City Notes
April 22, 2015


NewARBOR DAY TREE SALE. The Department of Public Works is hosting its annual Arbor Day Tree Sale on Saturday, April 25 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. The public will be able to select from a large variety of trees at tremendous savings for use in beautifying their yards and sustaining the environment. A listing of the species available, along with prices and more information, can be found at 

NewBROOKS GOLF ACADEMY TRAINING CENTER OPEN HOUSE. An open house will be held at the new Brooks Golf Academy Training Center, 2220 W. 83rd St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Admission to the open house is free. For more information, visit

NewSPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING GAMES. The Illinois Special Olympics will host the Special Olympics Spring Games on Sunday, April 26 at North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S Brainard St, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Naperville Police Department officers and Naperville Park District police officers will participate as volunteers, and Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Ave., will donate 20 percent of all sales from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. to the Illinois Special Olympics. For more information, visit 

NewMOSER TOWER AND VISITOR CENTER. The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and Visitor Center, 443 Aurora Avenue, will open for the 2015 season on Saturday, May 2. Tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays from May through November. Friday tours are also available between May 22 and August 14. For more information, visit  

NewCHAMBER MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra will present a free evening of chamber music appropriate for all ages from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, followed by a question-and-answer session with the musicians after the program. For more information, visit

NewNAPERVILLE FAMILY EXPO. This expo will feature local businesses and healthcare practitioners, as well as products and services, catered to families with young children and expectant mothers to assist in decisions like choosing the best healthcare practitioner, preschool or non-toxic cleaning products for their family. The expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

NewYOUNG NAPERVILLE SINGERS. Young Naperville Singers presents performances of its various choirs starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, visit  

NewFREE MOVIE @THE LIBRARY. See Matthew McConaughey star in “Interstellar” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit

NewA.D.O.P.T. WALK-A-THON. Join A.D.O.P.T. anytime, anywhere on Sunday, May 3 for its annual “Makin’ Strides For Strays” Walk-A-Thon. This fundraising pet walk, which has gone virtual due to the recent outbreak of the canine influenza virus, will benefit the animals at the shelter. For more information, call (630) 355-2299 or visit

NewUSED BOOK DONATION DRIVE. Donate hardcover/paperback books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl to the Annual AAUW Naperville Area Used Book Donation Drive on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the District 203 Administration Building, 203 W. Hillside Road. Unloading assistance and tax receipts will be provided. For more information, visit

NewSPRING FEVER RELIEVER. Join the Naperville Park District to celebrate spring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 at the Riverwalk near Rotary Hill. Enjoy half-price paddleboat rides and kayak rentals at the Paddleboat Quarry, free children’s entertainment and activities, live music, inflatables, the Dog Disc Championships and more. For more information, visit  

NewCAPS AWARDS DINNER. Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) will honor outstanding service by Naperville Police Department personnel at an awards dinner on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave. For more information, visit

NewTULIP BULB SALE. The Naperville Park District’s annual tulip bulb sale will take place on Friday, May 15 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion near the Park District’s parking lot, 320 W. Jackson Ave. Bulbs for sale will include those that bloomed this spring at various Park District locations and will be sold for $3 per dozen on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit

NewBATTLE OF THE BANDS. Cheer on your favorite high school rock band at the 2015 Battle of the Bands on Friday, May 15 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. For more information, visit

NewCIVIL WAR DAYS. Hear the cannons roar during a battle each day at this annual encampment, which features famous figures of the past that made a difference in history. This program will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, visit

SELECTING THE RIGHT LIFE INSURANCE. Bernie Wrezinski from the Foundation for Financial Education will provide answers to basic questions about obtaining life insurance. This presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit

AMERICAN DOUGHBOYS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR. Take a trip across the battlefields of Northern France to review America's participation in “the war to end all wars.” This program will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

IGNITE THE NITE. The fourth annual KidsMatter Ignite the Nite Benefit Showcase Concert will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, visit  

DUPAGE HUMAN RACE. The DuPage Human Race is a 5K Fitness Run/Walk fundraiser event, supporting more than 50 local charities. The race will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 at The Esplanade, 1901 W. Butterfield Road, Downers Grove. For more information, visit

RUN WITH THE LIONS. Longwood Elementary School invites you to participate in the second annual Run with the Lions 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. at Danada Forest Preserve, 3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton. The registration fee includes a chip-timed racer’s bib, a technical fabric t-shirt, a custom medal and goodie bag. For more information, visit

HEALTHY KIDS DAY. Healthy Kids Day will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fry Family YMCA, 2120 95th St. The purpose of Healthy Kids Day is to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage kids and families to practice healthy habits while introducing them to an array of services the community has to offer. For more information, visit

FREE MOVIE @ THE LIBRARY. See Reese Witherspoon in “Wild” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. The movie is rated R and no one younger than 18 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. For more information, visit

CUISINE FOR A CAUSE. Naperville CARES invites the community to a fundraising event featuring tastings from more than 20 of the best Naperville area restaurants. The 12th annual Cuisine for a Cause will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Navistar Corporate Headquarters, 2601 Navistar Drive, Lisle. For more information, call (630) 369-0200 or visit

BIKE BALD GLOW RIDE. Join Bike Bald for its first ride of the season. This Glow Ride nighttime bicycle ride will occur on Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. starting at Fredenhagen Park, 378 S. Washington St. For more information, visit

RAIN BARREL SALE. The City of Naperville, Naperville Park District and The Conservation Foundation are offering 55-gallon rain barrels for sale now through Wednesday, April 22. Pick-up will occur at the Naperville Park District South Maintenance Facility at 3415 Book Road on Saturday, April 25 from 8 a.m. until noon. For more information, visit

2015 DUPAGE MARCH FOR BABIES WALK. When you walk in the March for Babies, the money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The next march will be on Sunday, April 26 at 8 a.m. at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 736 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, email or visit

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY. The “International Children’s Day” event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 at Ranchview Elementary School, 1651 Ranchview Drive. Activities include cultural group dance performances, a magician, a clown, cotton candy, face painting and much more. Admission is free. For more information, email

NMGC VOICES OF HOPE 2015. The Naperville Men’s Glee Club (NMGC) and the NMGC Voices of Hope, a large chorus of local men and women touched by cancer, will present songs of hope, strength, inspiration and celebration on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, visit

NAPERVILLE MEN'S GLEE CLUB FUNDRAISER. On Sunday, April 26, the Naperville Men’s Glee Club (NMGC) will hold fundraisers at Q-BBQ, 103 S. Main St.; Giordano’s, 119 S. Main St.; and Quigley's Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Ave. During regular hours, mention the NMGC and a portion of your bill will be donated to the Glee Club.  For more information, visit

NAPER WINE AND DINE. Support the Naperville Heritage Society at the annual wine dinner, which will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 27 at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 224 S. Main St. The wine dinner boasts a five-course meal paired with hand-selected wines. Tickets are $175 with wine and $125 without wine. For tickets, call (630) 420-6016 or e-mail

GRAZE ON GREENS. Open your eyes to the world of foraging with this six-session course where you will learn the skills to identify over 70 spring edible wild plants that grow in our region. The class will meet for six consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Clow Education Center on McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, visit

“BECAUSE ONE IS TOO MANY.” We read the articles full of heart wrenching stories about sexual assault and violence in our communities, but what can we do about it? WAR Chest Boutique will present the program “Because One is Too Many” on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at their store at 4 E. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit

MEET A CURATOR. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the public is invited to view Naper Settlement’s Civil War archival collection during “Flashback Fridays: Meet a Curator” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 at the Collections Care and Storage Facility, Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. For more information, visit

CINCO DE MAYOR FUNDRAISER. The Naperville Junior Woman’s Club is hosting a fundraiser to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fox & Hound Pub & Grille, 4320 E. New York St., Aurora. Tickets are $30 per person and a portion of proceeds benefits Naperville Safety Town and KidsMatter. 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 that will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 and 9 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, visit

“SWAN LAKE.” On Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m., the dancers of the Russian National Ballet Theatre share the story of “Swan Lake.” The performance will be held at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information, visit  

“9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL.” The Naperville North Performing Arts Center, 899 N. Mill St., presents “9 to 5: The Musical” at 7 p.m. from Wednesday, April 29 to Saturday, May 2 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. For more information, visit

WALK MS. Join the western suburban Walk MS for a 2.6- or five-mile route to support the fight against multiple sclerosis. The walk will be held Sunday, May 3 at 7:30 a.m. at the Riverwalk parking lot near VFW Drive. For more information, visit

360 SPRING AHEAD WALK AND RUN. On Sunday, May 3 beginning at 8 a.m., 360 Youth Services will be hosting the 16th annual 360 Spring Ahead “Let's Celebrate Mom” 10K, 5K, Kids Obstacle Course and High Heel Dash at Calamos Investments, 2020 Calamos Court. For more information, visit

GIRL SCOUTS MAY DAY. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors are invited to visit Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 for this badge-earning bonanza. 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

THE STORY OF THE S.S. EASTLAND. The History Speaks Lecture Series presents the Story of the S.S. Eastland at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Actor and historian Terry Lynch will portray Ollie Sanders, a Western Electric employee, who was an eyewitness to the disaster of the S.S. Eastland on July 24, 1915. For more information, visit

WONDERFUL WORLD OF WHEELS. Preschoolers ages 1-5 can get an up-close look at community vehicles and those who drive them on Monday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Whole Foods parking lot, 2607 W. 75th St. Featured vehicles include a police car, fire truck, tractor and more. This event is free and there is no rain date. For more information, visit

ILLINOIS PRAIRIE PATH HISTORY NIGHT. On Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m., North Central College Archivist Kim Butler will provide a free 45-minute presentation on the history of the Illinois Prairie Path at Koten Chapel, 329 E. School St. For more information, visit

PLAYSCAPE PIONEERS DAY CAMP. Children ages 4 to 7 can enjoy hands-on learning and storytimes at the Harvard Early Learning Playscape at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Sessions will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 13, 20 and 27. The fee is $75 per camper for all four days or $22 per camper per day. For more information, visit

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. The 63rd annual National Day of Prayer will be Thursday, May 7 at noon in the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, call (815) 436-7088 or visit

FRESH FLOWER WORKSHOP. Judy Kreidler of the Naperville Garden Club will present a flower arranging workshop to be held Friday, May 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Registration costs $35 and includes all supplies except floral clippers. For more information, call Judy at (630) 800-2412 or visit

SENIOR TASK FORCE FOCUS GROUP. The next Naperville Senior Task Force Focus Group will take place on Friday, May 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Lunchroom of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. This focus group will address aging in place and ask what seniors and/or caregivers feel will be needed in order to stay in their homes and live independently. To register, call (630) 848-3613 or email

CANINE DOG-DISC CHAMPIONSHIPS. Bring your dog and compete in this unique event on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riverwalk Warming House, 736 Sindt Court. No experience is required. All dogs must be on leashes and immunizations must be current. For more information, call Tom Wehrli at (630) 357-9663 or visit

CREATE YOUR OWN MOTHER’S DAY CARD. What better way to celebrate moms than by creating a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day card? Visit WAR Chest Boutique, 4 E. Jefferson Ave., on Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and decorate a card for mom. For more information, call (630) 904-9200, email or visit

DUPAGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra will present “Iberian Inspirations” on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, visit

LOBSTER DAY. Celebrate your mom with live Maine lobsters and filets brought in fresh on Saturday, May 9 at the Centennial Beach parking lot, 500 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit

MOTHER’S DAY 2015. Downtown Naperville is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day. Visit the Downtown Naperville website for gift ideas and to register her to win fabulous prizes, a free long-stem rose with downtown purchase and Mother’s Day brunch. Events will occur from Monday, May 4 through Sunday, May 10. For more information, visit

“TAKING THYME FOR YOURSELF.” Take time to attend “Taking Thyme for Yourself” on Tuesday, May 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at WAR Chest Boutique, 4 E. Jefferson Ave. For more information, call (630) 904-9200 or visit

PARK DISTRICT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. The Naperville Park District is looking for volunteers to help clean up and provide basic maintenance in parks throughout the City. Date-specific events include the Riverwalk Spring Spruce Up Day on Saturday, April 25 and the Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Course clean-ups on Saturday, May 16. For more information, visit

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT COWLISHAW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Volunteers are needed on a weekly basis from 11:20 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Cowlishaw Elementary School, 1212 Sanctuary Lane, through Friday, June 5. Volunteers would pass out tongue depressors as Run Club students race one lap around a course. For more information, email

WEDNESDAY WALKING CLUB. Every Wednesday at 8 a.m. through October 28, join the free Wednesday Walking Club at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Check in at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center then log your minutes to earn reward tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events. No registration is required. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit

MILLENNIUM CARILLON WEEKLY RECITALS AND CONCERTS. Weekly recitals and concerts at the Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave., are held every Saturday at noon and Sunday at 3 p.m. through December. For more information, visit



PARK DISTRICT SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE. The 2015 Naperville Park District Summer Program Guide will be delivered to doorsteps beginning Thursday, April 30. Naperville residents who do not receive a guide by Monday, May 4 may call 630-848-5000 to request a prompt redelivery through May 15.

NAPER BLVD. LIBRARY CLOSURES. The Naper Blvd. Library will undergo a weeklong closing through April 24 to prepare for set up and final renovations, including the installation of new furniture.

LIBRARY SUNDAY HOURS. From now through May 17, the 95th Street Library and Nichols Library will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. every Sunday. For more information, visit

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

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.

“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.

  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Tuesday, April 28, 4 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room

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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