City Notes
January 21, 2015


NewFOCUS 203: DIGITAL LEARNING. Join Naperville Community Unit School District 203 at one of the next Focus 203 community engagement sessions either on Wednesday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave., or Thursday, January 22 at 8:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road. The subject of the sessions will be digital learning including the District’s Digital Learning Initiative, among others. For more information, visit

NewANNUAL JAZZ CONCERT. The Naperville North High School Jazz Program presents the Annual Jazz Concert in the North Performing Arts Center, 899 Mill St. This free event features performances by the Jazz Lab Band, the NNHS Jazz Band and the Jazz Ensemble. The concert will be held on Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

NewRADIO INTERVIEW OF WALTER JOHNSON AND DELANEY GIBBONS. On Thursday, January 29, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation President and CEO Walter Johnson and 16-year-old Dodgin’ 4 Lou Gehrig’s Disease Dodgeball Tournament and fundraiser co-founder Delaney Gibbons will guest star on The Dolly McCarthy Show. The interviews will be broadcast live at 9:30 a.m. online at Blog Talk Radio as well as on Slam Internet Radio, Touhyville Radio, WCKG 1530 AM and 89.9 FM in Chicago. For more information, visit

NewVALENTINE’S DAY CARD CREATION. Create a personal Valentine's Day card for that special someone using Photoshop Elements during this program on Thursday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Bring digital photos on a flash drive or print photos to scan. Scanning is limited to two photos per person. For more information, visit

NewBREAK THE CHAINS AND DANCE FOR FREEDOM. Join WAR Chest Boutique this Valentine’s week and dance in solidarity with the one in three women and one in seven men who are victimized by rape and other forms of violence. There will be two sessions held on Thursday, February 12 from noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. at the Boutique, 4 E. Jefferson Ave. For more information, call (630) 904-9200.

NewJANICE BORLA JAZZ VOCAL PERFORMANCE. Jazz vocalist Janice Borla will perform with other members of North Central College’s jazz faculty on Friday, February 13 at 8 p.m. in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call (630) 637-7469 or visit

NewNAPERVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND WINTER CONCERT. The Naperville Municipal Band’s winter concert, “From Tropic to Tropic,” will be held on Sunday, February 15 at 3 p.m. at Waubonsie Valley High School, 2590 Ogden Ave., Aurora. Admission is free. The concert will feature Waubonsie Valley’s Wind Ensemble. For more information, call (630) 778-9994, e-mail or visit

NewNAPERVILLE RESTAURANT WEEK. Sign up now for Naperville Restaurant Week from February 16 through March 1. Participation is free to all Naperville restaurants. Participants will be featured in advertisements and promotional activities for the event at no charge. All submissions must be received by Saturday, February 14. For more information, email, call (630) 305-7701 or visit

NewFEED MY STARVING CHILDREN MOBILEPACK EVENT. North Central College is hosting its first Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event in partnership with Feed the Need, a Naperville-based coalition of churches, congregations and civic organizations. The event will be held in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St., where an estimated 4,000 volunteers will pack up to 800,000 meals in less than 42 hours to help starving children in more than 70 countries. Four two-hour shifts are scheduled for Sunday, February 15 with one on Monday, February 16. For more information, call (630) 235-5925 or visit

DOWNLOADABLES WORKSHOP. Attendees can bring their preferred electronic device to learn how to download free library books from the Naperville Public Library’s collection of 9,000 e-book titles. The Downloadables Workshop will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit

“BEYOND FERGUSON.” North Central College will host a free panel discussion, “Beyond Ferguson: Race, Class and the Journey to Justice,” as part of its Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration on Wednesday, January 21 at 5 p.m. in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave. For more information, contact Dorothy Pleas at (630) 637-5156.

INVESTING WORKSHOP. Investors will learn how to use the online version of Valueline, an investment research online resource, to access data, newsletters, rankings surveys and individual stock company and mutual fund reports during this workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit

FREE MOVIE @ THE LIBRARY. Watch Denzel Washington in the thriller “The Equalizer” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 22 at the Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. Rated R. No one younger than 18 years old will be admitted to R-rated films. For more information, visit

CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST TO SPEAK. North Central College welcomes author, academic and civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West as the Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker. West will deliver his address at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 23 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED. District 204 needs judges for the 2015 District Science Fairs. Judges do not have to work in a scientific field, but it is helpful if judges understand how a Science Fair works. Judges are needed for the science fair for Neuqua Valley High School and Scullen, Crone and Gregory Middle Schools on Saturday, January 24 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th St., and for the science fair for Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley High Schools and Hill, Still and Fischer Middle Schools on Saturday, January 31 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Metea Valley High School, 1801 N. Eola Road, Aurora. If you are interested, complete the form at

GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA. North Central College presents the 27th annual Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday, January 24 at 7 p.m. in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. The College’s Voices of Praise performs with gospel choirs from area schools and churches. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, visit

NAPERVILLE NOTABLES. NCTV17 kicks off 2015 with a new episode of “Naperville Notables” featuring an in-depth conversation with local businessman, community leader and volunteer extraordinaire Ray Kinney. Tune in to NCTV17 on Channel 17 (Comcast and WOW!), Channel 99 (AT&T UVerse), or streaming live at

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION MEETING. Naper Settlement will hold an informational meeting for prospective volunteers who would like to be History Connectors or Building Interpreters from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 or from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 31 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, call (630) 305-5256 or e-mail

PREPAID TUITION INFORMATION. The College Illinois 529 Prepaid Tuition information program allows parents and guardians to set up a plan to pay for college tuition and mandatory fees at current contract rates to avoid tuition inflation. The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

FREE MOVIE @ THE LIBRARY. “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall will be shown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 31 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Rated R. No one younger than 18 years old will be admitted to R-rated films. For more information, visit

DRUG FACTS WEEK EVENT. On Saturday, January 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale, will be hosting a free community event and open house to highlight Drug Facts Week. For more information, visit

WINTER FAMILY READING PROGRAM. Families can warm up with a good book during the Winter Family Reading Program throughout December and January. All participants will be entered into raffles to win Chicago Wolves hockey tickets and a grand prize. The program will continue through January 31. For more information, visit

NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB MEETING. The next Naperville Community Garden Club meeting will be on Monday, February 2 at 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, visit

STATE OF THE PARK DISTRICT. The public is invited to attend the fifth annual “State of the Park District” address presented by Park Board President Mike Reilly and Naperville Park District staff. This free event will be held on Saturday, February 7 at 8 a.m. in the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit

NMGC VOICES OF HOPE 2015 REHEARSAL. An organizational meeting and the first rehearsal of the Naperville Men’s Glee Club Voices of Hope will be held on Saturday, February 7 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 1020 W. Jefferson Ave. Participants will begin learning music for the April 26 concert. For more information, visit

DADDY/DAUGHTER WINTER LUAU. Dads and daughters ages 3-10 are invited to a Winter Luau featuring treats and a disc jockey to play all their favorite tunes. This event will be held on Saturday, February 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ranch View Elementary School, 1651 Ranchview Drive. For more information, visit

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL. North Central College’s 2015 “Around the Corner, Around the World” International Festival will be held on Sunday, February 8 from noon to 4 p.m. in Merner Field House, 450 S. Brainard Street. For more information, visit

JOHN AND MARY JONES AND THE ILLINOIS BLACK CODES. John and Mary Jones and the Illinois Black Codes celebrates the life, times and accomplishments of John Jones, vice-president of the Freedmen’s Association. This presentation will be held on Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, visit

“HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN OUR OWN BACKYARD?” Discover how you can help victims of human trafficking during a speaking event on Tuesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. at Celebration Community Life Center, 919 S. Washington St. Learn about local coalitions and human service agencies that can get help. For more information, email or visit  


EXTENDED SUNDAY LIBRARY HOURS. From January 4 through May 17, the 95th Street Library and Nichols Library will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. every Sunday. For more information, visit

NAPER NOTIFY. Naper Notify is the City’s notification system that brings emergency and quality-of-life information to you via a phone call, text message, email or smart phone app. For more information and to sign up, visit

“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

GARBAGE COLLECTION. The City reminds residents that there is no residential garbage collection on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. When collection falls on one of these holidays, pickup will resume one day later for the remainder of the week.

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.

  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, January 21, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Tuesday, January 27, 4 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

Kevin Apgar
Communications Specialist
(630) 420-6004

Linda LaCloche
Communications Manager
(630) 420-6034

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