Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Brookfield author Mark Farina on Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

Brookfield Reads! finale features David Axelrod

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., caps its 2017 Brookfield Reads! program with a pair of events during the next week around this year’s book choice Believer by former Obama advisor and longtime political consultant David Axelrod.

First there will be a book discussion on Saturday, June 10 at the library. Print and electronic copies of the book are available at the library.

That will be followed on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. by the program’s finale, an event featuring Axelrod, at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center, 3300 Golf Road. Axelrod will discuss the book and share highlights from his 40-plus years in politics.

The discussion, moderated by Landmark editor Bob Uphues, will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing. Residents are encouraged to submit questions ahead of the event to the Brookfield Public Library at

Advance registration is required to attend the finale at Brookfield Zoo. Call 708-485-6917 or visit 

Local author discusses book on WWII bomber crew

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Brookfield author Mark Farina on Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

Farina, a sportscaster, sportswriter, and government public relations specialist in a career that has spanned 40 years, will discuss his new book Casey and the Flying Fortress, the story of Farina’s father-in-law, a B-17 bomber co-pilot in World War II whose plane was shot down and who became a prisoner of war.

A book signing follows the presentation. Copies of the book will be for sale for $14 each. 

Prepare for the eclipse

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents “A Solar Eclipse Is Coming” by Michelle Nichols of the Adler Planetarium on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free. To sign up call 708-447-0869 or go online at www.north

Coping with grief, guilt

Home Helpers Home Care, 123 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 102A in Hinsdale, hosts the program “Guilt and Grieving: Coping with the Losses that Come with Aging” on Thursday, June 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Director of Education Jackie Raschke will discuss means of coping with losses older adults experience as well as the feelings of guilt that often accompany the responsibilities of a caregiver.

The event is free and open to the public. Reserve a seat by emailing or by calling 630-686-1369.

Experience the Great American Songbook

Singer Dick May will perform selections from the Great American Songbook on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. in the Albert Hall of Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N. LaGrange Road in LaGrange Park.

Free and open to the public. Reservations requested by calling 708-354-0340 or emailing

And more

• The Brookfield Farmers Market continues on June 10 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 Wednesday, June 14 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.

• 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 

• 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 Interior Remodel Workshop on Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room. Riverside resident and seasoned interior designer Maura Braun will share steps used in creating a design plan for a remodel project. Hear great tips on how to plan the design and stay on budget.

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts an art exhibit featuring the work of Robin Monique Rios, Chicago native and founder and director of 4Art Inc., through June. For more information visit

• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Stories and Play (ages 5+) on June 8 at 10:30 a.m.; Build It with Buttons (ages 3-6) on June 13 at 10:30 a.m.; Salt Painting (ages 7 ) on June 14 at 3:30 p.m.; Pizza and Games Night (1st grade ) June 12 at 6 p.m.; Family Color-A-Thon on June 10 at 10:30 a.m.; Just Craftin’ Around (6th-12th grade) on June 14 from 6-8 p.m.; Cooking 101 (grades 6-12) on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.

The library continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee on June 7 at 2 p.m. with Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Free. Drop-in.

• Westchester Community Church, 1840 Westchester Blvd., Westchester, hosts a flea market on June 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Great deals, bake sale and café. Free. Proceeds go toward painting the church’s exterior.