Comics who broke barriers

Brookfield Public Library invites you to learn about comediennes – like Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball — who made their marks in the industry, as well as younger comedians like Tracey Morgan, Hassan Minaj and Hannah Gadsby during “Comedy and Humor 2.0: A New Generation” via Zoom on Monday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.

Registration required at the library’s website or by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130.

Deeply Rooted Book Club discussion

North Riverside Public Library invites the community to a Zoom discussion of the book “Making Our Way Home” by Blair Imani, the latest title tackled by the Deeply Rooted Book Club, which explores the history of inequality and civil rights in the United States through a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.

The discussion will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. To obtain Zoom access info, RSVP to or visit the library’s online events page.

Curbside Cuisine strikes again

Riverside Parks and Rec and the Riverside Economic Development Commission invite you to come on down to Centennial Park (beneath the water tower at 10 Pine Ave.) on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. for Curbside Cuisine featuring a variety of food trucks and local vendors.

Trucks will be lined up along East Avenue with local vendors in the park itself. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. The event is designed to be grab-and-go to avoid people congregating in numbers.

Army general talks vets’ benefits

Riverside American Legion Post #488 invites the public to attend a special presentation by retired Brigadier Gen. William H. Weir of the U.S. Army National Guard, who will offer his thoughts, informed by more than 30 years of experience, on military and V.A. benefits for veterans and retirees.

The presentation, which will include a short Q&A session, will be streamed live on Friday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. on the post’s Facebook page. More information can be found at the Riverside American Legion Post website.

Jazz – live and in person

Vocalist Terry Sullivan will perform a live concert of mainstream jazz on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. at Sts. Peters and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road in Riverside.

Sullivan will be joined by pianist Tom Muellner, Brazilian percussionist Luiz Ewerling and bassist Rob Kassinger, who is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Admission is $20 per person ($15 seniors/students), cash only at the door. CDC guidelines will be followed. The church offers ample room for distancing; face coverings required.

Call 708-488-1701 for more information.

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 Brookfield Chamber 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. Anne Harris will discuss Bleem’s work during a performance/conversation with the artist via Zoom on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Visit the Riverside Arts Center website for a registration link and more information.

 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 a Resume Workshop via Zoom on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.; Crafternoons: Fuzzy Monster Wreath via Zoom on Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m. Register 3 days in advance and pick up supplies curbside; Seated Tai Chi Moving Meditation via Zoom on Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m.; and NRPL Book Club discussing “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn on Oct. 13 at 6:45 p.m. via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322). 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 Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. and Helping Your Immune System Stay Healthy via Zoom on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Register for Zoom access info by visiting the library’s online events calendar.