Melody Mill Crystal Ball fundraiser

Relive the days when the big bands and dancers flocked to Desplaines Avenue for a night out when the North Riverside Historical Society hosts its “Melody Mill Crystal Ball” fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event is being held at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. – on the site of the old Melody Mill Ballroom. Dance to the swinging sounds of the Steve Cooper Orchestra, knowing that money raised will help fund the society and its efforts, which include the restoration of the Melody Mill sign.

Tickets are $30 per person and include beer, wine, soda and hors d’oeuvres. Groups of eight may reserve a table at the time of ticket purchase. Call 630-258-7099.

Party and
Supply Drive

State Rep. Mike Zalewski, along with state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez and state Sen. Stave Landek will usher in the upcoming academic year with a Back-to-School Party and Supply Drive on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the splash pad pavilion at Ehlert Park, 4315 Park Ave. in Brookfield.

The event will feature games, prizes and refreshments. The party is open to all local families and is free to attend, but attendees are encouraged to donate school supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, calculators and folders.

Jazz up your Thursday

The Brookfield Jazz Society presents live jazz by the Kimberly Gordon Trio at their get together on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the lower level of Sawa’s Old Warsaw, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview.

There’s a $10 cover charge at the door for non-members and a suggested minimum band donation of $7 from members. Music begins at 7:15 p.m.

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Riverside Cruise Night

The Riverside Chamber of Commerce and Riverside Garage will host the last of its summer Cruise Nights on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 5 to 10 p.m. in and around Centennial Park (Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue) in downtown Riverside. 

Bring the family and wander among dozens of classic cars and other unique vehicles while enjoying live music, and refreshments from local vendors. It’s free to attend.

Do you Cuatro?

Head over to Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues, in Brookfield on Friday, Aug. 12 for the final installment of the Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Outdoor Concert Series. 

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. enjoy the Cuatro Orchestra, directed by Orlando and David Rivera. The orchestra preforms classic Puerto Rican music as well as more recent popular music. Founded in 1996, the orchestra was created to preserve Puerto Rico’s national instrument – the Cuatro.

Admission is free. Snacks are available for purchase.