Above / Update, Sept. 9, 2017… A team of greeters and live music welcomed folks to the first Naperville Firkin Beer Fest featuring “small batch brews,” a.k.a. cask conditioned ales (firkins) & ciders, all to benefit Project HELP. Stay turned for 2018 when it’s expected to return to CityGate Centre.

ICYMI / Friday

Naper Nuts and Sweets Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort – 10AM – 9PM | Free
Naper Nuts and Sweets  – 10 W. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
On Friday, September 8, Naper Nuts and Sweets will donate 50% of all popcorn sales to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

ICYMI / Saturday

American Parkinson Disease Association Optimism Walk – 9AM | Registration donation
Naperville Riverwalk – W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
American Parkinson Disease Association Optimism Walk is a short non-competitive walk with family-friendly activities. The funds raised provide local support, education and research. Register for the walk at apdaparkinson.org/midwest/walk. The more funds we raise, the more people we can help.

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter Autumn Cookie Walk – 9AM
A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter – 420 Industrial Drive Naperville, IL 60563
A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter is hosting an AUTUMN COOKIE WALK, on Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9AM-1PM at the Shelter, 420 Industrial Drive, Naperville. There will be plenty of fantastic back-to-school homemade cookies and other treats for sale by the pound. All proceeds benefit the animals of the Shelter.

Weed Ladies Fall Sale – 10AM-4PM | Free
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540
Free admission to the sale. Held in the historic Daniels House, the Weed Ladies fall sale features creative seasonal floral arrangements with silk and dried florals and the popular dried bouquets. Continues through Sunday. On Sunday, the sale runs 1PM to 4PM.

Historic Trolley Tour of Naperville – 11AM | $16
Trolley Stop’on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
Learn about old Naperville, and see the new Naperville. This one-hour Historic Tour of Naperville blends the past with the present, highlight’s Naperville’s growth, and includes some fun stories. Meet at the ‘Trolley Stop’ on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street by 10:50AM. $16 per person, all ages. There is also a Children’s 30-minute Trolley ride at 10:15AM. Trolley is fully enclosed and will run rain or shine, no refunds. DING! DING! Info and tickets at www.napervilletrolley.com.

Every Jaycees Labor Day Parade is a showcase of things to come until the next community parade on Dec. 2. That’s when the Little Friends Parade of Lights returns to downtown Naperville to kick off the holidays.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – 11AM & 4PM | $5-$10. Tickets are available at the door. $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Naperville North Performing Arts Center – 899 N. Mill St. Naperville, IL 60563
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a clever, entertaining and fast-paced dramatization based on the timeless and much-loved classic by L. Frank Baum. When Dorothy drops into the Land of Oz, only one thing is certain: she’s got to find a way back to Kansas. A journey down the yellow brick road ensues, as Dorothy and her new friends travel to the fabled Emerald City to meet the Great Oz. When Oz demands a steep price for sending her home, a perilous new adventure begins. This is a non-musical play. Showtimes are: Friday, September 8 at 7PM; Saturday, September 9 at 11AM and 4PM and Sunday, September 10 at 2PM. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.nnhsarts.com. $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

PN appreciates independents, Bill Kreger and Dan Casey, who know all about the daily grind as demonstrated recently at Fredenhagen Park, former site of the Prince Castles, then Cock Robin ice cream. www.indieboundnaperville.org.

Casey’s Fires Up the Grill – 11AM | Price varies with purchase.
Casey’s Foods – 124 W. Gartner Rd. Naperville, IL 60540
Casey’s Foods located at Naperville Plaza will be firing up its grill every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 2PM through October, weather permitting. 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. Remember Casey’s Saturday Specials from 8AM to 7PM.  This week Casey’s Meat Department and Casey’s Kitchen will team up to offer Housemade Meatloaf Only $3.49 per lb. and Jalapeno Mac & Cheese Only $3.99 per lb. to complement your dinner table.

Firkin Fest – 3-6:30PM | $20-$65
CityGate Centre – 2135 City Gate Lane Naperville, IL 60563
This festival by BrewFest Partners and Project HELP will include 30+ one-of-a-kind firkins from breweries around Illinois and the Midwest. Rare, unique, and small batch brews you cant anywhere else from some of your favorite breweries (and some new ones too). Breweries from throughout the Midwest gather to share a cask of something special made to be poured from a traditional Firkin Cask. This style of beer is called real ale, and if you have never tried one you are in for a treat. Each brewery will make a special firkin, some with inventive ingredients, others in a more traditional English Style. Cask ale conditions in the casks itself and has no artificial carbonation and is dispensed with a gravity spout. Air is allowed into the cask giving the ales more richness and complexity. napervillefirkinfest.com.


Breathe Deep DuPage Walk To End Lung Cancer – 9AM-1PM | Donations
Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion – 500 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Lung Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases affecting our world today, and while statistics have improved over the past few years, we are still losing too many loved ones. This walk and rally is in honor of those living with lung cancer, and in memory of those who lost their battle with lung cancer. The event will include a balloon launch, walk, program, refreshments, raffle and silent auction. Through the help of all those involved in this event, we can raise money for lung cancer research, which focuses not only on treatment, but also on early detection, which is one of the key components of surviving lung cancer. www.lungevity.org/dupage.

Help folks shop locally everywhere

With friends and survivors in Texas and along the Gulf Coast weighing heavily on in our hearts, we’re mindful the “shop locally” concept applies to every community in the world. Instead of shopping here to send supplies to Houston and southeast Texas for distribution, perhaps send money to The Salvation Army so folks hurt by the floods can purchase items locally to support businesses down there, helping to restore their economy in the coming months, even years.

Think about it. Help if you can. Thanks!

Meson Sabika

Meson Sabika

And… here’s an opportunity from Meson Sabika and the Rotary Club of Naperville to help raise funds for American Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. Both organizations will match donations up to $10,000 through Sept. 30, 2017. Plus, individuals will receive a $20 gift certificate to Mesón Sabika for every $100 donated.

Make $100 checks or any amount payable to the American Red Cross and mail checks with return address information to: Mesón Sabika, Attn: Events Department, 1025 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540.

And… keep all the folks in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in your thoughts and prayers for safe keeping as the threat of mighty hurricanes heads north to Florida and along the Atlantic Coast this weekend. This season has been deluged with natural disasters from hurricanes in the Atlantic to wildfires in California to an earthquake in Mexico. This Saturday and next, The Salvation Army is offering free volunteer training for folks available to help in the wake of disasters.

Thanks for reading! Get to know your local independent business community, too. Help when you can.

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events

Cmdr. Dan Shanower Sept. 11 Memorial

September 11 Remembrance will begin at 6PM Mon., Sept 11, 2017, at the Cmdr. Dan Shanower Sept. 11 Memorial along the Riverwalk. Carillon bells begin ringing at 5:30, followed by the Naperville Municipal Band. The public is welcome.

Keep Moving to help keep local charities running! Register now for upcoming Runs, Walks and Bike Rides that will keep you outdoors for more than a good cause until Nov. 23 when the Noon Lions present their annual Turkey Trot 5K.

Keeping our community safe is everyone’s responsibility. Lock doors to homes and vehicles to prevent crimes.

On the navigation bar atop this page, “Events” offers a pull down option where you’ll find calendars specific to Charity Golf (now wrapping up 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.

Naperville Firkin Beer Fest at CityGate Centre is set for 3PM to 6:30PM Sat., Sept. 9. The inaugural event will bring more than 30 rare, one-of-a-kind Firkins from breweries around Illinois and the Midwest, along with some of their best brews and more than 60 craft beers and hard ciders. Live entertainment and cuisine from popular local food trucks will top off the afternoon designed for craft beer enthusiasts.

Free Enterprise Forum of Naperville in association with the Bastiat Society will present “Greed, Competition, Profit: The Morality of Free Markets” with Stephen Hicks from 6-8PM on Thurs., Sept. 28, 2017. After networking, program starts at 6:30, hosted at Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing, 1283 S. Naper Blvd. Hicks is a Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director, Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, at Rockford University. Public welcome. Seating is limited. RSVP at www.fefnaper.org.

Fall Style Weekend returns to downtown for girlfriends, daughters and mothers to choose fun events during three days of shopping, fashion and food on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, complete with the Fall Wine Walk on Sun., Oct 1.

One Thursday evening, a few good witches from the Naperville Woman’s Club helped attract attention to the Bake Sale during the Naperville Municipal Band Concert in Central Park.

Witches Night Out Naperville is a new “women helping women” event hosted by the Naperville Woman’s Club at Naper Settlement, the City’s outdoor history museum, located at Webster and Aurora. Enjoy dressing up for the bewitching occasion from 5PM to 9:30PM on Thurs., Oct. 15, to benefit Families Helping Families. For details or to purchase tickets online ($45 each), click here.

2nd Annual Pumpkin Race, hosted by Turning Pointe Autism Foundation. A flyer available at the 2017 graduation ceremony provided info about the Pumpkin Race slated for Oct. 28 at Rotary Hill. Save the date! For details and a look at last year’s “fun” raiser, click here.

Year-round Gift Ideas

Find fine clothing for men and women at Dean’s. As summer sale days wrap up, shops display all the new fall arrivals 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. 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 any special occasion. 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 and possibilities.

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.

Shop locally, too!

Dine Around Naperville! Celebrate local hospitality…

From Catch 35 to Meson Sabika, discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or out at www.dinenaperville.com.

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.  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 this week we’re thinking, “Happy birthday to Heaven on Seven” as the restaurant marks 14 years this week in downtown Naperville! Cheers!

And ICYMI, 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.

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

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