Get your kicks …

Join Leslie Goddard as she takes you on a nostalgic 2,000-mile trip from Chicago to L.A. during “Remembering Route 66” on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

Goddard explores the history of Route 66 from 1926 until its closing in the mid-1980s. Learn why the road remains indelibly associated with the lore of the American road trip.

Register to attend at

Who you gonna call?

We’re entering the spooky season, prepare by joining during “The Basics of Paranormal Investigating” on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave.

Quantum Paranormal Investigating will walk you through the equipment, the dos and don’ts and how to do an investigation in an appropriate way. Plus, discover well-known haunted locations in the area.

Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register.

North Riverside decorating contest

So, you think your outdoor Halloween decorations measure up to the best in town? Put your moaning where your mouth is by entering North Riverside Parks & Rec’s Home Decorating Contest.

The contest is free to enter by calling 708-442-5515. The top three houses will be awarded with a lawn sign declaring their spooky success.

Photos of home entries will be posted on Facebook at and decorations will be judged on Oct. 24.

Winter coat drive for vets

The Brookfield-Riverside Rotary Club seeks the help of the communities to collect new or clean and gently used men’s winter coats for homeless and at-risk veterans. The VA seeks men’s coats in sizes Large to 4XL.

A donation box is located in the entryway of the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave. through Oct. 14.

LWV hosts virtual candidate forums

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will host a series of virtual forums in the coming week featuring candidates for state and federal office.

All will be held via Zoom and attendees must register in advance at for the following forums:

  • State Senate 11th District, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.
  • State House 21st District, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
  • U.S Congress 4th District, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
  • State House 8th District, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
  • State Senate 1st District, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Nino Folino Live at the Brookfield Elks

Nino Folino

The Brookfield Elks, 9022 31st St., will host an evening of music with Nino Folino, who will sing songs from the Rat Pack to Elvis to The Beatles, on Oct. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The cost is $15 per person and proceeds benefit the Brookfield Elks Lodge and their charitable work, which includes supporting veterans, scholarships and coats and clothing for children at local schools, among other things.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, and no reservations are needed. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m.

And more

  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will hold a Landscape Workday on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Longcommon/Downing triangle. Come for as long as you like. Supervised children welcome. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.
  • The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its 60-to-Win raffle drawings every Thursday through Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. You can also watch a livestream on the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page (
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Semblance: Unfolded and Brought to Life,” by Chicago photographers Alice Hargrave and Barbara Diener in the Freeark Gallery and “Endless,” featuring the work of Darrell Roberts, in the outdoor Sculpture Garden through Oct. 29. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit for 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.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents After School Art Escape (child with adult) on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m., Club de Lectura discussing “Reina Roja” by Juan Gomez-Jurado on Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m., Calming Crafts for Kids (with adult) on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m., Morning Munchkin Stories with Ms. Karen on Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m., Silly Science (10-under with adult) on Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. and Story Safari (kids with adult) on Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Chair Yoga (virtual) on Sept. 29 at 11 a.m., Legotastic Saturday in the Storytime Room on Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Maker Studio 101 on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Modern Calligraphy by Debbie Reelitz (virtual) on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., All Ages Outside Yoga Storytime (all ages) Sept. 30 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m., Saturday Sensory Storytime (kids up to Grade 2 with parent) on Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. and Today’s Feature Teen Movie in the Teen Room on Oct. 5 at 4 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.