Family campout and more in North Riverside

North Riverside Parks and Rec invites families to share photos and join their neighbors – virtually of course – in a variety of events this week.

On April 29, it’s Tie Dye Day. Make your own tie dye apparel and share it with everyone by posting photos as comments at the North Riverside Parks and Rec Facebook page.

You can do the same on Saturday, May 2 during a village-wide Family Campout. Indoors or outdoors – it’s your choice, just share your photos.

On Monday, May 4 the Mobile DJ returns at 5 p.m., winding through town from west to east. Want a birthday shout out? Email a name, address, age, phone number and birthday to by Saturday, May 2.


Visit with Honest Abe via Zoom

Join Abraham Lincoln impersonator Kevin Wood as he shares the 16th president’s experiences and thoughts on the subjects of immigration, nativism, international relations and the global significance of the American Civil War during “Abraham Lincoln: Immigration & America’s Place in the World” on Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m..

The presentation is appropriate for adults and high schoolers. You will receive instructions for signing into the event via Zoom by email after registration.

Sign up to attend at the Brookfield Public Library’s website.


Air Fryer cooking demo

North Riverside Public Library invites you to join Marla on the North Riverside Public Library Facebook page or Instagram TV (northriversidepl) on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. for an Air Fryer Cooking Demo.

Don’t know what one is? Well, tune in a find out what you’ve been missing.


Virtual studio visits with RAC

With its galleries closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Riverside Arts Center has rolled out a new initiative to connect artists with those who appreciate their work.

Recently, FlexSpace Director Liz Chilsen posted a pair of talks with artists who have staged recent exhibitions at Riverside Arts Center. One was a virtual studio chat with Andrei Rabodzeenko, whose work was on display in January. 

In the video, Rabodzeenko talks with Chilsen about his influences, techniques and inspirations. He also reflects on being an artist during the pandemic and how to keep working and stay inspired.

Chilsen last week posted five short videos of a talk she conducted via Zoom with artists Deirdre Fox and Yoonshin Park, whose work is presently on display. In the videos, they talk about poetry, curating and site responsive adaptability during the coronavirus pandemic.

For links to the videos and to get more information, visit the Riverside Arts Center website.


Brookfield Zoo wants your lion art

Brookfield Zoo invites kids to post drawings and messages for the zoo’s two new African lions, Brutus and Titus, by sharing them on the Brookfield Zoo Facebook page.

After seeing the two lions on one of the zoo’s Facebook Live chats, kids began sending drawings and messages welcoming them to the zoo. Staff decided to display the drawings on the window of the lions’ outdoor habitat, which seem to have caught the attention of Titus.

Staff want to fill the entire window with artwork. Share them on Facebook so they can be printed and added to the window.


And more

  North Riverside Public Library is offering the following virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Talented Tuesdays every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library’s Facebook page; Whatcha Readin’ and Watchin’ Wednesday every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom; Game Night Fridays every Friday at 7 p.m. via Zoom; and Stretching and Meditation via conference phone on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to for all Zoom meeting access info.

  Brookfield Public Library offers virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week. Most youth activities will be presented live on the library’s Facebook page at Events include literacy classes and Geek Labs, Zumba for Families and Mammals & More. Youth Services will also host a weekly sidewalk art challenge on Sundays. Each week’s winner will receive a gift card to a local business.

Adults can participate in programs by signing up for events hosted on Zoom, including Chair Yoga on April 30 at 11 a.m. Register to get access info on the Brookfield Public Library website.

  Riverside Arts Center offers Boredom Buster Boxes to give the kids some hands-on fun. Each box contains 6 pounds of clay, a scoring tool, a sponge, six underglaze colors, a slip, a paintbrush and project and instruction sheets. Order online and RAC will deliver the boxes to your front porch (no contact). RAC delivers to Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons, Brookfield, Berwyn, LaGrange, Oak Park, Austin and Belmont Cragin. Boxes are $36 members/$40 non-members. Order at the Riverside Arts Center website.

  If you hold a Riverside Public Library card, you can delve into your family tree using for free during the month of April. Get started at The library also offers virtual programs for adults, including Kids and Family Guided Meditation on Zoom on May 1 at 10 a.m., Pivoting in the Real Estate Market on Zoom on May 2 at 10 a.m. and Knitting Club on Zoom on May 4 at 7 p.m. Visit the Riverside Public Library website to register and get access info. 

  Lucky Plush Productions, the contemporary dance ensemble founded and directed by Riverside resident Julia Rhoads, invites you to celebrate its 20th anniversary during a virtual party planned for May 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased on the Lucky Plush Productions website. A link to the party will be sent by email prior to the event.