Summer Concerts in the Park
Friday, Aug. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Kiwanis Park, Brookfield
Live entertainment at the bandshell. Free admission. Summer Camp staff will provide activities for the kids. This week’s band is The Throwbacks, ’50s and’60s music with a modern twist. Bring your chairs, blankets, drinks and food.
Brookfield Farmers Market
Saturday, Aug. 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 8820 Brookfield Ave.
Fresh produce, locally and sustainably grown in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin, plus baked goods, honey, artisan and hand-crafted goods. Keep up to date with special events and live music at brookfieldfarmers.com. Brookfield Village Hall.
Riverside Farmers Market
Wednesday, Aug. 3 and 10, 2:30 to 7 p.m., downtown Riverside
Vendors include Argento Acres, Aunt Diana’s Old Fashioned Fudge, Bailey’s Farm to Home, Breadman Baking Company, Dip and Dollop, Fasel Nursery, Finn’s Steak and Eggs Ranch, Fruit Blend Smoothies, John Bailey Honey, Nal’s Kitchen, Not Just Cookies, Nuts to Go, Old Gaffer’s Garden, Scone House Café, Tamales Express, and Young Men’s Education Network – Chicago Hot Sauce. Find ideas on how to prepare what you buy at justeatlocal.wordpress.com/category/recipes. Centennial Park, Forest Avenue and Longcommon Road.
Movie of the Month
Friday, Aug. 5, 1 p.m., Council Room, 2401 S. Desplaines Ave.
North Riverside Parks and Recreation presents Pitch Perfect. A rebellious college freshman finds herself when she joins the university a cappella team (PG-13, 1 hour 51 minutes). Admission, popcorn and refreshments are free. Reserve your seat by calling 708-442-5515.
Saturday, Aug. 6, doors open at 8:30 a.m., show begins at 9, North Riverside Mall
The Mall welcomes the scaly crew at Crosstown Exotics to the Food Court (don’t get the wrong idea) for an up-close encounter. Entertaining and educational. Pet a snake, cuddle a bullfrog. Also available: face painters and balloon artists, back-to-school selfie stations, free sea turtle key chain (first 200 kids). Registration is required. 7501 W. Cermak Road. Call 708-442-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caledonia Community Picnic
Saturday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2800 Desplaines Ave.
Caledonia Senior living and Memory Care will host its 103rd annual community picnic in the backyard of the Scottish Home. Raffle prizes, bake sale, kids crafts and games. Burgers, brats and beer for sale. And yes, there will be bagpipers and Highland dancers. Popsicles and popcorn for free. For more information, call 708-447-5092 or caledoniaseniorliving.org.
Thursday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., North Riverside Village Hall
The Czechoslovak American Musician’s Club hosts a presentation of traditional Czechoslovak folk music, co-sponsored by the Judy Baar Topinka Charitable Foundation, the village of North Riverside and the Czechoslovak American Congress.
‘Chicago Cub Shot for Love’
Thursday, Aug. 4 and 11, 7 p.m., Brookfield Public Library
Brookfield Reads, the library’s community-wide reading and book discussion initiative presents The Chicago Cub Shot for Love: A Showgirl’s Crime of Passion and the 1932 World Series by baseball historian Jack Bales Moore. Print and electronic copies of the book are available for checkout through the library. Come for the lively discussion.