RAC preview exhibit at town hall

Riverside Arts Center may be in between shows right now, but you can get a taste of what’s in store if you visit the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, for an exhibition called “Storyboards for Installations and Assemblages” by Camille Silverman, the RAC executive director.

The exhibition features studies for “Softening Space,” Silverman’s exhibition in the Riverside Arts Center’s Freeark Gallery, which opens to the public on Jan. 14. The show in gallery will run simultaneously with the show at the township hall, a first for RAC.

This body of photographic drawings and collages was inspired by a series of prints by Helen Frankenthaler at the Art Institute of Chicago, which Frankenthaler continually reworked and added notes to — a tool for variations in the reproduction of an image. 

Silverman uses this technique to “build a continuous diary of visual language by using repetition to free my mind to unexpected improvisation and experimentation.”

Riverside Township Hall is open to walk-in visitors during normal business hours. Silverman’s exhibition there will be shown through Feb. 25.

‘Wonderful Life’ goes digital

Theatre of Western Springs presents “It’s a Wonderful Western Springs Life,” a digital play for the holidays by the Actives of the TWS and the young actors of the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs. 

Tickets are on sale at the Theatre of Western Springs website and the performance can be seen through noon Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Subscribers will receive the code; a $10 donation is suggested for non-subscribers. The digital Vimeo link will be emailed to patrons.

“It’s A Wonderful Western Springs Life” features a cast of more than 100 adults and children and was filmed on the streets and in the parks and businesses of Western Springs.

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Town Hall

The clinical team at Loretto Hospital in Chicago will host a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Town Hall on Facebook Live from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6

Meet with the clinical team who will answer questions and empower individuals with the facts to make a personal, informed decisions. Panelists include Lois Clarke M.D., Loretto’s medical director of research; Shilpa Pulluru M.D., clinical research liaison; and Ali Ahmed Ph.D., president of Affinity Health, Loretto’s clinical research partner. 

Vaccine trial participants will receive free healthcare for up to two years. View the town hall at Loretto Hospital’s Facebook page.

Webinar on police practices and policies

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area and the CommUNITY Diversity Group of LaGrange will co-sponsor a webinar with local police departments and community groups in a discussion of police policies and practices via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The conversation will also include representatives of local mental health and community services. The public is encouraged to suggest questions prior to the event by emailing to LaGrangeLWV@gmail.com.

The webinar is free of charge and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Around Riverside in 80 Days

There are 80 days between Thanksgiving Day and Valentine’s Day, so with that in mind the Riverside Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to register for Around Riverside in 80 Days, which challenges you to get out there every day through Feb. 14 and walk, run or bike any distance to stay healthy this winter.

Track your trips on the downloadable tracker sheet and see just how far you can go in 80 days. Send your pictures and keep Parks and Rec posted on your achievements by emailing to riversidepr@riverside.il.us.

Register to participate in the fun run campaign by clicking here and receive a sweatshirt of your choice.

And more

  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 Game Night Wednesdays on Jan. 6 and 13 at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library’s Facebook page. 

There’s also Crafternoons: Candy Cane Wreaths via Zoom on Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. and Book Club Telephone Talk on Jan. 12 at 6:45 p.m. via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322). The book this month is “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover. Call 708-447-0869 to pick up a copy curbside.

RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org or visit the library’s online events page for adult 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 Chair Yoga via Zoom on Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. Visit the library’s online events calendar to register.