Due to COVID-19, the annual Mater Christi Parish Turkey Shoot will morph into a virtual basket raffle, where 25 baskets will be raffled off on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.

Mark Veterans Days with General Grant

Riverside American Legion Post #488 invites the public to mark Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. by livestreaming a presentation by Dr. Curtis Fields, who will virtually interpret three short speeches by Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general and 18th president of the United States.

Fields will reenact Grant’s first inaugural address; his announcement to Congress of the ratification of the 15th Amendment; and his Des Moines Address, a patriotic speech to veterans that still rings true today.

The speeches will be livestreamed to the public on the post’s Facebook page. More information can be found at Curtis Fields’ website.


Naz launches parent speaker series

Nazareth Academy will launch its 2020-21 Parent Speaker Series on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at noon with a Zoom presentation by Cathy Cassani Adams, whose topic will be “Dealing with Change and Uncertainty for Parents and Teens.”

Adams, a therapist-coach and Zen Parenting Radio host will discuss ways to provide children and teens with stability and support in uncertain times.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is required by clicking here.


Writing the perfect cover letter

Need a standout cover letter that employers want to read? North Riverside Public Library can help during Cover Letters Made Simple, a Facebook Live and YouTube presentation to be streamed on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

Learn how to craft a cover letter unique to you, one that complements your resume and makes an elevator pitch that doesn’t come off as too proud or too weak.

Watch at the library’s Facebook page or on the library’s YouTube page.


Mater Christi Virtual Turkey Shoot

Due to COVID-19, the annual Mater Christi Parish Turkey Shoot will morph into a virtual basket raffle, where 25 baskets will be raffled off on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.

Each basket contains a 14- to 16-pound turkey, pumpkin pie, a dozen kolacky, houska, pannettone, rye bread, 5-pound canned ham, prasky, salami and a bag of assorted groceries. There will also be a split-the-pot with cash prizes.

Because there will be no physical gathering, raffle tickets must be purchased in advance. Go to the parish’s website to download the raffle ticket and spilt-the-pot forms.

Call 708-602-1927 with any questions.


Mall unveils mural, bear naming contest

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, has unveiled a 3D mural by Chicago artist Oxana Belka in the shopping center’s upper level center court, designed to encourage students to explore and enjoy education.

The mural features unique animal characters, such as Coco the Rabbit and an unnamed bear, who the mall is also inviting students to help name. To enter, visit the mural and snap a selfie with the bear. Then post the photo on Facebook or Instagram with a suggested name and the hashtags #NameABear and #NRPMall, and then follow the mall on Facebook and Instagram.

The winning name will be selected on Nov. 25 and added to the mural. The winner gets a $100 gift card and giant teddy bear.


And more

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “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 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.

 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.

For adults there’s also Seated Tai Chi Moving Meditation via Zoom on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and NRPL Book Club on Nov. 10 at 6:45 p.m. by conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322). The book is “Kopp Sisters on the March” by Amy Stewart.

RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org or visit the library’s online calendar page for adult Zoom meeting access info.

For kids, there are the following Zoom programs: ABCs and 123s on Mondays at 10:30, Stories and Sharing on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Lego Builders Club on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.

Register by calling 708-447-0869, ext. 230 or at the Youth Services web page.

 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 Chair Yoga on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online calendar page or calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130.