|March 5, 2014
ELECTRIC UTILITY OPEN HOUSE. The City of Naperville will host a public open house on Thursday, March 6 that will provide an overview of the current financial position of the City’s Electric Utility and proposed electric rate increases starting May 1 of this year. The open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. No formal presentation will take place; City staff will be available to answer individual questions from attendees at five stations.
NAPERVILLE ART LEAGUE PUBLIC ART COMPETITION. The public is invited to come and view entries in the Naperville Art League’s 10th annual public art competition. An artists’ reception is planned for Sunday, March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. with an award ceremony at 3:15 p.m. at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery, 508 North Center St. The “Grounds for Potential” exhibit opens on Friday, March 7 and runs through Saturday, March 14. Admission is free. For more information, call (630) 355-2530 or visit www.napervilleartleague.com.
“FRANK SINATRA: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC.” The program, which will showcase the story and songs of Frank Sinatra, will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org/content/Adult.
SCIENTISTS SPEAK. Katie Carrado Gregar of Argonne National Laboratory will speak about nanotechnology at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org/content/Adult.
“WRITE ON! FREE YOUR INNER WRITER.” Individuals just starting out in creative writing as well as those finding their identity on the page again can interact with other writers and stretch their creative minds free of judgment. This program will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Individuals can attend a single session or plan on attending the series. Participants can bring writing implements. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org/content/Adult.
ADA TRANSITION PLAN PUBLIC VIEWING. The Naperville Park District invites residents to view and comment on a proposed update of its 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. The Open House will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. A complete copy of the Revised 1992 ADA Transition Plan, including the summary of improvements, is available for the public to view at the Park District’s Planning Office, 425 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, contact Director of Planning Eric Shutes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOX VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING. The Fox Valley Genealogical Society’s March meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting rooms of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit www.ilfvgs.org.
DUPAGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra will perform “Broadway Spectacular,” featuring renowned soprano Lisa Vroman, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $35 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
ÉLAN DANCE COMPANY SHOWCASE. The Naperville Park District’s own Élan Dance Company will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St. Tickets are $8 if purchased by March 21 or $10 after that date. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.napervilleparks.org.
GARDENING WORKSHOPS. Whether gardening at home or at the Naperville Park District’s West Street Garden Plots, residents are invited to attend a series of free gardening workshops led by Master Gardener and Commissioner Ron Ory. The workshops will meet at Sportsman’s Clubhouse, 735 S. West St., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19 and 26. For more information, call (630) 848-5000 or visit www.napervilleparks.org.
CERT CLASS REGISTRATION. The City of Naperville will again offer its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes beginning in April. The free classes will take place from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 23 and 30 and May 7 as well as 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. All forms are due no later than Thursday, April 3. For more information, including registration and waiver forms, visit www.napercert.org.
OFFICER WHITE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD. Applications are being accepted through April 9 for the 2014 Officer David White Scholarship. This scholarship honors the compassionate public service modeled by Naperville Park Police Officer David White, whose actions helped save a young man’s life in 2006. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Wednesday, April 9 at 5 p.m. The 2014 application and brochure and can be downloaded at www.napervilleparks.org/parkpolice.
DUPAGEPADS TASTE OF HOPE. Tickets are now available for the eighth annual DuPagePads Taste of Hope that will be held on Thursday, March 6 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Abbington Banquets, 3S002 Route 53, Glen Ellyn. Guests will have the luxury of dinner from more than 25 restaurants in one evening. For more information, visit www.dupagepads.org.
NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY RADIO WATCH PRESENTATION. Naperville Community Radio Watch (CRW) members are trained in police observation capabilities to reduce crime and enhance public safety. To learn more about CRW, attend an overview at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 8 at the Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Ave. For more information, email NapervilleCRW@yahoo.com.
WDSRA BLACK & RED BASH. The Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) will hold its annual Black & Red Bash on Saturday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at Abbington Distinctive Banquets, Glen Ellyn. At this event, they will celebrate the children, teens and adults who lead meaningful active lives through WDSRA programs and services. For more information, visit www.wdsra.com.
“CHORDS FOR KIDS.” North Central College presents “Chords for Kids,” a free concert for children with autism and their families, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Admission is free but tickets are required. For more information, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
NAPERVILLE WINTER WINE FESTIVAL. The Naperville Winter Wine festival aims to chase away the chill with Naperville’s first international wine tasting to be held on Sunday, March 9 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Hotel Arista, 2139 City Gate Lane. This event is for ages 21 and older. A portion of the proceeds benefits DuPagePads. For more information, visit www.napervillewinefestival.com.
YOUTH SYMPHONY OF DUPAGE SPRING CONCERT. The Youth Symphony of DuPage presents its Spring Concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, visit www.ysdp.org.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID ADVOCATES TRAINING. Parents are invited to become mental health first aid advocates for children in just eight hours. This course will be facilitated by certified Mental Health First Aid trainers from NCUSD 203, Linden Oaks & KidsMatter. Sessions will be offered from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 3 and 10 and from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 12. For more information, visit www.kidsmatter2us.org.
NAPERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM SPONSORS. The Naperville Public Library is seeking local businesses to be a sponsor for its Summer Reading Program. Please contact Lisa West at email@example.com for more information or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
59TH ANNUAL PANCAKE FESTIVAL AND RAFFLE. The Naperville Evening Kiwanis Club will host its 59th annual Pancake Festival & Raffle on Saturday, March 15 at Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave. from 7 a.m. to noon. The festival includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage and beverage. For more information, visit www.naperville-evening.kiwanisone.org.
ST. PADDY’S DAY 5K. The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, in cooperation with West Suburban Irish, is hosting the St. Paddy’s Day 5K at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. The race begins and ends at Jackson Avenue and West Street. For more information, visit www.stpaddysday5k.org.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. The West Suburban Irish will once again host its St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. in and around downtown Naperville. The parade begins at Naperville North High School, continues south on Mill Street, east on Jefferson Avenue, south on Main Street and west on Water Street to the Municipal Center. For more information, visit www.wsirish.org.
GREEN GRUB AND PUB CRAWL. Local cyclists are encouraged to meet at Quigley’s Irish Pub at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 16 to ride to Muldoon’s Pub in Wheaton before returning to Quigley’s. This event is open to cyclists 18 years of age and older. For more information, visit www.bikebald.com.
LIBRARY SEEKS QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTERS. The Naperville Public Library is seeking quality assurance testers for its new Idea Lab at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Any adult with a Naperville Public Library card or high school student from districts 203 or 204 are welcome. For more information, call the 95th Street Library Computer Lab Desk at (630) 961-4100 x4990.
INDIAN PRAIRIE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. Tickets are now available for the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation’s (IPEF) 25th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 21. Performances take place at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, call (630) 637-7469.
“WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN BEFORE I WENT TO COLLEGE.” Join the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Naperville Area on Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave., for advice on how to handle college challenges for young women. For more information, visit www.naperville-il.aauw.net.
NAPERVILLE MEN’S GLEE CLUB SHOWCASE. The Naperville Men’s Glee Club Spring Invitational Showcase 2014 will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 23 at Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Along with the Glee Club, students from Naperville Central, Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley High Schools will perform. For more information, visit www.nmgc.org.
2014 KIDSMATTER JOB FAIR. The KidsMatter Student Job Fair connects teens and young adults with area businesses offering more than 1,750 part-time and seasonal jobs. This event, to be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in the North Central College Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St., is free for all students. For more information, visit www.kidsmatter2us.org.
ROTARY CLUB GRANT APPLICATIONS. The Rotary Club of Naperville is currently seeking grant applications from local 501(c)3 organizations to fund humanitarian programs. Applications must be sent by Friday, March 28 to the Rotary Club of Naperville, P.O. Box 2, Naperville, IL 60566 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.napervillerotary.com.
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.
COOKIES AND BOOKS FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN. The Naperville Public Library will host a parent and child book discussion club from 7 to 8 p.m. on March 12 and April 9 at Naper Blvd. Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org/content/eventskids.
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) runs through Saturday, April 12 at Loaves & Fishes, 1871 High Grove Lane. Hours will be Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com.
REGISTER NOW FOR NAPERVILLE CITIZENS ACADEMY. Naperville residents once again have the opportunity to learn about the City’s form of government, department operations and City services. This free, 11-week program is designed to give residents hands-on experience and unique insight into the City of Naperville. Classes will meet weekly from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning Thursday, April 24. To inquire about registration, contact Communications Assistant Janice Bradley at (630) 420-6707. For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/citizensacademy.aspx.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an application or receive more information. Applications can also be downloaded from www.naperville.il.us/mvp.aspx, 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 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.
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.
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, March 5, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Rooms B&C
- Foreign Fire Insurance Board: Thursday, March 6, 9 a.m., Meeting Room A
- Liquor Commission: Thursday, March 6, 3 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room
- Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Tuesday, March 11, 4 p.m., NEU
- Riverwalk Commission: Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 a.m., Lunch Room
- Sister Cities Commission: Wednesday, March 12, 7 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 email@example.com. Every effort will be made to allow for meeting participation.
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