Movie in the park
The Brookfield Recreation Department invites families to a special Outdoor Movie Night screening of “Coco” on Friday, Aug. 17 at Ehlert Park, located at Elm and Congress Park avenues.
The 2017 computer-animated “Coco” tells the story of a boy who is transported to the Land of the Dead and is assisted back to the world of the living by his great-great grandfather, who is a musician. The film won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.
The movie is free to attend. Bring a blanket to sit on; the movie begins at dusk. Snacks available for purchase.
Back-to School Supply Drive
State Rep. Michael Zalewski, stet Rep. Lisa Hernandez and state Sen. Steve Landek will host a Back-to-School Celebration and Supply Drive on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the splash-pad pavilion at Ehlert Park, at Elm and Congress Park avenues in Brookfield.
Kick off the school year with an afternoon of family fun. Play games and win prizes, and bring new school supplies that will be donated to local families in need.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served. For more information contact Zalewski at 708-442-6500 or emailing info@RepMikeZalewski.org.
Jazz up your life
The Brookfield Jazz Society invites the public and its members to a night of live jazz featuring the Ava Logan Quartet on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in the lower-level Jazz Room of Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview.
Logan who played Ella Fitzgerald in the Chicago Black Ensemble Theatre’s hit show “Ella: First Lady of Song,” brings a wide repertoire of standards to the table.
There is a $10 cover charge for non-Brookfield Society members ($7 with membership card).
Zoo’s Summer Nights wrap up
Brookfield Zoo closes out its Summer Nights concert series this weekend with a pair of shows that will transport you to the islands – Caribbean and British. Summer Nights kick off at 4 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. on the East Mall of the zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield.
On Friday, Aug. 17, Unity the Band will bring its award-winning original roots reggae as well as favorites by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Sublime. Then on Saturday, Aug. 18, go on a musical mystery tour with American English, “the best Beatles tribute story of all time.”
Concerts are free with regular zoo admission. For more information, visit www.CZS.org.
Indoor concert? Czech!
North Riverside Parks and Recreation will host the Czechoslovak-American Musicians Band on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. inside the gymnasium at the North Riverside Village Commons at 2401 Desplaines Ave.
The traditional Czech brass band will play a selection of polkas, waltzes and perhaps even a mazurka or two. The show wraps up the village’s summer concert series.
The concert and the coffee are free. Other concessions available at a nominal fee.
Donate your used sports equipment
Three local Girl Scouts, Kate Briolat, Grace Pankros and Bryce Pacourek working on their Girl Scout Silver Award service projects are asking residents to donate gently used sports equipment for a sports equipment swap they are planning for later this month.
Drop off equipment at the Riverside Parks and Recreation Department, 10 Pine Ave.; the Riverside Farmers Market in Centennial Park or the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road through Aug. 22.
The swap will take place Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riverside Parks and Recreation Department.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Health and Safety Fair
MacNeal Hospital, 3249 S. Oak Park Ave. in Berwyn, invites the community to its 7th Annual Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Representatives from MacNeal and other community organizations will be present to provide information, resources and education on living a health life, including blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings, BMI calculations and more.
To register for the event, visit www.macnealhospital.org.
Ravel, Britten and Broadway
A little bit classical, a little bit Broadway. That’s what you can expect at “Ravel, Britten and Broadway” featuring soprano Amanda Murphy and baritone Ryan Cox at Dole Hall in Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N. LaGrange Road in LaGrange Park on Monday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.
The vocalists will be accompanied by harpist and pianist Ann Laura Tapia.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by calling 708-354-0340 or by emailing email@example.com.
• St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 500 E. 31st St. in LaGrange Park, offers the free community class “Youth Mental Health First Aid” on Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then on Aug. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m., the church hosts “The Caregiving Years: Finding Meaning in the Caregiving Journey.”
• Compassion Factory Gallery, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, continues its exhibition, “Paper and Stitch,” featuring the work of artists Chai Wolfman and Don Widmer through Sept. 8. A free opening reception will be held on Aug. 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery hours are 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.
• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For kids, there’s Love2Read (ages 2-5) on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2+) on Aug. 22 at 10:30 a.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.