Become a compost volunteer

Join the volunteers at the Riverside Community Garden, 400 Nuttall Road (Ascension Lutheran Church), for a special session about their Community Compost Program on April 19 at 5 p.m.

While you’ll learn composting best practices, participants are invited to become compost volunteers by contributing kitchen scraps to the garden’s compost system from April through October.

It’s a great way to learn about composting, reduce household waste and help the garden provide fresh produce to the community. Event will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

Jewelry Show in North Riverside

North Riverside Parks & Rec invites the community to its first-ever Jewelry Show, a free event featuring more than 30 vendors on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

All of the jewelry is either handmade or new from a distributor. Get your Mother’s Day shopping done early or just pick up something for yourself.

Hauser Orchestra spring concert

The music program at Hauser Junior High School in Riverside invites you to enjoy the Hauser Orchestra’s spring concert, which will be held in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on April 15 at 11 a.m.

The concert will feature both ensemble and solo performance by middle school students.

FLOS Landscape Workday

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society invites you to join them and volunteers from Riverside-Brookfield High School to spruce up Riverside’s greenspaces during the RBHS PTO Community Day/FLOS Landscape Workday on April 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Meet at Indian Gardens just east of the Scout Cabin at 380 Fairbank Road. From there, volunteers will be assigned projects throughout Indian Gardens, Guthrie Park, Patriots Parks and possibly other locations depending on turnout.

Come for as long as you like. Supervised children welcome. Service hour credits available. Bring work gloves and a bottle of water. All other supplies and snacks will be supplied. Look for the public works dump truck.

Teresita Basa

True Crime Club returns

Join the True Crime Club at the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3514 Park Ave., as they host guest speakers Todd Ganz and Stephani Young from the “If Walls Could Talk” podcast, who are experts on the chilling history of now-demolished Edgewater Hospital, on April 19 at 7 p.m.

During their presentation “The Voice from the Grave,” they will lead the group through the true crime case of nurse Teresita Basa. Register to attend by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or online.

And more

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “One Ends and Another Begins” featuring the work for Regin Igloria and “Over the Rainbow, One More Time,” featuring the work of Laura Kina through May 6. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. 

There’s also “Everything Fades,” featuring the paintings of Natalie Shugailo at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside through June 30. The township hall is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents After School Art Escape (child with adult) on April 13 at 4 p.m., Lego Club on April 14 at 4 p.m., Mixed Media Car Drop-in on April 15 at noon, Morning Munchkin Stories with Ms. Karen on April 17 at 10:30 a.m., Safari ABCs (child with adult, every other week in Spanish) on April 19 at 10:30 a.m. and Tai Chi with Age Options on April 19 at 2:30 p.m.  Register for programs online.

Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Fairytale Storytime on April 13 at 10:30 a.m., Register for Senior SNAP Benefits on April 13 at 1 p.m., Intro to Video Editing on April 13 at 7 p.m., Yoga Storytime (ages 2-5 with caregiver) on April 14 at 1 p.m., Maker Studio 101 on April 15 at 3 p.m., Chair Yoga (virtual) on April 17 at 11 a.m. and Storytime Stars (ages 2-3 with caregiver) on April 18 at 10:30 a.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Crafting at The Spot: Bad Art (ages 12+) on April 13 at 7 p.m., Ukulele Friday Outside Storytime on April 14 at 10 a.m., Mindfulness Together meditation on April 14 at 11 a.m., Mini-Movers Storytime (babies to age 3) on April 17 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. and Little Hands Activity Time (ages1-4) on April 18 at 9:30 a.m. To register for programs, visit online.

 The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts its next bingo session on April 16. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games start at 2 p.m. with cash payouts.