UPDATED: Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4:14 p.m.
North Riverside Parks and Rec has announced that due to heavy rains and lightning forecast for the evening of Sept. 27, Autumn Fest has been canceled.
STEAM Fest at Brookfield Library
Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts its 3rd Annual STEAM Fest – exploring the different facets of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Families can drop by to participate in a variety of activities, including 3D printing, virtual reality, marble mazes and an exploding pumpkin experiment. Exhibitors include A Sound Education, Argonne National Lab, Brookfield Zoo King Scholars, the Hinsdale Humane Society and Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
The event is free. For more info, call 708-485-6917 or visit brookfieldlibrary.info.
Solar tour hits
The Illinois Solar Energy Association will make Brookfield one of its more than 130 stops across the state during the Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday, Sept. 28, when homes and businesses open their doors to educate people how they can go solar.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can tour Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave., which was outfitted with rooftop solar panels during its year-long building rehab in 2017.
Other nearby solar tour sites include Oak Park, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale and LaGrange. Visit illinoissolartour.org for more information.
Take action on climate change
North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., will host a community conversation on climate change as part of Climate Preparedness Week on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.
Join botanist Taran Lichtenberger for an interactive discussion on what you can do locally to combat climate change. Learn about Chicago’s conservation successes, everyday sustainability tips and gardening for climate change in the future.
Relive radio’s golden age
The Riverside Township Radio Players kick off their 21st season of recreating the Golden Age of Radio with a one-hour live performance of “Slightly Dangerous” from the “MGM Theater of the Air.”
The free performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. For more info, visit riversidetownshipradioplayers.com.
Riverside Car Show
Riverside Garage will wrap up its series of summer classic car events with a full-blown car and bike show on both sides of the tracks in downtown Riverside on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hundreds of classic, vintage and one-of-a-kind cars, trucks and motorcycles in 35 different classes will be on display in and around Centennial and Guthrie parks.
North Riverside Parks and Recreation welcomes the change in seasons on Friday, Sept. 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with its annual Autumn Fest and Chili Cook-off at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.
Enjoy live music by Dick Diamond and the Dusters, vote for your favorite chili and then sit back and welcome fall with a grand fireworks display as the event ends. There will also be carnival games, inflatables, a petting zoo, food and beverages for purchase, free chili samples, pumpkin decorating and more.
No outside food, drinks or coolers permitted. The event is free and open to the public. Registration for pumpkin decorating ($2 per pumpkin) is required at 708-442-5515 or at the rec office (Visa/MasterCard).
νRiverside Foods, in conjunction with the Frederick Law Olmsted Society and Riverside Arts Center, will host the HopStop craft beer festival on Saturday, Sept 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Riverside Train Station, 90 Bloomingbank Road. Sample beer, cider and spirits from more than 20 local area craft producers. This year HopStop is being preceded by the Riverside Masterworks Housewalk and combined tickets are available for both events. Tickets ($35 for HopStop only or $70 for HopStop and the housewalk) are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/4245748.
νInterfaith Community Partners will host its 17th Annual Fall Benefit “Takin’ It to the Streets” on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Capri Banquets, 6420 Joliet Road in Countryside. Tickets are $65 per person and include heavy appetizers, beer and wine. Cash bar for liquor. Silent auction and more. Purchase tickets at bit.ly/2Rive5R.
νThe grief support group at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, meets Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This month’s theme, “Grief and the Holidays,” will explore how to cope with grief during the holidays. RSVP by Oct. 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-485-2000.
νAging Care Connections continues its Seminar and a Snack Series on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange with “Remarkable Remembrances.” Learn how to commemorate a loved one, from traditional funerals to remembrance jewelry. Free. Registration required. Contact Renata Vitali at 708-603-2277.
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. 25 and Oct. 2 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. 28 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.
νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.
For adults and seniors there’s Genealogy 101 with Sue Simons on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.; Spanish Language Book Club on Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m.; Stock and Bond Investing on Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m.; Move and Groove at Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.; and a Movie Matinee featuring “Manhattan Melodrama” on Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.
For kids there’s Lapsit Storytime (toddlers through age 5) on Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m.; Makers Club Make-Fest Saturday (grades 1+) on Sept. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m.; Wii Play Games of Watch Movies (grades 6-12) on Sept. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Oct. 1 at 11:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingues (ages 2-5) on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m.
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.