New show at Compassion Factory

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, invites you to schedule an “art break” by soaking up some warmth, color and inspiration at a new exhibition “Resonance,” featuring the work of Ryan Tuck, through Nov. 28.

Tuck’s abstract work has been focused on the relationship between chaos and order, and he emphasizes color and texture while using a wide variety of quality, archival materials and techniques.

Admission is free and all works of art are for sale. Kids and adults welcome, but the space is limited to 25 people at one time, so reservations are required.

The gallery is open Nov. 12, 14, 19, 21 and 28. Register for a time to visit by clicking here.


How Betty made cooks better

Riverside Public Library invites you to join historian Leslie Goddard for a special Zoom presentation “Betty Crocker and Her Cookbook That Changed How America Cooks” on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

Long before Martha Stewart, there was Betty Crocker. In 1950, her brand-new Picture Cook Book hit shelves, with sales that rivaled that of another big book, The Bible. To date, it has sold more than 75 million copies. 

Created in 1921 by a flour company, Betty Crocker became the most and most trusted advisor to American cooks. Goddard looks at how Betty Crocker was invented, why her cookbook has endured and what makes her so iconic.

Register by visiting the library’s online calendar page.


Going viral

At a time when a contagious virus poses serious questions about the threats and quandaries of epidemics, it’s instructive to know the world has been through this before, and the story of the woman known as “Typhoid Mary” couldn’t be timelier.

Brookfield Public Library invites you to the Zoom presentation “Who Was Typhoid Mary?” on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

Between 1900 and 1907, an Irish immigrant cook named Mary infected dozens of New Yorkers with typhoid fever. Tracked down through detective work, she was finally taken into custody and quarantined — remembered as the first “healthy” carrier of a deadly virus.

Register at the library’s online calendar page.


Free flu shots

The Cook County Department of Public Health is offering free flu shots to residents of Brookfield, Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons and McCook on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, 26th Street and Veterans Drive in North Riverside.

The mobile flu vaccine clinic will administer shots on a first come, first served basis. If you have insurance, please bring your card. If you do not have insurance you will still be able to get a flu shot, just bring proof of residency of one of the five villages.

In case of inclement weather, the clinic will be relocated to the Riverside Metra station, 90 Bloomingbank Road in downtown Riverside.


Trade tips, recipes for Thanksgiving

Riverside Public Library kicks off a new monthly club called The Melting Pot Recipe Chat, where foodies of all kinds can trade tips, swap recipes and meet new people.

The club will convene via Zoom for the first time on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. and will focus this month on Thanksgiving favorites. 

Register to attend by visiting the library’s online calendar page.


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

  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 on the chamber’s website.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., 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 the Deeply Rooted Book Club, which focuses on the history of inequality and civil rights in the United States through a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. They’ll be discussing “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi via Zoom on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. There’s also Crafternoons: Scrabble Tile Coasters on Zoom on Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. Register at least 3 days in advance and pick up supplies curbside. And, there’s Stretching and Meditation via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to or visit the library’s online events 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.; Lego Builders Club on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.; and Glow Stick Family Dance Night on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

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

 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. 12 at 11 a.m. via Zoom and Charitable Giving in 2020 and the New Tax Rules with Louis R. Marchi of Fidelity Charitable via Zoom on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online calendar page or calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130.

 Riverside Public Library continues its in-person Riverside Reads book club on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. with discussion of “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah in the second-floor meeting room at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road. Register at the library’s online calendar page. Call 708-442-6366 or email to place a hold on a copy of the book.