Pitch in at Project NICE

Join the Brookfield Beautification Commission and help beautify the village’s parks and public spaces during its fall Project NICE on Oct. 15 from 8:30 to noon.

Meet at the Kiwanis Park pavilion (Arden and Brookfield avenues) at 8:30 a.m. to pick up a worksite assignment, gloves and a free T-shirt. You’ll weed and plant in garden beds, mulch trees, pick up small branches, sweep walkways, pick up litter and other tasks.

Volunteers under 18 years of age who are not part of a pre-registered group must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Visit brookfieldil.gov/local-government/bbc for more.

Lions Club Candy Days

Riverside Township Lions Club volunteers will be out on street corners and in shopping areas, giving away candy and accepting donations to benefit their charitable initiatives, during Lions Candy Days on Oct. 13-14.

Held each year nationwide, the event raises more than $1 million annually to help visually and hearing-impaired individuals, including screenings, eyeglass collection drives and Camp Lions for children and adults.

New art at Riverside Town Hall

Shilin Hora, “Michigan Lakehouse Tour,” 2022, Botanical box. Midwest seeds harvested from highlighted city locations, Lake Michigan black sand, dandelion thread, reclaimed wood frame, 22.5-by- 18.5-by-4 inches

Riverside Arts Center presents the exhibition “The Art of Seeing,” featuring the work of Shilin Hora through Dec. 29 in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.

Hora explores ideas about our relationship to place and the natural environment through installations, prints and sculpture. She is widely known for her botanical boxes, inspired by natural history museum displays and 19th-century cases used by botanists to import foreign plant species to Europe.

Viewing hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chalk it up during Oak-tober

The Riverside Landscape Advisory Commission invites kids and adults alike to get acquainted with the village’s trees through “Chalk It Up for Oak-tober” this month.

To participate, pick up a bag with chalk and directions at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, locate your favorite parkway tree in the online tree viewer, type the address into the viewer and draw your tree and some info about it on the sidewalk.

Take a picture of your art and send it by Oct. 31 to LAC@riverside.il.us or post to Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #RSideOaktoberChalk2022. All posts must be public to be entered into the contest.

FLOS presents ‘At Home in Chicago’

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society hosts the presentation “At Home in Chicago: A Living History of Domestic Architecture” on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

Author Patrick F. Cannon and photographer James Caufield, who combined to publish the book “At Home in Chicago,” will present an inside look at some of the Chicago area’s most distinctive and architecturally significant residences, including the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Coonley Estate in Riverside.

And more

  • Tallgrass Sudbury School, 85 Kimbark Road in Riverside, is hosting a play day for children ages 2-6 on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Parents can use these hours to enjoy coffee with friends, run errands, or just enjoy time to themselves. They are also welcome to stay. RSVP at tinyurl.com/25255b6h.
  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will hold a Landscape Workday on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon on Longcommon Road (exact location TBD). 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.
  • Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., hosts its annual Boo! at the Zoo event on Oct. 15-16 and 22-23. The Halloween-themed event features photo opportunities throughout the park, a corn maze and giant inflatables. Kids receive a sweet treat as they exit. Regular zoo admission and parking rates apply. Visit CZS.org/booatthezoo for more.
  • 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 (facebook.com/BrookfieldIllinois).
  • 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 riversideartscenter.com for more.
  • The Brookfield Farmers Market wraps up its season 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 Oct. 13 at 4 p.m., an all-ages Day of the Dead Program (create your own quilling Day of the Dead skull) on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., Movies in the Teen Spot (grades 6-12) on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m., Morning Munchkin Stories with Ms. Karen on Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m., Stretching and Meditation (in person) on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Silly Science (kids 10-under) on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. and Story Safari (kids with adult) on Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Chair Yoga (virtual) on Oct. 13 at 11 a.m., Maker Studio 101 (en Español) on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., Family Pumpkin Art Night on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., Spooky Costume Party (ages 3-7) on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. and Family Fun Story Night on Oct. 12 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Monthly Bingo on Oct. 13 from noon to 2 p.m., Friday Storytimes (all ages) Oct. 14 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m., Mindfulness Together meditation on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m., a Medicare Information Seminar on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. and a Riverside Reads discussion of“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt on Oct. 18 at 2:30 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.