Big Week: February 12-19

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School holiday happenings 

Don't know what to do with the kids on Presidents' Day, Monday, Feb. 17? Local libraries have you covered.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites kids and parents to School's Out Bingo from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Have fun and win prizes at this all-ages event. Younger children may need assistance.

Meanwhile, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a No School Movie and Pizza Lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Kids in grades 1 and up (kindergarten with adult) can enjoy a new movie while chowing on pizza. Pre-register by calling 708-447-0869.

 Valentine's Concert at the mall 

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, hosts a Valentine's Day Concert on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the lower-level center court.

Kids can enjoy live music, balloon artists and a special appearance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

 Daddy-Daughter Date Night 

Reserve your spot at North Riverside Parks and Rec's Daddy-Daughter Candy Land Date Night, slated for Friday, Feb. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

The event, for kids ages 3-12, features dinner, DJ, dancing, games and a visit from princesses. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers are welcome to bring their favorite little princess to the party.

The fee is $30 per couple, $15 for additional sibling. The registration deadline is Feb. 14. Call 708-442-5515.

 Riverside Caucus Meet and Greet

The newly formed board of the Riverside Community Caucus invites residents to a meet-and-greet event on Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at La Barra Ristorante, 2 E. Burlington St. in Riverside.

Board members will be on hand to introduce themselves, answer questions and share information about the groups mission and vision for the future. Free pizza available.

For more information, visit riversidecommunitycaucus.org.

 Digital Media Art Show 

Lyons Township High School art students will showcase their work at the Digital Media Art Show at the LaGrange Art League, 122 W. Calendar Ave., from Feb. 13 through March 19.

Admission is free and gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

 Honest Abe redux 

If you have to miss the presentation at Brookfield Public Library tonight, you can catch Abraham Lincoln himself talk about his rise from humble roots to great heights in "From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln 1830-60" on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave.

Kevin Wood, a renowned Lincoln portrayer and scholar, will bring the nation's 16th president to life. Free.

 And more

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly business lunch at Paisan's, 3720 Grand Blvd. in Brookfield on Feb. 13 at noon. You don't need to be a chamber member to attend, but pay for your own lunch.

The South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation (SEASPAR) hosts its Fish Fry Fundraiser at Wheatstack, 5900 S. Route 53 in Lisle, on Feb. 21. Seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets (adults $15; children $10) available online at SEASPAR.org or by calling 630-960-7600.

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 brookfieldil.gov or by emailing Officer David Kudla at dkudla@brookfieldil.gov.

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 lths.net 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.

Community Nutrition Network/Meals on Wheels of North Riverside invites you to make a difference in your community by volunteering to help deliver meals to homebound senior citizens, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Linda at 312-207-5290.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites adults and seniors to Crafterdarks: Sharpie Silk Scarves on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.; Resume Help on Feb. 18 at noon; and Ask the Apple Expert Q&A on Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

For kids there's Lapsit Storytime (thru age 5) on Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m.; DIY Craft Hour (ages 3+) on Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.; Bottle Cap Art (grades 6-12) on Feb. 15 from 1-3 p.m.; Robots! (grades 5-12) on Feb. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.; and Messy Mornings with Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.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 AWN@agingcareconnnections.org 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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