Red sauce and fire hoses

North Riverside Firefighters Union Local 2714 hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the North Riverside VFW Hall, 2622 Desplaines Ave.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children under 12. Join local firefighters for a night of food, fun and prizes. Proceeds benefit the union’s charitable causes.

Remembering the Berlin Airlift

Learn about or relive the memory of the Berlin Airlift, one of the greatest operations in U.S. military history, supplying the citizens of West Berlin for more than a year in 1948-49 after the Soviets cut surface transportation to the Allied-occupied part of the city, which was isolated far inside the Soviet sector of occupied Germany after World War II.

Historian Anette Isaacs will bring this period of post-war history to life on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

Register to attend by visiting or calling 708-485-6917.

Do you Raku?

Lyons Township High School invites the public to take part in its annual Raku Fest, an outdoor, interactive ceramics event filled with flames, smoke, fun and art on Friday, May 4, from 3:05 to 8 p.m. at the South Campus south parking lot, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

To register, email Lorena Lagis at and send $5 for a small homemade ceramic pot. Spots are limited to the first 45 people. 

Cinco de Mayo Concert

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road in North Riverside, invites the public to a Cinco de Mayo Concert on Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Performers include Orejones, Luis Alfredo Mariachi Singers, Mexican Folkloric Dancers and Dora the Explorer. Celebrate, dance and win prizes. 

Organic gardening at home

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., and the North Riverside Garden Club present “Organic Gardening” on Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m.

College instructor Karen Starsky explains how to grow organic vegetables and fruits at home. Refreshments provided.

To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or online at

And more

  Brook Park Elementary School, 1214 Raymond Ave. in LaGrange Park, hosts an art show featuring the work of all students in grades one through five on May 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

  Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, presents a Spring Choir Concert on May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Romano Family Theatre. The pops concert features favorites from the past and present. Free.

  Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, hosts its first Grief Support Gathering, to be held the second Tuesday of each month, on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Addie Anderson will speak about counseling and coaching services to dispel common myths and discuss the effects of grief, especially for the newly bereaved. RSVP by May 4 at 708-485-2000 or to

The Riverside Arts Center, 34 E. Quincy St., hosts the Riverside-Brookfield High School AP Art exhibit from through May 12. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Book Fiesta on May 5 at 4 p.m. Drop in and join Christal Beyer for a morning of stories and songs in Spanish. Visit or call 708-485-6917 for more info.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts an Embracing Retirement workshop on May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on May 4 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For kids, Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), May 8 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult) on May 3 at 10:30 a.m.; Pajama Storytime (all ages with adult) on May 8 at 6:30 p.m.; Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on May 5 at 10:30 a.m.; and Legos Club Mega-Build Challenge on May 4 at 3:45 p.m.

Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, continues its spring WET Class, an adult-level water exercise class every Wednesday night through May 23. No swimming involved. Email Noelle 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.