Laura Umbelino (above) and fellow Brazilian pianist Elider DiPaula play Saturday, Sept. 7 at Unity Lutheran Church in Berwyn.

Galleries open new shows

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., kicks off its new exhibition season with “Bodies of Paint,” a solo show featuring the work of Brooklyn-based painter Janice Nowinski from Sept. 8 through Oct. 12 in the Freeark Gallery.

Meanwhile, the FlexSpace Gallery hosts “The Necessity of the Mark,” a solo show of 3-dimensional ink-painted papers by Katherine Nemanich from Sept. 5 through Oct. 5.

In the outdoor sculpture garden, RAC presents the work of Jaclyn Jacunski in the show “Dream Additions,” which runs from Sept. 8 through the end of November. 

An artist reception for Jacunski and Nemanich will be held Sept. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

νCompassion Factory Art Gallery & Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents its newest group show “The Portraits,” featuring the work of Nicole Urban, Katrina Davis Salazar, Jacob Curtin, Frederick Nitsch, Robin Monique Rios and Anthony La Giglia from Sept. 5-28.

The show opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Agatha Christie at TWS 

“Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Studio,” the season opener of Theatre of Western Springs’ (TWS) 91st season, is directed by Jay Fontanetta.

The show features three thrilling and chilling tales of ghosts, murder and mayhem from the Mistress of Mystery. 

The play runs Sept. 5-15 at TWS, 4384 Hampton Ave. Tickets are $22 and $24. Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or go to

Free hearing screening in North Riverside

The Riverside Township Lions Club is sponsoring free hearing screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, while the Lions of Illinois Foundation hearing bus is in the parking lot of North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

A licensed audiologist will administer the hearing screenings and provide test results. The test takes less than 10 minutes.

Further information is available by calling Robert J. Lifka at 708-710-5065.

Rally Day picnic

Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside, will host a Community Picnic on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 11:30 a.m. as part of their annual Rally Day celebration. All members of the community are invited to attend and are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for a food drive for the Riverside Township Food Pantry.

Preceding the picnic will be a Rally Day worship service at 10 a.m. and Sunday school for kids in preschool through sixth grade at 9 a.m.

Concert features
Brazilian pianists

The True Unity Classical Concert Series presents Brazilian pianists Laura Umbelino and Elider DiPaula on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at Unity Lutheran Church, 6720 31st St. in Berwyn.

Admission is free. Donations to start a music academy will be accepted. For more information, visit

And more

Friends of the Chicago Portage will hold a walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 S. Harlem Ave., on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. Explore Chicago’s “birth story” from the geological beginnings to how the portage functions today. The tour is about a half-mile on a gravel path through the woods. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots. Rain or shine. Meet by the statue of Marquette, Joliet and their Native American guide. Free.

An Active Senior Expo will be held on Sept. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the William Tell Holiday Inn, 6201 Joliet Road in Countryside. Features hundreds of products and services designed for seniors, along with health screenings, door prizes and seminars on Medicare, transportation, investing and living with joint pain. Admission is $2 or get a free admission coupon at Free parking.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts its next Movie Matinee on Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. with a screening of “Stand and Deliver” starring Edward James Olmos.

The grief support group at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, meets Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This month’s theme, “Mindfulness and Grief,” will explore how understanding mindfulness can help you navigate the ups and downs of grief. RSVP by Sept. 6 to or 708-485-2000.

The Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Sept. 4 and Sept. 11 from 2:30 to 7 p.m., and will run every Wednesday through Oct. 9 in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue.

The Brookfield Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will run every Saturday through Oct. 12 in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Visit for special events, vendor info and music lineups.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to play the greatest game in the world during Chess for All on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Learn fundamentals, strategies and play friendly matches. All ages welcome.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

For adults and seniors there’s Tai Chi on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Book Club on Sept. 10 at 6:45 p.m. The book is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids there’s Drop-in Open Play on Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m.; and Every Child a Reader/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 6+) on Sept. 11 at 4 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.