Parking lot bingo in North Riverside

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to hop in the car and drive over for Parking Lot Bingo on Thursday, July 1.

The event is open to the public and the popcorn is on the library. Choose one of four sessions: 3 to 4 p.m.; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; 6 to 7 p.m.; or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Honk your horn and flash your lights when you get a bingo.

Register at the North Riverside Library’s online events calendar, by calling 708-447-0869 or by visiting the library’s front desk.

Teen Conservation Leadership Conference

Teens from around the world will have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of speakers and participate in conservation-themed activities as part of the fourth annual Teen Conservation Leadership Conference, presented by the Chicago Zoological Society, in partnership with Lincoln Park Zoo.

Running July 7-9, the virtual conference, themed to “bring the world home,” will feature presentations on a variety of topics, including youth conservation voices, environmental justice, and technology and innovation, from both industry experts and teens across the globe.

Dr. Seth B. Darling
Jane Goodall

Dr. Seth B. Darling, director of the Center for Molecular Engineering and a senior scientist in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory and director of the Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems Energy Frontier Research Center, will be a featured keynote speaker.

Pioneering chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall will also participate in a panel answering and discussing teen-generated questions about the role young people can play in environmental activism on local and international scales.

Registration for the event, which will be held online via the Whova platform, is now open. Participants must be between the ages of 14 and 19. A registration fee of $5 per person per day is required, which will contribute to CZS’s conservation initiatives and programs. This fee can be waived on a case-by-case basis.

Visit to register.

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 July1 for singles and by July 15 for doubles at

Veterans virtual hiring event

The Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs, Cook County Workforce Partnership, National Able Network and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will host a veterans’ virtual hiring event on Monday, July 12 at 10 a.m.

The free event is intended to connect Chicago area veterans with employers who are actively hiring across an array of industries, including information technology, healthcare, finance and more.

Registration deadline is July 8, so email your resume to by that date. Visit for event registration.

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.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., offers a number of virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom.

Adults can get a Wits Workout Grab and Go Bag with new puzzles to keep your mind sharp every week of the summer. Kids still have time to register for the Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program. Visit North Riverside Library website for more 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 Chair Yoga via Zoom on July 1 at 11 a.m. and the Facebook Live program Passport to Our Stories, focusing on immigrant stories from people around the world on June 30 and July 7 at 1 p.m.

Call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit the 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 July 2 at 10 a.m. (weather permitting) and invites kids to an Outdoor/Zoom Book Discussion: “Who Was/What Was” Series on July 6 at 11 a.m. The discussion will take place outside, but will move to Zoom in the case of bad weather. Registration is required.

There’s also the third entry in the four-part Museum of Bad Art virtual series on July 7 at 7 p.m. “Dopplehangers: Intentionally or Not” includes efforts to capture likenesses of famous people, some accidentally. Via Zoom.

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