Comboni Fest

The Comboni Fathers invite you to join them at their annual Comboni Fest at the Comboni Mission Center, 1615 E. 31st St. in LaGrange Park on Saturday Aug. 17.

The family-friendly event begins with an outdoor Mass at 3 p.m., followed by a festival featuring entertainment by the Ballet Folklorico Sones Mexicanos and singer Nino Folino, a bounce house, games for kids and food, including a pork loin dinner, pizza, tacos, cannoli and a tiki bar.

All proceeds benefit the works of the Comboni Missionaries. Anyone wishing to volunteer can call 708-354-1999.

Concert and movie in the park

Brookfield Parks and Rec wraps up its summer outdoor concert and movie series with a two-for-one evening on Friday, Aug. 16.

The rock/pop music of party band FeelGood will shake things up from 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the 1987 fantasy adventure comedy film “The Princess Bride,” starring Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin.

The event, which will be held at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues, will also feature activities for kids. Food and drink available for purchase. Free.

Once upon a time …

It’s been 50 years since Charles Manson and his infamous “family” of killers arrived on the scene in Los Angeles. The Manson Family murders inspired the 1974 book “Helter Skelter,” written by the man who prosecuted Manson and other “family” members for the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and others.

The book will be the subject of the next Riverside Reads book discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

Bidding underway for RAC auction

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., is gearing up for its upcoming 2019 Fine Art Auction and Sculpture Garden Reception with a Vernissage preview of the work on Friday, Aug. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Online bidding began Aug. 12 at The auction itself, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Riverside Arts Center.

Proceeds from the auction will help support the mission and programming at the arts organization, which celebrates its 26th year in 2019.

Riverside Cruise Night

Riverside Garage will host its final Cruise Night of 2019 on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. along East Burlington Street, just east of Longcommon Road in downtown Riverside.

Dozens of classic and vintage vehicles as well as one-of-a-kind custom cars will line both sides of the street. Spectator and participant admission is free. Call 708-447-7221 for more info.

And more

The 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

The Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Aug. 14 and Aug. 21 from 2:30 to 7 p.m., and will run every Wednesday through Oct. 9 in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue.

The Brookfield Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Aug. 17 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 for special events, vendor info and music lineups.

Compassion 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.

Brookfield 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

Riverside 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.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. Adults and seniors can join the University of Illinois Extension master gardeners and learn the secrets of Pruning Trees without harming the plants and how to train them when young on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.; hone your writing chops with the Writers’ Group (all levels welcome) on Aug. 17 at 1 p.m.; play bingo and win prizes while exercising lightly during Bingocize on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. Free. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit For kids there’s Drop-in Open Play on Aug. 15 and 20 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday Stories & Snacks (ages 2-5 with adult) on Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Aging 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.

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.