Big Week: March 27-April 3

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Verdant Visions at RAC

Riverside Arts Centers, 32 E. Quincy St., presents a new exhibition, "Verdant Visions," a collection of work by Yva Neal that explores our connection with nature and how it affects our psyche through interaction, from April 2 to April 27 in the FlexSpace Gallery.

Neal is an English-born artist who attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and recently moved to Riverside. Her 20-year career in product design, visual retail design and landscape design realizes a dense and multi-disciplines skill set.

Her focus on creating awareness through interaction stems from her forays into studying plant medicine, mycology and motherhood. An artist reception will be held April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

 

Choral concert at Riverside Presbyterian

The Oak Park Concert Chorale presents its spring concert, "Jubilate," exploring themes of peace, serenity and joy, with a performance at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road, on March 31 at 4 p.m.

The concert will premiere "Oak Park Jubilate" by composer-in-residence Michael Wolniakowski; combine spoken words, picture and song with "The Orkney Psalms," a group of eight poems by Jill Peláez Baumgartner and set to music by composer Carl Schalk; and feature "Sim Shalom," the first work by chorale member Barbara Brotman, arranged by Michael Wolniakowski.

Tickets are $18 ($20 at the door) adults and $10 ($12 at the door) for senior citizens 65+ and students 13 . Order tickets online through www.oakparkconcertchorale.org/concerts.

 

Money Smart Week at Brookfield Library

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a series of programs to get you on the financial straight and narrow during Money Smart Week, April 1-8. The week-long event is a national campaign to promote personal financial literacy, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the American Library Association and other partner organizations.

Among the offerings will be "Social Security: Today, Tomorrow and the Future" with Amy Lustig of Primerica on April 1 at 1 p.m.; "Global Coin Art" on April 2 at 3:30 p.m.; "Making Your Money Last with Steven Langworthy of Brookfield Edward Jones on April 2 at 7 p.m.; a Monopoly Tournament (all ages, under 8 with caregiver) on April 3 at 3:30 p.m.; "Essentials of Estate Planning" with Greg Kurince of Bentron Financial Group on April 3 at 7 p.m.; "Countries & Currencies: A Virtual Tour" on April 6 at 3:30 p.m.; and "Money Smart with Mark" featuring Mark Klincewicz of the Heartland Institute of Financial Awareness on April 8 at 7 p.m.

To register for activities, call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

 

I&M Canal presentation

Join the Friends of the Chicago Portage on Saturday, March 30 for "Why a Canal?" the second in their five-part lecture series "Planning the City: Make No Little Plans" at the Lyons Public Library, 4209 Joliet Ave., at 1 p.m.

Each presentation in the series explores how Chicago's waterways were planned, developed and used. In "Why a Canal?" veteran tour guide and researcher Jeff Carter will explore the Illinois & Michigan Canal.

Call 708-447-3577 for more info.

 

Mamma Mia! 

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee Series with the 2018 musical "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" starring an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Cher and Colin Firth on Wednesday, April 3 at 2 p.m.

The movie is free.
Drop in only.

 

And more

  Brookfield Parks and Rec continues its monthly Movie Days for Seniors on March 28 at 10 a.m. in the council chamber of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., with a screening of the war action classic "The Dirty Dozen," starring Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Jim Brown. Free popcorn and coffee.

  Join Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road, at its 5th Sunday Mission as Worship in service of BEDS Plus on March 31. Meet at the church at 9:50 a.m. and carpool to St. Barbara Parish in Brookfield. Work for everyone regardless of age or physical ability.

  The St. Louise Players present the new Gershwin musical "Crazy for You" March 29-31 in the Parish Center, 1125 Harrison Ave. in LaGrange Park. The high-energy comedy is filled with plot twists, mistaken identities, a love story and big dance numbers to beloved Gershwin songs. Show times are 7 p.m. on March 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. on March 31. Tickets are available in advance through www.slmparish.org or at the box office a half-hour prior to show time.

  Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave., continues its High School Art Exhibit, featuring work in a variety of media by local student artists through March 30. Free. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to learn about 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die with Molly Page on March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Soaring skyscrapers, deep-dish pizza and improv comedy might be what the city is best known for, but they're just the beginning.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents an armchair tour of Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle with MSI curator Margaret Schlesinger on March 28 at 7 p.m. Register to attend events at 708-485-6917, ext. 140 or at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

Adult Services hosts Crafternights: Make Felted Easter Eggs on March 28 at 6 p.m. and Tai Chi with Gail Galivan on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Sign up for adult programs by calling 708-447-0869 or visiting www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

For kids, there's Pajama Storytime (all ages with adult) on April 2 at 6:30 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on April 2 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on April 3 at 10:30 a.m.; Drawing Robots (grades 5-12) on March 30 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and DIY Crayon Candles (grades 6-12) on March 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. 

  Aging Care Connections hosts a free Memory Café program 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.

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