Courtesy of the City of Naperville — updated November 20, 2013
NAPERBRIDGE OPENING EVENT. NaperBridge is a safe place for Naperville teens to belong, create, perform, play and be empowered in a values-driven environment. From 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, come celebrate the opening of their new space right in the heart of downtown Naperville at 231 S. Washington St. For more information, visit www.NaperBridge.org.
BIKE BALD’S SLEIGH BIKE RIDE. Bike Bald’s monthly ride for November will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 30 from Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St. Riders are encouraged to wear red and green and decorate their bikes for the holidays for this ride. A $5 donation is requested for single riders and $10 for a family. For more information, visit www.bikebald.com.
THE WINTER FAMILY READ ALOUD PROGRAM. Families with children in fifth grade and younger can sign up for the Winter Family Read Aloud Program starting Monday, December 2. Children will earn prizes and coupons for reading together as a family and doing other family-fun activities. All participants will be entered into raffles to win Chicago Wolves Hockey tickets and a grand prize. This program is available through all three branches of the Library. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.
MEET A CHICAGO WOLVES HOCKEY PLAYER. This winter, a Chicago Wolves Hockey player will visit the Naper Blvd. Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. The player, to be announced later on the Library’s Facebook page, will be visiting on Tuesday, December 3 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.
SPECIAL NEEDS BARK FOR BOOKS. The Naperville Public Library welcome children with special needs and their families to their very own Bark for Books program. Families have a unique opportunity to read and interact for 10 to 15 minutes with registered therapy/R.E.A.D. dogs and their owners. The program will be held on Friday, December 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.
BIKE BALD’S “BURR” BIKE RIDE. Bike Bald’s monthly ride for December will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7 at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St. Participants will ride approximately 10 to 12 miles and then go out for breakfast with the group. A $5 donation is requested for single riders and $10 for a family. For more information, visit www.bikebald.com.
NAPERVILLE MEN’S GLEE CLUB HOLIDAY CONCERTS. The sounds of the holiday season come alive at “Christmas Presence,” two holiday concerts by The Naperville Men’s Glee Club. “Christmas Presence I” features Advent and seasonal music uniquely arranged for a male chorus. This candlelight concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1450 Green Trails Drive. “Christmas Presence II” is a family friendly event of familiar carols and holiday favorites. Children in the audience are invited to the stage to accompany the Glee Club using handheld percussion instruments. The concert begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nmgc.org or by phone at (630) 448-0518 and are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For more information, visit www.nmgc.org.
PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENT OPEN HOUSES. The Naperville Park District invites residents to help select equipment for the 2014 playground improvements planned in their area. There will be three meetings, all of which will take place at the Park District Planning Office, 425 W. Jackson Ave., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The open house for playground renovations at Buttonwood Park will take place on Tuesday, December 3. The open house for playground renovations at Wildflower Park and for new playground development at Harris Fawell Park will take place on Thursday, December 5. The open house for playground renovations at East Greens and Old Farm Park will take place on Tuesday, December 10. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.
VICTORIAN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS. Celebrate the season with a guided tour of the Martin Mitchell Mansion, decorated in traditional Victorian holiday splendor, followed by an informative presentation in Naper Settlement’s historic 1834 tavern from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at the Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Tickets are $15 per person or $13 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members; reservations are required. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.
HOLIDAY MANSION TOURS. The Martin Mitchell Mansion is a showpiece of Naper Settlement, especially decked out in full Victorian splendor during the holiday season during two weekends: Saturdayand Sunday, December 7 and 8 and December 14 and 15. Saturday tours are at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday tours are at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person or $5 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.com.
“THE NUTCRACKER.” Experience the magic of the holiday season with the 22nd annual production of DanceWest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Performances will be held at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E Benton Ave. on Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 14 at 1 and 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $23 for students, senior citizens and children. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (630) 637-7469 or visit http://tickets.noctrl.edu.
WINTER WONDERLAND: A CUPCAKE DECORATING CONTEST FOR CHILDREN. Children ages 2 through 12 are invited to the Old Stone Church, 14 S. Washington St., from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 15 for a cupcake decorating contest. The fee is $5 per participant; proceeds benefit Operation Smile. To RSVP, call (630) 355-7132. For more information, visit www.napervillewomansclub.org.
“HOLIDAY TRADITIONS, OLD AND NEW.” Bring the whole family to the DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 holiday concert and enjoy an array of familiar seasonal songs, carols, dances and stories. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 15 at the Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, visit www.dupagesymphony.org.
NAPER LIGHTS. Naperville Sunrise Rotary will present Naper Lights, a holiday light display in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave., from dusk to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from Friday, November 29 through Wednesday, January 1. Donations are welcome; proceeds benefit youth, family and youth leadership programs. For more information, visit www.naperlights.com.
“WE ARE RIVALS” DOCUMENTARY TICKETS ON SALE NOW. NCTV17 invites you to relive the excitement of two classic crosstown high school football rivalries with the premiere of “We Are Rivals” at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 17 at Wentz Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. NCTV17 went behind the scenes in this all-access sports documentary to capture the preparations for two of the biggest football rivalries in town: Naperville Central versus Naperville North and Neuqua Valley versus Waubonsie Valley. General Admission tickets for the show are $15. Tailgate tickets are $50 and include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres starting at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Wentz Concert Hall Box Office, by phone at (630) 637-7469 or online at http://tickets.noctrl.edu.
JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP. More than ever, how you write projects an image – a personal message about who you are, what you do and how much you want the job. The program will be held onWednesday, November 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org.
DIVERSITY COMMUNITY APPRECIATION EVENT. Residents are invited to World Mission Society Church of God’s Diversity Community Appreciation Event taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. The event is located at 29W771 79th St. For more information, contact Chrystal Moulton at (224) 392-0077.
NAPERVILLE NOON LIONS TURKEY TROT. The 16th annual Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot will be held at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28 at Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Ave. The 5K race has sold out each of the last three years, so interested runners are encouraged to register ahead of time online at www.napervilleturkeytrot.com.
CITY OF NAPERVILLE COOKING OIL RECYCLING COLLECTION. On Saturday, November 30, residents can bring used cooking oil to the Recycling Drop-Off Center at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive, or to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 1979 Brookdale Road between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/recyclecenter.aspx.
LITTLE FRIENDS PARADE OF LIGHTS. The Little Friends Parade of Lights, part of the Hometown Holidays celebration, will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 1 in downtown Naperville. For more information, visit www.littlefriendsinc.org.
SPECIAL NEEDS NIGHTS AT SANTA HOUSE. Families with special needs may make online reservations for a visit with Santa at Santa House. Special Needs Nights will take place on Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday, December 3 through 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. Make a reservation at www.napervilleparks.org/santahouse.
CUP OF CHEER. The Naperville Garden Club’s 53rd annual Cup of Cheer house walk, holiday market and tea takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 5 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, December 6. Ticket holders tour four Naperville homes, shop at the holiday market and receive a commemorative bone china cup/saucer. For more information, visit www.napervillegardenclub.org.
ROTARY SUNRISE WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE. The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise is collecting coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and mittens in all sizes, infant through adult through Friday, December 6. Drop-off points will be located in several downtown businesses as well as Fair Oaks Ford on Ogden Avenue and Prager Moving and Storage. For more information, visit www.napervillesunrise.org.
HOLIDAY COOKIE WALK. The Guild of St. Patrick’s Residence, 1400 Brookdale Road, will host its annual Holiday Cookie Walk from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. Holiday cookie bakers who would like to donate homemade cookies for the sale are being requested. For more information, contact Madelene Bernar at (630) 416-6565, ext. 511.
CANDY CANE EXPRESS. Experience the magic of Christmas with a ride on the Candy Cane Express starting at noon on Saturday, December 7 at the Naperville Metra Station, 105 E. 4th Ave. The cost is $22.50 per rider; children younger than one ride free. For more information, visit www.thecandycaneexpress.com.
STORIES BEHIND LOVED CHRISTMAS CAROLS. Author Rochelle Pennington will offer factual perspective, behind-the-scenes trivia and little-known insights into well-known carols from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel, 523 S. Webster St. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.com or call (630) 420-6010.
TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM COLLECTION. The Naperville Park District Police invite the community to contribute new, unwrapped toys for the 2013 Toys for Tots program at several Park District locations throughout town. For more information, visit www.dupage-il.toysfortots.org.
WINTER OUTERWEAR DRIVE. The Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau is holding a winter outerwear drive to collect coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, boots and other outerwear in all sizes now through Friday, December 20. For more information, visit www.visitnaperville.com.
SANTA HOUSE. The Santa House will return to the Riverwalk near Webster Street and Jackson Avenue on Friday, December 6, 13 and 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 7, 14 and 21 from noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 8, 15 and 22 from noon to 6 p.m.; and Monday, December 16 through Thursday, December 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org/santahouse.
SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED. Indian Prairie School District 204 needs judges for the 2014 District Science Fairs at Metea Valley High School on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8 to 11:30 a.m.and at Neuqua Valley High School on Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. If interested, please fill out the form on the district’s website at http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/Forms/SciFair.aspx.
NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT HOLIDAY LIGHTS RECYCLING. The Naperville Park District is offering a holiday lights recycling program from November 18 through February 14, 2014. The types of lights that will be accepted include mini-lights, C-7, C-9, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords in all colors and lengths. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.
CITY OF NAPERVILLE HOLIDAY LIGHTS RECYCLING PROGRAM. Residents can bring used holiday lights to the Department of Public Works, 180 Fort Hill Drive, or the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., for recycling. Accepted lights include mini-lights, C-7, C-9, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords. For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/holidaylights.aspx.
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.
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.
PARK DISTRICT HOLIDAY CLOSURES. The Naperville Park District Administration Building, 320 W. Jackson Ave., and Planning and Development Office, 425 W. Jackson Ave., will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving.
NAPERVILLE MUNICIPAL CENTER CLOSED. The Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving.
NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE CLOSED. North Central College will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving.
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 Department of Public Works (DPW) hours of operation at the PWSC and call center will be from 7 a.m. to 4:30 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, November 20, 7 p.m., Council Chambers
- Downtown Advisory Commission. Thursday, November 21, 3:30 p.m., Meeting Rooms B & C
- Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Tuesday, November 26, 4 p.m., NEU
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.