Make your own botanical box

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and Riverside Public Library invite you to attend a special Zoom presentation “The Seeds of Riverside” by Shilin Hora and Francisco Gonzales on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

Hora, a botanical artist, and Gonzales, a hardwood artisan, will walk you through how to make museum-quality botanical boxes to celebrate the 200th birthday of Riverside’s designer, Olmsted.

Registration required at Riverside library’s online events calendar.

Riverside Foods turns 40

Riverside Foods, 48 E. Burlington St. in Riverside, invites the community to help them celebrate 40 years in business in the village during a Sunday Fun Day customer appreciation event in the store’s parking lot on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature live musical entertainment from the bands ROM and Chicha Roots, food including tacos, walking nachos, gelato and a Boar’s Head hot dog stand as well as tastings from a dozen craft brewers and distillers.

Riverside Parks and Rec will offer activities for kids and there will be several raffles, including a feature raffle for a $500 gift card.

New shows at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., kicks off its new season of exhibitions Sept. 9 with two shows that will run through Oct. 16.

The Freeark Gallery and Sculpture Garden will host “Coded: Coated” featuring the work of Jonathan Castillo, Hannah Givler and Paul Somers. The show is “an exercise in mystery and discovery, engaging viewers to decipher symbolism as conveyed through provocative applications of material production.”

Shir Ende, “Walking a Corner (for three),” 2019, screen print on paper

The FlexSpace Gallery hosts “Proposals and Speculations” featuring the work of Shir Ende and Lancer Livermont, who explore “ideas, new possibilities and practices in architecture from both a visual artist and a seasoned architect.”

Opening reception on Sept. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. Masks/social distancing required.

Free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

‘The Outsider’ at Theatre of Western Springs

Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave., kicks off its 93rd season with the comedy “The Outsider” by Paul Slade Smith and directed by Greg Kolack from Sept. 9 through Sept. 19 on the theater’s main stage.

The play “skewers politics and celebrates democracy,” says Kolack. “It’s consistently funny, but at its heart it has something to say about leadership.”

CDC safety guidelines will be followed. Tickets are $23-$25. Call the box office at 708-246-3380 or visit

And more

  • Habakkuk Theatre and Open Door Theater present an outdoor production of “Coastal Disturbances” at Ehlert Park, 4338 Congress Park Ave. in Brookfield, on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 at the door or online at
  • 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 the virtual program Crafternoons: DIY Mosaic Trays on Sept. 11 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday Book Club (in person or phone-in) on Sept. 14 at 6:45 p.m.

Kids ages 4-up can choose either in-person or Zoom attendance for Learn with Lester the Llama on Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m., ABCs and 123s on Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m., Pajama Storytime (Zoom only) on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m., Story Safari on Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m., Builders Club 2.0 on Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. and Lapsit Storytime on Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.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.

High school students and parents can learn college planning tips during “Insider’s Guide on the College Planning Process” via Zoom on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Workshop focuses on financial strategies and new FAFSA rules.

Visit Brookfield library’s online events calendar to register for programs.

  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites teens to watch a different movie or show each week in the Teen Room during Friday Flix at 3:30 p.m. Check social media for titles. Seniors can learn how to find and fund housing during the virtual event Senior Housing 101 with Rick Graffagna on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. URL will be sent after registration.

Visit the Riverside library’s online events calendar to register for programs.

  • Riverside Chess Club, open to anyone age 5 through adult, meets in person each Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Guthrie Park, Riverside and Bloomingbank roads in downtown Riverside. Players of all levels welcome. Children under 7 require caregiver over 13. Email for more info.
  • 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.