Arbor Day doings
The villages of Brookfield and Riverside welcome spring and Arbor Day with events and tree-planting ceremonies in both villages.
A Tree City U.S.A. designee for the past 37 years, the village of Brookfield's Forestry Department will hold a public tree planting at 2 p.m. near the pre-school building (4301 Elm Ave.) in Ehlert Park, about 40 feet south of the fence line near the parking lot.
You can also take home one of 50 sapling oak trees planted in 1-gallon containers, courtesy of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
You can then head over to Guthrie Park, Bloomingbank and Riverside roads in Riverside, at 3:30 p.m. for a "Catalpas and Cake" party hosted by the Frederick Law Olmsted Society and the Riverside Landscape Advisory Commission.
Tour the arboretum in Guthrie Park and have some cake in honor of Olmsted's birthday. At the end of the tour Forest Mike Collins will plant a bitternut hickory tree to replace a longstanding tree that succumbed to disease.
Now, get to work
The Brookfield Beautification Commission invites everyone to pitch in and help clean up the village's public spaces at the 25th Annual Project NICE event on Saturday, April 28.
Come to the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., at 8:30 a.m. and pick out a spot – clean up flower beds, rake and pick up litter. At 11:30 a.m. join up at Kiwanis Park for an anniversary party for volunteers. Hot dogs, face painting and chalk art. Wear you oldest project NICE T-shirt for a group photo at noon.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Also on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at Indian Gardens (near the Scout Cabin on Fairbank Road) and Patriot's Park on Parkway Road in Riverside for a landscape workday. Take park the RB Day of Service Great Garlic Mustard Pull and plant 25 trees.
The village of North Riverside hosts its annual free Transportation Exploration Day on Thursday, April 26 in the parking lot of the police department, 2359 Desplaines Ave.
The event allows children to explore many modes of transportation, flash the vehicles' lights and sound their horns and sirens and exhilarate the senses.
Call 708-442-5515 for more info.
North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee with a screening of the 2015 film "Mr. Holmes," starring Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes, on May 2 at 2 p.m. Free. Just drop by.
Plays by LTHS students
The Lyons Township High School Theatre Board presents "Tens by Teens," an evening of short plays written and directed the LTHS students on April 25, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. at the South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 S. Willow Springs Ave. in Western Springs.
Tickets at the box office are $10 ($5 for children and seniors) and free for LT students with ID.
• Riverside Township Radio Players present a pair of recreations from the Golden Age of Radio on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the township hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. The players will perform "Take a Letter" from the Screen Guild Theatre and "Lost in Hollywood" from Magnificent Montague. Free.
• The Riverside Arts Center, 34 E. Quincy St., hosts the Riverside-Brookfield High School AP Art exhibit from through May 12. There will be an opening reception that's free and open to the public on Friday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
• Aging Well of Brookfield presents "Decorative and Tasty: The Many Uses of Herbs" sponsored by Cantata Adult Life Services on May 8 at 10 a.m. at Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Please RSVP by May 1 at 708-485-6917, ext. 130.
• In April, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society seeks entries from students in Riverside and surrounding communities for its annual Reflections on Riverside contests. High school students may enter the Imagery Contest ($100 first prize, $25 second prize). The Poetry Contest is open to younger students. An award of $25 will go to the winner in each grade from 1-5 and $50 to the winners in grades 6-8. Rules and entry forms available at www.olmstedsociety.org.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Money Smart Week with a series of classes and events for all ages to help make informed choices when managing personal finances. Classes include Understanding Social Security on April 27 at 1 p.m.; Make and Take Your Bank (for kids grades K-up) on April 27 at 4 p.m. and 52-Week Challenge: Money Jars on April 28 at 3 p.m. Register online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info, by calling 708-485-6917 or visiting in person at the information desk.
• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts Researching Your Irish Heritage on April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room and The Essentials of a Vegetable Garden on April 28 at 2 p.m. at the St. Mary garden, 126 Herrick Road; and an Embracing Retirement workshop on May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts the adult program "Retirement and Investment Strategies" on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Free Call 708-447-0869 to sign up. For kids, Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), May 1 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult) on April 26 at 10:30 a.m.; Family Bingo and Loteria Familia on April 28 at 2 p.m.
• Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, continues its spring WET Class, an adult-level water exercise class every Wednesday night through May 23. No swimming involved. Email Noelle at email@example.com.
• 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.