Be a garden groomer
With many teenagers unable to land summer jobs and looking for something to occupy their time, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society is offering a "Garden Groomer" certificate course to those 16 to 18 years old.
The course, available through the society's website includes both online and hands-on training and will focus on how to maintain a garden naturally, without electronic or gas-powered tools.
Participants will be assisted by the society's "garden coaches," who have years of garden experience. The skills portion of the class, which parents/guardians are invited to attend, will be conducted in private gardens in Riverside.
The program is free and open to Riverside residents. Visit the Olmsted Society website or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are limited and sessions begin in June.
Riverside Township will host a Shred-A-Thon event for township residents only on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon in the west parking lot of the Riverside Masonic Lodge, 40 Forest Ave.
A truck from American Mobile Shredding and Recycling will be onsite to shred up to three boxes of paper per household. The event is meant for personal documents only, no business documents, magazines or junk mail will be accepted.
Organizers of this no-contact event ask that you place the papers in the trunk of your vehicle, follow the signs and pop the trunk. Someone will remove the documents and shred them.
Call 708-442-440 or visit the township's website for more information.
Magic show kicks off reading event
Brookfield Public Library invites you to enjoy a special Facebook Live event kicking off its summer reading program on Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m.
Tune in and experience the magic and art of Dan Gogh, who uses his art-themed magic tricks to entertain and teach kids about art and creativity. The show is filled with magic, art and comedy the whole family can enjoy.
Access the event by visiting Facebook.
Get the details on SNAP
Many people are eligible for SNAP benefits – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – and don't realize it.
Learn more about the program, which provides a monthly supplement to low-income individuals and families to help buy the food they need at a special Telephone Talk offered by North Riverside Public Library on Thursday, June 4 at 3 p.m.
Joy Aaronson from AgeOptions will discuss who is eligible and how to access the benefits.
Call in to 800-747-5150 and punch in the code 1453322.
Libraries launch curbside service
Beginning Wednesday, June 3, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., and Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, begin touchless curbside pickup of library materials. Order materials through the SWAN app. At this time, items are limited to the libraries' collections only.
Curbside pickup hours will be Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info at the Brookfield Public Library website.
Riverside cardholders can order materials from the online catalog using your card and PIN, by phone (708-442-6366), by emailing email@example.com (adult materials) or firstname.lastname@example.org (child/teen) or using the new live chat option on the library website. Limit 10 items per request.
Hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m.
Visit the Riverside Public Library website for more info.
• 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; Seated Tai Chi Moving Meditation via Zoom on June 8 at 6:30 p.m.; and Telephone Book Club ("Girl in Disguise" by Greer Macallister) via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322). RSVP to email@example.com 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 4 at 11 a.m. Register to get access info at the Brookfield Public Library website.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts two exhibitions under the umbrella title "Towards Luminescence: Radiant Frisson | Solace Supercut" – designed to be viewable from the street at all hours -- through June 26 in its FlexSpace Gallery. Part 1 of the exhibition, "Radiant Frission," featuring work by Chicago artist Mayumi Lake, is on display through June 5.
• Riverside Public Library offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Virtual Storytime via Zoom on June 5 at 10 a.m. Visit the Riverside Public Library website to register and get access info.