CZS/Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic 

Saturday, Nov. 25   3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Brookfield Zoo

Thanksgiving just passed, and now it’s time for Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or other holidays your loved ones celebrate this time of year! To officially launch your friends and family’s celebration of the holidays, Brookfield Zoo invites you to their Holiday Magic event. Holiday Magic is Chicagoland’s longest-running lights festival that has over 2 million LED lights that turn the zoo into the brightest winter wonderland. Participants can wander around the park and enjoy the 41-foot-long tree that plays light sequences to different seasonal songs, 3D Gingerbread House, and 600-foot-long Tunnel of Lights. Not only will the paths be lit up, but so will some animal habitats, restaurants, and gift shops. Get festive at the zoo, all are welcome! Make online reservations, visit 8400 W. 31st. St.

Senior Discount Haircuts

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m., North Riverside Parks & Recreation

Thanksgiving is just around the corner — don’t you want to look spick-and-span for your friends and family? Well, seniors, you’re in luck! Luanna and the North Riverside Parks and Recreation are offering discounts to seniors who would like haircuts. Typically, at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month discounts occur, but this week is special for the holiday. It is important to note that walk-ins are not accepted, instead, appointments are required by calling the Parks & Rec Department at (708) 442-5515. Call now! Haircuts are only $11 (tipping is optional).  2401 Des Plaines Ave.

Annual Turkey Trot Hike

Friday, Nov. 24, 1:30 p.m., Trailside Museum of Natural History

All the turkey, stuffing, and desserts got you feeling stuffed? Bring the family to River Forest’s annual Turkey Trot Hike. The Trailside Museum is a perfect place for a hike, considering the native animals, wildflower gardens, and other nature delights. The hike will occur at 1:30 p.m., so make sure your group arrives at the Trailside Museum of Natural History before start time. Your stomachs will thank you later. Call Trailside at (708) 366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave.

Spice Club: Gingerbread Spice 

Monday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., North Riverside Public Library

Sugar, Spice, and everything you need provided by the Spice Club is nice! As a part of Make it Mondays, on the fourth Monday of every month, participants can pick up a free spice kit to prepare at home provided by the North Riverside Public Library. What better time to get into the Christmas spirit than right after Thanksgiving! It is only appropriate considering the holiday has passed. Sign up, bring your kit home, and prepare it with your family. Besides, who doesn’t love gingerbread? To RSVP, visit online.

Erika Hobbs

Landmark Editor Meet & Greet

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 4-5:30pm, Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library (Brookfield Library Meeting Room 1)

This is Erika Hobbs, editor of GCM, which publishes Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review, the Landmark and Wednesday Journal. I’m eager to get to know our readers, so I am holding “office hours” in the communities we cover. Please join me to say hi, ask questions, offer story tips. I’m here for you. Please do come by — I’m looking forward to these conversations. They’ll be the first of many. 3541 Park Ave.

Cards & Coffee

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library   

Seniors and adults: are you still trying to recover from talking with relatives on Thanksgiving? Take a short trip to the Brookfield Library to decompress by playing some cards and drinking a cup of joe. The library will be bringing people together to join others in card games, board games, and coffee. There’s no doubt that this event will be a relaxing time surrounded by neighbors of Brookfield and Riverside. 3541 Park Ave.

Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Market 

Saturday, Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Riverside Presbyterian Church Preschool

The Riverside Presbyterian Church Preschool invites you to their annual Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 8:30-11:30am. Guests will be treated to a pancake breakfast, photos with Santa, and a holiday market for kids to pick out gifts for their friends and family. Adults are free, whereas children are $15 each. Rumor has it that children who attend will automatically be on Santa’s nice list! To register, visit 116 Barrypoint Rd.