ICYMI / Friday

Jaycees’ Last Fling – 5PM | Free
Downtown Naperville – Naperville, IL 60540
Let’s Fling at the annual festival in downtown Naperville. 5 to 11PM Friday, Sept. 1; 10AM to 11PM Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3; 10AM to 8PM Monday, Sept. 4. Concerts on two stages, carnival, Family Fun Land for children, appearances by Disney Channel stars. Fling Mile, Rooster 5K and Labor Day Parade on Monday. Charge for Main Stage entertainment, carnival rides and food. www.lastfling.org.

ICYMI / Saturday

Last Fling Skaters’ Picnic – 11AM | Free
Centennial Beach – 500 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Skaters of all ages and their families are invited to the 13th annual Skaters Picnic at Centennial Beach Skate Park in downtown Naperville on Saturday, September 2, from 11AM until 2PM during the Jaycees Last Fling Celebration. This FREE event, hosted by KidsMatter, The Naperville Police Department, and the Naperville Park Police, will provide skaters with a free lunch, a free raffle ticket for some amazing prizes, and a free t-shirt to the first 100 skaters. Character Skateboards will bring professional skaters to perform skate demonstrations and a live DJ will be on hand courtesy of Ben Wiersum Sound Technology. Other highlights of the event include an awesome raffle, a doughnut eating contest, and skateboard games. For more information, visit www.kidsmatter2us.org.

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. Saturday Special! 8AM-7PM…Casey’s Filet Mignon, $23.98 per pound while supplies last! Also note Casey’s is closed on Labor Day.

Beautifying Your Backyard – 1PM | Free
The Growing Place – 2000 Montgomery Rd. Aurora, IL 60504
The Growing Place will discuss basic tips and tricks to create your own personal backyard oasis. www.thegrowingplace.com.

ICYMI / Sunday

What a catch!

Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee World Championships – 9:30AM | No admission charged
NIke Park – Mill Street at Diehl Road,  Naperville, IL 60563
The competitive high-jumping canines will be back in Naperville, ready to run in the popular K-9 Frisbee World Championships for the high-flying Frisbees on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2 and 3. According to organizer Tom Wehrli, the Naperville competition will be held at Nike Park, located at 288 W. Diehl Rd. at Mill Street. After Saturday’s Ashley Whippet Last Chance Qualifier, the Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee World Championships takes center field.

Jaycees’ Last Fling – 10AM | Free
Downtown Naperville – Naperville, IL 60540
Let’s Fling at the annual festival in downtown Naperville.  10AM to 11PM Sunday, Sept. 3; 10AM to 8PM Monday, Sept. 4. Concerts on two stages, carnival, Family Fun Land for children, appearances by Disney Channel stars. Fling Mile, Rooster 5K and Labor Day Parade on Monday. Charge for Main Stage entertainment, carnival rides and food. www.lastfling.org.

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 is closed on Labor Day.

German Language Church Service – 11:30AM | Free
St. John United Church of Christ
1190 Olesen Drive Naperville, IL 60540
Church services in the German language will be held at St. John United Church of Christ at 11:30AM on Sunday, September 3. The service will be led by Pastor Dr. 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 October 1 and November 5.

Monday

Naperville Labor Day Parade – 10AM | Free
Downtown Naperville – Naperville, IL 60540
Proceeds south on Main Street, east on Jefferson Avenue, south on Main Street, west on Porter, ending at Naperville Central High School. www.lastfling.org.

Jaycees’ Last Fling – 10AM | Free
Downtown Naperville – Naperville, IL 60540
Let’s Fling at the annual festival in downtown Naperville.  Fourth & final day! 10AM to 8PM Monday, Sept. 4. Concerts on two stages, carnival, Family Fun Land for children, appearances by Disney Channel stars. Fling Mile, Rooster 5K and Labor Day Parade on Monday. Charge for carnival rides and food. www.lastfling.org.


Help folks shop locally everywhere

With friends and survivors in Texas and along the Gulf Coast weighing heavily on in our hearts, we’re mindful the “shop locally” concept applies to every community in the world. Instead of shopping here to send supplies to Houston and southeast Texas for distribution, perhaps send money to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army so folks hurt by the floods can purchase items locally to support businesses down there, helping to restore their economy in the coming months, even years.

Think about it. Thanks!

And… here’s an opportunity from Meson Sabika and the Rotary Club of Naperville to help raise funds for American Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. Both organizations will match donations up to $10,000 through Sept. 30, 2017. Plus, individuals will receive a $20 gift certificate to Mesón Sabika for every $100 donated.

Make checks payable to the American Red Cross and mail checks with return address information to: Mesón Sabika, Attn: Events Department, 1025 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540.


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 the Noon Lions present their annual Turkey Trot 5K.

Keeping our community safe is everyone’s responsibility. Lock doors to homes and vehicles to prevent crimes.

On the navigation bar atop this page, “Events” offers a pull down option where you’ll find calendars specific to Charity Golf (now wrapping up 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.

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!

Naperville Firkin Beer Fest at CityGate Centre is set for 3PM to 6:30PM Sat., Sept. 9. The inaugural event will bring more than 30 rare, one-of-a-kind Firkins from breweries around Illinois and the Midwest, along with some of their best brews and more than 60 craft beers and hard ciders. Live entertainment and cuisine from popular local food trucks will top off the afternoon designed for craft beer enthusiasts.

Free Enterprise Forum of Naperville in association with the Bastiat Society will present “Greed, Competition, Profit: The Morality of Free Markets” with Stephen Hicks from 6-8PM on Thurs., Sept. 28, 2017. After networking, program starts at 6:30, hosted at Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing, 1283 S. Naper Blvd. Hicks is a Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director, Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, at Rockford University. Public welcome. Seating is limited. RSVP at www.fefnaper.org.

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. As summer sale days wrap up, shops display all the new fall arrivals in downtown Naperville.

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 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 and possibilities.

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 ICYMI, 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.

PN’s Event Calendar features Things to Do, too! Plus… Event planners can post events.