Rowing for in memory of Scuff

After poor weather washed it out in June, the Scuff Gross Memorial Regatta, in memory of the late longtime Riverside Township assessor, is back on for Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m.

Meet at McCormick Woods, northeast corner of 31st Street and First Avenue. From there, you’ll paddle south congregate at the Swan Pond area to regroup, then pass under the Swinging Bridge, exiting the river at Stony Ford Canoe Landing at 43rd and Oak in Lyons. 

The buddy system is suggested for both the participants and for ground transportation. Participants are responsible for their own equipment, safety, following IDNR rules.

Others encouraged to watch on bridges at Forest Avenue, Barrypoint Road and the Swinging Bridge.

Rock out at Riverfest

Rock around Centennial Park in the shadow of the historic water tower in downtown Riverside (Longcommon and Forest avenues) on Saturday, July 28 during the Riverside Chamber of Commerce’s annual Riverfest event.

Gates open at 4 p.m., and admission is free. Live music will be provided by four bands, and there will be food and drink for purchase from five local eateries, along gilled corn from the Masonic Lodge. There will also be arts and crafts vendors, a Kids Fun Area and more.

Czech Fest in Brookfield

The Czechoslovak American Congress will host its 33rd annual picnic and festival on Sunday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ehlert Park, 4400 Elm Ave. in Brookfield.

The event is free and open to the public and features Czech and Slovak food, beverages, vendors, dancing and live music. Special performances by the United Moravian Societies Sohajka Dance Group and the Czechoslovak American Musicians Club.

Block party blowout in North Riverside

The village of North Riverside will host its annual Block Party on Desplaines on Saturday, July 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. in front of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Enjoy live entertainment by two bands, along with carnival games, kids’ activities, character visits, grilled food, a food truck, summer treats and adult beverages.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to come by and have fun.

Visit for more information.

Tribute to Johnny and June

Classic country fans can get their fix during the Brookfield Summer Concert Series on Friday, June 27 with June’s Got the Cash, a tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter.

The free concert will take place at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, next to the Brookfield Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. There will be food and drink available for purchase.

I got you Babe

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee with a screening of the 1992 baseball biopic “The Babe,” starring John Goodman in the story of legendary slugger Babe Ruth on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.

Free. Drop-in only.

And more

  North Riverside Recreation continues its free outdoor concert series on July 26 at 7 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. with the Perry Hutchins Band, who meld high-energy rock with southern rock riffs and a dash of modern country. Concessions special is $1 hot dogs with hard lemonade for adults.

  Joseph Baar Topinka will host a trio of book signing and meet-the-author events for his new book “Just Judy” on July 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. and July 28 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Riverside Restaurant, 3422 Harlem Ave., and on July 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Czechoslovak American Picnic at Ehlert Park, 4400 Elm Ave. in Brookfield.

  The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will hold its next walking tour of historic Riverside on July 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a stroll through the village’s north division. Meet at the east platform of the Riverside train station, 90 Bloomingbank Road. Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors and society members). Learn more at

•  St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 500 E. 31st St. in LaGrange Park, hosts Mental Health First Aid classes on July 28 or Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Aug. 17 or Nov. 3 (for adults who interact with youth) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register online at and click on “education-community training” and then “educational-classes.”

•  Compassion Factory art gallery, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, continues its exhibition of work by Jenifer Ann Myers, Paul Filippi and Rebecca Moy through Aug. 4. 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.

•  The Riverside’s Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 10, in Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave. Weekly scavenger hunt for kids, live music and more.

•  The Brookfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 13 in the parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Weekly special events and live music.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a movie matinee featuring “The Devil’s Disciple,” starring Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster on July 28 at 1 p.m. Teams (between 2 and 6 people) of kids ages 10 through high school can test their knowledge at Teen Fandom Frenzy on July 30 at 3:30 p.m. Register by calling 708-485-6917 or online at

  Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to #TBT: Genealogy Club on July 26 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Kickstart your genealogy research with like-minded family historians.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For kids, there’s; Stories & Play (through age 5) on July 26 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday Stories & Snacks (grades K-1) on July 28 at 10:30 a.m.; Book Treks (ages 2-5) on July 26 at 3:30 p.m.; Bingo/Loteria (family fun) on July 27 at 4 p.m.; Mini Crafters (ages 3-6) on July 31 at 10:30 a.m. (personalized rocket ship); Mega Crafters (ages 7+) on July 25 (DIY rocket); Glow in the Dark Bowling (teens/tweens) on July 31 from 6 to 8 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.