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Importance of oral histories

Riverside American Legion Post #488 invites the community to enjoy a presentation via Zoom featuring Leah Cohen, oral history and reference manager for the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago, on Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m.

The presentation will take place during the first part of the regular monthly meeting of the American Legion post. Cohen will inform guests of the importance of veterans’ oral histories, the requirements to have one taken and how to have one conducted.

Joining in is free and open to anyone interested in oral histories. More information is available at the Riverside Amrerican Legion Post website.


Comedy from Brookfield Library

Brookfield Public Library looks to lighten the mood with two online programs in the coming week devoted to comedy.

On Saturday, July 11 at 2 p.m. the library hosts an interactive Improv Comedy Show for kids and adults on Facebook Live. Anyone can join in online at the library’s Facebook page.

Then on Wednesday, July 15 at 2 p.m. David Chack presents “Comedy: Those Who Changed America Humor,” a freewheeling look at significant comedians who turned American humor on its ear, including Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Moms Mabley, Tom Lehrer, Jon Stewart and more.

The program will be held via Zoom. Visit the library’s online calendar to register and obtain access information.


Women in Astronomy

Michelle Nichols of Adler Planetarium in Chicago presents a look at the roles women have played throughout the history of astronomy in a special Zoom presentation “Women in Astronomy” being held in conjunction with Brookfield Public Library’s “Brookfield Reads” initiative.

The program will be held via Zoom on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. Registration required by visiting library’s online calendar.


Art parties to go

Riverside Arts Center invites you to throw an art party for up to 10 people by ordering one of its new art box offerings, which you can either pick up or have delivered to your door.

The new Painting Party in a Box includes 11-by-14-inch canvases, paint, palettes, paint brushes and instruction sheets and cost $68 ($75 non-members) for five people and $135 ($150 non-members) for 10.

Or you can opt for the Clay Birthday Party in a Box, which includes either 12.5 or 25 pounds of modeling clay, scoring tools, sponges, underglaze colors, slip, paintbrushes and instruction sheets. The cost is $90 ($100 non-members) for a party of five and $180 ($200 non-members) for a party of 10.

You can order online at the Riverside Arts Center website.


And more

  North Riverside Public Library is offering the following virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Talented Tuesdays every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library’s Facebook page; Game Night Fridays every Friday at 7 p.m. via Zoom; Crafternoon: Melted Crayon Art via Zoom (register at least three days in advance to pick up materials curbside) on July 11 at 1:30 p.m.; Stretching and Meditation via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on July 13 at 6:30 p.m.; and a Book Club discussion “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson via conference call (800-747-5150, code 1453322) on July 14 at 6:45 p.m. ( RSVP to or visit the library’s website for all Zoom meeting access info.

  Brookfield Public Library offers virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week. Most youth activities will be presented live on the library’s Facebook page. Events include literacy classes and Geek Labs, Zumba for Families and Mammals & More. Youth Services will also host a weekly sidewalk art challenge on Sundays. Each week’s winner will receive a gift card to a local business.

Adults can participate in programs by signing up for events, including Chair Yoga via Zoom on July 9 at 11 a.m. Register to get access info at the Brookfield Public Library website.

  Riverside Arts Center is offering Boredom Buster Boxes to give the kids some hands-on fun. Each box contains 6 pounds of clay, a scoring tool, a sponge, six underglaze colors, a slip, a paintbrush and project and instruction sheets. Order online and RAC will deliver the boxes to your front porch (no contact). Boxes are $36 members/$40 non-members. Order at the Riverside Arts Center website.

  Riverside Public Library offers virtual programs for adults, kids and families, including Genealogy Club via Zoom on July 9 at 7 p.m. Visit the Riverside Public Library’s website to register and get Zoom access info. 



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