City Notes
April 23, 2014


NewCAREER READINESS BEFORE COLLEGE: LINKING MAJORS TO PROMISING CAREERS. Learn why early career exploration is not only crucial but fun. This event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit

NewCHAMBER MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY. Join a select ensemble of DuPage Symphony Orchestra string instrumentalists for a free evening of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. This informal performance includes a question-and-answer session and opportunities to talk with the musicians following the performance. For more information, visit

NewRELAY FOR LIFE. North Central College invites members of the community to join the 11th annual Relay for Life to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25 and ends at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. For more information, type “North Central College” in the search box at

NewSPECIAL OLYMPICS. The 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Northeastern Areas 2 and 5 will hold their Spring Games from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 in North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St., and Merner Field House, 450 S. Brainard St. For more information, visit

NewBLANKETS AND TOYS FOR HOMELESS CATS AND DOGS. Teens in 6th through 12th grade can make fleece blankets for cats and toys out of T-shirts for dogs at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Blankets and toys will be donated to a local humane society. Teens also can earn community service hours if they participate in the program. Fleece will be provided, but participants should bring two old T-shirts. For more information, visit

New“COLLEGE GRAD ... NOW WHAT?” This session, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., will give recent college graduates the tools they need to transition from college to a career. For more information, visit

NewFOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF DUPAGE COUNTY STRATEGIC PLAN OPEN HOUSE. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is working on a large-scale Strategic Plan to establish forest preserve direction. To have input on this plan, attend an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 in Lower Level Meeting Rooms B and C of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, or to take part in an online survey, visit

New“CINDERELLA.” The Moscow Festival Ballet presents the romantic storybook ballet “Cinderella” at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $35, $25 and $20. For more information, call (630) 637-7469 or visit

New“DIAMOND TREASURES.” The DuPage Symphony Orchestra performs “Diamond Treasures” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The orchestra features the winner of the Young Artists Auditions for high school musicians. For more information, call (630) 637-7469 or visit

NewINTERSECTION DAY OF SERVICE. The students, faculty and staff of North Central College invite community members to join in for the eighth annual day of service, Intersection, on Saturday, May 3 at 7:45 a.m. At registration, volunteers can choose from 18 different service projects at different locations. Many are family friendly and all projects run from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost to participate is $5 per person and is capped at $20 per family, which includes breakfast and lunch at the site. North Central College student registration is free. For more information, call (630) 637-5106 or visit

NewYOUNG NAPERVILLE SINGERS SPRING CONCERT. The Young Naperville Singers presents their spring concert on Sunday, May 4 in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Three performances take place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

NewFOX VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING. The Fox Valley Genealogical Society's May meeting will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lunch Room of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit

NewYOUTH SYMPHONY OF DUPAGE SPRING CONCERT. The Youth Symphony of DuPage presents its spring concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 9 in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, visit

NewCAPS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECOGNITION DINNER. Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) is a community group that recognizes public safety personnel for their contributions to the City. Each year, Naperville residents are asked to nominate public safety employees who have displayed an interest in Naperville’s residents in a manner above and beyond the call of duty. The next CAPS Recognition Dinner will be held in honor of the Naperville Police Department on Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, visit

NewCOLLEGE PLANNING STRATEGIES. How can you help provide for your child’s education without sacrificing your retirement savings or overburdening your child with debt? Plan to attend a 60-minute educational workshop for parents of high school students at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Presented by Inga Theeke of Thrivent Financial. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Jamie McCarthy at (630) 355-8822, ext. 110, or

NewCORNERSTONE DAY PICNIC. North Central College welcomes members of the community to its annual Cornerstone Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at Bambule Riverwalk Gateway between Fredenhagen Park and the north end of Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. The free event features sample cuisine provided by many of Naperville's fine restaurants with entertainment by North Central students. For more information, contact Mary Reynolds at

New2014 HERO HELPS COMMUNITY SUMMIT. The 2014 Hero Helps Community Summit is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Romeoville Athletic and Event Center, 55 Phelps Ave., Romeoville. This year’s event will focus on how to stop heroin abuse by turning the tide through collaboration. Families, public officials, law enforcement, health care providers, educators and the public are all encouraged to attend and learn more about the heroin crisis and potential solutions. For more information, visit

NewGREAT STRIDES WALK. Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in hundreds of walks across the country to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development. Join the Greater Illinois - Chicago chapter for a three-mile walk starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. For more information, visit

NewDUPAGE RIVER SWEEP 2014. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 17 to help remove trash and debris and to restore areas near streams of the DuPage River and its tributaries. For more information, call The Conservation Foundation at (630) 428-4500, ext. 22, or visit

NewSIMPLE GIFTS FOUNDATION 2014 GOLF AND DINNER FUNDRAISER. Join the Simple Gifts Foundation at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 for its annual Golf and Dinner Fundraiser at Village Greens Golf Course, 1575 E. 75th Street, Woodridge. The fee is $125 per golfer or $40 for the banquet only. For more information, visit

New“ISRAEL IN EGYPT.” The Naperville Chorus will present Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 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, visit

NewCIVIL WAR DAYS. Naper Settlement becomes a Civil War encampment with more than 300 re-enactors where visitors can meet famous characters of the past and become immersed in history from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18. A battle is held each day at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors and $10 for youth ages 4-12. Admission is free for members and children younger than 4. For more information, visit

“THE PROBLEMS OF A SLEEPY CHILD.” The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD) will host a free seminar on Thursday, April 24 about treatable sleep or airway issues. The seminar will take place at Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave. at 7 p.m. For more information, or to register, 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

COMCAST CARES DAY. On Saturday, April 26, Comcast employees, family members and friends will participate in the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day. 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

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.

BIKE 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. For more information, visit

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

CANINE 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. 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

NAPERVILLE 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

BIKE 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. Events start at 11 a.m. at Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit

STAMP 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. View a list of most needed items at

MORTGAGE 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. For more information, contact Michael Zurek at (312) 814-4621 or

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.

  • No board and commission meetings are scheduled for the week of April 23-30, 2014

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 LaCloche
Communications Manager
(630) 420-6034