Scaring up some jazz

The Brookfield Jazz Society presents a Halloween-themed live performance by the Dracula Quartet on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in the lower-level Jazz Room of Sawa’s Old Warsaw restaurant, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview.

The quartet features tenor sax man Bill Overton (aka Count Orloff), bassist Rob Kassinger on loan from the CSO, Philly “Monster Toe” Gratteau on the drums and Count Dracula, aka Tommy Muellner, on keys.

The concert is open to all. There is a cover charge of $10 (BJS members pay $7 on production of membership card).

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Halloween at the library

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites children to a special Halloween Storytime and Trick-or-Treat Parade on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m.

The not-too-spooky storytime will be followed by a trick-or-treat parade around the library. Costumes are welcome and bring a trick-or-treat bag. The event is free to attend and no registration is necessary. Stroller parking is limited.

Used eyeglass collection

The Riverside Township Lions Club will sponsor a special collection of used eyeglasses at churches in Riverside and North Riverside on Spectacle Sunday, which will be held Nov. 3.

Collection boxes will be available for congregation members who are dropping off their used eyeglasses at participating churches, including Riverside Presbyterian, 116 Barrypoint Road; Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran, 250 Woodside Road; and St. Mary’s, 126 Herrick Road, all in Riverside, and Mater Christi, 2431 10th Ave. in North Riverside.

The Lions Club will have the eyeglasses refurbished and provide them to people in need in low- and middle-income communities.

Happy birthday, Beethoven

Celebrate Beethoven’s 150th birthday in Riverside by attending a special concert at ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road, on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. The event, features concert pianist John Goodwin, the principal accompanist for the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and the Oriana Singers, a world-class six voice a cappella group led by William Chin.

A goodwill offering will be collected. Parking is available around the church and Ames School.

Sugar skull workshop

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road in North Riverside, invites you to celebrate Dios de los Muertos by attending a free Sugar Skull Workshop on the lower level behind Starbucks on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Kids will receive sugar skulls and tools to decorate them. Professional designers will be on hand to assist.

Volunteers sought for LTHS heart screening

As part of a program to identify teenagers at risk of sudden cardiac death, Young Hearts for Life will be screening Lyons Township High School students for free in November. 

In order to offer this free screening nearly 200 volunteers are needed. Each volunteer will be required to attend one 90-minute training session scheduled for the evening prior to the actual date of the event. 

Training will be offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, at LTHS South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs, and on Nov. 13 at the North Campus, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange.

Volunteer shifts are available on Nov. 7 at South Campus and Nov. 14 at North Campus and are divided into two blocks — 7 to 11:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. on both screening days. 

No medical training or experience is necessary for volunteers, who must be over the age of 18. To volunteer, call LTHS Community Relations at 708-579-6483 or visit

And more

ν Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, hosts Water Exercise Techniques (WET), an adult level fitness class on Wednesday nights Nov. 6 through Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. No swimming involved. $36 for six classes. Email Noelle at for info.

ν Friends of the Chicago Portage will host their final tour of 2019 of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 Harlem Ave. (two blocks north of I-55), on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. Meet at the statue of Marquette, Joliet and their Native-American guide. The free 2-hour tour is about a half mile in length on a gravel path in the woods.

ν The grief support group at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, meets Nov. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a special Game Night. Take the opportunity to take a break and play bingo. Win prizes from local businesses. RSVP by Nov. 8 to or 708-485-2000.

ν Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, continues its Day of the Dead Community Altar Exhibition through Nov. 2. On Nov. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. make a paper luminary in remembrance of a loved one. On Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn how to make Day of the Dead paper flowers. 

ν Riverside Arts Center,32 E. Quincy St., presents “Souths & Norths” in the Freeark Gallery, featuring the work of Mauricio Forero, through Nov. 23. The FlexSpace Gallery presents the work of Andy Young in “Ominous Thinkly Devices” through Dec. 19. See the work of Jaclyn Jacunski in “Dream Additions” in the outdoor sculpture garden through the end of November. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

ν Join the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 31 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.

νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

 For adults and seniors there’s Day of the Dead Altar Making on Nov. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Internet 101 on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.; Café y Conversacion/Conversation Café for learners of both languages on Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m.; Tai Chi (registration required) on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.; and Move and Groove for seniors with limited mobility on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit

νFor kids there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers through age 5) on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m.; Make a Mini Movie (grades 5-12) on Nov. 2 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m.; and Every Child a Reader/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 6+) on Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.

ν 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.