Folks! Reminder to look up U.S. Presidents every day around Naperville for local lore and historic storytelling.

Friday

Jen Widerstrom, author of ‘Diet Right for Your Personality Type’ Book event – 7PM | $45
Yellow Box Church – 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL 60540
Jen Widerstrom, author of Diet Right for Your Personality Type, 7PM Yellow Box Church, 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville. Tickets exclusively at JenWiderstromAndersons.brownpapertickets.com.

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Saturday

Casey’s Fires Up the Grill – 11AM | Price varies with purchase.
Casey’s Foods – 124 W. Gartner Rd. Naperville, IL 60540
Yes, it’s true. Caseys Foods located at Naperville Plaza will be firing up its grill Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 2PM this weekend to enjoy these warm February days. Choose from a variety of options, including burgers, brats, tacos or the weekly special. It’s great food, at a good price, in a fun atmosphere.  Plus, it’s just around the bend from Oswald’s Pharmacy where you’ll always get a lift if you’re looking for medical equipment.

Strikes for Strays – 7PM | $45
Bowlero Naperville – 1515 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Come out to support A.D.O.P.T. Feb 18 from 7 – 9PM at Bowlero, 1515 Aurora Ave., Naperville on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the bowling to benefit the animals event. Ticket price of $45 includes bowling, shoe rental, soft drinks and appetizers. Tickets available at the shelter, 420 Industrial Dr, Naperville or online at www.eventbee.com/event?eid=171259804.

Perfect for Families! Clash of the Sequins Show Choir Invitational – All Day | $15
Naperville North High School-IL – 899 N. Mill St. Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville North High School Show Choirs are hosting the Second Annual Clash of the Sequins show choir competition on Saturday, February 18. The Clash of the Sequins combines rock-concert production values with a fun and positive experience to attract top show choirs from Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and throughout Illinois. Clash of the Sequins is perfect family entertainment for everyone young and old, with all-day tickets costing just $15. For more information, visit www.theclashcomp.com.

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Sunday

Chicago A Cappella presents Bound for Glory – 4PM | $15-$43
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60563
No other music matches the power and sheer beauty of spirituals. This moving and joyous concert includes early traditions like the ‘moan’ and the Fisk Jubilee Singers, as well as exciting contemporary and fusion works by musical greats like Moses Hogan and Adolphus Hailstork. Our singers will uplift your spirit at this glorious musical event. Principal Music Director, John William Trotter. www.chicagoacappella.org.

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Monday

North Central College Visit Day – 9:30AM
Wentz Concert Hall lobby – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
High school students and their parents or guardians are invited to attend NCC’s Visit Day on Monday, Feb. 20, in the Wentz Concert Hall lobby, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Visitors can choose to attend a morning session with check-in at 9:30AM or a later one at 11:45AM. Both sessions offer opportunities to take a walking tour and attend informative sessions on financial aid, academic highlights and student life, with optional tours of athletic and fine arts facilities. For more information and to register call 630-637-5800 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/visit/freshman-campus-visit-opportunities.

School’s Out Day Camp – Messy, Mad Science – 9AM | $45-$120
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540
Making a mess is generally frowned upon, but here, we will experiment with everything from slime to silly putty to gaseous compounds of foaming, fizzing and bubbling explosions! Some of the hands-on experiments will get grimy, so be sure to wear your lab coat (or old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty for the sake of learning!). For children in grades 1-5. – Dive into the world of slime and goo to create Galaxy Slime. – Make a bubbling explosion in a bag. – Use household and pantry items to create “bath fizzies.” $120/camper for all three School’s Out Days (2/20, 3/3, 3/27) or $45/camper/day; registration required. www.napersettlement.org.

Beyond the weekend

Consider things to do this weekend for future events

Reserve a spot for the West Suburban Irish Emerald Dinner on Sat., Feb. 25, at the White Eagle Club and/or a an entry in the WSI Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11.

Reserve a spot for the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise St. Paddy’s Day 5K on March 11  in downtown Naperville.

Reserve a spot for the Little Friends’ 41st Annual Benefit Auction on March 4, to be held at the Hilton Lisle-Naperville.

Reserve tickets for 2017 Ribfest, June 30-July 3. Toby Keith Tickets now on sale at www.ribfest.net.

Year-round Gift Idea… Give a Naperville experience

February is a good time to check out all the bargains and what’s in store for springtime!

Give DNA gift cards to create an experience in 2017 such as a painting party at Pinot’s Palette or Pottery Bayou, both located in downtown Naperville.

Perhaps give memberships to places such as Naper Settlement, DuPage Children’s Museum or Naperville Art League. Or provide a gift of music lessons with one of the teachers available at Ellman’s Music Center.

Think dinner and the show and combine a gift certificate/card to a restaurant and theater tickets to performances on stage at North Central College.

Or give special certificates for a pair of tickets or an entire table to the West Suburban Irish Emerald Dinner on Sat., Feb. 25 or Little Friends 41st Annual Benefit Auction on Sat., March 4 or some other charity gala this year.

Dine Around Naperville! 

Discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or out at www.dinenaperville.com. And 40 of the eateries are throughout downtown Naperville where there are plenty of shopping opportunities in between meals. Cheers!

Thanks for supporting live music such as the sounds of bands at Quigley’s Irish Pub (Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays) or the keyboard played during Sunday brunch, 10AM to 3PM, at Heaven on Seven, 224 S. Main St. in downtown Naperville. Brunch is served Saturday, too.

And there’s more…

Be prepared to pay close attention as hopefuls rev up in the coming weeks, running to present the issues in the upcoming Naperville Township Republican Primary on Feb. 28 and the Consolidated Election slated for April 4, 2017. 48 local residents turned in petition packets hopeful to fill seats up for election of local taxing bodies. …And some elections will be more competitive than others.  Follow local elections for City Council, Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners, Boards of Education for Districts 203 and 204 as well as township trustees and College of DuPage trustees. Get to know the issues and the candidates. Meet and greet the candidates when opportunities present themselves.

Latest News

Look forward with photo-enhanced stories every day on PN’s Latest NewsIn addition to events and other happenings, find public meeting notices scheduled at the Naperville Municipal Center.

Check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends.

On the navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity Golf (This page soon will be updated for 2017), Festivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’sNorth Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.

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