The Lyons Township High School Theatre Board presents "Gen Z(oom)" a virtual play, which can be watched on YouTube.

Tower Chorale performs Christmas classics

The Tower Chorale performs a mini concert of uplifting Christmas music whenever it’s convenient for you, via YouTube, through the month of December.

The program features five favorites: “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella,” “O Holy Night,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Still, Still, Still” and “Hope for Resolution,” all sung by their 50-plus voice choir.

A link to the concert can be found at the Tower Chorale website and while “tickets” are free, donations are appreciated.


Librarians read ‘A Christmas Carol’

Join the librarians at Brookfield Public Library on Facebook Live on Dec. 17, 19, 21, 22 and 23 at 5 p.m. as they read Charles Dickens’ beloved novella “A Christmas Carol” one chapter at a time.

Tune in at the appointed time at the Brookfield Public Library’s Facebook page and follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s transported and transformed by three spirits during visits to past, present and future Christmases.


Curbside candy canes

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, will host a socially distant holiday event on Saturday, Dec. 19 between 10 and 11 a.m. when they invite families to drive by for a curbside candy cane giveaway.

Swing past the library, open your trunk, pick a flavor and library staff will place a candy cane in your car. Kids of all ages welcome.


LTHS presents virtual play ‘Gen Z(oom)’

The Lyons Township High School Theatre Board presents “Gen Z(oom),” a virtual play, which can be watched on the LTTV YouTube channel.

Authored by 25 student-writers in the school’s 2020 playwriting class, it shares their observations of dealing with a global pandemic, isolation and online learning. 

By turns moving, shocking and funny, they seek normalcy in 2020 while hoping for a better future. 

“Gen Z(oom)” features 28 members of the Classes of 2023 and 2024.


RAC celebrate the solstice

Riverside Arts Center invites you to attend – virtually, of course – its 2020 Solstice Celebration which will be periodically livestreamed on their Instagram account on Dec. 20, beginning at dusk.

In the tradition of the Solstice Fire, RAC is letting go of the old and welcoming the new by inviting people to send them a message to be burned in the fire, something to release from this past challenging year, something to hope for in the coming year.

People are also invited to purchase a solstice vessel as a gift to themselves and/or others and send a message to be burned with the vessel in the fire. 

Info on buying a vessel can be found on the Riverside Arts Center website.

Messages can be addressed to “Solstice” and mailed or dropped off at Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., Riverside, 60546 or email (Include “Solstice” in the subject line).


And more

 The 39th Annual Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St. in Brookfield, runs Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 20 and Saturday through Thursday, Dec. 26 to 31, from 3 to 9 p.m. The zoo is not open prior to 3 p.m. on Holiday Magic days. Advance admission and parking tickets are required. Buy tickets by clicking here. Visit Brookfield Zoo’s website for more info.

 Santa’s Mailbox is back and ready to receive letters from local kids, courtesy of the Riverside Department of Parks and Recreation, just east of the historic water tower at 10 Pine Ave. in downtown Riverside. All letters received through Dec. 20 will get a letter back from Santa. Be sure to include a mailing address, so Santa knows where to send his reply.

 Riverside Arts Center invites you to bring art home with a Paint Your Own Pottery box. Choose either a platter or serving bowl and receive a box containing everything you’ll need to create a painted masterpiece. Kits are $50 (non-members $55) and you can order online at the Riverside Arts Center website. RAC will arrange for delivery or pick up of your box on your specified day.

 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 Writers Group Online Meeting via Zoom on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.; Stretching and Meditation via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.; and DIY Décor Tuesdays via Facebook Live and YouTube on Dec. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

 RSVP to or visit the library’s online events calendar 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.

 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 via Zoom on Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. and Stories with Santa followed by a Q&A via Facebook Live on Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Email Santa questions ahead of time at

Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online calendar or calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130.

The Riverside Public Library presents Family Game Night via Zoom on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Visit the library’s online calendar for Zoom access info.