Happy birthday King! 

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its annual tradition of celebrating the birth of The King – Elvis Presley – with a special movie matinee on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m.

This year, watch Elvis sing, romance and swan dive his way through life while having “Fun in Acapulco.” The 1963 film follows the exploits of resort lifeguard Mike Windgren (Elvis) as he conquers his fear of heights, a holdover from his days as a circus performer, to become a cliff diver and win the heart of Margarita Dauphin (Ursula Andress).



New exhibit at Compassion Factory

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents a new solo show of work by glass artist Margieann from Jan. 3 through Feb. 1.

Margieann creates unpredictable, whimsical glass pictures and shadow boxes that capture special moments in time and inspire delight and curiosity.

An opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday, Jan. 3 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.


Winter gear collection

Lyons Township High School para-educators are holding a collection of new winter hats, scarves, gloves/mittens and socks for District 204 area children and adults in need. The drive continues through Jan. 14. 

Drop off items at the libraries/discovery centers at either the North Campus, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange or South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.


Pillars planning gala

Get your tickets now for Pillars Community Health’s annual gala, “The Ball,” which will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

Proceeds from the black tie-optional gala, which features live music, dancing raffles and casino gaming, will benefit Pillars Community Health, which provides health and social services in the western and southwestern suburbs.

Tickets are available at PillarsCommunityHealth.org/Ball.


‘The Nerd’ coming to TWS

“The Nerd,” the third mainstage production of the Theatre of Western Springs’ 91st season, was written by Larry Shue and is directed by Kevin Theis. It’s a side-splitting, rollicking comedy perfect for the dark days of January. 

The play runs Jan. 16-26, 2020 at Theatre of Western Spring, 4384 Hampton Ave. Tickets are $22 and $24. Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or go to theatrewesternsprings.com.

And more

ν Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents a solo show featuring the work of artist Jennifer Oldis-Kryczka through Jan. 4. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday (except major holidays) from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

The Riverside Township Lions Club is collecting unwanted Christmas lights for recycling. Working and non-working lights that are for indoor or outdoor use can be dropped off at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, or the North Riverside Public Library, 2401 Desplaines Ave., during normal business hours through Jan. 15.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts welcomes adult and seniors to Conversation Café/Café y Conversacion on Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m.; Crafternoons: Wine Cork Trivets on Jan. 4 at 1:30 p.m.; iPhone Basics on Jan. 7 at noon; Move and Groove (for seniors with limited mobility) on Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. and Social Media Basics: Instagram on Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

For kids there’s Drop-in Open Play (tots and kids) on Jan. 2 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings with Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m.; Every Child a Reader/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 6+) on Jan. 8 at 4 p.m.; and learn to play instruments at Make Some Music (grades 5-12) on Jan. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m.

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.

The community is invited to jog, walk or run inside on the indoor track at the Lyons Township High School South Campus fieldhouse, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs from 6 to 7 a.m. on days when school is in session through March 20, 2020. Free.