Big Week: August 29-Sept. 5

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Chicago Portage tour

Friends of the Chicago Portage will hold their next walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 S. Harlem Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tour guide Jeff Carter will explore Chicago's "birth Story" from the geological beginnings – you'll see the exact site where the ancient Chicago River joined the ancient Des Plaines -- to how the portage functions today. The tour is about a half-mile on a gravel path through the woods. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots.

The free tour steps off rain or shine. Meet by the statue of Marquette, Joliet and their Native American guide, on the west side of Harlem Avenue, two blocks north of I-55. 

A 'Hot' time in North Riverside

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee series on Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. with the 1959 classic film comedy "Some Like it Hot," directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Joe E. Brown.

The movie is 122 minutes long. Drop-in only. For more info call 708-447-0869 or visit 

Adult water exercise at RBHS

Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, will hold its fall WET (Water Exercise Techniques) Class on Wednesday nights from Sept. 5 through Oct. 31.

It's a water-based exercise class meant to elevate heart rate and muscular strength, using water as resistance. No swimming is involved. The fall session costs $54 for nine classes.

For more info visit, community, swimming pool, WET Class or email Noelle at

Register for ZooRunRun

Lace up your shoes for Brookfield Zoo's annual ZooRunRun for the Animal Care and Conservation Fund on Sunday, Sept. 9.

The 5K chip-timed race begins at 8:30 a.m., with a 1-mile Kids Dash for ages 4-13 starting at 9:30 a.m. Both races start in the Discovery Center parking lot and wind through the zoo.

Family and friends of participants will be admitted free to cheer on their favorite runner and enjoy the zoo after the race.

Registration is $40 plus a $3 sign-up fee, which includes T-shirt and timed bib. The fee for the Kids Dash is $20. To register, visit, which also includes information on packet pickup and the race day schedule.

And more

  Brookfield Elks Lodge #1510, 9022 31st St., seeks to offer two 4-hour sessions on how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse from the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). The classes would be free and open to the general public. Before dates are chosen the Elks need to gauge interest and compile a list of potential attendees. If you are interested contact Robert Rolewicz by Sept. 3 at

  Compassion Factory Gallery, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, continues its exhibition, "Paper and Stitch," featuring the work of artists Chai Wolfman and Don Widmer through Sept. 8. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and first Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m.

  The Riverside's Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 10, in Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave. Weekly scavenger hunt for kids, live music and more.

  The Brookfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 13 in the parking lot of the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Weekly special events and live music.

  Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Genealogical Images Roadshow with Brookfield resident Bruce Troyer on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. Bring your older family images and get help dating them. On Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. join Brookfield resident Molly Knott for Social Awareness Storytime, featuring stories with social justice themes. All ages with adult. Registration required for both events at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. For kids, there's Bilingual Storytime (ages 2+) on Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m. and Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m.; 

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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