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City Notes
May 4, 2016

COMMUNITY EVENTS

NewGENEALOGY ROAD TRIP TIPS. Doreen Marvin of Fox Valley Genealogical Society will provide guidance for anyone thinking about heading off to ancestral lands or investigating regional archives as part of their genealogy research. Participants can bring laptops and use the library’s genealogy databases. The program will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

NewCINCO DE MAYO FIESTA. Teens can celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making mini piñatas and clay sugar skulls from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Participants also can also enjoy a nacho bar and compete in games for small prizes. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

NewBASICS OF BBQ. Fire up the grill and learn the basics of grilling, the pros and cons of charcoal and gas grills as well as the first steps to cooking. Grillers also will learn recipes as well as tips and tricks for a great grilling season. The program will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

NewTHE WHEELS ON THE BIKE GO ROUND AND ROUND. Kids will roll along with stories, songs and activities in this rollicking event featuring bicycles of all types. Bike safety tips and a craft will round out the program, which will be from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, May 6 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

New“THE SECRET OF MARIE.” Former Naperville resident Rebecca Bricker will present her new book, “The Secret of Marie,” an art-history mystery set in Giverny, France, where Claude Monet spent the last half of his life. Marie was the favorite model of American Impressionist artist Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), who was mentored by Monet. The author will share details of a significant discovery she made in her role as an art-history detective while conducting research for this book. The program will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

New“OPERA GALA.” DuPage Symphony Orchestra and Naperville Chorus present two performances of “Opera Gala” at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 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 www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

NewSMALL BUSINESS WEEK. Naperville Public Library will celebrate small businesses throughout the community by hosting Small Business Week from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 through May 12 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For a schedule of events, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

NewWOMEN’S CHORAL “FINALE!” CONCERT. North Central College presents the Women's Chorale “Finale!” Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 in the College’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

NewDUPAGE RIVER TRAIL GROUNDBREAKING. A groundbreaking ceremony for a one-mile extension of the DuPage River Trail is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Road. The $2.1 million project will extend the asphalt path southwest from Knoch Knolls Park to the 95th Street Bridge over the DuPage River.

NewSPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES MEETINGS. Naperville Community Unit School District 203 will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 19 to discuss the district’s plan for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools or who are home schooled within the Naperville District 203 boundaries. The meetings will be held at the District Administrative Center, 203 W. Hillside, from 9 to 10 a.m. for families who home school and from 11 a.m. to noon for parents or guardians of students in private school. For more information, contact Assistant Superintendent Christine Igoe at (630) 420-6308 or cigoe@naperville203.org

NewCORNERSTONE DAY PICNIC. North Central College invites the community to attend its annual Cornerstone Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at Jefferson Plaza, located on the lawn east of Brainard Street at Jefferson Avenue. The free event features sample cuisine provided by Chartwells and Naperville restaurants and entertainment by talented North Central College students. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held in the lobby of Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Cornerstone Day commemorates the College’s 1870 move to Naperville and the laying of the cornerstone for Old Main.

NewCHICAGO SINFONIETTA. Chicago Sinfonietta presents “Cosmic Convergence” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 in North Central College’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The orchestra presents an encore performance of its greatest hits while introducing two breathtaking, never-before-seen videos. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

NewCONCERT WINDS FINAL SPRING AND ALUMNI CONCERT. North Central College presents the Concert Winds Final Spring and Alumni Concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 23 in the College’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

NewDOCUMENTARY SCREENING. North Central College’s sociology and anthropology department hosts a free screening of the documentary “Altars by the Lake” at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 23 in the College’s Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. The film examines religious continuity and change in a Guatemalan community. For more information, call (630) 637-5132.

NewCONCERT CHOIR GRADUATION CONCERT. North Central College presents the Concert Choir Graduation Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 in the College’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

NewCENTENNIAL BEACH. Jump into summer as Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave., opens for the 2016 season at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. For more information, visit www.centennialbeach.org.

NewWOUNDED WARRIOR 5K. Honor wounded warriors of the past, present and future with Operation Welcome You Home at the 5th Annual Wounded Warrior 5K on Saturday, May 28 at Plainfield North High School, 12005 South 248th St. in Plainfield. The event begins at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.welcomeyouhome.org.

NewMEMORIAL DAY PARADE. The annual Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post #43 Memorial Day Parade will kick-off at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30 in downtown Naperville. For more information and a parade route map, visit www.naperville.il.us/memorialdayparade.aspx.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. The 64th annual National Day of Prayer will be Thursday, May 5 at noon at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, call (815) 436-7088 or visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org

BATTLE OF THE BANDS. The community is invited to listen to some of the top high school rock bands as they compete in the Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors’ 13th annual Battle of the Bands from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

PLANT SALE. The Naperville Community Gardeners 36th annual Plant Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Naperville’s Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, 811 S. West St. Featured plants include locally grown high quality Proven Winners, a wide variety of unique “specialty” and bedding plants, vegetables, herbs, grasses and hanging baskets. For more information, please visit www.napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

BLACKSMITHING 101. Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools and the forge in this two-session class ay Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Participants will learn hammer techniques while making an item to take home. The two-session class will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 and 14. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.

CANINE DOG-DISC CHAMPIONSHIPS. Participate in or just come out to watch the Naperville Park District Canine Dog-Disc Championships from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 near the Riverwalk Warming House, 736 Sindt Court. No experience is required. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call Tom Wehrli at (630) 357-9663 or visit www.napervilleparks.org.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER TEA PARTY. Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend with a cooking class designed for mothers and daughters featuring a menu including assorted finger sandwiches and lemon scones from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 in the 95th Street Center Culinary Arts Room 303, 2277 West 95th St. For more information or to register, call (630) 848-5000 or visit www.napervilleparks.org.

STREAMING HISTORY WALKING TOUR. This guided stroll of Naperville’s Riverwalk will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 starting at the Naper Settlement parking lot on the corner of Webster Street and Porter Avenue. Points of interest include the site of Naperville co-founder John Naper’s estate, the site of the Naperville Ice Cream Factory, the site of Joseph Naper’s mill and former quarry workers’ homes. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.

ÉLAN DANCE COMPANY SHOWCASE. Join the Naperville Park District for an evening of dance entertainment performed by its own Élan Dance Company from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 Benton Ave. The all-ages performance features an eclectic collection of dances from classical ballet to jazz to modern dance. For more information, call (630) 848-5000 or visit www.napervilleparks.org.

PROJECT HELP BREAKFAST. Project HELP invites the community to “Community Begins at Home!” a breakfast featuring keynote speaker Diana Mendley Rauner, president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive in Lisle. For more information, visit www.projecthelpdupage.org.

ÉLAN DANCE COMPANY AUDITIONS. Students between the ages of 9 and 21 interested in joining Élan Dance Company for the 2016-17 season are invited to audition on Tuesday, May 24 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Audition times vary based on age. An informational open house will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

SENIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT. Senior golfers can enjoy some golf competition among friends at the Senior Partner Championship beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at Springbrook Golf Course, 2220 W. 83rd St. Entry deadline is Wednesday, May 11. For more information, visit www.golfnaperville.org.

GROW A FRUIT TREE GUILD. Learn how to grow fruit trees the permaculture way to minimize maintenance, diseases and pests and maximize taste and nutrition from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, visit www.theresiliencyinstitute.net/events/934/grow-a-fruit-tree-guild.

CAPS AWARDS DINNER. Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) will honor outstanding service by Police Department personnel at an awards dinner on Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.napervillecaps.com.

SPRING TULIP BULB SALE. The Naperville Park District will hold its annual Spring Tulip Bulb Sale at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 13 at the Riverwalk Pavilion near the Park District Administrative Building parking lot, 320 W. Jackson Ave. Bulbs that bloomed this spring along the Riverwalk and other locations will be sold for $3 per dozen on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

SPRING CAR CARE CLINIC. The Naperville & Lisle Township Triad invites seniors to a spring car care clinic from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14 at the Lisle Public Works Garage, 4915 Yackley Drive, Lisle. For more information, visit www.naperville-lisle-triad.org.

USED BOOK DONATION DRIVE. Donate hardcover/paperback books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl to the annual AAUW Naperville Area Used Book Donation Drive on Saturday, May 14 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 http://naperville-il.aauw.net.

ARTIFACTS UNCOVERED. Go behind the scenes for a glimpse of the storage areas where Naper Settlement curators, staff and volunteers will show you highlights of our permanent Museum Collection from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Collections Care and Storage Facility in the City of Naperville’s Public Works Building, 180 Fort Hill Drive, Door F. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.

PREPAREDNESS FAIR. Community members are invited to a preparedness fair sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1320 Ridgeland Road. The fair will feature seminars on home flood prevention, storing food you will actually eat, wills and estate planning, employment resources and other topics as well as children’s activities and prizes. For more information, contact Frank Sorenson at (331) 332-0860 or sorensonfranklin@gmail.com.

LECTURE SERIES: HOPS AND HISTORY. Come enjoy some hops and history with “Chicago by the Pint” author Denese Neu during this special presentation from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. The author will present an entertaining program that weaves a story of Chicagoland as it intersects with beer. After the lecture, Two Brothers Brewing Co. will provide four beer samplings paired with appetizers in the Tavern. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 420-6010 for reservations.

INTRO TO PLANT ID. Learn the basics of wildflower plant identification at Intro to Plant ID – Wildflowers & Weeds from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, visit www.theresiliencyinstitute.net.

IDEAS TO PROFITS CONFERENCE. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at North Central College and Fox Valley SCORE will present the second annual Ideas to Profits Business Conference on Saturday, May 21. The conference will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the College’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Attendees will learn about current trends and information and acquire new skills to help them start or grow a business and become more competitive. For more information, email entrepreneur@noctrl.edu or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/ideastoprofits.

CIVIL WAR DAYS. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., becomes a Civil War encampment with more than 300 reenactors during Civil War Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. Visitors can meet famous characters of the past and become immersed in history. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.org.

EDIBLE WILD PLANTS WALK. Enjoy an afternoon guided walk while practicing wildflower and weed identification from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, visit www.theresiliencyinstitute.net.

FAMILY NATURE NIGHT. Enjoy hands-on activities and a late evening stroll from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 to view the beautiful spring wildflowers making their appearance at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, call (630) 848-5000 or visit www.napervilleparks.org.

FAMILY BIRD WALK. Join Henry Griffin, a 16-year-old birder with more than 900 species identified, on a guided walk through Springbrook Prairie, located off Plainfield-Naperville Road south of 75th Street. This event will focus on searching for migratory songbirds from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 22. For more information, visit www.theresiliencyinstitute.net.

FISHIN’ KIDS. Learn all the basics of fishing including how to rig a pole, bait the hook, cast and handle fish at Naperville Park District’s Fishin’ Kids from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 22 at Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, call (630) 848-5000 or visit www.napervilleparks.org.

GOLF … IT’S HABIT FORMING.  It’s time to clean your clubs and join the Carmelite Sisters of St. Patrick’s Residence for their 27th annual Benefit Golf Outing on Monday, May 23 at Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora. Registration includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, cocktail hour, dinner, a live auction and more. For more information, contact Madelene Bernar or Cathy Carr at (630) 416-6565.

FACULTY ART SHOW. North Central College presents a collection of artwork by several North Central faculty members in the “Faculty Group Show” through Friday, May 27 at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The free exhibit will showcase paintings, photography, ceramics, 3D art, graphic design and more. For more information, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show.

WEDNESDAY WALKING CLUB. Get fit the old fashioned way during Naper Settlement’s Wednesday Walking Club that will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays, April 6 through October 26 on the Settlement’s 12-acre museum campus, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org.

MOSER TOWER AND VISITOR CENTER. The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and Visitor Center, 443 Aurora Ave., is open for the 2016 season. Tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays from May through November. Friday tours are also available from Friday, May 27 through Friday, August 12. For more information, visit www.naperville-carillon.org.

GENERAL INFORMATION 

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED. The Naperville Municipal Center and all other non-emergency City offices and buildings are closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 30.

LIBRARY INTRODUCES HOOPLA. Naperville Public Library now offers a new service to library cardholders. Bringing library customers thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more entertainment, hoopla is an instant digital streaming or download service. From Hollywood blockbusters to best-selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche as well – users will discover hoopla provides the freedom to experience, explore and enjoy what they want, when they want and where they want. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

NAPERVILLE NOW. NCTV17 recently launched “Naperville Now,” a new daily companion to the station’s weekly half-hour newscast, “Naperville News 17.” Subscribe by visiting http://eepurl.com/bBHy4f and a fast-paced two minute video of Naperville’s daily news and sports headlines will be delivered right to your email inbox every Monday through Thursday.

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 www.napernotify.com.

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 www.naperville.il.us/smart911.aspx.

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 www.naperville.il.us/hhw.aspx.

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 beyondthefinish@yahoo.com.

“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 bradleyj@naperville.il.us 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 http://bit.ly/nplnewsletter.

RECYCLE MY FRIDGE. Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) customers can recycle secondary refrigerators and receive a prepaid card. For more information, visit www.RecycleMyFridge.org.

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 www.naperville.il.us/cpraed.aspx.

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.


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, May 4, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Foreign Fire Insurance Board: Thursday, May 5, 8 a.m., Meeting Room A
  • Liquor Commission: Thursday, May 5, 3 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Financial Advisory Board: Monday, May 9, 6 p.m., NEU Meeting Room
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Tuesday, May 10, 4 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room
  • Riverwalk Commission: Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 a.m., Lunch 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 info@naperville.il.us. 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
munchk@naperville.il.us

Linda LaCloche
Communications Manager
(630) 420-6034
laclochel@naperville.il.us


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