Big Week: September 18 - 25

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HopStop returns to Riverside

Riverside Foods, in conjunction with the Frederick Law Olmsted Society and Riverside Arts Center, will host HopStop, a community craft beer festival on Saturday, Sept 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Riverside Train Station, 90 Bloomingbank Road.

Sample beer, cider and spirits from more than 20 local area craft brewers and the Quincy Street Distillery while enjoying views of Riverside's arboretum in nearby Guthrie Park as well as live music and food, which can be purchased separately. Riverside Arts Center will host activities for kids.

This year HopStop is being preceded by the Riverside Masterworks Housewalk and combined tickets are available for both events. Tickets ($35 for HopStop only or $70 for HopStop and the housewalk) are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/4245748.

The event is held rain or shine.

Touch-A-Truck and kids concert

Riverside Parks and Rec invites families to a Touch-A-Truck event and kids concert in Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave. on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Little ones will have the opportunity to interact with public works, fire and police vehicles while enjoying live entertainment from Leonardo Music.

Navigating your child's teen years

The community is invited to attend a parenting presentation, "Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety," on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in Lyons Township High School's North Campus Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave., LaGrange. Admission is free.

Presenter Dr. John Duffy will cover the issues and challenges you will face with your child, teen and young adult. In their complicated world with all of this stimuli, with all of their identity traffic, kids need some compass. This discussion will help you be that compass.

Shredding event in Riverside

Riverside Township will host a free Shred-a-Thon event for Riverside Township residents only on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in the rear parking lot of Hauser Junior High School, 65 Woodside Road in Riverside.

The event is for personal documents only (no business record shredding) and each household is restricted to no more than three boxes of paper. Documents will be securely destroyed by American Mobile Shredding and Recycling.

For more info, call 708-442-4400 or visit riversidetownship.org.

'The Murmur of Democracy' at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents the special participatory event "The Murmur of Democracy," a group performance organized by Matthew Girson in the Outdoor Sculpture Garden on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The event is an opportunity to read to each other and for each other. Reading materials on the tables are the words of people who have survived forms of oppression, from many different times and places. Everything is organized democratically to allow participants to reflect on the failures and successes of democracy.

More info can be found at JanuaryTwenty.net. Participants are free to come and go as they please.

Blythe Park Rainbow Run

Blythe Park Elementary School, 735 Leesley Road in Riverside, will be hosting its annual Rainbow Run on Friday, Sept. 20. 

The event is open for everyone to join in on the fun. The Rainbow Run begins at 5 p.m. and includes music, games and of course a running course where participants will be sprayed with rainbow colors. Food and beverages available for purchase.

All proceeds will support the Blythe Park PTA. For more information and to register for the event go to www.blytheparkpta.org.

And more

νRB Boutique returns to Riverside-Brookfield High School on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are sought by Sept. 20. If you have homecoming or prom dresses -- short or long, fashionable or formal, gently used or new -- drop them off at Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, Door A (off of Golf Rd.), or text 847-917-0000 to make other arrangements. Also accepting appropriate shoes and accessories. All proceeds will be spent on RBHS PTO events and philanthropy.

νThe Frederick Law Olmsted Society continues its 2019 series of docent-led walking tours of Riverside on Sept. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of the village north of the BNSF Railroad tracks. Meet at east platform of the Riverside train station. The cost is $20 per person ($15 for 62+ and Olmsted Society members). Call 708-447-7635 or email tours@olmstedsociety.org with questions.

νThe Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will its next Landscape Workday on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon for weeding along Riverside Road. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.

νRiverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., continues its new season with "Bodies of Paint," a solo show featuring the work of Janice Nowinski through Oct. 12 in the Freeark Gallery. The FlexSpace Gallery hosts "The Necessity of the Mark," a solo show by Katherine Nemanich through Oct. 5. In the outdoor sculpture garden, see the work of Jaclyn Jacunski in "Dream Additions," which through the end of November. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

νCompassion Factory Art Gallery & Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents "The Portraits," featuring the work of Nicole Urban, Katrina Davis Salazar, Jacob Curtin, Frederick Nitsch, Robin Monique Rios and Anthony La Giglia through Sept. 28. Open Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

νThe Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 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 Sept. 21 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.

νBrookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., presents a movie matinee double feature with "Hell Drivers" and "Perfect Friday," hosted by Ian Tiele and Marty Blank. On Sept. 23at 7 p.m. learn some Easy Hand-Sewing Repairs that can save you money in the long run. Register online at brookfieldlibrary.info or by calling 708-485-6917.

νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.

For adults and seniors there's Classic Recipes Cooking Demo on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.; Writers Group for writers of all levels on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.; and Just Craftin' Around: Painted Fall Tote Bag on Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

For kids there's Lapsit Storytime (toddlers through age 5) on Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m.; DIY Craft Hour (ages 3 ) on Sept. 20 at 4 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m.; Every Child a Reader/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 6 ) on Sept. 25 at 4 p.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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