The Animal Care League's annual Mutt Strut 5K Run/Walk to benefit homeless animals is going virtual this year.

RAC Members’ Exhibition is online

Every summer Riverside Arts Center, celebrates its own with its annual Members’ and Kids’ Exhibition. COVID-19 may have prevented members from celebrating together inside the galleries there, they – and the community at large – can appreciate the work chosen for the 2020 exhibition online.

Simply visit the RAC website, scroll down the home page to the exhibit information and click the “download” button. The exhibition includes all manner of styles and media, from figurative and abstract painting to photography, sculpture, glass and ceramics.

Artists represented include Jeremy Black, Tom Burtonwood, Paul D’Amato, David Gilbert, Ella Hane, Anne Harris, Holly Holmes, Laura Husar Garcia, Judith Mullen, Sandra Ragan, Susan Schliep, Camille Silverman, Shawn Vincent and Serene Wise.


Meet the Comboni missionaries

The Comboni Missionaries, whose mission is located in LaGrange Park, invites you to a special “Meet the Missionaries Night” virtual event via Zoom on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature Fathers Brian Quigley, Daniel Chisha and Jose Manuel Garcia Oviedo, who will talk about the order’s mission in the U.S. They also support 16 feeding centers in seven African countries. 

Register by visiting the online registration page. You’ll receive an email with access info.


Brookfield Reads author event finale

Brookfield Public Library invites the community to the Brookfield Reads Virtual Finale, featuring award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m. The event will be held via Zoom; advance registration is required.

Throughout Brookfield Reads 2020, participants read Kowal’s award-winning book “The Calculating Stars” and attended virtual events discussing women’s contributions to astronomy and the space program. 

At the finale, Kowal will discuss the book and her popular Lady Astronaut series. To register, contact the Brookfield Public Library at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit the Brookfield Public Library’s website.


Girls Night Out Book Club

Brookfield Public Library invites you to participate in its monthly Girls Night Out Book club, held the third Monday of every month via Zoom, on July 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The group chats about a wide variety of books — chick lit, romance, mystery, historical fiction, and much more— all focused on women. This month’s book is Ruth Hogan’s “The Keeper of Lost Things.” eBook copies are available on Hoopla.

Visit the library’s website to register and obtain access info.


Virtual Mutt Strut

The Animal Care League’s annual Mutt Strut 5K Run/Walk to benefit homeless animals is going virtual this year.

This year participants are invited to walk or run three miles anywhere they choose between July 17 and 19 while still raising life-saving funds for animals. It costs $20 to register, which you can do by visiting the Animal Care League’s website.

You can download an app, which will track your run via GPS and automatically stop your time when you reach the race distance. You can send it in as your verified race time, or upload race results manually (the app’s not required to participate).


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; Writer’s Group Online Meeting via Zoom on July 16 at 6 p.m.; and Seated Tai Chi Moving Meditation via Zoom on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to or visit the library’s online events page 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.

• Riverside Arts Center is offering Boredom Buster Boxes and Virtual Party Boxes to give the kids some hands-on fun. Each box all the materials needed to complete an art project and instruction sheets. Order online and RAC will deliver the boxes to your front porch (no contact). Order at the Riverside Arts Center website.

•  Riverside Public Library offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Sunset Meditation via Zoom on July 16 at 8 p.m.; Virtual Storytime via Zoom on July 17 at 10 a.m.; and Knitting Club via Zoom on July 20 at 7 p.m. Visit the library’s online calendar page to register and get Zoom access info.