Farmers Market season is back!
Craving those farm fresh fruits and vegetables? You can get your weekly fix at the Brookfield and Riverside farmers markets, which kick off in the coming week and continue through the fall.
The Brookfield Farmers Market will start on Saturday, June 3 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.
In addition to locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods and other items, enjoy live music and other family activities. On June 3 there will also be a plant swap and a chance to pick up some free milkweed seeds.
Riverside Farmers Market begins its 2017 season on Wednesday, June 7 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park in the shadow of the historic water tower at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue.
About two dozen vendors will sell everything from locally sourced fruits and vegetables to eggs, meat and sweets. The market runs every Wednesday afternoon/evening through Oct. 11.
Concert at Cantata
Cantata Adult Life Services, 8700 31st St. in Brookfield, will host a free concert by the West Suburban Concert Band on Thursday, June 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the campus’ circle drive. Enjoy a summer evening of music and fun, along with root beer floats.
Brookfield Jazz Society goes Nuclear
The Brookfield Jazz Society presents an evening of live jazz featuring the Nuclear Jazz Quarktet on Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m. in the lower-level “jazz room” of Sawa’s Old Warsaw, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview.
The ensemble plays “unique treatments of standards, lesser-known jazz tunes and vocals from the Great American Songbook,” according to the band’s website.
The minimum band donation is $7 for Brookfield Jazz Society members. Non-members pay a cover charge of $10. All are invited.
Get online security
As a result of recent changes to internet privacy regulations, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., will host “Going Incognito: Protecting Your Internet Privacy” on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.
Attendees will learn effective strategies for keep internet data private, including assessing online risks and threats and preventing third parties from tracking your browser history.
The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visiting www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
Explore Chicago’s ‘birth place’
Friends of the Chicago Portage will host a walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 S. Harlem Ave., on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Tour guide Jeff Carter will explore Chicago’s “birth story” and how the portage still functions today. The tour is a half mile in length on a gravel path through the woods. Wear long pants and walking shoes/boots. Rain or shine. Free and open to the public.
• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society invites the public to join in at its next landscape workday on June 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at Patriots Park on Parkway Road in Riverside. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the Riverside Public Works truck.
• Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave., presents Neil Simon’s Rumors from June 1-11. Tickets are $20 and $22. Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or visit www.theatrewesternsprings.com.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts work of Oak Park artist Anna Kunz and her exhibit “Physical Sunshine” and a solo exhibition of photographs by Laura Husar Garcia, titled “Wishes,” through June 24. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts an Introduction to Ecotourism on June 1 at 7 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room. Learn to visit forest preserves and parks without causing damage; a Vegetable Garden Design Workshop on June 3 at 2 p.m. featuring Sally Boge. Meet at St. Mary Church’s “Garden of Eden” on Herrick Road; and a presentation on Riverside Sewer Construction by Village Engineer Orion Galey on June 6 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room. Learn about the MWRD sewer lining project and work being done by the village in the First Division.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., continues its 2017 Brookfield Reads! programming with the presentation “Illinois Rogues’ Gallery: Our Infamous Politicians” by historian David Clark on Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
The library also hosts a special after-hours lecture with artist Robin Monique Rios, on Friday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. The artwork of the Chicago native and founder and director of 4Art Inc. is on display at the library through June. To register for the event call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Stories and Play (ages 5+) on June 1 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday Stories and Snacks (ages 2-5) on June 3 at 10:30 a.m.; Craft-A-Palooza (ages 3-6) on June 6 at 10:30 a.m.; Build a Better Mural (ages 7 ) on June 7 at 3:30 p.m.; Wii Games and Watch Movies (grades 6-12) June 3 from 1-3 p.m.; Cooking 101 (grades 6-12) on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.