Zoo Summer Nights
Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, kicks off its Summer Nights festival with the Gina Glocksen Band, whose namesake was a top 10 finisher on the sixth season of American Idol, on Friday June 16.
Then on Saturday, June 17 enjoy indie rock duo In the Valley Below, whose music melds art rock, synth pop and woozy blues into something special.
Opening acts kick things off on the East Mall at 4 p.m., with headliners hitting the stage at 7 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. A laser light show closes out the night.
Summer Nights included with regular admission. Visit www.CZS.org/SummerNights or call 708-688-8000.
Bike Brookfield is back!
About 600 people registered to take part in the second annual Bike Brookfield event in May. Thing was, it rained. A lot.
But due to popular demand, the village has rescheduled the 10K village-wide bike ride for Saturday, June 17 at 9 a.m. The event coincides with the Brookfield Farmers Market, so riders are encouraged to do some shopping before or after hopping on their bikes for the ride across town.
If you registered for the May event, your registration is still good. Meet at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. For more information visit www.brookfieldil.gov or call 708-485-7344.
Family Friday with Laura Doherty
Families are in for a special after-hours treat when the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. hosts award-winning children’s musician Laura Doherty on Friday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Doherty, who for more than a decade was director of the Old Town School’s Wiggleworms program, has performed hundreds of shows across the country.
Family Friday Night is free and open to all ages. Register to attend online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info, by phone at 708-485-6917, ext. 140 or in person at the library’s Youth Services desk.
North Riverside flea market
Clean out your closets and bring all of your treasures to sell at the North Riverside Flea Market on Sunday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or just come to shop for bargains from more than 100 sellers.
The market will take place at the North Riverside Village Commons and police department parking lots, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Spaces (10-by-20 feet) for sellers are just $15. Bring your own tables, chair and tents.
For more information call 708-442-5515 or visit www.northriverside-il.org.
Movie at Ehlert Park
Brookfield Parks and Recreation kicks off its summer outdoor movie series on Friday, June 16 at Ehlert Park, Elm and Congress Park avenues, with a screening of the 2003 film School of Rock, starring Jack Black, Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman.
Come early to stake out your spot, enjoy the park or just relax. Snacks are available for purchase. Movies begin at dark.
• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., caps its 2017 Brookfield Reads! program with an appearance by the author of this year’s book choice, Believer, former Obama advisor and longtime political consultant David Axelrod on June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center, 3300 Golf Road. Axelrod will discuss the book and share highlights from his 40-plus years in politics. Advance registration is required to attend the finale at Brookfield Zoo. Call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info/brookfieldreads.
• The Brookfield Farmers Market continues on June 17 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 21 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.
• 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 Interview Workshop for high school and college students and recent grads on June 15 at 6 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Bob Schlacks will help you navigate the interview experience, including how to present yourself and prepare yourself for questions. The library also hosts Book Repair for Beginners on June 17 at 2 p.m. in the Great Room, to insure your books are clean and strong for years to come. Finally hone your cake decorating skills at Building Butter Cream Skills: Class 1 for anyone 16 or older. Entire course of four classes is $10. Registration required. Call 708-442-6366 or email email@example.com for a list of supplies.
• 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 www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts Stories and Play (ages 5+) on June 15 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday Stories and Snacks on June 17 at 10:30 a.m.; Read Along with Ms. Nikki on June 15 at 3:30 p.m.; Mini-Mural (ages 3-6) on June 20 at 10:30 a.m.; Build with Perler Beads (ages 7 ) on June 21 at 3:30 p.m.; Cooking 101 (grades 6-12) on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.