City Notes
April 16, 2014


NewRITA AND JOHN HARVARD EARLY LEARNING PLAYSCAPE GROUNDBREAKING. The Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors cordially invites all to attend the groundbreaking of the Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Donna DeFalco at (630) 305-5250 or

New“THE PROBLEMS OF A SLEEPY CHILD.” The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD) will host a free seminar on Thursday, April 24 to help concerned educators, healthcare practitioners and parents learn if the sleepy or distracted child in their lives may have a treatable sleep or airway issue. The seminar will take place at Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave. at 7 p.m. Attendees will hear presentations from two esteemed experts in the field of sleep and airway issues. For more information, or to register, visit

NewCOMCAST CARES DAY. On Saturday, April 26, Comcast employees, family members and friends will participate in the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day, a company-wide day of service. More than half a million volunteers have provided more than three million service hours at 5,000 project sites since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001. This year, Comcast will partner with the Forest Preserve District of Will County. The event will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Whalon Lake, 1472 Royce Road. For more information, contact Comcast Project Leaders Tony Signorella at and Terry Mrock at

NewBIKE BALD 24 HOUR SPINATHON. Starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 25, community members are invited to take part in Bike Bald’s 24 Hour Spinathon at the Dandelion Fountain on the Naperville Riverwalk near the intersection of Webster Street and Jackson Avenue. Participants can spin in one-hour segments on stationary bikes to raise money to benefit pediatric cancer awareness programs. For more information, visit

NewCANINE DOG-DISC CHAMPIONSHIPS. Bring your dog and compete in this unique event sponsored by the Windy City K-9 Disc Club. No experience is required. All dogs must be on leashes and immunizations must be current. Female dogs in season are not eligible to participate and must be left at home. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Riverwalk Warming House, 736 Sindt Court, with the event beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, visit

NewNAPERVILLE JAYCEES' LOBSTER DAY. The Naperville Jaycees are accepting orders for fresh North Atlantic live lobsters and filet mignon from Casey’s Foods. Lobsters and filets will be available for pick up at Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave., from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. All orders can be placed through Monday, May 5 at

NewBIKE BALD BIKE RODEO. On Saturday, May 10, Bike Bald will hold a “Bike Rodeo” featuring bicycle check-ups, helmet safety fitting, a kids’ rodeo/bike safety course and a vendor market. The main event will be “The Badge Rodeo” during which police, firefighters, cadets, EMS and Park Police along with community members all compete on a timed Bicycle Agility Cone Obstacle Course. Events start at 11 a.m. at Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit

NewSTAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE. On Saturday, May 10 help the Naperville branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers support Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry during the 22nd annual food drive. Put a bag of food and paper goods by your mailbox by 11 a.m. for your carrier to pick up during mail delivery. View a list of most needed items at

NewMORTGAGE FORECLOSURE EVENT. The State of Illinois is sponsoring a mortgage foreclosure event at the Hanover Park Community Center, 1919 Walnut Avenue, Hanover Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 17. This event will provide education about the foreclosure process so homeowners can manage this crisis better, provide homeowners with free counseling services prior to being charged $3,000 to $12,000 in foreclosure fees by their lender and get consumers to meet with their lender sooner increasing the chance of success. For more information, contact Michael Zurek at (312) 814-4621 or

NAPERVILLE JAYCEES DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS CEREMONY. The Naperville Jaycees will hold the 36th annual Distinguished Service Awards at CityGate Grille, 2020 Calamos Court, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. For more information, visit

FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT. Grab your flashlight and hunt for prize-filled eggs under the stars at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 at Rotary Hill near the Millennium Carillon on Aurora Avenue. Parents must be present with their children ages 9-13, but may not assist them during the hunt. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit

2014 YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASE SUBMISSION DEADLINE. Young artists are encouraged to submit artwork into the 2014 Young Artists Showcase. Entries are due Thursday, April 17. For more information, visit

NCTV17 INTERNSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD. The high school internship program at NCTV17 is a hands-on experience to help educate future industry professionals. To be eligible, you must be entering your sophomore year and either be a resident of Naperville or a student enrolled in NCUSD 203 or IPSD 204. Applications are due by Friday, April 18. For more information, visit

EASTER EGG HUNT. The Naperville Jaycees annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at Frontier Park, 3380 Cedar Glade Road. This is open to children ages 1-8 and participants are encouraged to donate canned goods that will be given to Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry. For more information, visit

HOP AROUND THE SHOPS. Participating downtown businesses will be offering 'eggsceptional' specials on Easter weekend from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20. For more information and a list of participating shops, visit

BATTLE OF THE BANDS APPLICATION PERIOD. The 11th annual Battle of the Bands contest will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9 at the Community Concert Center, 104 E. Benton Ave. Applications and demos must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 21. The application form and additional information can be found at

NAPERVILLE AREA HOMEOWNERS CONFEDERATION MEETING. The next meeting of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. The meeting will have members of the Naperville City Council in attendance. For more information, visit

IGNITE THE NIGHT BENEFIT SHOWCASE. KidsMatter will present its third annual Ignite the Nite Benefit Showcase Concert at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. This event will showcase the music, dance and theatrical talents of high school students from NCUSD 203 and IPSD 204 as well as Benet Academy. For tickets and information, visit

ARBOR DAY TREE SALE. The City’s Department of Public Works will host its annual Arbor Day Tree Sale on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale will take place at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. Payment may be made by cash or check and trees purchased at the sale must be removed by noon. For more information, visit

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER DAY. The Forest Preserve District of Will County is seeking volunteers for a special day of community service from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26. Participants will meet at Whalon Lake Preserve, located west of Route 53 on Royce Road. To register or to learn more about the workday, call (815) 722-9387 or e-mail

INTERACT COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST. The Interact Community Service Club of Neuqua Valley High School and the Rotary Club of Naperville South will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 26 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th St. For more information, call (630) 546-6804 or visit

EIKON 5K. The Eikon 5K will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. at Plainfield North High School, 12005 S. 248th St., Plainfield. The race course runs through parts of south Naperville. Race-day registration is $50, but money can be saved through early online or in-person registration. For more information, visit

HEALTHY KIDS DAY. Join the Fry Family YMCA in celebrating Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 26 starting at 9 a.m. Kids will learn new skills while parents gain creative ideas to keep kids active during the summer. For more information, visit

TRAGEDY AT THE LOOMIS STREET CROSSING STATUE DEDICATION. In honor of the lives lost and heroism displayed during the April 25, 1946, Naperville train wreck at the Loomis Street crossing, a sculpture will be unveiled at the Naperville train station, 105 E. 4th Ave., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. For more information, contact Chuck Spinner at (630) 778-9994.

2014 CUISINE FOR A CAUSE. Naperville CARES invites the community to the 11th annual Cuisine for a Cause, a benefit for Naperville CARES, will be held at the Navistar Corporate Headquarters, 2701 Navistar Drive, on Saturday, April 26 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The $100 ticket price includes food, drink and entertainment and can be purchased by calling (630) 369-0200 or online at

2014 MARCH FOR BABIES. Join the walk to raise funds to support research and programs for stronger, healthier babies. The 2014 March For Babies will be held on Sunday, April 27 along the Naperville Riverwalk. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with on-site registration starting at 8 a.m. For more information, call (312) 435-4007 or visit

13TH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY. The Turkish American Cultural Alliance is hosting the 13th International Children’s Day from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at Ranch View Elementary School, 1651 Ranchview Drive. For more information, email

NAPER WINE & DINE. Join the Naperville Heritage Society at this annual wine dinner sponsored by Sullivan’s Steakhouse. This event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., boasts a five-course meal and a live auction. RSVP by Monday, April 14 by calling (630) 420-6016 or emailing

PARENT CONVERSATION CIRCLES. Parents who want to learn how to talk to their children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse or social pressures can now do so with Conversation Circles. Circles meet for three consecutive weeks for 90 minutes per session. Registration is open through Tuesday, April 29 at

SHINE A LIGHT ON AUTISM AWARENESS. April is Autism Awareness Month. Shine a light on autism awareness by picking up a free blue lightbulb to display at your home or business. Bulbs can be picked up at Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, 1500 W. Ogden Ave., while supplies last. For more information, contact Mary Howenstine at (630) 615-6060 or

FOURTH ANNUAL TEST DRIVES FOR AUTISM. For each test drive taken during the month of April, participating dealerships will make a $20 donation directly to the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation with an ultimate goal of $130,000 to be collected. For more information, and a complete list of participating dealerships, visit

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. The National Day of Prayer observance will be held at noon on Thursday, May 1 in the Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. This is a free community event with local leaders and pastors participating. This year’s theme is One Voice, United in Prayer. For more information, call (815) 436-7088 or visit

VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO ASSIST WITH SPRING PARK DISTRICT PROJECTS. The Naperville Park District is looking for community volunteers who are willing to help spruce up area parks. Park maintenance tasks include litter pick-up, weeding, mulching, removing twigs and other activities. For more information, contact Lynette Hoole at (630) 848-3606 or

PRESERVING YOUR FAMILY HEIRLOOMS. Learn how preventive care will prolong the life of cherished family possessions by slowing down the natural deterioration process during “Preserving Your Family Heirlooms,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at the Naper Settlement Collections Care and Storage Facility, 180 Fort Hill Drive. For more information, visit

KENTUCKY DERBY GALA. The third annual Kentucky Derby Gala to benefit Hesed House will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville Hotel, 1801 Naper Blvd. For more information, or to make advance reservations, call (630) 914-6428, email or visit

360 SPRING AHEAD RUN. Register now for the 360 Youth Services “Let’s Celebrate Mom” 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run. This event will salute moms and be held at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 4 at CityGate Centre, 2155 CityGate Lane. All proceeds benefit 360 Youth Services providing prevention education, counseling and shelter for youth. For more information, or to register, visit

“MAKIN’ STRIDES FOR STRAYS” WALK-A-THON. The A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter’s annual “Makin’ Strides for Strays” Walk-a-Thon to benefit homeless animals will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 4 at the 5th Avenue Station, 200 E. 5th Avenue. For more information, visit

MS WALK. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater Illinois will hold kick off its annual MS Walk at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 4 at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, Sindt Court. Walk routes include 2.6 or 5 miles with a rest stop at the halfway point. For more information, visit

GIRL SCOUTS MAY DAY. Girl Scouts May Day is a badge-earning bonanza for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Pick up your badge-in-a-bag at check in, visit the stations, tour the buildings, play games and earn your Petal or Badge. For more information, visit

“SPIES AND SPYING IN THE CIVIL WAR.” “Spies and Spying in the Civil War,” a presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series, features the illustrations of acclaimed artist Jim Weren at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit

WONDERFUL WORLD OF WHEELS. Preschoolers ages 1-5 will have an opportunity to see, touch and experience a variety of community vehicles including a police car, fire truck, tractor and more. This event is free and scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 5 at Whole Foods Market, 2607 W. 75th St. For more information, visit

BLACKSMITHING 101. Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools and the forge in this two-session class held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 and 10 in the Blacksmith Shop at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Participants will learn hammer techniques while making an item to take home. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit

BECOME AN ADULT LITERACY VOLUNTEER TODAY. Literacy DuPage is seeking volunteers to serve as English literacy tutors to adult learners. No prior teaching or tutoring experience is needed. Trainings are being held now through June of 2014 at a library near you. For more information and training dates and locations, or to register, call (630) 416-6699 or visit

VOLUNTEER TO HELP REPAIR THE PARK DISTRICT’S GOLF FAIRWAYS AND GREENS. Volunteers who golf or enjoy being out on a golf course are needed to assist golf staff in repairing the Naperville Park District’s golf fairways and greens. Interested volunteers may register for this project online at

MILLENNIUM CARILLON TOURS. The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and adjacent visitor center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays from May 3 through October 26. Hours will be expanded to include Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 23 through August 15. For more information, visit


MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (MVP) OPENINGS AVAILABLE. The City of Naperville has shifts open for its front desk reception volunteer position. If you are interested in volunteering, please send your name, address and phone number to to obtain an application or receive more information. Applications can also be downloaded from, completed and returned via U.S. mail to Jan Bradley - Communications Assistant, City of Naperville, 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville, IL 60540.

SIGN UP FOR NAPER NOTIFY TODAY. Naper Notify is the City’s new notification system that brings emergency and quality-of-life information directly to you via a phone call, text message, email or smart phone app. Naper Notify is being used for emergency messages as well as optional community notifications in different categories. For more information and to sign up, visit

RECYCLE MY FRIDGE PROGRAM. The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) is aiming to take residents’ secondary refrigerators with the Recycle My Fridge program. Residents served by an IMEA-member utility can get rid of an old refrigerator or freezer, free of charge, and receive a $35 prepaid card for doing so by calling (877) 341-2313 or by visiting

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, in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines. For more information, call (630) 420-6141 or visit

GARBAGE COLLECTION. The City reminds residents that garbage must be placed on the curb by 6 a.m. and removed by 7 p.m. on your garbage collection day. 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.

POLICE DEPARTMENT FRONT DESK HOURS. The Police Department’s front desk hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The desk is not open on Saturdays and Sundays. 

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

  • City Council: Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Building Review Board: Wednesday, April 16, 2 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m., Council Chambers 
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Tuesday, April 22, 4 p.m., NEU

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.

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DISCLAIMER. Please note that dates, times and locations of events listed in City Notes are subject to change. We strongly suggest you consult the most recent issue of City Notes for event information as well as the appropriate contacts listed with each event.

Contact Information:

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

Kevin Apgar
Web Content Coordinator
(630) 420-6004

Linda La Cloche
Communications Manager
(630) 420-6034