Calling all gamers!

Lyons Township High School hosts its first-ever LyonCon, a comicon/gaming style event, featuring tournament gaming, open tabletop gaming, video games, cosplay (costume play) contests, photo ops, vendors and more.

Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Corral, 4940 S. Willow Springs Rd., Western Springs, the event is open to the public. 

Dress in costume and admission is free. Corral members also get in free. Admission for students and children under 18 is $5 and adults over 18 is $10.

To sign up for scheduled games, logon to and for more information, check the website at

‘Selma’ at movie matinee series

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee Series with a screening of the 2014 historical drama “Selma,” which centers on Martin Luther King Jr.’s voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.

The film stars David Oyelowo as King and Tom Wilkinson at President Lyndon B. Johnson. The movie is free to attend; just drop in. 

Talking Swan Pond

The Riverside Landscape Advisory Commission in conjunction with the Riverside Public Library will host an interactive discussion on the history and natural beauty of Swan Pond and the Des Plaines River on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room of the library, 1 Burling Road.

The program will cover topics such as flooding, wildflowers, the Bourbon Spring and more. Participants’ stories will be included in a walking tour the commission is planning for a later date.

LTHS Parent University

Have you ever wished colleges offered a degree in parenting? If so, you may want to attend the 21st annual Parent University on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lyons Township High School’s South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

Participants will have an opportunity to attend workshops designed to give parents insights into topics ranging from ADHD/executive functioning support at home, cyber safety and managing stress.

The keynote speaker is Bradley Anderson, an educator who will address “Transforming a Child’s Mindset.”

The cost is $20 in advance and $27 at the door and includes workshops and continental breakfast. Register online at Contact Jeanne Widing at 708-579-6507 for more info.

Grow business using social media

Learn how to use social media tools to develop your business at “Marketing Your Business with Facebook and Twitter” on Friday, Feb. 2 at noon at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Business analyst David Fadida of the Duman Entrepreneurship Center will present the program.

Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or online at

And more

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a Resume Workshop on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. with human resources expert Bob Schlacks and Organizing Your Fandom (and other) Collections on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. with Leslie Gail, owner of Declare Order Professional Organizing. Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or online at

  Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, hosts a Scottish American History Forum on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Heritage Hall of the Scottish Home. The event is free and refreshments will be served. RSVP not required.

  Tallgrass Sudbury School, 85 Kimbark Road in Riverside, hosts a talk and discussion on “Success Without Stress: Avoiding the kindergarten Rat Race” on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information and a link to RSVP.

  North Riverside Parks and Recreation begins accepting summer day camp registrations for returning campers on Feb. 1. New camper registration begins Feb. 15. In addition, 2018-19 preschool registration is also in progress. For details go to or view the Fun Guide at

  Water Exercise Techniques for adults at Riverside-Brookfield High School meets Wednesday nights 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 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.

  Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to Make a Valentine from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11 in the Great Room. Drop by the craft table anytime. Supplies provided.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies/toddlers with adult) on Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m.; and Read to A Dog (sign up for 15-min. slots) on Feb. 3 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Pre-register at the Youth Services desk or online at

  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.

•  In February, admission to Brookfield Zoo is free on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. (Parking fee of $14 still applies.) In addition, admission to Hamill Family Play Zoo is free in February. The zoo is located at 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield.