Big Week: December 30-January 6

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COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Town Hall

The clinical team at Loretto Hospital in Chicago will host a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Town Hall on Facebook Live from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6

Meet with the clinical team who will answer questions and empower individuals with the facts to make a personal, informed decisions. Panelists include Lois Clarke M.D., Loretto's medical director of research; Shilpa Pulluru M.D., clinical research liaison; and Ali Ahmed Ph.D., president of Affinity Health, Loretto's clinical research partner. 

Vaccine trial participants will receive free healthcare for up to two years. View the town hall at the Loretto Hospital Facebook page.


'Wonderful Life' goes digital

Theatre of Western Springs presents "It's a Wonderful Western Springs Life," a digital play for the holidays by the Actives of the TWS and the young actors of the Children's Theatre of Western Springs. 

Tickets are on sale now at the Theatre of Western Springs website and the performance can be seen through noon Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Subscribers will receive the code; a $10 donation is suggested for non-subscribers. The digital Vimeo link will be emailed to patrons.

"It's A Wonderful Western Springs Life" features a cast of more than 100 adults and children and was filmed on the streets and in the parks and businesses of Western Springs.


Around Riverside in 80 Days

There are 80 days between Thanksgiving Day and Valentine's Day, so with that in mind the Riverside Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to register for Around Riverside in 80 Days, which challenges you to get out there every day through Feb. 14 and walk, run or bike any distance to stay healthy this winter.

Track your trips on the downloadable tracker sheet and see just how far you can go in 80 days. Send your pictures and keep Parks and Rec posted on your achievements by emailing to

Register to participate in the fun run campaign by clicking here and receive a sweatshirt of your choice.


Tower Chorale performs holiday classics

The Tower Chorale performs a mini concert of uplifting Christmas music whenever it's convenient for you, via YouTube, through the month of December.

The program features five favorites: "Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella," "O Holy Night," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Still, Still, Still" and "Hope for Resolution," all sung by their 50-plus voice choir.

A link to the concert can be found at the Tower Chorale website and while "tickets" are free, donations are appreciated.


And more

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., is offering the following virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Makerspace Mondays on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library's Facebook page and Stretching and Meditation on Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322).

  Brookfield Public Library offers virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week. Most youth activities will be presented live on the library's Facebook page.


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