College instructor Gary Wenstrup presents an overview of the career of the 1960s folk music duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in the program "Simon and Garfunkel: Sound and Silence" on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. | Wikipedia Creative Commons

We’re havin’ a party

Do you have a photo or document that illustrates Brookfield’s rich history? As part of the village’s celebration of its 125th birthday, the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., is hosting a Digitization Party to add photos and documents to a public online database, on June 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The library’s team will walk you through the process and show you how to upload your file to the library’s website. Please bring no more than 10 photos. Suggested themes include Brookfield Zoo, parades, celebrations, local landmarks, schools, train stations and significant weather events.

Twisting the night away

Did you ever want to learn how to make cool balloon animals you’ve seen at parties? Now you can at a special event on June 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave.

Balloon artist Gary Kantor will show you the techniques to take plain balloons and transform them into animals.

Limited to ages 7 and older with a maximum of 25 kids. You must be registered in the library’s summer reading program. Contact the library at 708-447-0869 or visit for details and to register.

Movie under the stars

The Brookfield Recreation Department will hold its first outdoor movie night on Friday, June 15 at Ehlert Park, at Elm and Congress Park avenues, with a screening of the 2017 hit musical “The Greatest Showman,” starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams.

The film, which was inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and was a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy.

The movie begins at dusk. Bring a blanket. Snacks available for purchase.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

College instructor Gary Wenstrup presents an overview of the career of the 1960s folk music duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in the program “Simon and Garfunkel: Sound and Silence” on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The program is free. To sign up, call 708-447-0869 or go to

Getting brassy

Join the Northside Brass Ensemble for a concert of “Quintet Favorites” on Thursday, June 14 at 7:15 p.m. in Dole Hall at Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road in LaGrange Park.

The concert will feature a range of music, from classical to jazz to patriotic songs. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 708-354-0340 or email

And more

The Brookfield Democratic Organization, Indivisible Brookfield and the Lyons Democratic Organization invite the public to meet and greet Democratic state attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul at Mollie’s Public House, 31 Forest Ave. in Riverside on June 16 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free.

  The Frederick Law Olmsted Society invites volunteers to help during their next landscape workday on June 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Big Ball Park, Delaplaine and Longcommon roads. The project will include mulching planted areas of the park. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies provided. Look for the public works dump truck.

  The Compassion Factory Art Gallery, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, continues its exhibition featuring the work of two artists, Andrea Johnson and Heidi Burtner through July 7. Free and open to the public on Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and first Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m.

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Women Painting Men,” featuring the work of six artists in the Freeark Gallery, while “Golden Rule,” featuring the work on Amy Babinec, will be in the FlexSpace gallery. Both exhibitions run through June 23. Mara Baker’s show “A Mountain One Fence High – A Ribbon Two Yards Wide” is in the outdoor Sculpture Garden through July. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to learn the truth about food labeling at Food Claims with Chef Lilly on June 13 at 7 p.m. Registration required at 708-485-6917 or online at

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts “Nanoenhanced Hemp Oil: Gold Standard of Health & Wellness” on June 20 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Registered nurse Brooke Schwartz will present the health benefits of cannabis oils.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on June 15 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For kids, there’s Stories & Play (thru age 5) on June 14 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday Stories & Snacks (ages 2-5) on June 16 at 10:30 a.m.; an outdoor Story Walk (ages 1-5) on June 14 at 3:30 p.m.; Legos (1st grade+) on June 15 at 3:30 p.m.;  Mini Crafters (ages 3-6) on June 19 at 10:30 a.m. (Craft-a-Palooza); Mega Crafters (ages 7 ) on June 20 at 3:30 p.m. (DIY pillow); and DIY Galaxy Slime (teens/tweens) on June 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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.