Compassion Factory unveils new exhibition

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents work from a pair of artists Dec. 6 through Dec. 29, with an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The show features watercolors by Heather Kadlec Shack, the former School District 95 curriculum coordinator who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2011 and lost the use of her right hand. Using her left hand, she taught herself to paint, which now has become her creative passion.

Also featured are the photographs of Don Mendenhall, whose contemplative style captures the essence of his subjects.

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. 

Pop-up Movie Theater

The Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity will host a Pop-Up Movie Theater at the Riverside Holiday Stroll on Friday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 30 E. Burlington St. in downtown Riverside.

Families can stop in and catch “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “The Polar Express.” Beer and wine will be available for purchase, along with locally sourced hot dogs from Loud Mouth Food Bikes, chips, juice boxes and other concessions.

The Juniors will also host its annual donation drive, Riverside Gives, with all donations going to charities for the donor’s choice. To make an online donation, visit

Students present holiday concerts

  The Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites the community to enjoy holiday favorites and jazz classics at a concert featuring the Hauser Junior High Jazz Band on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Great Room.

The event is free to attend.

  On Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., the Lyric Opera of Chicago Riverside Chapter will host “Carols and Cookies” with the RBHS Madrigal Singers at Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside.

Refreshments include a wassail and an array of holiday cookies, which will follow the performance. A $20 suggested donation benefits the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Reserve online at or RSVP to Alice Stake at 708-447-7523; Makes checks payable to Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Lux Cantorum in Riverside

Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road in Riverside, hosts a Christmas concert by Lux Cantorum, Chicago’s premier sacred choral music ensemble, on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.

The program, “Light of the World,” features works by Bach, Lauridesen, Forrest, Rutter and others.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit for advance ticket sales. 

Steve Cooper Band plays favorites

Trumpeter Steve Cooper and his trio will entertain with holiday songs and jazz standards at a special performance at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.

Steven will take requests, and if you stump the band, you’ll get a free CD. To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit online at 

Stockings for troops and veterans

Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, is participating in Veterans and Family Memorial Care’s 11th Annual Christmas Stocking for Soldiers and Veterans initiative through Dec. 15. 

Stop in to the funeral home and pick up a stocking to take home, decorate and stuff with Christmas cheer. You’ll receive a list of recommended items as well. Then drop off the filled stocking at the funeral home and Kuratko-Nosek will ship or deliver them to troops abroad or to veterans here at home.

Drop-off/pick-up times are Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

‘Lend Me a Tenor’ at LTHS

Lyons Township High School Theater will present the popular comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in the North Campus Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the box office starting one hour before each show, are $10 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and LTHS students with a school ID.

And more

  North Riverside Parks and Rec offer busy parents help getting their Christmas shopping done during a pair of Holiday Drop ‘n’ Shop nights at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., on Dec. 8 and 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. Drop off your kids for some fun, games and pizza while you shop. Preregistration required. The fee is $25, plus $15 per additional child. Call 708-442-5515.

Holiday Magic, the annual festival of lights at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, returns Dec. 8-9. The zoo is open each day of the event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come early and stay later for the festivities, which begin at 4 p.m. Guests should park in the north lot. Regular admission and parking fees apply. For more, visit or call 708-688-8000.

The zoo also hosts Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16 with seatings at 9 or 11 a.m. The cost is $29.95 for adults and $21.95 for kids ages 3-11. Children under 2 are free. Seating is limited. Reservation required at

  Triton College, 2000 5th Ave. in River Grove, invites community members to its annual Deck the Mounds holiday festival of trees on Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. The campus will sparkle with beautifully lit and decorated trees adorning its outdoor mounds. Hot chocolate and cookies, holiday movies, a photo booth and more will also be part of the event. Free.

  Santa’s mail box has been posted in front of the water tower, 10 Pine Ave., in downtown Riverside, which means it’s time for local children to write their lists and pop them in the mail box, so Santa receives them in time. Letters received by noon on Dec. 20 are guaranteed a response.

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “While Here,” a solo exhibition of work by painter Kim Piotrowski as part of its Spotlight Exhibition series highlighting artists who are part of the RAC community through Jan. 5, 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.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Challenges and Rewards of Foster Parenting on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. and Bullet Journaling for Teens on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. Register to attend by calling 708-485-6917 or visiting

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales and Treats (ages 2-5) on Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m.; STEM-tastic Fun (grades K+) on Dec. 6 at 3:45 p.m.; and Bingo/Loteria (ages 3 ) on Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m.

  The community is invited through March 22, 2019, to jog, walk or run inside on the indoor track at the Lyons Township High School South Campus fieldhouse, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs, from 6 to 7 a.m. on days when school is in session. Free.

  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.