Nothing like supporting a good cause and having a good time doing so, and here is how you can do that. This Sunday, April 28, the Riverside Township Lions Club will be having their annual Chicken Dinner at the Riverside Township Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Along with chicken, there will be side dishes, those fritters everybody loves, and dessert. All included in the price of a ticket, $13 for adults and children (3-9 years) $6. Tickets are available at the door or from any Lions Club member. If need be, I have a stack of tickets. I would be glad to sell you one or more. 

If you wish to do take-out, it is available but you will miss the fun and friendliness of those in attendance. There will be raffles during the afternoon and you will have a chance to win one (or more, if you’re lucky) prizes.

Your participation in this event helps the Lions support community groups, school groups as well as the club’s work in supporting charities involved with sight and sound. Their work has helped to collect over 1,500 pairs of used glasses to be refurbished and distributed to those in need. Recently the club was able to supply eye glasses to a grade school student in need. Your purchase of a ticket helps the club continue their mission.

The Chicken Dinner is also an excellent time to learn about the Lions Club and how they help serve the community, as well as learning how to become a member. Membership is open and meets monthly at Caledonia on Desplaines Avenue in North Riverside. There are evening and luncheon meetings according to a planned schedule. This event is truly a Winner Chicken Dinner!

Of course if you’re looking for dinner on Saturday, April 27, the North Riverside Firefighters Union Local 2714 will hold their annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Desplaines Avenue in North Riverside. Join in supporting the men and women who help throughout the year.

If you follow my plan, you won’t have to cook at all this weekend and you’ll be dining out for good causes.

Would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate Chief Ed Petrak, Brookfield’s new police chief. Ed grew up in Riverside and was one of the kids on the block. An excellent choice, he was always a good kid and a fine adult. Brookfield residents are fortunate to have such a quality individual as their new chief of police.