Pitch in to beautify Brookfield
The village of Brookfield invites residents to pitch in to spruce up parks and other public areas of the village during the fall Project NICE event on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers will plant flowers, mulch trees, pick up trash, conserve natural resources and beautify public spaces. Those under 18 years of age who are not part of pre-registered group must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Meet at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., to sign or turn in a waiver, pick up a worksite assignment, tools, gloves and a free T-shirt.
'The Color of Music' at Compassion Factory
Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents "The Color of Music," an exhibition of artwork by Ken and Robin Koukola from Oct. 3 through Nov. 2.
The couple work on both solo and collaborative projects, with Robin creating portraits and Ken combining his love for music with art by creating found-art pieces out of repurposed guitars and parts.
An opening reception will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 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. Free.
Get the facts on the Fair Tax referendum
Join local Indivisible groups for a Conversation about Taxes with Daniel Biss, former state senator and Illinois gubernatorial candidate, on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside.
A proposal to change the state tax structure will be on the 2020 ballot. Find out how passing the Fair Tax referendum may affect everything from local taxes and public safety to school funding, social services and state income taxes.
Free and open to the public.
Haunts of the White City
Chicago paranormal expert Ursula Bielski shares stories and research from her new book "Haunts of the White City," telling ghostly stories about the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, the Great Fire and Victorian-era Chicago on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.
The program is free but registration is required at 708-485-6917 or brookfieldlibrary.info.
Riverside Library welcomes fall
Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites the community to usher in autumn at a special Welcome Fall Party on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Celebrate the season, mark the start of the Early Learners Area renovation and find out more about how the library is improving that space while enjoying scavenger hunts, collaborative art, a popcorn bar and more.
Free. Call 708-442-6366 for more information.
Goat Yoga in
North Riverside Parks and Rec invites you to participate in an exercise class of a different sort – Goat Yoga – on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., outside at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.
Yes, that's right, enjoy a 30-minute yoga session, featuring live goats, and then stick around for 60 minutes of goat therapy at the Goat Happy Hour, where you can bond, socialize, snuggle and take selfies with the goats.
Dress appropriately for the weather. Open to everyone 8 and older. The fee is $49 ($52 non-resident).
Call 708-442-5515 for more info.
Rainwater management workshop
The Brookfield Conservation Commission presents "Natural Flood Control: Sustainable Landscaping and Flow-Through Planters to Manage Water in Your Yard," a workshop for local residents interested in finding a beautiful, natural way to reduce flooding, on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.
The speaker is Susan Rohner, landscape designer and project coordinator with the Cook County Forest Preserve District, who has worked professionally with native plants, public landscape design and sustainable park development for 11 years.
For more information, email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ν Join the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 3 and every Thursday through Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe's Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield, for their weekly 60-to-Win prize drawing, the organizations biggest annual fundraiser. Each week the chamber gives away $1,000 – one $500 winner and five $100 winners. Tickets are sold out but join in the fun.
ν Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave. in LaGrange Park, kicks of its new Parent Speaker Series on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. with Dr. John Duffy, who will speak about "Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety." Free and open to the public.
ν The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and village of Riverside will its next Landscape Workdayon Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon for planting along Riverside Road. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the public works dump truck.
ν Interfaith Community Partners will host its 17th Annual Fall Benefit "Takin' It to the Streets" on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Capri Banquets, 6420 Joliet Road in Countryside. Tickets are $65 per person and include heavy appetizers, beer and wine. Cash bar for liquor. Silent auction and more. Purchase tickets at bit.ly/2Rive5R.
ν The grief support groupat Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, meets Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This month's theme, "Grief and the Holidays," will explore how to cope with grief during the holidays. RSVP by Oct. 4 to email@example.com or 708-485-2000.
ν Riverside 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.
ν The Riverside Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Oct. 2 and will run every Wednesday through Oct. 9 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park at Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue.
ν The Brookfield Farmers Market continues its 2019 season on Oct. 5 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.
ν Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., hosts Deeper Questions about Living Trusts with Greg Kurinec of Bentron Financial Group on Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Register to attend at 708-485-6917 or at brookfieldlibrary.info.
ν North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.
For adults and seniors there's Café y Conversacion/Conversation Café on Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Crafternoons: Fall Sign Making on Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.; Unwind at the Library: Tai Chi on Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m.; and Book Club ("Beartown" by Fredrik Backman) on Oct. 8 at 6:45 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 Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m.; Tales & Treats (ages 2-5) on Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Oct. 8 at 11:30 a.m.; Books & Bingo (ages 3+) on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; and Every Child a Reader/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 2-5) on Oct. 9 at 4 p.m.
ν 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.