Above / The Riverwalk and Fredenhagen Park provided the last leg of the inaugural Naperville Women’s Half Marathon and 5K before the finish line at North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium on April 24, 2016. Oh! What a beautiful day for a run. From now through the end of the year, seasonal fundraising activities along the Riverwalk welcome folks also to shop, dine and entertain in downtown Naperville.

Upcoming events are timed for the season

autism-blue-light-webTo help raise awareness during National Autism Awareness Month in April, Moser Tower shines blue light in the evening at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk. Blue lights also glow along some neighborhood streets.

To find out more about local initiatives to heighten awareness that provide empowering education and evaluation, visit www.littlefriendsinc.org and www.turningpointeautismfoundation.org.

Note that participating car dealerships are geared up for “Test Drives for Autism Event.” With each test drive, participating car dealerships pledge $20 to benefit Turning Pointe Autism Foundation. Find a list of participating dealerships at  www.TestDrivesForAutism.com or call (630) 615-6060. 

April also is National Safe Digging Month

Communities are reminding people planning digging projects to call JULIE at 8-1-1 prior to beginning any work. Parkways along Naperville’s neighborhood streets (25 mph, please) have signs that JULIE has marked the spots for proposed tree locations.

Thanks for local support!


To help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia research, plant forget-me-nots, a lovely perennial, available at The Growing Place.

Discover opportunities for shopping, dining, fundraising and sporting events from all points N.E.W.S. featured in PN’s Event Guide where readers are welcome to post their events.

And read other “Latest News” you might have missed on this website where stories are saved in our archive up in the cloud to keep readers connected to this thriving community.

Enjoy peaceful walks in Central Park, throughout the Naperville Historic District and the campus of North Central College and all along the Riverwalk, too.

News reports continue to tout the relaxing benefits of spending time in the great outdoors especially when the sun shines. We are grateful our city is plentiful with parks and sidewalks.

Think green! Shop and dine in downtown Naperville!


Denise Sebbag returns to Dean’s with her latest jewelry designs from 10-4PM May 19. Save the date!

Venture to downtown Naperville, a happening place chock full of new shops and eateries, bargains and many reasons to window shop and go inside, too. Discover many spring styles to spiffy up any wardrobe.

Shop from shop to shop to check out the latest in spring fashion and discover the perfect place to spend time with family and friends, then arrange a dining experience any time.

From the Main Street Promenade to Washington Corners, Dean’s Fine Clothing to Anderson’s Bookshop and all points in between, find plenty of reasons to shop, have books signed, dine and be entertained by all the new development in the city’s central business district, including buds and flowers on trees!

If you’re planning to put your house on the market this spring, The Irish Way has an assortment of St. Joseph statues to help speed the selling process.

Main Street Promenade

Soft Surroundings opened its second Chicago area location on April 22, at Main Street Promenade.  Soft Surroundings, a women’s retailer of apparel, beauty and home items, is another reason women will love the shopping experiences they find in downtown Naperville.

Remember, too, that DNA Gift Cards are good every day at more than 100 locations for shopping and dining in the heart of the central business district.

Look forward every day to find plenty that’s brand new for your lifestyle.

Girls on Gartner returns to Naperville Plaza on May 4


Girls on Gartner returns May 4.

Save the date for Girls on Gartner to return on Wed., May 4, throughout Naperville Plaza. First Community Financial Bank is the place to start to pick up a swag bag!

Plan ahead for spring holidays and graduations with novelty gifts, greeting cards, colorfully-wrapped candies and other supplies at Oswald’s Pharmacy where there’s a convenient U.S. Post Office location in Naperville Plaza.

In addition, Oswald’s Medical Equipment Showroom offers all kinds of items to keep folks of all ages moving. Check out the largest selection of lift chairs and other devices that give a little lift.

Find plenty of gift items especially for Moms, too.  Some have heartfelt expressions such as “To the world you are a Mother, but to your family you are the World.”

Also stop by Casey’s Foods where you’ll find all the meats are a cut above all others and a gourmet deli offers delicious items good for the heart ready to go.

And Casey’s is now firing up its grill from 11AM to 2PM every Saturday and Sunday where picnic tables under cover provide a place to pause for lunch.

Spend your money where your heart and home are!

Think and shop locally. Recirculate dollars into the local economy whenever possible. Remember many local businesses offer online services and home delivery.


Look for other independents displaying the bright red IndieBound Naperville sign all over town and in Naperville Plaza, including First Community Financial Bank where they recently celebrated their first $1 billion in assets!

Market Meadows


While checking out this small sampling of sandals, part of a large selection at Toby’s Comfort Shoes, we learned that the shoe store was named after the family dog. We love history!

If you’re looking for comfortable sandals for spring and summer, new styles are arriving regularly at Toby’s Comfort Shoes, located in Market Meadows, 75th Street and Naper Boulevard.

The independently-owned shoe store is a showcase of the best brands of casual shoes, boots, sandals and sports socks for all seasons. From narrow to double wide, many women’s sizes up to 11 and many men’s sizes up to 15, find a good, professional fit that will be comfortable from the get go.

Toby’s Comfort Shoes also carry “slip-free” shoes with arch supports for folks in service industries likely to be on their feet all day.

CityGate Centre


Did you know? Hotel Arista was awarded Four Stars by Forbes Travel Guide.

When you head to the Hotel Arista, CityGate Grille, Sugar Toad or Tap In Pub & Carvery at CityGate Centre or a new experience at Top Golf on Naperville’s northwest side, be mindful of the new traffic configuration at I-88 and Route 59 that may create a little confusion for first-time users.

As always, drive with caution according to weather conditions and observe the speed limit. The innovative diverging diamond interchange, now open, is expected to enhance traffic flow on and off I-88.

(The first diverging diamond interchange opened to traffic in the state of Illinois on I-57 at Marion on August 12, 2015. Diverging diamond interchanges are now operational in 18 states across the nation, with plans to construct them in six other states.)

Naperville offers many ways to eat your heart out…


Meson Sabika

Recently Meson Sabika began celebrating its 25th anniversary year as the city’s Spanish tapas restaurant in the old Willoway mansion.

Decked out in style, historic Meson Sabika and the Pavilion at Meson Sabika, located at 1025 Aurora Ave., offer a variety of spaces for special seasonal parties, showers, receptions, anniversaries and a fun time on any day of the week. Find plenty of parking, too.

Watch for special events at Meson Sabika such as the Naperville Jaycees 37th Annual Distinguished Service Awards Dinner on Thurs., April 28.

Catch 35 plays Fish Frenzy, plans Naperville Wine Dinner


Catch 35 will host another Naperville Wine Dinner on Wed., May 18. RSVP today!

Catch 35 fans recently  participated in the restaurant’s annual Fish Frenzy.
According to Social Media Manager Beth Sweeney, “many great food photographers eat at our restaurants. We love the pics and want to see more!”

Guests were invited to take a photo collage of their favorite Catch 35 Fish Frenzy dishes, post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram with ‪#‎catch35‬. This promo ended at 10AM on March 31, 2016, but the photos are still there.

“We will share and post your collages on our Social Media,” said Sweeney.

Here’s the CATCH~ at the end of the month, one winner will be selected from all collages posted to receive a $100 complimentary certificate to Catch 35. The winner will be announced on April 30 on Facebook.

Catch 35 is located at Washington and Van Buren, just steps from the Van Buren Parking Deck.

Mother’s Day Brunch, Etc., RSVP

Looking ahead, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. From Meson Sabika to SugarToad to Catch 35 to Hugo’s Frog Bar to Heaven on Seven, delicious menus welcome families and friends to recognize mothers and “mother types” with a special dining experience.

Check out www.dinenaperville.com for many dining pleasures featured at more than 250 Naperville eateries. Early reservations are recommended, especially for Mother’s Day.

Have you read the latest about the Independent Map Amendment?  

According to recent news reports, organizers and supporters petitioning to put redrawing the Illinois District Maps question on the General Election Ballot, Nov. 8, 2016, are on their way to having the signatures they need.

Visit Independent Map Amendment to check their progress as they aim to create a nonpartisan 11-member board and “a system where the voters choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their voters.” (By the way, folks have been in front of the DMV in Hobson West with petitions to help get the amendment on the ballot.)

State of the City Address with photos


Folks who attended the State of the City Address were entertained by a video of Mayor Emeritus George Pradel’s showing Mayor Steve Chirico how to prepare to get it right.

During the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon on April 25, the State of the City Address was presented by Mayor Steve Chirico as he wraps up his first year in that office.

For the complete text of his remarks with dozens of photos, visit “Path to Yes.”

On another note, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce will present another special program in its Speaker Series the following week. Geoff Colvin, Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine, will present from 7:30 to 9:30AM Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Community Christian Church – Yellow Box,1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.  Tickets start at $50 for Chamber members. The public is welcome for $75 admission. RSVP is recommended.  Chamber members and the public are invited. To register, visit www.naperville.net.

Property Tax Town Hall Meeting tonight, April 27 

State Senator Michael Connelly and Naperville Township Assessor Warren Dixon will host a Property Tax Town Hall meeting, 7PM to 9PM Wed., April 27.

Local residents can join Connelly and Dixon for an informative and interactive session on property taxes. The two-hour event will be held at the Naperville Central High School Little Theatre, Room 112, located at 440 Aurora Ave.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.


City Notes courtesy of the City of Naperville — Updated April 27, 2016 — Photos by PN


New thru April 28
BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE. During this SCORE roundtable discussion, join fellow business owners for a 90-minute discussion on relevant business issues every entrepreneur faces. This roundtable meeting, which will focus on technology and manufacturing businesses, will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 28 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org. 

Starts April 28, New thru May 7

A HEALTHY COMMUNITY MATTERS. Join the Collaborative Youth Team for free programs during its “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Land” campaign. Highlights include a free kick-off event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at the DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., and a community-wide yoga event from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Rotary Hill, 440 Aurora Ave. Other programs include a Knoch Knolls Family Scavenger Hunt, 5 Easy Steps to Family Composting at North Central College, free youth mental health first-aid classes for adults, Family Screen Free Day Challenge and more. For more information, visit www.kidsmatter2us.org/healthy-roadmap. 

New thru April 30
FREE MOVIE @ THE LIBRARY. “Star Wars” fans can join forces to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the big screen for free from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visitwww.naperville-lib.org.

New thru May 6

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.

Starts May 10, New thru May 24

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. 

New thru May 13

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. 

New thru May 14

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.

New thru May 17

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, visitwww.theresiliencyinstitute.net.

New thru May 21

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, emailentrepreneur@noctrl.edu or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/ideastoprofits. 

Starts May 21, New thru May 22

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.

New thru May 21

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.

New thru May 21

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.

New thru May 22

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. 

New thru May 22

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.


New thru May 23

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. 

Good thru April 27

3-D SOFTWARE AND PRINTING FOR ADULTS. Learn how to design and print three-dimensional objects using the library’s 3-D printer. The program, which requires advanced registration with a fee, will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

Good thru April 27

“SURAHBI: AN EVENING OF WORLD FUSION MUSIC.” North Central College’s Office of International Programs presents “Surahbi: An Evening of World Fusion Music” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Surahbi is a fusion ensemble with Indian, African, Arabic and Spanish flamenco influences. For more information, contact Rebecca Pugh at (630) 637-5132. 

Starts April 27, Good thru May 1

“GREASE.” This rollicking musical will take you back to the 1950’s music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley in the songs “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin” and more. “Grease” will be performed at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.,at 7 p.m. on April 27-30 and at 2 p.m. on April 30 and May 1. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.naperville203.tix.com.

Good thru April 28

MONEY SMART WEEK. The library’s Money Smart Week focusing on the best way to save and value money continues through Thursday, April 28 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. The programs include The ABCs of Buying a Home, Achieve a Well-Planned Money Life, What Happens After the Paychecks Stop and Medicare and Healthcare Options. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

Good thru April 29

RELAY FOR LIFE. North Central College will host its annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraising event at the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29 with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://relayforlife.org/northcentralcollegeil.

Good thru April 29

ARBOR DAY TREE ID WALK. In honor of Arbor Day, the Resiliency Institute is offering a free tree identification walk from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29 beginning at Prairie Sun Consultants, 612 Staunton Road. The walk will cover about a mile of area containing about 60 unique tree species. For more information, visit www.theresiliencyinstitute.net.

Good thru April 29

“THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.” Moscow Festival Ballet will stage “The Sleeping Beauty,” an adaptation of the well-known fairy tale, at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 29 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Good thru April 30

CUISINE FOR A CAUSE. The 13th annual Cuisine for a Cause, a benefit for Naperville CARES, will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Navistar Corporate Headquarters, 2601 Navistar Drive in Lisle. The event will feature dishes from more than 20 Naperville area restaurants as well as, new this year, a martini luge and whiskey tasting. For more information and to register, visit www.napervillecares.org.

Good thru April 30

PARENTS NIGHT OUT INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP. Join Samaritan Interfaith and Artful Impact for an enjoyable evening of laughing and learning about managing stress at “Parents Night Out: Stressed Out! An Interactive Workshop for Parents” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. For more information, contact Tracy Takeda at (630) 357-2456, ext. 104, or ttakeda@samaritancenter.org. 

Good thru April 30

“THE GENIUS OF SCHUBERT.” The Fox Valley Orchestra presents “The Genius of Schubert” performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information and tickets, call (630) 891-2526 or visit www.foxvalleyorchestra.org.

Ongoing thru April 30

TEEN POETRY CONTEST. Teens can celebrate National Poetry Month with the library’s sixth annual Teen Poetry Contest. Offered at all three library buildings, the contest’s three divisions are sixth grade, seventh through eighth grades and high school. The deadline for entries is 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. Pick up an entry form at any Naperville Public Library location or enter online at www.naperville-lib.org/teens/teenpoetrycontest2016. For more information, contact the library at (630) 961-4100, ext. 2203. 

Starts April 30, Good thru October 30

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.

Ongoing thru April 30

TEST DRIVES FOR AUTISM. Throughout Autism Awareness Month in April, car dealerships will donate $20 per test drive to “Test Drives for Autism,” with 100 percent of the donations going to Turning Pointe Autism Foundation. For a list of participating dealerships, call (630) 615-6060 or visit www.testdrivesforautism.com.

Good thru May 1

GIRL SCOUTS MAY DAY. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors are invited to visit Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., for a badge-earning bonanza from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. 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 and to register, visit http://gcnwiprograms.org/program/2188.

Good thru May 1

MEET THIS OLD HOUSE: MARTIN MITCHELL MANSION. Journey beyond the velvet ropes to enjoy guided, privileged access to areas not open to the general public from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. Tour each level of the 12-room Martin Mitchell Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org.

Good thru May 2

WONDERFUL WORLD OF WHEELS. Preschoolers ages 1 to 5 will have an opportunity to see, touch and experience a variety of community vehicles at Naperville Park District’s Wonderful World of Wheels. They will see vehicles such as a police car, fire truck, tractor and many more at this free event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 2 in the Whole Foods Market parking lot, 2607 W. 75th St.

Good thru May 2

PLANTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW. The next meeting of the Naperville Community Garden Club is at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 2 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane and will feature a presentation by Jeff Gibson from Ball Horticulture on “Plants That You Should Know.” For more information, visit www.napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

Good thru May 5

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.

Good thru May 7

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.

Good thru May 7

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.

Good thru May 7

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. 

Good thru May 7

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.

Good thru May 7

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. 

Good thru May 7

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.

Good thru May 10

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. 

Good thru May 11

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. 

Good thru May 11

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. 

Good thru May 12

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.

Good thru May 14

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.

Good thru May 14

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. 

Good thru May 14

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. 

Good thru May 15

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.

Good thru May 17

PARENTSMATTERTOO SUPPORT GROUP. ParentsMatterToo offers a weekly open support group for parents and guardians of teens who may be experimenting with drugs or alcohol. This free and confidential group is facilitated by a counselor from Rosecrance Health Network. The group meets from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Krejci Academy, 619 E. Franklin Ave. For more information, contact Claudie Evenson at (630) 849-4295.

Ongoing thru May 27

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.

Ongoing thru October 26

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.


New thru April 29
LIBRARY CLOSED. All three library buildings will be closed for staff training on Friday, April 29. The book drop will remain open.

New thru August 28
SUNDAY SUMMER HOURS. Sunday summer hours will be in effect for all three library buildings, which will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday from June 5 through Aug. 28. Normal hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Good thru May 25

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 NotifyNAPER 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. 


Please note that all meeting locations listed below are rooms in the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., unless otherwise indicated.

Housing Advisory Commission: Monday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

City Council: Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

Advisory Commission on Disabilities: Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

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.

NAPERVILLE CITY NOTES is a regular feature.

And there’s more about Naperville on this website…

Links to regular meeting schedule for other municipal governing bodies
Also check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends.

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