This Week’s City Notes

Courtesy of the City of Naperville — updated December 10, 2014


“POLAR EXPRESS.” Take an imaginary ride on the Naperville Park District’s “Polar Express” and experience this story through a variety of themed activities. A copy of The Polar Express book will be given to each child at this event on Saturday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. at The Barn, 421 W. Martin Ave. For more information, visit

“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY.” Watch five actors and a live Foley sound effects artist bring “It’s A Wonderful Life” to life as they play 50 different characters in this inventive retelling of the timeless story. Performances are on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. in Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth Ave. For more information, visit

GRAND MENORAH LIGHTING. Chabad Jewish Center of Naperville invites all to the Grand Menorah Lighting on Wednesday, December 17 at 5 p.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Greetings will be given by Mayor A. George Pradel and other City officials. For more information, visit

HOLIDAY SING-ALONG. Sing along to classic holiday songs on Saturday, December 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Carolers of all ages will be recorded with other singers, and the song will be posted online. It is free and no registration is needed. For more information, visit

MEGA CHANUKAH FESTIVAL. The Center Court of Westfield Fox Valley will play host to a Mega Chanukah Festival on Sunday, December 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Help build a giant LEGO Menorah, take part in Chanukah crafts, decorate cookies and listen to traditional music. For more information, visit

“HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – THE SYMPHONY TOUR.” Celebrate the holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they present “Home For Christmas – The Symphony Tour.” The performance will be held on Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m. at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information,

MENORAH WORKSHOP. Build a Menorah on Tuesday, December 23 at the Home Depot, 2920 Audrey Ave. This event will feature a free apron for workers and Chanukah refreshments. For more information,

GRANDPARENT/GRANDCHILD BINGO & PIZZA. Calling all grandparents… round up your grandchildren and head to an afternoon of fun with 12 games of Bingo, snacks and prizes. This event will be held on Monday, December 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center Community Hall, 305 W. Jackson Ave. For more information,

NAPERVILLE NEWCOMERS AND NEIGHBORS CLUB WELCOME COFFEE. The next welcome coffee for the Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club will be on Monday, January 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information,

WOLVES HOCKEY PLAYER VISIT. Hockey fans can meet a member of the Chicago Wolves hockey team who will discuss his love of hockey and reading at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 11 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. One lucky fan will get the opportunity to try on the uniform – pads and all. For more information, visit

CANDY CANE LANE. The Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., will be filled with holiday activities and entertainment for little ones. Events run simultaneously throughout the building from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 12. This event is designed for children ages 2-8. For more information, visit

NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT POLICE TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION. Members of the Naperville Park District Police invite the community to contribute new, unwrapped toys for the 2014 Toys for Tots program now through Friday, December 12. For more information and a list of drop-off sites, visit

NAHC DECEMBER MEETING. The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation (NAHC) will hold its December meeting on Saturday, December 13 at 8 a.m. at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Knoch Knolls Park, 320 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information,

BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY CHRISTMAS SHOW. One of the most popular swing bands on the road today, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to North Central College with its high energy and spirit but with a Christmas twist. The concert will be held on Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information, visit

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: TEN OF THE GREATEST EVER GIVEN. Rochelle Pennington will present a program based on her book “Christmas Gifts.” This presentation details the circumstances surrounding WWI’s temporary halt for Christmas. This event will be held on Sunday, December 14 at 4 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information,

HOLIDAY MANSION TOURS. The Martin Mitchell Mansion is a showpiece of Naper Settlement, especially decked out in full Victorian splendor during the holiday season. Tours will be held at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 6, 7, 13 and 14. Admission is $7 per person and $5 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining Members. For more information,

TABLETOP HOLIDAY TREE DECORATING. Enjoy designing a tabletop tree using your creativity combined with provided tinsel, lights, ornaments and a skirt. Designed for ages 3-12, this program will be held on Tuesday, December 16 at 6 p.m. in the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit

TOY DRIVE. The Naperville Public Library is participating in Sharing Connections’ toy drive now through December 18. Library patrons can donate new toys to benefit more than 1,000 local DuPage children in need. Donation boxes will be located near the entrances of each of the library’s three buildings. For more information, visit

WINTER BOOK SALE. The Naperville Public Library will host a Winter Book Sale at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, from December 20 through January 4 with all items costing 25 cents. For more information,

COOKIE EXCHANGE. Recipes and ingredients for a cookie exchange will be provided at this Naperville Park District class scheduled for Sunday, December 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the 95th Street Center, 2244 W. 95th St. Make a variety of holiday cookies to sample and take home. Designed for participants ages 18 and older. For more information,

SANTA HOUSE ON THE RIVERWALK. Take a special holiday trip to visit Santa on the Naperville Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street from now through Monday, December 22. Times vary depending on day of the week. For specific times or themed events at Santa House, call (630) 848-5000 or visit

NEW YEAR’S EVE BUBBLE BASH. Ring in 2015 with your family as the fun bubbles over at the New Year’s Eve Bubble Bash on Wednesday, December 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at the DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St. For more information, visit

RINGIN’ IN THE NEW YEAR. Enjoy the last day of 2014 with celebrations in downtown Naperville leading up to a family friendly New Year’s Eve countdown at the Millennium Carillon at 5:30 p.m. and a traditional New Year’s Eve countdown at 11:15 p.m. Festivities start at noon. For more information as well as a map of locations, visit

WDSRA ANNUAL APPEAL. Donate to the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) before the end of the year and have your donation matched. Donate anytime before December 31, 2014, either online or through the mail, and it will be matched up to the first $20,000. For more information or to donate, visit

NAPERLIGHTS. NaperLights, the downtown Naperville lighted holiday display, is now open at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. The display features a number of large holiday-themed figures, lighted trees, hot chocolate and holiday music. The display will be illuminated from 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through New Year’s Day. For more information,

WINTER FAMILY READING PROGRAM. Families can warm up with a good book during the Winter Family Reading Program throughout December and January. All participants will be entered into raffles to win Chicago Wolves hockey tickets and a grand prize. The program will continue through January 31. For more information, visit


NAPERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSURES. All three library buildings will be closed Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25. The library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31 and remain closed through Thursday, January 1. The book drop-off will be open 24/7 at all buildings. Materials can be renewed online.

MUNICIPAL CENTER CLOSURES. The Naperville Municipal Center will be closed on Wednesday, December 24; Thursday, December 25; and Thursday, January 1.

DUPAGE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM CLOSURES. The museum is closed to the general public Wednesday, December 24; Thursday, December 25; Wednesday, December 31; and Thursday, January 1.

EXTENDED SUNDAY HOURS. From January 4 through May 17, the 95th Street Library and Nichols Library will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. every Sunday. For more information, 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,

“CLUNKER” VEHICLE DONATIONS. The Naperville Fire Department is seeking donations of used and otherwise “clunker” vehicles. To donate, contact Ruthi Sommers at (630) 305-5900.

MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. The City of Naperville has shifts for its front desk reception volunteer position. If you are interested, 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 visiting

RECYCLE MY FRIDGE. Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) customers can recycle secondary refrigerators and receive a prepaid card. For more information, 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 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

  • Sister Cities Commission: Wednesday, December 10, 7 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room
  • Emergency Telephone System Board: Thursday, December 11, 3 p.m., Police Chief’s Conference Room, Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Ave.
  • Naper Settlement Museum Board: Friday, December 12, 8 a.m., Mayor’s Conference Room
  • City Council: Tuesday, December 16, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, December 17, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

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 Every effort will be made to allow for meeting participation.


 Enjoy Naperville. Celebrate safely!


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