Saturday, Nov. 18 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Brookfield Zoo
Want to get a sneak peek of Brookfield Zoo’s festive holiday lights before the Holiday Magic Festival? If your answer is yes, then the Reindeer Run is for you! Tell your friends and family to dig out their running shoes and join you at the fun run Saturday. The zoo’s annual Reindeer Run is sponsored by Revolution Brewing and it takes participants on a two-mile run that runs throughout the park. Considering the Holiday Magic Festival is right around the corner, at the time of the run, the park will be decorated with more than 2 million LED lights! Doors will open at the north entrance at 5:30 p.m. where runners can check in. Registration is $30 and spots are limited so don’t wait, register now! Runners who are 21 and older with a valid ID can end their run with a complimentary beer or non-alcoholic hop water from Revolution Brewing. There’s something to run for! To register and for additional information, visit CZS.org/ReindeerRun. 8400 W. 31st St.
Light the Tree with Santa
Sunday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., North Riverside Park Mall
Gather your kids and join the North Riverside Park Mall in ringing in Santa for the lighting of the Christmas Tree! Mayor Mengoni, DJ Jingles, elves, and the carolers will help welcome Santa as the North Riverside Fire Department arrives to officially kick off the holiday season. Santa will arrive at 11 a.m., so mark your calendars. Be there and guarantee your spot on the nice list. 7501 W. Cermak Rd.
Thanks 4 Giving WSCCI Guest Bartending Charity Event
Thursday, Nov. 16, 5-7 p.m., Slager’s
The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry invites you to attend Thanks 4 Giving this Thursday at Slager’s. Guest Bartenders will be behind the bar serving up drinks all night. The bar will be a cash bar, so make sure you bring your cash! Tips will be donated to the LeaderShop. The LeaderShop’s mission is to empower the youth to become community-minded individuals through diverse programs that foster confidence, knowledge, and leadership. Come to Slager’s, order a drink, and help raise money for this organization. 9308 47th St.
Nailed It With Cupcakes
Saturday, Nov. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m., North Riverside Public Library
Do you love cupcakes, frosting, and sprinkles? So does the North Riverside Library! The library will be hosting Nailed It with Cupcakes this Saturday. This event is for kids and young adults from Grades 6-12. Everybody loves Cupcake Wars — here is your chance to bring the show to life. Decorate your cupcake to the best of your ability and give yourself a chance to win a fun prize! 2400 Desplaines Ave.
FOL Writer’s Workshop
Monday, Nov. 20 , 7-8:30 p.m., Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library
The Brookfield Library is calling all writers that have not attended the Friends of the Library Writer’s Workshop before! The event has been running on the first and third Mondays of every month. Of course, the workshop’s regulars are greatly appreciated, but new faces are always welcome as well! The workshop is for individuals who write poetry or prose, and it is a great opportunity for writers to all come together and share their best works, as well as write more. Find your writing community! 3541 Park Ave.
Monday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Imperial Oak Brewing
Imperial Oak Brewing Company is calling all folks who dabble in trivia to come together, battle it out in a friendly game, and test everyone’s intelligence! This is the time to assemble your team before Monday rolls around. Join the brewing company and Liquid Kourage Entertainment in both taprooms. The best part about this, besides the trivia, is that you do not have to call and make a reservation ahead, you just need to show up with your team! However, spots are limited so come early. Get your team ready now! 9526 Ogden Ave.