Arbor Day events
• The Brookfield Department of Public Works invites residents to mark Arbor Day on Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at a public tree planting ceremony in Ehlert Park, along the 9000 block of Shields Avenue, south of the skate park.
Take home a free oak tree sapling to plant yourself, courtesy of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will hold a special Arbor Day Landscape Workday on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Longcommon/Kent triangular park.
In honor of Arbor Day, they’ll be planting a bur oak at noon, and volunteers will also be planting 900 sedge plugs donated by Midwest Groundcover underneath a grove of bur oaks.
Come for as long as you like. Supervised children welcome. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.
Pitch right in
Looking for an eco-friendly way to kick off your spring? There are several local opportunities on Saturday, April 27.
• The Brookfield Beautification Commission hosts its Spring Project NICE from 8:30 a.m. to noon, inviting volunteers of all ages to help clean up parks, plant flowers, mulch trees, pick up trash, conserve natural resources and beautify public spaces.
Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., to sign a waiver and pick up a work assignment, gloves and T-shirt. Those under 18 who are not part of a pre-registered group must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
• The Hofmann Dam River Rats will host their 45th Annual Spring River Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon in the Cook County Forest Preserve area of Riverside Lawn.
Meet just east of the Barrypoint Road bridge’s south end. Families welcome. Refreshments served. Pokersticks will be provided by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.
Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes and gloves. Call John Mach at 708-990-9717 or Bob Bezouska at 708-749-9654 for more info.
• The Salt Creek Watershed Network hosts its annual Earth Day Salt Creek and Addison Creek Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon in the Bemis Woods Forest Preserve in Western Springs.
Meet by 9 a.m. at the Bemis North Forest Preserve foot bridge to sign in. Families, groups and individuals are invited. If you are bringing a canoe or kayak to collect debris from log jams and shoreline areas, contact Ann Lee at 708-579-1180. Water craft users must meet at the bridge at 7 a.m.
A cookout will follow at 11 a.m. Entrance to the Bemis North parking area is off Wolf Road at the creek, between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street.
Come and get it
The North Riverside Firefighters Union Local 2714 invites the community to partake in food, fun and prizes at its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the North Riverside VFW Hall, 2622 Desplaines Ave.
Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and kids under 12.
Winner, winner …
The Riverside Township Lions Club hosts its annual Chicken Dinner Fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.
Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for children 3 to 9 and are available in advance from any Lions Club member or at the door. In addition to fried chicken, the menu includes cole slaw, mashed potatoes, corn and rolls. Coffee, punch and dessert included.
Proceeds benefit the Lions Club’s charitable efforts.
Coffee and chat
Coffee master Amber Piantek shares the fascinating history of English coffeehouses and their evolution to modern cafes at “Penny for Your Thoughts? An Evening of English Coffeehouse Conversation” at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. on Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Sample beverages and treats provided. Registration required by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visiting www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
Touch a truck
North Riverside Parks and Rec invites kids to get in the driver’s seat of the coolest, biggest vehicles in the area at a Transportation Exploration Day on Thursday, April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the North Riverside Police Department, 2359 Desplaines Ave.
Meet the drivers, explore and learn while climbing aboard, honking the horns and sounding the sirens.
The Tunnel Under the Lake
Join the Friends of the Chicago Portage on Saturday, April 27 for “The Tunnel Under the Lake,” a presentation by Riverside President Ben Sells describing how Chicago constructed a two-mile tunnel in Lake Michigan to bring it clean water.
The talk is the third 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. Call 708-447-3577 for more info.
• LaGrange-Brookfield Seventh-Day Adventist Church hosts a free community health expo in the Community Room of the Lyons Village Hall, 4200 Lawndale Ave., on April 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Includes health, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, eye exams, dental services, haircuts, physician lectures and more. Call 630-277-3244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
• St. Louise de Marillac Church Catholic Women’s Organization holds its annual Rummage and Bake Sale on April 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Colonnade Room of the Parish Center, 1112 Raymond Ave. in LaGrange Park. Clothing, toys, appliances, books, linens, kitchenware and more.
• Riverside Township continues its Thursday Afternoon at the Movies series on April 25 at 12:30 p.m. with a screening of the 2018 film “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Free.
• Brookfield Parks and Rec continues its monthly movie series for seniors with a screening of “Second Hand Lions” on April 25 at 10 a.m. in the council chamber of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
• Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents, “Exposed Nature,” featuring work by artists Bill Kalnes and Farida Korobova through April 27. Free. Hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Verdant Visions,” a collection of work by Yva Neal in the FlexSpace Gallery and AP Art 2019 featuring 40 works by students at RBHS in the Freeark Gallery through April 27. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents Carvey 101: Baseball (and Other) Logos using the library’s 3D carving machine on April 24 at 7 p.m. To register, call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.
Adult Services invites you to a Crafternights: Flower Arranging on April 25 at 6 p.m.; Spanish Language Book Club on April 26 at 10:30 a.m.; Break into the Box reverse escape room event on April 27 (by appt.) and Meditation and Stretching on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. To register call 708-447-0869.
For kids, there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on April 25 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on April 30 at 10:30 a.m.; and DIY Moon Sand (grades 6-12) on April 27 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.