UPDATED POST PHOTO Above / You meet the most interesting spectators when you walk like a duck in the West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade! On March 11, thousands of folks enjoyed the sunny day in downtown Naperville, begorrah! Everyone’s invited to take a quack at the Riverwalk Duck Race on Aug. 16, 2017. Duck sales will begin April 1, 2017.  No fooling.


Naperville VFW Fish Fry – 4:30PM | $0-$12. Adults $12, seniors $10, children $7, under 3 FREE!
Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 – 908 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Volunteers from Naperville’s Veterans’ organizations will host the Naperville VFW All You Can Eat Fish Fry open to the public every Friday 4:30-8PM through Apr 14 at the Judd Kendall VFW, 908 W Jackson St, Naperville. The menu for Week #2 at the popular tradition varies, but it will feather two kinds of fish, chicken, salad, vegetables, (normally 9 different items) plus rolls, desert and coffee. Buffet by Belgio’s Catering. Fried shrimp are available to add on for $6, too.  Full menu is available at www.napervfw3873.org. Full cash bar available. Event phone number (630) 420-9820.


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St. Paddy’s Day 5K – 8AM | $25-$40
Downtown Naperville
The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, in cooperation with West Suburban Irish, is hosting a 5K Race, Run, or Walk on Saturday, March 11 at 8AM. Participation in this event is a great way to join into the St. Paddy’s Day Spirit. Proceeds from this event will be used to provide health related services to those in need. This event is for racers, runner, and walkers. The course is a measured 5K race, and professional timing services (e.g., chip time) will be used to ensure race time accuracy. A disposable timing chip is attached to each numbered race number. Those registering prior to the race will receive a Technical Running Shirt in either men’s or women’s sizes. Registration is available to 3000 entrants. Race day registration is also available, up to the maximum allowed entrants. Overall and age group awards will be provided. Register at www.stpaddysday5k.org. Same time next year for 2018 St. Paddy’s Day 5K.  For 2017 race results, click here. Congrats to first-place winners  Nick Holmes (15:09) and Marisa Hird (17:53).

WSI St. Patrick’s Parade – 10AM
Downtown Naperville
The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the West Suburban Irish, kicks off from Naperville North High School and heads south on Mill Street, east on Jefferson Avenue and ends on south Main Street, near Chicago Avenue, at Water Street. Same time next year for 2018 WSI St. Patrick’s Parade. For a small sampling of 2017 St. Patrick’s Parade photos, click here.

The 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Colleen Moran and her court Gabrielle Santucci, Nicole Santucci and Annamarie Lombardo will participate in the Irish Mass when the West Suburban Irish honor the memory and good deeds of St. Patrick. The Irish Mass begins at 7PM at St. Raphael Church with a prelude at 6:30PM.

Celebrate safely. Sláinte!

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Spring Forward / Set clocks ahead – 2AM | Free
Naperville & Beyond – Naperville, IL 60540, 60563, 60564, 60565
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12, at 2AM. Before you retire, remember to “spring ahead” and set your clocks forward 1 hour.

Photo courtesy Naper Settlement

Spring Fever Maple Sugaring – 1 to 4PM | Free -$12
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540
Welcome warmer weather at Naper Settlement’s annual tribute to the changing seasons! Learn about the time-honored method of collecting sap the old-fashioned way and see a demonstration of the maple tree tapping. Enjoy hands-on activities and presentations that recount Illinois’ Native American heritage and pioneer past and try a tasty maple treat. Each of the historic buildings will have a different theme and special activities for families to enjoy. The Weed Ladies will be selling spring silk and dried florals in the Daniels House. Spring Fever Maple Sugaring is March 11 from 10AM to 4PM and March 12 from 1 to 4PM. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors (62+) and $8 for youth (4-12). Naperville residents and Naper Settlement members are free. napersettlement.org.

Brightside Theatre Presents Moon Over Buffalo – 3PM | $24-$27
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall  – 31 S. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60540
Brightside Theatre presents Moon Over Buffalo Performances, Opened March 10 and runs through March 26, 2017 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM / Sundays at 3PM) at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville, IL 60540 TICKETS: Adults $27 | Students and Seniors (62+) $24 | Groups of 10 or more $20 Call 630-447-TIXS (8497) or visit www.brightsidetheatre.com. Written by Ken Ludwig directed by Aaron Henrickson. From the mind of Ken Ludwig (writer of Lend Me a Tenor) comes the classic Broadway comedy Moon Over Buffalo, a play that centers on the husband and wife acting team, George and Charlotte Hay -two fading stars of the1950s. In an attempt to keep their careers afloat, the couple is producing two plays simultaneously: Noel Cowards Private Lives and Cyrano de Bergerac. Suddenly, George receives word that Hollywood director Frank Capra may becoming to see a matinee performance, giving them one last chance at fame! That is, of course, if they can remember what play they are doing. In short, everything that could go wrong does in this side-splitting, backstage farce full of romance, swordplay, prosthetic noses, and plenty of doors.

Beyond the weekend

Consider things to do this weekend for future events

Reserve tickets for 2017 Ribfest, June 30-July 3. Toby Keith Tickets now on sale at www.ribfest.net.

For everything you need for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, stop by Casey’s Foods, then visit Oswald’s for other party accessories just around the bend in Naperville Plaza, Gartner at Washington.

Order Casey’s Corned Beef (still $8.98 a pound!)  from Casey’s Butcher Shop at www.caseysfoods.com.  AND/OR from 8AM to 7PM this Saturday only (March 11), save $7 per pound off regular-priced Irish Organic Salmon. It’s only $17.98 per lb to purchase commonly-known benefits from eating salmon:
– Advantages for cardiovascular health,
– Relief from arthritis and inflammatory diseases,
– Central role in mental health and brain development.
Casey’s claims not to be health experts, but they know what tastes great!

Check out Naperville’s independent business community and monthly meetings at Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus. Thanks for shopping locally! And check out Kreger’s new website that was created by another independent designer at Second City Web Design.

Year-round Gift Idea… Give a Naperville experience

Start at Dean’s in downtown Naperville to find fashions for women and men, then venture to enjoy food and fun during special weekend events for when everybody can be Irish. Super sales, too!

Give DNA gift cards to create an experience in 2017 such as a painting party at Pinot’s Palette or Pottery Bayou, both located in downtown Naperville.

Perhaps give memberships to places such as Naper Settlement, DuPage Children’s Museum or Naperville Art League. Or provide a gift of music lessons with one of the teachers available at Ellman’s Music Center.

Think dinner and the show and combine a gift certificate/card to a restaurant and theater tickets to performances on stage at North Central College.

Or give special certificates for a pair of tickets or an entire table to some other charity gala this year.

Dine Around Naperville!

From Catch 35 to Meson Sabika, discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or out at www.dinenaperville.com.

And 40 of the eateries are located throughout downtown Naperville where there are plenty of shopping opportunities in between meals. Cheers!

Thanks for supporting live music such as the sounds of bands at Quigley’s Irish Pub (Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays) or local bands at Club Mamalu’s on the first Friday of the month with OMT lite and friends (April 7). No cover. See friends and taste some of the best soup in the Midwest!  Or enjoy the keyboard played during Sunday brunch, 10AM to 3PM, at Heaven on Seven, 224 S. Main St. in downtown Naperville. Brunch is served New Orleans-style Saturday, too.

And there’s more…

Be prepared to pay close attention as hopefuls rev up in the coming weeks, running to present the issues in the Consolidated Election slated for April 4, 2017. 48 local residents turned in petition packets hopeful to fill seats up for election of local taxing bodies. …And some elections will be more competitive than others.  Follow local elections for City Council, Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners, Boards of Education for Districts 203 and 204 as well as township trustees and College of DuPage trustees. Get to know the issues and the candidates. Meet and greet the candidates when opportunities present themselves.

Latest News

Look forward with photo-enhanced stories every day on PN’s 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.