"Kiddieland Remembered" (photo by pixeljon)

UDATED: Wednesday, July 17 at 2:10 p.m.

The Brookfield Battle of the Bands event scheduled for Sunday, July 21 in Kiwanis Park has been canceled, according to Recreation Director Stevie Ferrari.


God Save the Queen

Historian Leslie Goddard will give a historical portrayal of the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, set at the time of her Silver Jubilee, during “Becoming Queen Elizabeth II” on Monday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Register to attend at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or online at brookfieldlibrary.info.

Vintage baseball in Riverside

The crack of an old time wooden bat against a “lemon peel” baseball will be heard again in Riverside’s Big Ball Park, Longcommon and Delaplaine roads, on Sunday, July 21 at 1 p.m. This vintage baseball game, free to the public, will feature the Chicago Salmon versus the Deep River Grinders of Lake County, Indiana. Both teams will play by baseball rules prevalent in the 1860s.

Bring a blanket or a chair and watch this classic game. Sponsors of this special game are the Village of Riverside Parks and Recreation Department, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society and Riverside Foods.

Local summer concerts

Local outdoor evening concerts continue this week courtesy of North Riverside Parks and Rec on Thursday, July 11 at the gazebo behind the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., with a the pop-rock sounds of Deja Vu from 7 to 9 p.m.

Free admission. This week concert will also be held in conjunction with a Craft Show.

On Friday, July 12, Brookfield Parks and Rec presents ABBA Salute, a tribute to the hugely successful Swedish pop combo, at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues in Brookfield, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Free admission. There will also be food available for purchase and activities for kids.

Brookfield Battle of the Bands


The village of Brookfield and A Sound Education once again are partnering to bring a Battle of the Bands competition to the band shell at Kiwanis Park (Arden and Brookfield avenues) on Sunday, July 21 from 2 to 8 p.m.

The top band will have a chance to move on the regional and possibly state competitions.

Memories of Kiddieland

Join historian Cheryl Brown for her presentation “Kiddieland Remembered,” as she walks through the 80-year history of the beloved amusement park that used to site at the corner of First and North avenues in Melrose Park.

The presentation, which will take place in the Public Meeting Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Friday, July 19 at 3 p.m., will feature vintage pictures, memorabilia and video.

And more

νRiverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road, hosts its 64th Annual Strawberry Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person ages 5 to 90. Tickets available at the church office or online at rpcusa.org/give.

νRiverside Garage will host its next Cruise Night on East Burlington Street in downtown Riverside on Thursday, July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Dozens of classic, vintage and specialty vehicles will line both sides of the street east of Longcommon Road. Admission for spectators and participants is free.

νPillars Community Health hosts Conversations About Suicide and Mental Health on July 23 (youth ages 6+) and July 30 (adults) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Stickney-Forest View Library, 6800 43rd St. in Stickney. Free. Sessions in both English and Spanish. Call 708-995-3627 with questions or visit PillarsCommunityHealth.org.

νAging Care Connections and Cantata Adult Life Services continue their Seminar and a Snack Series on Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange with Senior Living Experts: Making Decisions in Transitioning. Learn the differences between independent, supportive and assisted living, memory care and home care. Free. Registration required. Contact Renata Vitali at 708-603-2277.

νThe Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on July 17 and 24 from 2:30 to 7 p.m., and will run every Wednesday through Oct. 9 in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue.

νThe Brookfield Farmers Marketcontinues its 2019 season on July 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will run every Saturday through Oct. 12 in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Visit www.brookfieldfarmers.org for special events, vendor info and music lineups.

νRiverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents its annual RAC Members’ and Kids’ Show through July 27. There’s also “stay out come in stay in come out,” featuring the work of Jordan Martins in the outdoor sculpture gallery thru Aug. 3. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

νBrookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents 24 Great Walks of Chicago highlighting hidden gems and best weekend activities around Chicago on July 24 at 7 p.m. Register to attend at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on July 19 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For seniors, there’s also Embellishing a Frame Craft on July 24 at 2 p.m.

νFor adults, there’s the Writers Group, a supportive writers’ group for all levels, on July 20 at 1 p.m.; and Astrology 101: Which Planet is to Blame? on July 22 at 6 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

νFor kids, there’s Saturday Stories & Snacks (ages 2-5, please register) on July 20 at 10:30 a.m.; Books and Bingo (ages 3 with adult) on July 23 at 6:30 p.m.; and Cada Nino un Lector/Every Child a Reader (ages 6 ) on July 24 at 4 p.m. Learn to read Spanish or practice with a group..

νAging Care Connections hosts a free Memory Café program through September on the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Young at Heart Adult Day Services Center, 6504 Joliet Road in Countryside and the third Tuesday of each month at Salerno’s Pizzeria & Sports Bar, 9301 W. 63rd St. in Hodgkins. Call 708-354-1323 for more information.

νThe 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.