This Week’s City Notes

Happy July 29!

Here we go again in the good old summertime!  Cheers to sunshine, swimming, biking, walking, fishing, picnicking and seasonal fun in our city’s parks. Remember to take a big splash in Centennial Beach.

And, of course, summer sales offer bargains at many shopping destinations from downtown Naperville to Naperville Plaza to Naperville Crossings and other points N.E.W.S.  Look for Waldo while you’re at it!

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During recent tours of downtown Naperville, we were driven to steer folks to many picture perfect public places! Come on downtown! Discover how attractive whimsical car art (above) connect to local history, traditions and community spirit!  Listen to the young at heart delight in “Vroom! Vroom!” as they test their favorite model cars.

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Above / Students head back to school on Aug. 19 in District 203 and on Aug. 20 in District 204. Here’s hoping all youngsters have time to learn how to fish and enjoy the great outdoors before they go back into the classroom.

meson-sabika-web-DSC_8167Historic Meson Sabika offers outdoor dining with a choice of two patio settings, one between the Mansion and the Pavilion with seating for patrons and their friendly dogs. 

City Notes courtesy of the City of Naperville — Updated July 29, 2015 — Photos by PN

COMMUNITY EVENTS

New thru August 9

“CAMELOT.” Summer Place Theatre will stage the Lerner and Loewe classic musical “Camelot” in the Naperville Central High School auditorium, 440 W. Aurora Ave. July 31 through August 2 and August 7 through 9. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 3:00 p.m. For more information or for tickets, call (630) 355-7969 or visit www.summerplacetheatre.org. 

New thru August 6

BLOGGING AND TWEETING. Business owners can learn how to write engaging blog entries and Twitter posts that will build an audience and drive visitors to their website at a meet-up from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 6 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Enter at the Jackson Street entrance on the lower level of the library. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org. 

New thru August 9

“PSEUDONYM.” North Central College presents “Pseudonym,” a free collaborative exhibit on display through Sunday, August 9 in Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The featured Chicago area painters are Michael William Foster, Jaime Foster, Barry Dwyer and Andy Christopoulos. For more information, call (630) 637-5375 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show. 

New thru August 9

VINTAGE EMERGENCY VEHICLE SHOW. The Midwest’s largest public emergency vehicle show is coming to downtown Naperville on Sunday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Jackson Avenue. There will be more than 100 years of emergency vehicles showcased, including new and vintage police cars and fire engines, S.W.A.T. tactical units and modern emergency equipment. For more information, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.

New thru August 13

CAPITAL PROJECTS OPEN HOUSE. Naperville Park District invites the public to ask questions about and comment on capital improvements proposed for 2016. A community open house is scheduled for Thursday, August 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

New thru August 23

“TARTUFFE.” Organic Theater Company presents “Tartuffe,” a devilish comedy by Moliere about the art of deception and the price of misplaced faith at 7:30 p.m. on August 20 through 22 and at 2 p.m. on August 22 and 23 at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. For more information, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at (630) 637-7469.

New thru August 22

NAPER NIGHTS. The Naper Nights Community Concert Series continues on Friday, August 21with Mike and Joe, a modern rock cover band. Saturday, August 22 will feature Simply Elton, a tribute to Sir Elton John. Gates open at 5 p.m. each night at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.napernights.org or call (630) 420-6010.

New thru August 22

AUDITIONS FOR SINGING AT THE FLING. Singers of all ages are invited to participate in the Singing at the Fling competitions at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling 2015 on Labor Day Weekend. Auditions are open to singers age 7 to adult and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, at Madden Theatre in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, email singatfling@gmail.com. 

New thru August 22

CLOTHING SWAP. On Saturday, August 22 from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., women are invited to bring their gently used clothing items to the WAR Chest Boutique, 4 E. Jefferson Ave., for a Clothing Swap. For every item brought in, the individual may take one item. For more information, contact mzayas@warinternational.org or (630) 904-9200 or visit www.facebook.com/events/824957020919586/. 

New thru August 22

AUDITIONS FOR GHOST STORIES IN THE PARK. Eight to 10 adult and young adult actors are needed to present stories and scenes to a varied audience at this October’s “Ghost Stories in the Park … In the Dark!” Bring a prepared Halloween story or monologue to auditions on Saturday, August 22 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, email ghoststories@summerplacetheatre.com. 

New thru August 24

TURNING POINTE GOLF TOUR. The Turning Pointe Golf Tour, which began in June at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, will continue on Monday, August 24 at Edgewood Valley Golf Club in LaGrange. For more information, visitwww.turningpointeaf.org or call (630) 570-7948. 

Good thru August 21

SENIOR TASK FORCE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION. The City of Naperville Senior Task Force is holding two roundtable discussions with organizations that provide home care and home health care to seniors on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, August 21 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. For more information and to register, call the Senior Help Desk at (630) 848-3613 or e-mail seniortaskforce@naperville.il.us. 

Good thru July 31

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER. The Naperville Police and Naperville Park District Police departments will serve a free lunch of a limited menu to customers at Texas Roadhouse, 2856 Patriot Lane, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31 and collect tips to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. For more information, visit www.soill.org/event/texas-roadhouse-benefit-lunch. 

Good thru July 31

SHAKESPEARE FOR LOAVES & FISHES. Enjoy the Midsummer Shakespeare Troupe’s presentation of the comedy Twelfth Night while supporting Loaves & Fishes Community Services on Friday, July 31 in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. The performance begins at 7 p.m. All attendees are asked to make a monetary donation to Loaves & Fishes at the performance. For more information, visit www.loaves-fishes.org.

Good thru August 9
“THE MUSIC MAN.” North Central College will stage the musical “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Additional performances are set for 7:30 p.m. August 1, 7 and 8 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 9. For more information or for tickets, call 630-637- 7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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Good thru August 1

VARSITY RUSH. Varsity Rush, an obstacle course race aimed at providing a fun, team-building experience for the whole family, will take place at Frontier Park, 3380 Cedar Glade Road, on Saturday, August 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and to register in advance, visit www.varsityrush.com. \varsity-rush-at-backyard-bash

Good thru August 2

“CUTS FOR A CAUSE” ST. JUDE EVENT. Get a free haircut in return for any donation at the Sunday, August 2 “Cuts for a Cause” St. Jude event at Killer Cuts Family Salon, 2959 Artesian Road. The 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. event will also feature food, music, raffles and Disney princesses. For more information, call (630) 548-0200.

Good thru August 2

GOLF! EAT! PLAY! MINI GOLF FOR WDSRA! Enjoy 18 holes of mini golf, a pizza/pasta buffet and a bounce house on Sunday, August 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Fore! Family Fun, 1505 Mitchell Drive, Oswego. For more information, visitwww.wdsra.com or contact Sherry at (630) 681-0962 or sherrym@wdsra.com.

Good thru August 2
CONCERTS IN YOUR PARK. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Buttonwood Park, 803 Buttonwood Circle, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 2 and enjoy this summertime live music series featuring The Hat Guys. This free event is designed for families and neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

Good thru August 3

GARDEN CLUB MEETING. The next meeting of the Naperville Community Garden Club will be on Monday, August 3 at 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. The presentation will be on “spiralizing” (creating noodles out of fruits and vegetables). For more information, visit www.napervillecommunitygardeners.org. 

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Good thru August 4

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT. Neighborhoods throughout Naperville will join communities nationwide and participate in the City’s 20th annual National Night Out event, commonly called “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” on Tuesday, August 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information or to register your neighborhood, visit www.naperville.il.us/nno.aspx. 

Good thru August 5
NCTV17 TRUCK TOUR. Kids of all ages can tour Naperville Community Television, Channel 17’s (NCTV17) production truck to get a behind-the-scenes look at the NCTV17 studio on wheels and see what it’s like to be on camera at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org. 

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Good thru August 26

PLAYSCAPE PROGRAMS FOR PRESCHOOLERS. Free drop-in programs for children ages two through seven are included with regular museum admission at the Harvard Early Learning Playscape at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., on Wednesday, August 5, 12, 19 and 26. Join other parents and children for an engaging story time during Playscape Readers followed by fun with pioneer toys and games during Pioneer Picnics. For more information, visitwww.napersettlement.org or call (630) 420-6010. 

Good thru August 19

WORKSHOP WEDNESDAYS. Interested Naperville middle and high school students are invited to attend free hour-long workshops at C2 Wheaton, 257 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton, on Wednesday, August 5 and 19. Topics will range from college applications and admissions to grammar and writing skills. To reserve a seat or for more information, call (630) 517-8292. 

Good thru August 7

ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER. Join the Naperville Park District for live music on Friday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Riverwalk Free Speech Pavilion, at Webster Street and Jackson Avenue, through August 7. For more information, visitwww.napervilleparks.org.

Good thru August 7

MEET A CURATOR. Join the Naper Settlement museum’s curatorial staff to hear about their work and see real artifacts from the museum’s collection from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 7 during Flashback Fridays: Meet a Curator at the Naper Settlement Collections Care and Storage Facility, 180 Fort Hill Dr., Door F. The topic of this session is dolls. To reserve a spot, call (630) 420-6010. 

Good thru August 7

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS. Bring the family, your blanket and snacks and enjoy a free movie under the stars in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. The next showing is “Maleficent” on Friday, August 7. The movie will start just after dusk. For more information, visit www.ymcachicago.org/kroehler. 

Good thru August 8

WALK FOR LUPUS NOW. Join the Lupus Foundation of America Illinois Chapter on Saturday, August 8 for a one- or three-mile walk to support those who need care to fight lupus. The walk will be held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. beginning in Centennial Park, 500 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit www.lupusil.org.

Good thru August 8

HOMETOWN PICNIC. Take part in old-fashioned games and contests and enjoy an apple pie baking competition and a vintage baseball game at Naper Settlement’s Hometown Picnic on Saturday, August 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org. (Can you bake a cherry pie? Nope! To participate in the apple pie baking competition, you must bake an apple pie!)

judges-apple-pie-2014Good thru August 9

19TH ANNUAL ROTARY RIDE. The 19th annual Rotary Ride, a family-friendly bike ride, will begin and end at Commissioners Park, 3704 111th St., on Sunday, August 9. Cyclists may start the ride any time between 6:30 a.m. and noon. For more information, visit www.napervillerotaryride.com or contact Pat Benton at pat.benton@gmail.com or (630) 989-1833. 

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Good thru August 16

“ALL FOR ONE” ART EXHIBITION. Enjoy Chicago artist Lucy Slivinski’s collection of art made using recycled materials from Saturday, August 8 through Thursday, August 16 at Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road. Help the artist create a piece of art during a drop-in workshop on Saturday, August 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 9 from noon to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

Good thru August 10
MEDITATION FOR HEALTHY LIVING. Join Michael Ribet, who has been practicing meditation for more than 40 years, as he will discuss how meditation can improve physical, mental and spiritual health. Participants will learn effective strategies and a simple meditation technique that will help remove stress and worry. The program will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 10 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org. 

Good thru August 12
GENEALOGY WORKSHOP. The Fox Valley Genealogical Society will assist budding family tree researchers in the next steps after using the library database for research during a workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org. 

Good thru August 14

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

Good thru August 14

NAPERVILLE WINE FESTIVAL. The Naperville Wine Festival is a celebration of wine, food, music and friends. It will be held from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, August 14 and from 4 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 15 at CityGate Centre, 2135 City Gate Lane. For more information, visit www.NapervilleWineFestival.com.

Good thru August 15

FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW. The Naperville Community Gardeners will hold the 2015 Flower and Garden Show on Saturday, August 15 at the Barn Recreation Center, 421 W. Martin Ave. For more information, visitwww.napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

Good thru August 16

NAPERVILLE PLAYS. Triple your fun with Naper Settlement, the DuPage Children’s Museum and the Naperville Public Library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 16 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. All will be on-site with exhibits and hands-on activities. Discover the wonder of play and innovation in a historical setting. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.org. 

Good thru August 16

INDIA DAY PARADE. Learn about India and enjoy the culture, food and ethnic clothes/jewelry at the India Day Parade on Sunday, August 16. The parade will begin at 4th Avenue and Center Street at 2 p.m. and end in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave., where a celebration including recognitions, performances, food and fun will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1598824447017192/.

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Good thru August 14

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

Good thru August 18

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. through August 18. For more information, visit www.naperville-carillon.org. 

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Good thru August 20
NAPERVILLE 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. through August 20 at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. For more information, visit www.napervilleband.org or call (630) 778-9994. 

Good thru September 20

WASHINGTON STREET OUTDOOR MARKET. The Washington Street Outdoor Market will be held in the U.S. Bank parking lot, 136 S. Washington St., on Saturday, August 22 and September 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 23 and September 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.room363.net or call (630) 778-0363. 

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MOSER TOWER AND VISITOR CENTER. The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and Visitor Center, 443 Aurora Avenue, is open for the 2015 season. Tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays from May through November. Friday tours are also available through August 14. For more information, visit www.naperville-carillon.org.   Editor’s Note! Climb it with $3 tour to see this beautiful Tree City.

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.

Advisory Commission on Disabilities: Wednesday, August 5, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

Sister Cities Commission: Wednesday, August 5, 7 p.m., Mayor’s Conference Room

GENERAL INFORMATION

New thru August 21

PARK DISTRICT FALL PROGRAM GUIDE. The 2015 Naperville Park District Fall Program Guide will be delivered to doorsteps beginning Thursday, August 6. Naperville residents who do not receive a guide by Sunday, August 9 may call (630) 848-5000 through August 21 to request redelivery.

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.

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 beyondthefinish@yahoo.com.

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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. 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 www.naperville.il.us/smart911.aspx.

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 www.naperville.il.us/hhw.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.

“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.

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. 

 

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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