Connecting families and dolphins

Join the Chicago Zoological Society’s Dr. Katherine McHugh, deputy program director and senior scientist with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, for the virtual lecture “Connecting Children and Families with Dolphin Conservation at Sarasota Bay” on March 21 at 7 p.m.

McHugh will share some of the programs, strategies and partnerships the world’s longest-running dolphin study uses to connect kids and families to these charismatic marine mammals and discuss dolphins’ underwater habits and how to get involved in dolphin conservation. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

The lecture is free, although a $10 donation is appreciated. Online reservations are required and can be made at

Matt Ulery | Photo by Devin Ulery

Chamber jazz concert

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington Ave. in LaGrange, continues its Sounds in the Sanctuary concert series on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Matt Ulery’s Mannerist 11.

Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase structures and expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery’s latest chamber-jazz orchestra project brings together eight brass and wind players from the Chicago jazz and classical/new music scenes along with piano, bass and drums.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door ($15 for children 5-18, under 5 free). Purchase advance tickets­ at

Dr. Lisa Damour

Naz hosts final Parent Speaker talk

Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park hosts its final Parent Speaker Series presentation on March 16 at 7 p.m. via Zoom with clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour, who will speak on “The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, Compassionate Adolescents.”

The session is free to attend open to the public. Pre-registration is required and can be done on the school’s website at, under the Parent/Student tab.

Mall hosts Play Dates for kids 4-under

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, in conjunction with the Children’s Center of Cicero/Berwyn hosts weekly Developmental Play Dates for children ages 4-under as part of a new NRPM Kids Club.

The play dates are held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Kids Play Area in the mall’s lower-level concourse. Play dates include an hour of age-appropriate storytime, music, sensory play and movement.

And more

  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents the 13th Annual Riverside-Brookfield High School Advanced Placement Art Exhibition 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 After School Art Escape (child with adult) on March 16 at 4 p.m., Lego Club (8-under) on March 17 at 4 p.m., Intro to D&D (grades 6-12) on March 18 at1:30 p.m., Morning Munchkin Stories with Ms. Karen on March 20 at 10:30 a.m. and Safari ABCs (child with adult, every other week in Spanish) on March 22 at 10:30 a.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Fairytale Storytime on March 16 at 10:30 a.m., Zumba for Kids (grades K-5) on March 16 at 4 p.m., Medicare and Military Healthcare on March 17 at 11 a.m., Chair Zumba on March 17 at 1:30 p.m., Chair Yoga (virtual) on March 20 at 11 a.m., Storytime Stars (ages 2-3 with caregiver) on March 21 at 10:30 a.m. and Teen Craft: Succulent Snowglobe on March 22 at 4 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents a Chess Meet Up (grades K-8) on March 16 at 4 p.m., Friday Storytimes (all ages) on March 17 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m., Mini-Movers Storytime (3-under with caregiver) on March 20 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. and Little Hands Activity Time (best for kids 1-4) on March 21 at 9:30 a.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.