|December 4, 2013
THE DOLLY MCCARTHY SHOW. The Dolly McCarthy Show, a weekly Internet radio show broadcast by BlogTalkRadio, on Thursday, December 5 will feature an interview with representatives from Buy Local Naperville. Tune in at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday on the web at www.blogtalkradio.com/thedollymccarthyshow.
NAHC DECEMBER MEETING. The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation’s next meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 8 a.m. in Lower Level Meeting Rooms B and C of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit www.napervillehomeowners.com.
CHRISTMAS TOY SHOP. The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation (IPEF) and AlphaBetSoup Productions presents the children’s theater production “The Christmas Toy Shop” on Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. at Metea Valley High School, 1801 N. Eola Road, Aurora. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://204foundation.org/pdf_files/christmastoyshop.pdf.
“BUILD IT BIG” BUBBLE BASH 2013. Ring in the New Year with the DuPage Children’s Museum from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, December 31. The party will include commemorative photos, a collaborative water balloon painting, parachutes, stomp rockets, a musical performance by Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies and an appearance by Mayor A. George Pradel. For more information, or to register, visit www.dupagechildrens.org.
NEW YEAR’S SCAVENGER HUNT AND COUNTDOWN AT THE MILLENNIUM CARILLON. The Naperville community is invited to gather for a free, family friendly countdown to the New Year at the Millennium Carillon on Rotary Hill at 6 p.m. and again at midnight on Tuesday, December 31. From noon to 5 p.m., the Downtown Naperville Alliance will host a scavenger hunt in downtown shops along with face painting, music and other entertainment. For more information, visit either www.naperville-carillon.org or www.downtownnaperville.com.
SPECIAL NEEDS NIGHTS AT SANTA HOUSE. Families with special needs may make online reservations for a visit with Santa at Santa House. Special Needs Nights will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 4 and 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. Make a reservation at www.napervilleparks.org/santahouse.
CUP OF CHEER. The Naperville Garden Club’s 53rd annual Cup of Cheer house walk, holiday market and tea takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 5 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, December 6. Ticket holders tour four Naperville homes, shop at the holiday market and receive a commemorative bone china cup/saucer. For more information, visit www.napervillegardenclub.org.
SPECIAL NEEDS BARK FOR BOOKS. The Naperville Public Library welcome children with special needs and their families to their very own Bark for Books program. Families can read and interact with registered therapy/R.E.A.D. dogs. The program will be held on Friday, December 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER WITH WYNTON MARSALIS. Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis will perform at the Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., on Friday, December 6 at 8 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit http://tickets.noctrl.edu.
ROTARY SUNRISE WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE. The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise is collecting coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and mittens in all sizes, infant through adult through Friday, December 6. Drop-off points will be located in several downtown businesses as well as Fair Oaks Ford on Ogden Avenue and Prager Moving and Storage. For more information, visit www.napervillesunrise.org.
BIKE BALD’S “BURR” BIKE RIDE. Bike Bald’s monthly ride for December will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7 at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St. Participants will ride approximately 10 to 12 miles and then go out for breakfast with the group. A $5 donation is requested for single riders and $10 for a family. For more information, visit www.bikebald.com.
HOLIDAY COOKIE WALK. The Guild of St. Patrick’s Residence, 1400 Brookdale Road, will host its annual Holiday Cookie Walk from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. Holiday cookie bakers who would like to donate homemade cookies for the sale are being requested. For more information, contact Madelene Bernar at (630) 416-6565, ext. 511.
GINGERBREAD JUNCTION. More than 50 artisans displaying handcrafted jewelry, pottery, wood art, knits and more will be on hand for Gingerbread Junction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. The craft fair will be held at Hill Middle School, 1826 Brookdale Road. For more information, call (630) 428-6200 or email HillGingerbreadJunction@gmail.com.
CANDY CANE EXPRESS. Experience the magic of Christmas with a ride on the Candy Cane Express starting at noon on Saturday, December 7 at the Naperville Metra Station, 105 E. 4th Ave. The cost is $22.50 per rider; children younger than one ride free. For more information, visit www.thecandycaneexpress.com.
“GREAT BRITTEN GREAT BRITAIN.” The Naperville Chorus will present the Christmas Concert “Great Britten Great Britain” on Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For more information, call (630) 420-2336 or visit www.NapervilleChorus.org.
“THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS.” “The Sound of Christmas” featuring Elisabeth von Trapp and the Carolian Brass will perform at Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. on Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit http://tickets.noctrl.edu.
NAPERVILLE MEN’S GLEE CLUB HOLIDAY CONCERTS. The sounds of the holiday season come alive at “Christmas Presence,” two holiday concerts by The Naperville Men’s Glee Club. “Christmas Presence I” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1450 Green Trails Drive. “Christmas Presence II” begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. For more information, visit www.nmgc.org.
STORIES BEHIND LOVED CHRISTMAS CAROLS. Author Rochelle Pennington will offer factual perspective, behind-the-scenes trivia and little-known insights into well-known carols from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel, 523 S. Webster St. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.com or call (630) 420-6010.
PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENT OPEN HOUSES. The Naperville Park District will host two more 2014 playground improvements open houses at the Park District Planning Office, 425 W. Jackson Ave., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Wildflower Park and Harris Fawell Park open house will take place on Thursday, December 5. The East Greens and Old Farm Park open house will take place on Tuesday, December 10. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.
COOKIE DECORATING PARTY. Escape the cold weather for a cozy afternoon of decorating cookies and watching “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The event will take place on Friday, December 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.
TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM COLLECTION. The Naperville Park District Police invite the community to contribute new, unwrapped toys for the 2013 Toys for Tots program at several Park District locations throughout town. For more information, visit www.dupage-il.toysfortots.org.
VICTORIAN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS. Celebrate the season with a guided tour of the Martin Mitchell Mansion, decorated in traditional Victorian holiday splendor from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at the Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Tickets are $15 per person or $13 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.
HOLIDAY MANSION TOURS. The Martin Mitchell Mansion is a showpiece of Naper Settlement, especially decked out in full Victorian splendor during the holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 and December 14 and 15. Saturday tours are at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday tours are at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.com.
“THE NUTCRACKER.” Experience the magic of the holiday season with the DanceWest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Performances will be held at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E Benton Ave. on Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 14 at 1 and 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit http://tickets.noctrl.edu.
WINTER WONDERLAND: A CUPCAKE DECORATING CONTEST FOR CHILDREN. Children ages 2 through 12 are invited to the Old Stone Church, 14 S. Washington St., from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 15 for a cupcake decorating contest. The fee is $5 per participant; proceeds benefit Operation Smile. To RSVP, call (630) 355-7132. For more information, visit www.napervillewomansclub.org.
“HOLIDAY TRADITIONS, OLD AND NEW.” Bring the whole family to the DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 holiday concert and enjoy an array of familiar seasonal songs, carols, dances and stories. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 15 at the Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, visit www.dupagesymphony.org.
“MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.” Marianne Murphy Orland, Beckie Menzie and Laura Freeman will perform “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at Madden Theatre, 171 E. Chicago Ave. on Sunday, December 15 at 6 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit http://tickets.noctrl.edu.
WINTER OUTERWEAR DRIVE. The Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau is holding a winter outerwear drive to collect coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, boots and other outerwear in all sizes now through Friday, December 20. For more information, visit www.visitnaperville.com.
KENNY ROGERS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. Country legend Kenny Rogers will perform “Christmas & Hits Through the Years” with special guest Linda Davis at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. on Saturday, December 21 at 8 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit http://tickets.noctrl.edu.
SANTA HOUSE. The Santa House will return to the Riverwalk near Webster Street and Jackson Avenue on Friday, December 6, 13 and 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 7, 14 and 21 from noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 8, 15 and 22 from noon to 6 p.m.; and Monday, December 16 through Thursday, December 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org/santahouse.
NAPER LIGHTS. Naperville Sunrise Rotary will present Naper Lights, a holiday light display in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave., from dusk to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Wednesday, January 1. Donations are welcome; proceeds benefit youth, family and youth leadership programs. For more information, visit www.naperlights.com.
“WE ARE RIVALS” DOCUMENTARY TICKETS ON SALE NOW. NCTV17 invites you to relive the excitement of the Naperville Central versus Naperville North and Neuqua Valley versus Waubonsie Valley high school football rivalries with the premiere of “We Are Rivals” at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 17 at Wentz Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, by phone at (630) 637-7469 or online at http://tickets.noctrl.edu.
SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED. Indian Prairie School District 204 needs judges for the 2014 District Science Fairs at Metea Valley High School on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and at Neuqua Valley High School on Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. If interested, please fill out the form on the district's website at http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/Forms/SciFair.aspx.
NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT HOLIDAY LIGHTS RECYCLING. The Naperville Park District is offering a holiday lights recycling program through February 14, 2014. The types of lights that will be accepted include mini-lights, C-7, C-9, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords in all colors and lengths. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.
CITY OF NAPERVILLE HOLIDAY LIGHTS RECYCLING PROGRAM. Residents can bring used holiday lights to the Department of Public Works, 180 Fort Hill Drive, or the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., for recycling. Accepted lights include mini-lights, C-7, C-9, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords. For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/holidaylights.aspx.
WVHS PLANETARIUM FAMILY NIGHTS. The WVHS Planetarium welcomes the public to Family Nights on the first Friday of the month now through April 2014 at 7 p.m. Programs are 50 to 60 minutes long and admission is $2 per seat on a first-come/first-served basis. For more information, visit http://planetarium.ipsd.org.
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 www.literacydupage.org.
SIGN UP FOR NAPER NOTIFY TODAY. Naper Notify is the City of Naperville’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. The City is using Naper Notify for emergency messages as well as optional community notifications in seven different categories: brush and leaf collection, utility outages, public safety, road and utility work, special event alerts, traffic alerts and winter operations. For more information and to sign up to get notified, visit www.napernotify.com.
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 www.RecycleMyFridge.org.
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 www.naperville.il.us/cpraed.aspx.
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.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS HOURS. The Department of Public Works (DPW) hours of operation at the PWSC and call center will be from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MUNICIPAL MEETING SCHEDULE
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, December 4, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A
- Sister Cities Commission. Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room
- Planning and Zoning Commission. Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
- Foreign Fire Insurance Board. Thursday, December 5, 8 a.m., Meeting Room A
- Historic Preservation Commission. Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m., Meeting Rooms B&C
- Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Tuesday, December 10, 4 p.m., NEU
- Riverwalk Commission. Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 a.m., Lunch Room
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