Riverside Arts Center is hosting an online Harvest Auction featuring a selection of items donated by local businesses as well as RAC members and friends.

No trick: Libraries handing out treats

Can’t wait to don your costume and go trick-or-treating on Halloween? You can get a head start by stopping by all three local public libraries on Oct. 31 and picking up some treats before heading out later in the afternoon to his the neighborhood.

Stop by the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., anytime between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to show off your costume and get a treat (while supplies last). Be sure to wear a proper protective face covering and maintain social distancing.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts curbside Halloween trick-or-treating between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Drive by, pop the trunk and library staff will place age-appropriate treats in your car. Kids of all ages welcome.

Finally, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to swing by between 1 and 3 p.m. for their trick-or-treat drive-thru.

Drive through the parking lot for sweet treats and an optional photo-op with a special guest. They’ll have special treats for adults, too.


Sports during the COVID era

Brookfield Public Library invites you to join award-wining journalist Evan Weiner, host of the podcast Politics of Sports Business, for “The Politics of Sports: The Three-Legged Stool” on Wednesday Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

 With many major sporting events canceled or altered during the COVID-19 pandemic, what does the new normal for sports look like?

The presentation will be conducted via Zoom. Registration required at the library’s website or by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130.


Day of the Dead craft activity

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to sign up to participate in the grab-and-go craft activity Day of the Dead Flower Pots/Dia de los Muertos Macetitas de Calaveritas.

Sign up in advance to pick up the pots and black Sharpies from the library. If you wish to use colored Sharpies or paint, they must be self-provided.

Call 708-447-0869 or email bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org.


RAC hosts Harvest Auction

Riverside Arts Center is gearing up for the holiday season — and hoping to obtain critical funding to help it through the COVID-19 pandemic – by hosting an online Harvest Auction featuring a selection of items donated by local businesses as well as RAC members and friends.

Bidding begins Sunday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and ends Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. You can preview items up for auction – with more added daily – at the auction website. Proceeds from the auction benefit the organization. You can also donate money through the “Cash Donation to RAC” auction item.

Call Jay Van Cura at 708-447-6500 with any questions.


And more

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues a pair of exhibitions, “Humor Us,” a group show where art and humor intersect, and “In Time and Paradise,” an installation by Kelly Kristin Jones celebrating Illinois women and their fight for women’s rights around the time of the 19th Amendment. The shows run through Nov. 17 and can be seen by appointment Thursday-Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Email to info@riversideartscenter.com.

  The Hollywood Citizens Association invites you to order your Christmas wreath and holiday decorations during their annual HCA Wreath Sale fundraiser. Orders are due by Oct. 30 and will be delivered Nov. 28. Visit the HCA website to place your order.

  Brennan Massage and Spa, 3700 Grand Blvd in Brookfield, continues its campaign to support nurses and hospital workers at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn by donating 5% of every sale toward gift cards for them. The campaign runs through the end of October.

  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 Brookfield Chamber of Commerce 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.

  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. 

RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org 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. There’s also Spooky Movie Night: “Happy Death Day” on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Chat with friends, grab some snacks and get into the spooky spirit. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online calendar page or calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130.

  The Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to walk the path along the Des Plaines River near the library and enjoy a story during the “Bats and the Library” Storywalk through Nov. 2.