Keep on truckin’

The Riverside Department of Parks and Recreation invites kids of all ages to explore vehicles that excite the senses at its Touch-A-Truck event and concert on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Centennial Park in the shadow of the historic water tower at Longcommon and Forest avenues.

Come make lights flash, horns honk and sirens sound on a variety of police, fire and other big rigs. Live music is courtesy of Istvan and his Imaginary Band. Free.

Celebrating Illinois poets

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts “Three Poets from Central Illinois” a presentation by Professor Charles Schweighauser on Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsay and Edgar Lee Masters on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

The program includes viewing a narrated DVD with local actors portraying each poet reading their poems. Professor Schweighauser will lead a discussion of the poets and their poems, with audience participation, following the DVD.

North Riverside Movie Matinee

North Riverside Parks and Recreation welcomes all to its next Free Popcorn and Movie matinee on Friday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Council Room of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

This week’s movie is the 2017 drama “Wonder,” starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay about a boy with facial deformities who wrestles with acceptance and relationships during fifth-grade at a New York school.

Admission, popcorn and refreshments are free, but reserve a seat by calling 708-442-5515.

Intro to local archaeology

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to learn how archaeology is conducted in northern Illinois and what we can discover from the historical material from the Illinois State Archaeological Survey during “Introduction to Northern Illinois Archaeology” on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

Register to attend this program by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visiting

Classical piano concert

Unity Lutheran Church, 6720 W. 31st St. in Berwyn, kicks off a series of four free classical piano performances by international musicians, who will perform on the church’s newly acquired Steinway grand piano.

The first concert features Henning Vauth of Germany, who will perform works by Schubert, Schumann, Pfitzner, Liszt, Petit and Debussy. 

Aging Well program

Brookfield’s Aging Well team presents “Staying Safely in Your Home” on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Colgrass Café at the Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St.

Meet Brookfield police and fire chiefs and stay for a special lunch afterwards. $2 donation. RSVP by contacting the Brookfield Public Library at 708-485-6917 or emailing to

Make a lunch reservation by Sept. 20 by calling 708-310-4434.

And more

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold will hold its next 60-to-Win prize drawing on Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. Winner need not be present. The next After Hours informal meeting and networking event is on Sept. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Ale House, 8900 Fairview Ave. in Brookfield.

  Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will hold property tax assessment appeal seminars in Lyons Township (which is open for appeal Sept. 10-Oct. 9) on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Countryside Village Hall, 5550 East Ave. and Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Justice Village Hall, 7800 Archer Road. Learn how to file a successful appeal in this hour-long presentation.

  Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents “Watercolor in Print,” featuring the work of three artists — Pete Rangel, Kerry Lange and Naomi Zagt through Oct. 20. Free. 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.

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues its new exhibition season with a two-person show of sculpture and installations by Indira Freitas Johnson and Garland Martin Taylor through Oct. 6. Free. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 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 Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For adults, Make Wood Pumpkins for autumn on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. Free. To sign up call 708-447-0869. Also there will be a Breastfeeding Informational Session presented by La Leche League for nursing parents, those supporting nursing parents, business owners and interested members of the public on Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

For kids, there’s Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m., Lapsit Storytime (toddlers thru 5) on Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m.; Love2Read (grades K-1) on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.; STEM-tastic Fun (grades K-up) on Sept. 20 at 3:45 p.m.; and Legos (grades 1+) on Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. Legos provided.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts a Listening Tour on Services for Seniors on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. Share your feedback on library services and tell them what you like and how they can improve events and services for seniors. Refreshments provided> register at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or online at

  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.

  The Brookfield Aging Well presents Come Meet Brookfield First Responders: Staying Safely In Your Home, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 to 11a.m., Cathy Colgrass Edwards Café, Brookfield Elks Lodge #1510, 9022 31st St., Brookfield. For more information, contact