‘Maus’ community discussion

You hear news about book banning these days, but what does it mean for a library or community?

The Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites you to a community discussion of “Maus” by Art Spiegelman, a graphic novel confronting the Holocaust that was recently challenged for its content. The event will be held April 7 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room 1.

Copies of the book are available to check out at the library. To register for the event call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit online.

Easter craft event at North Riverside Mall

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, will host a Kids Club Easter Craft Event in the food court on April 2 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

The first 200 kids receive a free craft kit to paint in the mall or take home. There will also be face painters and balloon artists, a meet-and-greet with Alvin the Chipmunk and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.

More info online.

Baroque music at Triton College

Third Coast Baroque returns to Triton College, 2000 5th Ave. in River Grove, to perform “Sous les Charmilles,” a concert of 17th century French love songs in the Triton Art Gallery, Room 107 in J Building.

Nathalie Colas-Grant

Triton College faculty member Nathalie Colas-Grant will perform as a vocalist and YouTube star Brandon Acker will guide the audience through the repertoire.

Admission is free. Masks recommended. Visit triton.edu for more.

 Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale

For the first time in two years Holy Guardian Angels Parish will host a Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale at the St. Barbara Parish Center, 4015 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield, on April 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to perusing offerings from vendors, visitors can purchase delicious homemade baked goods and participate in a raffle.

Chris Anchor

Wildlife in Cook County’s forest preserves

The Chicago Zoological Society continues its virtual spring lecture series on April 6 at 7 p.m. with “Conservation of Biological Diversity in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.”

Join Chris Anchor, wildlife biologist for the CCFPD, for a discussion about the research and management of biological diversity. He’ll also share knowledge of urban coyotes, fish telemetry, bears, wolves, mountain lions, river otters and more.

 Lectures are free, though a $10 donation is appreciated. Visit online to register.

And more

  • Triton College, 2000 5th Ave in River Grove, will host a First Responder Expo on April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Center cafeteria in B Building. The free expo features law enforcement and fire agencies as well as Triton’s criminal justice, fire science and emergency medicine programs to provide info about educational requirements and career opportunities for those professions. RSVP not required.
  • Lyons Township High School’s Peaceable School s Initiative Club welcomes holiday basket donations containing anything that might brighten a child’s holiday. Donations benefit needy children at the Off the Streets Club. Drop off items, pre-assembled baskets or monetary donations at either campus main entrance through April 11. Email Michelle Harbin at mharbin@lths.net with questions.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Unseen Things Are Still Here” featuring the work of Alexandra Antoine, J.B. Daniel, Kate Ingold, Esau McGhee and Elsa Munoz in the Freeark Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Garden through April 9. Proof of vaccine required. Hours are Thursday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

RAC also presents a photography exhibition, “Love You Bro” featuring the work of Stephanie Graham in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside, through June 30. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to How to Successfully Navigate College Admissions in 2022 via Zoom on March 30 at 7 p.m., presented by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper of Stand Out for College LLC. Also, drop by the Sewing Help Desk on April 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. Register online to reserve a spot.

Register for programs online.

  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents a Virtual Field Trip: Stars & Constellations on April 4 at 7 p.m. Join the Cernan Earth and Space center at Triton College for a Zoom tour of the night sky. Live stream in person at the library or at home. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to An Evening with Jenny Lawson, a Zoom program from the author known for sharing her struggles with mental illness, on March 30 at 7 p.m. There’s also the hybrid program Renters’ Rights and Responsibilities presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Services on April 6 at 7 p.m. To register for programs visit online.
  •   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.