If you're looking for local Easter egg hunt options for the kids in the coming week, you have a couple to choose from on Saturday, April 20.
• The North Riverside Policemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will host its 38th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Hotdog Luncheon for children behind the North Riverside Police Department, 2359 Desplaines Ave.
The event starts promptly at 10:30 a.m.
Children through age 13 are eligible to participate and, in age groups, collect Easter eggs filled with jelly beans and gummy worms that will be scattered on the ground. Children are asked to bring their own baskets.
Some eggs will include prize vouchers that can be redeemed at the luncheon, which will be held next door in the gym of the Village Commons.
The Easter Bunny and Medinah Shriner clowns will be on hand to greet and entertain. In case of inclement weather, the hunt will be held in the Community Room in the lower level of the police department.
• Or, you can bring the family over to Ehlert Park at the intersection of Elm and Congress Park avenues in Brookfield, where the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to noon.
You can get there a little early to meet the Easter Bunny starting at 10:30 a.m. The hunt for prize-filled plastic eggs begins at 11 a.m.
Cutting the cable cord
Are you paying too much for cable? Learn how you might be able to ditch the big monthly bill and still watch all of your favorite TV shows at a special program hosted by the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., on Saturday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m.
To register, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.
'Summerhill' at Tallgrass Sudbury
Tallgrass Sudbury School, 85 Kimbark Road in Riverside, invites you to join them for a screening of "Summerhill," a family-friendly movie about the oldest democratic school in the world on Thursday, April 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Feel free to wear pajamas and bring your own plushies, blankets and snacks. The event is free and open to the public.
RSVP by visiting www.tallgrasssudbury.org and clicking the link at the top of the homepage.
Get versed in Riverside
There's still time to let Riverside's landscape inspire you to write a poem about the village and enter it into the Frederick Law Olmsted Society's annual Reflections of Riverside poetry contest.
Students in grades 1-12 are asked to incorporate reflections on Riverside's landscape design into their poems – think roads, paths long the river, long views and pockets of green and open space.
Poems can be of any style or length. Cash prizes awarded to the winners. Special prizes awarded to most nature-themed poems at any grade level.
Rules and entry forms are available at www.olmstedsociety.org. The deadline for submissions in April 30.
Head and neck cancer screening
The Loyola Medicine Head and Neck Cancer Program will hold a free head and neck cancer screening on Monday, April 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood.
Screening includes an oral exam by a physician. Registration is recommended. Walk-ins are welcome. Light refreshments served. Parking is free.
For more info or to register, call 888-584-7888.
• Riverside Township continues its Thursday Afternoon at the Movies series on April 18 at 12:30 p.m. with a screening of the 1939 film "Goodbye Mr. Chips," starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Free.
• Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents, "Exposed Nature," featuring work by artists Bill Kalnes and Farida Korobova through April 27. Free. Hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, hosts Water Exercise Techniques (WET), an adult level fitness class on Wednesday nights through May 8 at 7:30 p.m. No swimming involved. $36 for six classes. Email Noelle at firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents "Verdant Visions," a collection of work by Yva Neal in the FlexSpace Gallery and AP Art 2019 featuring 40 works by students at RBHS in the Freeark Gallery through April 27. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents Aging in Place with Nancy Vlasak of Cantata Home Services discussing home maintenance, modifications and safety on April 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Top Tips for Being Organized with professional organizer Erin Kelly on April 22 at 7 p.m. To register, call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.
Adult Services invites you to a Ditch-the Kids Craft Hour on April 19 at 4 p.m. Send your kid in 2nd grade+ to the DIY Craft Hour in Youth Services and make your own craft. Aspiring writers of every level are invited to the Writers Group on April 20 at 1 p.m. Get ideas and encouragement from fellow writers. To register call 708-447-0869.
For kids, there's Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on April 18 at 10:30 a.m.; Do-It-Yourself Craft Hour (grades 2 ) on April 19 at 4 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on April 23 at 10:30 a.m.; and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on April 24 at 10:30 a.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.