advance/$15 at the door; $5 children under 12) can be purchased by calling 708-442-2600.

And more

  Riverside Township Radio Players present “A Little Piece of Rope” from Suspense and “Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving” from Burns and Allen on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Free.

  Indivisible West Suburban Action League hosts a women’s forum on progressive leadership in today’s political environment on Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Free and open to the public.

  Water Exercise Techniques for adults at Riverside-Brookfield High School meets Wednesday nights beginning Jan. 24 through March 21. The session costs $54 for 9 classes. The water-based exercise class elevates heart rate and muscular strength, utilizing water as resistance. No swimming involved. Visit, community, swimming pool, WET class or email Noelle at

  Riverside Preschool at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, will hold an open house on Jan. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. Children and families are invited to meet the staff and tour the facilities.

  The Brookfield Democratic Organization will hold its first monthly meeting of 2018 on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. RSVP by emailing to

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Flat Earth,” featuring the paintings of Chicago artist Andrew Falkowski through March 3 in the center’s Freeark Art Gallery, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

ν  “The Cure for Love” by Jay Berkow and directed by David Rodriguez, is onstage through Jan. 28 at the Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Tickets are $20 and $22. Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or visit online at

  Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts a Genealogy Club to kick-start your genealogy research on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the lower-level CSAGSI Area. Call 708-442-6366 for more info.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Jan. 30 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies/toddlers with adult) on Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m.; Manners Class (1st grade ) on Jan. 30 at 3:45 p.m.; and Coding Club (grades 6-12) on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.

  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.

  Lyons Township High School invites the public to use the indoor track at the South Campus fieldhouse, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Spring on school days from 6 to 7 a.m. through March. No admission charge.