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May Positively Briefs

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Mental health awareness ride with Brandon Marshall

The Brandon Marshall Foundation, Starved Rock Harley-Davidson and Linden Oaks at Edward are teaming up in an effort to increase awareness for mental illness.

The organizations are presenting the Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride on Sat., May 31. The event will begin at 8AM at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center, 1335 N. Mill St. in Naperville, with motorcycle registration and comments from NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall.

Riders will hit the road at 9AM for a trip of more than 50 miles through Aurora, Oswego and Yorkville, ending at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership, 750 Centennial Dr. in Ottawa. Post Ride activities will include entertainment, cookout and raffle.

The cost is $20 per motorcycle, including lunch and commemorative pin. All makes and models of bikes are welcome. Passenger registration is $10, including lunch. An adult non-rider ticket to the event at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership is $10, including lunch. To register online, visit www.starvedrockhd.com/brandonmarshallride.

Yoga classes at mklab

Terry Quigley has been practicing yoga for over 13 years, and if you asked his daughters, they would tell you he believes yoga and grapefruit are the cures for anything and everything.

Quigley will be teaching yoga classes this May: Thursdays at 7PM, Saturday at noon, and Sundays at 4:30PM at the studios of mklab in downtown Naperville, 20 W. Jefferson St., 2nd floor.

Visit www.mklabpilates.com to reserve a class space. For more info on yoga instructor Terry Quigley, visit www.livelyupyoga.com.

Battle of the Bands is May 9

High school student rock bands are invited to apply for a spot in the Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors’ eleventh annual Battle of the Bands contest. The event will take place from 4:30-8PM on Fri., May 9 at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, located at 104 E. Benton Ave.

The first place winner will perform at Ribfest at a time to be determined and will advance to the Illinois Park District Association’s Regional Battle of the Bands with a chance to perform at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The second and third place finishers will play at the Naperville Park District’s Rollin’ on the River series on the Riverwalk in July.

The Youth Ambassadors is a group of high school students who work with the Naperville Park District to plan community-wide special events for teens each year. For more info, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

CAPS recognition dinner at Meson Sabika

Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) is a community group that recognizes public safety personnel for their contributions to the City.

Each year, Naperville residents are asked to nominate public safety employees who have displayed an interest in Naperville’s residents in a manner above and beyond the call of duty. The next CAPS Recognition

Dinner will be held in honor of the Naperville Police Department at 6PM Thurs., May 15 at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave. Tickets are $20 per person. For more info, visit www.naperville.il.us/caps.aspx.

Cornerstone Day at North Central College

ncc-brick-path-web-DSC_5528North Central College welcomes members of the community to its annual Cornerstone Day Picnic from 11AM to 1:30PM on Fri., May 16 at Bambule Riverwalk Gateway between Fredenhagen Park and the north end of Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

The free event features sample cuisine provided by many of Naperville’s fine restaurants with entertainment by North Central students. For more information, contact Mary Reynolds at mmreynolds@noctrl.edu.

Serendipity Shop seeks donations year-round

The Serendipity Resale Shop is a volunteer-run shop, located at 12 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville.

Donations of clean, gently-used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing of all sizes are welcome. Donors are asked not to include items that are stained or torn. The resale shop is in need of linens and home decorating items, such as lamps, dishes and clocks as well as household items, jewelry and collectibles.

Donations may be dropped off anytime during regular hours. For information, call Serendipity at (630) 357-3610.

German language church service

Church services in the German language will be held at St. John United Church of Christ at 11:30AM on Sun., May 4. The service will be led by Pastor Egon Gerdes, and all are welcome to attend. St. John UCC is located at 1190 Olesen Dr.

German services are held on the first Sunday of every month and will continue on June 1. For more info, call (630) 355-5208.

ALERT! Beware of scammers

Beware of phone, e-mail and Internet scams. Never, never give your password, credit card number or social security number to an unknown caller over the telephone or via e-mail. No matter how convincing a professional scammer might seem, never give any personal information to someone you don’t know at any time.

Reports of scammers with official-sounding “Naperville” business names are growing. To be safe, say “NO!” to all solicitors.

If an individual calls or comes to your door from any company attempting to represent the NPD or the city, contact (630) 420-6142.

ESLP offers free GED and career training

The Early School Leaver Program (ESLP) is a unique program offering free GED preparation, workplace skill-building, and specific career training for DuPage residents aged 17-21. The Early School Leaver program is funded by the Workforce Development Division of DuPage County (Workforce Investment Act). For more information or to register, call (630) 691-7577.

Visit Veterans, play Bingo

Every month from September to June on the second Tuesday, a motorcoach departs at 6:15PM from the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post 43, 908 W. Jackson Ave. with folks eager to spread good cheer to veterans receiving treatment at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood.

The public is welcome to help fill the motorcoach again on Tues., May 13.

For more information about visiting Hines V. A. Hospital, call organizer John Shaw at (630) 961-3479, Mike Barbour at (630) 240-1645 or Jan Barbour at (630) 247-9007.

Sweep the DuPage River

Volunteers are needed from 9AM to noon on Sat., May 17, to help remove trash and debris and to restore areas near streams of the DuPage River and its tributaries.

For more info, call The Conservation Foundation at (630) 428-4500, ext. 22, or visit www.theconservationfoundation.org/sweep.

Climb the Carillon

Beginning Sat., May 3, the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower will open for the 2014 season. Visitors can climb 253 steps to the top of the 160-foot tower and enjoy spectacular views while learning about the workings of the Carillon and its history.

Hours are 10AM to 4PM on Saturdays and from noon to 6PM on Sundays, with Friday hours 10AM to 4PM beginning May 23 ending August 15. For more information, visit www.naperville-carillon.org.

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