Farmers markets are back!
Riverside and Brookfield welcome back their farmers markets this week, offering locally and regionally grown fruit and vegetables, eggs, meat, baked goods and specialty products as well as live entertainment, special events and more.
The Riverside Farmers Market debuts June 1 and will return each Wednesday through Oct. 5 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park, at Forest Avenue and Longcommon Road.
The Brookfield Farmers Market begins its 2022 season on June 4 and returns every Saturday through Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
Please be aware that the Brookfield Avenue bridge is still under construction and the parking lot entrance must be accessed from the east.
Pollinator garden dedication
The Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., and the Foundation for the Brookfield Library invite the community to attend an event dedicating the new pollinator garden and marking the completion of the library’s Phase II construction on June 5 at 2 p.m.
The garden was created in partnership with the Chicago Zoological Society’s Communities & Nature initiative and is part of an effort to establish a “pollinator corridor” from Brookfield to St. Louis.
The foundation has also opened its final round of orders for engraved pavers. Orders are due by Aug. 31. For more info on the event or pavers, call 708-485-6917 or visit brookfieldlibrary.info.
Flea Market in North Riverside
Looking to clean out your closets or interested in finding some hidden treasures? You’re in luck either way when the village of North Riverside hosts a Flea Market on June 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lots of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., and police department.
Spaces measuring 13-by-20 feet are $20 (bring your own table, chairs, tents) and setup begins at 6:30 a.m. There’s no admission fee for shoppers. Call 708-442-5515 for more info.
Riverside Ride returns
Hop on your bicycle and join Riverside Parks & Rec for their annual Riverside Ride on June 4 at 7:15 a.m.
Meet up prior to the start at the Green Parking Lot, 63 E. Burlington St., across from St. Mary’s parking lot. The bike loop is five miles. Arrows on the ground will mark the route. No signup required.
Brookfield Chamber Street Dance
EVENT RESCHEDULED: The Street Dance has been rescheduled to Aug. 20.
Returning for the first time since 2019, the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce invites the community to put on their dancing shoes and head to Eight Corners for their 2022 Street Dance on June 4 from 5 to 11 p.m. in the 9200 block of Broadway Avenue.
There will be food and drink available for purchase and, of course, plenty of music to keep you moving and grooving all night.
- Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts two exhibitions through June 25. In the Freeark Gallery is “The Old Same Place,” a solo show by Joseph Noderer, while the FlexSpace Gallery hosts “Flock,” a site-specific installation by Catherine Schwalbe. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
There’s also the photography exhibition, “Love You Bro” featuring the work of Stephanie Graham in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside, through June 30. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to make an appointment to visit the Ancestry Help Desk on June 3 between 2 and 6 p.m. and the Sewing Help Desk on June 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. There’s also Stretching & Meditation via conference call (312-626-6799, code 777067) on June 6 at 6:30 p.m. and The Beatles: Their History in One Hour, a virtual program on June 8 at 7 p.m. Register for programs online.
- Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Bingocize for seniors on June 6 at 10:30 a.m., Watercolor Painting on June 6 at 6 p.m., Genealogy Club on June 7 at 4 p.m. and Printmaking for Beginners on June 8 at 7 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
- Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to an All Ages Outdoor Storytime at the library on June 3 at 10 a.m. and all ages Storytime at the Community Garden (400 Nuttall Road) on June 7 at 9 a.m. Bring your blanket, listening ears and dancing feet and enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. There’s also a Knitting, Crochet & Needlework Meetup on June 7 at 6 p.m. and Don’t Forget: The Science of Memory with William Pack on June 7 at 7 p.m. To register for programs visit online.
- 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.