Farmers markets continue

It’s high summer, which means tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches and much more at local farmers markets, which are adhering to COVID-19 protocols and require all visitors to wear face coverings and follow special rules in place this year.

The Riverside Farmers Market is open for business every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park – in the shadow of the village’s downtown water tower at 10 Pine Ave. – through Oct. 7.

For more info, visit the farmers market page on the village of Riverside’s website.

The Brookfield Farmers Market continues through Oct. 10 every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. For details, visit their website.


Tamale time! 

Riverside Parks and Rec rolls out its next food truck offering on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. with a visit from Tamale Spaceship on the blacktop at Komarek School, 8940 24th St.

The menu is posted on the North Riverside Recreation Department’s Facebook page.


An inside look at Chicago sports

Riverside Public Library invites you to join tour guide, musician, historian and radio personality Clarence Goodman for “Black Sox, Billy Goats and Monsters of the Midway,” a special Zoom presentation on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

Goodwin doesn’t just cruise by stadiums, he tells the stories of places where Chicago legends played. He gives you the why, when and how as well as the strange history of Chicago sports.

Visit the library’s online calendar page for a link to Zoom access info.


Toon up 

Join cartoonist Mark Anderson of Andertoons for a drawing class with a very special theme – Dinosaurs vs. Robots – during a Zoom presentation brought to you by Brookfield Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Register at the library’s website or get more information by emailing or calling 708-485-6917, ext. 140.


19th Amendment turns 100

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area kick off a series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment – which gave women in the United States the right to vote – with a picnic for its members on Saturday,  Aug. 22 at the LaGrange Area Historical Society, 444 S. LaGrange Road in LaGrange.

At 10 a.m., LWV members will view the exhibit “Remarkable Women of the LaGrange Area: A Century of Fashion, Passion and Progress,” which will be open to the public between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Those members attending the picnic on the lawn are asked to wear white and yellow. The program will include poems, speeches and music.


And more

  Aging Care Connections hosts Aging Well Neighborhood Online Classes for seniors via Zoom every week. Coming up is Senior Strong Fitness on Aug. 21 at 11:15 a.m. and Coffee and Conversation Support Group on Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. Email for participation links and questions.

  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; a SNAP Telephone Talk with Age Options discussing eligibility for SNAP benefits via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on Aug. 20 at 3 p.m.; Writers Group Online Meeting via Zoom on Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.; and Stretching and Meditation via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on Aug. 24 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. For adults, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online calendar.

  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.