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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: August 18-20


ICYMI / Riverwalk Duck Race Photo Gallery with Results & 0ther Links!

ICYMI / Friday

Go Fish! – Anytime, weather permitting
Riverwalk Fishing Pier at Eagle Street – Also in local ponds.
Naperville residents who enjoy recreational fishing can find a spot right here in Naperville with 19 parks that offer fishing in stocked ponds, streams or rivers. Anyone looking for bait will find a selection at Dog Patch Pet & Feed located at 1108 E. Ogden Avenue.

Historic Trolley Tour of Naperville – 11AM | $16
Trolley Stop’on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
Learn about old Naperville, and see the new Naperville. This one-hour Historic Tour of Naperville blends the past with the present, highlight’s Naperville’s growth, and includes some fun stories. Meet at the ‘Trolley Stop’ on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street by 10:50AM. $16 per person, all ages. Trolley is fully enclosed and will run rain or shine, no refunds. DING! DING! Info and tickets at www.napervilletrolley.com.

Food Truck Friday at Turning Pointe – 11:30AM | $ Varies
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, 1500 W. Ogden Ave Naperville, IL 60540
Come by for some delicious lunch from Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery from 11:30 – 2 PM.  The Made to Inspire Boutique inside Turning Pointe also will be open from 11:30-2 PM. Check out the spirit wear and items made by their students. Cheers!

Naper Nights – 5PM | $0-$15. Children under 4 and members free.
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St Naperville, IL 60540
5 to 10PM Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18 and 19. Concerts: The Stynchronicity, 6:30PM Friday; Landslide, 8:30PM Friday; Simply Billy, 6PM Saturday; Bruce in the USA, 8PM Saturday. www.napernights.org.

ICYMI / Saturday

Naperville Flower and Garden Show – 7AM | Free
Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center – 305 West Jackson Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
There will be a Flower and Garden Show on Saturday, August 19 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Center. This event is sponsored by the Naperville Community Gardeners Club. Any gardener may submit entries for the various categories from flowers, vegetables, artistic arrangements, and containers. Prizes are given for the best entries. The doors open at 7AM and are closed at 10AM for private judging. From 1:30 to 3PM the doors reopen with public viewing for all the entries and to see the winners. In order to figure out which are your best items to enter you are also invited to be a guest at the club meeting on Monday, August 7 at 7PM. Entry guides will be explained and distributed at this meeting. There is no cost for these tips or the meeting. We meet at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane in Naperville. We will also have a guest speaker at the meeting. It will be David Brooks from Spring Valley Nature Center. He will discuss how to attract a variety of birds to your garden with feeding stations and food plantings. More information can be found at www.napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

Orientation to the Community Career Center – 9AM | Free
Community Career Center – 1815 W. Diehl Rd., Suite 900 Naperville, IL 60563
Are you a job seeker? Learn about the services and resources available at the Community Career Center. Prioritize the steps of your search after learning about each type of the one-on-one sessions, workshops, and networking/accountability groups offered with membership. Membership is nominal for a one-year period. No need to RSVP.

Casey’s Fires Up the Grill – 11AM | Price varies with purchase.
Casey’s Foods – 124 W. Gartner Rd. Naperville, IL 60540
Casey’s 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. It’s great food, at a good price, in a fun atmosphere. Casey’s Saturday Special, 8AM to 7PM, while supplies last:  Casey’s Quality Meat! Regular Chuck Sliders Only $3.98 per lb and Bacon & Cheddar Sliders Only $5.69 per lb.


Casey’s Fires Up the Grill – 11AM | Price varies with purchase.
Casey’s Foods – 124 W. Gartner Rd. Naperville, IL 60540
Casey’s 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. It’s great food, at a good price, in a fun atmosphere.

Old Naperville Day returns Sunday afternoon to Chicago Avenue between Washington and Main.

The Lantern Old Naperville Day – noon
The Lantern – 8 W. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The Lantern is once again hosting a block party to bring together a day of fun, music and giving back to a nonprofit charity, Operation Support Our Troops-America. The family-friendly day begins at noon and runs through 6PM. Entertainment will be provided by Jake & Elwood All Star Blues Band and Semple. There will be food available for purchase from The Lantern, Empire, Uncle Pete’s Pizza, Jimmy’s, Dark Horse, Sullivan’s and Board and Barrel. There are no cover charges for the bands thanks to generous sponsors, including: The Lantern, Sullivans Steakhouse, Esser Hayes Insurance Group, Budweiser, Tuk Tuk Naperville, and 95.9 The River. For more info on the event please visit www.oldnapervilleday.com.

Are you prepared with special glasses to view Monday’s solar eclipse? 

Be prepared locally for the Eclipse on Mon., Aug. 21! – approximately noon to 1:30PM
Naperville, IL 60540, 60564, 60565, 60566
Be ready and set for safe viewing of the Sun and the eclipse from coast to coast!

Thanks to PN columnists, the August publication titled “Eclipsing Dog Days” provides several slightly different takes on the historic solar eclipse. Click on the names to read columns by Rick Gering, Michael Albrow, Marilyn Krueger.

“The ONLY time you may view an eclipse safely without a solar filter is during the few minutes of 100% eclipse totality,” replied Dr. Adam Black, O.D., at Couture Vision in downtown Naperville when asked.  “With Naperville being outside the zone of totality, everyone in the area should be using these to view the eclipse.  Otherwise, significant damage to the retina may occur, and a solar burn can cause permanent blindness”

Dr. Black continued, “Obviously, this is a major astrological event that shouldn’t be missed.  We just want to make sure that it’s experienced safely.”

NASA and the American Astronomical Society have listed reputable vendors that have shown to be using certified manufacturing techniques (eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety and eclipse.aas.org, respectively.

Summer Dog Days end Aug. 23, 2017! Enjoy learning something new every day!

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events


Keep Moving to help keep local charities running! Register now for upcoming Runs, Walks and Bike Rides that will keep you outdoors for more than a good cause until Nov. 23.

When State Rep. Grant Wehrli served on the Naperville City Council, he also was the liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission. Wehrli supports the Save Old Nichols Campaign.

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, 7PM Tues., Aug. 22, in the Naperville Municipal Center. ‘Save Old Nichols’ Library’ will be on the agenda.  The community is welcome and encouraged to participate in the process that could designate the handsome building that was the city’s first library with landmark status. Consider all possibilities for the developer/property owner to preserve the significant structure as a cultural asset with economic promise. Meanwhile, visit www.saveoldnicholslibrary.org. Check out other links to local commentary. PN Post with an overview and photos of the ‘Save Old Nichols’ Open House.

School began Thurs., Aug. 17, in School District 203.

It’s up to everybody to help keep our community safe. Drive the speed limit and watch out for children—especially when school begins again.

School beings Thurs., Aug. 24, in School District 204.

On the navigation bar atop this page, “Events” offers a pull down option where you’ll find calendars specific to Charity Golf (This page has been updated for 2017 with the “Change in Course” for the Mayor’s Charity Outing on Aug. 25, 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.

Comedy Night at Frankie’s Blue Room on Sat., Aug. 26, will feature five stand-up comics including Erin O’Donnell. Fun begins at 6PM. All proceeds will benefit Edward Hospital Cancer Foundation. Unable to make it? Make a donation by logging into this site. Thanks. https://3rdannualcomedynight.eventbrite.com/

Jaycees Last Fling returns Fri., Sept. 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 4. The annual farewell to the lazy days of summer as schools are back in session is a time for the community to celebrate along Jackson Ave., the Riverwalk and Rotary Hill, and across Aurora Ave. at Naper Settlement.

Stay tuned to the beat of the drum as the Labor Day Parade is a showcase of marching bands and community spirit.

Come hear the music in the Labor Day Parade, 10:30AM Mon., Sept. 4!  Now that the Thursday summer concert season is a fond memory, the Naperville Municipal Band’s tradition since 1859 of marching in parades welcomes everybody to be a spectator on Labor Day. Naperville loves its parades!

Witches Night Out Naperville is a new “women helping women” event hosted by the Naperville Woman’s Club, also at Naper Settlement. Enjoy dressing up for the bewitching occasion from 5PM to 9:30PM on Thurs., Oct. 15, to benefit Families Helping Families. For details or to purchase tickets online ($45 each), click here.

2nd Annual Pumpkin Race, hosted by Turning Pointe Autism Foundation. A flyer available at the 2017 graduation ceremony provided info about the Pumpkin Race slated for Oct. 28 at Rotary Hill. Save the date! For details and a look at last year’s “fun” raiser, click here.

Year-round Gift Ideas

Find fine clothing for men and women at Dean’s. Summer sale days are now in progress.

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. 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.

‘Tis the season to give DNA gift cards or to create an experience in 2017. Downtown Naperville Gift Cards make great gifts for teachers, coaches, graduates and any special occasion. With a Downtown Naperville gift card, the recipient can find a new outfit, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, take a fitness class, pick up a pair of new running shoes, discover a great new book or enjoy a wonderful meal. There are so many choices.

Downtown Naperville gift cards may be purchased in person at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (ask for a gift box and bow) or Pinot’s Palette. You may also order via phone by calling (630) 355-4141 or ordering online. Call the 1-800 balance number on the back of your gift card or visit the Check My Balance web page to check a gift card balance. Lastly, remember to use your card at least once a year to avoid fees.

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

Shop locally, too!

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. No cover.  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 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.

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