Drive-thru Valentine’s Senior Social

The Brookfield Aging Well Team and the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce invites all senior citizens to RSVP and attend their modified Valentine’s Day Senior Social, a free, socially distanced and safe drive-thru event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13.

Call Aging Care Connections at 708-603-2275 to reserve your spot. All RSVP’d guests can arrive at Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. and follow the decorated path to receive your free goodie bag filled with generously donated items from Brookfield Chamber of Commerce and Aging Well team members. 

Curbside Cupid at Riverside Library

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, will aim to capture your heart during a special Curbside Cupid drive-by event on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to pull up to the curb outside the library and pick up a bag of treats during this no-contact event marking Valentine’s Day.

LTHS launches Project Love Letter

Are you looking to brighten someone’s day with an anonymous note of gratitude and love? Lyons Township High School Student Council is stepping in as Cupid this month, enlisting students, staff, families and community members to hand-write a short, one-page, anonymous letter of love and thanks to someone in the community.

A primary focus will be to deliver letters to institutions – retirement communities, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities, hospitals, etc. Student Council has been tasked with identifying where to send the dispatches.

A sample letter is available on the LT Student Council webpage. All letters must be submitted by Feb. 16 and may be dropped off at the Main Office at the North Campus, 100 S. Brainard Ave., LaGrange, or South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road, Western Springs, or mailed to LTHS Student Council c/o Peter Geddeis, 100 S. Brainard Ave., LaGrange, 60525.

Legion hosts ‘Leadership and Inclusion’ seminar

Sgt. Maj. Donna Brock

Riverside American Legion Post #488 will mark Black History Month by hosting guest speaker Sgt. Maj. Donna Brock (U.S. Army ret.) for the seminar “Leadership and Inclusion,” which will emphasize the importance of making sure all people are represented in groups, teams and organizations.

Brock is a retired command sergeant major with more than 35 years of service in the Army. She serves on the board of directors and is treasurer of the Army Women’s Foundation and serves as a community coach for the program Together with Veterans.

The event takes place Friday, Feb 12 at 6 p.m. and will be streamed publicly on Post 488’s Facebook page.

Virtually tour ‘Notorious RBG’ exhibit

Ruth Bader

Join Brookfield Public Library for a free virtual tour of the exhibit “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg” on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.

It’s the first-ever museum exhibition focusing solely on this judicial icon, whose image graces mugs, t-shirts, posters, and bobbleheads. The exhibit is a vibrant exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer and internet phenomenon.

The library invites you to tour the exhibit via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. Registration required by phone at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or by visiting the library’s online calendar.

And more

  • Enter for a chance to win $250 during a special Valentines’ Day Photo Contest at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, through Feb. 14. Visit the Valentine’s Loveseat, which is located on the lower level next to Finish Line, and take a photo. Post to Instagram or Facebook and tag #lovenrpmall and #lovewins. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via social media. Mall open M-Sat, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun., noon to 6 p.m.
  • Lyons Township High School invites the community to enjoy an exhibit of student artwork online. 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 riverside arts center’s 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 Makerspace Mondays via Facebook Live on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. and Game Night Wednesdays on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. 

There’s also Deeply Rooted Book Club via Zoom on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. The book for February is “Racism without Racists” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva; Crafternoons: Valentine’s Tree Painting via Zoom on Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m.; Stretching and Meditation on Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. by conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322); and engage in brain-healthy activities during a WITS Workout via Zoom on Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.

RSVP to or visit the library’s online 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 the library’s Facebook page. For adults, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. and Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol Series: Types of Fraud Schemes via Zoom on Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. Visit the library’s online calendar to register for Zoom programs.
  • Riverside Public Library invites you to join in the discussion during Riverside Reads: “Hard Evidence” by Barbara D’Amato on Zoom on Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. To obtain Zoom access info, visit the library’s online calendar.