Riverside American Legion Post #488 welcomes virtual guest speaker Michael A. Holub, an Army veteran and former police chief of LaGrange, River Forest and Stickney on March 12.

Digging into architectural history

Riverside Public Library invites you to join Dave Clark, the Windy City Road Warrior, in a special Zoom presentation “Digging Deeper: The Foundation of Chicago Architecture” on Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m.

Uncover the amazing stories of the unseen roots of buildings old and new and the giants of design and engineering who built them.

Obtain meeting access info at the Riverside Public Library website.


Brookfield Reads online

Brookfield Public Library won’t let a pandemic prevent two popular programs from moving ahead this summer. Brookfield Reads and the annual Summer Reading Challenge are simply moving online.

Brookfield Reads, the annual community reading initiative, returns with the award-winning science fiction book “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal, an alternative history of the space program in which Elma York strives to become one of the first “lady astronauts” to land on the moon.

The initiative concludes with a special Zoom event with Kowal on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

Copies of the book are available at the library and can be requested through the SWAN catalog online at brookfieldlibrary.info. Digital copies are available via the Libby app. A limited number of free paperback copies are available and can be requested at by clicking here.

Kids can track their progress in the “Dig Deeper” Summer Reading Challenge through the library’s Beanstick tracking program or at the Reading Club page on the library’s website. Those who complete goals win prizes. The program continues through Aug. 15. Sign up at the Brookfield Public Library website.


Loyola Medicine Virtual 5K

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Loyola Medicine 5K Supporting Pediatric Care & Research to be held virtually from June 26 through June 28.

While the 5K has taken place at the Brookfield Zoo over the past several years, due to public health restrictions related to the COVID-19, this year’s event will be held virtually.

Register by clicking here. The cost is $35 for adults and $25 for children, ages 3-11, and includes a special T-shirt and engagement prize opportunities. Rather than reporting times, participants are asked to post photos and videos about their race on social media utilizing #LoyolaMedicine5K.


Help with quarantine quilt

Riverside Arts Center invites you to participate in a free community project – a Community Quarantine Quilt – that allows you be creative and virtually connect with others in the community.

Text Bridget at 773-860-2267 and leave your name, address and email. A quilt square package and instructions will be delivered to your door. Accepting quilt squares through June.

How has the pandemic affected you? Are you seeing silver linings? Have you lost someone dear to you? This quilt square is your interpretation of what this time means to you.


American Legion virtual guest speaker

Riverside American Legion Post #488 encourages veterans, friend and members of the community, including young people, to join them on Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m. as they welcome virtual guest speaker Michael A. Holub, an Army veteran and former police chief of LaGrange, River Forest and Stickney.

He will be speaking about his experience in the “The Old Guard” – the 3rd Infantry Regiment, the Army’s oldest infantry unit best known for escorting the president and standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For more info, including meeting access info, visit the American Legion Post 488 website.


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; Game Night Fridays every Friday at 7 p.m. via Zoom; Crafternoons: Clothes Pin July 4 Wreath via Zoom on June 13 at 1:30 p.m. and Stretching and Meditation via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on June 15 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org 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. 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, including Chair Yoga via Zoom on June 11 at 11 a.m. and Bullet Journaling for Self Care via Zoom on June 12 at noon  Register to get access info at the library’s website.

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts two exhibitions under the umbrella title “Towards Luminescence: Radiant Frisson | Solace Supercut” – designed to be viewable from the street at all hours — through June 26 in its FlexSpace Gallery. Part 2 of the exhibition is Stacia Yeapanis’ “Solace Supercut,” which updates her 2012 collage of TV show clips “Solace Supercut,” evoking twinned experiences of isolation and empathy. The show runs from June 14-26. An artist talk with Yeapanis is scheduled for June 20. Visit the Riverside Arts Center website for more information. 

Riverside Public Library offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Genealogy Club via Zoom on June 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunset Meditation on Zoom on June 11 at 8:15 p.m. Visit the library’s website to register and get access info.