Meditative nature walk

Join nature/photography enthusiast and Reiki practitioner Lori Kumskis as she leads a Mindful Meditation Meetup and Nature walk on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Kumskis, who is committed to healing others through a fusion of shamanic, psychological, energetic and ancient spiritual modalities, will help you connect mindfully to yourself and your surroundings.

Harvest Bingo at Riverside Library

The Riverside Friends of the Library invite those 21 and older to Harvest Bingo, a special BYOB fundraising event to help support library programs and initiatives, at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the library or online at Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Options Fair for those with disabilities

Students with disabilities are invited to attend an Options Fair for post-high school planning on Monday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lyons Township High School’s South Campus, 4900 Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

The fair will feature representatives from more than three dozen colleges and universities in addition to three dozen other agencies focused on options after high school.

For more information, visit

LTHS theater presents ‘Twelfth Night’

The Lyons Township High School Theater Board presents William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night” on Friday and Saturday, Oct, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in the North Campus Reber Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange.

All tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the box office beginning 30 minutes before each show. 

Marionettes down on the farm

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites kids of all ages to a family friendly Pumpkin Patch Review featuring Dave Herzog’s Marionettes on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

During the Pumpkin Patch Review colorful marionettes will sing, dance and spread fun and merriment at Farmer Brown’s Pumpkin Farm. The performance is free and open to all ages.

New shows at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., opens a new exhibition, “Souths & Norths” in the Freeark Gallery, featuring the work of Mauricio Forero, with a reception on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. The show continues through Nov. 23.

A native of South America, Forero in three installations and three wall-hung pieces explores the cultural tug of war in the Western Hemisphere and how that seeps into societies struggling for a voice.

In the FlexSpace Gallery, take in the work of Andy Young and his solo show “Ominous Thinkly Devices,” reflecting on issues of power and powerlessness. The show continues through Dec. 19.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Oktoberfest at Ascension Lutheran

Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside, invites the community to join them for a little Gemutlichkeit at their Oktoberfest event on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.

 Enjoy the beer garden, fire pit and some bratwurst and roast pork. Bring a non-perishable food item, which will collectively benefit local food pantries and Ascension’s “Meals Do Matter” program.

Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door) for adults and $5 for children under 12. You can buy advance tickets by calling 708-447-2600 or emailing to

And more

νNazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, presents “Twelve Angry Jurors,” a courtroom drama by Reginald Rose and Sherman Sergel on Oct. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Romano Family Theater. All seats are $15 and can be reserved by calling 708-387-8528 or emailing

νThe North Riverside Players stage their fall production, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Oct. 18-20 in the gymnasium of the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matiness are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults ($18 seniors, $16 students, $15 kids 12-under) can be ordered online at or by calling 708-512-7015. Group rates (10 or more) available. Pre-show wine tasting included on Oct. 19. 

νBrookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, invites families to its Boo! at the Zoo on 19-20 and 26-27. The not-so-scary event features candy stations, a corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demonstrations and Halloween-themed crafts and activities each week. The event is included in the price of the zoo’s regular admission ticket. Visit or call 708-688-8000.

νJoin the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 17 and every Thursday through Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield, for their weekly 60-to-Win prize drawing, the organizations biggest annual fundraiser. Each week the chamber gives away $1,000 – one $500 winner and five $100 winners. Tickets are sold out but join in the fun.

ν Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, continues “The Color of Music,” an exhibition of artwork by Ken and Robin Koukola through Nov. 2. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

νBrookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., offers high school students a free SAT Practice Teston Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Bring No. 2 pencils, calculator and snack. Register required. Call 708-485-6917 or visit

νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

For adults and seniors there’s a Writers Group, a supportive group for writers of all levels on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. and Just Craftin’ Around: Ghosts in a Jar on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers through age 5) on Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m.; DIY Craft Hour (ages 3+) on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m.; Yoga with Mrs. Bee (ages 3 with adult) on Oct. 18 at 10:15 a.m. and Oct. 19 at 11:15 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Oct. 22 at 11:30 a.m.; and Every Child a Reader/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 6 ) on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.

νThe 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.

Meet at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. Bring a lightweight camera or phone for photography. For those 18 and older.