City Notes
November 26, 2014


NewNAPERLIGHTS. NaperLights, the downtown Naperville lighted holiday display, will open at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., on Friday, November 28. The display features a number of large holiday-themed figures, lighted trees, hot chocolate at the gazebo and occasional holiday music in Century Memorial Chapel. The display will be illuminated from 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through New Year’s Day. For more information, visit

NewCRAFTS, LIVE HOLIDAY MUSIC. Families can warm up at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., after the Parade of Lights in downtown Naperville on Sunday, November 30. Kids can drop in for a candy cane and create a craft from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Live holiday music performed by Naperville Suzuki School members will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

NewWINTER FAMILY READING PROGRAM. Families can warm up with a good book and enjoy reading and other activities together during the Winter Family Reading Program throughout December and January. Families with children in fifth grade and younger can sign up starting Monday, December 1. Prizes and coupons can be earned and 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

NewSANTA HOUSE ON THE RIVERWALK. Take a special holiday trip to visit Santa on the Naperville Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street from Tuesday, December 2 through Monday, December 22. Times vary depending on day of the week. For specific times or themed events at Santa House, call (630) 848-5000 or visit

NewJOB SEARCH WORKSHOP. Job seekers can learn how to look at the positive aspects of searching for a job during the holidays. This event, scheduled for Tuesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., will focus on the best initiatives to take while job hunting this season. For more information, visit

New3-D HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS. Create your own three-dimensional holiday ornament using the Naperville Public Library Idea Lab’s 3-D scanner and printer at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. The class for adults will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2; the class for teens will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3; and the class for kids will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 6. For more information, visit

NewCANDY CANE LANE. The Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., will be filled with holiday activities and entertainment for little ones including crafts, games, storytelling, face painting and more. Events run simultaneously throughout the building from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 12. This event is designed for children ages 2-8. For more information, visit

NewBIG BAD VOODOO DADDY CHRISTMAS SHOW. One of the most popular swing bands on the road today, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to North Central College with its high energy and spirit but with a Christmas twist. The concert will be held on Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information, visit

NewWINTER BOOK SALE. The Naperville Public Library will host a Winter Book Sale at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, from December 20 through January 4 with all items costing 25 cents. For more information, visit

NewCOOKIE EXCHANGE. Recipes and ingredients for a cookie exchange will be provided at this Naperville Park District class scheduled for Sunday, December 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the 95th Street Center, 2244 W. 95th St. Make a variety of holiday cookies to sample and take home. Designed for participants ages 18 and older. For more information, visit

TURKEY TROT 5K. The Naperville Noon Lions Club will host its 17th annual 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27, starting at 8 a.m. at Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave. For more information, or to register, call (630) 364-3922 or visit

PARADE OF LIGHTS. Held as part of the Hometown Holidays celebration in downtown Naperville, the Little Friends Parade of Lights features a collaboration of lights, festive floats and Santa’s arrival. This year’s parade will occur on Sunday, November 30 at 5 p.m. Line-up and staging will begin near 500 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit

NAPERVILLE NEWCOMERS AND NEIGHBORS CLUB WELCOME COFFEE. The next welcome coffee event for the Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club will be held on Monday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit

CUP OF CHEER. The Naperville Garden Club’s 54th annual ‘Cup of Cheer’ house walk, holiday market and tea will once again tour four Naperville homes decorated for the season. Tours will be held on Thursday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAM. Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and the Naperville Education Foundation invite the public to participate in the Holiday Giving Program and extend the joy of the season to D203 students. Cash donations are needed to purchase gift cards for junior high and high school students and can be done by visiting

PRAIRIE HOLIDAY MARKET. The Prairie Holiday market will feature more than 20 local businesses selling handmade jewelry, hand-milled soaps, paintings and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 at Prairie Elementary School, 500 S. Charles Ave. For more information, visit

GINGERBREAD JUNCTION CRAFT FAIR. The 33rd annual Gingerbread Junction Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hill Middle School, 1836 Brookdale Road. Admission is $3 for adults. For more information, visit

MERRY TUBA CHRISTMAS. Naperville is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Merry Tuba Christmas on Saturday, December 6 at 11:15 a.m. at U.S. Bank, 136 S. Washington St., and at 12:45 p.m. at the Westfield Fox Valley shopping center, 195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora. For more information, call (630) 778-9994 or visit

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS. Celebrate the season on Saturday, December 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. with a guided tour of the Martin Mitchell Mansion, followed by an informative presentation about the history of the holiday in the historic tavern. Tickets are $18 per person and $16 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining Members. For more information, visit

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE ADVENT CONCERT. Begin the Advent season with The Naperville Men’s Glee Club and guest soloists in a concert of beautiful holiday music arranged for male chorus. The concert will be held on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1450 Green Trails Drive. For more information, visit

HOLIDAY MANSION TOURS. The Martin Mitchell Mansion is a showpiece of Naper Settlement, especially decked out in full Victorian splendor during the holiday season. Tours will be held at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 6, 7, 13 and 14. Admission is $7 per person and $5 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining Members. For more information, visit

SLEEPING BEAUTY. Naperville North High School will host Sleeping Beauty at the North Performing Arts Center, 899 N. Mill St. Performances are scheduled for Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m. with a reception afterward; Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE YOUNG AT HEART. The Naperville Men’s Glee Club and their special guests perform traditional holiday carols and seasonal favorites. This concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. For more information, visit

NAPERVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT. The Naperville Municipal Band will perform a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call (630) 778-9994 or visit

NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT POLICE TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION. Members of the Naperville Park District Police invite the community to contribute new, unwrapped toys for the 2014 Toys for Tots program now through Friday, December 12. For more information and a list of drop-off sites, visit

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: TEN OF THE GREATEST EVER GIVEN. Rochelle Pennington will present a program based on her book, “Christmas Gifts: Ten of the Greatest Ever Given.” Drawing from the memories of World War I soldiers who participated in the events of Christmas 1914, this presentation details the circumstances surrounding the war’s temporary halt for Christmas. This event will be held on Sunday, December 14 at 4 p.m. at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, visit

TABLETOP HOLIDAY TREE DECORATING. Enjoy designing a tabletop tree using your creativity combined with provided tinsel, lights, ornaments and a skirt. Designed for ages 3-12, this program will be held on Tuesday, December 16 at 6 p.m. in the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit

TOY DRIVE. The Naperville Public Library is participating in Sharing Connections' toy drive now through December 18. Library patrons can donate new toys to benefit more than 1,000 local DuPage children in need. Donation boxes will be located near the entrances of each of the library's three buildings. For more information, visit

WDSRA ANNUAL APPEAL AND GIVING TUESDAY. The Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) have two different opportunities to donate before the end of the year and have your donation matched. Donate anytime before December 31, 2014, either online or through the mail, and it will be matched up to the first $20,000. All new donors making a donation online on Giving Tuesday, which is December 2, will have their donation matched by The Coleman Foundation up to the first $15,000. For more information or to donate, visit


DUPAGE CHILDRENS MUSEUM HOLIDAY CLOSURE. The DuPage Children’s Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

NAPERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY HOLIDAY CLOSURE. All three library buildings will be closed from 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 through Thursday, November 27. The book drop-off will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at all buildings. Materials can also be renewed online.

MUNICIPAL CENTER HOLIDAY CLOSURE. The Naperville Municipal Center will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, December 1.

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 of Naperville is offering first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certification classes for residents and businesses. For more information, call (630) 420-6141 or 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.

  • Housing Advisory Commission: Monday, December 1, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A
  • City Council: Tuesday, December 2, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Advisory Commission on Disabilities: Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, December 3, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

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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