This Week’s City Notes

Courtesy of the City of Naperville — updated September 18, 2014


FOCUS 203. Naperville Community Unit School District 203 is continuing last year’s community engagement initiative with Focus 203. Through a series of discussion-based sessions, the community is invited to provide input that will inform the direction of the school district from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 at Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave., and from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 18 at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road. While not required for attendance, registration is requested. For more information or to register, call (630) 548-4342 or email

AURELIO’S GUEST BARTENDING EVENT FOR LOAVES & FISHES. On Wednesday, September 24 from 6 to 9 p.m., community leaders will concoct favorite drinks for diners at Aurelio’s Springbrook Square, 1975 Springbrook Square Drive, in support of Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry. Prizes will be available and the Naperville Trolley will offer rides for a donation. For more information, call (630) 922-3600 or visit

FOX VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE. The Fox Valley Genealogical Society will present an all-day conference at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road, featuring Lisa Louise Cooke. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 27. Genealogy vendors will be on-site and a continental breakfast and lunch are included. For more information,

BOY SCOUT OPEN HOUSE. Boys ages 11 to 17 and their families can meet local Boy Scouts from troops in the Indian Prairie District as they present their skills learned through scouting activities. This open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 28 at the Von Oven Scout Reservation, 701 S. West St. For more information, call (630) 605-7653 or email

BIKE BALD FOR ST. BALDRICK’S. Bike Bald invites the community to join them to in supporting the fight against childhood cancer. A seven-mile bike ride will depart at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 28 from Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St. Participants will be given the opportunity, but not be expected, to shave their heads in support of childhood cancer awareness at the halfway point at Dorothea Weigand Riverfront Park, 2436 S. Washington St. Jon Seda, star of NBC’s Chicago PD is scheduled to take part in the event. For more information, visit

OKTOBERFEST. Enjoy traditional German music and classic rock along with German-style beverages and cuisine with family friendly activities during Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest to be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 3 and from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 4 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Free parking is available and advance tickets are available online. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit

RAILROAD RAMBLE WALKING TOUR. Take a walk on Naperville’s East Side, along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line and immediate neighborhood, during the Railroad Ramble Walking Tour at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5. The history and influence of rail service in Naperville, including the cultural impact of the railroad on the community, its industry and commerce, art and architecture will be discussed. The tour includes approximately 14 blocks of walking and steps off from the southwest corner of Burlington Square Park, 307 N. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $12 person and $10 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining Members. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit

YOUTH AND FAMILY VOLUNTEER FAIR. The 12th annual Youth and Family Volunteer Fair for students in grades 6 through 12 will be held on Wednesday, October 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Local non-profit organizations will be on hand at this free event to showcase their volunteer and advocacy opportunities, enabling students to find service venues that match their interests and schedule. For more information, visit

ARTFUL IMPROV! Artful IMPACT!, the Naperville area not-for-profit dedicated to making people stronger through the arts, will be laughing it up at an evening of “Whose Line is it Anyway” style improvisational sketch comedy to benefit arts programs for underserved populations. “Artful IMPROV!” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 9 at Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information,

ONE IS TOO MANY. Education is one of the most important tools in ending sexual assault and violence, along with open, judgment-free communication. One is Too Many is a community event which will focus on the myths of assault, assault and pop culture, being an assault survivor (women and men) and student’s rights, among other topics. This free event is scheduled for Saturday, October 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Scholl Hall, 5700 College Road, Lisle, and will continue at WAR Chest Boutique, 4 E. Jefferson Ave. For more information or to register,, call (630) 272-2448 or

STORIES IN STONE – A FIRST PERSON CEMETERY WALK. History comes alive as you “meet” Naperville residents from the past, all with an interesting story to tell, during Stories in Stone: A First Person Cemetery Walk from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. Groups of up to 15 guests will depart for the Naperville Cemetery every 15 minutes for a walking experience of approximately one hour; the last tour steps off at 3:30 p.m. This event is for ages 13 and up as some historical material may be too graphic for younger audiences. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit

NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT FAMILY HAYRIDES. Round up the family and take a hayride in the crisp autumn air through Seager Park, 1163 Plank Road, on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 19. Each child and adult attending must register except for children younger than three who may ride for free. For more information including times, registration codes and rainout information, visit

PLACE VALUE IN VALUES EVENT. The DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) invites business and community leaders to “Place Value in Values: Creating a High-Performance Values-Based Culture” on Wednesday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville campus, 1120 E. Diehl Road. For more information, visit

MIND AND MEDITATION. The program, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, is an introduction to meditation techniques that increase relaxation, energy, clarity and creativity. For more information, visit

NAPERVILLE AREA HOMEOWNERS CONFEDERATION MEETING. At 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 20, the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation meeting will be held in Lower Level Meeting Rooms B and C of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit

EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR. The sixth annual Early Childhood Community Resource Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 20, at the Prairie Children Preschool, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora. For more information, contact Cindy Frech or Peggy Kiefer at

RIVERWALK FINE ART FAIR. The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is a juried art fair held along the Naperville Riverwalk and downtown city streets of Naperville. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. The event is open to the public and admission and parking are free. For more information, visit

HARVEST POW WOW. Celebrate Native American culture with dancing and drumming during the Harvest Pow Wow, sponsored by Midwest SOARRING, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 21 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, call (708) 257-4300 or visit

“JUDD-A-THON.” Help raise funds for the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children with a 0.1k fun run and fundraiser. The event will kick off promptly at 10:01 a.m. on Sunday, September 21 at the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 908 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, call (630) 355-7664 or visit

PARK DISTRICT PLAYGROUND CELEBRATION. The Naperville Park District invites the community to celebrate the reopening of Old Farm Park on Tuesday, September 23 near the intersection of Countryside Circle and Briarheath Lane. For more information, visit

U.S. CONSTITUTION DISPLAY. In conjunction with Constitution Week, September 17 to 23, the Daughters of the American Revolution teamed up with Naperville Public Library to showcase a historical display dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. The display is located behind the customer services desk at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit

PLAYSCAPE PIONEERS DAY CAMP. Playscape Pioneers Day Camp is a new camp for children ages 4 to 7 at the Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. The camp will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17 and 24. The fee is $75 per camper. To register, call (630) 420-6010 or

FARMERS MARKET AT ST. JOHN’S. The Farmers Market at St. John’s is held in the parking lot of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 750 Aurora Ave., every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. through September 24. For more information, visit

CERT CLASS REGISTRATION. The City of Naperville will again offer its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes beginning in October. The free classes will take place from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 15, 22 and Thursday, October 30 as well as 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. All forms are due no later than Thursday, September 25. For more information, including registration and waiver forms, visit

MUNICIPAL SURPLUS VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT AUCTION. The City of Naperville will hold its annual surplus vehicle and equipment auction on Saturday, September 27 at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. Viewing of items begins at 7:30 a.m. with the auction starting promptly at 9 a.m. For more information and to pre-register,

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING EVENT. DuPage County residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of documents for on-site shredding and recycling from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 27 in Commuter Parking Lot F in downtown Lisle. Businesses are not allowed. For more information, call (630) 407-6700 or visit

NAPERVILLE MEN’S GLEE CLUB OPEN REHEARSALS. The Naperville Men’s Glee Club will hold open rehearsals for male singers at Church of the Brethren, 1020 W. Jefferson Ave. The rehearsal will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 27. For more information, visit

BIG BALL SOCCER TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER. Spectators of all ages are invited to attend the Big Ball Soccer Tournament fundraiser for Spinal Muscular Atrophy on Saturday, September 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Players Indoor Sports Center, 1740 Quincy Ave. For more information or to make a donation, visit

FAMILY SAFETY FAIR. The Illinois Tollway’s Annual Family Safety Fair promotes child safety with traveling exhibits, child safety seat inspections, seat belt safety and impaired driving demonstrations. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 at the Illinois Tollway Headquarters, 2700 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove. For more information,

PEANUT DAYS. The Naperville Kiwanis Peanut Days fundraiser takes place throughout the month of September. Kiwanis members will be asking for support as they work the sidewalks and business fronts of Naperville. For more information or to be a sponsor, contact Bob Harcourt

ROBERT CRAY BAND PERFORMANCE. Five-time Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray brings his band, The Robert Cray Band, to Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 2. For more information, call (630) 637-7469 or visit

“GHOST STORIES IN THE PARK … IN THE DARK!” The Naperville Park District and Summer Place Theatre present “Ghost Stories in the Park … In the Dark!” at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 3 and 10 and Sunday, October 5 and 12 as well as at 6 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 4 and 11 at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court. For more information,

NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT FAMILY HAYRIDES. Round up the family and take a hayride in the crisp autumn air through Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Road, on Sunday, October 5 and Saturday, October 25. Each child and adult attending must register except for children younger than three who may ride for free. For more information, visit

NAPERVILLE FARMERS MARKET. The Naperville Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at the Fifth Avenue Station parking lot through the end of October. For more information, call (630) 369-5638.

MILLENNIUM CARILLON TOURS. The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and visitor center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays through October 26. For more information,

RALLY TO SUPPORT NAPERVILLE HALF-MARATHON AND MARATHON RUNNERS! Individuals and neighborhoods throughout Naperville are encouraged to help rally and offer support to those running in the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half-Marathon on Sunday, November 9. For more information, email Mike Wasilewski to register. For more information on the race, visit


NAPER NOTIFY. Naper Notify is the City’s notification system that brings emergency and quality-of-life information to you via a phone call, text message, email or smart phone app. For more information and to sign up, visit

FIRE DEPARTMENT SEEKING “CLUNKER” VEHICLE DONATIONS. The Naperville Fire Department is seeking donations of used and otherwise so-called “clunker” vehicles from residents and local businesspeople. To make a donation of a vehicle, contact Ruthi Sommers at (630) 305-5900.

MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. 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 obtain an application.

ONLINE LIBRARY NEWSLETTER. Patrons can subscribe to the Naperville Public Library’s monthly newsletter to receive up-to-date library news by going to and clicking on “sign up for our newsletter,” or signing up directly at

RECYCLE MY FRIDGE. Residents served by the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) can have secondary refrigerators recycled with the Recycle My Fridge program and receive a prepaid card for doing so. For more information, call (877) 341-2313 or visit

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. For more information, call (630) 420-6141 or visit

GARBAGE COLLECTION. The City reminds residents that 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 7:30AM to 5PM and Wednesdays from 10AM to 2PM.


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

  • Building Review Board: Wednesday, September 16, 2 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Downtown Advisory Commission: Thursday, September 18, 3:30 p.m., Meeting Rooms B&C
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Thursday, September 18, 10:30 a.m., Mayor’s Conference Room
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Tuesday, September 23, 4 p.m., NEU
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, September 24, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

Check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends.  On the blue navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity GolfFestivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’s North Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.


 Enjoy Naperville. Celebrate safely!


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