Above / Pause to reflect during autumn sunsets over local landmarks such as Lake Osborne behind the Naperville Public Safety Center. Photo taken at 6:51PM, Thurs., Sept. 21, from the trail near Oswego Road.

ICYMI / Friday

Summer of Love – 8PM | $25-$45
Pfeiffer Hall – 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60563
North Central College in presents: ‘Summer of Love’ on September 22 at Pfeiffer Hall. Tickets are $45, $35 and $25. The ‘Summer of Love’ Concert is an experience that has audiences reliving music from the Woodstock era. Joining Glen Burtnik to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love 1967 are vocal and instrumental artists. For more information about the show visit finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.

Old Nichols Library

Old NIchols Library opened 119 years ago 
Downtown Naperville – 110 S. Washington Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Take a stroll along Washington Street to see historic Nichols Library, opened to the community on Sept. 22, 1898, thanks to a bequeath of J.L. Nichols upon his death in 1895. Today the design in Richardsonian Romanesque style by architect M.E. Bell reflects culture, literacy, history and philanthropy.

ICYMI / Saturday

Owen Elementary PTA Children’s Resale – 7AM | Free
Owen Elementary School – 1560 Westglen Drive Naperville, IL 60565
The Owen PTA Children’s Fall Resale: Saturday September 23, 2017 from 7AM 11AM with a Half Price Sale from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. Owen PTA Children’s Fall Resale includes: Gently used Fall/Winter Childrens Clothing (Sizes 0-20); Winter Coats, Sports Equipment; Uniforms; Toys, DVDs; Strollers; Bikes; Swimwear; Shoes; Books; Puzzles; Baby Gear; Maternity; Formal Dresses and More. Check, Cash and Credit*/Debit Cards Accepted (*$2 Service Fee for Credit Cards) Children are welcome but NO STROLLERS ALLOWED. More information available at owenptaresale.wordpress.com.

Fall Fest! – 9AM | No entry fee. Each activity is priced individually.
The Growing Place – 2000 Montgomery Rd Aurora, IL 60504
This years fall fest is going to be a hoot! Festival hours: Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 11AM-5PM. No entry fee, activities priced individually. Both Days Find Grunyon the Gnome and hear owl about his summer adventures. Make a mini-gourd critter ($3), an owl mask ($2), make an owl porch decoration ($5), go on an owl scavenger hunt, ride the hayride ($1), play games and find more owl surprises! Tasty treats available from Jimmy Crack Kettle Corn and fresh roasted corn on the cob ($1) 11AM-3PM: Make a Pump-culent using succulents and a pumpkin, create a unique, long-lasting fall centerpiece for your fall decorations. (Cost of pumpkin + $10 for small pumpkin or $20 for large pumpkin) 1-5PM: Play along with musical guest the Dona Benkert Trio Saturday Only: Tasty Treats available for sale from Uptown Soda Bread Company and 12:30-4PM: Chicago-style hot dogs from Red Hot Chicago.

Harvest Pow Wow -11AM – 10PM | Adults $12, Seniors 62+ $9, Children 3-12 $7. Kids under 3 free.
Naper Settlement  – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540
All are welcome at this family fun event. Powwows are a time to celebrate life, renew friendships, and share our Native American culture through dance, drumming, art, story telling and song. For more info, visit www.harvestpowwow.com. (See Sunday, too.)

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. Inside, look for Casey’s Saturday Specials from 8AM to 7PM only.

Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall – 31 S. Ellsworth

BrightSide Theatre Annual Benefit: Songs of the Silver Screen: A Musical Revue – 7PM | $38
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall – 31 S. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60540
The BrightSide Theatre Board of Directors, Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak invite you to BrightSide Theatres 2017 Annual Benefit on Saturday, September 23 from 7-10PM at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 South Ellsworth Street, Naperville, IL 60540. Led by our Master of Ceremonies, Dolly McCarthy of The Dolly McCarthy Show, this Evening of Song will bring together the voices of actors and actresses from past BrightSide Theatre productions to sing the Songs from Movie Musicals. Cocktails and hors doeuvres will be served while browsing a silent auction. During the evening, The BrightSide Theatre Luminary Award will be presented to The Saints for their support in providing ushers for our performances. All funds raised this evening will help BrightSide Theatre continue to Enlighten, Educate and Entertain our audiences and keep our mission alive and well in Naperville. Tickets on sale for $38 per person by visiting the website at www.brightsidetheatre.com or calling the BOX OFFICE at 630-447-8497 (TIXS). This One Night Only performance takes place at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540.

Prized NIFFTYs on display.

Naperville Independent Film Festival -6PM & 8:15PM | $10 tickets at Hollywood Palms
Hollywood Palms Cinema  –  Westridge Court at 352 Rt. 59 at Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Sept. 23-30, 2017 / View four films on opening night of the 10th Anniversary NIFF films in the theatres of Hollywood Palms. The festival films are shown in one of the main floor theatres. The ECU films are shown in the upstairs theatre. An usher will direct you to the proper theatre for your choice of seating. Thanks for supporting the arts. Click here for daily schedule.

Sunday

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.

At 1PM both days, “Grand Entry of all Dancers with Special Veterans Honoring.”

Harvest Pow Wow -11AM – 5PM | Adults $12, Seniors 62+ $9, Children 3-12 $7. Kids under 3 free.
Naper Settlement  – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540
All are welcome at this family fun event. Powwows are a time to celebrate life, renew friendships, and share our Native American culture through dance, drumming, art, story telling and song. Special Guest, Actor/Musician/Model Will Strongheart will be available throughout the weekend for autographs and pictures. He will be located near Apache and the CANA Foundataion booth. Also, visit S.O.A.R (Save Our American Raptors) with American Bald Eagle Deshka and other birds of prey. For more info, visit www.harvestpowwow.com.

Naperville Independent Film Festival -6PM & 8:15PM | $10 tickets at Hollywood Palms
Hollywood Palms Cinema  –  Westridge Court at 352 Rt. 59 at Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Up to five films are shown every seating through Sept. 30, 2017 / View the 10th Anniversary NIFF films in the theatres of Hollywood Palms. The festival films are shown in one of the main floor theatres. The ECU films are shown in the upstairs theatre. An usher will direct you to the proper theatre for your choice of seating. Thanks for supporting the arts. Click here for daily schedule.

After devastating hurricanes, help folks shop locally everywhere

With friends and survivors in Texas, Florida 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, southeast Texas and Florida 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.

Meson Sabika

Meson Sabika

Think about it. Help if you can. Thanks!

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.

Tricia and Chris McCarthy’s children recently raised $200 in one day for Hurricane Harvey Relief. (Photo courtesy Ron Davidson)

And… keep all the folks in Texas, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in your thoughts and prayers for safe keeping. This season has been deluged with natural disasters from hurricanes in the Atlantic to wildfires in California to an earthquake in Mexico. The Salvation Army offers free volunteer training for folks available to help in the wake of disasters.

Thanks to everyone, all ages, for stepping up with generous hearts to help raise funds for hurricane relief and first responders.

Give blood if you can. 0+ and 0- are needed!

Lifesource is located at 2764 Aurora Avenue off of Fort Hill. INFO: (877) 543-3768.

Heartland Blood Center is located at 1297 South Naper Boulevard in Market Meadows Shopping Center. INFO: (630) 428-3632.

Thanks for reading!  Help when you can.

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events

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.

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.

 

The good witches from the Naperville Woman’s Club are agog that ticket sales have been so robust for their first-time, now sold-out event at Naper Settlement.

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. 12, to benefit Families Helping Families. For details about the SOLD OUT event, click here. Must have an advance ticket to attend. Thanks to all for support!

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. Then be prepared to create a pumpkin racer for the fun of it!

Year-round Gift Ideas

Find fine clothing for men and women at Dean’s. 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!

Celebrate with breakfast at 10AM to Noon at Quigley’s Irish Pub on Saturdays and Sundays. 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 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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