Big Week: October 17-24

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Used book sale in North Riverside

North Riverside Friends of the Library will host their Fall Used Book Sale on Oct. 18-21 at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave.

The early preview for Friends members (forms available at the door) is Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. The sale opens to the public (Friends get early entry at 9:30 a.m.) on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continues Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Oct. 21, get a bag of books (bags provided) for $4 from noon to 3 p.m. 

It's the bunco squad

The St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women invite the community to attend their Bunco Party Fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Center, across the street from the church at 4008 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield.

In addition to bunco, try your luck at split-the-pot and split-the-deck for cash prizes. Men and women welcome. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Call Dolores at 708-447-4705 or Starr at 708-485-6854 for tickets. 

BYOB Harvest Bingo at Riverside Library

The Riverside Friends of the Library will hold a Harvest Bingo fundraiser at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets online at the library or online at www.riversidelibrary.ticketleap. You must be over 21 to attend this BYOB event. 

Going batty

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts the special program "Incredible Bats" on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Learn all about these often misunderstood and feared creatures, and see Egyptian fruit bats and African straw-colored fruit bats up close. The program is free and open to all ages.

Freaky Friday Bash

North Riverside Parks and Recreation will host its annual Freaky Friday Bash for all local sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders on Oct. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

This lock-in event features a DJ, concessions and more. Parental waiver is required. Find the form at and sign up for a discounted rate of $6 prior to Oct. 19. Call 708-442-5515 for more info.

Hollywood Holiday Wreaths

The Hollywood Citizens Association will take orders for holiday wreaths, scented pine cones and Northern Lights holiday gifts for their Holiday Wreath Fundraiser through Monday, Oct. 29.

Pickup time is Nov. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hollywood House/School at the corner of Washington and Hollywood avenues in Brookfield.

Order at

And more

  Pillars Community Health hosts the 4th Annual Silent Witness/Survivor Speak-Out domestic violence awareness event on Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4370 Woodland Ave. in Western Springs. Free and open to the public. RSVP not required. Questions? Call 708-995-3649.

  Aging Care Connections/Aging Well Neighborhood will host a Fall Prevention Health Fair on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Amita Health Adventist Medical Center LaGrange, Dixon Conference Rooms, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road in LaGrange. Meet service providers specializing in topics related to fall prevention and more. Free.

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents "Are you OK?" featuring paintings by Andreas Fischer in the Freeark Gallery from Oct. 14 through Nov. 17.and "We Are Beasts" featuring the work of Sarah and Joseph Belknap in the outdoor sculpture garden from Oct. 14 through December. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

  Brookfield Zoo's annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration of Halloween will take place on Oct. 20-21 and 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular zoo admission and parking fees apply. For more info visit or call 708-688-8000.

  Westchester Community Church, 1804 Westchester Blvd., hosts its 15th Annual Harvest of Crafts Sale on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission, includes 20+ vendors, bake sale, café, raffle and more.

  The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold will hold its next 60-to-Win prize drawing on Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe's Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. Winner need not be present.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts "People Places and Prehistory: The Environments of Prehistoric Cook County" with Dr. Clare Tolmie on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and a free, fully proctored ACT Practice Test for high school students on Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Call 708-485-6917, ext. 140 or online at

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For adults, there's a Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop presented by Mujeres Latinas en Accion on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. Learn about warning signs, legal issues, advocate organizations and ways to help.

For kids, there's Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m.; Love2Read (grades K-1) on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.; STEM-tastic fun (grades K ) on Oct. 18 at 3:45 p.m.; and Legos (grades 1 ) on Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. (do not bring your own).

  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.

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