North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents a program on "The Kennedy Assassination" hosted by historian Jim Gibbons as the nation approaches the 55th anniversary of that tragic event later this month.

Dig in! 

The 12th Annual 1,000 Tree Planting Project in Riverside will be Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at 10 a.m. 

This year, everything will be located at the Riverside Scout Cabin, 417 Fairbank Road, Riverside. Started by Riverside resident Tom Sisulak in 2007, it’s an effort to plant a variety of native tree seeds, including oaks, black walnut, shagbark hickory, Ohio buckeye, hazelnut, bald cypress, and many additional varieties along the wooded banks of the Desplaines River.”

 The event will begin with a short seminar by Sisulak and Riverside Forester Mike Collins.

Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate. Afterward, enjoy a chili dinner, hot chocolate, coffee and desserts inside the Scout Cabin. Dress for the weather. Free parking available at the Indian Gardens parking lot and along Fairbank Road.


If it’s a craft fair you’re looking for this weekend, you’re in luck, because there are two to choose from on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The St. Barbara Parish Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Fall Craft Show and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Parish Center, 4015 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield. Admission is free, lunch is available for purchase, children are welcome and of course, you can peruse items from dozens of craft vendors and home bakers.

Proceeds support parish-sponsored programs.

Meanwhile, the St. Louise de Marillac School Family Association will host a Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Center, 31st Street and Raymond Avenue in LaGrange Park.

Admission is free. The event features more than 40 vendors, a head-to-toe raffle, a homemade holiday cookie exchange, pictures with the Grinch and Santa and more.

Relive the Golden Age of Radio

The Riverside Township Radio Players will bring the Golden Age of Radio back to life on Friday, Nov. 16 with recreations of two classic radio shows at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.

The troupe will perform the episode “The Big Sisters” from the classic series “Dragnet” and follow it with “Jane Gets a Loan for Brother” from “Easy Aces.”

For more info visit online at or follow on Twitter at @radioplayers.

Mater Christi Turkey Shoot

The Mater Christi Holy Name Society will host its annual Turkey Shoot on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Menarik Hall of Mater Christi School, 2400 10th Ave. in North Riverside.

Turkeys will be raffled off every five minutes. Ham, prasky, kolacky and other items are available to win. Split the pot and pull tabs with cash prizes will be available.

Hot dogs, chips, pumpkin pie, ice cream, beer, wine, soda and coffee will be available for purchase. TVs will be tuned to NFL action. There will also be a Fun Fair for kids. Call 708-442-5611 for more info.

LTHS artist exhibit

Artwork by Lyons Township High School student artists representing virtually every medium will be on display at the Thomas Ford Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs, throughout the month of November, during regular library hours. 

The show is free and open to the public.

Remembering the Kennedy assassination

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents a program on “The Kennedy Assassination” hosted by historian Jim Gibbons as the nation approaches the 55th anniversary of that tragic event later this month.

The program will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. It is free to attend. To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit

And more

The LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE) invites students with disabilities to its annual Transition Resource Fair on Nov. 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Countryside, 6201 W. Joliet Road. More than 30 representatives from local government, nonprofit agencies, colleges, recreation agencies, community organizations, businesses will be on hand. Call Joanne Messina at 708-482-1182 or email for more info.

 Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents “In Our Family” featuring work in a variety of media, which were submitted for review during an open call last month. The theme of the show revolves around family – what it looks like and what it means to the artists. The exhibit runs through Dec. 1. Admission is free. Open 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-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, hosts Water Exercise Techniques (WET), an adult level fitness class on Wednesday nights through Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. No swimming involved. $36 for six classes. Email Noelle at for info.

 Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts the exhibit “25 Years of RAC School” in the FlexSpace gallery through Nov. 30 and “We Are Beasts” featuring the work of Sarah and Joseph Belknap in the outdoor sculpture garden through December. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

 The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold will hold its final 60-to-Win prize drawing on Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. Winner need not be present.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to check out its new Google Expeditions virtual reality system at a Virtual Reality Drop-in on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. (no registration needed) and Game On! E-Sports, a special night of gaming that open to all ages (12-under with adult). Register at 708-485-6917 or online at

 Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Holiday Decorating with Sallie Boge on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room, Knitting and Needle Work Drop-in on Mondays Nov. 19 to Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room and Tech to Go, a roundup on all the equipment you can borrow from the library as a card holder on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

 North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. 

For adult business owners and entrepreneurs there’s a free seminar, Learn AtoZ Database, to assist in market research, background checks and employee searches. To RSVP call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m.; Love2Read (grades K-1) on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.; STEM-tastic Fun (grades K+) on Nov. 15 at 3:45 p.m.; and Legos (grades 1 ) on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

 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.