Judy Baar Topinka book launch
Joseph B. Topinka, the son of the late Judy Baar Topinka, will debut his new book about his mom, the longtime Riverside resident and state political figure, at an author event scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.
Topinka’s book, “Just Judy,” is the first and only biography of the former Illinois state legislator, state comptroller, state treasurer and candidate for governor. It presents her as a committed public servant, devoted mother and pioneering political leader.
Targeting grade school students, the author hopes to inspire young people to get involved in government, with each chapter of the book containing themes, activities, projects and questions for educators about government and social studies.
“I would like to think of this book as a starting point from which young people can begin to be well-informed citizens,” Topinka said.
The event is free to attend and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Senior Fair in North Riverside
The village of North Riverside hosts its annual Senior Fair on Thursday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.
For senior citizens and caregivers, the event features more than 50 senior service-related organizations, including health specialists, medical companies, insurance companies, senior housing organizations and legal and financial advisors. The Illinois Secretary of State Mobile Unit will issue state IDs, renew driver’s licenses and conduct vision screenings.
Admission is free. Call 708-442-5515 for more information.
Senior Suburban Orchestra concert
The Senior Suburban Orchestra will host its 7th Annual Family and Friends Concert on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter St. in Downers Grove.
The program includes waltzes and other pieces by Johann Strauss Jr., selections from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s “West Side Story,” Archibald Johnston’s “Illinois, By Thy Rivers Gently Flowing” and “A Ray Henderson Gallery” singalong.
The 50-piece orchestra typically plays private events, but the Family and Friends Concert is open to the public. Free, but donations accepted.
Fill the boot
Members of North Riverside Firefighters Union Local 2714 will be out at the intersection of 26th Street and Desplaines Avenue on May 11, 18 and 31 raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the 2018 Fill the Boot campaign.
In the past decade, the firefighters have raised more than $38,000 to benefit families living with neuromuscular diseases.
Pioneers of TV
North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts “TV Memories,” a fresh look at the pioneers of television, on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Bob Burton, formerly of Oakton Community College and WFLD-TV, will discuss the impact of such people as Milton Berle, Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Ball and more.
To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit online at www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.
• Boy Scout Troop 111 will host a Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle on May 12 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Louise de Marillac Colonnade Room, 1112 Raymond Ave. in LaGrange Park. Tickets at the door are $7 per person ($6 seniors) or $24 for a family of 4 or more. Kids under 5 eat free. Takeout available. Raffle.
• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will host its next Riverside landscape workday on May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon, with volunteers weeding the public area along Riverside Road. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Bring gloves and a water bottle. Snacks and supplies provided. Look for the public works dump truck.
• Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, presents a Spring Band Concert on May 15 at 7 p.m. in the Romano Family Theatre. The pops concert features Broadway and Disney hits, while the Jazz Ensemble will also perform. Free.
• 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 Nature Inspired Technology about nature’s influence on inventions hosted by Brookfield Zoo’s Andre Copeland on May 10 at 7 p.m.; Rock Art (supplies provided) on May 12 at 3 p.m.; and Using Accessible Transportation presented by the RTA on May 14 at 1 p.m. Visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info or call 708-485-6917 for more info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For kids, there’s Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), May 15 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult) on May 9 at 10:30 a.m.; Love2Read reading activities (grades K-1) on May 12 at 10:30 a.m.; and Crafts & Cookies (2nd grade ) on May 11 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 email@example.com.
• 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.