LWV asks, ‘Can our democracy be fixed?’

The League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area hosts the presentation “Can Our Democracy Be Fixed” via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The presentation includes information gathered from years of study by a bipartisan commission of leading thinkers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).  The report, “Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century,” makes concrete recommendations for how to rebuild a culture of commitment to American constitutional democracy. 

At this introductory meeting, the League will present a short video, summarize the report and discuss how to proceed with studying the recommendations in greater depth.

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

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing meeting access information.

More at the Laegue of Women Voters website.


Radio Players present Jack Benny, Dragnet

The Riverside Township Radio Players’ January performance is now available on YouTube.

Visit the troupe’s website for a link to their YouTube channel and you can watch the troupe recreate two shows from the Golden Age of Radio, including “The Big Bounce” from the classic crime drama “Dragnet” and an episode of The Jack Benny Program where the cast presents a “Capt. Horatio Hornblower” comedy sketch.


Make your own paper flowers

Brookfield Public Library invites you to tap into your crafty side during Take and Make Paper Flowers, a special Facebook Live program on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m.

Pick up supplies at the library and then follow along on the library’s Facebook page to assemble your own paper flowers. Kits are available via curbside pickup while supplies last. 

Call 708-485-6917 or visit the library’s website for more information.


Book bags from Riverside Library

Kids, wouldn’t it be great to get a bag of books and goodies selected by librarians each month, just for you?

Riverside Public Library invites you to submit a form (or email feedback if you are a returning participant) and then pick up your books in February and March, read them and return them when you are done.

For February, first time subscribers can submit a form, which can be found by clicking here, by Feb. 10. Your bag will be ready for pickup on Feb. 15.

Submit a form (first-timers) or email feedback (continuing subscribers) to youthservices@riversidelibrary.org by March 10 for bag pickup on March 15.


And more

  Lyons Township High School invites the community to enjoy an exhibit of student artwork online on the school’s website. The virtual exhibit features pieces of art in various mediums and from all levels, including drawings, paintings, photographs, jewelry, textiles, video and sculpture.

 Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Softening Space” featuring constructions, installations and paintings by Camille Silverman in the Freeark Gallery through Feb. 11 and “Invisible Visible,” a collaboration between artist Colleen Plumb and writer Katherine Kassouf Cummings in the FlexSpace Gallery through Feb. 22. The gallery is open by appointment. Visit the Riverside Arts Center website for more information.

  Chicago Zoological Society’s animal care staff presents “Bringing to Zoo to You” Facebook Live chats each weekday at 11 a.m. through February. If you can’t tune in at 11 a.m., you can watch the videos later on Brookfield Zoo’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., offers a number of virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Game Night Wednesdays on Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. 

There’s also Stretching and Meditation via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. and Makerspace Mondays on Facebook Live on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org or visit the library’s events calendar 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. For adults, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. and Lunch and Learn: Estate Planning for Business Owners via Zoom on Jan. 29 at noon featuring attorney Lauren Sanuw. Visit the library’s online calendar to register for Zoom programs.

 Riverside Public Library invites you to join the Final Friday Grown-up Game Night on Zoom on Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. Put the kids to bed and join in for some Jackbox favorites. You’ll need to watch on Zoom on one device while playing games on a mobile device. To obtain Zoom access info, visit the library’s online calendar.