Remembering the fall of Berlin Wall

Join German historian Anette Isaacs for a historical and political overview of a painful, yet miraculous, period in Berlin’s history during her presentation “The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

The year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent reunification of Germany. Register to attend this event online at, by calling 708-485-6917 or in person at the library.

Magician/mentalist at TWS

Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. in Western Springs, hosts Dennis Watkins, 3rd Generation Magician and Mentalist at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov 15.

Watkins will create world-class magical entertainment during an unforgettable evening. Tickets are $30 ($25 for TWS subscribers). Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or visit

Trivia Night at North Riverside Library

Test your pub trivia knowledge against your local North Riverside librarians at a special after-hours Trivia Night event at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., on Friday, Nov. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Compete with teams of up to six people. If you don’t have a team, they’ll find one for you. Free pizza and soda for contestants. Prizes for first, second and third place. Register to participate by calling 708-447-0869 or by visiting 

Riverside Little League community meeting

Riverside Little League will kick off the 2020 season with a community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road.

Little League board members will be introduced and the 2019 survey results will be presented. In addition the board will unveil the new Riverside Little League website, discuss the 2020 timeline, offer volunteer opportunities and answer questions.

St. Louise Holiday Bazaar

Get a little early Christmas shopping done this weekend at the Holiday Bazaar in the Parish Hall next to St. Louise Church, 31st Street and Harrison Avenue in LaGrange Park, on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 50 crafters and vendors will be on hand, and kids can get their photos taken with the Grinch and Santa. There’s also a Crafters Café serving breakfast and lunch, a holiday cookie sale and raffles.

In addition, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open during the hours of the bazaar, which is free and open to the public

Sherlock Holmes at Hauser

Hauser Junior High School, 65 Woodside Road in Riverside, invites the community to enjoy “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” in the school auditorium on Monday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

This fast-paced comedy follows the exploits of Holmes and Dr. Watson as they solve the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. 

Admission is free.

And more

ν  North Riverside Parks and Rec continues its Free Popcorn and Movie series on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. with a screening of “The Mule,” starring Clint Eastwood as a 90-year-old facing foreclosure who takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. Held in the council room of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Register to attend by calling 708-442-5515.

ν  Put a little class into your early holiday shopping by browsing the artwork for sale at a special pop-up art show at Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. If you’re an artist interested in being a vendor, you can contact for more information.

ν  Aging Care Connections continues its Seminar and a Snack Series on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange with “Should I Stay or Should I Move?” A panel of experts will guide you through this transitional time. Free. Registration required. Contact Renata Vitali at 708-603-2277.

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

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 Nov. 14 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  Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you get in touch with your roots at Genealogy Club: All in the Family on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Discuss resources and research strategies with other genealogists.

ν  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

For adults and seniors there’s Bingocize (play bingo while exercising) on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and Just Craftin’ Around: Scented Soap on Nov. 20 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 Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m.; DIY Craft Hour (ages 3-6) on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.; Make Some Music (grades 5-12) on Nov. 16 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Nov. 19 at 11:30 a.m.; and Every Child a Reader/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 2-5) on Nov. 20 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.