Big Week: December 4 - 11

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Lux Cantorum in Riverside 

Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road in Riverside, hosts a choral concert by Lux Cantorum, Chicago's premier sacred choral music ensemble, on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.

The program, "Joy," lets you leave the overwhelming pressure of the upcoming holidays behind with music that focuses on the spiritual virtues of love, hope, and peace.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Students tickets $15 at the door only. Visit luxcantorum.org for advance ticket sales. 

Riverside Children's Theater Guild Presents "Saving Christmas" 

The Riverside Children's Theater Guild proudly presents their original holiday musical comedy "Saving Christmas" this Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. at the Riverside Township Hall Auditorium, 27 Riverside Rd. General admission is $5.00. See what happens when Santa's sleigh crashes in the Enchanted Forest and all the fairytale creatures must rally together to save Christmas and defeat the evil Krampus. All the good little girls and boys (and grownups to) won't want to miss this family-friendly, one-hour show, jam packed with Christmas magic.

Sign up for breakfast with Santa

North Riverside Parks and Rec will hold a Breakfast with Santa event on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. 

Eat a pancake breakfast, play games, make a craft and visit with Santa and Buddy the Elf. Bring the family and your camera.

Tickets are $6 per person and they are limited, so you must pre-register to attend. Visit the rec department or call 708-442-5515.

LTHS Santa Write Night

Lyons Township High School's Discovery Center staff invite kids in kindergarten through third grade to the South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road, Western Springs, for its annual Write Night, where you can type letters to Santa on Discovery Center computers and receive an immediate response from the North Pole. 

Write Night is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10. Participants and their families may drop in anytime between 4 and 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a donation of one non-perishable food item is requested. All food will be donated to a local food pantry.

The event includes a story room, coloring room, face-painting room, cupcake decorating, sing-alongs and more.

Register by Dec. 7 online at lths.net/HolidayWriteNight, call 708-579-7436 or email Belinda Salutric at bsalutric@lths.net.

New solo show at RAC 

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents a solo show featuring the work artist Jennifer Oldis-Kryczka as part of its RAC Spotlight series involving artists who are part of the RAC community.

Oldis-Kryczka's portraits are made slowly through thin layers of oil deposited over time, allowing her to explore color relationships, forms and reveal the inner essence of her subjects.

The show runs Dec. 6 through Jan. 4, with an opening reception on Sunday Dec. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Riverside Lions collecting X-mas lights

The Riverside Township Lions Club is collecting unwanted Christmas lights for recycling.

Working and non-working lights that are for indoor or outdoor use can be dropped off at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, or the North Riverside Public Library, 2401 Desplaines Ave., during normal business hours through Jan. 15, 2020.

Lights will be processed, sorted by component and recycled back into useful products. Proceeds benefit Lions Clubs International.

And more

ν The advanced acting classes at Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, present "Frozen Jr.," a children's musical based on the popular movie on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Romano Family Theater. Tickets are $5 at the door beginning a half hour before the show.

ν Aging Care Connections continues its Seminar and a Snack Series on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange with "Navigating the Holiday Season and Special Occasions."Learn how to make these events joyous and treasured. Free. Registration required. Contact Renata Vitali at 708-603-2277.

ν Holiday Magic, the annual festival of lights at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, returns Dec. 7-8. The zoo is open each day of the event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come early and stay later for the festivities, which begin at 4 p.m. Guests should park in the north lot. Regular admission and parking fees apply. For more, visit CZS.org/Magic or call 708-688-8000.

ν Riverside Parks and Rec invites children to drop off letters to Santa Claus at a special mailbox that will be placed on the east side of the historic water tower, 10 Pine Ave. Letters received through Dec. 20 will get a response, but the mailbox stays open until Christmas. 

ν Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents "Symmetry," an exhibit of work featuring artists Bala Thiagarajan and Rita Sharha through Dec. 21. An opening reception will be held Friday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ν Lyons Township High School para-educators are holding a collection of new winter hats, scarves, gloves/mittens and socks for District 204 area children and adults in need. The drive continues through Jan. 14, 2020. Drop off items at the libraries/discovery centers at either the North Campus, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange or South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

ν Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents a look at the innovation of Walt Disney: Creativity Frame by Frame on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Then on Dec. 9 at 4 p.m., kids ages 11 through high school can design custom holiday ornaments at a Teen 3D Workshop. Register online at brookfieldlibrary.info, at 708-485-6917 or in person at the library.

ν Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites kids in preschool and kindergarten to Hands On Stories on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. Registration suggested at 708-442-6366 or by emailing youthservices@riversidelibrary.org.

ν North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

For adults and seniors there's Conversation Café/ Café y Conversacion (for learners of both languages) on Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m.; Internet 101 on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.; Book Club on Dec. 10 at 6:45 p.m.; and Just Craft' Around: Artful Gift Tags on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

For kids there's Lapsit Storytime (toddlers through age 5) on Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m.; and Tech Fun for Teens: Heat Transfers (grades 5-12) on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

ν Brookfield Church of Christ, 3700 Forest Ave., hosts seminar by biblical archaeologist Tal Gerald on whether archaeology proves or disproves the Bible on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. The seminar for all ages culminates with a tour of the Oriental Museum at the University of Chicago. Refreshments served. Call 708-485-7606 for more info.

ν 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.

The community is invited 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 through March 20, 2020. Free.

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