Riverside Rec hosts virtual triathlon

Riverside Parks and Rec will host its annual Cori’s Kids Triathlon for kids and adults virtually this summer.

The run/bike/swim event is held every year in memory of Cori Sikich, a Riverside college student who died in 2002. The Cori Sikich Foundation was established to provide support, opportunities and tools for children and young adults to live healthy, productive lives.

The event is open to anyone age 7 and older, with race distances differing by age group, 7-10, 11-14, 15-17 and 18-up. The cost to enter the event is $23 and registration is open through Aug. 20. Submit your results by Aug. 29.

More information and a link to the registration form can be found by clicking here.


Brookfield Library digs into Chicago

Brookfield Public Library invites you to uncover the amazing stories of Chicago buildings old and new and the giants of design and engineering who built them during “Dig Deeper: The Foundations of Chicago Architecture” on Monday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.

The presentation is hosted by historian and author Dave Clark via Zoom. Registration is required at the Brookfield Public Library website or by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130.


Book club discusses ‘The Radium Girls’

North Riverside Public Library invites you to participate in its Book Club discussion via conference call on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6:45 p.m.

The book under discussion for Aug. 11 is “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” by Kate Moore. Copies of the book are available from the library through Hoopla, Libby and RB Digital.

Call in at 800-747-5150 and punch in code 1453322.


Triton backpack giveback

Triton College, in partnership with West 40, will host its 3rd Annual Backpack Giveback Event on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Triton College campus, 2000 5th Ave. in River Grove.

The college will distribute 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to area families free of charge.

Registration is strongly encouraged at triton.edu/backpack, though registration doesn’t guarantee a backpack. Families will be asked to remain in their vehicles and drive through campus to the distribution location.

Those without vehicles will be served on a walk-up basis in front of Triton College’s H Building. Social distancing will be enforced. All attendees must wear face coverings.


16th Street Theater presents ‘Divercity’

16th Street Theater will replace its regularly scheduled summer show by hosting Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s “Divercity,” six virtual shows featuring solo performances by writers and actors with disabilities.

“Divercity” features performances by Elizabeth Doll, Melissa Fuller, Nate Woogen, Sarah Bowden, Susan McKean and Theresa Pacione, directed by Tekki Lomnicki. The show will be shown on Vimeo, with a short talk back after each show.

Performances are Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($8 for people with disabilities) plus $2 commission per ticket. Each ticket is for one person, on their honor.

Buy tickets here.

In addition, you can join a free Zoom panel “The Future of American Theater for All Abilities” on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. 

Tekki Lomnicki of Tellin’ Tales, Talleri A. McRae of National Disability Theatre and Amber Smock from Access Living discuss the future of American theater for all abilities, moderated by Esteban Andres Cruz, associate artist at 16th Street Theater.


And more

  Aging Care Connections hosts Aging Well Neighborhood Online Classes for seniors via Zoom every week. Coming up is Healthy Living for Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.; Senior Strong Fitness on Aug. 7 at 11:15 a.m.; Act II Flicks featuring “Isn’t It Romantic” on Aug. 7 at 3 p.m.; and Coffee & Conversation Support Group on Aug. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Email AWN@agingcareconnections.org for participation links and questions.

  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 Stretching and Meditation via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on Aug. 10 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 via Zoom on Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. Register for access info by visiting the library’s online 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 the 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 a Take Home Craft for Kids through Aug. 10. Call in and request a craft, and library staff will bring it out to you curbside. Supplies are limited. Call 708-442-6366.