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LTHS students filling holiday baskets

The Lyons Township High School Peaceable Schools Initiative (PSI) Club is hoping to fill holiday baskets for needy children at the Off the Streets Club, Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club.

Any and all donations are welcome. Please drop off baskets/buckets, small toys, books, art supplies, juice boxes, snacks or anything to brighten a child’s holiday. Pre-assembled baskets will also be gladly accepted. Monetary donations are also welcome.

Items may be dropped off at either campus main entrance (100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange (North Campus) or 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs (South Campus) by Monday, March 29. Students will be assembling the baskets for delivery the following day.

For additional information or questions, email PSI sponsor Michelle Harbin at mharbin@lths.net.

Hear them roar

Martina Mathisen

Educational entertainer Martina Mathisen presents a fascinating look at dynamic women in history, including Annie Oakley, Harriet Tubman, Madame Curie, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart and more during “Women in History,” a Zoom presentation brought to you by Brookfield Public Library.

The program will take place on Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m. and registration is required by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visiting the online calendar.

Get rooted

Malaka Gharib

North Riverside Public Library invites you to participate in a discussion, via Zoom, of the book “I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir” by Malaka Gharib, this month’s selection for the Deeply Rooted Book Club, which explores the history of inequality and civil rights in American through a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.

The discussion takes place on Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org or visit the library’s online calendar for Zoom meeting access info.

Mater Christi basket raffle

The men’s Holy Name Society of Mater Christi Parish in North Riverside will host their first-ever Easter Basket Raffle on Sunday, March 28 at 3 p.m.

Twenty-five baskets containing a spiral-cut ham, smoked sausage, rye bread, butter lamb, houska, eggs, lamb cake, solid chocolate bunny, jelly beans, Peeps, an Easter lily and more will be raffled. There will also be a split-the-pot with cash prizes.

There will be no physical gathering, so tickets must be purchased in advance. For more info and entry forms click here. The deadline for entries is March 27 at noon.

You can watch the raffle live online through a link on the Mater Christi website. Call Steven Piszczor at 708-602-1927 with questions.

RBHS school board candidate forum

Indivisible West Suburban Action League will host a virtual Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208 school board candidate forum on Wednesday, March 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Moderated by RBHS Senior & Student Association Vice President Omar Padilla, the forum will give the candidates a chance to introduce themselves and answer questions from IWSAL members and the community.

All are invited to submit questions in advance to indivisiblewestsuburbanaction@gmail.com. The audience also will have the opportunity to submit questions to be asked as time allows.

The forum will take place via Zoom. To join, go to this link.

And more

  • Tallgrass Sudbury School, 82 Woodside Road in Riverside (at Riverside United Methodist Church) will host an open house on March 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn about the Tallgrass education, get a tour and talk with students, staff and parents. The open house will be held in person within CDC guidelines. RSVP required. Click here for a registration link.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., invites you “The Kitchen Sink,” a group show which runs through April 3 in the Freeark Gallery. The exhibition features the work of artists Bimbola Akinbola, Alex Bradley Cohen, Mari Eastman, Cassidy Early, Zehra Khan, Kelly Neibert and Sophie Treppendahl. Free. Appointments required. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Email info@riversideartscenter.com to schedule an appointment.
  • 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 on March 15 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live  and Game Night Wednesdays on March 17 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

There’s also Crafternoons: Terracotta Pot Wind Chime via Zoom on March 13 at 1:30 p.m. and Stretching and Meditation on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322).

RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org 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 library’s Facebook page.

For adults, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on March 11 at 11 a.m. and College 101 on March 17 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will talk to teens about their post-high school options, finding your best match and how to visit safely during the pandemic.

Visit the library’s online calendar to register for Zoom programs.

  • Riverside Public Library will host a pair of Zoom events for adults in the coming week, including a Riverside Reads book discussion of “The Particular Sadness” by Aimee Bender on March 16 at 2:30 p.m. and a Medicare Information Seminar with Bill Scanlon and Courtney Erb on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Register to obtain Zoom access by visiting the library’s online calendar.

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