Dungeons & Dragons online

Brookfield Public Library staffer Amy Dittmeier invites budding knights, wizards and clerics for a Dungeons & Dragon session online on Wednesday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

 Players (high school age and up) will playing a one-shot game of D&D, and all levels of experience are welcome to join in, from seasoned players to beginners.

Registrants are required to create a character online at D&D Beyond before the game session. 

Contact Amy Dittmeier at adittmeier@brookfieldlibrary.info for more information.


Door decorating contest and more in North Riverside

North Riverside Parks and Rec continues its series of community solidarity initiatives with a door decorating contest, which ends on May 11.

Go all out and then post a photo of your masterpiece in the contest thread on the Parks and Rec Facebook page and then make sure to have all your friends and family vote by liking your door. 

The door with the most likes will get a prize.

Residents are also invited to participate in a scavenger hunt using the app GooseChase, where you can complete missions and compete for the top spot on the leaderboard. The contest goes live on May 9 at 10 a.m. via the app and will run for four weeks. New challenges will be unleashed every Saturday.


Book club discussion, by phone

North Riverside Public Library invites everyone to call in and participate by conference call in a pair of book club discussions next week – no smartphone or video required.

On Tuesday, May 12 at 6:45 p.m., the North Riverside Public Library Book Club will talk about the Victorian classic “Emma” by Jane Austen. Just call 800-747-5150 and punch in the code 145332 to join in.

Then on Wednesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. the Mather Telephone Topics Book Club will discuss “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce. Call in at 855-880-1246 and use code 3863997030.


Online classes from Aging Care Connections

Are you a senior citizen who’s been cooped up at home and looking for ways to connect with others and remain physically active? Aging Care Connections of LaGrange is offering online programs and classes.

In the coming week, you participate in a panel discussion “Living Well Independently” on May 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; stay fit while you sit during Senior Strong Fitness on May 8 at 11:15 a.m.; improve stability and mobility during a Core and Posture Exercise Class on May 12 at 1 p.m.; and calm the mind and strengthen the muscles during Qi Gong on May 13 at 2 p.m.

Email awn@agingcareconnections.org for more info and to receive links to join programs.


RAC unveils Boredom Buster Box for adults

Riverside Arts Center has rolled out a new Boredom Buster Box – this one geared toward adults or as a family project.

The Paint Your Own Pottery Box comes with your choice of a pre-made, professional piece of bisqueware pottery ready to paint. You’ll also get six underglaze paint colors, a paintbrush and idea sheets for painting and decorating.

When you’re finished, repack in the original box for pickup. Pieces will be fired and returned or made available for pickup after the stay-at-home order is lifted.

The cost is $50 for RAC members and $55 for non-members.

Order at the Riverside Arts Center website and it will be delivered to your door.


And more

  North Riverside Public Library is offering the following virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Talented Tuesdays every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library’s Facebook page; Whatcha Readin’ and Watchin’ Wednesday every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom; Game Night Fridays every Friday at 7 p.m. via Zoom; and Seated Tai Chi and Moving Meditation via Zoom on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org for all Zoom meeting access info.

  Brookfield Public Library offers virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week. Most youth activities will be presented live on the library’s Facebook page. Events include literacy classes and Geek Labs, Zumba for Families and Mammals & More. Youth Services will also host a weekly sidewalk art challenge on Sundays. Each week’s winner will receive a gift card to a local business.

Adults can participate in programs by signing up for events hosted on Zoom, including Chair Yoga on May 7 at 11 a.m. Register to get access info at the Brookfield Public Library website.

  Riverside Arts Center offers Boredom Buster Boxes to give the kids some hands-on fun. Each box contains 6 pounds of clay, a scoring tool, a sponge, six underglaze colors, a slip, a paintbrush and project and instruction sheets. Order online and RAC will deliver the boxes to your front porch (no contact). RAC delivers to Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons, Brookfield, Berwyn, LaGrange, Oak Park, Austin and Belmont Cragin. Boxes are $36 members/$40 non-members. Order at the Riverside Arts Center website.

  If you hold a Riverside Public Library card, you can delve into your family tree using Ancestry.com for free during the month of May. Get started at riversidelibrary.org/genealogy. The library also offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Mindful Meditation on Zoom on May 7 at 9 a.m. and Knitting Club on Zoom on May 11 at 7 p.m. Visit the Riverside Public Lbrary website to register and get access info. 

  Lucky Plush Productions, the contemporary dance ensemble founded and directed by Riverside resident Julia Rhoads, invites you to celebrate its 20th anniversary during a virtual party planned for May 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased at the Lucky Plush Productions website. A link to the party will be sent by email prior to the event.