Olmsted Society hosts annual meeting
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will host its annual meeting, which is open to the public, on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.
This year, photos from the society’s contest will be displayed, along with presentations to the winners. The special presenter of the evening will be Chris Neumer of Twenty Seven and a Half Photography. A Riverside-based photographer, Neumer work includes many beautiful and intriguing scenes of the village. He’ll talk about what he looks for in creating a photo and the lengths he’s willing to go to for the right shot.
TWS stages ‘The Tin Woman’
Theater of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave., presents “The Tin Woman” by Sean Grennan and directed by Greg Kolack from Jan. 17 to 27.
The play tells the deeply touching story of a woman saved by a heart transplant, who meets her donor’s family with unpredictable results.
Tickets are $21 and $23. For show times and ticket information, visit online at www.theatrewesternsprings.com or call the box office at 708-246-3380.
Stuffed Animal Clinic
Is your Teddy Bear feeling under the weather? Then head on over to the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m., where vets and library staff will do health assessments, consultations and minor surgeries/repairs.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ in North Riverside
North Riverside Parks and Rec continues its free Popcorn and a Movie series on Friday, Jan. 18 in the Council Room at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., with a screening of the 1961 drama “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” starring Audrey Hepburn as eccentric socialite Holly Golightly, George Peppard as a lonely struggling writer and featuring a bizarre and, frankly, embarrassing performance by Mickey Rooney.
Admission is free. Please register by calling 708-442-5515 so there will be enough popcorn and refreshments for all.
Give ’em a break
North Riverside Parks and Rec is offering a pair of programs designed to help out the parents of young children in the coming weeks.
The first are Parent Escape Nights on Jan. 19, Feb. 22, April 4 and May 4, where you can drop off the kids and go out on a dinner date, pencil in time with your friends, go shopping or just take a nap.
Drop off the kids ages 2-11 at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., and staff will entertain them with activities of all sorts. Dinner is provided as well. The fee is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional.
They’re also offering up a pair of Day-Off Drop-Off Camp days for kids ages 3-12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 and Monday, Feb. 18, which are scheduled school days off. Drop off the kids and staff will lead them in structured activities. The fee is $25 per child ($27 non-residents).
To register and for more info, call 708-442-5515.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Natural Deceptions,” the first solo exhibition in the Chicago area by Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick, 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. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tues.-Sat. from 1 to 5 p.m.
• Riverside-Brookfield Young Life and Wyldlife invites the public to join them at their annual fundraising banquet on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Golf Club, 2520 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside. Heavy appetizers will be followed by a brief program and opportunity to support RBYL. The banquet is for adults only, no jeans please. RSVP at rbyl.org by Jan. 25.
• 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 (www.facebook.com/NRRecreation) and post the photo under the events tab “Winter Photo Contest” with a description. Winners chosen by Feb. 28.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to join traveler Bryan Michalski and explore the history, diversity and topography of Mysterious Myanmar on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Then create a unique and fashionable accessory at Scrap Fabric Necklaces on Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. Register to attend by calling 708-485-6917 or visiting www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.
Also for seniors, learn to “Organize Your Photos to Preserve Your Legacy” with certified photo organizer Laurie Neumann on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. To register call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.
For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (through age 5) on Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m.; and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m.; and Bingo/Loteria (ages 3+) on Jan. 18 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.