Property owners in Lyons Township can learn how to appeal their property tax assessments at one of the Property Tax Appeal Webinars presented by Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.

Dr. King in the ‘belly of the beast’

Join Brookfield Public Library and historian Clarence Goodman for an extraordinary look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s time in Chicago during “In the Belly of the Beast: King in Chicago,” a Zoom presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

Between Montgomery and Memphis, King visited Chicago many times in pursuit of justice. History may have forgotten these chapters in his life, but today they feel as relevant as they were 50 years ago.

Registration is required at the Brookfield Public Library website or by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130.


Riverside troupe recreates classic radio shows

The Riverside Township Radio Players kick off their 22nd season of recreating shows from the Golden Age of Radio with a free, in-person performance on Friday, Sept. 25 in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.

The Players will recreate the episode “Aunt Emmy” from the series “The Clock” and an episode of the “Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show” that featured guest W.C. Fields.

Masks are required of all attended and seating will be spread out, though families can sit together. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival and hand sanitizer will be provided to all in attendance.

For more information, visit their website.


Thinking of going solar? 

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio in Brookfield will be among the 30 homes and businesses across the state to be featured in this year’s virtual Illinois Solar Tour via Zoom on Saturday, Sept. 26.

See real-life examples of business and home owners who have decided to go solar and gain insights on the costs, process and economic and environmental benefits. 

Sign up at the Illinois Solar Tour website for the live tours, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours offer the public a chance to engage and ask questions of solar owners and others.


Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo celebrates the arrival of fall by inviting you don your lederhosen and enjoy live polka music during Oktoberfest on Sept. 26 and 27 at the beer garden on the East Mall.

Between 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. you can sample pretzels with beer cheese, bratwurst and more, enjoy a self-guided beer tasting and, if you spot the Oktoberfest pedicab and you’re over 21, you may get some complimentary goodies courtesy of Leinenkugel’s beer.

Advance tickets are required. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Brookfield Zoo’s website.


Property tax appeals webinars

Property owners in Lyons Township can learn how to appeal their property tax assessments during one of four upcoming Property Tax Appeal Webinars presented by Cook County Board of Review Commission Dan Patlak on Thursday, Sept. 24 and on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Analysts from the Board of Review will be online to answer any questions. To register to attend a session, click here.


And more

  The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its 60-to-Win raffle drawings every Thursday through Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. You can also watch a livestream on the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Winners’ names will be posted each week at the chamber’s website.

  Riverside Arts Center, 34 E. Quincy St., presents “Still,” featuring the work of Jerry Bleem through Oct. 17. The exhibit is a continuation of Bleem’s extended series “Nationalism,” begun in response to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Masks and social distancing required. Visit the Riverside Arts Center website for more information.

RAC also continues to accept bids for its 2020 Online Fine Art Auction through Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. Proceeds provide critical support for the RAC. Visit the auction’s website by clicking here.

  Tune in to Lyons Township High School’s radio station WLTL (88.1 FM) every Friday at 7 p.m. for “Friday Night Lights Classic Games,” featuring classic broadcasts of football and soccer games from the 1970s and 1980s.

  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 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. and Talented Tuesdays on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. both via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library’s Facebook page; and Game Night Wednesdays every Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. 

Other programs include Writers’ Group Online Meeting via Zoom on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.; Spanish Language Book Club via Zoom on Sept. 25 at 10:30 p.m.; Afternoon Talk and Tea via Zoom on Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m.; Stretching and Meditation via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.; and a Know Your Rights Workshop via Zoom on Sept. 30 at 7 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. For adults, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. and Remembering Marshall Field’s, with Leslie Goddard, via Zoom on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online events calendar.

  The Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to Outdoor Sunset Meditation on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. (bring a chair or blanket); a Medicare Information Seminar via Zoom on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.; and Dementia Conversations with the Alzheimer’s Association via Zoom on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Visit the library’s online events calendar for event registration.