Jazz at Riv-Inia

Riverside Parks and Recreation invites the community to come out for an evening of fun and jazz during A Night at Riv-Inia on Friday, Aug. 9 in Guthrie Park, at Bloomingbank and Riverside roads, just south of the tracks, in downtown Riverside.

The event features an outdoor concert by the jazz band Martini Lunch. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from The Chew. The park opens for the event at 6:30 p.m. Music will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

League of Women Voters talk Supreme Court

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will host a presentation on Supreme Court Decisions on Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. LaGrange Road.

The event will include a brief discussion of some of the high-profile cases of the last term, ending in June 2018. The discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.

The botanist is in

Join Chris “Botanizer” Benda for a walk among the wildflowers and the Riverside Arboretum at “Walk and Talk with the Illinois Botanist” at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

At 1 p.m. meet up outside the library and take a tour where Benda will point out native plants in Riverside, which can be grown in your own garden. Afterward, join him for a lecture in the library. Co-sponsored by the Frederick Law Olmsted Society. 

Mall hosts 


The North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road invites kids of all ages to get up close with police and fire vehicles, cranes and even a helicopter at Touch-A-Truck in the parking lot of the mall on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to exploring the vehicles, there will be a DJ, face painting, balloon artists, giveaways and special appearances by the “Toy Story” characters. There will also be an onsite blood drive in conjunction with the event.

Admission is free but visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food items for CBS Food Pantry.

Hitchcock Movie Matinee

Celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s birth month with the annual Hitchcock Movie Matinee on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

This year’s film is “The Man Who Knew Too Much” from 1956, about a man mistaken for a spy and who must stop an assassination plot, starring James Stewart and Doris Day.


Free and open to the public. For more info visit lagrangearealwv.org.

And more

νNorth Riverside Parks and Rec invites you to enjoy its next Sounds of Summer concert on Aug. 8, featuring the Ethan Bell Band from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Village Commons gazebo, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Be sure to bring comfy chairs and/or blankets.

νBrookfield Parks and Rec continues its free summer concert series on Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. with the Latin pop of Guitarra Azul under the band shell at Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues. Kids activities. Food and drink available for purchase.

νThe organizers of the Brookfield Fine Arts Festival, which takes place Sept. 21, has issued a call for artists who would like to display and sell their work at the event. Call Abby at 708-255-5335 or email at abbybsnow@gmail.com.

νThe grief support group at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, meets Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This month’s theme, “The Ways We Mourn,” explores how personality types influence grief and the differences and similarities in how men and women process grief. RSVP by Aug. 9 to info@hitzemanfuneral.com or 708-485-2000.

νThe Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Aug. 7 and Aug. 14 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 Market continues its 2019 season on Aug. 10 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.

νCompassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents “Character Con,” featuring the work of Derail Howery, Jamie Primak, Josh Mettille, Naomi Martinez, Jeremy Johnson, Tony Smith and Travis Cakos throughout the month of August. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

νBrookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents the Basics of Selling Your Home with Katie Wahrhaftig on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Register to attend at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

νRiverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents a Medicare Information Seminar with Bill Scanlon and Courtney Erb of Access Benefit Plan Consultants on Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

νSeniors can continue with week two of the six-week series Take Charge of Your Health on Aug. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

νFor adults, there’s Meditation, the Universe and You, which includes a meditation session, on Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

νFor kids there’s Drop-in Open Play on Aug. 8 and 13 at 10:30 a.m.; Family Yoga with Mrs. Bee (ages 3+ with adult) on Aug. 9 at 10:15 a.m.; and Books and Bingo (ages 3 with adult) on Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

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.

This article has been changed to correct the time of the botanist tour and lecture at the Riverside Public Library.