Big Week: June 17-24

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Climate and extreme weather

What's the connection between global warming and extreme weather? Brookfield resident and Citizens' Climate Lobby research coordinator Rick Knight will discuss that question during a special Zoom session titled "Economic Factors Related to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events" on Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m.

The event is part of the Brookfield Reads! community reading initiative. To register for the event and obtain access information visit the Brookfield Public Library's website.


New window installation at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., has unveiled its second exhibition in conjunction with Art-In-Place, an initiative of CNL Projects and Terrain Exhibitions.

The new art exhibit, which will be on display through June 26 is "Solace Supercut" by Stacia Yeapanis. It updates her 2012 collage of TV show clips "Solace Supercut," evoking twinned experiences of isolation and empathy. 

During the run of the window installation, Yeapanis will also remote-screen "Stay Where You Are!" a brand new remix video about the wide range of emotional responses to quarantine.

The exhibition is designed to be viewable from the street at all hours. An artist talk with Yeapanis is scheduled for June 20. Visit the Riverside Arts Center website for more information.


Ask a gardener

Riverside Public Library presents "Ask a Gardener with Sallie Boge," a special Zoom question-and-answer session to help you improve your home garden on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m.

This is an open-ended Q-and-A session, so come armed with some issues you are having. Feel free to submit questions in advance to to get the ball rolling.

Get meeting access information at the Riverside Public Library website.


Rock out … virtually

Put a little classic pop and rock in your life courtesy of the North Riverside Public Library as it presents musician/singer/songwriter Liz Berg playing some of the biggest hits from the 1950s through the 1970s in a special YouTube Live concert on Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

Just visit the North Riverside Public Library's YouTube channel and enjoy one of the Chicago area's premiere musicians, one who has performed more than 1,200 shows in her career.


Riverside Caucus meeting open to all

The Riverside Community Caucus will host an open meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. via video conference. The Riverside community is invited to attend.

Agenda items may include a discussion about forming a candidate recruiting committee and video conferencing.

Anyone wishing to join the Riverside Community Caucus prior to or during the meeting can visit the organization's online membership page.

Conferencing details may be found on the Caucus website.  

Email with any questions or for more information.


And more

  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; Game Night Fridays every Friday at 7 p.m. via Zoom; Writer's Group Digital Meeting via Zoom on June 18 at 6 p.m.; Seated Tai Chi Moving Meditation via Zoom on June 22 at 6:30 p.m.; and the new Grandfamilies of North Riverside Support Group vis Zoom on June 24 at 7 p.m. RSVP to 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 June 18 at 11 a.m. Register to get access info at Brookfield Public Library's website.

Riverside Arts Center invites you to participate in a free community project – a Community Quarantine Quilt – that allows you be creative and virtually connect with others in the community. Text Bridget at 773-860-2267 and leave your name, address and email. A quilt square package and instructions will be delivered to your door. Accepting quilt squares through June.

You can also order 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). Boxes are $36 members/$40 non-members. Order by clicking here.

Riverside Public Library offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Kids and Family Guided Meditation via Zoom on June 18 at 10 a.m.; Meditation: A Tool to Balance Your Life with Dr. Andrew Vidich on Zoom on June 18 at 7 p.m.; Virtual Storytime via Zoom on June 19 at 10 a.m.; and Knitting Club on Zoom on June 22 at 7 p.m. Visit Riverside Piblic Library's online calendar to register and get access info. 

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