This Week’s City Notes


Courtesy of the City of Naperville — updated April 3, 2014

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SCIENTISTS SPEAK. Joe Gregar, a scientist from Argonne National Laboratory, will explain the art and science of scientific glassblowing from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org/content/Adult#2.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE RISING COST OF COLLEGE. Thomas J. Jaworski of Quest College Consulting will discuss the costs of college from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. The program is for both parents and students. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org/content/Adult#2.

THE LONG ROAD TO VICTORY. Annette Baldwin, who has portrayed influential and unconventional women throughout the history of the U.S., will present the program from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Her first-person monologues are presented in Chautauqua style, with an in-character question-and-answer after the monologue. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org/content/Adult#2.

DOCUMENTARY SHOWING. “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” is a moving cinema verité documentary that breaks through the walls of one of the United States’ oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of terminally ill prisoner Jack Hall and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who cared for him. Hosted by Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland, this showing will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 1828 Old Naperville Road. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-West-Suburban-Chicagoland/events/174857852.

DUPAGEPADS 12TH ANNUAL GALAXY BOWL. The DuPagePads 12th annual Galaxy Bowl will be held Saturday, April 12 at Fox Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton, from noon until 3 p.m. Five-person teams agree to raise $500 and compete to win trophies in team bowling scores and fundraising. For more information, or to register your team, contact Sarah at (630) 682-3846, ext. 2420, or [email protected] or visit www.dupagepads.org.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK CELEBRATION. To honor office professionals, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Two Rivers Chapter will hold a celebration in honor of Administrative Professionals Week (April 20-26) at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14 at the NIU Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road. Included will be an evening of education, networking, food and raffle prizes. For more information, visitwww.iaap-tworivers.org.

IGNITE THE NIGHT BENEFIT SHOWCASE. KidsMatter will present its third annual Ignite the Nite Benefit Showcase Concert at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. This event will showcase the finest music, dance and theatrical talents of more than 100 high school students from Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204 as well as Benet Academy. For tickets and information, visitwww.Kidsmatter2us.org.

ARBOR DAY TREE SALE. The City of Naperville’s Department of Public Works will host its annual Arbor Day Tree Sale on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents can select from hundreds of trees at fantastic savings to beautify their yards and help the environment. The sale will take place at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. Payment may be made by cash or check and trees purchased at the sale must be removed by noon. For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/arbordaytreesale.aspx.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER DAY. The Forest Preserve District of Will County is seeking volunteers for a special day of community service from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26. Volunteers can contribute time and effort toward improving the forest preserves in celebration of Earth Day weekend. Participants will assist with trail maintenance, brush clearing, rubbish removal and wood chipping. Participants will meet at Whalon Lake Preserve, located west of Route 53 on Royce Road. To register or to learn more about the workday, call (815) 722-9387 or e-mail [email protected].

INTERACT COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST. The Interact Community Service Club of Neuqua Valley High School and the Rotary Club of Naperville South will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 26 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th St. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry and Shelter Box as well as other local and international causes. Cost is $5 for an individual meal and $15 for the entire family. For more information, call Dan Richardson at (630) 546-6804 or visit www.rcnsouth.com.

EIKON 5K. The Eikon 5K will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. at Plainfield North High School, 12005 S. 248th St., Plainfield. The race course runs through parts of south Naperville. Race-day registration is $50, but money can be saved through early online or in-person registration. For more information, visit www.eikon5k.org.

HEALTHY KIDS DAY. Join the Fry Family YMCA in celebrating Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will learn new skills while parents gain creative ideas to keep kids active during the summer. Enjoy lots of fun activities such as face painting, obstacle courses, interactive science experiments, family friendly fitness classes, fire truck tours and a bounce house. For more information, visit www.fryfamilyymca.org.

TRAGEDY AT THE LOOMIS STREET CROSSING STATUE DEDICATION. In honor of the lives lost and heroism displayed during the April 25, 1946, Naperville train wreck at the Loomis Street crossing, a sculpture featuring a Kroehler Furniture employee, a sailor and an injured female passenger all made of railroad spikes will be unveiled at the Naperville train station, 105 E. 4th Ave., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. For more information, contact Chuck Spinner at (630) 778-9994.

2014 CUISINE FOR A CAUSE. Naperville CARES invites the community to a fundraising event featuring samples of signature dishes from more than 20 Naperville area restaurants, wine and beer tastings, live entertainment and auctions. The 11th annual Cuisine for a Cause, a benefit for Naperville CARES, will be held at the Navistar Corporate Headquarters, 2701 Navistar Drive, on Saturday, April 26 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The $100 ticket price includes food, drink and entertainment and can be purchased by calling (630) 369-0200 or online at www.napervillecares.org.

2014 MARCH FOR BABIES. Join the walk to raise funds to support research and programs for stronger, healthier babies. The 2014 March For Babies will be held on Sunday, April 27 along the Naperville Riverwalk. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with on-site registration starting at 8 a.m. For more information, call (312) 435-4007 or visit www.MarchForBabies.org.

NAPER WINE & DINE. Join the Naperville Heritage Society at this annual wine dinner sponsored by Sullivan’s Steakhouse. This event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., boasts a five-course meal and a live auction. RSVP by Monday, April 14 by calling (630) 420-6016 or emailing [email protected].

PARENT CONVERSATION CIRCLES. Parents who want to learn how to talk to their children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse or social pressures can now do so with a series of parent groups called Conversation Circles. Circles are intended for parents to discuss topics related to drugs, alcohol, depression, bullying, cybercrime, competition, overscheduling, perfectionism, family relationships, stress and anxiety. Circles meet for three consecutive weeks for 90 minutes per session. All classes are free. Registration is open now through Tuesday, April 29 at www.parentsmattertoo.org/conversation-circle-registration.

SHINE A LIGHT ON AUTISM AWARENESS. April is Autism Awareness Month. Shine a light on autism awareness by picking up a free blue lightbulb to display at your home or business. Bulbs can be picked up at Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, 1500 W. Ogden Ave., while supplies last. For more information, contact Mary Howenstine at (630) 615-6060 or [email protected].

CERT CLASS REGISTRATION. The City of Naperville will again offer its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes beginning in April. The free classes will take place from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 and May 7 as well as 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. All forms are due no later than Thursday, April 3. For more information, visit www.napercert.org.

WVHS PLANETARIUM FAMILY NIGHTS. The WVHS Planetarium welcomes the public to Family Nights on the first Friday of the month now through April 2014 at 7 p.m. Programs are 50 to 60 minutes long and admission is $2 per seat on a first-come/first-served basis. For more information, visit http://planetarium.ipsd.org.

DANCING EGG RIDE. Cycling enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in the Dancing Egg Ride at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 5. Bike Bald will start at the Egg’s, Inc. Café, 220 S. Washington St., and ride to the Egg’s, Inc. Cafe in Bolingbrook for entertainment, raffles and more before heading back to the Naperville cafe for breakfast. For more information, visit www.bikebald.com.

FESTIVAL OF COLORS. The Vedic Cultural Society invites all members of the public to celebrate the Festival of Colors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion on Sindt Court. Attendees will celebrate by throwing pouches of colored powder at each other. For more information, visit www.TheFestivalOfColors.org.

WEED LADIES SPRING SHOW AND SALE. The Weed Ladies will hold its Spring Show & Sale from Thursday, April 3 through Sunday, April 6 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Show times will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday,Friday and Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the sale is free. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.museum.

THE INVISIBLE WAR MOVIE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Naperville Area will present a screening and discussion of the film “The Invisible War” on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m.at the Celebration Community Life Center, 919 S. Washington St. For more information, visit www.naperville-il.aauw.net.

OFFICER WHITE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD. Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Officer David White Scholarship. This scholarship honors Naperville Park Police Officer David White, whose actions helped save a young man’s life in 2006. The deadline is Wednesday, April 9 at 5 p.m. The application is available at www.napervilleparks.org/parkpolice.

ANNUAL STRENGTH AND HONOR BREAKFAST. Join Naperville Responds for Our Veterans as it hosts its annual “Strength and Honor” Breakfast on Thursday, April 10 to honor and give thanks to veterans. The breakfast will be held at7:30 a.m. at Cress Creek Country Club, 1215 Royal St. George Drive. For more information, visit www.nrfov.org.

LOAVES & FISHES CELEBRITY BARTENDING EVENT. Join Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry on Thursday, April 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Zapatista, 1703 Freedom Drive, for a celebrity bartending event. Zapatista will donate all bar tips and 20 percent of food and beverage sales to Loaves & Fishes. For more information, visit www.loaves-fishes.org.

FOX VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING. The Fox Valley Genealogical Society’s April meeting will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting rooms of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit www.ilfvgs.org.

“VISUAL SYSTEMS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM.” This training is open to parents of children with autism and will highlight the importance of children learning to make choices, predicting their world and feeling a sense of control. The training will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 11 at Little Friends, 140 N. Wright St. Reserve a spot by calling (630) 305-4196.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) runs through Saturday, April 12 at Loaves & Fishes, 1871 High Grove Lane. Hours will be Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays from4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, email [email protected].
SPRING EGG-STRAVAGANZA. Celebrate spring with the Naperville Park District by registering for the Spring Egg-stravaganza, taking place from 10 to 11 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Seager Interpretive Center, 1163 Plank Road. For children ages 2 to 5. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

DUPAGE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM ANNUAL BENEFIT BALL. The DuPage Children’s Museum will host its annual Benefit Ball on Saturday, April 12 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville Hotel, 1801 N. Naper Blvd. The black tie optional benefit begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. For more information, visit www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

LANTERN FESTIVAL. The Xilin Art Academy of Naperville will be hosting the ninth annual Lantern Festival at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. The performance will feature Xilin Dance Troupe, Jilin Song and Dance Company from China, Illinois Shaolin Kungfu in Naperville and more. For more information, visit www.xilin.org.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID ADVOCATES TRAINING. KidsMatter, together with Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital, invite parents to become mental health first aid advocates for kids. The training will be offered from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 and 22. Participants must attend both days. For more information, visit www.kidsmatter2us.org.

“ART THERAPY AND AUTISM.” This community presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at Madden Theater, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The event will include an overview presentation, two short films and a panel discussion. Reservations are required as seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call (630) 355-6533 or visit www.littlefriendsinc.org.

FAIR HOUSING ADVISORY COMMISSION INFORMATION SESSIONS. In conjunction with Fair Housing Awareness Month, Naperville’s Fair Housing Advisory Commission will host two sessions in April to inform the public about the commission’s role in the community, provide examples of housing discrimination and discuss how to file a complaint. The first session will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 and the second will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 16. Both sessions will take place at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, contact Anna Straczek at (630) 305-5315 or visit www.naperville.il.us/fhac.aspx.

NAPERVILLE JAYCEES DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS CEREMONY. The Naperville Jaycees will hold the 36th annual Distinguished Service Awards at CityGate Grille, 2020 Calamos Court, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. For more information, visit http://dsa.naperjaycees.org.

FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT. Grab your flashlight and hunt for prize-filled eggs under the stars at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 at Rotary Hill near the Millennium Carillon on Aurora Avenue. Parents must be present with their children ages 9-13, but may not assist them during the hunt. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

2014 YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASE SUBMISSION DEADLINE. Young artists are encouraged to submit artwork into the 2014 Young Artists Showcase. Entries are due Thursday, April 17, with an awards ceremony planned for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 in the lobby at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/sccyashowcase.aspx.

NCTV17 INTERNSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD. The high school internship program at NCTV17 is a hands-on experience to help educate future industry professionals. To be eligible, you must be entering your sophomore year and either be a resident of Naperville or a student enrolled in NCUSD 203 or IPSD 204. Applications are due by Friday, April 18. For more information, visit www.nctv17.com/internships.

EASTER EGG HUNT. The Naperville Jaycees annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at Frontier Park, 3380 Cedar Glade Road. This is open to children ages 1-8 and participants are encouraged to donate canned goods that will be given to Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry. For more information, visit www.naperjaycees.org.

HOP AROUND THE SHOPS. Participating downtown businesses will be offering ‘eggsceptional’ specials on Easter weekend from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20. For more information and a list of participating shops, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS APPLICATION PERIOD. The Naperville Park District’s Youth Ambassadors program is requesting applicants for the 11th annual Battle of the Bands contest. The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9 at the Community Concert Center, 104 E. Benton Ave. Applications and demos must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 21. The application form and additional information can be found at www.napervilleparks.org/battleofthebands.

13TH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY. The Turkish American Cultural Alliance is hosting the 13th International Children’s Day from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at Ranch View Elementary School, 1651 Ranchview Drive. For more information, email [email protected].

FOURTH ANNUAL TEST DRIVES FOR AUTISM. For each test drive taken during the month of April, participating dealerships will make a $20 donation directly to the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation with an ultimate goal of $130,000 to be collected. For more information, and a complete list of participating dealerships, visit www.turningpointeautismfoundation.org/testdrive.

VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO ASSIST WITH SPRING PARK DISTRICT PROJECTS. The Naperville Park District is looking for community volunteers who are willing to help spruce up area parks. Park maintenance tasks include litter pick-up, weeding, mulching, removing twigs and other activities. For more information, contact Lynette Hoole at (630) 848-3606 or [email protected].

BECOME AN ADULT LITERACY VOLUNTEER TODAY. Literacy DuPage is seeking volunteers to serve as English literacy tutors to adult learners. No prior teaching or tutoring experience is needed. Trainings are being held now through June of 2014 at a library near you. For more information and training dates and locations, or to register, call (630) 416-6699 or visit www.literacydupage.org.

VOLUNTEER TO HELP REPAIR THE PARK DISTRICT’S GOLF FAIRWAYS AND GREENS. Volunteers who golf or enjoy being out on a golf course are needed to assist golf staff in repairing the Naperville Park District’s golf fairways and greens. Interested volunteers may register for this project online at www.napervilleparks.org/volunteer-with-the-naperville-park-district.

GENERAL INFORMATION

MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (MVP) OPENINGS AVAILABLE. The City of Naperville has shifts open for its front desk reception volunteer position. If you are interested in volunteering, please send your name, address and phone number to [email protected] to obtain an application or receive more information.

SIGN UP FOR NAPER NOTIFY TODAY. Naper Notify is the City’s new notification system that brings emergency and quality-of-life information directly to you via a phone call, text message, email or smart phone app. Naper Notify is being used for emergency messages as well as optional community notifications in different categories. For more information and to sign up, visit www.napernotify.com.

RECYCLE MY FRIDGE PROGRAM. The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) is aiming to take residents’ secondary refrigerators with the Recycle My Fridge program. Residents served by an IMEA-member utility can get rid of an old refrigerator or freezer, free of charge, and receive a $35 prepaid card for doing so by calling (877) 341-2313 or by visiting www.RecycleMyFridge.org.

FIRST AID AND CPR/AED TRAINING. The City of Naperville is offering first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certification classes for residents and businesses, in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines. For more information, call (630) 420-6141 or visit www.naperville.il.us/cpraed.aspx.

GARBAGE COLLECTION. The City reminds residents that garbage must be placed on the curb by 6 a.m. and removed by 7 p.m. on your garbage collection day. There is no residential garbage collection on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. When collection falls on one of these holidays, pickup will resume one day later for the remainder of the week.

FINANCE DEPARTMENT HOURS. The Finance Department is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS HOURS. The Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive, and DPW call center will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

POLICE DEPARTMENT FRONT DESK HOURS. The Police Department’s front desk hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The desk is not open on Saturdays and Sundays.

MUNICIPAL MEETING SCHEDULE

Please note that all meeting locations listed below are rooms in the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., unless otherwise indicated.

  • Advisory Commission on Disabilities: Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Sister Cities Commission: Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room
  • Foreign Fire Insurance Board: Thursday, April 3, 8 a.m., Meeting Room A
  • Fair Housing Advisory Commission: Monday, April 7, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Tuesday, April 8, 4 p.m., NEU
  • Riverwalk Commission: Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 a.m., Lunch Room

Any individual with a disability requesting a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a public meeting should contact the Communications Department at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting.  The Communications Department can be reached in person at 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville, IL, via telephone at (630) 420-6707 or (630) 305-5205 (TDD) or via e-mail at [email protected]. Every effort will be made to allow for meeting participation.

 

 

 

 

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