This Week’s City Notes

Courtesy of the City of Naperville — Updated May 13, 2015


Expect even longer delays along Route 59! Plan alternate routes as the road will be reduced to one lane during construction that began in late April 2015. Plan ahead and drive carefully. Watch out for the other guy.


THE VOCAL POP CONCERT. See the Naperville North High School Show Choirs – High Heeled Harmony and Entourage – perform their award-winning contest shows, solos and small group performances on Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in the North Performing Arts Center, 899 N. Mill St. To purchase tickets, visit

HOMEOWNERS CONFEDERATION MEETING. The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation invites homeowners to its general meeting on Saturday, May 16 at 8 a.m. in meeting rooms B and C at the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. The meeting will include elections for the confederation’s board of directors and information on alternative ways to landscape and The Conservation Foundation’s “Conservation in Our Communities” program. For more information, visit

DUPAGE RIVER SWEEP. Help clean up along local waterways and restore nearby natural areas during this year’s DuPage River Sweep on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Preregistration is required. For more information, visit

DISTRICT 204 FINE ARTS FESTIVAL. This annual festival showcases the talents of students throughout the district and features musical performances, 3-D artwork, ceramics, computer imagery and more. The festival is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 at Metea Valley High School, 1801 N. Eola Rd., Aurora; Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th St.; and Waubonsie Valley High School, 2590 Ogden Ave., Aurora. For more information, visit

LIBRARY GRAND REOPENING. Naperville Public Library will debut the newly remodeled Naper Blvd. Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd., at a grand reopening at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. The event will include a ribbon cutting, refreshments and building-wide activities that will showcase the library’s improved program room, updated computer lab and new Teen Space. For more information, visit

DRIVEN TO GIVE. Test drive vehicles from Fair Oaks Ford to benefit the Naperville Heritage Society and Naper Settlement on Thursday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Naper Settlement Chapel parking lot, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, contact (630) 420-6010.

GRADUATION CONCERT. The North Central College Concert Choir presents its annual Graduation Concert, featuring a program of sacred, secular, multicultural and contemporary music, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 in Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, call (630) 637-7469 or visit

NAPERVILLE IN VIETNAM. Students in the Naperville North High School military history classes will host a public showing of their feature length documentary showcasing interviews with Naperville residents who are also veterans of the war in Vietnam. The showing of the documentary will be held on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. in the NNHS Auditorium, 899 N. Mill St. For more information, visit

NAPERVILLE GARDEN CLUB MEETING. The Naperville Garden Club, a group interested in gardening, flowers and the environment, will hold its Annual Meeting and Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at the White Eagle Golf Club, 3400 Club Drive. For more information, visit

USED BOOK DONATION DRIVE. Donate hardcover/paperback books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl to the AAUW Naperville Area Used Book Donation Drive on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the District 203 Administration Building, 203 W. Hillside Road. Unloading assistance and tax receipts will be provided. For more information, visit

PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Naperville Boy Scout Troop 507 will hold its Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1450 Green Trails Dr. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family. For more information,

CHICKENS IN YOUR BACKYARD. Naperville backyard chicken keeper and breeder Angel Witt will teach the basics of raising chickens at the Naperville Community Gardeners Club presentation titled “Chickens in your Backyard” on Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information on the Naperville Community Gardeners Club, visit

central-park-web-DSC_1503NAPERVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERTS. Bring a lawn chair or blanket (bench seating is limited) and the whole family to free weekly concerts of the Naperville Municipal Band, every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. from June 4 through Aug. 20 at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. For more information, visit or call (630) 778-9994.

CHARLIE LONG/WDSRA GOLF CLASSIC. The Charlie Long/WDSRA Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 15 at Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and include driving range, putting green, 19 holes with cart, dinner and more. Interested participants should register before Friday, June 5. For more information, visit

MEET A CURATOR. See real artifacts from the Naper Settlement collection of more than 55,000 objects during “Flashback Fridays: Meet a Curator” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5 at the Collections Care and Storage Facility, Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. For more information, visit

COMEDY NIGHT. Naperville Jaycees presents the fifth annual Comedy Night on Friday, June 5 at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. The opening act begins at 6:30 p.m. with the comedy show beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.nape​​ent/comedy-nigh​t-north-central​s-meiley-swallo​w-hall.

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA’S “UNITED WE STAND.” This concert, which celebrates pride in America and pride in our servicemen and women, will be held on Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information,

PUZZLE RUN & BACKYARD BASH. Join Turning Pointe Autism Foundation on Sunday, June 7 for the Puzzle Run & Backyard Bash featuring headliner Steve Augeri of Journey. Gates open at noon at Turning Pointe, 1500 W. Ogden Ave. Entertainment will include live music and Kids Village. For more information, visit or call (630) 570-7948.

USED BOOK DONATION DRIVE. Donate hardcover/paperback books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl to the AAUW Naperville Area Used Book Donation Drive on Sunday, June 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Celebration Community Life Center, 919 S. Washington St. Unloading assistance and tax receipts will be provided. For more information, visit

PARK DISTRICT SUMMER CAMPS. The Naperville Park District offers a variety of day camps, nature camps, arts camps, athletic camps and golf camps for kids ages two and a half years through high school. Many camps begin on Monday, June 8. For more information or to register, visit or call (630) 848-5000.

KIDSMATTER TO LOU MALNATI’S CELEBRATION. Enjoy great food and live entertainment for a great cause on Monday, June 8 from noon to 10 p.m. at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 131 W. Jefferson St. Lou Malnati’s will donate 20 percent of their sales (both dine-in and take-out) to support KidsMatter. Customers will also enjoy live performances from choral groups from local high schools. For more information, visit

PLAYSCAPE PIONEERS DAY CAMP. Children ages 4 to 7 can enjoy hands-on learning and storytimes at the Harvard Early Learning Playscape at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Remaining sessions will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20 and 27. The fee is $22 per camper per day. For more information, visit

5 PIECES AT 5 LOCATIONS. North Central College’s Chamber Strings presents the traveling performance “5 Pieces at 5 Locations” starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 in Koten Chapel at Kiekhofer Hall, 329 E. School Street. The 19-member ensemble then travels with the audience to four more venues to perform, ending this free program at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. College Ave. For more information, call Mara Gallagher at (630) 637-5628.

PARK COMMISSIONER RETIREMENT RECEPTION. A reception honoring retiring Commissioner Ron Ory for his 20 years of service to the Naperville Park District will be held Thursday, May 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Naperville Municipal Center Lobby, 400 S. Eagle St. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

CAPS AWARDS DINNER. Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) will honor outstanding service by Naperville Police Department personnel at an awards dinner on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave. For more information,

EDIBLE WILD PLANTS: URBAN FORAGING. Learn about 25 common edible wild plants most people can find in their own yards. Class will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Clow Education Center on McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, and will include sample plants to practice identification skills and a wild edible treat. For more information and to register, visit
STITCHING IN THE STACKS. Stitch with the library’s community knit, crochet and needlecraft club. Crafters can share tips and ideas as well as showcase their latest project or ask for help on a project they may be struggling to complete. All skill levels may attend this program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit

SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. Naperville Public Library salutes small businesses throughout the area during its Small Business Week through Thursday, May 14. Several programs focusing on business growth and networking will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. throughout the week at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit 


TULIP BULB SALE. The Naperville Park District’s annual tulip bulb sale will take place on Friday, May 15 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion near the Park District’s parking lot, 320 W. Jackson Ave. Bulbs for sale will include those that bloomed this spring at various Park District locations and will be sold for $3 per dozen on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit

CORNERSTONE DAY PICNIC. North Central College invites members of the community to its annual Cornerstone Day Picnic, featuring entertainment by student performers and sample cuisine by several Naperville restaurants, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15 at Jefferson Plaza, located east of Brainard Street at Jefferson Avenue. For more information, call (630) 637-5200.

24-HOUR SPINATHON. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 15, residents are invited to participate in the second annual Bike Bald 24-hour Spinathon to raise funds and support for childhood cancer awareness. The event will be held at the Dandelion Fountain on the Riverwalk at the intersection of Webster Street and Jackson Avenue until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. For more information, visit

BATTLE OF THE BANDS. Cheer on your favorite high school rock band at the 2015 Battle of the Bands on Friday, May 15 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. For more information,


CIVIL WAR DAYS. Hear the cannons roar during a battle each day at this annual encampment, which features famous figures of the past that made a difference in history. This program will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, visit

FOOD TRUCK FEST. The Young Community Action Network will host the Food Truck Fest on Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 750 Aurora Ave. Five food trucks will be parked onsite, as well as live music, beverages and yard games, all in support of Loaves & Fishes Community Services. For more information, contact Matthew Chicola at (630) 355-3363, ext. 108, or

BIKE WEEK. Bike Bald has planned a number of rides and events to help the Naperville community celebrate “Bike Week” through Saturday, May 16. For more information, visit

PARK DISTRICT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. The Naperville Park District is looking for volunteers to help clean up and provide basic maintenance in parks throughout the City. Date-specific events include the Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Course clean-ups on Saturday, May 16. For more information, visit

SAFETY TOWN RENAMING CELEBRATION. The Naperville Safety Town Commission and volunteers from the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club will dedicate and rename Safety Town in honor of Mayor A. George Pradel and his wife, Patricia, on Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at Safety Town, 1320 Aurora Ave. For more information, visit

HEWAR TRIO PERFORMANCE. North Central College welcomes the Hewar Trio, a world-renowned ensemble of voice, oud and clarinet, for a free evening of Syrian music at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. For more information, call (630) 637-5132.

EDIBLE GARDENING. Discover how to grow your own garden filled with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers with minimal maintenance on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Clow Education Center on McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information and to register, visit

MOSER TOWER AND VISITOR CENTER. The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and Visitor Center, 443 Aurora Avenue, is now open for the 2015 season. Tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays from May through November. Friday tours are also available between May 22 and August 14. For more information, visit

WOUNDED WARRIORS 5K RUN/WALK. Operation Welcome You Home continues support for the men and women serving our country with the fourth annual Wounded Warriors 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 at Settler’s Park, 24000 W. Lockport St., Plainfield. For more information, visit

CENTENNIAL BEACH. Jump into summer as Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave., opens for the 2015 season on Saturday, May 23. For more information, visit

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE. The annual Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post #43 Memorial Day Parade will kick-off at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 25 in downtown Naperville. For more information and a parade route map,

MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK. Immediately following the Memorial Day Parade at 12:15 p.m., a special concert performed by the Naperville Municipal Band and the 8th grade chorus from Kennedy Junior High School will pay tribute to all Gold Star Families and veterans for their sacrifices and service. The 45-minute concert also will include the award-winning oratory, “The Flame of Our Liberty,” presented by home-school student Rowan Macwan. The Highland Bagpipers also will perform patriotic music and wreaths will be placed at the Blackhawk War Monument.  The annual observance in Central Park is hosted by the American Legion Post 43 and the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873.

SYBIL DUNBAR COMMEMORATIVE MARKER. Naper Settlement will dedicate a commemorative marker in honor of Sybil Dunbar, Naperville’s first known African-American female resident, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at Naperville Cemetery, 705 S. Washington St. Dunbar lived in Naperville around 1860 and was buried at Naperville Cemetery in 1868, a rare occurrence for an African-American woman during that time. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.

FRONTIER KITE FLY FESTIVAL. Enjoy gigantic kites, demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities at the Naperville Park District Frontier Kite Fly Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 31 at Frontier Park, 3380 Cedar Glade Drive. This free family-friendly event also features live music, games, and giveaways. For more information, visit

MILLENNIUM CARILLON SUMMER RECITAL SERIES. Talented carillonneurs from around the world will delight concert goers with an evening of free music at the Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave., on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from June 2 through August 18. For more information, visit


PRESCHOOL PLAYSCAPE PROGRAMS. Free drop-in programs for children ages 2-7 are included with regular admission on Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information, visit

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT COWLISHAW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Volunteers are needed on a weekly basis from 11:20 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Cowlishaw Elementary School, 1212 Sanctuary Lane, through Friday, June 5. Volunteers would pass out tongue depressors as Run Club students race one lap around a course. For more information, email

SUMMER C.O.P.E.S. COURSE. The Turning Pointe Career College summer C.O.P.E.S. course teaches students to identify their needs and develop skills in the areas of communication, organization, positive behavior supports, emotional regulation and social skills/sensory needs. The six-week program, which will be held at 1500 W. Ogden Ave., runs from June 29 through August 7 but registration is expected to close at the end of May. For more information, call (630) 615-6032 or

WEDNESDAY WALKING CLUB. Every Wednesday at 8 a.m. through October 28, join the free Wednesday Walking Club at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Check in at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center then log your minutes to earn reward tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events. No registration is required. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit

MILLENNIUM CARILLON WEEKLY RECITALS AND CONCERTS. Weekly recitals and concerts at the Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave., are held every Saturday at noon and Sunday at 3 p.m. through December. For more information, visit


LIBRARY SUNDAY HOURS. From now 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

NAPERVILLE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM. The Naperville Search and Rescue Team helps locate persons who are missing and in distress. They also may assist with evidence recovery and help out at local festivals, such as Ribfest and Last Fling. For more information, contact Judy Cittadino at

NAPER NOTIFY. Naper Notify provides emergency and quality-of-life information via phone call, text message, email or smart phone app. For more information and to sign up, visit

SMART911. When you make an emergency call from a registered phone, Smart911 displays your profile on the 9-1-1 call taker’s screen. To register, visit

POWER OUTAGES. If you are experiencing a power outage, please report it 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Naperville City Dispatch by calling (630) 420-6187.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY. Household Hazardous Waste may be safely disposed of at the new drop-off facility located at 156 Fort Hill Drive. For more information, visit

HOLIDAY GARBAGE COLLECTION. When residential garbage collection falls on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas, pickup will resume one day later for the remainder of the week.

“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, contact 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 is offering first aid, CPR and AED certification classes for residents and businesses. For more information, visit

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.

Downtown Advisory Commission: Thursday, May 14, 3:30 p.m., NEU Meeting Room

City Council: Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, May 20, 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.

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Charity Golf Season begins Mon., May 18, and you just may find yourself hitting with Glen Ekey, known not only for his golf game, but for help at many community events—even a big hand in starting some!  Find listings at Charity Golf.

Also check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends.  On the navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity Golf (Updated!), Festivals & 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.

Remember also that the end of the school year is the time for spring concerts, spring musicals and other stage productions at local high schools, featuring some of the best talent in the suburbs.  Check arts calendars at Naperville Central, Naperville North, Waubonsie Valley, Neuqua Valley and Metea Valley high schools.

Thanks for supporting the arts—culinary, performing and fine!


 Enjoy Naperville. Celebrate safely!