Virtual July 3 Concert in the Park

There will be no concert in Guthrie Park in Riverside on July 3 this year, but you can still enjoy the tradition virtually.

On Friday, July 3 at 7 p.m., Riverside TV will premiere a special program “Riverside Concert in the Park Best Of” on all its platforms – Xfinity Channel 6, U-Verse Channel 99 and at the Riverside TV website.

The show will highlight moments from concerts over the past decade, so you can reminisce about past concerts and dream of being there in person, hopefully, next year.


Legion invites you to a ‘bully’ Fourth

Riverside America Legion Post #488 is marking Independence Day by inviting the community to join then for a special Zoom broadcast featuring renowned Theodore Roosevelt interpreter Joe Wiegand on July 4 at 4 p.m.

Wiegand will deliver Roosevelt’s famous “Citizenship in a Republic” speech, delivered in France in 1910, where Roosevelt talked about the “man in the arena,” someone courageous and tenacious, instead of a spectator, during historical times of stress.

The event is free and open to the public and no pre-registration is required. A short questions-and-answer session will follow the speech.

Event access information can be found on the American Legion’s website.


Stress busting for caregivers 

North Riverside Public Library is launching Stress Busting for Family Caregivers, a nine-week evidence-based program that teaches caregivers new skills, information about the disease process, stress management techniques and more.

The program is designed to improve quality of life for caregivers who provide care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

It will run every Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. for nine weeks, starting July 2. The program will be held via Zoom.

RSVP to or visit the library’s website for access information.


Read to the Dogs via Zoom

Brookfield Public Library’s Youth Services Department invites kids (with caregiver) to participate in a special Read to the Dogs program via the teleconference app Zoom on Thursday, July 2 from 1 to 2 p.m.

The event is being brought to the library by the Hinsdale Humane Society, but you must register to attend the event by filling out the online registration form. Call Christal Beyer at 708-485-6917, ext. 140 or email for more information.


RAC is back

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., has reopened its doors to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.

On exhibit in the Freeark Gallery is “What?” featuring the art of Oli Watt.

Visitors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to visit by emailing Only one or two visitors will be allowed in the gallery at a time, and all staff as well as visitors must wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing.

Hand sanitizer is available to visitors and all surfaces will be wiped down after each visit.


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; and Seated Tai Chi Moving Meditation via Zoom on July 6 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to or visit the library’s website 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 July 2 at 11 a.m. and Nutritional Health for Your Life with Ann Terry on July 8 at 2 p.m. Register to get access info at the library’s website.

  Riverside Arts Center is offering 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). Boxes are $36 members/$40 non-members. Order at the Riverside Arts Center website

  Riverside Public Library offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Knitting Club via Zoom on July 6 at 7 a.m. Visit the libray’s online calendar to register and get Zoom access info. 

There’s also a Take Home Underground Craft for kids on July 1 and 2. Register for and pick up a kit curbside at the library. Supplies are limited. Register at the Riverside Library website.