North Riverside Public Library invites you to join author Cathy Pickens as she talks about using real crime and forensics in fiction during a special Zoom presentation on Oct. 15.

Riverside Library going batty

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites families to walk along the Des Plaines River and enjoy a story at the same time from Oct. 19 through Nov. 2 during their “Bats and the Library” Storywalk

Pages of the book “Bats at the Library” by Brian Lies will be posted along the walking path by the river just west of the library. Enjoy nature with your family while looking for the Riverside Public Library in the book’s illustrations.


Mall hosts food drive

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, asks local residents and those from surrounding communities to help families struggling with food insecurity by donating canned or boxed non-perishable food items during the shopping center’s Fall Food Drive, which extends through Oct. 25.

Food collected will be donated to the Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney Food Pantry. Items can be dropped off at the collection point located in mall’s center court. Anyone making a donation will receive a coupon book valid during the food drive.

For more info, visit the North Riverside Park Mall website.


HCA Wreath Sale

The Hollywood Citizens Association, which operates the Hollywood Community House in Brookfield, invites you to order your Christmas wreath and holiday decorations now during their annual HCA Wreath Sale fundraiser. 

Proceeds help the organization maintain the nearly century-old Hollywood House, which served as the neighborhood’s first elementary school and now is available for rental by community residents and groups.

The sale features wreaths and holiday decorations from Winter Woods, which is headquartered in the heart of the Chequamegon National Forest in Wisconsin. Orders are due by Oct. 30. The HCA expects to deliver products to homes on Nov. 28.

Visit the HCA website for more info and to place your order.


Riverside Trivia Night

Where is the Bourbon Spring? What did kids do in the Coonley Playhouse? Give the right answers to these and other questions and you could win big!

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and Riverside Public Library will host a live, online, family-friendly Riverside Trivia Night on Friday, Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Visit the Olmsted Society website for more information or send an email to to register. Include your name, email address and age (if under the age of 18).


Using true crime to jolt your fiction

North Riverside Public Library invites fiction writers of all stripes, as well as those just interested in crime fiction, to “Using Real Crime and Forensics in Fiction,” a special Zoom presentation for the library’s Writers Group on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.

Join author Cathy Pickens, author of the Avery Andrews series, Charlotte’s True Crime Stories and true crime columnist for Mystery Readers Journal as she talks about using real crime and forensics in fiction.

Register for Zoom info by visiting the library’s online events calendar.


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 RAC website for more information.

  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 Brookfield Farmers Market continues through Oct. 17 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 Stretching and Meditation on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322). 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. 15 at 11 a.m. and a Cable and Robocall Workshop courtesy of the Citizens Utility Board via Zoom on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online events calendar or calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130.

  The Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites kids and parents to Outdoor Storytime on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. Bring a blanket, your masks, your listening ears and dancing feet and enjoy stories and rhymes. Rain date Oct. 23.