New exhibit opens at RAC 

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., welcomes the community to its newest exhibit, “Line,” featuring the work of artists Diana Gabriel and Azadeh Gholizadeh in the Freeark Gallery from Jan. 12 through Feb. 22.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Gabriel has exhibited in Chicago and nationally. Her work borrows aspects of artisan traditions like weaving, knitting and macramé and recreates moments from her childhood, taking part in a conversation that emanates from countless generations of women artisans.

Gholizadeh’s work adapts the forms and scenes recovered from memories of landscape, exploring the fragility of home and creating a new language of longing to rediscover the meaning of landscape.

Meanwhile, in the FlexSpace Gallery, RAC presents “Energy, Frequency and Vibration” featuring the “life-trembling line” drawings of Andrei Rabodzeenko through Feb. 22.

An opening reception will be held for both shows on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.


Expert helps jumpstart your genealogy

Start off the New Year by diving into your family tree at “Beginning Genealogy” presented by Matt Rutherford in the Public Meeting Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

Rutherford is curator of genealogy and local history at the Newberry Library and has spoken extensively on a variety of genealogy topics, including using repositories and archives, researching pre-fire Chicago, adoption searches and census schedules. He’s the co-author of the 2005 book “A Bibliography of African American History at the Newberry Library.”

For more info call 708-442-6366.


Reduced-cost pet vaccinations

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., offers residents of North Riverside only an opportunity to get reduced-cost vaccinations for your pets, courtesy of the Humane Society, on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. First come, first served while supplies last.

For more information, call 708-447-0869 or visit

For more information, call 708-447-0869 or visit


Lions collecting Christmas lights 

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.

Lights will be processed, sorted by component and recycled back into useful products. Proceeds benefit Lions Clubs International.

And more

ν Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents a solo show of work by glass artist Margieann through Feb. 1. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

ν “The Nerd,” the third mainstage production of the Theatre of Western Springs’ 91st season, is a side-splitting, rollicking comedy perfect for the dark days of January. The play runs Jan. 16-26 at Theatre of Western Spring, 4384 Hampton Ave. Tickets are $22 and $24. Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or go to

ν 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. Tickets are available at

ν North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., welcomes seniors to talk about the types of programs and services they’d like to see at a meeting of the Senior Advisory Board on Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m. There’s also Crazy Couponing on Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.; Unwind at the Library: Tai Chi on Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m.; Resume Help on Jan. 14 at noon; Internet 101 on Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m.; and Book Club on Jan. 14 at 6:45 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids there’s Lapsit Storytime (thru age 5) on Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m.; Free Build Fridays (grade 1+) on Jan. 10 at 4 p.m.; Messy Mornings with Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m.; Iron-On Transfers (grades 6-12) on Jan. 11 from 1-3 p.m.; and learn to play instruments at Make Some Music (grades 5-12) on Jan. 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Jan. 14 from 6-7:30 p.m.

ν 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.

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.

ν 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. Free.