Get funky in Kiwanis Park
Brookfield Parks and Rec continues its 2021 outdoor summer concert series on Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m. with Mike Zabrin’s Funktastic.
With their roots in the funky Motown era, they incorporate flares of hip-hop, rock, jazz, pop, and soul music, incorporating seamless song transitions so you won’t want to stop dancing.
Concerts are at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Community campfire in Brookfield
Brookfield Parks and Rec invites you to a night of laidback fun at its next Community Campfire on Tuesday, July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harrison Park, in the 3200 block of Harrison Avenue.
Make S’mores, play music and meet new people. Stop by early to see how to correctly and safely construct a small backyard campfire. All ages welcome, $6 per person. To register click here.
Super hero movie in the park
Come over to Ehlert Park, Congress Park and Elm avenues in Brookfield, on Saturday, July 24 to enjoy the recreation department’s next free Movie in the Park.
This time come dressed as your favorite super hero and enjoy the 2019 Marvel Comics blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and more.
Come early (by 8:15 p.m.) and set out on a search through the park for all of the infinity stones. The movie starts at dusk.
Biggest block party in North Riverside
North Riverside Parks and Rec invites the community to the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., to celebrate summer at their Block Party on Desplaines on Saturday, July 24 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Mason Rivers (4:30 p.m.) and Anthem (7 p.m.) will provide the music as you enjoy carnival games, face painting and henna and a balloon twister while feasting on food and cool libations.
Grab your family, friends and neighbors and don’t forget a chair.
Riverside Chess Club wants you
Anyone age 5 through adult are invited to be part of the Riverside Chess Club, which meets in person each Wednesday from July 21 through Aug. 25 at 6:45 p.m. in the Community Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.
Players of all levels welcome. Meetings led by Sean Hennessy include both games and training, if needed. Children under 7 require caregiver over 13. Registration is required. Visit the Riverside library’s online events calendar.
- The Frederick Law Olmsted Society continues its series of guided walking tours of Riverside, highlighting the village’s design, history and architecture on Sunday, July 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The tour will cover the area north of the railroad tracks. Tours are $20 per person ($15 seniors/Olmsted Society members) and depart at 2 p.m. from the Riverside Train Depot, 90 Bloomingbank Road. Email email@example.com or visit olmstedsociety.org for more.
- Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents its annual RAC Members Show in the Freeark Gallery and “From Here to There: Young Adult and Teen Volunteers” in the FlexSpace Gallery through July 31. Admission is free. RAC is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Walk-ins welcome.
- The Riverside Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave., in downtown Riverside. Social distancing encouraged. 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. for locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods and artisan ware. Live music and a picnic area. Social distancing is encouraged and face coverings are required for non-vaccinated guests.
- North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites adults can get a Wits Workout Grab and Go Bag with new puzzles to keep your mind sharp every week of the summer. There’s also the Spice Club via Zoom on July 24 at 1:30 p.m. and Gamercize where you can socialize, play games, stay active and win prizes on July 26 at 11 a.m. at the library (weather permitting).
For kids, there’s ABCs & 123s in the Parks (location will be emailed no later than Sunday) on July 26 at 10:30 a.m.; Story Safari in the Great Outdoors in the library’s outdoor space or via Zoom on July 27 at 10:30 a.m.
Visit the North Riverside library’s online events calendar 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 22 at 11 a.m.; MOBA Dopplehangers, an examination of paintings that, accidently or by design, resemble famous people,on July 26 at 7 p.m. via Zoom; and Public Benefits for Older Adults with Age Options via Zoom on July 28 at 11 a.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 to Friday Outdoor Storytime on July 23 at 10 a.m.; Ask an RB Student via Zoom about the general experience at the high school on July 26 at 7 p.m.; and Zoom Bingo on July 27 at 2 p.m. Pick up a card at the library or print one out at home.
Adults can join the folks from Riverside Community Garden for “Canning 201: The Canning Pantry and Jelly/Jams” via Zoom on July 22 at 7 p.m.
Visit the Riverside library’s online events calendar for more info.