Above / Something not to do this weekend… Avoid getting close to geese. Geese are nesting this time of year along the Riverwalk and other ponds. When the male protects Mother Goose, he can become aggressive. Geese hiss. They stand their ground. They chase. Beware.Above / At May Watts Park, a family of geese finds food along the limestone trail just over the footbridge on May 5. Let wildlife be wild.  Enjoy the great outdoors.

Friday

Aida – 7PM | $5 – 13
Metea Valley High School – 1801 N Eola Rd. Aurora, IL 60502
Metea Valley High School presents Aida as its spring musical at 7PM on May 4, 5, and 6 in the Metea Valley Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for children/students and $13 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at www.meteamusic.org or at the door.

Improv: On Ice! – 7:30PM | $3-5
Madden Theatre – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents “Improv: On Ice!,” an improvisational sketch comedy show directed by senior Alex Moerer, at 7:30PM May 4-6 and at 2PM May 6-7 in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Youth Symphony of DuPage Concert – 8PM | $10
The Youth Symphony of DuPage presents its spring concert at 8PM Friday, May 5, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For tickets and more information visit ysdp.org.

Remember always to lock your vehicle in the parking lot or along the street when attending sports competitions at local parks and schools. Keeping the community safe is everybody’s responsibility.

Saturday

Casey’s Foods Saturday Special – 8AM-7PM | $ per lb.
Naperville Plaza – Gartner Road at Washington Street Naperville, IL 60540
Casey’s Foods Saturday Special features Casey’s Quality Meat! This week Regular Chuck Sliders are only $3.98 per lb. and Bacon & Cheddar Sliders are $5.49 per lb. while supply lasts.

NPD Chief Bob Marshall

Chat with the Chief – 8:30AM | Free
Panera Bread – 2191 Ogden Ave. Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall invites the community to this informal meet-and-greet with members of his senior staff and him.  The Chat will be held from 8:30 to 10AM at Panera Bread, 1191 E. Ogden Avenue. Residents should not expect a presentation or formal agenda, but rather informal conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. Chief Marshall intends to host a “Chat with the Chief” quarterly in various locations throughout the city. Anyone is welcome to stop by at any time during the event.

Saturday Morning Garden Guru – 9AM | Free
The Growing Place – 25 W 471 Plank Rd Naperville, IL 60563
The Growing Place will have experienced gardeners available at their location at 2000 Montgomery Rd. in Aurora and location at 27W471 Plank Rd. in Naperville to answer your questions and offer advice to help your landscapes and garden flourish. Stop in anytime between 9-10AM.

Super Hero Hustle 5K for Easter Seals – 9AM | $30
Run for the Kids — 830 S. Addison Ave. Villa Park, IL 60181
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley host the 14th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle, a 5K run/2-mile walk at the race site 830 S. Addison Ave in Villa Park.  5K run and 2-mile walk begins at 9AM. (Registration begins at 7:30AM) (Note: In Naperville, the offices for Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley are located at 1323 Bond St #119.)

DuPage Human Race 5K – 9AM | $ by April 21
Esplanade at Locust Point —1901 Butterfield Road in Downers Grove, IL
The DuPage Human Race is slated for Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 Butterfield Road / Start: @ 9:00 AM (CDT) / Register by April 21. Many Naperville nonprofits compete such as Naperville Woman’s Club. (For links to local runs, walks and bike rides this season and through Thanksgiving Day, click here.)

Climate change forum – 9:30AM | Free – tickets required
Ratio Hall at the North Central College Science Center – 131 S. Loomis St. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster will co-host an open forum on the topic of climate change from 9:30 to 11:30AM Saturday, May 6, in the College’s Ratio Hall at the new Science Center, 131 S. Loomis St. Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist at WGN, is a featured speaker. The forum is free and open to the public but a ticket is required; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Exhibits, outside and inside, are attractive and educational for all ages.

Honor Flight Fundraiser – 11AM | $40 / $20 (Children with Adults)
DuPage County Airport – 25 W 471 Plank Rd Naperville, IL 60563
From 11AM-2PM, Sat., May 6, the DuPage Veterans Foundation will host the 6th Annual Honor Flight Chicago fundraiser, being held again inside the spacious Calamos Investments Hangar out at the DuPage County Airport in West Chicago. (Suggestion: For lunch, arrive before 1PM.) The Naperville Municipal Big Band will perform to help raise funds to send WWII and Korean War era Veterans on a day trip to Washington, D.C. $40. All proceeds from this annual event will benefit Honor Flight Chicago and its mission to send World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., for an all expenses paid one-day tour of the war memorials in the the nation’s Capitol.

Sensory Storytime – 2PM | Free
Naperville Public Library – Nichols Library – 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The whole family is invited to a 30-minute program of books, songs and fun for children 3 years old and older with special needs. All abilities are welcome with an adult caregiver. Inquire at any childrens service desk for more information. The program will take place on the first Saturday of each month.

Sound off for the race to begin at 5:34PM.

Kentucky Derby Party – 3PM | $150 per person
Embassy Suites Chicago/Naperville  – 1823 Abriter Ct. Naperville, IL 60563
The Kentucky Derby Party to benefit Hesed House is slated to run against homelessness from 3-10PM Sat., May 6,  at Embassy Suites, Chicago /Naperville. After the formal presentations and thoroughbred racing, live dancing begins at 7PM. Tickets are $150 per person/open seating and $1,500/reserved table of 10. A portion of every reservation is tax deductible under current tax law. A limited number of seats is still available.  Kindly leave an RSVP at cfairbanks@hesedhouse.org. Then pay at the door.

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Sunday

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter’s 24th Annual Makin’ Strides for Strays Walkathon – 9:30AM | Free
Naperville Central High School – 440 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
A 5K walk to benefit local homeless animals! A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter has been serving the community for more than two decades. Come out and enjoy a morning of fun for the whole family (including the dog!) Registration begins at 8:30AM and the walk steps off at 9:30AM at Naperville Central High School. Rest stops offering water and snacks, bones and dog curbing materials and first aid are provided along the route. Refreshments, music, games, shopping and lots of fun are provided too. While there is no registration fee, participants are asked to collect pledges. Information can be found on our website. 2017 Walkathon t-shirts will be awarded to participants turning in pledges totaling $100 or more and there are many, many more incentives. Make checks payable to A.D.O.P.T. Receipts are available at registration. NO retractable leashes, roller blades, or skateboards. Dogs under 4 months, vicious dogs or female dogs in heat are not allowed to participate. Info: call (630) 355-2299 x235 or email chris@adoptpetshelter.org. All funds raised will be used toward the veterinary care and special needs of  animals, as well as the overall operation of our animal shelter and enhancement of ongoing programs.


Consider “save the dates” today for future events

Home of the West Suburban Irish

Save the date for West Suburban Irish Quiz Night Championship, 7PM Tues., June 6, at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson. Put a team together of eight players in tribute to that famous Irishman Michael Finnegan who grew whiskers on his chin and begin again just for the silly sweet prizes. For everything you need to know about the West Suburban Irish and its fun-loving events with clues to Quiz Night, visit www.wsirish.org.

Reserve tickets for 2017 Ribfest, June 30-July 3. Celebrate Exchange Club of Naperville’s 30th year with Toby Keith on June 30.  Tickets now on sale at www.ribfest.net.

Year-round Gift Ideas

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.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.

Or give special certificates for a pair of tickets or an entire table to some other charity gala this year.

Dine Around Naperville!

From Catch 35 to Meson Sabika, discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or out at www.dinenaperville.com. Make your Mother’s Day Sunday brunch reservations as soon as possible.

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 (Cinco de Mayo on May 5!) with OMT lite and friends. 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 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.

PN’s Event Calendar features Things to Do, too! Plus… Event planners can post events. 

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