Eat tacos, aid refugees

Enjoy some delicious tacos and support efforts to aid refugees at a Taco Dinner hosted jointly by Ascension Lutheran Church and Riverside Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ascension Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside.

The Taco Dinner supports the churches’ joint mission to host and settle incoming refugees in partnership with the group Refugee One. The dinner will also feature activities for kids.

Tickets can be pre-ordered by emailing to Pre-ordered adult tickets are $12 each or $15 at the door. Children’s tickets are $5 at the door or through email.

Parking is available around Ascension Church and Ames School. For more info, call 708-447-2600.

Zoo hosts Wine and Whiskey Fest

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, invites you to thaw out at their Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. The 21-over event features more than 40 seasonal wines and whiskeys accompanied by small bites.

Live entertainment is courtesy of Red Carpet Riot and attendees can also see the zoo’s animal ambassadors up close. Two ticket options are available, both of which include free parking and admission to the zoo (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

General admission tickets are $85 and include samplings of wines and whiskeys plus a commemorative glass. A designated driver ticket is $45 and includes unlimited soft drinks and small bites.

Tickets are available at

New show at Riverside Arts Center

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., kicks off its newest exhibitions “Undiscoverable Country,” featuring the works of Kate McQuillen and Gina Hunt, and “Nomads,” featuring the work of Lynn Basia, with an opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 3 to 6 p.m.

“Undiscoverable Country” in the Freeark Gallery, which runs through March 30, features work that shares a tension between precision and openness, at the threshold of feeling and fact. 

“Nomads,” which runs through April 27 in the outdoor sculpture garden, are a troupe of paintings migrating through Chicago on their way to becoming something else.

Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Beat the Librarians Trivia Night

Can you beat the undefeated North Riverside librarians at pub trivia? You can find out if you have what it takes at Trivia Night: The Redux on Friday, Feb. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tipsters Village Pub, 8839 Cermak Road in North Riverside.

Prizes for first, second and third place. Food and drink available for purchase. To register, call 708-447-0869 or visit

Trace your home’s history

Learn strategies for researching the history of your home using government records, newspapers, phone directories, maps and other resources at “Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History” on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Register to attend by calling 708-485-6917 or visiting online at

And more

North Riverside Parks and Rec offers a Parent Escape Night on Feb. 22. Schedule a dinner date, pencil in time with friends, go shopping or just take a nap. Drop off your kids ages 2-11 for activities of all sorts. Dinner for kids provided. $15 for the first child, $10 each additional. Call 708-442-5515.

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents “Sacred Art,” an exhibition of artwork by Beth Shadur, through Feb. 23. Gallery hours are Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a screening of the Academy Award-nominated film “BlacKkKlansman,” starring John David Washington and Adam Driver and directed by Spike Lee, on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. There’s also Estate Planning with attorney Kathleen McGovern on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. Free. Call 708-447-0869 or go online at to register.

For adults, learn to navigate buying your first home at First Time Homebuyers on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. There’s also Spanish Language Book Club on Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and Meditation: An Antidote to Stress on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. To register for adult programs, call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (through age 5) on Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m.; DIY Craft Hour (grades 2+) on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m.; Love2Read (grades K-1) on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m.; Pajama Storytime (all ages with adult) on Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m.; and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m.

The community is invited through March 22 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.

Aging Care Connections hosts a free Memory Café program through September on the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Young at Heart Adult Day Services Center, 6504 Joliet Road in Countryside and the third Tuesday of each month at Salerno’s Pizzeria & Sports Bar, 9301 W. 63rd St. in Hodgkins. Call 708-354-1323 for more information.

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.