Know when you see fake news

North Riverside Public Library invites you to understand the psychology behind why we fall for fake news – and how to avoid it – during “What Bigfoot Can Teach Us about Fake News,” a special presentation on Facebook Live and YouTube on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

The fact that hundreds of Americans see Bigfoot every year gives us a glimpse into the nature of belief. In this talk, Dr. Troy Swanson will use Bigfoot as an entry point to the larger discussion about how our brains interpret information and what this tells us about how we understand fake news.

Visit the library’s Facebook page or YouTube page.


Mall hosts blood drive

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, will host a blood drive on Saturday, Oct.3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the upper level center court.

The blood drive will be conducted by Vitalant. For more information or to schedule a donation, call 877-258-4825 or visit Vitalant’s website and use group code 373E. Appointments and masks are required.


There’s still time to get counted! 

Still haven’t filled out a U.S. Census form? Need help?

There’s still time to make sure you are counted before the deadline. A U.S. Census representative will be inside the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. to help residents complete their questionnaires.


U.S. 3rd District Zoom forum

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will host a forum for the candidates running in the general election to represent Illinois 3rd Congressional District — Democrat Marie Newman and republican Mike Fricilone — via Zoom Webinar on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Candidates will make brief presentations on their backgrounds, qualifications and interest in running for office. That will be followed by questions from the audience. Citizens can also submit questions in advance to

Register for free at the League’s website. If meeting capacity is reached, the session will be recorded and published on the League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area’s Facebook page.


And more

  The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its 60-to-Win raffle drawings every Thursday through Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. You can also watch a livestream on the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Winners’ names will be posted each week at the chamber’s website.

   Riverside Arts Center, 34 E. Quincy St., presents “Still,” featuring the work of Jerry Bleem through Oct. 17. The exhibit is a continuation of Bleem’s extended series “Nationalism,” begun in response to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Masks and social distancing required. Visit the Riverside Arts Center website for more information.

   RAC also continues to accept bids for its 2020 Online Fine Art Auction through Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. Proceeds provide critical support for the RAC. Visit the auction’s website.

   Tune in to Lyons Township High School’s radio station WLTL (88.1 FM) every Friday at 7 p.m. for “Friday Night Lights Classic Games,” featuring classic broadcasts of football and soccer games from the 1970s and 1980s.

   The Riverside Farmers Market is open for business every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park – in the shadow of the village’s downtown water tower at 10 Pine Ave. – through Oct. 7. For more info, visit the farmers market page on the village of Riverside’s website.

   The Brookfield Farmers Market continues through Oct. 10 every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. For details, visit their website.

   North Riverside Public Library is offering the following virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Makerspace Mondays on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. and Talented Tuesdays on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. both via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library’s Facebook page; and Game Night Wednesdays every Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. 

Other programs include a Know Your Rights Workshop via Zoom on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and Overcoming Stress and Anxiety Using Meditation with Nirav Sheth via Zoom on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. RSVP to or visit the library’s online events page 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. For adults, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m.; Creating a Newsletter that Captures Your Audience via Zoom with Julie Kittredge on Oct. 2 at noon; Zero Waste Program via Zoom on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.; and Voting During a Pandemic on Zoom on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online events calendar.