Paddle in honor of Scuffy
The Riverside Township Lions Club invites you to honor the late Scuff Gross, Riverside’s longtime township assessor, Lions Club member and boating enthusiast, at the 5th Annual Scuff Gross Memorial Regatta on Sunday, June 27, which launches at 10 a.m.
There’s no cost to join the event, but participants are responsible for their own equipment, safety and following IDNR rules.
Meet at McCormick Woods at the northeast corner of 31st Street and First Avenue. From there, boaters will paddle south and congregate near the Swan Pond area to regroup, then pass under the Swinging Bridge as a group. Exiting the river at Stony Ford Canoe Landing, 43rd Street and Oak Avenue in Lyons.
If you’d like to rent a canoe, you can do so by visiting online for the details.
Elton John? Billy Joel? This concert gives you both
The Brookfield Parks and Recreation Department continues its 2021 outdoor summer concert series on Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m. with Billy Elton, celebrating the music of Billy Joel and Elton John.
Led by Reid Spears on the piano and lead vocals, this eight-piece band takes you on a timeless journey through songs like “Crocodile Rock,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “Piano Man” and many more.
Concerts are at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
RBHS tennis tournament fundraiser
The Riverside-Brookfield High School tennis teams will host a tennis tournament fundraiser in July to benefit the boys and girls tennis teams.
The tournament is open to all ages and the plan is to have singles, mixed doubles and doubles tournaments. The fee is $35 for singles players and $30 each for those playing doubles. Participants signing up for both singles and doubles will receive a $15 discount.
Students 8-18 will receive a $10 discount ($25 off for both singles and doubles). The tournament is double elimination, so everyone is guaranteed two matches. Prizes awarded for first, second and third place.
Singles tournament is July 8-10. Doubles will be July 22-24. Both will take place at the tennis courts at RBHS, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside.
Register by July 1 for singles and by July 15 for doubles at tinyurl.com/RBTennisFundraiser.
Riverside South Division Tour
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society continues its series of guided walking tours of Riverside, highlighting the village’s design, history and architecture on Sunday, June 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. The tour will cover the area south of the railroad tracks.
Tours are $20 per person ($15 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members). Tour groups depart at 2 p.m. from the Riverside Train Depot (east side of platform) at 90 Bloomingbank Road.
Reservations required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-447-7635 to make reservations. Payment is made via PayPal only at olmstedsociety.org
‘The Long Shadow’ virtual screening
Join Brookfield Public Library and North Riverside Public Library for a free virtual screening of the documentary “The Long Shadow,” directed by Emmy Award winner Frances Causey, which explores the roots of racism and the legacy of slavery.
The documentary will be available to view through June 28 with a special virtual Q&A with Causey on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m.
- Lyons Township High School invites you to view hundreds of works of art created during the 2020-21 school year by students via a virtual art exhibit. The exhibit features works in all media and at all levels, including drawings, paintings, digital art, metal, ceramics, sculpture and more.
- The Riverside Farmers Market continues every Wednesday 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 continues every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Face coverings are required and please practice social distancing. Enter and exit at Brookfield Ave. via the northeast corner of the market. No pets allowed. Park in front of or behind village hall or along Brookfield Ave.
- Registration is 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.
- 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 email@example.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 Club de Lectura en Espanol via Zoom on June 28 at 10:30 a.m. For kids, there’s ABCs & 123s in the Parks (location will be emailed no later than Sunday) on June 28 at 10:30 a.m. and Story Safari in the Great Outdoors in the library’s outdoor space or via Zoom on June 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Register at North Riverside library’s online events calendar for info and Zoom access.
- 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 on June 24 at 11 a.m. and the Facebook Live program Passport to Our Stories, focusing on immigrant stories from people around the world on June 23 and 30 at 1 p.m.
Call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit Brookfield library’s online events calendar to register for programs.
- Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites kids and adults to Friday Outdoor Storytime on June 25 at 10 a.m. No registration required. Weather permitting. There’s also Teen Game Night via Zoom on June 29 at 2 p.m. and Storytime at the Community Garden (at Ascension Lutheran church, 400 Nuttall Road) on June 29 at 10 a.m. No registration required. Weather permitting. Visit the Riverside library’s online calendar for more info.