RBHS presents ‘Newsies’

The Riverside-Brookfield High School Theater Department presents the Disney-inspired musical “Newsies” on Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 at 7 p.m. and on March 3 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the school, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside.

The play follows a group of newsboys and a young female reporter as they fight to “seize the day” in 19th-century New York City.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door or online at rbhsnewsies.bpt.me. 

Mellow cellos

Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside, continues its 2019 music festival on Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m. with a concert by Cellisimo, a youth cello ensemble featuring musicians from Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School.

Parking is available around Ascension and Ames School. A freewill offering will be collected.

Get loose with Seuss

Brookfield Parks and Rec invites families to celebrate one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time with Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lower-level recreation room at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

Enjoy an imaginative day of games, music, books and, of course, birthday cake. All kids will take home a goody bag.

The cost is $5 per person. Pre-register at rectrac.brookfieldil.gov.

Mother/Son Dinner Dance

North Riverside Parks and Rec invites moms and their sons (ages 5-12) to the Under the Sea Dinner Dance on Friday, March 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Enjoy delicious food, music and dancing. Tickets are $10 per person. The registration deadline is March 2. Call 708-442-5515.

Mardi Gras Talent Night

Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road in Riverside, invited the community to its 8th Annual Mardi Gras and Talent Night fundraiser benefiting summer youth service projects on Saturday, March 2. Food service begins at 6:30 p.m., with the talent show flowing at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets in advance and at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10-under. Beverages available for purchase. For tickets and information, call 708-442-5250.

And more

  Tallgrass Sudbury School, 85 Kimbark Road in Riverside, presents “Free Range Parenting,” a talk and discussion about using freedom to teach your child independence on March 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. To RSVP, visit www.tallgrasssudbury.org and click on the link at the top of the page.

  Brookfield Parks and Rec continues its monthly movie series for seniors with “The Notebook,” starring Gena Rowlands, James Garner and Rachel McAdams, on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. in the council chamber of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Free popcorn and coffee.

  The Riverside Covenant of Churches will hold its monthly CommYOUnity event for families on Feb. 28 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside. Adult seminar topics will center on history, culture and justice. Light meal at 6 p.m. followed by programming for adults and children at 6:30 p.m. RSVP for the meal and child care at AscensionRiverside@gmail.com. No RSVP needed for the programming.

  Riverside School District 96 will host kindergarten registration night (for kids who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1) on March 7 at 6 p.m. (last name A-L) and 7 p.m. (last name M-Z) in the auditorium at Hauser Jr. High, 65 Woodside Road in Riverside. Visit www.district96.org/apps/pages/registration for more info.

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Undiscoverable Country,” featuring the works of Kate McQuillen and Gina Hunt, and “Nomads,” featuring the work of Lynn Basia. “Undiscoverable Country” in the Freeark Gallery runs through March 30. “Nomads” runs through April 27 in the outdoor sculpture garden. Free. Gallery hours Tues.-Sat. from 1 to 5 p.m.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Choosing Healthy Meals as You Age by Chef Lilly on Feb, 28 at 1 p.m. Recipes and samples provided. Register at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or www.brookfieldlibrary.info. Kids of all ages are invited to a STEAM Playdate on March 2 and March 10 at 4 p.m. Drop in and play.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on March 1 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. There’s also, “The Golden Years,” a humorous take on the facts vs. fiction of aging by Cantata Adult Life Services on March 5 at 2 p.m. Free.

For adults, there’s Meditation: An Antidote to Stress on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m.; Coloring Club (supplies and coffee provided) on March 2 at 10:30 p.m.; and Crafternoons: Lemon Vanilla Bath Bombs on March 2 at 1:30 p.m. To register for senior and adult programs, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (through age 5) on Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m.; Dr. Seuss Bingo (grades 1+) on March 1 at 4 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on March 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Pajama Storytime (all ages with adult) on March 5 at 6:30 p.m.; and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on March 6 at 10:30 a.m.; and Ozbot Mania (grades 5-12) on March 2 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.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.

This article has been changed to correct the date of the Tallgrass Sudbury school event. We apologize for the error.