Bike Brookfield, Chamber Street Dance
Spring kicks off in Brookfield on Saturday, May 18 with a pair of popular annual events.
• Bike Brookfield -- which incorporates a kids' bike rodeo, a brief bicycle jaunt for kids in the Hollywood section of the village and a 10K tour of the village and beyond for adults – will bring hundreds of bicyclists to the village.
The first 350 registrants get a free T-shirt and a free ticket to the post-ride raffle. The bike rodeo in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., starts at 9 a.m. The kids' ride (two-wheelers only) begins at 10 a.m., followed by the 10K community bike ride at 11 a.m.
The 10K route starts near the historic Grossdale Station (8820½ Brookfield Ave.) and winds through the downtown to Eight Corners and then north to the Salt Creek Trail before a water stop at Cantata Adult Living Services and continuing back toward the starting line, where there will be an after party
Register at brookfieldil.gov/2019-bike-brookfield-registration.
• Later that same day, from 5 to 10 p.m., the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Street Dance on Broadway Avenue. The event features food and drink, fun and – don't miss it – the annual flash mob.
The Great Migration
In conjunction with its 2019 Brookfield Reads! initiative, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. hosts Chicago historian Clarence Goodman and his lively and informative program "The Great Migration and the Great War: Conflict Fuels Progress" on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
Learn how African Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South faced a new set of complex problems in the North and how those conditions would fuel tremendous social change. Following the presentation, view historic sites of the Great Migration through the library's virtual reality set.
Radio Players present 'The Thin Man'
The Riverside Township Radio Players present their final performance of the season on Friday, May 17 with a special 1-hour long recreation of the Lux Radio Theater's version of "The Thin Man."
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. The troupe will open its next season in September. For more info visit riversidetownshipradioplayers.com or follow on Twitter @radioplayers.
Classic cars at LTHS
The Lyons Township High School Car Care Club will host the 7th Annual Care Care Auto Show at the North Campus parking lot, 100 S. Brainard Ave. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Organizers hope to draw more than 150 vehicles to the show, which is free to attend and open to the general public. Anyone wishing to enter a vehicle must pay $10, with proceeds benefiting the Car Care Club. Trophies in 10 categories. Pre-register your vehicle online at www.lths.net/autoshow.
Wine event at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, invites wine connoisseurs and novices alike to its inaugural Roars and Pours tasting event on Saturday, May 18 from 4 to 8 p.m.
The 21-over event gives guests a chance to come early and visit with the animals before heading over to the Pavilions to sample more than 30 wines.
For more info, visit www.CZS.org/events or call 708-688-8000.
Senior Fair in North Riverside
The village of North Riverside invites all senior citizens to Senior Fair 2019 on Thursday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.
More than 50 representatives from various agencies and the Secretary of State Mobile Unit will be on hand.
• Residents of North Riverside and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to make their voices heard and influence how resources are used to serve older adults and people with disabilities at a public hearing on May 20 at 10 a.m. at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave. The hearing will provide input for the 2020 Area Plan for Aging in Suburban Cook County.
• North Riverside Parks and Rec will hold an Art Show on May 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. The village's very own oil and water-color artists will be selling many of their personal paintings. There will also be wine, cheese and jazz. Transactions are cash only.
• Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents "Sound Textures for Intimacies of Space" featuring work by Monica Rezman and Beth Bradfish in the Freeark Gallery thru June 15; "Passing hours, space in between: I am breathing you air," an installation by artist Yoonshin Park in the FlexSpace Gallery thru June 11, and "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.
• Lyons Township High school paraprofessional Mary Ann Rivera is collecting school supplies for those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico throughout the month of May. Supplies (crayons, markers, pens, pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, folders, scissors, erasers and index cards) can be dropped off at the main office of either campus. Monetary donations are welcome at paypal.me/Maryann26. Email email@example.com for more info.
• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, hosts Chair Yoga with Susan Wilkens, co-founder of Dancing Cranes, on May 21 at 10 a.m. Registration required at www.riversidelibray.org.
νNorth Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday.
Adult Services invites budding writers to get ideas, encouragement and feedback at its Writers Group on May 18 at 1 p.m. Budding entrepreneurs can learn How to Sell on eBay on May 21 at 6 p.m. To register for adult programs call 708-447-0869.
For kids, there's Lapsit Storytime/Open Play (toddlers thru 5) on May 16 at 10:30 a.m.; Legos and Magna Tiles (grades 1+) on May 17 at 4 p.m.; Love2Read (grades K-1) on May 18 at 2 p.m.; Messy Mornings for Munchkins/Open Play (ages 2-5) on May 21 at 10:30 a.m.; and Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on May 22 at 10:30 a.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.