Despite being a village of only 9,000 residents, Riverside seems to be full of folks doing interesting things within their chosen profession who also make time to give back to the small village we all call home. Today's guest is another fine example of someone who excels in doing both.
Shari Klyber is the director of the Early Childhood Development program at Principle Dance in nearby Forest Park and also serves on the Riverside District 96 School Board.
In our conversation, we discuss Shari's experience growing up around the country and how her background in physiology led to her current role at Principle Dance. We also learn about Principle Dance's beginnings in Riverside and how Shari's desire to bring a teacher's perspective to the school board lead to her decision to volunteer and run for the school board.
I hope you enjoy getting to know our neighbor Shari Klyber.
Here's what's happening around Riverside:
It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you're looking for a delicious turkey for your Thanksgiving feast this year, Riverside Foods has you covered. Pre-order your fresh bird sourced straight from Kauffman Family Farm in Waterman, Illinois before November 17th.
Tickets are on sale (and going fast!) for Riverside Junior Woman's Charity annual Breakfast with Santa. This years event will be held Saturday, December 1st at Riverside Township Hall. There are two time slots available - 8 am and 10 am - and tickets include a picture with Santa. Get your tickets now as this event always sells out.
Blissful Owl has partnered up with Kreative Studio here in Riverside to offer yoga to the whole family. Blissful Owl will be bringing school age yoga for kids 9+ and will have Caregiver & Me, Kids, Adult and Family yoga classes throughout the fall and winter months. It's great to see two local businesses working together and this should provide a great family activity this fall & winter right here in town.
You can now take care of catering needs right in here in Riverside with Party Subs from Sawmilly. If you haven't checked out their new lunch menu, be sure to stop in soon. Sandwich and taco options are made to order and are delicious.
And finally, Flur is accepting pre-orders now through November 20th for Thanksgiving pies, breads, cookies, and cupcakes. They've got you covered for all your gluten-free baked good needs.
Riverside as a whole seems like a place where everybody knows your name but if you're looking for a spot in town where that's especially true, look no further than today's guest and her business.
Kristen Phelan Swiderski is one of the new co-owners of 34 East Lounge, Riverside's longest standing neighborhood bar and lounge located right in downtown Riverside by the Water Tower.
In our conversation, we discuss how Kristen knew at a young age that she was destined to live in Riverside, how her husband's desire to keep his favorite bar stool started the wheels in motion to purchase the bar, and how they are committed to making 34 East Lounge a family friendly gathering place for everyone here in Riverside.
I think you'll really enjoy getting to know our neighbor Kristen Phelan Swiderski.
Welcome neighbor and thanks for stopping by. My name is Brian Plain and I'll be your host.