Calling St. Barbara Alumni

Did you graduate from St. Barbara School in Brookfield? If so, you’ll want to attend an all-alumni picnic at the shelter in Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave., on Sept. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. The gathering will also mark the 50th anniversary of the graduating class of 1969.

All students and parishioners of the newly formed St. Barbara and St. Louise de Marillac Parish are invited to attend. Bring your favorite picnic food, chairs and old photos.

If you have questions, contact Karen Rasmussen Vlasaty at 815-627-9736 or Larry Baron at 708-485-4471.

How much is that old thing worth? 

Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 43rd St. in Stickney, hosts its 7th Annual Antique Appraisal Event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran on Saturday, Aug. 31 starting at 11 a.m.

All items to be appraised must be registered in advance. Stop by the library help desk or call 708-749-1050. Most antiques are eligible for appraisal, except for all weapons, traps, Nazi memorabilia, coins and paper money, fine jewelry and precious gems and Beanie Babies.

Questions about items can be submitted in advance if you’re not sure your item is appropriate. Some suggested items to inquire in advance about include ancient artifacts, Native American artifacts, fossils and minerals, books, militaria, antique tools and technological objects. Email questions to

Tiger Trolley
Ride & Picnic 

Brookfield Parks and Recreation invites families to visit Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood in The Land of Make Believe aboard the Tiger Family Trolley on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

You can register for rides at one of four departure times: 11 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 1 p.m. Registered families will ride on the themed trolley through Brookfield while enjoying songs and a book reading. After the ride enjoy games and a picnic at Kiwanis Park. The registration deadline is Sept. 6.

The cost is $14 per child (under 18 months free) and $10 for adults. To register visit or call 708-485-1527

Senior Resource Fair

Aging Care Connections, Aging Well Neighborhood and Amita Health will host a Community Resource Fair for seniors on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dixon Conference Rooms at Amita Health Adventist Medical Center LaGrange, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road in LaGrange.

Learn about resources available to older adults in our community. The event will be informative for older adults and their families, friends and caregivers.

The event is free to attend and no registration is required. Call Renata Vitali with questions at 708-603-2277 or email

And more

νThe grief support group at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, meets Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This month’s theme, “Mindfulness and Grief,” will explore how understanding mindfulness can help you navigate the ups and downs of grief. RSVP by Sept. 6 to or 708-485-2000.

νAging Care Connections continues its Seminar and a Snack Series on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange with “Hearing and Dementia: Is There a Connection?” Free. Registration required. Contact Renata Vitali at 708-603-2277.

νThe Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 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. 31 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.

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 through the month of August. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

νRiverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts “Long Term Care Planning: Obtaining Good Care without Going Broke,” presented by Delaney & Voorn Ltd. on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. 

For adults and seniors there’s Just Craftin’ Around: Floral Field in Acrylic on Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. and Spanish Language Book Club on Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit 

For kids there’s Drop-in Open Play on Aug. 29 and Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m. and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5 with adult) on Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.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.