Hobson School celebrates first 50 years of play

Back in 1964, a small group of Naperville parents had a vision for something new in the community – a parent cooperative preschool offering experienced-based learning for three and four year-old children. This fall, many of these parents, their adult children and grandchildren will return to Hobson School to celebrate the school’s 50th Anniversary during an event from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. The celebration, taking place on the school grounds at 25W463 Hobson Road, will feature tours of the school, displays of Hobson School history, special alumni presentations, refreshments, children’s activities, and local musical talent.

“We are thrilled to welcome back our founding parents, five decades of Hobson alums and the entire community to celebrate 50 years of play in Naperville,” said Beth Wilson, director of Hobson School. “Hobson School holds a special place in the heart of so many families in the area who were attracted to our preschool because of our play-based learning philosophy.”

For more information on Hobson School and the 50th Anniversary celebration, visit www.hobsonschool.org.

O’Cie to feature photographic art by Joanne Barsanti

The work of artist Joanne Barsanti will be featured at a one-night pop-up gallery event Thurs., Oct. 9 at O’cie Florists, 329 N. Center St in Naperville, from 6:30 to 8:30PM. This show and reception will feature Barsanti’s new Ink on Unryu collection which blends modern digital photographic technology with ancient post-print processes. This unique art form involves the use of special papers and processes.

O’Cie’s one-night gallery event and reception is free and open to art enthusiasts and collectors. Preview the work of Joanne Barsanti at www.joannebarsanti.com.

Naperville Womans Club hosts ‘Fashion Harvest’ style show

The Naperville Womans Club invites the public to its annual showcase of style during its “Fashion Harvest” on Sun., Oct. 26. This year’s fashion show will be held at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton.

Organizers promise that this event is a good time to enjoy lunch out with your friends while supporting worthwhile charities selected by the philanthropic organization.

“Take your chances on some gorgeous raffle and auction items, shop in our ‘Sweet Shop’ and oh, yes – see a great fashion show showcasing designs from Chico’s and Lord and Taylor,” noted Donna Shaw, publicist for the club. “Two K

Productions will once again produce our event with photography by DK Digital Photographer.”

The auction and raffles begin at 11:30AM, with lunch at 1PM, followed by the fashion show. This year’s show is an exciting look at fashions of today. Look for a posting of participating stores soon on the club’s website.

Proceeds from the event will go Naperville Responds For Our Veterans and other NWC projects.

Purchase Tickets Online

Tickets are $50 each, tables of 10 are $500 and may be purchased by Oct. 21 at www.napervillewomansclub.org. Tickets also are available by calling (630) 420-9680 by Sat., Oct. 25. The Hilton Hotel is located at 3003 Corporate West Drive in Lisle.

Chicago Wedding Dress Cleaners Helps raise funds for Brides Against Breast Cancer

During the month of October, Chicago Wedding Dress Cleaners will be donating ten percent of proceeds to Brides Against Breast Cancer.

The specialty cleaning service specializes in the cleaning and preservation of wedding gowns. For more info, visit www.chicagoweddingdresscleaners.com.

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.

Recycle your fridge

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.

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., Oct. 14.

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.

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 are accepted during regular hours. For information, call (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., Oct. 5.

The service will be led by Pastor Egon Gerdes, and all are welcome to attend. St. John UCC is located at 1190 Olesen Drive. German services are held on the first Sunday of every month and will continue on Nov. 2. For more info call (630) 355-5208.

Run for Veterans

Run on behalf of Naperville Responds for Our Veterans in the Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon Sun., Nov. 9.

As part of the Marathon Charity Partner Program, runners will receive additional race amenities including pre-race stretching, post-race stretching and massage and gear valet check. In addition, NRFOV will host a special pre-race dinner the night before.

Naperville Responds for Our Veterans assists Veterans and their families in need by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and coordinates the process of repairing, building and donating homes.

For more info and to donate, visit www.nrfov.org/marathon.

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 suspicious-sounding solicitors. Say “Naperville is a scam-free community.”

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

Five local citizens will be honored as ‘Kids’ Best Friends’

At this year’s Kids’ Best Friend Benefit and Awards Dinner, The Education Center will honor five local leaders who are dedicated to the well-being of children and families. The individuals’ positive impact on the youth in our community has been significant. Awards will be presented at The Education Center’s annual Kids’ Best Friend Benefit on Fri., Oct. 17, in the Lisle/Naperville Hilton Grand Ballroom.

2014 Awards Recipients

Kids’ Best Friend Award – Tom Miers, President, Naperville Bank and Trust

Business Leader Award – Bill and Vilma Paus, Braconi’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

A new award, the George and Pat Pradel Humanitarian Award, has been established, and Mayor A. George Pradel and Pat Pradel, his wife, will be honored as the first recipients.

Members of the community are invited to join The Education Center in honoring award recipients. Tickets to the Kids’ Best Friend Benefit and Award Dinner on Oct. 17 are $125 per person and include a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. The reception begins at 5:30PM at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

For more info or to purchase tickets, contact the Center at (630) 420-7807.

Men’s chorus holding guest night Oct. 7

A men’s a cappella barbershop chorus, the Chorus of DuPage, is hosting a guest night at 7:15PM on Tues., Oct. 7, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., just south of Edward Hospital in Naperville.

The chorus is looking for men who value the joy of singing. Experienced singers and new singers are invited to share this evening to learn more about barbershop music and the activities of the Chorus of Du Page. Music, laugher and friendship are just a few of the things the men will experience. Membership is open to men of all ages who like to sing. Reservations are not necessaryand there is no cost to attend the guest night.

The Chorus of DuPage was established in 1961 by a group of 34 men who enjoyed singing. As a chapter of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, the chorus is one of nearly 800 barbershop chapters in North America.
“Barbershop A Capella…4 parts, 40 voices, 1 totally awesome sound,” said Bruce Rhoades, a ten-year member, when describing the Chorus of DuPage.

For more info, contact Bruce at (708) 243-0749 or email Bruce@rbihomes.com.

Note to tuba players!

Tuba Christmas is slated for Sat., Dec. 6. Registration will begin at 9AM, followed by rehearsal at 10AM at the Community Concert Center. The first performance will be at 11:15AM outdoors at US Bank, then at 12:45PM at Fox Valley Mall.