Fall at the farmers market

Just because fall is around the corner doesn’t mean there aren’t great things to find at the farmers markets in Brookfield and Riverside, which continue to offer fresh fruit and vegetables; sustainably raised meats, fish and eggs; small batch prepared foods; artisan items; and much more.

The Brookfield Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 14 in the west and south parking lots of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Visit brookfieldfarmers.com for more information.

The Riverside Farmers Market operates every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 4 in Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave., under the water tower in downtown Riverside.

In addition to fresh and prepared foods, there is a rotating weekly Artisan Tent, live music and activities for children. More at facebook.com/Riverside.Farmers.Mkt.

LSF Brookfield Library at the ballpark

Join the folks from the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., on Sept. 1 to watch the Chicago White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on Chicago’s South Side.
The team is offering discounted bleacher seat tickets through the library for their 7:10 p.m. game, plus it’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Night and after the game there will be a spectacular fireworks display.
Tickets are available to purchase at the library’s circulation desk.

Colson Whitehead

Author event with Colson Whitehead

The Riverside Public Library and Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library will usher in the third season of the Illinois Libraries Present series of interviews with top authors on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. with “The Power of the Story” with Colson Whitehead. The presentation will be conducted via Zoom.

Whitehead is the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Underground Railroad,” “The Nickel Boys,” “Harlem Shuffle” and more. He is only the fourth writer to win two Pulitzers in the fiction category. His latest novel, “Crook Manifesto,” is a darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family.

Register for a Zoom link.

Hop Stop 2023 tickets on sale now

Get your tickets for Hop Stop 2023, the annual craft brew tasting event, which returns to Riverside courtesy of the Frederick Law Olmsted Society and Riverside Foods on Sept. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the historic Riverside train station, 90 Bloomingbank Road, in downtown Riverside.

Local craft brewers, live music and family friendly activities are planned for this event. All proceeds go to the Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the National Historic Landmark village of Riverside, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as America’s first planned community.

Visit riversidehopstop.com to purchase tickets ($60).

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 TheRiversideChessClub@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/TheRiversideChessClub.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to Crafterdark: Pressed Flower Lanterns on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Craft Craze: Pipe Cleaner Flowers (grades 1-5) on Aug. 31 at 4 p.m., Women in Conversation Series on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m., Year of Slow Stitching on Sept. 2 at 2:30 p.m. and Cards & Coffee on Sept. 5 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. 31 at 11 a.m., Storytime in the Community Garden (400 Nuttall Road) on Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. and Crafting Connection on Sept. 5 at 6 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.