Think spring

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, and the Riverside Community Garden invite you to start thinking spring with a pair of programs on March 4.

From 10 to 11:15 a.m. join them for a Community Seed Swap in the library’s lower-level Community Room. Then hang around and learn what to do with those seeds during Seed Starting with the Community Garden from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Planting medium, spray bottles, tools and a limited amount of seeds will be supplied. You can also bring containers and seeds of your own.

Register to attend at

100-year logo contest

Did you know that the village of North Riverside turns 100 years old in 2024? As part of their preparation for celebrating the centennial, North Riverside Parks & Rec invites you to enter their contest to create a 100-year logo.

Only North Riverside residents are eligible to submit logos, and all logos must include aspects of the existing North Riverside logo and the North Riverside Historical Society logo.

Submissions must be made by March 20. Send them to Call 708-442-5515 with questions.

Learn about lead water line replacement

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will host an informative session about the state’s lead water service line replacement mandate, which became effective Jan. 1, 2022 and requires all lead service lines to be disconnected from the drinking water supply.

The Illinois Environmental Council will explain what the law requires of communities, how communities may fund replacement and what those who have lead service lines should do.

The presentation is on March 2 at 7 p.m. at the LaGrange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave., LaGrange. No advance registration required.

Bird’s eye view

The Triton College Cernan Earth and Space Center, 2000 5th Ave. in River Grove, will domestream “Birds: It’s Not About What But Where” on March 8 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and registration is not required.

The lecture, presented by the William M. Staerkel Planetarium in Champaign, examines birdwatching in central Illinois with commentary by Jeff Bryant, avid bird watcher and photographer.

The domestream will create an immersive environment, flying to different birding locations. Visit for more.

Pop tops for Ronald McDonald House

Riverside Parks & Recreation encourages you to dispose of aluminum can pop tops at their Giving Tree drop location at the recreation HQ, 43 E. Quincy St., through the month of March.

Pop tops will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which will recycle them to raise funds to support sick children with healing and coping. Drop off your pop tops Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 31.

Mike Houlihan

Get your Irish up

Hibernian Radio Hour, which focuses on Irish American first responders, will broadcast every Wednesday night at 7 p.m., starting March 1, from Big Corner Tavern, 8405 Cermak Road in North Riverside.

Every week, host Mike “Houli” Houlihan interviews a variety of Irish cops, firefighters, paramedics and nurses, interspersing them with comedy bits, Irish obits, music and trips to “Houlitown” for the weekly craic.

The show is streamed online every Saturday night at 7 p.m. on Global Irish Radio, and is podcast at

And more

  • Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, hosts its Spring Band Concert featuring the school’s Symphonic Band, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble and Beginning Band on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Romano Family Theater. Free.
  • Riverside School District 96 will host a virtual kindergarten information program on March 2 at 6 p.m. If your child will be 5 years old before Sept. 1 you are invited to attend. Visit for details.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents the 13th Annual Riverside-Brookfield High School Advanced Placement Art Exhibition from Feb. 24 through March 18 in the Freeark Gallery. Open Thursday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

There’s also “Mujer Quetzalcoatl” featuring the work of Alex Velazquez Brightbill, through March 30 in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Viewing hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents Preschool Yoga & Storytime (ages 2-5 with adult) on March 8 at 1 p.m. and Hell Hath No Fury: The Wild, Wicked and Wonderful Women of the Windy City with historian Clarence Goodman on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Unicorn Storytime on March 2 at 6 p.m., Chair Zumba on March 3 at 1:30 p.m., Intro to D&D for Teens (grades 6-12) on March 3 at 4 p.m., Legotastic Saturday on March 4 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Chair Yoga (virtual) on March 6 at 11 a.m., City of the Sun: The Ancient City of Cahokia on March 6 at 7 p.m. and Investigative Genetic Genealogy with the True Crime Club and Genealogy Club on March 8 at 7 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online at to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Friday Storytimes (all ages) on March 3 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m., First Saturday Storytime (all ages) on March 4 at 10 a.m., a Riverside Chapter of the Chicago Lyric Opera lecture on Bizet’s “Carmen” on March 5 at 2 p.m., Mini-Movers Storytime (3-under with caregiver) on March 6 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. and a Living History Portrayal of Julia Child by Leslie Goddard on March 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.