North Riverside Public Library celebrates Women's History Month with a visit from "Mollie's War" author Cyndee Schaffer on March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

New art at Compassion Factory

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents a new exhibition “Face to Face,” featuring the art of Mays Mahew and Juan Sepulveda from March 6-28.

Mahew says she tries to create pieces that are “beautiful, distinctive and empathetic,” including her hero-matriarch series, in which she uses graphite pencils to create silver monochromatic environments.

Sepulveda, a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, “works primarily with oils and utilizes this large medium to express his images of satire, humor, emotion and nature.”

An opening reception will be held March 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Landscape workdays resume in Riverside

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society invites volunteers of all ages to join them in kicking off the landscape workday season on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at Big Ball Park, Delaplaine and Longcommon Roads in Riverside.

Volunteers will spend the morning weeding and mulching in the park, which is part of the village’s Long Common, a backbone of Riverside’s landscape architecture. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Supervised children welcome. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided.

Look for the Riverside Public Works dump truck. 


Backyard chickens in Brookfield

Did you know that you are allowed to raise chickens in Brookfield? Well, you are.

And if you’ve ever had that rural urge to go outside and collect newly laid eggs from your own brood of hens – no roosters, please! – then you might be interested in attending “Backyard Chickens in Brookfield” on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Find out everything you wanted to know about backyard chickens in Brookfield but were afraid to ask.

Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or at


Women in World War II 

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., celebrates Women’s History Month with a visit from “Mollie’s War” author Cyndee Schaffer on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Schaffer’s presentation “Women in the Army in World War II” explores the contributions by the 150,000 women, like her own mother, who served in the Women’s Army Corps in Europe.

Using her mother’s letters home, Schaffer traces one woman’s path from enlistment to service in England, France and Germany and back home. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Tax appeal seminar

The Riverside Township Assessor will host a property tax appeal seminar for residents of Riverside Township on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. and the township hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.

Understand your assessment and tax bill, learn how to appeal your assessment and about the assessment cycle. Attendees may fill out and submit appeal forms at the end of the event. Representatives from the assessor’s office will be on hand to answer questions.

For more info, call 708-447-7700 or email


And more

The grief support group at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, meets March 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a presentation on “Grief and Guilt.” To help you better manage guilt, you’ll learn about its different types and what you can do to cope. RSVP by March 6 to or 708-485-2000.

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “What?” featuring the work of Oli Watt through April 4 in the Freeark Gallery and “Drawing the Lines of Poetry” featuring the work of Deirdre Fox through May 2 in the FlexSpace Gallery. Free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents “The 2020 U.S. Census: Why is it Important?” with College of DuPage professor Matthew Green on March 4 at 7 p.m. and “Understanding Fake News: Can You Spot It?” on March 10 at 1:30 p.m. Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or at

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites seniors to Bingocize (play bingo while exercising lightly) on March 5 at 1 p.m. and invites kids to Hands On Stories (grades Pre-K and K) on March 10 at 1 p.m. Registration suggested.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites adults and seniors to Conversation Café/Café y Conversacion on March 7 at 10:30 a.m.; Crafternoons: Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders on March 7 at 1:30 p.m.; Tai Chi on March 9 at 6:30 p.m.; Book Club on March 10 at 6:45 p.m.; Bingocize on March 11 at 2 p.m.; and a Movie Matinee featuring the film “Judy” on March 11 at 2 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 March 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on March 7 at 11:15 a.m.; Make a Mini Movie (grades 5-12) on March 7 at 4 p.m. and Mwarch 10 at 6 p.m.; Messy Mornings with Munchkins (ages 2-5) on March 10 at 11:30 a.m.; and Family Game Night (all ages) on March 11 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange, invites seniors to a Hearing Loss Support Group from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Free. No registration required, Contact Alyson at 708-603-2259 or at with questions.

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. Free.