Above / ‘Tis the season to wrap up with the Naperville Municipal Band during its annual Holiday Concert at 3PM Sun., Dec. 17, on stage in the Wentz Concert Hall. Admission is free of charge. See more about this tradition of good cheer with songs of the season below under Sunday. Tra-la-la-la-la… La-la-la-la!

ICYMI / Friday

The Tenors – 8PM | $65-$85
Pfeiffer Hall – 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents: The Tenors on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Pfeiffer Hall. The Tenors have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful songs and outstanding harmonies. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, the award-winning and multi-platinum-selling band has achieved international success, showcasing its undeniable charm and divers vocal styles, performing over 700 shows on five continents. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.

ICYMI / Saturday

Breakfast with Santa – 9AM | $0-$30
Catch 35 Naperville – 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540
Saturday, December 16 and Saturday, December 23. Seatings available at 9 & 11AM. Reserve your table today by calling (630) 717-3500. Children 2 and under free Children ages 3-12: $20 13 and Older & Adults: $30. Gratuity and tax are not included. Catch 35’s Santa breakfast buffet includes coffee, tea, and soda. Saint Nicks 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 Dashers Bagels & Cream Cheese, Kris Kringle’s Croissants, and assorted Holiday Cookies by Santa’s Little Elves. Join Catch 35 for some holiday revelry and meet Santa at Breakfast with Santa at Catch 35 Naperville. www.catch35.com

Orientation to the CCC – 9AM | Free
Community Career Center – 1815 W. Diehl Rd., Suite 900 Naperville, IL 60563
Learn about the services and resources available at the Community Career Center. Prioritize the steps of your search after learning about each type of the one-on-one sessions offered with membership. Membership is nominal for a one-year period. No need to RSVP.

Hot Peas ‘n Butter “Holidays From Around The World” – 10AM | $6-$12
Pfeiffer Hall – 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents: Hot Peas ‘N Butter ‘ Holidays from Around the World’ on Saturday, December 16 at Pfeiffer Hall. The Hot Peas ‘N Butter show, ‘Holidays from Around the World’, will provide families with an appreciation of the similarities and differences of their global neighbors. With songs in Spanish, French, Hebrew, Ladino, Korean, Portuguese and, of course, English, this multicultural children’s band has something for everyone this holiday season. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.

Free Holiday Concert – New Horizons Band-DuPage – 3PM | Free
Community United Methodist Church  – 20 North Center Street Naperville, IL 60540
The New Horizons Band of DuPage and its ensembles (Brass Choir, German Band, Jazz Band, Woodwind Consort, NHB Too) will each perform selections of Holiday favorites. Refreshments follow the performance. The groups consist of musicians 50 and over from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs under the direction of Maryann Flock. This years concert will be held at: Community UMC (United Methodist Church) 20 North Center Street, Naperville, IL: 3PM – Saturday, December 16.

Sunday

Santa returns for Breakfast at Hotel Arista  – 9AM. 10:30AM, Noon, 1:30PM | $49.95, Kids $23.95
Hotel Arista, 2139 CityGate Lane in CityGate Centre – Route 59 at Ferry Road, 60563
Hotel Arista’s perennial holiday favorite is back when you can believe that Santa will return for breakfast on Sun., Dec. 17. For reservations and/or information, email santa@hotelarista.com. Or call Hotel Arista at (630) 579-4100 or visit www.hotelarista.com.

Food Drive to Benefit Loaves and Fishes – 11:30AM | Free
C2 Education Naperville – 1160 E Ogden Ave, #106 Naperville, IL 60563
C2 Naperville will be collecting donations for their local branch of Loaves and Fishes this holiday season. Drop donations off in our lobby now thru January 8 any time during our regular business hours: Monday-Thursday 1-9:30PM, Saturday – 9AM-5PM, Sunday – 11AM-5PM.

Naperville Muncipal Band Holiday Concert -3PM | Free
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540 
The Naperville Municpal Band will perform its annual Holiday Concert at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College at 3PM. The concert is free to the public. This year the concert is dedicated to raising awareness about Loaves & Fishes Community Services.  Donations of nonperishable items will be collected to help fill the unmet needs of the less fortunate during the holidays.

FYI: Top 10 Items on the holiday list to benefit needs at Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes provided a list of their ten most needed items at the moment. When purchasing items to donate for any collection to Loaves & Fishes, consider the items in the list.

Diapers Size 3, 4, or 5
Similac or Enfamil Baby Formula (powdered)
Pasta Sauces
Dry Pasta
Canned Food (Pineapple and Mandarin Oranges)
Dried Fruit
Regular and Instant Oatmeal
Whole Grain Cereals
Low Salt Vegetables
Grains and Brown Rice

Remind folks to shop locally everywhere!

Keep all the folks in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Puerto Rico in your thoughts and prayers for safe keeping and a speedy recovery during the holidays. This past season has been deluged with natural disasters from hurricanes in the Atlantic to wildfires that continue in California.

 

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

Last month Salvation Army bells began 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, first responders and other unmet needs.

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 here and, more than ever, blood supplies need to be replenished.

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events 

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

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New Year’s Eve Where the Wild Things Are! Tickets are now on sale for the DuPage Children’s Museum Bubble Bash from 9AM to Noon on New Year’s Eve. Here’s the scoop!

 

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.

 

Dean’s is decked out for the holidays with gift wrapping, too, in downtown Naperville!

‘Tis the season to give DNA gift cards or to create a new experience in 2018. 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!

Weekends, Music & More!

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

Enjoy “sessions” with West Suburban Irish and friends Wed., Dec. 20.

 

Thanks for supporting live music such as the sounds of sessions (the third Wednesday of the month) and 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. 

As always, thanks for reading and supporting the local business community whenever possible.