City Notes
February 10, 2016


NewFINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOP. During this workshop about social security benefits, participants will gain a deeper understanding of social security rules and learn how to maximize its benefits. The program will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.
NewCONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT GROUP. ParentsMatterToo now offers a weekly open support group for parents and guardians of teens who may be experimenting with drugs or alcohol. This free and confidential group is facilitated by a counselor from Rosecrance Health Network on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at Krejci Academy, 619 E. Franklin Ave. Come once or every week. No need to call. For more information, contact Claudia Evenson at (630) 849-4295.

NewGREAT DECISIONS DISCUSSION GROUP. This discussion group, which is open to the public, will study and discuss foreign policy issues from 7:15 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 at Naper Blvd. Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. For more information, contact Becky Glimco (630) 922-9448 or visit

New“EXPLORE THE SOUND” CONCERT. North Central College presents Explore the Sound, a concert featuring the College’s Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chambers Singers and guest instrumental artists at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 12 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

NewDUPAGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents “Global Connections,” featuring cellist Jay Campbell, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 13 in North Central College’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit

NewTEDX NAPERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY LIVE. Those interested in this year’s TED conference but can’t travel to Vancouver to see it in person can come to Naperville Public Library to view a live stream of “TED2016: Dream.” Four sessions will take place throughout the day on Tuesday, February 16 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. The program requires advanced registration. For more information, visit

NewBROWN BAG LECTURES. Bring a sack lunch to the library’s lunchtime lecture series that meets on the third Thursday of the month. Adults can talk over lunch at 12:30 p.m. and stay for an engaging lecture about two masters of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 18 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

NewWINTER WINE FEST. Vin Chicago Naperville is partnering with Project HELP on the Winter Wine Fest on Thursday, February 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tamarack Golf Course, 24032 Royal Worlington Drive. A portion of the ticket and wine sales will be given to Project HELP to support parent mentor families, workshops and more. For more information, visit

NewKIDSMATTER HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE & LIVE VOTE. Who will win the 2016 Digital Footprint Video Contest? Join School Districts 203 and 204, Mayor Emeritus George Pradel and KidsMatter for a unique Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere event to celebrate all of the student videographers who created videos that combat the dangers of bullying and raise cyber-awareness. Fourteen finalist videos will be showcased, and the winning videos will be determined by live vote. The Red Carpet will roll out at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23 at Community Christian Church (Yellow Box),1635 Emerson Lane. For more information, visit

NewSCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMP. Think outside the box and let your imagination run wild during the School’s Out Day Camp – Imaginarium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 4 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Activities include inspecting the elements of structure while building and testing toothpick towers, making your own sundial to discover what the universe has to do with telling time and mixing and measuring different ingredients to create your very own dessert bars. For more information, visit

NewDISCOVERIES IN PALEONTOLOGY. Join T Rexplorers for a paleo adventure including real dinosaur fossils on Friday, March 4 at the 95th Street Center, 2244 West 95th Street. The theme for this day is Dinosaur Discovery. Children ages 5 to 7 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Children ages 7 to 12 will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information or to register, call (630) 848-5000 or visit

New“NOISES OFF.” Naperville North High School Performing Arts Center presents “Noises Off,” a farce of side-splitting humor, including slamming doors, on and off stage intrigue, an errant plate of sardines and everything else that could possibly go wrong on and off stage. The show will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at 899 N. Mill St. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

NewTRAP A LEPRECHAUN. Leprechauns are sneaky but they can’t resist gold coins, candy or a comfy place to rest. Team up with your child to make your very own leprechaun trap to take home using fun materials like boxes, pipe cleaners, stickers and colored paper. This event will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. or from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 West Jackson Ave. For more information or to register, call (630) 848-5000 or visit

NewPARK DISTRICT JOB FAIR. The Naperville Park District is seeking employees to fill approximately 16 permanent, part-time positions, three full-time positions and 80 to 110 part-time, seasonal positions. The District will host a job fair from 10 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit

NewMEET THE RAPTORS. Curious about raptors or birds of prey? Join the Naperville Park District from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road for a presentation by Willowbrook Wildlife Center staff featuring their live raptors. Observe these birds up close, ask questions and learn. For more information or to register, call (630) 848-5000 or visit

NewSUPER SCOUT SUNDAY. Dress up as a Victorian young adult and experience life as they would have during Super Scout Sunday – Playing with History from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information or to register, call (630) 420-6010 or visit

NewNAPERVILLE NEWCOMERS AND NEIGHBORS CLUB. The next meeting of the Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 7 at Celebration! Community Life Center, 919 S. Washington St. For more information, visit

NewNAPERVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB. The next meeting of the Naperville Community Garden Club will be Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. Dale Lewis of Sovereign Tap in Plainfield will speak on the importance of farm to table. For more information, 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

ADULT 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

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

TURNING 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

“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

COOKIE 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

“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

PANCAKE 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.

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

NEW 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

GROWING 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

GROW 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

“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

HISTORY 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.

MAPLE 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

NOURISH 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

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.

FREE 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 through April 6. Membership in AARP is not required. To schedule an appointment, call the Naperville Park District at (630) 848-3613.


VOTE FOR CONCERT LOCATIONS, MUSIC STYLES. The Naperville Park District invites you to vote for your preferred location and style of music for the 2016 Concerts in Your Park, a free summer music series that travels to select Naperville parks featuring bands from the Chicago area that appeal to audiences of all ages. Interested residents may cast their vote through midnight on Sunday, February 14. For more information, visit

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS. If you’re a high school or college student interested in a career in television, consider a summer internship at your local TV station. NCTV17 is currently accepting applications for this summer. 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.  

  • Sister Cities Commission: Wednesday, February 10, 7 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room
  • Downtown Advisory Commission: Thursday, February 11, 3:30 p.m., NEU Meeting Room
  • Advisory Cultural Commission: Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m., Council Chambers
  • City Council: Tuesday, February 16, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, February 17, 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

Kelley Munch
Communications Specialist
(630) 305-5307

Linda LaCloche
Communications Manager
(630) 420-6034

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