ICYMI / Friday

DanceWest Ballet Nutcracker – 7PM| $23-$33. Call the box office to order you group tickets and receive the discount (630) 637-7469.
Pfieffer Hall, North Central College, Fine and Performing Arts – 310 E Benton Ave Naperville, IL 60540
DanceWest Ballet presents it’s 24th production of “The Nutcracker.” Presented in its entirety, DanceWest’s Artistic Directors, Regina and Ricardo Moyano, have ensured that their version of The Nutcracker is an accurate depiction of the original ballet while incorporating the colors, choreography, and standards of DanceWest Ballet Company and The School of DanceWest Ballet. Guest artists include: Daynelis Munoz, former soloist with Tulsa Ballet and Eduardo Pi, formerly Ballet De Monterrey, Mexico. Also Micah Moch, Armand Moyano, Samuel Opsal, Asahel Rosales, and Antonio Rosario. To obtain tickets for the Tea, please email school@dancewestballet.com or call the school at (630) 778-1303. Pricing: $33, $25. GROUP DISCOUNT: Tickets for groups of 15 or more (for the same show) are just $23 each. The show continues Saturday at 1PM and 5PM and Sunday at 1PM. northcentral.vbotickets.com.

Steel Magnolias – 7PM | $7
Neuqua Valley High School – 2360 95th Street Naperville, IL 60564
Celebrate the season in the very intimate Blackbox Theatre at NVHS. See six women come together in this hilarious, heartwarming, & bittersweet story of Life, Love, and Friendship in a small southern town. Support a local high school and laugh and maybe cry along with the talented cast. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3182917.


All Day Saturday at Casey’s Foods! Casey’s Quality Meat! – 8AM to 7PM | Check out Casey’s USDA Choice Baby Back Ribs Only $4.98 per lb to serve with Casey’s American Potato Salad Only $3.99 per lb. While supply lasts!

Knox Presbyterian Church Christmas Cookie Walk – 9AM | Free
Knox Presbyterian Church – 1105 Catalpa Naperville, Il 60540
Need cookies for your holiday parties and family gatherings? Treat yourself to fancy homemade cookies and candies at the annual Knox Presbyterian Church Christmas Cookie Walk. Customize your own assortment from a vast array of cookies. Everything is fresh, homemade and delicious! Hostess assortments of cookies, small gifts and stocking stuffers will be available. Cookies and candies are priced $6.50 per pound. Specialty items are pre-priced. All proceeds support the mission work of Knox Presbyterian Church. For more information, email elmhurstgrad@yahoo.com or visit www.knoxpres.org.

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter’s Annual Holiday Cookie Walk – 9AM | Free
A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter – 420 Industrial Drive Naperville, IL 60563
It’s the 10th Anniversary of A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter’s Holiday Cookie Walk. Join them for some delicious homemade baked goods for sale. There will be cookies, bars, brownies and candies available for you to create your own special assortment. Take a tour of the shelter and enjoy refreshments. All proceeds benefit the animals of the shelter.

“We’re Never Alone: How Spiritual Ideas Work In Us” – 1PM | Free
Naperville City Hall – 400 South Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60563
Everyone is welcome to this inspirational talk by Melanie Wahlberg, CS, of Los Angeles, CA. Learn how ideas from God can uplift and renew your life! Hear about people who used these ideas to overcome addiction and depression. 1-2PM at Naperville City Hall, Mtg. Rm. B. Childcare provided. For information, call (847) 305-6782.

Organic Theater presents Jacob Marleys Christmas Carol – 7:30PM | $20-$30. Contact (630) 637-7469, finearts.northcentralcollege.edu for more information, or to buy tickets.
Meiley-Swallow Hall – 31 S. Ellsworth St. Naperville, IL 60540
You probably know Jacob Marley as the ghostly former business partner of Ebeneezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. In Organics production of the award winning play by Chicagos Tom Mula, we follow Marley in a story of his own. Along with a cheery sprite named Bogle, Marley travels through space and time, revealing a new side to the holiday classic. As it turns out, behind Scrooges adventure, Jacob Marley also visits boyhood struggles, modern day merriment, and a glimpse of whats yet to come. Share in the joy of Marleys fresh start by joining Marley and Bogle on their hilarious and touching journey. 2017 will be the 10th annual performance of JMCC in Naperville. Performances are December 7-10 at Meiley-Swallow Hall in Naperville (31 S. Ellsworth St.), Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening at 7:30PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2PM. TICKET/PRICE INFO: $30, $20 Additional information at organictheater.org/index.php/timeline/jmxmascarol.

Jim Brickman “A Joyful Christmas” – 8PM | $35-$45
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents: Jim Brickman ‘A Joyful Christmas’ on Saturday, December 9 at Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center. Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hitmaker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year. Tickets at northcentral.vbotickets.com/event/Jim_Brickman_A_Joyful_Christmas/20169.


Young Naperville Singers-Yuletide Cheer Winter Concerts – 2PM | $15
Neuqua Valley High School – 2360 95th Street Naperville, IL 60564
The Young Naperville Singers (YNS) will be performing their Yuletide Cheer Holiday Concert, comprising of three performances at Neuqua Valley High School at 2PM, 4PM, and 6:30PM, led by Angie Johnson, Artistic Director. The concerts are celebrating this festive season with a vast array of songs in several different languages, and the performers are sure to impress. Tickets are still available through the YNS website at youngnapervillesingers.org. For questions, contact the office at (630) 369-9679.

Winter Wonderland Ballet – 3PM | $10-$20. Children $10 Adults $20
Madden Theater – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Join A&A Ballet and the School of Performing Arts for Winter Wonderland, excerpts from The Nutcracker! With stunning new custom-designed costumes and gorgeous backdrops, revel in a re-imagined Nutcracker choreographed by Alexei Kremnev. It’s the perfect introduction to the arts and pageantry of this iconic holiday treasure. After Winter Wonderland, a meet and greet with the Sugar Plum Fairy plus holiday craft. Tickets at https://schoolofperformingarts.com. Performances at 3 and 5PM.

Remind folks to shop locally everywhere!

Keep all the folks in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Puerto Rico in your thoughts and prayers for safe keeping and a speedy recovery during the holidays. This past season has been deluged with natural disasters from hurricanes in the Atlantic to wildfires that continue in California.


Looking toward the future of volunteerism,  The Salvation Army offers free volunteer training for folks available to help in the wake of disasters.

Last month Salvation Army bells began ringing all over town. Again, many thanks for giving when you can!

Thanks to everyone, all ages, for stepping up with generous hearts to help raise funds for hurricane relief, first responders and other unmet needs.

Give blood if you can. 0+ and 0- are needed!

Lifesource is located at 2764 Aurora Avenue off of Fort Hill. INFO: (877) 543-3768.

Heartland Blood Center is located at 1297 South Naper Boulevard in Market Meadows Shopping Center. INFO: (630) 428-3632.

Thanks for reading!  Help whenever possible. The holidays are here and, more than ever, blood supplies need to be replenished.

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events 

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

Choose a Saturday date, Dec. 16 or Dec. 23, for Breakfast with Santa at Catch 35. Seatings are available at 9AM & 11AM. Reserve a table at (630) 717-3500. Children 2 and under free, Children ages 3-12: $20, 13 and Older & Adults: $30 *Gratuity and tax are not included in the above prices*. The Ho-Ho-Ho-Holiday buffet includes St. Nick’s Scrambled Eggs, Yuletide Bacon & Sausage, Rudolph’s Breakfast Potatoes, Jack Frost’s Crab cake Benedict, Tiny Tim’s Mini yogurt parfaits, Mrs. Claus’ Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, Blitzen’s Apple Cinnamon Crepes, Prancer’s Smoked Salmon, Dasher’s Bagels & Cream Cheese, Kris Kringle’s Croissants, and Assorted Holiday Cookies by Santa’s Little Elves served with coffee, tea and soda. Meet jolly old Santa at Catch 35 Naperville before he heads to the North Pole to pack up for all those Christmas deliveries!   http://www.catch35.com/santas-breakfast-2017-catch-35/

Stay tuned! Naperville Municpal Band Holiday Concert begins at 3PM Sun., Dec. 17. The Naperville Municipal Band returns in formal dress attire with special seasonal touches to perform its annual holiday concert on stage at the Wentz Concert Hall.

The concert is free of admission charge. This year, however, the concert also will showcase the fine accomplishments of Loaves & Fishes Community Services. Concert goers are asked to bring a nonperishable item.

Loaves & Fishes provided a list of their ten most needed items at the moment. When purchasing donations for any collection to Loaves & Fishes, consider the items in the list.

Top 10 Items on Unmet Needs List for Loaves & Fishes

Diapers Size 3, 4, or 5
Similac or Enfamil Baby Formula (powdered)
Pasta sauces
Dry Pasta
Canned Food (Pineapple and Mandarin Oranges)
Dried Fruit
Regular and Instant Oatmeal
Whole Grain Cereals
Low Salt Vegetables
Grains and Brown Rice

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New Year’s Eve! Tickets are now on sale for the DuPage Children’s Museum Bubble Bash from 9AM to Noon on New Year’s Eve. Here’s the scoop!


Year-round Gift Ideas

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.


Dean’s is decked out for the holidays with gift wrapping, too, in downtown Naperville!

‘Tis the season to give DNA gift cards or to create a new experience in 2018. 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! Celebrate local hospitality…

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!

Weekends, Music & More!

Start with breakfast from 10AM to Noon at Quigley’s Irish Pub on Saturdays and Sundays.  

Enjoy “sessions” with West Suburban Irish and friends Wed., Dec. 20.


Thanks for supporting live music such as the sounds of sessions (the third Wednesday of the month) and bands at Quigley’s Irish Pub (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.

Also, a new restaurant recently opened to jazz up the south side of Naperville. Pete Miller’s Steak and Seafood Naperville, 3032 English Rows, will be open 4:30-10PM Monday-Thursday, 4:30-11PM Friday-Saturday, and 4:30-9PM Sunday. For more information, visit www.petemillers.com.  

And ICYMI, there’s always 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. 

As always, thanks for reading and supporting the local business community whenever possible.