Bring the Green at Ehlert Park

Brookfield’s Aging Well Team hosts the special event “Bring the Green” on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ehlert Park, Elm and Congress Park avenues).

Are you curious about spring plantings or biodiversity education? Come by for this free event. Stay in your car or bring a chair and listen to the speaker. All registered participants get a goody bag.

To register, call 708-485-1474.

See ‘Black Men in White Coats’ documentary free

Brookfield Public Library invites you to take advantage of three days of free access to the new 80-minute documentary “Back Men in White Coats,” which dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large.

The documentary will be available online from May 24-26. Register at the Brookfield Library’s website for access to the film.

New group show at RAC

Anna Buckner, “Dutch Still Life,” Pieced fabric scraps on stretcher, 12×12 inches, 2015

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents a new exhibit “Restraint and Limitation” featuring the abstract work of artists Sarah Arrigada, Anna Buckner, Sharon Butler, Magalie Guerin, Elizabeth Powell, Elise Rugolo and Simon Tatum from May 23 through June 26.

Curator Matthew Ballou states, “Contemporary abstraction is a huge, multifaceted project. … Today there are no firm boundaries or distinct definitions providing a unified perspective on the practice of abstract painting … [and] to suggest that it is limited to the realm of painting is a dramatic misunderstanding.

Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Email to to schedule an appointment.

Local Cadettes need your help

Help Girl Scout Cadette Troop 50324 achieve a Silver Award during their Community Caring Project Scavenger Hunt and Donation Drive on Saturday, May 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All ages welcome. Come anytime during those hours to Progress Park at Broadway and Washington avenues (next to Compassion Factory) to start. The scavenger hunt will have locations around the village to spread awareness of local housing and food insecurity. Those completing the hunt can enter a raffle.

Please bring an item (or more) to benefit BEDS Plus, St. Barbara Food Pantry, Share Food Share Love Food Pantry and the Compassion United Methodist Church Garden Food Box. Monetary donations accepted at the event or by contacting

Through May 29, items may also be dropped off at Brookfield Village Hall, Brookfield Public Library, LaGrange Public Library, Tischler Finer Foods and Brennan Massage & Spa.

Radio Players recreate comedies

Fibber McGee & Molly

The Riverside Township Radio Players return to the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside, for their next performance on Friday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The troupe will recreate two classic comedies from the Golden Age of Radio, “Scrap Drive” from “Fibber McGee & Molly” and “Luigi’s Toothache” from “Life with Luigi.”

Free. The first 50 people will be allowed entry. COVID protocols in place.

Visit The Riverside Township Radio Players website for more.

And more

  • Lyons Township High School’s Eurythmic Dance Company performs “Resurgence,” the annual spring dance concert outdoors at North Campus, 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange. Rain or shine, performances are May 20, 21, 22 at 8 p.m. with shorter matinees on Mat 22-23 at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets click here. Masks required.
  • Brookfield Zoo invites you to join Tim Snyder, curator of birds for the Chicago Zoological Society, for a virtual lecture on May 25 at 7 p.m. as he shares the history and conservation efforts of the Guam kingfisher, which was close to extinction due to the introduction on invasive animal species. The lecture is free, although a $10 donation is appreciated. Online reservations are required.
  • North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, is looking for budding artists to decorate white paper parasols for their Umbrella Art Contest, which runs through the month of May. Open to all ages. Just pick up an umbrella at the mall’s Customer Service Center (M-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m.-6 pm.), decorate it at home and return it by May 31. Gift card prizes for best entries.
  • 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, there’s Smart Homes for Seniors via Zoom on May 20 at 1 p.m.; Writer’s Group via Zoom on May 20 at 6 p.m.; Club de Lectura en Espanol on May 21 at 10:30 a.m.; and Decor DIY Tuesday via Facebook Live on May 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Register at the North Riverside library’s online events 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 the library’s online events calendar 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 Meditation for a Healthy Lifestyle with Gaurav Singh via Zoom on May 19 at 7 p.m. and Chair Yoga via Zoom on May 20 at 11 a.m.

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

  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Family Game Night via Zoom on May 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring a mobile device and join in for an evening of Jackbox games. Best for kids over age 8. For more info visit the library’s online events calendar