Great week | August 10-17

Paddle Kayaking at Riverside

Get to know the Des Plaines River at the Friends of Riverside Kayak Paddle Conference scheduled for August 14th.

Paddle On Outfitters Inc. will host the kayak trip and provide kayak rentals for four time slots that day at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Book an hour/kayaks ($30 single/$45 tandem) on line.

Meet at the 63 E. Burlington St. green parking lot and take the shuttle to the Scout Cabin where the kayaks will be waiting for you. After a safety introduction, you will paddle upstream to the first bridge and then downstream to Swan Pond.

Email [email protected] or call/text 815-762-4009 with questions.

Outdoor Concert at Brookfield

The Almighty Shakes

Brookfield Parks & Rec continues its series of outdoor concerts on August 12 at 7 p.m. with The Shakes Almighty, who will play classic rock ‘n’ roll covers from the Rolling Stones to the Allman Brothers to Steve Miller.

Concerts are held at the band’s shell in Kiwanis Park at Arden and Brookfield Avenues in Brookfield. Bring chairs, blankets and picnic items and enjoy the show.

Brookfield reads the finale

The Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., will close its Brookfield Reads program on August 13 at 2 p.m. when it welcomes Jack Bales, author of this year’s book, “The Chicago Cub Shot for Love.”

Bales will discuss his true crime book and the scandal that rocked the Chicago Cubs during their 1932 bid for the National League pennant and the World Series. He will also talk about the history of the Cubs, baseball in Chicago and the dark underbelly of the American pastime.

To register for the event, call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or visit on line. More info on

swan about

The Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity invites you to “adopt” a toy swan which will be launched into the Des Plaines River at noon on August 28 near Hofmann’s Tower to cap off the association’s inaugural Swan Derby fundraiser.

The swans will “race” downstream to the finish line, with the top four winners winning cash prizes. There will also be a cash prize for the latest “Lazy Swan”.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the many charities supported by Riverside Juniors. A children’s pavilion near the finish line at Swan Pond Park will feature a bouncy house, food trucks, games, prizes and a DJ.

To purchase a swan ($5 each or $20 for a “flock” of five), visit online at Email [email protected] with questions.

Morning music at Loca Mocha

Loca Mocha, inside the Brookfield Metra station at 8858 Burlington Ave., kicks off its monthly Morning Coffee House series Aug. 16 with folksinger Mark Dvorak at 10 a.m.

A resident of Brookfield, Dvorak will appear in Loca Mocha once a month. He is working on his 20th CD “Live & Alone” recorded in an empty concert hall at the height of the pandemic lockdown. He also plans to publish his fourth book of essays, “31 Winters”.

There are no admission fees. Donations accepted. CDs and books available for purchase.

And more

  • Riverside Center for the Arts, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Endless,” featuring the work of Darrell Roberts, in the outdoor sculpture garden through October 29. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is also an exhibition featuring the work of Madelyn Roldan and Oakley McCormack in the lobby of Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, until September 29. Regular viewing hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more.
  • The Riverside farmer’s market operates every Wednesday until October 5 from 2:30-7 p.m. in Centennial Park, at Forest Avenue and Longcommon Road. The Brookfield Farmer’s Market returns every Saturday through October 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
  • The North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Avenue, invites you to make an appointment to visit the Ancestry Assistance Service August 12 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. There is also Crafting Midis: Hydro-dippingAugust 13 at 1:30 p.m.; Stretching and meditation by teleconference (312-626-6799, code 777067) on August 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Table board games (Grades 6-12) August 17, 3-6 p.m. Register for programs on line.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents chair yoga (virtual) August 11 at 11 a.m.; Take charge of your health (seniors) August 11 at 1 p.m.; Art therapy for seniors August 17 at 11 a.m.; and Zumba chair August 17 at 1:30 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit on line to register for programs.
  • The Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to Medicare for Hispanohablantes in the community hall on August 11 at 7 p.m.; Mindfulness Together meditation (hybrid) with Gina Barsotti on August 12 at noon; and one Discussion of riverside readings of “Mostly Dead Things” by Kristen Arnett on August 16 at 2:30 p.m. To register for programs, visit
  • The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo on the second Sunday of each month. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games begin at 2 p.m. with cash payouts.