Big Week: March 28-April 4

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Go green! 

Stephanie Katsaros, an environmental advocate and president of Bright Beat, will talk about "How Zero Waste Can Become a Reality" for you during a special presentation, sponsored by the Frederick Law Olmsted Society, in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

Katsaros will discuss her work with towns, businesses and organizations to conserve resources and reduce waste, and how to combine cultural and other events and public enthusiasm for sustainability.

Bring on the bunny

 On Saturday, March 31, the North Riverside Policemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will host its 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Hot Dog Luncheon for children.

The event will be held behind the police department 2359 Desplaines Ave. at 10:30 a.m. Children through age 13 are eligible to participate. The free luncheon will be held immediately afterward in the Village Commons gymnasium.

Appearances by the Easter Bunny, McGruff the Crime Dog and Medinah Shiners Clowns.

  Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, hosts Breakfast with the Easter Bunny for families on March 31 with seatings at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Discovery Center.

Enjoy live jazz banjo music and indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet breakfast. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

On Sunday, April 1 families can enjoy the same entertainment with more food selections during the zoo's Easter Champagne Brunch.

For ticket information visit or call 708-688-8355.

Remembering Dr. King

On the anniversary of the civil rights leader's death, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts historian Jim Gibbons for "A Struggle for a Dream: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4.

Register to attend online at or by calling 708-485-6917.

'FlexResidency' exhibition at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts a special exhibition "In Two Places @ Once," featuring the work of March artist-in-residence Tom Burtonwood from April 1 to April 18 in the FlexSpace Gallery.

The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception on April 1 from 3 to 6 p.m., which is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Horning in

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee series on April 4 at 2 p.m. with the 1950 drama "Young Man with a Horn," starring Kirk Douglas, Doris Day and Lauren Bacall, about a talented jazz trumpeter battling inner demons and his bandleader. The film is loosely based on the life of Bix Beiderbecke and features the playing of Harry James.

And more

  Get your friends together and compete in Riverside Presbyterian Church's Team Trivia Night on April 7 at 7 p.m. in the social hall of the church, 116 Barrypoint Road. Teams of eight compete for prizes, while supporting the church's summer youth mission trip. Claim a table for $160 or register individually for $20. Call 708-447-1520 or email to make reservations.

  Support Community Support Services for a benefit evening of food, drink and fun, including raffles and live art auction at "Passport for Learning: Beat the Odds 2018" on April 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt Lodge, 2815 Jorie Blvd. in Oak Brook. Tickets are $135. RSVP by April 6 at

  St. Louise de Marillac Church's Catholic Women's organization holds its annual rummage and bake sale on April 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Colonnade Room, 1112 Raymond Ave. in LaGrange Park. Clothing, toys, appliances, books, linens, religious items, kitchenware and more.

ν Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents the art exhibition "Strike/Slip" featuring the work of John Grod, Stacy Isenbarger, Harold Jeffries and Jennifer Mannebach in the Freeark Gallery of Art through April 14. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Social Awareness Storytime with Brookfield resident Molly Knott for stories that address social justice issues on April 3 at 4 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online at

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), April 3 at 10:30 a.m.

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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