Meet the Creek

Join the Brookfield Beautification Commission for its annual Meet the Creek event, a celebration of all things Salt Creek, on Saturday, Sept 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the picnic pavilion in Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

Take a canoe ride, interact with animals courtesy of the Chicago Herpetological Society and view fish and other critters found in and around Salt Creek. The event includes a scavenger hunt and crafts for kids, and learn how you can protect the creek by planting a rain garden or native plant species.

The event is free. Canoeing is offered on a first come, first served basis. Children must be at least 3 to ride and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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Roll out the

Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road, invites you to dust off your lederhosen and dirndl and head over to their Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m.

The family-friendly event features kids’ games, a raffle and delicious Oktoberfest fare. Tickets, which include all food and beverages, for adults are $20 in advance ($25 at the door). Kids’ tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets in advance at Space is limited for children’s activities. Sign up at

Civil War

Explore the origins and meanings of the symbols found on Civil War-era monuments and headstones at The Art of Civil War Commemoration on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Register online at or by calling 708-485-6917.

Get solar smart

Compassion United Methodist Church will host an information session about the benefits of solar energy in Brookfield and the technology behind it at a solar education event on Monday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield.

Tim Sheldon, a solar ambassador from the Illinois Solar Energy Association will give a presentation and talk about his own experience going solar.

Donate to RB Boutique

RB Boutique returns to Riverside-Brookfield High School on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are sought by Sept. 20. 

If you have homecoming or prom dresses — short or long, fashionable or formal, gently used or new — drop them off at Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, Door A (off of Golf Rd.), or text 847-917-0000 to make other arrangements. Also accepting appropriate shoes and accessories.

On Sept. 21, RB Boutique will offer all items to local high school girls, at prices set for their budgets. All proceeds will be spent on RBHS PTO events and philanthropy.

Who are you?

Join professional genealogist Grace DuMelle and learn how to search for your Windy City relations at Chicago Genealogy 101 on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

Discover geographic and government sources, fire insurance maps, probate cases and inquest records that can open a window into your ancestors’ world. DuMelle will also be selling her book “Finding your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County.”

Fall Flea Market

The village of North Riverside hosts its annual Fall Flea Market on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Bargain hunters can browse through items being sold by more than 100 vendors. If you’re interested in selling items yourself, the fee is $15 for a space. Sellers provide their own tables and chairs (tent optional).

The event is held rain or shine. A Goodwill truck will be on hand after the event if sellers wish to donate unsold items. For more info, call 708-442-5515.

And more

νThe Brookfield Aging Well Team presents Brookfield’s police and fire chiefs talking and answering questions about safety for seniors on Sept. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Colgrass Café in the Brookfield Elk Lodge, 9022 31st St. in Brookfield. RSVP by Sept. 12 at 708-310-4434. Limited to 60 guests.

νHitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, hosts a complimentary seminar on “Understanding Your Final Wishes” on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Learn what to expect during funeral arrangements, pre-planning, legal obligations, estate planning and more. RSVP by Sept. 16 to or 708-485-2000.

νNorth Riverside Parks and Rec offers a Parent Escape Night on Sept. 13. Schedule a dinner date, pencil in time with friends, go shopping or just take a nap. Drop off your kids ages 4-12 for activities of all sorts. Dinner for kids provided. $15 for the first child, $10 each additional. Call 708-442-5515 for info.

νRiverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues its new season with “Bodies of Paint,” a solo show featuring the work of Janice Nowinski through Oct. 12 in the Freeark Gallery. The FlexSpace Gallery hosts “The Necessity of the Mark,” a solo show by Katherine Nemanich through Oct. 5. In the outdoor sculpture garden, see the work of Jaclyn Jacunski in “Dream Additions,” which through the end of November. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

νCompassion Factory Art Gallery & Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents “The Portraits,” featuring the work of Nicole Urban, Katrina Davis Salazar, Jacob Curtin, Frederick Nitsch, Robin Monique Rios and Anthony La Giglia through Sept. 28. Open Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

νThe Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 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 Sept. 14 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.

νBrookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to join Chicago archaeologist Dan Melone as he discusses the historic and continuing importance of the Robinson Family Burial Ground in Robinson Woods in Cook County. Register online at or by calling 708-485-6917.

νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

For adults and seniors there’s Crafterdarks: DIY Decorated Wine Glass on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. and Friend Speed Dating on Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m.; Meditation and Stretching on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m.; SNAP/Food Security on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.; and Bingocize on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers through age 5) on Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m.; Free Build Fridays (grade 1+) on Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.; Yoga with Mrs. Bee (3 with adult) on Sept. 13 at 10:15 a.m. and Sept. 14 at 11:15 a.m.; Tales and Treats (ages 2-5) on Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Sept. 17 at 11:30 a.m.; Books and Bingo (ages 3 with adult) on Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.; Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingues (ages 2-5) on Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m.; and DIY Bracelets (grades 6-12) on Sept. 14 from 1 to 3 p.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.

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.