Brookfield Bio Blitz

Brookfield Zoo and Brookfield Public Library will partner on Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m. for a special Brookfield Bio Blitz event in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues.

Meet at the Kiwanis Park pavilion and then explore the biodiversity of the Brookfield community. Face coverings are required.

For more information, contact Adult Services at 708-485-6917, ext. 130.

Mall hosts Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, will host an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join in for this socially distanced event and follow a bunny trail of clues to win an Easter basket full of goodies. Have your smartphone and favorite QR code reader ready to play. Via a series of clues and QR codes, you will be guided through the mall.

To register to play click here. The first clue will be emailed on April 3 and then visit the mall to hunt down the rest.

Native Plant Sale

Native plants add beauty and benefit the environment. They provide habitat and food for wildlife, are drought-resistant, absorb storm water and carbon and are easy to grow.

So plant up your garden this spring courtesy of West Cook Wild Ones, which is taking orders for its Native Plant Sale through May 18. Pick up June 3-5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Forest Preserves of Cook County Central Warehouse, 2199 S. First Ave., Maywood or Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W. 111th St., Lemont.

This year, most plants will be plugs; dense roots help them grow quickly and lower prices help extend plant budgets. Butterfly and bee plant kits available.

Order plants through the West Cook Wild Ones website here.

Outdoor storytime in Riverside

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites kids and parents to join them for Outdoor Storytime on Friday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 6 at 10 a.m.

Bring your blanket, masks, listening ears and dancing feet to these socially distanced get-togethers and enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. Stories will be repeated from Friday on Tuesday, so pick which day works better for you. Storytime will be canceled in the event of bad weather.

Visit the Riverside Public Library’s online events calendar for more info.

Country concert benefits zoo

Paisley Brad (minds-eye, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Brookfield Zoo will join zoos and aquariums across the nation to help raise funds for their continued operation in the face of an ongoing pandemic during “All Together for Animals,” a virtual benefit concert that will be streamed on Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

The concert will feature performances by Brad Paisley, Ashley McBryde, Wynonna, Old Dominion and others. The emcee is Cody Alan. Host of Country Music television’s Hot 20 Countdown. The performances were shot on location at the Nashville Zoo.

Half of your $30 contribution will benefit Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. To purchase tickets click here.

And more

  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., invites you to “The Kitchen Sink,” a group exhibition which runs through April 3 in the Freeark Gallery. The show features the work of artists Bimbola Akinbola, Alex Bradley Cohen, Mari Eastman, Cassidy Early, Zehra Khan, Kelly Neibert and Sophie Treppendahl. Free. Appointments required. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Email to schedule an appointment.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., offers a number of virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Game Night Wednesdays on April 7 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

For adults, there’s also Stretching and Meditation via Zoom on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. Register at the library’s online calendar for Zoom access.

For kids there’s ABCs and 123s (ages 3+) via Zoom on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Story Safari (ages 3+) via Zoom on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Lego Builders Club (ages 5+) via Zoom on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Call 708-447-0836, ext. 230, email or visit for 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 also Chair Yoga via Zoom on April 1 at 11 a.m.

Visit the library’s online calendar to register for Zoom programs.