Verdant Visions at RAC
Riverside Arts Centers, 32 E. Quincy St., presents a new exhibition, “Verdant Visions,” a collection of work by Yva Neal that explores our connection with nature and how it affects our psyche through interaction, from April 2 to April 27 in the FlexSpace Gallery.
Neal is an English-born artist who attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and recently moved to Riverside. Her 20-year career in product design, visual retail design and landscape design realizes a dense and multi-disciplines skill set.
Her focus on creating awareness through interaction stems from her forays into studying plant medicine, mycology and motherhood. An artist reception will be held April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Choral concert at Riverside Presbyterian
The Oak Park Concert Chorale presents its spring concert, “Jubilate,” exploring themes of peace, serenity and joy, with a performance at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road, on March 31 at 4 p.m.
The concert will premiere “Oak Park Jubilate” by composer-in-residence Michael Wolniakowski; combine spoken words, picture and song with “The Orkney Psalms,” a group of eight poems by Jill Peláez Baumgartner and set to music by composer Carl Schalk; and feature “Sim Shalom,” the first work by chorale member Barbara Brotman, arranged by Michael Wolniakowski.
Tickets are $18 ($20 at the door) adults and $10 ($12 at the door) for senior citizens 65+ and students 13 . Order tickets online through www.oakparkconcertchorale.org/concerts.
Money Smart Week at Brookfield Library
Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a series of programs to get you on the financial straight and narrow during Money Smart Week, April 1-8. The week-long event is a national campaign to promote personal financial literacy, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the American Library Association and other partner organizations.
Among the offerings will be “Social Security: Today, Tomorrow and the Future” with Amy Lustig of Primerica on April 1 at 1 p.m.; “Global Coin Art” on April 2 at 3:30 p.m.; “Making Your Money Last with Steven Langworthy of Brookfield Edward Jones on April 2 at 7 p.m.; a Monopoly Tournament (all ages, under 8 with caregiver) on April 3 at 3:30 p.m.; “Essentials of Estate Planning” with Greg Kurince of Bentron Financial Group on April 3 at 7 p.m.; “Countries & Currencies: A Virtual Tour” on April 6 at 3:30 p.m.; and “Money Smart with Mark” featuring Mark Klincewicz of the Heartland Institute of Financial Awareness on April 8 at 7 p.m.
To register for activities, call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
I&M Canal presentation
Join the Friends of the Chicago Portage on Saturday, March 30 for “Why a Canal?” the second in their five-part lecture series “Planning the City: Make No Little Plans” at the Lyons Public Library, 4209 Joliet Ave., at 1 p.m.
Each presentation in the series explores how Chicago’s waterways were planned, developed and used. In “Why a Canal?” veteran tour guide and researcher Jeff Carter will explore the Illinois & Michigan Canal.
Call 708-447-3577 for more info.
North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee Series with the 2018 musical “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” starring an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Cher and Colin Firth on Wednesday, April 3 at 2 p.m.
The movie is free.
Drop in only.
• Brookfield Parks and Rec continues its monthly Movie Days for Seniors on March 28 at 10 a.m. in the council chamber of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., with a screening of the war action classic “The Dirty Dozen,” starring Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Jim Brown. Free popcorn and coffee.
• Join Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road, at its 5th Sunday Mission as Worship in service of BEDS Plus on March 31. Meet at the church at 9:50 a.m. and carpool to St. Barbara Parish in Brookfield. Work for everyone regardless of age or physical ability.
• The St. Louise Players present the new Gershwin musical “Crazy for You” March 29-31 in the Parish Center, 1125 Harrison Ave. in LaGrange Park. The high-energy comedy is filled with plot twists, mistaken identities, a love story and big dance numbers to beloved Gershwin songs. Show times are 7 p.m. on March 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. on March 31. Tickets are available in advance through www.slmparish.org or at the box office a half-hour prior to show time.
• Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave., continues its High School Art Exhibit, featuring work in a variety of media by local student artists through March 30. Free. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to learn about 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die with Molly Page on March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Soaring skyscrapers, deep-dish pizza and improv comedy might be what the city is best known for, but they’re just the beginning.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents an armchair tour of Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle with MSI curator Margaret Schlesinger on March 28 at 7 p.m. Register to attend events at 708-485-6917, ext. 140 or at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.
Adult Services hosts Crafternights: Make Felted Easter Eggs on March 28 at 6 p.m. and Tai Chi with Gail Galivan on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Sign up for adult programs by calling 708-447-0869 or visiting www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.
For kids, there’s Pajama Storytime (all ages with adult) on April 2 at 6:30 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on April 2 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on April 3 at 10:30 a.m.; Drawing Robots (grades 5-12) on March 30 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and DIY Crayon Candles (grades 6-12) on March 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.
• 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.