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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: Oct. 14-16



Warehouse Sale – 10AM | Free
Great Western Flooring – 1051 Frontenac Rd. Naperville, IL 60563
Calling all builders, contractors, remodelers, installers and homeowners! Stop by our Naperville warehouse on Friday, Oct. 14 (10AM-4PM) and Saturday, Oct. 15th (9-3PM) for our Flooring Warehouse Sale! HUGE SAVINGS on hardwood flooring, carpet, floor tile, wall tile and tile mosaics. Our inventory consists of discontinued lots, small lots/returns and non-returnable materials. These materials are sold ‘as is’ – final sale. Great Western Flooring is a celebrated fixture in the western suburbs, with design centers in Naperville, Oswego and St. Charles. For more than 30 years, they’ve been devoted to the ART of flooring: Accountability, Reliability and Trust. www.greatwesternflooring.com.

Kids Best Friend Benefit and Awards Dinner – 5:30PM | $125
Hilton Lisle/Naperville – 3003 Corporate West Drive Lisle, IL 60037
The Education Center of Developmental Resources will once again host the annual Kids Best Friend Benefit and Awards Dinner and highlight the contributions of several individuals who support the community, families, kids, and the elderly. This years awards and winners are: Kids Best Friend Award Jeffrey and Stephanie Jones Kastelic, Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home Outstanding Community Leader Award Commander Ken Parcel, Naperville Police Department Making a Difference Award Kitty Ryan, Naperville Community Unit School District 203 George and Pat Pradel Humanitarian Award- Nick and Teresa Ryan, Marquette Companies and Ryan Hill Realty Business Partner Award Rosebud Restaurants-Naperville The Kids Best Friend Benefit and Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, October 14, in the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $125 per person and include a cocktail reception, dinner, and live and silent auctions. The reception begins at 5:30PM. For more information, contact the center at (630) 420-7807 or visit www.theeducationcenter.org. The Education Center is located at 113 East Van Buren in Naperville.

All Hallows Eve – 6:30PM | $15/guest Free admission for members and children under 4
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St Naperville, IL 60540
Experience two of the darkest nights of the year with haunting creatures, eerie entertainment and must-see horrors. This one-of-a-kind experience brings some of the scariest characters of the past, present and future to life. Not recommended for children under 8 years old. www.napersettlement.org.

Driven to Give – Party with a Purpose – 6:30PM | $75-$125. VIP Experience & Main Event: $125/personMain Event Only: $75/person
Bill Jacobs BMW – 2495 Aurora Ave Naperville, IL 60540
Start your engines and celebrate with the Next Gen Board of DuPage Childrens Museum as they race to raise funds to help children reach their full learning potential through hands-on exploration at the Museum. Shift into high gear at this adults-only, cocktail party and be Driven to Give! VIP EXPERIENCE 6:30 – 8PM. Sleek Sport Car Test Drives*, Signature Cocktails, and More! MAIN EVENT 8-11PM. Live DJ, Heavy Appetizers, Open Bar, Silent Auction, Raffle, and More! $125/person VIP Experience & Main Event $75/person Main Event Only. Learn more and purchase tickets at dupagechildrens.org/driven.

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UPDATE, Oct. 15, 2016 / Photos from the inaugural Pumpkin Race on Oct. 15 present pretty pictures of the potential of this popular event with origins in California. Plan to participate on the track by Rotary Hill in 2017. The family-friendly event promises even more fun next year. Just don’t try to disguise a cantaloupe or a watermelon as a pumpkin under the threat of being smashed.  (A gallery of photos depicting the heats of the contest will be coming soon with a story of the results.)

Oh! What a year 2016 was for the Chicago Cubs. This pumpkin racer? No so much. (PN File Photo)

1st Annual Naperville Pumpkin Race Festival – noon | Free
Rotary Hill at the Naperville Riverwalk
A fun spirited event to help raise awareness about autism. Pure fun for whole family. All ages and abilities welcome. Pumpkin Race kits $20 Can be purchased online at Turningpointeautismfoundation.org and Wagner Farms in Naperville.

Casey’s Fires Up the Grill – 11AM | Price varies with purchase.
Casey’s Foods – 124 W. Gartner Rd. Naperville, IL 60540
Caseys Foods located at Naperville Plaza will be firing up its grill every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 2PM through October, weather permitting. Choose from a variety of options, including burgers, brats, tacos or the weekly special. Its great food, at a good price, in a fun atmosphere.  Inside the supermarket, find plenty of seasonal favorites in the produce department. Plus, Casey’s is just around the bend from Oswald’s, a seasonal supply stop for all your Halloween costumes, cards and candies. Both Casey’s and Oswald’s are open Sunday.

Ghost Stories in the Park … In the Dark – 6PM | $7
Riverwalk Grand Pavilion in downtown Naperville
Two shows on Saturdays. For ages 5 and up. www.napervilleparks.org.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents “Reach for the Stars” – 8PM | $15-$38. Main floor: Students-$15, Seniors-$29, Adults-$33. Balcony: Students-$20, Seniors-$34, Adults-$38
Wentz Concert Hall  – 171 E. Chicago Ave Naperville, IL 60540
DuPage Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ – Symphony No. 41 in C Major and Holst’s ‘The Planets’. La Caccina vocal ensemble joins the DSO in the depiction of ‘Neptune, the Mystic’. Tickets at finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.



Festiville Hosted By Rotary Club Of Naperville – 1PM | $15-$125. Ticket packages are also available for groups of 6.
Top Golf Naperville – 3211 Odyssey Court Naperville, IL 60563
Festiville is a brand new fundraising event that will be fun for the whole family. Enjoy all three levels at Top Golf Naperville. There will be great food & drinks, live music, golf tournament with prizes, craft beer tasting, bags tournament, family area with games and activities. Also a VIP area with private golf bays, golf contests & more. Proceeds benefit Loaves & Fishes CARES, 360 Youth Services, Samaritan Interfaith Counseling and The Rotary Club of Naperville Charities.  www.rotaryfestiville.com.

34th Annual CROP Walk  – 1:30PM |
Grace United Methodist Church  in Naperville
INFO: www.napervillecropwalk.org (Traditionally held the third Sunday in October) During first 33 years, the CROP Walk has raised more than $1.3 million! Naperville Area CROP Hunger Walk unites churches and organizations together to provide food, assistance, and to advocate  for the hungry families in our community, our region, and our global family.


Railroad Ramble Walking Tour – 2PM | $15/person, $13/Settlement-6 members and above; space limited to the first 20 registrants
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St Naperville, IL 60540
Two Tours originate at the southwest corner of Burlington Square Park, 307 N. Ellsworth St. Naperville. Hear about the history and influence of rail service in Naperville, including the cultural impact of the railroad on the community.  Tour includes about 14 blocks of walking. All ages welcome. www.napersettlement.org.

Autumn & Halloween Festivities throughout October

Pumpkin racers welcome to Rotary Hill on Oct. 15.

Find a list of featured Halloween events and autumn festivals throughout October.

And there’s more…

Absentee Voting by mail began Sept. 29, 2016. This 2016 campaign season, be sure to visit PN’s Election Guide to be prepared to vote on November 8, 2016.

Look forward with photo-enhanced stories every day on the Latest NewsIn addition to events and other happenings, find public meeting notices scheduled at the Naperville Municipal Center.

Check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends.

On the navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity Golf (This page soon will be updated for 2017), Festivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’sNorth Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.

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