Big Week: September 27-October 4

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Wet your whistle at HopStop 

Riverside Foods and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society host their third annual HopStop craft beer festival on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Riverside train station, 90 Bloomingbank Road.

More than a dozen craft breweries and Riverside's own craft distiller, Quincy Street Distillery, will be offering sample of their products. Food will be available for purchase from Sawmilly, live entertainment will be provided by HopsLager and Dr. Don and the Boogie Monsters and Riverside Arts Center will host art classes for kids 5 and older.

Tickets are $35 and include a commemorative tasting glass. Proceeds go to support the Olmsted Society's efforts to preserve and promote Frederick Law Olmsted's legacy in Riverside.

Visit www.olmstedsociety.org for more information on how to buy tickets.

STEAM Fest in Brookfield

Plunge into STEAM at the Brookfield Public Library's inaugural STEAM Fest. Explore, engineer and engage with the many facets of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – at this event geared for the whole family.

See drone demonstrations, experiments with water-resistant materials, a robotics demonstration and a musical instrument "petting zoo." The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library, 3609 Grand Blvd. in Brookfield. All ages welcome with adult.

For more information call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info. 

Stage Kiss at TWS

Stage Kiss, by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Angelee Johns, is onstage from Sept. 28 through Oct. 8 at the Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. 

The lively comedy features a pair of actors who rekindle an old romance during rehearsals for a play. Mature language and themes. Tickets are $20 or $22. Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or go to: http://www.theatrewesternsprings.com.

AAUW examines women in leadership

The Riverside Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosts its Fall Tea, which will feature Andrea Danis on "Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership," at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room.

The presentation will examine the causes of women's underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics and education and suggests what can be done to change the status quo.

Senior Health Fair

The Scottish Home, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, hosts a Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event features 40 vendors, raffles, lunch and entertainment. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP by calling 708-866-0430.

Ladies Night Out at Cantata

Daughters of the British Empire will host a Ladies Night Out on Friday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cantata Adult Life Services, 8700 31st St. in Brookfield.

The event ($30 donation) will feature wine, appetizers, raffles, jewelry, Mary Kay, Lularoe, facials and more. Proceeds benefit Cantata's British Home Rehabilitation Services and local breast cancer research.

And more

• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will host a landscape workday on Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Indian Gardens on Fairbank Road. Volunteers will help plant 10 new trees. Bring your favorite work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the Riverside Public Works dump truck.

• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues its exhibition of paintings by Paula Henderson in the FlexSpace gallery from through Oct. 7 and "Portage," featuring the work of Duncan Anderson, George Blaha and Dan Gamble in the Freeark Gallery through Oct. 21. A panel discussion with "Portage" artists will be held Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 708-442-6400 or visit online at www.riversideartscenter.com.

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Alzheimer's: Know the 10 Signs on Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. and Social Awareness Storytime on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. Molly Knott reads stories that address social justice and promote empathy. To register for these events visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info or call 708-485-6917.

• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Harry Potter Film Festival with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. Free. Drop-in only. To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

Also at the library this week: Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult), Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m.; After School Book Club (2nd grade ), Sept. 28 at 3:45 p.m.; Family Bingo and Loteria Familia (3 ), Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts Retirement 101 on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room; Plant-Based Healthy Living with Eric Su, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

• The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its annual "60 to win" raffle with its next prize drawing on Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe's Saloon, 9220 47th St., Brookfield. Tickets are $20 and only 1,100 tickets will be sold. All drawings will be held at Joe's Saloon each Thursday through Nov. 16. Tickets remain in the tumbler for the full 10 weeks regardless of how many times you win.

• The Brookfield Farmers Market continues on Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the west parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. The market will be held rain or shine every Saturday morning through Oct. 14.

• The Riverside Farmers Market continues on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue. The market runs every Wednesday afternoon/evening through Oct. 11.

• 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.

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