Riverside Arts Center has released a pair of videos featuring Zoom chats with two artists whose work was recently featured at the gallery.

Virtual Scottish Festival and Highland Games

The Chicago Scots, the nearly 150-year-old charity that operates Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care in North Riverside, will host its annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The free, family-friendly event will take place on Facebook Live on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. It will feature a variety of demonstrations and performances, along with shout-outs to the community for their support during the past few months.

On Aug. 1 they’ll also open their Virtual Marketplace, where you’ll be able to buy unique experiences and Highland Games swag and support their mission. All proceeds benefit Caledonia Senior Living.

More info is available by clicking here.


On a mission … 

Join Brookfield Public Library as its celebrates the 40th anniversary of the John Belushi/Dan Akroyd musical collaboration – The Blues Brothers – during the presentation “Beyond the Blues Brothers” via Zoom on Monday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.

Film scholar Kelli Marshall will explore the movie’s backstories, mix of Hollywood genres and impact on Chicago-based film-making.

Register to attend by visiting the library’s online calendar.


Common app essay workshop

High school seniors, your final year is just around the corner and college beckons.

In preparation for submitting applications to schools who use the common application form, give yourself a leg up by attending “Rising seniors: Time to Shine – Your Common App Essay” via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

HelloCollege will help you plan and prepare a great essay for your college application. The program is being presented on Zoom. Visit Riverside Public Library’s online calendar to register and obtain access information.


RAC presents virtual artist talks

Riverside Arts Center has released a pair of videos, which can be seen on their new RAC YouTube channel, featuring Zoom chats with two artists whose work was recently featured at the gallery, Mayumi Lake and Stacia Yeapanis.

FlexSpace Director Liz Chilsen hosts both chats, talking with Lake about the artist’s creative practice, her work for the “Towards Luminescence” exhibit and her affinity for disco lighting.

In her conversation, Yeapanis talks about her choice to forego installing her own artwork in favor of hanging a Black Lives Matter sign in the gallery window — identifying herself as a citizen rather than an artist.

You can visit Riverside Arts Center’s YouTube channel or visit the organization’s website.


And more

  The Lyons Township Assessor’s Office, 6404 Joliet Rd., Countryside, is open for property tax appeals through Aug. 14. Property owners who seek in-person assistance must make an appointment. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.) with extended hours until 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 4. Questions? Call 708-482-8300, and choose Option 1.

  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 Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org 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. For adults, there’s Chair Yoga with Susan Wilkens of Dancing Cranes via Zoom on July 30 at 11 a.m. register for access info by visiting the library’s calendar page

  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 rthe Riverside Arts Center website

You can also enjoy the annual Members’ and Kids’ Exhibition virtually. 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.

  Riverside Public Library offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Sunrise Meditation on July 30 at 7:30 a.m. and Virtual Storytime presented via Zoom on July 31 at 10 a.m. Visit the library’s calendar page to register and get Zoom access info.