Classic car cornucopia

Riverside Garage says so long to summer with its annual Riverside Car and Bike Show in downtown Riverside on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join hundreds of regional car enthusiasts and enjoy hundreds of vehicles, from antiques to vintage muscle and classic cruisers in Centennial and Guthrie parks, on either side of the Metra stop in downtown Riverside.

Spectator admission is free and local bites/drinks will be available for purchase. Participants can nab awards including Best in Show, Best Back Seat, Most Illegal, and Best Antique.

Participant registration information is available at

Pandemic 1918! 

Join Tina Beaird, owner of Tamarack Genealogy, for “Pandemic 1918! Combating the Spanish Influenza during the Great War” on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

More than 30 percent of Americans are estimated to have contracted the Spanish flu in 1918, and 675,000 died as a result. Explore the timeline and hear talks of how the U.S. Armed Forces and civilians tried desperately to combat the disease.


Have you always wanted to pretend you’re Harry Potter, playing Quidditch at Hogwarts? Well, you’ll get a chance to come close at North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.

Kids in grades four to 12 can join in a fun afternoon of catching the snitch and being the best chaser. It’s OK if you don’t know the rules, library staff will help you walk (or fly) through them.

All participants must sign a waiver prior to the program at the Youth Services desk at time of sign up. Parents welcome.

For more information, call 708-447-0869 or visit

It’s (digitization) party time

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., will host a Brookfield 125 Digitization Party on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Do you have a photo or document that illustrates Brookfield’s rich history? The library’s digitization team will show you how easy it is to scan and digitize your photo. They will also show you how to upload the file to the library’s website dedicated to showcasing the history of Brookfield.

Call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 for more information.

Senior Health and Wellness Fair

Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, hosts a free Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be 40 vendors ranging from healthcare providers, home health services and skilled and rehabilitation centers to moving and downsizing specialists, elder advisors and flu shots.

Raffle prizes awarded throughout the event, every 20 minutes. Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry and receive a free raffle ticket. Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For details and to RSVP, call 708-866-0430.

Women of WWII 

The La Grange Area Historical Society will highlight the many contributions of women during World War II during a special program “Women of World War II: On the Front Lines & the Home Front” featuring author Barb Warner Deane on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. in the common area of Meadowbrook Manor, 339 S. 9th Avenue, LaGrange.

 The event will provide insight into the roles held by women while millions of men and boys were deployed in the U.S. and overseas during WWII. It will include a focus on the American Red Cross Clubmobile program.

 As part of the program, Navistar will bring their WWII Clubmobile to the event. It will be parked at the entrance and available for touring after the presentation. 

 Seating is limited. Register at Coffee and donuts will be served.

Now hear this

The Riverside Township Radio Players kick off their 20th season on Friday, Sept. 28 with “Arsenic and Old Lace” from the Screen Guild Players, including “Speaking of Cinderella” from the CBS Radio Workshop.

The group recreates shows from the Golden Age of Radio, from the 1930s through the 1950s, complete with sound effects.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Free.

For more information, call 708-442-8810 or

And more

  Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, presents “The Glass Menagerie” on Sept. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. in the school’s Romano Family Theater. Tickets are $15. Call 708-387-8528 or email to reserve seats.

  Lyons Township High School presents “Fall for Fashion” a fashion show benefitting The Hope Chest, an upscale resale shop associated with the Constance Morris House for those seeking safety and support from domestic violence, on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at the North Campus Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange. Tickets are $5 at the door and at The Hope Chest, 305 W. Hillgrove Ave, La Grange.

  The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will hold its next walking tour of historic Riverside on Sept. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a stroll through the village’s north division. Meet at the east platform of the Riverside train station, 90 Bloomingbank Road. Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors and society members). Learn more at

  Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, will host the next of its monthly grief support gatherings on Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The theme of the gathering will be “Grief Resources.” Learn about books, blogs and support groups available to help. Seats are limited. RSVP by Oct. 5 to or call 708-485-2000.

  The Cossitt School Clothing Sale, featuring name-brand children’s clothes from infant to size 16 will take place Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, 115 W. Cossitt Ave. in LaGrange. Adults only 8-10 a.m. Kids with adult 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more at

  Riverside Township hosts its monthly free blood-pressure testing for seniors on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside and on Oct. 3 between 9 and 11 a.m. at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Call 708-442-4400 for more info. 

  The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold will hold its next 60-to-Win prize drawing on Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. Winner need not be present.

  Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents “Watercolor in Print,” featuring the work of three artists — Pete Rangel, Kerry Lange and Naomi Zagt through Oct. 20. Free. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and first Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m.

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues its new exhibition season with a two-person show of sculpture and installations by Indira Freitas Johnson and Garland Martin Taylor through Oct. 6. Free. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Riverside’s Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 10, in Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave. Weekly scavenger hunt for kids, live music and more.

The Brookfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 13 in the parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Weekly special events and live music.

Riverside Public Library and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society present “A Bird’s Eye View of Riverside” on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Great Room of the library, 1 Burling Road. Learn how to attract birds to your garden and landscape from Melinda Pruett-Jones, executive director of the American Ornithological Society.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For adults, there’s Adulting 101: Basic Handyman Skills with Bryant Rouleau on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Free. To sign up call 708-447-0869.

For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m.; I Spy: The Game Show (grades K+) on Sept. 27 at 3:45 p.m.; and Do-It-Yourself Craft Hour (grades 2-up) on Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts How to Become an Entrepreneur on Sept. 28 at noon. Keith Coleman of SCORE Chicago presents tips on how to start your own small business. Register at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 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.