Start your engines

Riverside waves goodbye to summer with its season-ending Car and Bike Show on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both sides of the tracks in Centennial and Guthrie parks in downtown Riverside.

Check out more than 250 vehicles, from classic antiques to muscle cars, exotics and more. Spectator admission is free. The event is sponsored by Riverside Garage.  

Now hear this

The Riverside Township Radio Players kick off their 19th season on Friday, Sept. 22 with “the Trouble with Women” from the Screen Directors Playhouse and the episode “Mrs. Standford” from The Story of Dr. Kildare.

The group recreates shows from the Golden Age of Radio, from the 1930s through the 1950s, complete with sound effects.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Free. 

Get ready for the Rainbow Run 

Blythe Park School, 735 Leesley Road in Riverside, invites the community to participate in their Rainbow Run on Friday, Sept. 22.

The run, which begins at 5 p.m., includes music, games, food and the run, where participants are sprayed with the colors of the rainbow.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Blythe Park School PTA to fund programs for students.

For more information, visit online at

Across the universe

Take an Armchair Tour of the Solar System on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Michelle Nichols, author and master educator at Adler Planetarium, presents a tour of the solar system, from the Sun to giant planet Jupiter to dwarf planet Pluto.

Register to attend at or by calling 708-485-6917. All ages with adult welcome.

Get the inside book scoop

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents “Book Lovers’ Book Buzz” on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.

Robert Haddock, a representative from Penguin Random House Publishing, will give readers the inside scoop on the fall 2017 titles. Excerpt book samples and tote bags giveways. Free.

To sign up call 708-447-0869 or visit

And more

• The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area hosts “Drinks and Dialogue” on Monday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at Barrel House Social Club, 100 W. Burlington Ave. in LaGrange. The league will share information about non-partisan organizations in order to increase knowledge about them and encourage participation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email to

• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues its exhibition of paintings by Paula Henderson in the FlexSpace gallery from through Oct. 7 and “Portage,” featuring the work of Duncan Anderson, George Blaha and Dan Gamble in the Freeark Gallery through Oct. 21. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 708-442-6400 or visit online at

• Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Yoga Mat Painting for Girls (ages 10-16) on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m., with Gina Slager hosting the fun, empowering workshop; “How to Pay for College without Going Broke,” on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Discuss how to successfully meet financial goals for college. To register for these events visit or call 708-485-6917.

• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Harry Potter Film Festival with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. Free. Drop-in only. To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or visit

Also at the library this week: Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult), Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m.; After School Book Club (2nd grade ) Sept. 21 at 3:45 p.m.; Wii Play Games and Watch Movies (6th-12th grades), Sept. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts “Chicago Turns 180: From Frontier Outpost to World Class City” on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room; “How to Pay for College without Going Broke,” on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room; a book discussion of Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Gray on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room; and “Retirement 101” on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

• The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its annual “60 to win” raffle with its next prize drawing on Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St., Brookfield. Tickets are $20 and only 1,100 tickets will be sold. All drawings will be held at Joe’s Saloon each Thursday through Nov. 16. Tickets remain in the tumbler for the full 10 weeks regardless of how many times you win.

• The Brookfield Farmers Market continues on Sept. 23 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 Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 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.

• The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.