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Friday

Annual Tulip Bulb Sale – 8AM
Naperville Park District – 320 W. Jackson Ave  Naperville, IL 60540
Simply put, the Naperville Park District annual tulip bulb sale will take place beginning at 8AM on Friday, May 12, at the Administration Building parking lot, located at 320 W. Jackson Ave.  The bulbs for sale will include those recently blooming along the Riverwalk, in front of the Park District Administration Building and throughout the district. Tulip bulbs are $3 per dozen, first come, first served.  Tulip bulbs go quickly, too. Be on time for the best selection.

Food Truck Friday – 11:30AM
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation – 1500 W. Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Come by 1500 W. Ogden Ave. for some delicious lunch from Toasty Cheese on Friday, May 12 from 11:30AM – 2PM. Not only does Turning Pointe receive a portion of the proceeds, it also serves as a great opportunity for our Day School students to engage with the community and practice their vocational skills.

Revenge of the Rhythm Section –  8PM | $15-20
Madden Theatre – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents “Revenge of the Rhythm Section” at 8PM Friday, May 12, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The show features two members of the College’s acclaimed jazz faculty: drummer Jack Mouse and bassist Kelly Sill. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Saturday

Casey’s Foods Saturday Special! – 8AM-7PM | $5.98 per pound
Naperville Plaza – Washington St. at Gartner Road Naperville, IL 60540
Marinated Chicken Breasts, including summer favorites: Green Chili and Barbecue Marinated. Sale also includes Casey’s  Buffalo, Italian, and Teriyaki! Find it all with Casey’s Quality Meat while supplies last.

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive! – 8AM | Donate Non-perishble Food
By your Mailbox –  Naperville, IL 60540
The 25th annual national Letter Carriers’#StampOutHunger Food Drive is this Saturday, May 13. Simply leave a bag or bags of non-perishable food by your mailbox in the morning before your letter carrier’s normal pickup time. Loaves & Fishes will receive all food collected by the Naperville letter carriers during the one-day food drive. Last year, Loaves & Fishes received more than 80,000 lbs. of food. Thanks for all support.

Young Naperville Singers Auditions – 9AM | Free
Community Concert Center – 104 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Young Naperville Singers will be holding new singer auditions for the fall semester on various dates in May and June. As a member you experience: ‘Top Notch’ vocal training/choral experience with 350+ singers, grades 1-12. Info: (630) 369-9679.

Midwest Disc-Dog Club Championship – 9AM | Free
Riverwalk Grand Pavilion – Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Sponsored by the Midwest Disc Dog club, spectators will see amazing moves by dogs that run and leap in the air to catch their discs.  Dog owners interested in entering their dogs (no experience is necessary) in the all-day event may register on site beginning at 8:30AM. For info, call Tom Wehrli at (630) 913-5933.

Paddle Boats & Kayaks at Jaycees Marina Open for Season – 10AM-7PM | Rentals (See prices)
Jaycees Marina on the Quarry along the Riverwalk –  Naperville, IL 60540
The Naperville Park District’s Paddleboat Quarry will open Sat., May 13, weather permitting, with Saturday and Sunday weekend hours through the month of May and daily hours beginning Mon., May 29. Paddleboats and kayaks may be rented at the Paddleboat Quarry hut located next to the paddleboat dock. Paddleboats are $10 for a 20-minute ride for up to 4 people and $12 for a 40-minute ride for up to 4 people. Kayaks are available through Naperville Kayak for 30-minute rides at $10 for a one-person boat and $20 for a two-person boat.

Gin Blossoms – 8PM | $45 – $65
Pfeiffer Hall – 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents rock band Gin Blossoms at 8PM Saturday, May 13, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. The American band brings a distinct sound and hits like “Until I Fall Away,” “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.” Tickets are $65, $55 and $45; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra Concert – 8PM | $15 – $38
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents its “Springtime Celebration” concert at 8PM Saturday, May 13, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The season finale features the first place winner of the DSO Young Artists Auditions, plus Delius’ sumptuous “Florida Suite” and Copland’s “American Appalachian Spring.” Tickets range from $38 to $15; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day Brunch

2017 MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH GUIDE

Paint a Pot for Mom – 11AM | $5
The Growing Place – 25 W 471 Plank Rd Naperville, IL 60563
Kids can say “Thank you” to Mom with an original work of art and a flower. The Growing Place will have a painting and planting station at both their Naperville location at 27W471 Plank Rd. and Aurora location at 2000 Montgomery Rd.

Mother’s Day Naperville Trolley Tours

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Picnic under the arbor in Fredenhagen Park.

Plan a Picnic in a Park for Mom – Noon | Skies the limit!
The Riverwalk, Fredenhagen Park, Central Park or any park – Naperville, IL 60540, 60563 or 60565
Gift Idea! Create a special gift for Mom by planning a family picnic either for Mother’s Day (weather permitting) or any sunny day. Either pack an old-fashioned picnic yourself or order take-out picnics from Casey’s Foods or box lunches from any restaurant or local caterer. Commissioners Park, DuPage River Park, the Riverwalk and Fredenhagen Park have tables in covered areas. Remember! Thursday evening Naperville Municipal Band Summer Concerts in Central Park begin at 7:30PM June 8 through Aug. 17.  Plan to take Mom out to a band concert and pick up a box dinner at Catch 35!


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.

‘Everyone Is an Artist,’ the first-ever public art exhibit created by students at Little Friends, Inc., runs May 19-28 at Schoenherr Gallery in the Fine Arts Center at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue in Naperville. The public is welcome to an artists’ reception to held 5:30PM until 7PM on Wed., May 24. During this reception, visitors will have an opportunity to meet some of the artists. Everyone Is an Artist: The Art of Identity, Inclusion and Inspiration is made possible, in part, by a generous donation from the Joliet Woman’s Club, whose 2016 gift helped fund art and music education at Krejci Academy.

Naperville Woman’s Club Fine Art Fair at Naper Settlement, 10AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. No Admission Charge (Note change to June!)

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.

‘Tis the season to give DNA gift cards or to create an experience in 2017. Downtown Naperville Gift Cards make  great gifts for teachers, coaches, graduates and Moms (Mother’s Day is May 14). With a Downtown Naperville gift card, the recipient can find a new outfit, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, take a fitness class, pick up a pair of new running shoes, discover a great new book or enjoy a wonderful meal. There are so many choices.

Downtown Naperville gift cards may be purchased in person at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (ask for a gift box and bow) or Pinot’s Palette. You may also order via phone by calling (630) 355-4141 or ordering online. Call the 1-800 balance number on the back of your gift card or visit the Check My Balance web page to check a gift card balance. Lastly, remember to use your card at least once a year to avoid fees.

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 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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