Why ERA?

The Riverside Branch of the AAUW and Riverside Public Library host “Legalize Equality: Why ERA?” on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room of the library, 1 Burling Road.

The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress 40 years ago and ratified in Illinois in 2018, but is still one state short of becoming law. What is the law all about?

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

New show at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Are you OK?” featuring paintings by Andreas Fischer in the Freeark Gallery from Oct. 14 through Nov. 17.and “We Are Beasts” featuring the work of Sarah and Joseph Belknap in the outdoor sculpture garden from Oct. 14 through December.

An opening reception for both shows will be held Oct. 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Boo! at the Zoo returns

Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration of Halloween will take place on Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids can bring treat bags to the zoo and visit five candy stations for sweet treats, take photos at Halloween-themed backdrops, navigate the corn maze or hop on the Haunted Hayride. 

Cheer the Pumpkin Smasher on the West Mall and get pumpkin carving tricks from a pro. There will be a costume parade each day at 1:30 p.m.

Regular zoo admission and parking frees apply. For more info visit www.CZS.org or call 708-688-8000.

‘Screenagers’ film and discussion

Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, invites parents and the community to a screening of the award-winning documentary “Screenagers” on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

The documentary explores the challenges of monitoring kids’ phone and computer use and how parents and educators can help kids achieve a healthy amount of screen time. A talk-back session directed by assistant principals Dave Mannon and Kylie Lindquist will follow the movie.

Register to attend by visiting www.rbhs208.net.

Look for the Lions

The Riverside Township Lions Club will join Lions clubs around the state for their annual Candy Days, which will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11 and 12.

Candy Days annually raise more than $1 million to help the blind, visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired. Volunteers will be posted at street corners and in shopping areas in Riverside and North Riverside accepting donations and giving away candy.

And more

•  The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area are sponsoring the presentation “Medicare for All” by Dr. John Perryman, on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. LaGrange Road. Free and open to the public.

  The Blythe Park School PTA hosts an Adult Night Out fundraiser featuring standup comedian Jim Flannigan on Oct. 19 at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. Tickets (purchase at my.cheddarup.com/c/stand-up-comedian-jim-flanagan-2018) are $25 each and the event is open to the public.

  The Frederick Law Olmsted Society hosts its next landscape workday on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, collecting native seeds along Riverside Road. Bring a pair of work gloves and a water bottle. Snacks and other supplies are provided. Stay as long as you like. Look for the public works dump truck.

  The Riverside-Brookfield High School Class of 1973 will host its 45th year reunion on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave. in Brookfield. Tickets are $25, appetizers included. For information, email to rbhsclassof73@comcast.net.

  The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold will hold its next 60-to-Win prize drawing on Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. Winner need not be present. The chamber will hold its monthly business luncheon on Oct. 11 at noon at Fiesta Margarita, 3755 Grand Blvd.

  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.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a History of Presidential China with historian Susan Casey on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and E-Sports@ the Library (all ages, 12-under with adult) on Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Watch and play videogames. Bring your own device (or use the library’s). Register by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 140 or online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For adults, there’s Fleece Holiday Pillows on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Bring your own fabric, scissors and ruler; Trivia Night at Tipster’s Village Pub, 8839 Cermak Road on Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Container Garden Secrets on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. RSVP for pillow and gardening events at 708-447-0869.

For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m.; and Tales and Treats (ages 2-5) on Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m.; Pajama Storytime (all ages) on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m.; Bingo/Loteria on Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m.; Music Club (teens/tweens) on Oct. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring your instrument to jam, enter a karaoke contest.

  Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts “Zoo News” with Jennifer Baader, VP of government affairs, on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room; “Effective Communication Strategies for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” on Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m.; and “Mary Shelley: My Monsters” with Megan Wells on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room.

  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.