November 5th, 2019 2:34 PM
The skating rink has returned to Brookfield Zoo through the winter season. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Zoological Society)
Skating returns to Brookfield Zoo
Lace up your skates and head over to Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, and take a few laps around the Chicago Wolves Skating Rink, a 40-by-80-foot rink open daily from noon to 4:30 p.m. throughout the winter season, and in the evening during Holiday Magic. Located on the East Mall, the surface is not ice, but a synthetic plastic.
The cost to skate for an unlimited time is $7 in addition to regular zoo admission and parking. A limited number of skates are available to rent for $5. Visit CZS.org for more info.
RBHS stages fall play
The Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, theater troupe stages its fall play, "Peter and the Starcatcher" Nov. 7-10 in the auditorium.
The play, which isn't strictly a musical though it contains songs and dancing, is for anyone who loves Peter Pan, because you get to see how Peter's story began. Characters in this play often break the fourth wall and talk to the audience.
Show times on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 are at 7:30 p.m. There's a matinee on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 students) and can be purchased online at m.bpt.me/event/4401771.
Pop-up art show at Compassion Factory
Put a little class into you early holiday shopping by browsing the artwork for sale at two special pop-up shows at Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave.
The gallery will be open to browse on Saturday, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
If you're an artist interested in being a vendor, you can contact email@example.com for more information.
State rep town hall
The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will host a talk with Rep. Michael J. Zalewski of the 23rd District in the Illinois General Assembly on Thursday Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.
Zalewski's information should be important to all Illinoisans as he was a driving force behind much of the legislation passed this spring, including expanded casino gambling, the "Fair Tax" referendum in November 2020, and expanded sports betting.
Zalewski can answer questions about the above issues as well as other issues that residents may have on their minds.
This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, visit lagrangearealwv.org.
College of DuPage professor Gary Wenstrup traces Motown's musical journey in "Motown: The Music that Moved the World," on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.
Wenstrup will walk you through Motown history, from the power soul of "Dancing in the Streets" to the psychedelic soul of "Cloud Nine" to the pop soul of The Jackson 5.
Register to attend online at brookfieldlibrary.info, by calling 708-486-6917 or in person at the library.
Zoo hosts Veterans Day event
The Chicago Zoological Society invites the public to a special Veterans Day ceremony at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to a ceremony honoring veterans, there will be a display of military memorabilia and vehicles, ambassador animals, a performance by the Legacy Girls and more.
Admission to the zoo on Nov. 11 is free for all guests (parking still applies). Parking is free for all veterans.
Visit CZS.org/Events for a full schedule.
North Riverside Parks and Rec invites families to spend some quality time – in your pajamas – at their Free Family Jammie Movie Night on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.
Bring a blanket and get comfy in the gym while you watch "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World." Concessions sold all night long. All children must be supervised by an adult.
Welcome to Utopia
Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to enjoy a close examination of an iconic small town with authors, Michelangelo Sabatino, Nancy Mangum McCaslin, and Ben Nicholson during "Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony" on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
Their book presents an in-depth study of New Harmony, Indiana, a unique town renowned as the site of two successive Utopian settlements during the 19th century. It presents provocative ideas about how history is interpreted through design and historic preservation.
For adults and seniors there's Crafterdarks: Painted Rock Cactus Garden on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.; Meditation: Staying Relaxed through the Holidays on Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.; and Medicare 101 on Nov. 13 at 2 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 (toddlers through age 5) on Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m.; Free Build Fridays (grade 1+) on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m.; Yoga with Mrs. Bee (ages 3 with adult) on Nov. 8 at 10:15 a.m. and Nov. 9 at 11:15 a.m.; Make a Mini Movie (grades 5-12) on Nov. 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m.; Books and Bingo (ages 3 ) on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.; and Bilingual Storytime/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 2-5) on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m.