Big Week: June 12 - 19

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Movie in the park

Brookfield Parks and Rec kicks off its Movie in the Park series on Thursday, June 13 at Ehlert Park (Elm and Congress Park avenues) with a screening of the 1995 animated classic "Toy Story," featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.

Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and join Woody and Buzz on their mission to bring back Bo Peep. Movies begin at dusk (around 8:45 p.m.). Free. Snacks available for purchase.


Brookfield goes country

Brookfield Parks and Rec continues off its 2019 Summer Concert Series on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. with the rocking country music of the Nashville Electric Company, who aim to please with their modern country hits as well as favorite country classics.

Concerts are held at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, at the corner of Arden and Brookfield avenues. Refreshments available for purchase. Kids activities. Free and open to the public.


Concert of classics

Unity Lutheran Church, 6720 31st St. in Berwyn, continues its True Unity Concert Series on Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. with a performance by soprano Michelle Areyzaga and pianist Dana Brown. Admission is free, but donations to start a music academy will be accepted.

For more information, visit


River Lantern Ceremony

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of Riverside American Legion Post 488 and remember service members, family and friends at a special River Lantern Ceremony on Friday, June 14 at dusk (about 8 p.m.) in Swan Pond Park, just west of the Riverside Public Library on Burling Road.

Purchase a lantern for $5, light it and place it in the Des Plaines River. The lanterns will float downstream and be retrieved by volunteers. The event was rescheduled due to poor conditions on Memorial Day weekend.


Shred-a-thon and Bike Drive

Riverside Township will host a free Shred-a-thon event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 in the rear parking lot of L.J. Hauser Junior High School, 65 Woodside Ave., in Riverside, as part of Cook County Township Day.

Midway Document Destruction will be onsite with a shredding truck to destroy paper documents for all residents of Riverside Township. Working Bikes will also be present to collect donations of unneeded, repairable bicycles to be redistributed locally and globally.


And more

Aging Care Connections and Cantata Adult Life Services continue their Seminar and a Snack Series on Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange with "Energy Efficiency and Bill Lowering." Learn about energy saving programs and receive a free energy starter kit. Free. Registration required. Contact Renata Vitali at 708-603-2277.

The Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on June 12 and 19 from 2:30 to 7 p.m., and will run every Wednesday through Oct. 9 in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue.

The Brookfield Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on June 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will run every Saturday through Oct. 12 in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Visit for special events, vendor info and music lineups.

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents the new group exhibition "Expression" featuring the work of artists John Yaou, Kelly Ward, Noah Larsen and Francesca Vitale through June 29. Gallery hours are Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and first Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m.

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents "Sound Textures for Intimacies of Space" featuring work by Monica Rezman and Beth Bradfish in the Freeark Gallery thru June 15 and "stay out come in stay in come out," featuring the work of Jordan Martins in the outdoor sculpture gallery thru Aug. 3. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts Introduction to Excel on June 17 at 10 a.m. in the Public Meeting Room. Learn how to get started, navigate spreadsheets, organize information and use pivot tables. Registration required. Call 708-442-6366 or visit

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to join the Citizens Utility Board to discuss the Three Biggest Problems with Utility Bills on June 13 at 7 p.m. and join genealogist Suz Bates for Which DNA Kit Do I Buy? and how it helps with genealogy research. Register for programs at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or at

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on June 14 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

Senior Services hosts a Greeting Card Making Class on June 15 at 3 p.m. and Bingocize on June 19 at 2 p.m. Exercise lightly while playing bingo and winning prizes. Both programs are free.

Adult Services hosts Be Energy Efficient, presented by Elevate Energy, on June 13 at 6 p.m. and join author Luisa Buehler and the Writers Group and learn How Do I Know It's a Book? on June 15 at 1 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit

For kids, there's Saturday Stories and Snacks (ages 2-5) on June 15 at 10:30 a.m. Register to provide supplies. Also, there's SuperSTAR Monday (grades K+/parents welcome) on June 17 at 4 p.m. Read stories and make a craft.

Aging Care Connections hosts a free Memory Café program through September on the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Young at Heart Adult Day Services Center, 6504 Joliet Road in Countryside and the third Tuesday of each month at Salerno's Pizzeria & Sports Bar, 9301 W. 63rd St. in Hodgkins. Call 708-354-1323 for more information.

The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.

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