RBHS tennis tourney fundraiser

The Riverside-Brookfield High School tennis team will host its annual tournament fundraiser, open to all members of the community, in July with singles, mixed doubles and doubles tournaments, based on number of participants.

The cost to participate is $35 for singles and $30 for each doubles player (students 8-18 receive a discount) and all proceeds benefit the RBHS tennis program. The tourneys will be double elimination, guaranteeing everyone at least two matches. Prizes awarded to the top three places.

Doubles weekend is July 14-16, while singles weekend will be July 29-31 at the high school, 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside.

Register online to participate. Email coach Sam Weiss at weisss@rbhs208.net with questions.

Twilight Tunes at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo premieres its Twilight Tunes concert series, held every Friday and Saturday in July from 6 to 9 p.m. with Hello Weekend, who will perform high-energy hits from Guns N Roses to Bruno Mars to the Beach Boys on July 1. The music continues July 2 with Trippin Billies, a tribute to the Dave Matthews Band.

Bands take the stage each night at 7 p.m. on the zoo’s East Mall, where visitors can lay out blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the music, enhanced food and drink offerings and a laser light show to conclude the evening.

Twilight Tunes is a limited-capacity event and concert tickets (in addition to zoo general admission and parking) are required. Visit CZS.org/TwightTunes to purchase concert tickets.


Acoustic rock at Kiwanis Park

Brookfield Parks & Rec invites you to enjoy a night of classic pop and rock – in an acoustic vein – with the Neal Alger Band, the next entry in the Concerts in the Park series, on July 1 at 7 p.m. at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues.

Don’t forget your blankets, chairs and picnic items.


Brookfield Reads steps to the plate

Billy Jurges

The Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library kicks off its annual Brookfield Reads community-wide reading and book discussion initiative this week, inviting the community to read “The Chicago Cub Shot for Love: A Showgirl’s Crime of Passion and the 1932 World Series” by baseball historian Jack Bales.

The book details the relationship of Cubs shortstop Billy Jurges and showgirl Violet Popovich, who shot Jurges after he broke off their relationship in the summer of 1932, while the Cubs were in the thick of the pennant race.

Brookfield Reads climaxes in August with an author event, but will begin June 30 at 7 p.m. with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” a Zoom program presented by musicologist Matthew Mihalka on the history of baseball stadium music.

Register to attend at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or online.

And more

  • The Riverside Farmers Market operates 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 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.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts 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 July 1 between 2 and 6 p.m. There’s also Crafterdarks: Bucket List Jar on June 30 at 6:30 p.m.; Sewing Help Desk on July 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Story Safari (children with adult) on July 6 at 10:30 a.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Chair Yoga (virtual) on June 30 at 11 a.m.; Live Music on the Plaza featuring Katie Kostner on July 1 at 6 p.m.; Legotastic Saturday on July 2 in the Storytime Room from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and Art Therapy for Seniors in the Maker Studio on July 6 at 11 a.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to play a few games of Bingo (all ages) on June 30 at 11 a.m.; an All Ages Outdoor Yoga Storytime at the library on July 1 at 10 a.m.; Family Playtime in the Program Room on July 2 all day; Storytime in the Community Garden (400 Nuttall Road) on July 5 at 9 a.m. and Crochet and Needlework Group (ages 13+) on July 5 at 6 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.