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Music in the spotlight

The spotlight is on music this weekend in Brookfield, with the village staging its final Friday Night Concert on Aug. 25 and following it up with Music on Grand on Aug. 26. Both events are free to attend.

Brookfield Parks & Rec ends its summer concert series on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. with the contemporary blues of the Alex Hofer Band. The concert will be held at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues. Bring your coolers, blankets and chairs.

The south half of the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard will be closed to traffic Aug. 25-27 to accommodate expanded outdoor dining all weekend, with the highlight being Music on Grand on Aug. 26 from 2 to 10 p.m.

Hitting that stage that day will be Stray Bolts (rock/country/jazz) at 2 p.m., Major Climb (funk/reggae fusion) at 4:30 p.m., Tribuco (salsa) at 6 p.m. and True Company (top hits) at 8:30 p.m.

The Karate Kid

Wax on, wax off

Riverside Parks & Rec invites you to pack up a blanket and some snacks and bring the family over to Big Ball Park, Longcommon and Delaplaine roads, for a Movie in The Park summer farewell on Aug. 25.

Come watch Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) teach Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) how to fight back against his foes from Cobra Kai during a screening of the 1984 film “The Karate Kid.” The movie starts at dusk.

Beer tasting at Brookfield Zoo

Enjoy samplings from a selection of more than 80 beers, ales, seltzers, ciders and hard lemonades at the 11th Annual ZooBrew event at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., on Aug. 26.

Choose from three sessions — noon to 2 p.m., 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. or a VIP session from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Designated driver tickets available. All tickets include swag, admission and parking. No children allowed in the event area. Photo ID required.

For more info, including pricing, and to buy tickets visit

Walking tour of Riverside

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society continues its walking tours of Riverside on Aug. 27. The tour will cover the area south of the railroad tracks. Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members).

Tour groups depart at 2 p.m. from the Riverside Train Depot (east side of platform) at 90 Bloomingbank Road. Register in advance (PayPal or credit card) at Cash/checks also accepted. Customized tours available by appointment.

Email or call 708-447-7635.

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 It’s Sew Easy: DIY Lunch Bag on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m., Club de Lectura: Romper el Círculo on Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m., Painting (grades 6-12) on Aug. 26 at 1:30 p.m. and Chair Yoga on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. Register for programs online at
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Craft Craze: Octopus Chains (grades 1-5) Aug. 24 at 4 p.m., Zumba Kids on Aug. 24 at 4 p.m., Yoga Storytime (ages 2-5 w/caregiver) on Aug. 25 at 1 p.m., Chair Yoga (virtual) on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m., Strolling the Boards: The History of America’s Boardwalks (hybrid) on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. and Senior Studio Hour in the Maker Space on Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online at to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Mindful Chair Yoga on Aug. 24 at 11 a.m., Friday Outside Storytime on Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. and Mindfulness Together meditation on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m., To register for programs, visit online at
  • 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.