City Notes
February 3, 2016


NewFREE TAX FILING ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS. Volunteer tax preparers in the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will provide free tax filing assistance to seniors by appointment only. Appointments are available at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., on Wednesdays now through April 6. Membership in AARP is not required. To schedule an appointment, call the Naperville Park District at (630) 848-3613.

NewNNHS BLACK HISTORY MONTH SHOWCASE. Join Naperville North High School for “An Evening of Exceptional Contributors” at the annual Black History Month Showcase on Friday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St. The event takes the audience on a walk through time from the Emancipation Proclamation to The Civil Rights Movement to today. For more information or to buy tickets, email

NewCHAMBER MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY. DuPage Symphony Orchestra will present a free, fun-filled evening of chamber music that will focus on brass quintet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 5 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

NewFREE MOVIE @THE LIBRARY. Come see “The Intern” starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 6 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

NewVOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE. The January Naperville Sports Weekly “Play of the Month” competition is open. Eight local athletes from Benet, Naperville North, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley have made eligible plays in basketball, gymnastics, hockey and bowling. Vote at One vote per device. The winner will be announced on Monday, February 8.

NewCOLORING FOR RELAXATION. Come relax and refresh by coloring together. Enjoy a cup of tea, listen to music and chat while coloring printed designs with various coloring media from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

NewFACEBOOK AND TWITTER BASICS. Learn the basics of Facebook and Twitter; sign up for an online account; and discover how to post, find online friends and create a timeline during this workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9 at 95th Street Library’s Idea Lab, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

NewADULT SPELLING BEE. During this Wednesday Night Meetup, adults in their 20s and 30s can test their spelling skills in the library’s adult spelling bee. Those who don’t want to participate in the spelling bee can play board games that came out in the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s. After-school snacks will be provided during this program, which will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

NewTURNING POINTE FIRST LOOK RECEPTION. Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is again proud to be one of the 18 Chicagoland non-profit organizations chosen to participate in and benefit from the CATA Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity. Join them for the Turning Pointe First Look Reception at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 12 at McCormick Place, King Drive at 23rd Street in Chicago. For more information, visit

NewCOOKIE WALK AND SPECIALTY BAKE SALE. Support area homeless animals and those organizations working to alleviate animal suffering and abuse by stopping by the Saturday, February 13 “Sweets from the Heart” Cookie Walk & Specialty Bake Sale. Participants are able to create their own selection of tasty Valentine’s themed cookies, fudge, candies and even wholesome dog treats from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Station, 200 E. Fifth Ave. For more information, contact Sandy Boston at (847) 852-0895 or

NewPANCAKE BREAKFAST. Join Boy Scout Troop 505 for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1104 Catalpa Lane.

NewNEW TV GAME SHOW. NCTV17 invites you to join Danielle Tufano from 95.9 The River as she hosts the pilot episode of an exciting new TV game show. Game On! will feature two teams of four players of Naperville Notables competing in a series of hilarious party games. You can be part of the live audience on Thursday, February 25 when these two teams compete for the Game On! trophy. Tickets are available at

NewGROWING A FRUIT TREE GUILD. Discover how to effectively use companion planting around fruit trees to minimize maintenance in a 7 to 9 p.m. class at The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, on Thursday, February 25. For more information, visit

NewGROW PERENNIALS FROM SEEDS. Volunteer to grow perennials for The Resiliency Institute’s Ferry Forest Garden Growing Food Security project. Staff will teach you how from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 27 at The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. Supplies will be provided. For more information, visit

New“THE FIRST CONCERT OF SACRED MUSIC.” North Central College presents the Chicago Jazz Orchestra for its performance of Duke Ellington’s “The First Concert of Sacred Music” on Saturday, February 27. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information or for tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit

NewHISTORY SPEAKS LECTURE SERIES: FINDING SYBIL DUNBAR. Learn about the quest for elusive historical information about and the final resting place of Sybil Dunbar, Naperville’s first known African-American female resident, during a presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 28 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Special guest Dr. Sybil Dunbar, former professor at North Central College and a published poet, will read from her work. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.

NewMAPLE SYRUP SEASON. Find out where maple syrup comes from, how it’s made and, most importantly, how good it tastes at this Naperville Park District Eco-Explorers program from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. This course will be held at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, call (630) 848-5000 or visit

NewNOURISH THROUGH THE SEASONS SEMINAR. Discover how to nourish your body and mind in rhythm with the seasons’ cycles. Nourish Through the Seasons will be presented on from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. Supplies will be provided. For more information, visit

HIDDEN “HARRY POTTER.” In conjunction with “Harry Potter” Book Night on Thursday, February 4, the library will present the program Hidden “Harry Potter,” which will give a thrilling insider’s peek at one of the most treasured film series of all time. This presentation will uncover themes of kindness and heroism with inspiring messages for Muggles. Adults as well as children ages 10 and older are welcome to attend the program, which will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. In addition, the library also will celebrate “Harry Potter” Book through Friday, February 5 at all three libraries. For more information, visit

“HANSEL & GRETEL MEET THE SWAMP WITCH.” AlphaBet Soup Productions presents “Hansel & Gretel Meet the Swamp Witch” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 4 in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information, visit

YOUNG NAPERVILLE SINGERS. Young Naperville Singers presents “Diva Night” at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 4 in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information visit

VFW ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY. The public is invited to the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 908 W. Jackson St., for an “All You Can Eat” Fish Fry from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday from February 5 through March 25. The menu varies by week but typically includes two kinds of fish, chicken, salad, vegetables and dessert. The full menu is available at For more information, call (630) 420-9820.

“STATE OF THE PARK DISTRICT.” The public is invited to attend the sixth annual “State of the Park District” address on Saturday, February 6. The 8:30 a.m. presentation will be preceded by a light breakfast and networking beginning at 8 a.m. in Community Hall at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit

20TH ANNUAL GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA. North Central College presents the 28th annual Gospel Extravaganza at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 6 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Headlining the concert is Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-nominated singer Anita Wilson with other gospel artists and area choirs. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit

SUPER SCOUT SUNDAY – HOME SCIENTIST. Become a kitchen chemist and learn to make homemade ice cream, mix and measure ingredients to make slime and explore chemical reactions and make film canisters into rockets and more during Super Scout Sunday – Home Scientist from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 7 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Open to Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in second through fifth grades. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.

FINANCIAL INVESTING RESOURCES FOR WOMEN. The public is invited to “Princess or Pauper: What Women Really Need to Know About Financial Investing” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9 at Celebration Community Life Center, 919 S. Washington St. Topics covered will include what women need to know to start an investment/retirement plan, tips for selecting the right investment advisor and more. For more information, email or visit

OUR VOICE FORUM: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. Join the Naperville Senior Task Force when its monthly speaker series continues on Wednesday, February 10 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room B of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.  February’s speakers will be Sabit Abbasi, Emergency Management Specialist with the DuPage County Department of Homeland Security, and Dan Nelson, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Naperville. Refreshments will be served. Please register by calling (630) 848-3613 or send an email to

NIGHT TO SHINE. Specially-abled individuals over 16 years of age can participate in Night to Shine, a prom hosted by Big Life Community Church in partnership with Celebrate Differences, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 12 at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road in Oswego. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required. For more information, visit

“CLASH OF THE SEQUINS” SHOW CHOIR INVITATIONAL. The Naperville North High School Show Choirs are hosting a one-of-a-kind competitive show choir experience on Saturday, February 13 at 9 a.m. at Naperville North High School, 899 Mill St. For more information, visit

“AESOP’S FABLES.” Theatreworks USA presents “Aesop’s Fables,” a story of a young boy who finds himself in a world where Aesop’s famous fables come to life. Two performances, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., will be staged on Saturday, February 13 in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit

CHOCOLATE WALK. Sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, Downtown Naperville’s inaugural Chocolate Walk benefiting 360 Youth Services will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 13. Attendees will receive a commemorative souvenir chocolate tin along with a map touring many Downtown Naperville shops and restaurants where you’ll experience chocolate tasty treats and chocolate surprises! For more information, visit

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL. North Central College hosts its 20th annual International Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 14 in the College’s Gregory Arena at Merner Field House, 450 S. Brainard St. All are invited to explore the diverse cultures from around the world and in our communities. For more information, contact Rebecca Pugh at (630) 637-5132 or

RESTAURANT WEEK. Leap into Naperville for the third annual Restaurant Week starting Monday, February 15 and continuing through Monday, February 29. Naperville Restaurant Week will showcase restaurants throughout Naperville. For more information, visit

SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMP – MESSY, MAD SCIENCE. Making a mess is generally frowned upon, but not during this School’s Out Day Camp – Messy, Mad Science. Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, February 15 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., kids in first through fifth grades will be able to experiment with everything from slime to silly putty to gaseous compounds of foaming, fizzing and bubbling explosions! For more information, call (630) 420-6010.

TASTE THE TREES – WINTER EDIBLE WILD PLANTS. Learn to identify about 70 of the 100 edible trees in our area using bud, leaves, branching pattern, bark and fruits in this series on Tuesdays through February 16. Learn what part of the plant/tree to harvest, when to harvest it and how to prepare it. Classes will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, visit

CLIMATE DISRUPTION DISCUSSION. The League of Women Voters of Naperville invites the public to the lower level meeting rooms of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. for a different perspective on climate control. Mr. Douglas Sisterson of Argonne National Laboratory will lead the discussion titled “Climate Disruption: Evidence Based Science of What You Should Know.” For more information, visit

FREE LECTURE. North Central College hosts a free lecture titled “Women as Powerful Consumers in Middle East and North Africa” by Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Maha Mourad from the American University in Cairo. She will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 18 in Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. For more information, contact Rebecca Pugh at

FEED THE NEED! ILLINOIS. North Central College will host Feed the Need! Illinois, a coalition of Naperville area churches, congregations and civic organizations that are working together to sponsor the   fifth annual, two-day Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. With a goal of 5,000 volunteers packing 1 million meals, volunteers can sign up for two-hour shifts between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 and between noon and 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, in North Central College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. To learn more and to register, visit

EDIBLE WILD PLANTS CERTIFICATE COURSE. Learn to eat off the beaten path with the Edible Wild Plants Certificate course offered by The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. This course will equip you with the skills necessary to begin foraging or expand your landscape to include edible species. It is taught from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one Saturday per month for 10 months beginning on Saturday, February 20. For more information, visit


NAPER NOTIFY. Naper Notify provides emergency and quality-of-life information via phone call, text message, email or smart phone app. For more information and to sign up, visit

SMART911. When you make an emergency call from a registered phone, Smart911 displays your profile on the 9-1-1 call taker’s screen. To register, visit

POWER OUTAGES. If you are experiencing a power outage, please report it 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Naperville City Dispatch by calling (630) 420-6187.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY. Household Hazardous Waste may be safely disposed of at the new drop-off facility located at 156 Fort Hill Drive. For more information, visit

HOLIDAY GARBAGE COLLECTION. When residential garbage collection falls on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas, pickup will resume one day later for the remainder of the week.

NAPERVILLE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM. The Naperville Search and Rescue Team helps locate persons who are missing and in distress. They also may assist with evidence recovery and help out at local festivals, such as Ribfest and Last Fling. For more information, contact Judy Cittadino at

“CLUNKER” VEHICLE DONATIONS. The Naperville Fire Department is seeking donations of used and otherwise “clunker” vehicles. To donate, contact Ruthi Sommers at (630) 305-5900.

MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. The City of Naperville has shifts for its front desk reception volunteer position. If you are interested, contact to obtain an application.

ONLINE LIBRARY NEWSLETTER. Patrons can subscribe to the Naperville Public Library’s monthly newsletter to receive up-to-date library news by visiting

RECYCLE MY FRIDGE. Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) customers can recycle secondary refrigerators and receive a prepaid card. For more information, visit

FIRST AID AND CPR/AED TRAINING. The City is offering first aid, CPR and AED certification classes for residents and businesses. For more information, visit

FINANCE DEPARTMENT HOURS. The Finance Department is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please note that all meeting locations listed below are rooms in the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., unless otherwise indicated.  

  • Advisory Commission on Disabilities: Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, February 3, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Foreign Fire Insurance Board: Thursday, February 4, 8 a.m., Meeting Room A
  • Liquor Commission: Thursday, February 4, 3 p.m., Council Chambers
  • City Council Workshop: Monday, February 8, 6 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Tuesday, February 9, 4 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room
  • Riverwalk Commission: Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 a.m., Lunch Room
  • Sister Cities Commission: Wednesday, February 10, 7 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room

Any individual with a disability requesting a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a public meeting should contact the Communications Department at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting. The Communications Department can be reached in person at 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville, IL, via telephone at (630) 420-6707 or (630) 305-5205 (TDD) or via e-mail at Every effort will be made to allow for meeting participation.

Contact Information:

City of Naperville
Communications Division
City Manager's Office
400 S. Eagle Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Kelley Munch
Communications Specialist
(630) 305-5307

Linda LaCloche
Communications Manager
(630) 420-6034

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