Big Week: September 5-12

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UPDATE: The Illinois Brass Band Concert at Kiwanis Park in Brookfield on Sept. 7 will start at 6:30 p.m.

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Two-person show at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., kicks off its new exhibition season with a two-person show of sculpture and installations by Indira Freitas Johnson and Garland Martin Taylor from Sept. 7 through Oct. 6.

Both artists address societal issued through mixed-media sculptures and community-involved projects. Johnson's sculptures along with an interactive grid will be in the main gallery space and she will have an installation in the outdoor Freeark Sculpture Gallery. Taylor's work will also be displayed in the main gallery along with an immersive installation in the rear gallery.

An opening reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m., with a closing artists' talk on Oct. 6 at 3 p.m., moderated by Lise McKean.

Admission to the gallery is free. The opening and closing events are open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed major holidays.

An evening at Riv-Inia

The village of Riverside will bid a musical farewell to summer on Friday, Sept. 7 with a night at Riv-Inia in Guthrie Park, across the street from the downtown train station at Bloomingbank and Riverside roads, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The free concert will feature the pop country favorites of Cowboy Jukebox, everything from Florida-Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert to Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton. Music starts at 7 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from The Chew Chew.

Big brass band

The Illinois Brass Band, an organization modeled on the brass bands of the United Kingdom, will blast into Brookfield on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. to belatedly wrap up part the village's Summer Concert Series. The concert had been scheduled in July but was rained out.

The band, whose repertoire ranges from brass band classics and to show tunes and jazz, features about 30 musicians playing everything from cornets to euphonium. They'll be playing under the band shell at Kiwanis Park, which is next door to the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Rummage sale

Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Road, hosts its annual rummage sale on Friday, Sept. 7 from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8:30 to 1 p.m.

A variety of items will be for sale include toys, kitchenware, lamps, home décor, sports equipment, furniture, rugs, book and linens.

Parking is available around the church and Ames Elementary School. For more info email to AscensionRiverside@gmail.com or visit Facebook.com/AscensionRiverside.

Forest preserves then and now

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and Riverside Public Library will co-host "What's New (and Old) in the Cook County Forest Preserves" on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Great Room of the library, 1 Burling Road.

Elsa Anderson, a stewardship program aide with the forest preserve district, will take you through the colorful history of the preserves and highlight the natural treasures to be found.

She will also provide insight on how to become involved and get active in the local forest preserves.

And more

  Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, will host the next of its monthly grief support gatherings on Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The theme of the gathering will be "Rebuilding Your Life after a Loss." Share your experiences and learn practical ways to create a life that's different but equally meaningful. Seats are limited. RSVP by Sept. 7 to info@hitzemanfuneral.com or call 708-485-2000.

  The Frederick Law Olmsted Society hosts its next landscape workday on Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon, planting native grasses and sedges along Riverside Road. 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.

  Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, will hold its fall WET (Water Exercise Techniques) Class on Wednesday nights from Sept. 5 through Oct. 31. The class meant to elevate heart rate and muscular strength, using water as resistance. No swimming involved. The fall session costs $54 for nine classes. For more info visit www.rbhs208.net, community, swimming pool, WET Class or email Noelle at bajohrn@rbhs208.net.

•  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.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For adults, there's Adulting 101: Basic Life Skills on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. For kids, there's Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. and Bingo/Loteria (ages 3-up) on Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m. For teens/tweens (grades 6-12) there's Life-Size Hungry, Hungry Hippos on Sept. 8 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.

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