LTHS presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The Lyons Township High School Theatre Board presents its annual freshman/sophomore play, “The Wizard of Oz” on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In this classic production, Dorothy is whisked away from her home in Kansas by a tornado, which takes her to the faraway land of Oz, where she encounters muchkins, a wicked witch, a great wizard and three loyal companions who accompany Dorothy on her journey to the Emerald City and learn about friendship, brains, heart, courage and the things we do for those we love.

All shows are in the South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 Willow Springs Road, Western Springs. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students and senior citizens) and free with LTHS student ID. The theatre opens 30 minutes before the show starts.

Final FLOS Landscape Workday of 2021

Join the Frederick Law Olmsted Society for its final Landscape Workday of the year on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon on Longcommon Road at the Downing Triangle.

RSVP to attend at least 24 hours in advance by emailing to workdays@olmstedsociety.org or by calling 708-447-0226. Wear a face covering and bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.

Libraries mark Trans Awareness Week

Local libraries will mark Transgender Awareness Week, which is Nov. 13-19, by hosting programs to further understanding of transgender identity.

On Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library hosts “Transgender 101,” a Zoom presentation by expert Nikki Cochran Selik who will provide key concepts, explain terminology and offer tools for being a supportive ally.

Registration is required at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or brookfield.evanced.info/signup.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave. hosts “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen,” a hybrid program (limit 10 in person). The documentary looks at Hollywood’s depictions of transgender people and its impact on American culture. Snacks provided.

Register at northriversidelibrary.org/events-new.

Skating rink opens at Brookfield Zoo

Courtesy of CZS/Brookfield Zoo

Lace up your ice skates and head to Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., where a skating rink opens Saturday, Nov. 13.

Located on the East Mall, the 40-by-80-foot rink, open Saturdays and Sundays, is made of a synthetic plastic known as Glice. Even if the weather is warm, there’s no need to worry about it melting. The rink will also be open during the zoo’s Holiday Magic nights, from 3 to 9 p.m.

The cost for unlimited time on the rink for all skaters is $7. A limited number of skates are available to rent for a $5 fee. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates. For more information, visit CZS.org/Events or call 708-688-8000.

And more

  • The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area invites you to a book discussion of the novel “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. LaGrange Road. The program is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, email league@lagrangearealwv.org or visit lagrangearealwv.org online.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents the exhibition “Portable Memorials and Abject Objects” featuring the work of Rebecca Keller in the Freeark Gallery through Nov. 27. The FlexSpace Gallery hosts “Proposals and Speculations” featuring the work of Shir Ende and Lancer Livermont through Nov. 20.  Gallery hours are Thurs.-Sat. 1-5 p.m. Visit riversideartscenter.com for more.
  • The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its 60-to-Win raffle drawings every Thursday through Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. You can also watch a livestream on the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Winners’ names will be posted each week at brookfieldchamber.net.
  • Riverside Arts Center presents “Porcelain Utopia: Mid-Century Lustron Homes in Illinois and Beyond,” an exhibit of photographs by Dirk Fletcher in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, through Dec. 31. Free. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to explore your family tree by visiting their Ancestry Help Desk every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. through November. There’s also Crafternoons: String Art on Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Kids ages 4-up can choose either in-person or Zoom attendance for Lapsit Storytime on Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m.; After School Art Escape (in person only) on Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m.; ABCs and 123s on Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m.; Every Child a Reader (in-person only) on Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.; Story Safari on Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m.; and Builders Club (Zoom only) on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.

Kids in grades 6-12 can play the Jackbox game Fibbage 3 via Zoom on Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.

Register for programs at northriversidelibrary.org/events-new.

  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites you to Chair Yoga via Zoom on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. and Tips to Prevent Consumer Fraud presented in person by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Visit brookfield.evanced.info/signup to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents a Medicare Information Seminar by Bill Scanlon and Courtnay Erb on Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and a Riverside Reads discussion of “Plunder: A Memoir of Family property and Nazi Treasure” on Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. Both programs are in the Community Room.

 There’s also Friday Flix for teens in the Teen Room on Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m.; Mini-Movers Storytime in the Community Room on Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Preschool/Kindergarten Storytime on Nov. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and After School DIY for teens on Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Registration required.

Visit riversidelibrary.libcal.com/calendar to register for programs.

  • Riverside Chess Club, open to anyone age 5 through adult, meets in person each Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Room 30 of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road. Players of all levels welcome. Children under 7 require caregiver over 13. Email sean@riversidechessclub.org for more info.
  • The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo the second Sunday of every month. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games start at 2 p.m. with cash payouts. Next bingo night is Nov. 14.