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Farmers markets return

If it’s June, it’s farmers market season in both Riverside and Brookfield. Both markets return this week and will continue into October, offering a variety of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheese and meat as well as prepared foods, honey, baked goods and specialty items.

The Riverside Farmers Market runs every Wednesday, beginning June 2, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave., in downtown Riverside. The layout will remain the same as 2020, with an entrance and exit and one-way traffic along with social distancing.

Face coverings are required for those who are not vaccinated and no pets are allowed.

The Brookfield Farmers Market will run every Saturday, beginning June 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Face coverings are required and please practice social distancing. Enter and exit at Brookfield Ave via northeast corner of the market (subject to change as needed).

The number of patrons allowed within the sales area may be limited to ensure safe social distancing is maintained and pedestrian flow will be restricted to one-way travel. No pets allowed. Park in front of or behind village hall or along Brookfield Ave.

Weekly sidewalk chalk art contest

Brookfield Public Library invites kids to grab some chalk and create a masterpiece during their Sidewalk Sundays contest every week through June.

Snap a picture of your sidewalk chalk art and email it to youthservices@brookfieldlibrary.info to enter the contest. Winners will be announced on Mondays and will receive gift cards to local businesses.

For more information, call 708-485-6917 or email cbeyer@brookfieldlibrary.info.

Visit the Museum of Bad Art

Riverside and North Riverside libraries invite you to visit the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) this summer during a four-part Zoom series that’s part guided tour, part discussion of the place of art in our world.

The series kicks off Wednesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. with “MOBA 101: An Introduction to the Museum of Bad Art,” the world’s leading cultural institution dedicated to art in which something has gone wrong. MOBA presents pieces from the museum’s collection – amassed since 1993 from thrift stores, yard sales and the trash heap — with insightful, pithy, often humorous commentary.

To register for the program, click here.

If statues could talk

Brookfield Public Library invites you to join Beth Sair, a tour guide and volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Center as she returns to share more stories of Chicago’s public art collection during the Zoom program “Talking Statues of Chicago, Part II” on Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

Each statue tells a compelling story, written by Chicagoans, voiced by Chicago actors, and co-produced by Chicago theaters.

Register by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or by visiting the Brookfield Library’s online event calendar.

And more

  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will host their next Landscape Workday on Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at Indian Gardens (exact spot TBD). RSVP required at least 24 hours in advance by emailing to workdays@olmstedsociety.org or calling 708-447-0226. Wear a face covering and bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.
  • Registration is now open for the Riverside Friends of the Fourth 5K, which will take place on June 26. For 2021, the race replaces the Independence Day 5K and will start and end at Riverside’s historic water tower. Those registering after June 1 will get T-shirts after race day. Registration deadline is June 23. You can register online at here.
  • The Lyons Township High School Theatre Board may have put its traditional musical on hold this year, but they have put together a digital retrospective of LTHS musicals from the last 70 years in “Showstoppers,” which can be viewed on YouTube.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Restraint and Limitation” featuring the abstract work of artists Sarah Arrigada, Anna Buckner, Sharon Butler, Magalie Guerin, Elizabeth Powell, Elise Rugolo and Simon Tatum through June 26. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Email to info@riversideartscenter.com 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.

For adults, there’s Green Cleaning and Composting via Zoom on June 3 at 6 p.m.; Stretching and Meditation on June 7 at 6:30 p.m. via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322); and Book Club Telephone Talk discussing “Sula” by Toni Morrison on June 8 at 6:45 p.m. via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322). To register 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.

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