Bagpipes, Highland dancers and more

Channel your inner Scot, don your tartan and head over to the beautiful, wooded campus of Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, for their 107th Annual Picnic on Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The public is invited to attend, and admission is free (donations welcome). Celebrate high summer with live music, food, a balloon artist, face painting and, of course, bagpipes and some authentic, traditional Scottish Highland dancing.

The Vaughn Building

Blue hue to Brookfield outdoor concert

Brookfield continues its Friday Night Concert Series on July 28 at 7 p.m. at the bandshell in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues.

This week, groove to the bluesy garage rock sounds of The Vaughn Building. Bring your coolers, blankets and chairs.

Seed collection tutorial

Join the Brookfield Native Plants Group on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. for “Seed Collection Tutorial: How to Harvest,” a beginner-friendly program at the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave.

Learn how to harvest seeds from your garden and learn how to get some hands-on experience at a seed collection field trip later this fall.

Register to attend at

Kids can cook

It’s never too early to learn how to cook. If you are a kid between the ages of 8 of 12, channel your inner chef and learn how to make delicious treats during Kids’ Kitchen on Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave.

This guided cooking class will help introduce kids to tools and methods in the kitchen and to fun, new foods.

Register at the library by calling 708-447-0869 or at

And more

  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Summer, Joy and Harmony,” featuring paintings by Joe Fournier, at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, through Sept. 29. Viewing hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • The Riverside Chess Club invites players of all skills and ages to meet for casual games at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. Open to anyone. For more info email or visit
  • The Riverside Farmers Market operates each Wednesday through Oct. 4 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. 14 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., invites you to take part in Make Your Own Soap on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m., Baby and Me (4-24 months w/adult) on Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m., Lego Club on Aug. 4 at 4 p.m., Big and Little Storytime (children w/adult) on Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m., Science Explorers (all ages) on Aug. 7 at 4:30 p.m., My First Storytime (ages 4-24 months w/adult) on Aug. 8 at 11 a.m., Safari ABCs (child w/adult, every other week in Spanish) on Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. and DIY Shiny Cars or Bookmarks (grades 6-12) on Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Fairytale Storytime (all ages w/caregiver) on Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m., Craft Craze: Shadow Puppets (grades 1-5) on Aug. 3 at 4 p.m., Chair Zumba on Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m.., Legotastic Saturday on Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m., Chair Yoga (virtual) on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m., Storytime Stars (ages 2-3 w/caregiver)on Aug. 8 at 10:30 a.m., a Film Discussion Series screening of the Japanese film “Still the Waters” on Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Stories Galore on Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Mindful Chair Yoga on Aug. 3 at 11 a.m., Friday Outside Storytime on Aug. 4 at 10 a.m., Legopalooza Movie Day on Aug. 5 at 10 a.m., At the Spot: Create with Cricut Mini-Camp (teen/adult) on Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Storytime at the Community Garden (400 Nuttall Road) on Aug. 8 at 9 a.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.