ICYMI / Friday / Nov. 10

U.S. Marines Flag Raising – 10AM | Free
Naperville Municipal Center – 400 S. Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
The Naperville Marines will host their annual flag raising to commemorate their 242nd birthday on Nov. 10. Joining the program will be a Corral Group from NNHS preforming the National Anthem and the Marine Corps Hymn. Marine recruiters from the Naperville recruiting station will post the colors. Col.Dan Brush USMC Ret.OIC Naperville Marines, Wayne Fischer a former Marine Corps Captain, XO Naperville Marines will also address the gathering with Col. Barnum making additional comments. The public is welcome.

TEDxNaperville 2017 “Full Spectrum” – 1PM | $75-$95
Naperville Yellow Box – 1635 Emerson Lane Naperville, IL 60563
On Friday, November 10, 2017, TEDxNaperville will host it’s 8th annual event at The Yellow Box in Naperville from 1 – 7PM. The full-day conference includes more than a dozen riveting speakers and ideas, break-out sessions, activities, networking, local field trips, food and drink, and more! TEDxNaperville helps propel the Chicago area idea revolution through sharing unique, challenging, and inspirational ideas from some of our area’s brightest minds. This all revolves around a theme of ‘Full Spectrum’, which explores how our individual uniqueness contributes to and drives our collective legacy. Speakers include Dr. Edward Ellison, head of one of the country’s largest hospital groups talking about the unknown state of our doctors, Daryl Davis, the famous African American Jazz musician who has a certificate of friendship from the KKK, and Craig Sampson, a part designer, part scientist who will be sharing the secret language of objects. Get your tickets or learn more at tedxnaperville.com.

BrightSide Theatre presents The Bridges of Madison County the musical – 8PM | $25-$30
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall  – 31 S. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60540
November 3-19, 2017 Fridays/Saturdays 8PM & Sundays at 3PM – Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue in Naperville. Book by Marsha Norman, Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Directed by Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass, Musically Directed by Jon Neuhoff, Vocal Direction by Sarah Giordano. Tickets $25-$30. Box Office: (630) 447-8497 or www.brightsidetheatre.com. One of the most unforgettable romantic stories ever written that first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel, then became an award winning film, is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-torn Italy, looks forward to a few days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, a chance encounter becomes a four-day whirlwind romance caught between decision and desire offering a second chance at so much more. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

ICYMI / Saturday / Nov. 11

Art is Instrumental Grand Opening – 9AM | Free with Museum admission or membership.
DuPage Children’s Museum – 301 North Washington Street Naperville, IL 60540
Be the band. Be the conductor. Be the artist! Prepare to be immersed in an interactive exhibit where art and music collide. Art is Instrumental, the newest exhibit at DuPage Childrens Museum, will have visitors moving to the beat of their own drum…literally. Enjoy special performances and activities to celebrate opening weekend! Saturday, November 11 Cielito Lindo Family Folk Music 10 & 11AM. School of Rock Instrument Petting Zoo 1 – 2:30PM Sunday, November 12. Rick Wild, acoustic guitar 1PM. Art is Instrumental is sponsored by: Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and City of Naperville Special Events & Cultural Amenities Grand Fund.

Naperville Veterans Park Observance – 10:45AM
Veterans Park –  303 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville, IL 60540
All Veterans Day observances are an opportunity to show appreciation to members of the armed forces, past and present, who have served and sacrificed for this great nation to help protect its freedoms.
Local veterans will host their annual Veterans Day remembrance beginning at 11AM Sat., Nov. 11, at Veterans Park on Gartner Avenue across the street from Grace United Methodist Church.
The brief ceremony is a time to remember “11-11-11” with patriotic music performed by the Naperville Municipal Band and thoughtful reflection about the history of this day. Even if unable to attend the ceremony, every individual is welcomed to pause for a moment of gratitude to pay tribute to all veterans at 11AM every Nov. 11.

Cheers for A Cure – 6:30PM | $125
Cress Creek Country Club – 1215 Royal St. George Naperville, IL 60563
The JCM Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, presents Cheers for a Cure – a very special Wine Tasting Event, where guests will be treated to a wine tasting of over 50 different wines, cocktails, food stations, silent auction, raffle, live band and more. To Register, buy tickets, sponsor or make a donation, visit cheersforcure.auction-bid.org/microsite/ or email, Grace Saunders, gracemsaunders@gmail.com.

Today!

Sunday / Nov. 12

Ice Cream Party! – 11AM to 1PM | Donations Welcome
Dairy Queen – 1817 Wehrli Road at Lisson Naperville, IL 60565
Help raise awareness and money for Hope for the Day, a Chicago-based suicide prevention program that Karen Moloney supports in order to recognize a beloved 17-year-old employee at the Dairy Queen she owns, a young man who committed suicide in 2011. The community is invited on Sunday to the parking lot to join family, friends and organizers—friends Judy Koziol, Debbie DelGrosso and Dee Dee Porter— as they continue to help raise awareness while honoring Moloney, now challenged herself with an incurable cancer. Unable to attend? For more information or to donate online, visit at www.dillybar.org.

Naperville Municipal Band Fall Concert – 3PM | Free
Wentz Concert Hall -171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
The Naperville Municipal Band will perform its annual Fall Concert, a tribute to Veterans and America’s patriotic music, beginning at 3PM Sun., November 12, at the Wentz Concert Hall. The concert is free to the public.

After devastating disasters, 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 again will host its annual complimentary Thanksgiving Day Dinner for anyone, no matter what the circumstances, to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. RSVP is required.

Think about it. Help when possible. Thanks!

And… Throughout September, folks had 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 matched donations up to $10,000 through Sept. 30, 2017, and in the end, the total amount of money raised through these efforts was $42,280.  This total included a combination of donations: $6,300 came from Rotarians, $10,000 in additional funds was donated from the Rotary Club of Naperville, and $15,000 was donated from Meson Sabika.

And… keep all the folks in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Puerto Rico 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.

Looking toward the future of volunteerism,  The Salvation Army offers free volunteer training for folks available to help in the wake of disasters.

Soon those Salvation Army bells will be ringing all over town. Again, many thanks for giving when you can!

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 whenever possible. The holidays are coming and, more than ever, blood supplies need to be replenished.

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.

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.

Choose a Saturday date, Dec. 16 or Dec. 23, for Breakfast with Santa at Catch 35. Seatings are available at 9AM & 11AM. Reserve a table at (630) 717-3500. Children 2 and under free, Children ages 3-12: $20, 13 and Older & Adults: $30 *Gratuity and tax are not included in the above prices*. The Ho-Ho-Ho-Holiday buffet includes St. Nick’s Scrambled Eggs, Yuletide Bacon & Sausage, Rudolph’s Breakfast Potatoes, Jack Frost’s Crab cake Benedict, Tiny Tim’s Mini yogurt parfaits, Mrs. Claus’ Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, Blitzen’s Apple Cinnamon Crepes, Prancer’s Smoked Salmon, Dasher’s Bagels & Cream Cheese, Kris Kringle’s Croissants, and Assorted Holiday Cookies by Santa’s Little Elves served with coffee, tea and soda. Meet jolly old Santa at Catch 35 Naperville before he heads to the North Pole to pack up for all those Christmas deliveries!   http://www.catch35.com/santas-breakfast-2017-catch-35/

 

Year-round Gift Ideas

Find fine clothing for men and women at Dean’s. Shops display all the new fall & winter arrivals throughout 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 (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.

Also, a new restaurant recently opened to jazz up the south side of Naperville. Pete Miller’s Steak and Seafood Naperville, 3032 English Rows, will be open 4:30- 10PM Monday-Thursday, 4:30-11PM Friday-Saturday, and 4:30-9PM Sunday. For more information, visit www.petemillers.com.  

And ICYMI, there’s always 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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