New art exhibit at Compassion Factory
Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents "Sacred Art," an exhibition of artwork by Beth Shadur, whose work and murals have been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad.
She is also an educator, who has lectured widely on community arts. She serves as gallery director at Prairie State College and is on the board of trustees at the Illinois State Museum.
The show runs from Jan. 31 through Feb. 23, with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission to the gallery and opening reception are free.
Women at war
Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites the public to join Barb Warner Deane for her presentation "Women of World War II: On the Front Lines and the Home Front" on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.
Learn about contributions women made during the war effort, including the American Red Cross Clubmobile program which served frontline troops from Europe to India to Southeast Asia.
Indoor 'snowball' fight
North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites kids and teens in grades 6 through 12 to get ready to rumble during a snowball craft activity that will be followed by an epic indoor snowball fight from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2
Create your own "snowball" by stabbing a piece of wool and then see just how good they'll be in battle. The more colorful, the better.
Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road in Riverside, invites the community to a concert by the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church.
The featured performer will be John Bruce Yeh, assistant principal clarinet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the longest serving clarinetist in CSO history.
Parking is available around the church and Ames School, across the street. A freewill offering will be collected.
'Marshall' at North Riverside Library
North Riverside Public Library continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee series on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. with a screening of the 2017 biopic "Marshall" starring Chadwick Boseman as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Free. Drop in only.
New Brookfield Citizens Police Academy forming
The Brookfield Police Department invites members of the community to participate in its 11th Annual Citizens Police Academy, a 10-week course beginning Feb. 21 that covers an array of topics related to policing – from investigations to traffic stops, firearms, the K-9 unit, interviewing and interrogating, crime scene analysis and more.
Classes, open to any Brookfield resident or business owner age 18+, meet every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Police Department/Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Applications are available online at www.brookfieldil.gov or in the lobby of the village hall and police department.
The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.
• Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, will host the next of its monthly grief support gatherings on Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The theme of the gathering will be reacting to grief and how to identify and address signs and symptoms. Seats are limited. RSVP by Feb. 8 to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-485-2000.
• North Riverside Parks and Rec will host a Daddy Daughter Snow Ball Dance on Feb. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Girls ages 5-12 and their dads can enjoy dinner, dessert, a DJ, dancing, photos and more. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and big brothers welcome to participate. The fee is $15 per person. Register by Feb. 2 by calling 708-442-5515.
• Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, hosts Water Exercise Techniques (WET), an adult level fitness class on Wednesday nights through March 20 at 7:30 p.m. No swimming involved. $54 for nine classes. Email Noelle at email@example.com for info.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents "Natural Deceptions," the first solo exhibition in the Chicago area by Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick, through Feb. 16. Inspired by magazine spreads and celebrity pinups, the show is a biting yet witty sendup of popular portrayals of feminine beauty and sexuality. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tues.-Sat. from 1 to 5 p.m.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Storytime with Dad, a morning of stories, songs and activities, on Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. The library invites everyone to a Book Fiesta for stories and songs in Spanish on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. and a presentation on Solar Energy Panels with Tim Sheldon of the Illinois Solar Energy Association on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Register to attend these events by calling 708-485-6917 or visiting www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.
For adults, create your own Mixed Media Art on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.; relax and let your artistic side show with the Coloring Club on Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m.; make Valentine's Chocolate Honey Lip Scrub on Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.; and unwind at Tai Chi with Gail Galivan on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP for senior and adult programs, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.
For kids, there's Lapsit Storytime (through age 5) on Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m.; and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m.
• The community is invited through March 22, 2019, to jog, walk or run inside on the indoor track at the Lyons Township High School South Campus fieldhouse, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs, from 6 to 7 a.m. on days when school is in session. Free.
• Aging Care Connections hosts a free nine-month Memory Café program January through September on the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Young at Heart Adult Day Services Center, 6504 Joliet Road in Countryside and the third Tuesday of each month at Salerno's Pizzeria & Sports Bar, 9301 W. 63rd St. in Hodgkins. Call 708-354-1323 for more information.
• The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.