Social media documentary at LTHS

The Lyons Township High School Parent Community Network in partnership with the high school’s feeder districts will host a screening of “Like,” a documentary on the impact of social media in our lives on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the North Campus Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange. 

The goal of the film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self-regulate and create balance in their lives.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The film will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. Registration is required and a free ticket needs to be reserved for each person attending.

To register, visit online at

Library Town Hall Forum

The staff at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites local adults to let officials know exactly what kinds of programs and services they’d like to see provided at the library during a Town Hall Forum on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.

Refreshments will be served and the library will be raffling off a new Kindle Fire 8 tablet, which will go to one lucky attendee. You must be between the ages of 20 and 45 to win.

To register, call 708-447-0869 or visit

Celebrating Dr. King

The Lyons Township High School Black Culture and Multicultural clubs will host a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

The free event, titled “Keep Moving Forward,” is open to the entire LTHS community and will feature keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Geneace Williams, an attorney and minister who serves as a lecturer in the College of Business at Benedictine University and is chairwoman of the board for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

The program also will feature the LT Steppers, a song by the LT A Cappella Club, poems, reflections and a variety of other tributes and performances by local churches, staff, students and community members.

Photography show opens at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Natural Deceptions,” the first solo exhibition in the Chicago area by Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick, from Jan. 13 through Feb. 16.

Inspired by magazine spreads and celebrity pinups, the show is a biting yet witty sendup of popular portrayals of feminine beauty and sexuality.

An opening reception will be held Sunday, Jan. 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Lecture on ‘La Traviata’

The Riverside Chapter of the Lyric Opera presents “La Traviata,” a lecture and video presentation by Rick Greenman on the Verdi classic, one of the most popular operas of all time.

The presentation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13 beginning at 2 p.m. with a wine and cheese social, followed by the lecture at 3 p.m. at Brookdale Plaza Oak Park, 1111 Ontario St. in Oak Park (one block north of Lake Street, parking available in village lot next door).

Tickets are $20 for members and guests. RSVP to Alice Stake at 708-447-7523 or email to

And more

  Joseph Baar Topinka will host a presentation and book signing of “Just Judy,” which tells the story of his mother, pioneering state legislator Judy Baar Topinka on Kan. 9 at 7 p.m. at T.G. Masaryk School, 5701 W. 22nd Pl. in Cicero.

  Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, celebrates its first birthday this month with an Anniversary Art Show through Jan. 26. Gallery hours are Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free.

 North Riverside Parks and Rec invites all ages to participate in its Winter Photo Contest. Take a photo in one of the village’s parks this winter and have a chance to have it featured in the department’s next Fun Guide and receive a copy of your photo on canvas. To enter, follow the department on Facebook ( and post the photo under the events tab “Winter Photo Contest” with a description. Winners chosen by Feb. 28.

  The Riverside Township Lions Club is collecting unwanted Christmas lights for recycling. Lights can be dropped off at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, or the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., during normal business hours through Jan. 15.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents What the New Tax Law Means to You by accountant Dennis Gorman on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.; film viewing and discussion of the Japanese courtroom drama “The Third Murder” on Jan. 13 at 3 p.m.; Creative Card Collage with artist LuEllen Joy Giera on Jan. 13 at 3 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 Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

For adults, join the Writers Group on Jan. 12 from 1-3 p.m., which supports writers at every level. Refreshments provided. To register call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (through age 5) on Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m.; and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m.; Love2Read (grades K-1) on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.; Legos (grades 1+) on Jan. 11 at 4 p.m.; Family Yoga (ages 3 with adult) on Jan. 11 at 10:15 a.m.; and Giant Paper Snowflakes (grades 6-12) on Jan. 12 from 1-3 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.