This Week’s City Notes

Courtesy of the City of Naperville — updated March 18, 2015

COMMUNITY EVENTS

BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE. Join SCORE mentors and other business owners in an informal roundtable discussion at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 19 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. The group will discuss how entrepreneurs solve common and not-so-common challenges. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

NAPERVILLE GARDEN CLUB MEETING. The next meeting of the Naperville Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at 8:45 a.m. at the White Eagle Golf Club, 3400 Club Drive. The cost is $12 for members and $14 for guests. Please contact Deb Tritt at (630) 717-9616 or debtritt@comcast.net for reservations. For more information, visit www.napervillegardenclub.org.

“ROBERT IRVINE LIVE.” North Central College welcomes Chef Robert Irvine in his new show “Robert Irvine Live” at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. The celebrated, no-nonsense chef takes his signature culinary sensibilities to a whole new level with numerous opportunities for audience participation. Tickets are $50, $40 and $35. For more information, call (630) 637-7469or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

SENIOR CAREGIVERS FOCUS GROUP. The City of Naperville’s Senior Task Force invites caregivers of senior citizens and seniors to a focus group taking place on Saturday, March 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Naperville Employee University (NEU) room of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. The goal is to hear from caregivers of senior citizens and seniors about services they need that are not currently provided by any organization within the community. Registration is requested and space is limited; to register, call (630) 848-3613 or email seniortaskforce@naperville.il.us.

POTTS & PANS STEELBAND CONCERT. Hear the sound of steelpans come alive as Potts & Pans Steelband, the largest steelpan organization in Chicagoland, performs at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

“DISCOVERING YOUR WORTH.” WAR Chest Boutique is presenting “Discovering Your Worth: Financial & Personal Independence” on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the boutique, 4 E. Jefferson Ave. This financial workshop is for women presented by women with a holistic approach to evaluating your current financial status. For more information, email mhhecht@warinternational.org, call (630) 904-9200 or visit www.facebook.com/events/1593864264190911.

FORT HILL ACTIVITY CENTER GROUNDBREAKING. The Naperville Park District invites the community to the groundbreaking of the Fort Hill Activity Center at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 at the site of the project at the corner of Fort Hill Drive and Quincy Avenue. For more information, including conceptual plans for the facility, visit www.napervilleparks.org/activitycenter.

NAPERVILLE HOUSING EXPO. Residents of Naperville and surrounding communities are invited to explore available housing resources at the first-ever Naperville Housing Expo on Saturday, April 11. The expo will feature panel discussions and a vendor exhibit with resources for every stage of homeownership – from buying and keeping a home to maintaining and renting residences. Stop by between 9 a.m. and noon at the Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road, to discover grants, incentives and other assistance available for buying, maintaining and renting homes. For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/housingexpo.aspx.

THE FESTIVAL OF COLORS. Simply Vedic Cultural Society invites all to celebrate the passing of winter and arrival of spring with the Festival of Color on Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 500 W. Jackson Ave. Included in this festival is the throwing of colors accompanied by rock and traditional music, ethnic food and shopping. Bags of safe, non-stain, dry colors will be available on-site for a $2 donation. For more information, visit www.TheFestivalOfColors.org.

“FOREVER THE TRAMP.” The History Speaks Lecture Series presents “Forever the Tramp” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 12 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. In this first-person portrayal, actor Charlie Chaplin, portrayed by Terry Lynch, looks back on his legendary career as a pioneer of American film. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.org.

POTLUCK MEAL & A MOVIE. The Resiliency Institute invites you to visit the Clow Education Center, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, on Sunday, April 12 at 5 p.m. for a tour and to view the film “The Permaculture Orchard.” For more information, visit www.theresiliencyinstitute.net.

LOW MAINTENANCE EDIBLE GARDENING. Discover how to grow your own garden filled with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers with minimal maintenance. This event will be held onWednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Clow Education Center on McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road. For more information, visit www.theresiliencyinstitute.net.

TRIANGULATION. Playwright Jamil Khoury will share video clips from the new play “Mosque Alert,” which explores resistance to the building of mosques in communities throughout the U.S. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

INSPIRE 204. Be inspired by the nationally acclaimed music programs from Metea Valley, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley High Schools at this event celebrating Indian Prairie School District 204 onFriday, March 20 at 8 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (630) 375-3652 or visit http://tickets.noctrl.edu.

60TH ANNUAL PANCAKE FESTIVAL. The Naperville Evening Kiwanis Club will host its 60th annual Pancake Festival on Saturday, March 21 from 7 a.m. to noon at Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave. Donations in advance are $6 and $7 at the door. Pre-school children are free. Proceeds support local charities.

NAPERVILLE AREA HOMEOWNERS CONFEDERATION MEETING. The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation (NAHC) March meeting will be held Saturday, March 21 at 8 a.m. in Lower Level Meeting Rooms B and C of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit www.napervillehomeowners.com.

ÉLAN DANCE COMPANY SHOWCASE. Enjoy an afternoon of dance entertainment performed by the Naperville Park District’s Élan Dance Company. The performance features an eclectic collection of dances from classical ballet to jazz to modern dance and will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

WEED LADIES SPRING AND SUMMER SHOW AND SALE. The Weed Ladies spring and summer sale features creative seasonal floral arrangements with silk and dried florals and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 through Saturday, March 21 and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. Admission to the sale is free. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.museum.

NAHC CANDIDATE FORUMS – NAPERVILLE CITY COUNCIL 1. The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation (NAHC) will host the first of two candidate forums for the Naperville City Council onTuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit www.napervillehomeowners.com.

CERT CLASS REGISTRATION. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has scheduled a basic training class beginning in April. Sessions will be held at Fire Station No. 4, 1971 Brookdale Road on Wednesday, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration deadline is March 25. For more information, visit www.naperCERT.org.

KIDSMATTER STUDENT JOB FAIR. The KidsMatter Job Fair connects teens and young adults with more than 50 area businesses offering more than 1,800 part-time and seasonal jobs. The fair will be held Wednesday, March 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. For more information, visit www.kidsmatter2us.org.

NAHC CANDIDATE FORUMS – NAPERVILLE CITY COUNCIL 2. The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation (NAHC) will host the second of two candidate forums for the Naperville City Council on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information, visit www.napervillehomeowners.com.

SMALL BUSINESS FORUM. The first annual Small Business Forum will take place on Tuesday, March 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University, 1120 Diehl Road. The forum will feature workshops on planning, technology, social media, funding resources and legal considerations for your business. For more information, visit www.scorefoxvalley.org/forum2015.

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 visitwww.napersettlement.org.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY – MEET A CURATOR. Meet the museum’s curatorial staff, hear about their work and see real artifacts from the museum’s collection from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 at the Collections Care and Storage Facility, Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visitwww.napersettlement.org.

EASTER EGG HUNT. Hop into action as the Naperville Jaycees hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt. This event is open to children ages 1-8 on Saturday, April 4 at 8:55 a.m. at Frontier Park, 3380 Cedar Glade Drive. Participants are encouraged to donate canned goods that will be given to Loaves & Fishes Community Services. For more information, visit www.naperjaycees.org.

MILLENNIUM CARILLON WEEKLY RECITALS AND CONCERTS. Weekly recitals and concerts at the Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave., resume on Saturday April 4, and will be held every Saturdayat noon and Sunday at 3 p.m. For more information, call (630) 848-5000 or visit www.Naperville-Carillon.org.

NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB MEETING. The next meeting of the Naperville Community Garden Club will be held on Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. The presentation will be on how to create a succulent wreath. The meeting is free to all and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

“STRENGTH AND HONOR” LUNCH. Join Naperville Responds for Our Veterans as it hosts its annual “Strength and Honor” lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8. The lunch will be held at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle. For more information, email info@nrfov.org or visit www.nrfov.org/lunch.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE. Volunteer tax preparers in the AARP Tax-Aide Program will provide free tax filing assistance to seniors by appointment only. Appointments are available at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., now through April 8. Interested individuals should call (630) 848-3613 to set up an appointment and determine what documents to bring.

CAPS POLICE DEPARTMENT NOMINATIONS. Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) is seeking nominations from the community through April 20 to recognize outstanding service by Police Department personnel. Nominees will be honored at the CAPS awards dinner on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave. For more information, visitwww.naperville.il.us/caps.aspx.

GENERAL INFORMATION

NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT CONTROLLED BURNS. Beginning in mid-March or later, Naperville Park District crews will be conducting prescribed ground-level burns in various areas throughout the city in an effort to improve the habitat for native plants. For more information and a list of burn sites, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

WILL COUNTY LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN SURVEY. Will County residents are being asked to provide input and help shape Will County’s Long Range Transportation Plan. For more information and to take the survey, visit www.WillConnects2040.org.

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 www.naperville-lib.org.

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

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 www.napernotify.com.

SMART911. With Smart911, anytime you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your Safety Profile, the 9-1-1 systems recognizes the number and automatically displays your profile on the screen of the call taker who receives your call. To register, visit www.naperville.il.us/smart911.aspx.

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, visitwww.naperville.il.us/hhw.aspx.

“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 bradleyj@naperville.il.us 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 http://bit.ly/nplnewsletter.

RECYCLE MY FRIDGE. Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) customers can recycle secondary refrigerators and receive a prepaid card. For more information, visit www.RecycleMyFridge.org.

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 www.naperville.il.us/cpraed.aspx.

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.

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.

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.
Planning and Zoning Commission: Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

Naper Settlement Museum Board: Friday, March 20, 8 a.m., Mayor’s Conference Room

City Council Workshop – FY2016 Budget: Departmental and Special Funds: Monday, March 23, 5 p.m., Council Chambers

Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: Tuesday, March 24, 4 p.m., Mayor’s Conference 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 atinfo@naperville.il.us. Every effort will be made to allow for meeting participation.

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 info@naperville.il.us. Every effort will be made to allow for meeting participation.

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 Enjoy Naperville. Celebrate safely!