Big Week: February 19-26

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Mardi Gras and Talent Show 

Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road in Riverside, invites the community to its 9th Annual Mardi Gras and Talent Night on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 and entertainment at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment provided by the talented people of the congregation and community. 

Tickets in advance and at the door are $15 (kids 12-under $5) and include food and the show. Beverages available for purchase. To buy tickets and ask questions, call 708-442-5250.

Get your game on 

Lyons Township High School hosts LyonCon, a comicon/gaming style event featuring tournament gaming, open tabletop gaming, video games, cosplay contests, photo ops, vendors and more.

The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Corral, 4940 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs. 

General admission is $10. Corral members, those in costume and kids in 8th grade and under $5. Check the Lyon Con Facebook page (@lyoncon) for more information.


Wine and whiskey fest at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, invite adults to warm up and thaw out at their Wine and Whiskey Fest on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m.

The 21-pver event features more than 30 seasonal wines and whiskeys accompanied by small bites, live entertainment by the Spoken Four and visits from the zoo's animal ambassadors.

Space is limited. Tickets are $95 (zoo members get a $10 discount), which include zoo admission for the whole day and a commemorative glass. Designated driver tickets available for $45 ($35 members).

Visit or call 708-688-8000.


'Spamalot' at LTHS

The Lyons Township High School Theatre Board proudly presents "Spamalot," by Eric Idle and John DuPrez on Thursday, Feb. 20 through Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. in the North Campus Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave., LaGrange.

"Spamalot" tells of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail, inspired by the classic comedy film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and features shenanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits.

Tickets are $10 ($5 for senior citizens and students with an LTHS student ID and may be purchased in the box office before the show.


Music shaped by Chicago

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to learn about the development of jazz, blues, rock and pop in Chicago at "Chicago: The City, the Music," presented by music historian Ian Tiele on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.


Riverside Theater Guild's new show

The Riverside Theater Guild presents the original musical comedy "The Princess Who Wouldn't Smile" on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 23, 24, 29 and March 1 at 3 p.m. at the Riverside Township Hall Auditorium, 27 Riverside Rd. 

This family-friendly, one-hour show, jam packed with songs, dance and a little seltzer in the pants. General admission is $5. 

Visit to purchase tickets in advance or for more info.


And more

Age Options invites members of the public to join suburban, county, state and federal officials to discuss issues facing older adults at a legislative breakfast on Feb. 21 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris St. in LaGrange. Register at or email

Tallgrass Sudbury School, 82 Woodside Road in Riverside, will host an open house on Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the benefits of a Tallgrass education, get a tour and talk with staff, students and parents. Free and open to the public. RSVP at by clicking the open house link at the top of the home page.

Music & Potlucks, a community organization, will present a special concert, "Let Love Go On," at the LaGrange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave., on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. The event celebrates the release of "Let Love Go On," the latest CD from Mark Dvorak and will also support the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry in Brookfield. Attendees are encouraged to bring store-bought desserts to share and canned food items for the food pantry. For more information call 312- 451-5101 or visit

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield presents its first juried photography exhibition "Stand Alone," through Feb. 29. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Brookfield Police Department hosts its 12th Citizen's Police Academy starting on Feb. 20 for 10 weeks, ending in April. The class will run on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Applications available at or by emailing Officer David Kudla at

The Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame seeks nominations of graduates and friends of the district who have accomplished great things. If you know someone worthy of induction, contact the 2020 LTHS Hall of Fame committee at 708-579-6483 for a nomination form. Forms are also available in the main offices at both North and South campus and may be downloaded at by clicking on "Alumni." Self-nominations are welcome. The nomination deadline is March 1.

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents "Line," featuring the work of artists Diana Gabriel and Azadeh Gholizadeh in the Freeark Gallery and "Energy, Frequency and Vibration" featuring drawings of Andrei Rabodzeenko in the FlexSpace Gallery through Feb. 22. Free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., shows how random acts of kindness can create positive changes in the community during Discover Kindness on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Then, on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. the library presents "Marshall Field's and Chicago," a look back at 150 years of events, features and personalities that made the store beloved. Register to attend events at 708-485-6917 or at

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites adults to Mindful Meditation on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. and Music & Influence of Glen Campbell on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. For kids, there's a Captain Underpants Party on Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m.; Drop-in Legopalooza all day on Feb. 22; Pokemon Club (grades 3+) on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and Pokemon Jr. (all ages) on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites adults and seniors to Writers Group on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.; How to Generate Energy Naturally on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.; Meditation and Stretching on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.; Device Advice Q&A on Feb. 25 at noon; Internet 101 En Espanol on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.; and Just Craftin' Around: Wild Beach Acrylic on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids there's Lapsit Storytime (thru age 5) on Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m.; Makers Maker-Fest Saturdays (grades 3-8) on Feb. 22 from 1-5 p.m.; Robots! (grades 5-12) on Feb. 22 from 5:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.; and Messy Mornings with Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m.; and Feel Good Stories & Crafts (ages 3 ) on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange, invites seniors to a Hearing Loss Support Group from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Free. No registration required, Contact Alyson at 708-603-2259 or at with questions.

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. Free.

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