Science of climate change

North Riverside Public Library invites you to a special Zoom presentation “The Science of Climate Change” on Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

In this presentation, politics is put on the backburner and the focus is on science. What does the science say is happening to the planet? Where does the data come from? What might be in our future according to past and present data?

A short Q&A will follow.

Register to attend by visiting the library’s online events calendar or by calling 708-447-0869.

Wish Olmsted a Happy 199

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted organizations both local and national will celebrate the renowned landscape architect’s 199th birthday in the coming week with a pair of special watch parties.

Olmsted 200 invites you to screen the documentary “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks” for free and at your convenience anytime from April 24-26 and then join other Olmsted fans for a live panel discussion moderated by Justin Worland, Time magazine’s climate correspondent, on April 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 (EDT).

Register by clicking here. Once registered you’ll receive a link to watch the film and join the panel discussion.

Then, on Tuesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. (CDT) join the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance for the Zoom presentation “Atlanta’s Historic Druid Hills and Chicago’s Village of Riverside.”

Landscape architect Spencer Tunnell will take you back in time to explore how the two communities were designed to build a sense of community, equity and greenspace for all.

Earth Day recycling event at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, presents Earth Day: A Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the day, the zoo will be hosting a recycling event, affording the perfect opportunity, in an environmentally friendly way, to dispose of items that have been taking up space in your basement or garage.

People will be stationed in the zoo’s main north parking lot (31st Street and Golfview Avenue) collecting a variety of unwanted items, including electronics, textiles and used books.

For a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items, click here. Follow the signs directing vehicles to enter the parking lot off of 31st.

Now hear this!

The Riverside Township Radio Players will recreate two more classic shows from the Golden Age of Radio on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. when they perform the episode “Die Hard” from the detective show “Mr. and Mrs. North” and “Exaggeration Troubles” from the family comedy series “The Ozzie and Harriet Show.”

The performance will be held in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. Admission is free.

Face coverings are required for all attending and seating will be six feet apart, though families can sit together. Temps taken on arrival. The first 50 people will be allowed admission.

Visit Riverside Township Radio Players website for more.

And more

  • Riverside Arts Center, 34 E. Quincy St., presents the Riverside-Brookfield High School Advance Placement Art Exhibition through May 15 in the Freeark Gallery. The gallery is open by appointment by emailing to Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., offers a number of virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom.

For adults, the Spanish Language Book Club/Club de Lectura en Espanol meets on Zoom on April 23 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “En la Tierra de los Primeros Besos” by Paola Calasanz. There’s also Spice Club: Brazilian Farofa via Zoom on April 24 at 1:30 p.m. and Decor DIY Tuesday via Facebook Live on April 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Register at the North Riverside 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. Kids in grades 6-12 can play the Jackbox game Bracketeering via Zoom on April 24 at 3 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 22 at 11 a.m. For teens there’s Teen Take Home: Microgreens via Facebook Live on April 23 at 4 p.m. Pick up a take-and-make kit with supplies and then tune in to learn about food waste and how to plat your seeds.

Call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit the library’s online calendar to register for Zoom programs.

  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Teen Game Night (grades 6-12) on Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m. Grab a mobile device and join on Zoom for an evening of Jackbox games. Visit the library’s online calendar for more info.