Virtual Independence Day 5K
Riverside Parks and Recreation will keep its annual Independence Day 5K tradition intact, pandemic be damned, by hosting a virtual run, mostly for fun.
Registration is open now through July 6, and all registered participants get a limited edition virtual 5K T-shirt. Racers who register by June 9 will receive their shirt via mail by July 4. Those who register after will receive their shirts by the end of July.
Racers can run from June 4 to July 7, and be sure to share your results by emailing your time, a photo (use the hashtag #Riversides42ndAnnual5K in the subject line) to email@example.com. Parks and Rec will share the results on social media. There will be no medals given and no age-group separation.
Participants are asked to follow all social distancing guidelines. The race can be completed indoors or outdoors.
Film discussion teleconference
North Riverside Public Library invites film buffs to watch a movie via Hoopla (free with your library card) and then join in a spirited discussion during "Films by Phone," a conference call scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.
For this session, participants are asked to watch the 1996 version of "Emma," starring Gwyneth Paltrow. You can join the discussion at the appointed hour by dialing into 800-747-5150 and punching in the code 1453322.
Meet 10 famous First Ladies
Brookfield Public Library invites you join historian Barry Bradford as he presents a list of his top 10 favorite First Ladies, the unexpected challenges they faced while serving and how they reflect the changing role of women throughout history.
The presentation will be available via Zoom on Wednesday, May 27 at 2 p.m. Register to get access info at the Brookfield Public Library website.
Visit Wright sites virtually
The Unity Temple Restoration Foundation invites all architecture lovers to take virtual tours of some of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic designs every Thursday at noon via livestream on the foundation's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media accounts.
Coming up on May 21 is a tour of Beth Sholom Synagogue in Pennsylvania, followed on May 28 by a tour of the Darwin E. Martin House in New York. Miss a favorite? Previous visits can also be viewed. Free.
More information can be found at the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation website.
• North Riverside Public Library is offering the following virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Talented Tuesdays every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library's Facebook page; Whatcha Readin' and Watchin' Wednesday every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom; Game Night Fridays every Friday at 7 p.m. via Zoom; Writer's Group Digital Meeting via Zoom on May 21 at 6 p.m.; Spanish Language Book Club/Club de Lectura en Español via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on May 22 at 10:30 a.m.; and Seated Tai Chi Moving Meditation via Zoom on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for all Zoom meeting access info.
• Brookfield Public Library offers virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week. Most youth activities will be presented live on the library's Facebook page. Events include literacy classes and Geek Labs, Zumba for Families and Mammals & More. Youth Services will also host a weekly sidewalk art challenge on Sundays. Each week's winner will receive a gift card to a local business.
Adults can participate in programs by signing up for events, including Chair Yoga via Zoom on May 21 at 11 a.m. and Lunch & Learn: Online Reputation Management via Zoom with Norbert Barszczewski on May 22 at noon
Register to get access info at the Brookfield Public Library website.
• Riverside Arts Center offers Boredom Buster Boxes to give the kids some hands-on fun. Each box contains 6 pounds of clay, a scoring tool, a sponge, six underglaze colors, a slip, a paintbrush and project and instruction sheets. Order online and RAC will deliver the boxes to your front porch (no contact). RAC delivers to Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons, Brookfield, Berwyn, LaGrange, Oak Park, Austin and Belmont Cragin. Boxes are $36 members/$40 non-members. Order at the Riverside Arts Center website.
• If you hold a Riverside Public Library card, you can delve into your family tree using Ancestry.com for free during the month of May. Get started at riversidelibrary.org/genealogy. The library also offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Mindful Meditation via Zoom on May 21 at 9 a.m. and Knitting Club on Zoom on May 25 at 7 p.m. Visit the Riverside Public Library website to register and get access info.
• Lucky Plush Productions, the contemporary dance ensemble founded and directed by Riverside resident Julia Rhoads, invites you to celebrate its 20th anniversary during a virtual party planned for May 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased at the Lucky Plush Productions website. A link to the party will be sent by email prior to the event.
The fee to register is $20.20 and a registration link can be found at riverside.il.us/185/Independence-Day-5K.