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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Things to do around Naperville this week



Cavalcade of Homes – 10AM to 9PM | $10 -12 Ashwood Park Subdivision in Naperville (248 Ave. and 111 St.) Some of the best and most innovative new home designs will be on exhibit during the 2014 Cavalcade of Homes event. The 3-week long show is the largest in Illinois and will feature six brand new, beautifully crafted homes in the highly acclaimed community of Ashwood Park North. Tickets can be purchased for $12 at the gate and $10 online. Children under age 12 are free. Find detailed floor plans, photos and design specs to view in-depth as well as a complete calendar of activities at www.cavalcadeofhomes.comRuns daily through Aug. 17.

Open Mic Night – 8PM | $5+
The Comedy Shrine – 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive Aurora, IL 60504
Shrine is a weekly showcase of the area’s best up-and-coming performers. Each show is a hilarious mix of professionals working on new material, amateur comedians working on their chops & first timers being thrown in the pool. And you never know when a nationally touring headliner may stop by to work out before a show.

Before school begins again… Pottery Bayou– 10AM to 5PM-plus | Studio Fee $8

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Just in time for Halloween, pottery pumpkins can be ordered for your creativity and your front window. Pottery Bayou is located at 117 Water St. along the Riverwalk.

117 Water Street / Downtown Naperville Discover creative ways to paint your own pottery from a selection of more than 100 pieces now available in the art studio along the Riverwalk. If youngsters are looking for something to do before school begins, this 2-hour experience includes paints, stencils, stamps, glazing and firing—and a personalized piece of pottery to take home. Pottery Bayou is open weekdays at 10AM. For other information, special sales, party packages and updates, visit www.pottery-bayou.com.

Final Weekdays at Centennial Beach – 11AM-Dusk | Admission
Weather permitting, Centennial Beach in downtown Naperville is open daily this week, the final week of the summer season as lifeguards and families prepare to head back to school. Beginning Sat., Aug. 16, The Beach, located at 500 W. Jackson Ave., will be open weekends only until Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 1. Here’s a story of how Centennial Beach connects to other local amenities.


‘Play Ball, Aurora!’ Exhibit – All Day | Free
David L. Pierce Art and History Center – 20 E. Downer Aurora, IL 60505
Exhibit of baseball and softball memorabilia from Civil War to the glory days of fastpitch in the 1950s-80s. Exhibit will be open Wed-Sat Noon-4pm through Sep 13. Free, donations appreciated


Wednesday Walking Club – 8AM | Free
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St Naperville, IL 60540
Join fellow walkers for this free, healthy lifestyle program held from 8 to 9AM on Wednesdays through Oct. 29, at Naper Settlement. Choose your route through the beautiful museum grounds, with a longer circuit option along the Riverwalk. Sign in at the Pre-Emption House Tavern, log your minutes and then enjoy a healthy treat. Call (630) 420-6010 to register.

Farmers Market at St. John’s – 3PM | Free
Farmers Market at St. John’s – 750 Aurora Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Offers a wide variety of seasonally fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as meats, eggs, smoked fish, cheese, breads, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, plants, herbs, teas, spices, oils and vinegars, sauces, table linens, jewelry, soaps and other fine offerings from local vendors. At St. John’s Episcopal Church Parking Lot at Farmers Market at St. John’s, at St. John’s Episcopal Church.


lee-with-band-web Naperville Municipal Band Concert – 7:30PM | Free
Community Concert Center – 104 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
This concert is it for 2014 summer season! The Naperville Municipal Band’s final concert, ‘Great Themes and Melodies,’ will be held at 7:30PM Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Community Concert Center, 104 E. Benton Ave. in Naperville’s Central Park. The first 1,000 audience members to arrive in Central Park will have a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates two from the local merchant supporting that evening’s performance and two from the band. The concert raffle sponsor is Score 18 Indoor Golf and the ice cream social sponsor is Wesley United Methodist Church.

The Pete Ellman Big Band (N.F.P.) – 8PM | Free
Mullen’s – Lisle – 3080 Warrenville Road Lisle, IL 60657
Pete Ellman’s Big Band ~ Every Thursday from 8-10PM. Teachers receive 20% discount off food bill with school ID.

The Early Learning Playscape Grand Opening – 4:30-6:30PM | Heritage Society Members
Naper Settlement will host a special preview of the fun features of the Playscape with Naperville’s only Splash Pad.  The fort-themed playground also includes a Trading Post, Animal Track Path and many early learning experiences for youngsters. The Playscape opens to the public, weather permitting, on Fri., Aug. 15. Hours of operation and admission fees will be posted soon.

The Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape is getting set to open to the public on Friday, weather permitting.

Look forward at PN’s Events Calendars

Check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends. On the blue navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity GolfFestivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’s, and  North Central College Performing Arts.

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