Hurricane Florence Relief Effort Hosted by Rotary Clubs of Naperville

Help fill a trailer provided by Cadence Premier Logistics with much-needed items to send to the Carolinas. Rotary Clubs of Naperville invite all service clubs, faith organizations, homeowners associations, businesses and individuals to join a community-wide service project by donating items for victims of devastation caused by Hurricane Florence. Items collected will go to Lumberton, NC, one of the cities in economic distress and ravaged by flooding.

Thanks to the Naperville Park District, arrangements have been made to park the trailer at the Garden Plots on West Street for the collection. Look for banners (Thanks to Blooming Color for the quick turnaround of banner production.) and the large trailer that will stationed along West Street beginning at 8AM Sat., Oct. 6, and departing at 6PM on Sat., Oct. 13. (Note: If 53-ft. trailer fills sooner, another trailer will be available.)

Trailer and delivery are being provided by Cadence Premier Logistics. Fuel is being donated by Illinois Trucking Association. Thank you, everyone, who lent a hand in one way or another!

Suggested nonperishable items needed for collection

  • Tarps, Dehumidifiers, 5-gallon Buckets, Cordless Power Tools, Shop Vacs, Hammers & Nails, Rubber Gloves, Dog Food & Cat Food, Paper Towels, Shop Rags, Adult Diapers
  • Baby Diapers, Baby Powder, Baby Wipes, Baby Formula, Empty Spray Bottles, Face (dust) Masks, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Shovels, Box Fans, Sponges, Flashlights
  • Sanitary Napkins, Tampons, Batteries, Shampoo, Conditioner, Blankets, Pillows, Sheets & Towels, Bibles, Hand Sanitizer, Bleach
  • Ladders, Bath Soap, Brooms, Laundry Detergent, Deodorant, Utility Knives, Contractor Tape, Trash Bags, Mosquito Repellent, Portable Lights, Canned Foods
  • Paper, Pens, Markers, Pencils & Pencil Sharpeners, Canned Foods, Bottled Water
  • (NOTE! Absolutely no clothing in this collection drive.)
  • Thanks to all volunteers and for all donations that helped fill 16 pallets at last count!

Note also that Mesón Sabika will host a fundraiser on Oct. 23 

Rotarian Hossein Jamali, owner of Mesón Sabika, will partner with Red Cross to host a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, for Hurricane Relief efforts. The restaurant will donate 100 percent of sales that day to aid victims of recent destructive floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters.Reservations for lunch or dinner on October 23 are now being accepted and can be made online at or by calling (630) 983-3000. Mesón Sabika is located at 1025 Aurora Avenue.


Ellsworth Elementary Fall Clothing Resale – 8AM| Free
Ellsworth Elementary School – 145 N Sleight St. Naperville, IL 60540
Ellsworth’s Fall Clothing Resale selling Children’s and Juniors Gently Used Clothing Featuring: Fall & Winter Clothing Girls (size 5 – 18), Juniors (size 0 – 17), Boys (size 5 – 20), Pj’s, Halloween Costumes, uniforms, shoes and accessories. Bring a basket for your shopping convenience.

Naperville Farmer’s Market – 7AM-noon | Free Admission, $ for Items
5th Avenue Station – 200 E 5th Ave, Naperville, IL 60563
The Naperville Farmer’s Market is a rain/shine event that is held every Saturday through October 27 in the parking lot of 5th Avenue Station. This is a pet-free market. Over 25 vendors that offer anything from produce, to meat, to flowers, along with hot coffee.

The Naperville Senior Center is located at 1504 N. Naper Blvd. in Tower Crossings.

Councilman Coyne 2nd Annual Senior Forum – 10AM | Free
Naperville Senior Center Adult Day Services – 1504 N Naper Blvd., Suite 120 Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville Councilman Kevin Coyne and Naperville Senior Center Owner Mike Cooper will moderate a panel discussion on elder issues. Panelists will include DuPage County Board Member Janice Anderson, Naperville City Councilwoman Patty Gustin, Senior Task Force Member Karen Courney, Certified Senior Advisor Rick Graffagna. Topics will include Senior Housing Options, 5th Avenue, Real Estate Taxes, and Transportation Concerns. Open to all ages. Free to attend! RSVP to Kevin Coyne at Great opportunity to learn about Ride Assist Naperville (RAN), a service founded in April 2016 to provide affordable and dependable transportation for seniors in our community with their caretakers.

UPDATE: Surprise! Public officials in attendance donated personal checks to help sustain Ride Assist Naperville, aka RAN. Together they presented $3,750 to Tim Ells (holding checks) in support of the senior service that provides affordable and reliable transportation for Naperville seniors, and their caretakers, to medical appointments.

Garlic Fest! – noon – 4PM | Free
The Growing Place – 2000 Montgomery Rd Aurora, IL 60504
Sample different types of roasted garlic and listen to talks scheduled at noon, 1PM and 2PM on Growing Great Garlic. Learn the traits of the different varieties available and teach you where, when and how to plant and harvest garlic.

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. It’s great food, at a good price, in a fun atmosphere outside under cover.

Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves change. —Elizabeth Lawrence. And this weekend is one to enjoy the natural beauty found across the pond in May Watts Park.


Naperville Area CROP Hunger Walk – 12:30PM | Free
Grace United Methodist Church – 300 E. Gartner Road Naperville, IL 60540
Join with others in the Naperville area and make a difference in the live of hungry families. The 36th annual CROP Hunger Walk steps off at Grace United Methodist Church on October 14. Gather your family and friends to walk and pack meals for Naperville Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.

The first cycle of the City’s curbside leaf collection begins Mon., Oct. 15. Now is the time to rake or blow leaves along the curb. It’s also OK to mow leaves to create mulch for your yard.

Choices of things to do all month! 

‘Tis the season to take time to experience a variety of events as they reflect peacefully to benefit good things throughout this city.

And there’s more!

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 GolfFestivals & 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.