City Notes
March 25, 2015


NewBECOME A NCTV17 INTERN. Would you like an internship with your local TV station? This summer get hands-on, real world experience at NCTV17. From reporting to video production, this eight-week internship provides an opportunity to learn skills from professionals in news, sports, production services and marketing. Applications are due by Monday, March 30. For more information, visit

NewFLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT. Grab your flashlight and hunt for prize-filled eggs under the stars. Please bring a flashlight and a bag or basket to put your eggs and prizes in on Thursday, April 2 at 7:15 p.m. at the Knoch Knolls Park Picnic Grove, 336 Knoch Knolls Road. This event is held outside so please dress appropriately. Parents must be present with their children, but may not assist them during the hunt. This event is designed for children ages 9-13; there are no age exceptions. For more information, visit

NewSPRING EGG-STRAVAGANZA. Celebrate spring with games, stories, crafts, snacks and an egg hunt in this fun-packed event designed for children ages 2-5. Dress appropriately for this outdoor event scheduled for 10 a.m. and again at noon on Saturday, April 4 at the Seager Park Interpretive Center, 1163 Plank Road. For more information, call (630) 848-5000 or visit

NewNAPERVILLE PUBLIC WORKS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE. On Monday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to noon, the City of Naperville’s Department of Public Works will host a community blood drive at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Photo ID is required for all donors. To make your appointment to donate, call (630) 420-6095 or visit

NewOUR LADY OF ANGELS SCHOOL FIRE. Shortly before classes were to be dismissed on December 1, 1958, a fire broke out in the basement of Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, killing 92 children and three nuns. During this presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, researcher Jim Gibbons will discuss details of the tragedy and the life and death of Margaret (“Peggy”) Anne Sansonetti, who was killed by smoke inhalation in the fire. For more information, visit

New“IS THAT YOUR BEST OFFER?” In celebration of Equal Pay Day, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Naperville Area will host a mini-workshop that explores the latest pay gap research and legislative progress; how to prepare for salary negotiations via online salary research for specific positions and locations; and successful negotiation techniques, role play and discussion. This event will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:15 p.m. at the Celebration Community Life Center, 919 S. Washington St. For more information, visit

New“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. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit

NewNAPERVILLE 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. Following the gala, the general public is invited to enjoy an international program honoring our cultural, educational, humanitarian and economic exchanges. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by phone at (630) 637-7469 or online at For more information, email

NewSUPER 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. Become a sleuth by solving riddles to find letterboxes. Make your own stamp and practice your seeking skills around the 12-acre museum campus and earn scouting badges. The fee is $27 per Scout and registration is required by calling (630) 420-6010.

NewLANTERN 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

NewINTRODUCTION TO SPRING PLANT IDENTIFICATION. Discover the abundance that exists all around by learning edible wild plant identification. Take this class to learn beginning plant identification skills focusing on leaves and wild flowers. 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

CERT CLASS REGISTRATION. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has scheduled a basic training class beginning in April. Sessions will be held at Fire Station No. 4, 1971 Brookdale Road on Wednesday, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration deadline is March 25. For more information, visit

KIDSMATTER STUDENT JOB FAIR. The KidsMatter Job Fair connects teens and young adults with more than 50 area businesses offering more than 1,800 part-time and seasonal jobs. The fair will be held Wednesday, March 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. For more information, visit

NAHC CANDIDATE FORUMS - NAPERVILLE CITY COUNCIL 2. The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation (NAHC) will host the second of two candidate forums for the Naperville City Council on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit

“ROBERT IRVINE LIVE.” North Central College welcomes Chef Robert Irvine in his new show “Robert Irvine Live” at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. The celebrated chef takes his signature culinary sensibilities to a whole new level with numerous opportunities for audience participation. For more information, visit

SENIOR CAREGIVERS FOCUS GROUP. The City of Naperville’s Senior Task Force invites caregivers of senior citizens and seniors to a focus group taking place on Saturday, March 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Naperville Employee University (NEU) room of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Registration is requested and space is limited; to register, email

SMALL BUSINESS FORUM. The first annual Small Business Forum will take place on Tuesday, March 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University, 1120 Diehl Road. The forum will feature workshops on planning, technology, social media, funding resources and legal considerations for your business. 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

POTTS & PANS STEELBAND CONCERT. Hear the sound of steelpans come alive as Potts & Pans Steelband, the largest steelpan organization in Chicagoland, performs at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. For more information, visit

“DISCOVERING YOUR WORTH.” WAR Chest Boutique is presenting “Discovering Your Worth: Financial & Personal Independence” on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the boutique, 4 E. Jefferson Ave. This financial workshop is for women presented by women with a holistic approach to evaluating your current financial status. For more information, email

FLASHBACK FRIDAY - MEET A CURATOR. Meet the museum’s curatorial staff, hear about their work and see real artifacts from the museum’s collection from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 at the Collections Care and Storage Facility, Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit

EASTER EGG HUNT. Hop into action as the Naperville Jaycees hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt. This event is open to children ages 1-8 on Saturday, April 4 at 8:55 a.m. at Frontier Park, 3380 Cedar Glade Drive. Participants are encouraged to donate canned goods that will be given to Loaves & Fishes Community Services. For more information, 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, call (630) 848-5000 or visit

NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB MEETING. The next meeting of the Naperville Community Garden Club will be held on Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. The presentation will be on how to create a succulent wreath. The meeting is free to all and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit

“STRENGTH AND HONOR” LUNCH. Join Naperville Responds for Our Veterans as it hosts its annual “Strength and Honor” lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8. The lunch will be held at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle. For more information, email or visit

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE. Volunteer tax preparers in the AARP Tax-Aide Program will provide free tax filing assistance to seniors by appointment only. Appointments are available at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., now through April 8. Interested individuals should call (630) 848-3613 to set up an appointment and determine what documents to bring.

FORT HILL ACTIVITY CENTER GROUNDBREAKING. The Naperville Park District invites the community to the groundbreaking of the Fort Hill Activity Center at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 at the site of the project at the corner of Fort Hill Drive and Quincy Avenue. For more information, including conceptual plans for the facility, visit

NAPERVILLE HOUSING EXPO. Residents of Naperville and surrounding communities are invited to explore available housing resources at the first-ever Naperville Housing Expo on Saturday, April 11. Stop by between 9 a.m. and noon at the Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road, to discover grants, incentives and other assistance available for buying, maintaining and renting homes. For more information, visit

THE FESTIVAL OF COLORS. Simply Vedic Cultural Society invites all to celebrate the passing of winter and arrival of spring with the Festival of Color on Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 500 W. Jackson Ave. Bags of safe, non-stain, dry colors will be available on-site for a $2 donation. For more information, visit

“FOREVER THE TRAMP.” The History Speaks Lecture Series presents “Forever the Tramp” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 12 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. In this first-person portrayal, actor Charlie Chaplin, portrayed by Terry Lynch, looks back on his legendary career as a pioneer of American film. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit

POTLUCK MEAL & A MOVIE. The Resiliency Institute invites you to visit the Clow Education Center, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, on Sunday, April 12 at 5 p.m. for a tour and to view the film “The Permaculture Orchard.” 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

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


NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT CONTROLLED BURNS. Beginning in mid-March or later, Naperville Park District crews will be conducting prescribed ground-level burns in various areas throughout the city in an effort to improve the habitat for native plants. For more information and a list of burn sites, visit

WILL COUNTY LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN SURVEY. Will County residents are being asked to provide input and help shape Will County's Long Range Transportation Plan. For more information and to take the survey, visit

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

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. With Smart911, anytime you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your Safety Profile, the 9-1-1 systems recognizes the number and automatically displays your profile on the screen of the call taker who receives your call. To register, visit

POWER OUTAGES. If you are experiencing a power outage, please report them 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.

  • Foreign Fire Insurance Board: Thursday, March 26, 8 a.m., NEU
  • Downtown Advisory Commission: Thursday, March 26, 3:30 p.m., NEU
  • City Council Workshop – Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) Fund Grant: Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Sister Cities Commission: Wednesday, April 1, 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 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

About City Notes

NAPERVILLE CITY NOTES is a regular feature. For more information or to include your event in City Notes, please contact Kevin Apgar at (630) 420-6004 or

Companion Publication

If you would like to receive CITY LINK, the list of newly added events as well as what's happening this week, directly in your email inbox, visit our e-News page and sign up for "City Link."


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.