"Ecology in the Garden"

Brookfield Zoo’s popular interactive bird show, Festival of Flight, continues through Labor Day at the zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield.

Guests can watch birds soar, swoop and dive as they demonstrate their natural flight abilities. The Festival of Flight show is free with general zoo admission.

For more information, call 708-688-8000 or visit www.czs.org/events.

Tax appeal seminar

Are your eyes still bugging out of your head after seeing your latest property tax bill? Then you may want to head over to the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

That’s when Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will host a property tax appeal seminar. Riverside Township is open for appeal through Aug. 30.

The hour-long session is sponsored by Riverside Township Assessor Fran Sitkiewicz, and will give residents information on how to file a successful appeal, provide information on exemptions and explain why property taxes can go up even when your home value falls.

The event is free and open to the public. Taxpayers are asked to bring a copy of their most recent tax bill.

Hocus pocus

Need a little magic to make life more interesting? The Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents “Magic for the Win!” a special after-hours event on Friday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m., featuring vanishing acts, mind-reading tricks and other fun by Gary Kantor.

For more information, contact the library at 708-485-6917 or visit online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

Bingo Bash

North Riverside Parks and Recreation will host a Summer Bingo Bash on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 12:20 to 2 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

But if you want to join in the fun, you have to register before Aug. 19 by calling 708-442-5515. The fee (Visa or Master Card are accepted) is $8 ($10 for non-residents).In addition to bingo, you’ll enjoy summer foods like hot dogs, salad, watermelon and a summer dessert.

Get your garden on

Be sure to visit the Brookfield Garden Club’s booth at the Brookfield Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 20. Starting at 8 a.m. club members will be discussing “Ecology in the Garden,” focusing this week on composting.

And if hanging around all the delicious fruits and veggies at the market has you hungry, head inside the Brookfield Village Hall between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. to sample tomatoes from garden club members’ gardens.

The club meets the last Saturday of the month, January through October at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

The farmers market is held in the parking lot of the village hall every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 15.