Big Week: August 8-15

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Cruisin' Riverside

The Riverside Chamber of Commerce and Riverside Garage will host its final Cruise Night of the summer on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. on East Burlington Street, between Longcommon Road and the Green Parking Lot, in downtown Riverside.

Admission is free for spectators and 14 trophies will be handed out to participants. 

It's on! 

It may not exactly be a duel to the death, but you won't want to miss the final entry in Brookfield's Summer Concert Series on Friday, Aug. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. featuring Midwest Dueling Pianos.

This fully interactive show, driven by piano and vocals is a hit with families. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and head on over to the band shell at Kiwanis Park, next door to the Brookfield Village Hall at 8820 Brookfield Ave. 

Food and drink available for purchase. 

Showtime

North Riverside Parks and Rec invites families to a Movie in the Park on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 8:15 p.m. at Commons Park, behind the Village Commons at 2401 Desplaines Ave.

The free event features a screening of the 2017 musical film "The Greatest Showman," starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. Concessions available for a nominal fee. Bring a blanket, chair and your family for the last of the village's outdoor sounds of summer.

Blood drive

The Riverside Masonic Lodge No. 862, 40 Forest Ave., will host a Blood Donor Day on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the lodge hall from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling LifeSource Blood Services at 847-803-7943. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors should bring identification showing your name and date of birth and one of the following items, Social Security ID, driver's license, state ID or passport.

Author event

Join the Brookfield Public Library's Romance Readers' Salon for a discussion of the "Black Knights Inc.," a romantic suspense series with author Julie Ann Walker on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.

Copies of her books are available for checkout at the library's "holds" shelf. For more information, contact the library at 708-485-6917.

New art exhibit in Brookfield

Compassion Factory Art Gallery, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents a new exhibition, "Paper and Stitch," featuring the work of artists Chai Wolfman and Don Widmer from Aug. 9 through Sept. 8.

A free opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and first Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m.

CSS Art Exhibition

Meet the CSS Academy production group artists, view their work and celebrate their accomplishments at their art exhibit at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., on Aug. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

This after-hours event is closed to the public without RSVP to Cassandra Krcmar at 708-354-4547, ext. 191 or email to CColucy@CSSservices.org.

And more

  The Frederick Law Olmsted Society hosts its next landscape workday on Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Downing-Longcommon Triangle. Volunteers will be weeding and mulching. Bring a pair of work gloves and a water bottle. Snacks and other supplies are provided. Stay as long as you like. Look for the public works dump truck.

  Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, will host the next of its monthly grief support gatherings on Aug. 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The theme of the gathering will be "Remembering the One Who Died," including managing difficult emotions after the loss of a loved one. Seats are limited. RSVP by Aug. 10 to info@hitzemanfuneral.com or call 708-485-2000.

  Actor, musician and historian Kurt Sutton presents "Mark Twain and Mr. Clemens" at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Theater of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Sutton relates stories from a bygone era and the results are the hilarity of Twain and the period music of Samuel L. Clemens. Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 ($25 for subscribers). Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or buy tickets online at www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.

  The Riverside's Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 10, in Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave. Weekly scavenger hunt for kids, live music and more.

  The Brookfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 13 in the parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Weekly special events and live music.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Experimentos Y Espanol on Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. Participate in science experiments – all in Spanish. Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info. Also next week, join the Brookfield Public Library's Romance Readers' Salon for a discussion of the "Black Knights Inc.," a romantic suspense series with author Julie Ann Walker on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Copies of her books are available for checkout.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. Adults can enjoy the program "Vagabonding Around the World" on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m., featuring world traveler Brian Michalski. To sign up call 708-447-0869. For kids, there's Stories and Play (through age 5) on Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday Stories & Snacks (through age 5) on Aug. 11 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2+) on Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m.; and AniManga Club, (teens/tweens) on Aug. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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.

This article has been changed to update the location of the Olmsted Society landscape workday on Aug. 11.

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