Casey’s Saturday Only Special! Casey’s “Housemade” brats, Italian, & Polish sausages, just $2.98 a pound while supplies last. Casey’s is located just around the bend from Oswald’s Pharmacy in Naperville Plaza, Washington at Gartner.
Kiwanis 62nd Annual Pancake Festival Fundraiser – 7AM | $8
Naperville Central High School – 440 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The Naperville Evening Kiwanis Club will host its signature Pancake Festival Fundraiser on March 18, 2017 from 7AM to noon. Free parking. All proceeds are donated to local nonprofits. Join us for the all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage meal, live music, cash and prize raffle and children’s area. Tickets available for $8 (preschool children free) at Anderson’s, Casey’s and Oswald’s. For more information see Naperville-evening.kiwanisone.org.
Naperville Homeowners Monthly Meeting – 8AM | FREE!
Naperville Municipal Center – 400 S. Eagle, IL 60540
This regularly scheduled NAHC Monthly meeting will begin at 8:30AM (coffee and networking first provided by 360 Youth Services) in meeting room B. The topic is substance abuse. Several speakers with direct experience and insights into issues associated with substance abuse in our community, from prevention and counseling, to emergency response to legal and medical will be there for Q&A, too. All are welcome!
Spring Craft Fair – 9AM-3PM | $2 Adults-$1 Students & 5 and under, Free!
Waubonsie Valley High School – 2590 Ogden Ave. at Eola Road Aurora, IL 60504
Waubonsie Valley High School Band Boosters fundraiser. The community is welcome to enjoy the showcase of crafts, jewelry, home decor, purses and more. All proceeds benefit band programs. Thanks for supporting the arts!
Community Forum hosted by Kevin Coyne at Naperville Senior Center – 10AM-11:30AM | FREE!
Located in Tower Crossings – 1504 N. Naper, Suite 120 in Naperville, IL 60563
Kevin Coyne has arranged a review a variety of senior living topics with Q&A. Speakers include: Mike Cooper, Owner of the Naperville Senior Center; Michele Hilger, Monarch Landing; Jim Hill and Karen Courney, Naperville Senior Task Force. Hill and Courney will offer information about what this newly-formed task force is doing for seniors and detail a new ride program (RAN) for seniors; Alan Hoffman, Oasis Senior Advisors. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naperville City Council Forum – 1PM | FREE!
Naperville Municipal Center – 400 S. Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
This City Council Forum is hosted by Naperville Indian Community Outreach. The moderators will be Vandana Jhingan and Viral Shah. The forum will feature the eight candidates— Judith Brodhead, Michael Leland Isaac, John “Johnny” Krummen, Kevin Michael Coyne, Julie Berkowicz, Kevin M. Gallaher, Benny White and Michael Strick— running for City Council in the Consolidated Election on April 4. For more information, contact Krishna Bansal at email@example.com. Public welcome.
Naperville Public Service St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser – 5PM | Admission is FREE!
Chicago Naperville Marriott, 1801 N. Naper Blvd. Naperville 60563
The Naperville Police and Fire Departments host 13th annual St. Baldrick’s Event on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The signature head-shaving family event benefits St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to raise funds for lifesaving children’s cancer research. For more info or to make a pledge in support of the big shave, one after another, visit the St. Baldrick’s local event finder at www.stbaldricks.org. Note: NCHS & NNHS hosted 2017 headshaving events & other local events are scheduled, too: Crosstown Pub on April 22 & Draft Picks on April 29. Publlic welcome. Thanks to all!
Rosie and The Rivets – 7PM | $7
Frankie’s Blue Room – 16 W Chicago Ave Naperville, IL 60540
Rosie & The Rivets perform the best music of the 1950’s and 1960’s along with some contemporary hits with a retro twist. You’ll hear your favorite rock & roll, girl group, rockabilly, British invasion, surf, and soul authentically and expertly performed by professional entertainers with impressive showmanship. This is not your typical ‘oldies band’, this is a high energy show.
Brightside Theatre Presents Moon Over Buffalo – 8PM | $24-$27
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall – 31 S. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60540
Brightside Theatre presents Moon Over Buffalo Performances, Opened March 10 and runs through March 26, 2017 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM / Sundays at 3PM) at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville, IL 60540 TICKETS: Adults $27 | Students and Seniors (62+) $24 | Groups of 10 or more $20 Call 630-447-TIXS (8497) or visit www.brightsidetheatre.com. Written by Ken Ludwig directed by Aaron Henrickson. From the mind of Ken Ludwig (writer of Lend Me a Tenor) comes the classic Broadway comedy Moon Over Buffalo, a play that centers on the husband and wife acting team, George and Charlotte Hay -two fading stars of the1950s. In an attempt to keep their careers afloat, the couple is producing two plays simultaneously: Noel Cowards Private Lives and Cyrano de Bergerac. Suddenly, George receives word that Hollywood director Frank Capra may becoming to see a matinee performance, giving them one last chance at fame! That is, of course, if they can remember what play they are doing. In short, everything that could go wrong does in this side-splitting, backstage farce full of romance, swordplay, prosthetic noses, and plenty of doors.
DuPage Symphony presents “Gershwin Greats” – 8PM | $33-$38. For groups of 10 or more, contact the Box Office at 630-637-7469 to receive the group rate.
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E Chicago Ave Naperville, IL 60540
The Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet comes to the stage for William Bolcom’s jazzy Concerto Grosso, then joins the DSO to celebrate the genius of George Gershwin, with An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, featuring pianist Fei-Fei Dong.
Naperville Public Art Competition #SillySeriousness Opens – 2-4PM | Donations Welcome
Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery – 508 N. Center Street Naperville, IL 60563
Artists Reception & Award Ceremony is Sunday, March 19. Public welcome. (FYI: The Dick Tracy / Dick Locher image at the top of this page is pictured with 36 renown artists in the Century Walk mural titled “World’s Greatest Artists” on the exterior wall of the art gallery as it faces Fifth Avenue.)
Naperville Municipal Band Winter Concert – 3PM | Free
Neuqua Valley High School – 2360 95th Street Naperville, Il 60564
Under the leadership of Ron Keller, the Naperville Municipal Band Winter Concert is the third in a series of four indoor concerts held annually. The Naperville Municipal Band will share the stage with the Neuqua Valley High School honors freshman band, Concert Winds, directed by Emily Binder. Save the date for the Spring Concert at the Wentz Concert Hall at 3PM April 30.
Consider things to do this weekend for future events
Be prepared to vote in the 2017 Consolidated Election on April 4, 2017. Early Voting at the Naperville Municipal Center begins April 20. Click here to find links from candidate requests as well as to see photos of candidates running in competitive elections for Naperville City Council as well as 203 and 204 School Boards. PN appreciates all candidates, their families and supporters for helping Naperville put forth slates of hopefuls that want to serve in thoughtful and prudent ways. Win or lose, remember to take down campaign signs immediately following Election Day on April 4. Thank you.
Reserve tickets for 2017 Ribfest, June 30-July 3. Toby Keith Tickets now on sale at www.ribfest.net.
Save the date for Cuisine for a Cause, 6:30PM Sat., April 29, at Navistar. Purchase reserve seating tickets for $150 at www.loaves-fishes.org.
Year-round Gift Idea… Give a Naperville experience
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. 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.
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 some other charity gala this year.
And 40 of the eateries are located 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 local bands at Club Mamalu’s on the first Friday of the month with OMT lite and friends (April 7). No cover. See friends and taste some of the best soup in the Midwest! Or enjoy the keyboard played during Sunday brunch, 10AM to 3PM, at Heaven on Seven, 224 S. Main St. in downtown Naperville. Brunch is served New Orleans-style 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 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 such as two forums scheduled on Sat., March 18. (See above.)
Though PN editors traditionally vote on Election Day, Early Voting begins Mon., March 20, at the Naperville Municipal Center.
Look forward with photo-enhanced stories every day on PN’s Latest News. In addition to events and other happenings, find public meeting notices scheduled at the Naperville Municipal Center where all are welcome.
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 & Walks, Charity 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’s, North Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.