The race is on

In the 1960s, the U.S. and Soviet Union were locked in a race to send an astronaut to the moon. How did it all begin? How did the Soviets try to beat the Americans? What happened to the Soviet effort after Americans walked on the moon in 1969?

Learn all about it in a special Zoom presentation “The Space Race” courtesy of the North Riverside Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Registration is required by visiting the library’s online events calendar.

‘Casablanca’ at Grossdale Station

Brookfield Parks and Rec invites you to a special outdoor movie night on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave., with a screening of the 1942 wartime classic “Casablanca,” starring Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Dooley Wilson, Claude Rains and Paul Henried.

Dooley Wilson and Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca.”

Enjoy being shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on inside Rick’s Café Americain, along with live music before the movie, a tour of the Brookfield History Museum and popcorn, a treat and drink box.

Tickets are $25 for residents ($35 non-residents) and can be reserved by clicking here.

Riverside Movie in the Park

Riverside Parks and Recreation and state Rep. Michael Zalewski invite the community to enjoy a movie under the stars during their Movie in the Park on Friday, Aug. 20 from dusk to 9:30 p.m. at Big Ball Park, Longcommon and North Delaplaine roads.

Bring a blanket and some chairs and watch Pixar’s 2015 animated film “Inside Out” featuring the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith.

Brookfield concert in the park

Brookfield Parks and Rec continues its summer outdoor concert series on Friday, Aug. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., transporting you back to the 1980s with the Jolly Ringwalds

Jolly Ringwalds

Concerts are held at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Cancellations due to inclement weather will be made at 3 p.m. on concert day.

Learn to make chocolates

Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites teens through adults to grab their significant other or a friend and learn how to make chocolates during “Date Night Crafts: Chocolate Making” on Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Supplies (including chocolate melts and molds) are available at the library while they last.

For more information contact Adult & Teen Services at 708-485-6917, ext. 131 or email

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. 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 to hone their writing chops at their Writer’s Group via Zoom on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. and play game, stay active and win prizes at Gamercize on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. (outdoor location to TBD, weather permitting).
  • Kids in grades 6-12 can play the Jackbox game Fakin’ It at the library on Aug. 21 at 3 p.m.

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

  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., 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/seniors, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. and Aging and Your Eyes presented by Prevent Blindness and the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness via Zoom on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.

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

  • Riverside Chess Club, open to anyone age 5 through adult, meets in person each Wednesday 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. Children under 7 require caregiver over 13. Registration required. Visit the library’s online events calendar.
  • The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo the second Sunday of every month. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games start at 2 p.m. with cash payouts. Next bingo night is Sept. 12.