Big Week: July 24 - 31

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Warm nights, hot music

Local outdoor evening concerts continue this week courtesy of North Riverside Parks and Rec on Thursday, July 25 at the gazebo behind the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., with a three-part harmony rock of The Acousticles, performing songs of Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Eagles, America, The Doobie Brothers and more from 7 to 9 p.m.

Free admission. Special concessions include popcorn and wine. This week's concert will also be held in conjunction with an Art Fair.

On Friday, July 26, Brookfield Parks and Rec presents Billy Elton, featuring the music of Billy Joel and Elton John at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues in Brookfield, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Free admission. There will also be food available for purchase and activities for kids.

Heroes on the Air

Join radio host Steve Darnall as he introduces you to "Heroes on the Air," a presentation examining how characters like Superman, Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie made their way from the newspaper comics page to radio and later movies and TV.

The event takes place in the Public Meeting Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Free.

Summer celebration

North Riverside Parks and Rec invites the whole village to join in the fun at the Block Party on Desplaines in front of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

The free event features live music from Rockstar Rodeo and Wedding Banned, food and drink from Miller's Ale House and Aztec Dave's Food Truck, carnival games, a balloon artist, face painting, inflatables for kids and more.

Outdoor double feature

Brookfield Parks and Rec continues its summer Movies in the Park series with a double feature on Thursday, July 25 at Ehlert Park, Elm and Congress Park avenues at dusk.

First, kids can enjoy "Space Jam," the animated/live action basketball-centric film starring Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Bugs Bunny and a cast of 1990s basketball stars.

For those looking to extend their evening in the park, the PG-13 crowd can stick around for the 1999 romantic comedy "10 Things I Hate About You," starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Free

Calling all golfers

Professional golfer and trick shot artist Peter Longo presents a fascinating and comedic romp through the 700-year history of golf during "Golf: A Long Course on a Short History" on Tuesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

Register to attend at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

And more

• The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce and Riverside Chamber of Commerce will co-host a special after-hours networking event on July 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bramson Animal Ambassador Building of Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield. RSVP to Jennifer.Baader@CZS.org.

• The Czechoslovak American Congress Picnic will be held July 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Archer Park District, 5700 S. Archer Ave. in Summit. Event features a polka band, arts and crafts, dance troupe and food like sausages, potato pancakes and bakery. Free. Bring your blankets and folding chairs.

• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society continues its 2019 series of docent-led walking tours of Riverside on July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of the village north of the BNSF Railroad tracks. Meet at the Riverside train station. The cost is $20 per person ($15 for 62+ and Olmsted Society members). Call 708-442-7675 or email tours@olmstedsociety.org with questions.

• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will its next Landscape Workday on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon along Riverside Road. Volunteers will be weeding the area along the riverbank. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.

• The Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on July 24 and 31 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 July 27 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.

• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents its annual RAC Members' and Kids' Show through July 27. There's also "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., presents a Medicare Seminar with Bill Scanlon of Access Benefit Plans on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about supplement plans and drug coverage. Register to attend at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on July 26 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

• For adults, there's the Spanish Language Book Club on July 26 at 10:30 a.m. for Spanish speakers of all levels; a presentation on Digital Decluttering, simplifying your desktop computer at home, on July 26 at 6 p.m.; and Meditation and Stretching for all ages on July 29 at 6:30 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

• Kids bring in their stuffed animals for a checkup and minor repairs at a Stuffed Animal Clinic on July 27 at 11:30 a.m. and they can read stories and make crafts at SuperSTAR Mondays (grades K ) on July 29 at 4 p.m.

• 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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