Homeschooling 101

With a pandemic forcing education leaders to take unprecedented measures, some families are opting for homeschooling instead.

Brookfield Public Library is offering those new to the homeschooling scene an opportunity to hear from a veteran at “Homeschooling 101: Elementary School” on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

The special Zoom program will be presented by Jean Dukes, who will share her experiences and let you know what you need to get started with elementary school-age children.

Register to attend by visiting the library’s website, calling 708-485-6917, ext. 140 or emailing


Trash … or treasure? 

Have an old family heirloom that your grandmother swore was worth some serious dough? You can find out for sure at Antiques Appraisal with Rex Newell, a special program at North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Participation is by appointment only and each person will be allotted a 10-minute time slot. Space is limited so call 708-447-0869 to reserve a time. Rex will appraise one item per person (no firearms, Native American or Asian antiques please).


New exhibition at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 34 E. Quincy St., will open a new solo exhibition in its Freeark and FlexSpace galleries with “Still,” featuring the work of Jerry Bleem on Sunday, Sept. 6. The show will run through Oct. 17.

A continuation of his extended series “Nationalism,” begun in response to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, “Still” transforms well-used American flags into contemplative objects, crocheting narrow strips into art work ranging from wall-size tapestries to palm-size soft sculptures.

An artist’s reception will be held Sept. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. Entry to the gallery is by appointment, two people in each space at a time. Masks and social distancing required.

Visit the Riverside Arts Center website for more information.


Voting during a pandemic

Do you have a plan for how you’re going to vote in the upcoming presidential election? Illinois passed emergency legislation for safe voting during COVID-19, so there’s something new to learn whether you’re a first-time voter or you’ve been voting since the Eisenhower era.

The LaGrange Area League of Women Voters is joining forces with local libraries and the Oak Park/River Forest League of Women Voters for a non-partisan review of voter registration, new vote-by-mail processes, and expanded early voting. 

The meetings will be held via Zoom with a short presentation followed by a Q&A discussion. 

The program dates are Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. Sign up at the LaGrange Area League of Women Voters’ website. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link and password before the program begins.


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.


And more

  RB Young Life hosts its annual golf outing Sept. 28 at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The funds raised at the outing will support the mission of Young Life in the local community. Minimum donation of $150 will cover the cost of 18 holes of golf, cart, boxed lunch, 2 drink tickets, dinner and swag bag. Register at the RB Young Life website. Questions? Email Chesleigh Jarrett at

  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.

  North Riverside Public Library is offering the following virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Makerspace Mondays on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library’s Facebook page; Game Night Wednesdays every Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom; and Seated Tai Chi Moving Meditation via Zoom on Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m.; and NRPL Book Club on Sept. 8 at 6:45 p.m. via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322).The book is “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. 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. For adults, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online calendar page.