Big Week: July 31 - August 7

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Picnic like a Scotsman

The Chicago Scots, the oldest nonprofit in Illinois, invites the public to its annual Summer Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside.

The event features live music, a selection of Scottish food and drink offerings, special performances by the Highland Dancers and a pipe band, a petting zoo, a pop-up mini-golf course, children's activities and more.

Parking is available in the forest preserve lot with shuttle service throughout the day.

Group show at Compassion Factory

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, resumes its calendar of art exhibitions with "Character Con," featuring the work of Derail Howery, Jamie Primak, Josh Mettille, Naomi Martinez, Jeremy Johnson, Tony Smith and Travis Cakos throughout the month of August.

A free opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sounds of island life

Brookfield Parks and Rec invites you to bask in the cool and refreshing island sounds of Tropixplosion during the next summer concert at the band shall in Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues, on Friday, Aug. 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

There will be food and drinks for sale as well as activities for kids. Free.

Woodstock revisited

Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival with a special program on Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.

Dean Milano provides a live music performance on guitar and vocals with a slide show featuring images from the 1969 event. Included are songs by Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and many more.

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

National Night Out

Show your appreciation for local police officers and firefighters at the annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ehlert Park Elm and Congress Park avenues in Brookfield.

Hosted locally by the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature a dunk tank, disc jockey, giveaways, concessions and entertainment by celebrity impersonator/standup comic Vito Zatto. The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile will also be onsite for photo opportunities.

National Night Out is a nonprofit crime prevention organization that works in cooperation with law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

Outdoor concert and car show

North Riverside Parks and Rec pulls out the stops on Thursday, Aug. 1 with its combination Outdoor Concert and Car Show from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Take in the classic cars while enjoying the 1960s sounds of Claremont Drive. Special concession for sale. Outside coolers not allowed. Free.

And more

νThe Brookfield Historical Society will open the doors to the historic Grossdale Station, 8820 1/2 Brookfield Ave., to the public on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Tour the museum, which tells Brookfield's story through photos, artifacts, maps and more inside the last original public building left in the village. Free.

νThe organizers of the Brookfield Fine Arts Festival, which takes place Sept. 21, has issued a call for artists who would like to display and sell their work at the event. Call Abby at 708-255-5335 or email at abbybsnow@gmail.com.

νThe grief support group at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, invites you and your children roll up your sleeves and make "treasure boxes" containing memories – photos, letters or other items -- of a lost loved one on Aug. 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. RSVP by Aug. 7 to info@hitzemanfuneral.com or at 708-485-2000. Fee of $5 per child to hold a seat.

νThe Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on July 31 and Aug. 7 from 2:30 to 7 p.m., and will run every Wednesday through Oct. 9 in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue.

νThe Brookfield Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Aug. 3 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.

νRiverside 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.

νBrookfield 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.

νRiverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents a Medicare Information Seminar with Bill Scanlon and Courtney Erb of Access Benefit Plan Consultants on Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

νSeniors can also participate in a six-week series Take Charge of Your Health, staring Aug. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. and enjoy the Wednesday Movie Matinee on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. with a screening of the 1934 classic "The Thin Man," starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.

νFor adults, learn the ins and outs of planning a trip to Disney World at Disney 101 on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.  On Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m., English and Spanish speakers can work on their language skills at Café y Conversacion/Conversation Café. Also on Aug. 3 at 1:30 pm. there's Crafternoons: Constellation Cross-Stitch. On Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. you can enjoy Unwind at the Library: Tai Chi. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

νFor kids there's Drop-in Open Play on Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

νAging 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.

νThe 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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