Party for the Planet

Celebrate Earth Day this weekend at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St. with a pair of events geared for all.

On April 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brookfield Zoo hosts a Party for the Planet recycling event in the main north parking lot. Enter through the gate on 31st Street just west of Golfview Avenue.

Bring electronics, textiles and used books and dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way. A complete list of acceptable items can be found at CZS.org/PartyPlanet.

On April 23 lace up your sneakers and head to the zoo for its annual Earth Day Run, which takes place inside the park at 8 a.m. The non-competitive 2.2-mile fun run is geared for all ages.

The $35 fee includes zoo admission for the day. Proceeds benefit the zoo’s Animal Care and Conservation Fund. Visit CZS.org/EarthDayRun for more.


Terry Sullivan

Jazz up your weekend

Jazz vocalist Terry Sullivan presents “My Fair Lady Swings!” on April 23 at 4 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road in Riverside.

Sullivan and her trio of Tom Muellner (piano), Jim Cox (bass) and Fred Johnson (trumpet/vocals) will perform songs from the beloved musical, inspired by a 1962 jazz arrangement by Shelly Manne.

Tickets are $25 ($20 seniors/students) and are available at the door or at jazz.brownpapertickets.com.


Doc Mack | Photo by Kyle Bice

Galloping Ghost documentary preview

Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites the public to a behind-the-lens exclusive preview of the documentary project “Ghostlord and the Quest for Dark Presence” on April 21 at 7 p.m.

Filmmaker Craig Bass and “Ghostlord” Doc Mack will share stories of their projects and attendees will have a chance to play a prototype of Mack’s arcade videogame “Dark Presence,” his obsession since he was a teen. Refreshments will be served.

Free and open to all ages.


Meet the Puzzle Master

Will Shortz

Join the Riverside Public Library and Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library for a special Zoom presentation “Secrets of the Puzzle Master: A Conversation with Will Shortz” on April 25 at 7 p.m.

Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, author of more than 500 puzzle books and the world’s only academically accredited puzzle master, will discuss crossword puzzles.

In honor of this event, Shortz has created a special crossword puzzle all about Illinois, which will be e-mailed to all registrants. To request a Zoom link to the program send an email to illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com or register via brookfield.evanced.info/signup or riversidelibrary.org/events.


Nazareth Academy spring musical

Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, presents the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” April 20-22 at 7 p.m. and April 23 at 1 p.m. in The Romano Family Theater.

Tickets are $18 and are available via Nazareth’s website at nazarethacademy.com.

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 riversideartscenter.com for more.

  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents After School Art Escape (child with adult) on April 20 at 4 p.m., Calming Craft for Kids on April 21 at 4 p.m., Flip Book Fun with Digital Animation (grades 6-12) on April 22 at 1:30 p.m., Morning Munchkin Stories with Ms. Karen on April 24 at 10:30 a.m., Chair Yoga on April 24 at 6 p.m., Koko’s Film Club: “Shoplifters” on April 25 at 2 p.m. and Safari ABCs (child with adult, every other week in Spanish) on April 26 at 10:30 a.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Fairytale Storytime on April 20 at 10:30 a.m., Essentials of Estate Planning on April 20 at 2 p.m., Chair Zumba on April 21 at 1:30 p.m., a Latin Jazz: The Real Mambo Kings film screening and discussion on April 22 at 1 p.m., Home Finances for the Brookfield Market on April 24 at 10 a.m., Chair Yoga (virtual) on April 24 at 11 a.m. and Storytime Stars (ages 2-3 with caregiver) on April 25 at 10:30 a.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Mindful Chair Yoga on April 20 at 11 a.m., a Chess Meet Up (grades K-8) on April 20 at 4 p.m.,  Friday Outside Storytime on April 21 at 10 a.m., Family Playtime on April 22 at 10 a.m., a screening of the 1953 Film “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi on April 23 at 2 p.m., Mini-Movers Storytime (babies to age 3) on April 24 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. and Little Hands Activity Time (ages1-4) on April 25 at 9:30 a.m. To register for programs, visit online.
  •  The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts its next bingo session on May 21. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games start at 2 p.m. with cash payouts.