Big astronomy

Head to Triton College’s Cernan Earth and Space Center (I Building), 2000 Fifth Ave. in River Grove, for this matinee showing of Big Astronomy: People + Places + Discoveries on Tuesday, March 29 from 2 to 3 p.m.

This film visits three world-class observatories in the rugged Andes Mountains and Atacama Desert of Chile in order to get the best possible look at the vastness of space. And in addition to looking up, the movie also highlights the region’s diverse residents who make space exploration there possible.

Tickets to the event are $8 for adults, and $4 for seniors (55 and older), kids (2 to 12), high school and college students. Triton College students, faculty and staff can watch for free.

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Ask a LEGO expert

Brothers, Corey and Travis Samuels

The “Brothers who Brick” from Fox’s LEGO Masters will be available virtually to answer your brick-building questions at this event hosted by the Forest Park Public Library on Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m.

The brothers, Corey and Travis Samuels, will talk about their experiences on season one of the TV show and answer any of your questions about LEGO building, whether you’re a budding master or just starting out.

This event is intended for kids in middle grades. Registration is open now at


Jaymie Middendorf

Learn the basics of genealogy at this in-person event at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Local genealogist Jaymie Middendorf will lead this free discussion on how to research your family’s history, including by digging through census records, vital records and obituaries. Attendees will also learn which genealogy databases can be the most helpful and how to keep all of your new research organized.

Register online at

Kribi Coffee tasting

The staff at Forest Park-based Kribi Coffee will be at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., and doling out the freshest tasty coffees for free on Saturday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The folks at Kribi won’t just be passing out coffee, they’ll be sharing some of the company’s unique air-roasting methods, plus talking through how to pull an espresso shot and walking through the coffee making process, all the way from the farm to your cup.

The event is tailored for adults and registration is available at

‘Bone’ appetit

Head to the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest, on Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m. to learn about the ambassador animals that greet visitors
all year long.

Guests will be treated to feeding time by the museum’s educational staff and then have a chance to get out and explore the surrounding Thatcher Woods to track down their own grub or watch any of the area’s other animals indulge.

There is no cost to attend. For more information, visit or call 708-366-6530.