Kayak rentals return

Kayak rentals return to Riverside on May 21 courtesy of Paddle On Outfitters, which will be leading four trips – at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – with single sit-on, sit-in and tandem kayaks available.

Park in the municipal lot at 65 E. Burlington St. to catch a shuttle to the Scout Cabin where trips on the Des Plaines River will begin. The takeout is at Stony Ford launch, where a shuttle will return you to the parking lot. Trips can take up to two hours.

Rentals can be purchased online. Call 815-762-4009 or email with questions.

Yard sale junkies unite!

Can’t get enough of garage and yard sales? Then May 20 is your lucky day.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can hop around Brookfield during the 2nd Annual Brookfield Community-Wide Yard Sale, which has nearly 300 participating households selling and/or giving away items.

For more information on how to participate visit this facebook page. For a map of participating households click here. The rain date is May 21.

Clothing Swap

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., will host a Clothing Swap where you can exchange items you want for ones you do.

On May 20, those who donated clothes are invited to a VIP swap from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults who did not donate are invited to look for items they’d like to take home during normal library hours May 22-27. For more, call 708-447-0869 and ask for the reference desk.

LSF Brookfield Library book sale

The Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites you to find a bargain for your bookshelf at the Friends + Foundation Book Sale at the library on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit for more info.

Jesse Howard, “The Soul of Urban Life,” charcoal and acrylic paint on paper, 37×29 inches)

RAC unveils two new shows

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., will host opening receptions on May 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. for a pair of new exhibitions, which will run through June 24.

“Introspective Dream Assembly,” an exhibition of paintings and mixed-media art by Ryan Burns and Ari Norris, is in the Freeark Gallery, while “Reflection of a Community as It Is,” featuring large-scale drawings by Jesse Howard, is in the FlexSpace Gallery.

The receptions are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

And more

  • The Riverside Township Radio Players close out their 24th season on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. when they perform “The Barrio Case” from “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” and “The Election Committee” from the “Phil Harris Alice Faye Show” on the stage of the Riverside Township Hall auditorium, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Free.
  • North Riverside Parks & Rec hosts a Kids Indoor Flea Market featuring clothing, toys, books and more on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Call 708-442-5515 for more.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Everything Fades,” featuring the paintings of Natalie Shugailo at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside through June 30. The township hall is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents After School Art Escape (child with adult) on May 18 at 4 p.m., Baby & Me (4-24 months w/adult) on May 19 at 10:30 a.m., Yarn Orbs (grades 6-12) on May 20 at 1:30 p.m., Morning Munchkin Stories with Ms. Karen on May 22 at 10:30 a.m., Silly Science (8-under) on May 22 at 4 p.m., a Koko’s Film Club screening of “Big Fish” on May 23 at 2 p.m. and Safari ABCs (child with adult) on May 24 at 10:30 a.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Thursday Thrillers Book Club on May 18 at7 p.m., Yoga Storytime (ages 2-5 w/caregiver) on May 19 at 1 p.m., a Concert on the Plaza featuring the folk duo Hungrytown on May 21 at 3 p.m., Chair Yoga (virtual) on May 22 at 11 a.m. and Chicago: Aviation’s Incubator with historian Michael Haupt on May 22 7 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Chess Meet Up (grades K-8) on May 18 at 4 p.m., Introduction to Vegetable Gardening at the Riverside Community Garden (400 Nuttall Road) on May 18 at 6 p.m., Friday Outdoor Storytime on May 19 at 10 a.m., Knitting, Crochet and Needlework Group on May 22 at 7 p.m., Little Hands Activity Time (ages 1-4) on May 23 at 9:30 a.m. and All in the Family Genealogy Group on May 23 at 7 p.m. To register for programs, visit online.
  •  The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts its next bingo session on May 21. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games start at 2 p.m. with cash payouts.