City Notes
April 15, 2015


NewA SWEET NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Little Friends, Inc., invites you to attend an evening of appetizers, desserts and drink specials at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 244 S. Main St., on Tuesday, April 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Little Friends. For more information, visit

NewNAPERVILLE GARDEN CLUB MEETING. The Naperville Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 22 at 8:45 a.m. at the White Eagle Golf Club, 3400 Club Drive. The cost is $12 for members and $14 for guests. For more information, contact Deb Tritt at (630) 717-9616 or or visit

NewSELECTING 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

NewFREE 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

NewCINCO 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

New“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

NewILLINOIS 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

NewNATIONAL 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

NewFRESH 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

NewSENIOR 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

NewCANINE 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

NewCREATE 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

NewDUPAGE 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

NewLOBSTER 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

NewMOTHER’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

New“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

POETRY MONTH CELEBRATION. The Naperville Writers Group will recognize National Poetry Month during a celebration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

LOW MAINTENANCE EDIBLE GARDENING. Discover how to grow your own garden filled with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers with minimal maintenance. This event will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Clow Education Center on McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, visit

“SPOTLIGHT ON CHILD HUNGER.” To increase awareness of the detrimental and long-term impacts of hunger on children, their families and the overall community, Loaves & Fishes Community Services will host “Spotlight on Child Hunger” at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17 at Central DuPage Hospital, 25 N. Winfield Road, Winfield. For more information or to register, 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, starting Friday, April 17 through Friday, June 5. Volunteers would pass out tongue depressors as Run Club students race one lap around a course. For more information, email

NAPERVILLE SISTER CITIES COMMISSION PERFORMING ARTS EXPOSITION. Naperville Sister Cities Commission will celebrate international culture at Wentz Hall in the Center for Fine Arts, 171 E. Chicago Ave., on Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m. with a performing arts exposition. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by phone at (630) 637-7469 or online at

NAHC MEETING. The next meeting of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation (NAHC) will be held on Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Each April, the Confederation invites members of City Council to discuss priorities, needs and opportunities facing our city and neighborhoods. For more information, visit

SUPER SCOUT SUNDAY. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in grades 2 through 5 can explore Naper Settlement’s grounds like never before from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 at 523 S. Webster St. Use a high-tech GPS unit for geocaching to find hidden caches. The fee is $27 per Scout and registration is required by calling (630) 420-6010.

LANTERN FESTIVAL. Join the Xilin Association for the 10th annual Lantern Festival on Sunday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Compass Auditorium, 1551 E. Hobson Road. This event brings to life the unique Chinese culture and history with brilliant costumes, vibrant music and martial arts. Tickets range from $10 to $30. For more information, visit

BATTLE OF THE BANDS REGISTRATION. Naperville high school student rock bands are invited to apply for the Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors’ Battle of the Bands on Friday, May 15 at the Community Concert Center, 104 E. Benton Ave. Applications and a demo must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 20. The application form can be found at

THE ABCS OF BUYING A HOME. Get an overview of the home-buying process from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Topics will include household budgeting, building credit, tips on improving credit scores, home loan financing options and down payment assistance programs. For more information, visit

CAPS POLICE DEPARTMENT NOMINATIONS. Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) is seeking nominations from the community through April 20 to recognize outstanding service by Police Department personnel. Nominees will be honored at the CAPS awards dinner on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave. For more information, visit

“RAIN IS A RESOURCE.” The community is invited to attend a free educational workshop titled “Rain is a Resource” that will show how to install rain barrels and how they can keep water out of your basement. The event will be held at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 20. To register, visit

INTRODUCTION TO SPRING PLANT IDENTIFICATION. Discover the abundance that exists all around by learning edible wild plant identification. This event will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Clow Education Center on McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information and to register, 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

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

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

A.D.O.P.T WALK-A-THON. Join A.D.O.P.T. on Sunday, May 3 at 7:30 a.m. for its annual “Makin’ Strides For Strays” Walk-A-Thon at the Fifth Avenue Station, 200 E. Fifth Ave. This is a pet walk to benefit the animals at the shelter. For more information, call (630) 355-2299 or 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

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

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

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., resume on Saturday April 4, and will be held every Saturday at noon and Sunday at 3 p.m. For more information, visit


NAPER BLVD. LIBRARY CLOSURES. From April 13 through April 19, the upper level will be closed. The library will also undergo a weeklong closing from April 20 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.

  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Downtown Advisory Commission: Thursday, April 16, 3:30 p.m., NEU
  • Advisory Commission on Disabilities: Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m., NEU
  • Naperville City Council: Tuesday, April 21, 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

Kevin Apgar
Communications Specialist
(630) 420-6004

Linda LaCloche
Communications Manager
(630) 420-6034

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