Music fills the summer air
If live music on a summer evening is what you're looking for, you have several choices in the coming week.
North Riverside Parks and Rec kicks off its summer concert series on Thursday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gazebo behind the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., with the upbeat country hits and pop/rock of Wild Daisy. Concession special is BBQ beef nachos and country punch.
Bring your own chairs, blankets, family and friends. No outside food/drinks permitted. Admission is free.
The village of Brookfield continues its summer concert series on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. with Karma Committee, which plays pop covers from the '90s to today.
The free concerts are held at the band shall in Kiwanis Park (Arden and Brookfield avenues). The events also feature kids' activities; refreshments are available for purchase.
Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, kicks off its Summer Nights Concerts on Friday, June 21 with Cowboy Jukebox and on Saturday, June 22 with Simply Elton.
The evenings kick off at 5 p.m. on the zoo's East Mall. In addition to the music, there are games and crafts for kids, roaming entertainers and visits from the zoo's animal ambassadors. Music starts at 7 p.m.
Regular zoo admission and parking fees apply. Visit www.CZS.org for more info.
Rev it up and go!
Rev up your motor and drive on in to downtown Riverside on Thursday, June 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. for the first of the summer Cruise Nights, hosted by Riverside Garage, on East Burlington Street just east of Longcommon Road.
Wander among dozens of classic, antique and unusual, one-of-a-kind vehicles. Both spectator admission and vehicle registration are free. Call Rick at 708-447-7221 or visit www.theriversidegarage.com for more information.
Other Cruise Nights will be held July 18 and Aug. 15, with a year-end Car Show on Sept. 29.
Soldier Ride returns
For the fifth year, the Brookfield Zoo will host the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride on Thursday, June 20.
Around 60 veterans will ride under an American flag suspended by two fire trucks from Riverside and Brookfield and into the zoo's South Gate at about 11:40 a.m. after completing a 17-mile ride through several west suburbs, including North Riverside and Brookfield.
Spectators encouraged to cheer on the veterans along the route. They should be riding into North Riverside southbound on Desplaines Avenue from Cermak Road at about 10:55 a.m., reaching 29th Street at about 11:09 a.m.
From there, they'll head west on 31st Street all the way to Kemman Avenue before heading southeast on Grand Boulevard, reaching the Veterans Memorial Circle at about 11:30 a.m. They'll then head east on Washington Avenue to Golf Road before turning in to the zoo.
RBG at the NRVC
North Riverside Parks and Rec hosts its next free Popcorn and a Movie presentation with a screening of "On the Basis of Sex," the story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, her struggle for equal rights and what she had to overcome to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice, on Friday, June 21 at 1 p.m. in the courtroom of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.
The 2018 bio-drama stars Felicity Jones, Kathy Bates and Armie Hammer. Free. Registration requested by calling 708-442-5515.
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will its next Landscape Workday on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Big Ball Park at Longcommon and Delaplaine road. Volunteers will be mulching planted areas. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.
Join the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce for its 60 To Win kickoff party and envelope stuffing event on June 20 at 4 p.m. at Joe's Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. Help the chamber stuff envelopes for its annual raffle fundraiser that will give away $10,000. Refreshments provided.
Aging Care Connections and Cantata Adult Life Services continue their Seminar and a Snack Series on Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange with Treasure, Trade or Trash." Learn to sort through many years of accumulation and eliminate clutter. Free. Registration required. Contact Renata Vitali at 708-603-2277.
The Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on June 19 and 26 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 22 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 www.brookfieldfarmers.org 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 "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.
Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts "It's Not What You're Eating … It's What's Eating You," about the myths of weight gain and loss on June 20 at 7 p.m. Register for programs at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or at www.brookfieldlibrary.info.
North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.
Adult Services hosts Self Defense Basics (ages 14+, including seniors) on June 22 at 1 p.m. and Meditation and Stretching (all ages) on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.
For kids, there's Books & Bingo (ages 3 with adult) on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Cada Nino un Lector/Every Child a Reader (ages 6 ) on June 26 at 4 p.m. Learn to read Spanish or practice.
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.