From Parlor to Politics

Join the League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area for a special Zoom performance “From Parlor to Politics: Women’s Fight for the Right to Vote” featuring Annette Baldwin.

Learn about the conditions that provoked 19th century women to organize and demand their right to vote and about the leaders of the suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. 

The event will take place on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Register to attend by clicking here.


WSSRA Derby Day

West Suburban Special Recreation Association invites the community to its Annual Kentucky Derby Gala on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.

This year the gala, presented by the WSSRA Foundation, is virtual and will include a silent auction, raffle and paddle raise. The online auction opens at 5 p.m. on Sept. 2.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at the WSSRA website. Call 847-455-2100 for more information.


Animal Care League Trivia Night

Help raise money for pets in need at the Animal Care League’s Virtual Trivia Night on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Grab a drink, your pet and a computer and compete for the trivia grand prize of a new Nintendo Switch Lite. Not a trivia whiz? No problem. The Animal Care League will also be doing several drawings for a $100 Amazon gift card and more.

Minimum donation to participate is $20 and gets you two raffle tickets. For each additional $10, you get another entry into the raffle.

Zoom info and game instructions will be emailed prior to the event. Register by clicking here.


Riverside Reads returns

The Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, will resume its in-person Riverside Reads book club on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. for a safe, socially distanced discussion of”The Overstory” by Richard Powers.

The club will meet outside in front of the library. Bring a chair or blanket and dress for the weather. The rain location will be the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall next door.

Visit the library’s website, Call 708-442-6366 or email to place a hold on a copy of the book.


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’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.


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. 28 at 11:15 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; and Spanish-Language Book Club/Club de Lectura en Espanol via Zoom on Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.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. 27 at 11 a.m. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online events 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 at, 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 Virtual Storytime via Zoom on Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. Visit the library’s online calendar page to register and get Zoom access info.