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Things to do leading up to Veterans Day, ’11-11-11′


Above / Walk this way to explore the soon-to-be-distant colors of autumn in May Watts Park. Soon the sled hill likely will be covered with snow and dozens of youngsters who will fill the air with joyful sounds.

Relax and Explore Neighborhood Parks in addition to the Riverwalk – Sunrise to Sunset | Open
Discover 137 Different Parks in Naperville, IL 60540, 60563, 60564 and 60565
May Watts Park, pictured above, located off Whispering Hills offers playgrounds, fishing, a .89-mile trail and plenty of reasons to pause and reflect about the changing season before all the leaves turn and fall. This autumn has presented particularly splendorous scenes from north, east, west and south Naperville. The Farmers Plaza, pictured below, along the Riverwalk at Eagle Street always presents a place to sit and appreciate the seasonal view of the Jaycees Marina, Gregory Gazebo and Moser Tower at the base of Rotary Hill.


Local matters to voters all across the nation.

Vote Early / Registered Voters in DuPage (8:30AM-7:30PM) & Will (8:30AM-7PM) Counties 
Naperville Municipal Center – 400 S. Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
General Election Day hours at local precincts are 6AM to 7PM Tues., Nov. 6. Elect hopefuls to serve Naperville in DuPage and Will counties, Springfield and Washington, D.C.

Local Matters at IndieBound Naperville – 6PM | Complimentary
Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus – 6th & Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville’s group of independent businesses get together monthly to share trials and tribulations of their unique and rewarding experiences in the Naperville marketplace. This month the group will be priming up for the annual Grow Your Heart promotion featuring the Grinch all during December. Independent business owners and managers welcome to learn more about member-based organization.

Toasting for a Cause at Catch 35 – 6:30PM | $150
Catch 35– 35 S. Washington Naperville, IL 60540
Catch 35 will host a 4-course gourmet dinner paired with fine wine to celebrate the work of Loaves & Fishes Community Services from 6:30 to 9:30PM on Mon., Nov. 5.  


General Election Day -6AM-7PM
Naperville Precincts  – 60540, 60563, 60564, 60565
Vote for hopefuls wanting to serve Naperville in DuPage and Will counties, Springfield and Washington, D.C.

WSI Quiz Night at Quigley’s Irish Pub -6AM-7PM
Quigley’s Irish Pub  – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville 60540
Bring your trivia filled brain to Quigley’s where the West Suburban Irish host Quiz Night to test your memory of mostly useless knowledge. As Kin Hubbard once said, “Nobody can talk as interestingly as the feller that’s not hampered by facts and information.” This almost-monthly event is not about talk. It’s about fun, fun, fun. Admission is free for teams of up to eight players to enter on the first Tuesday of most months.


12th Annual “Pennies for Pies” Drive to Benefit Loaves & Fishes – Regular Business Hours thru Nov. 16 – Small Change to Large Donations 
Naperville Park District Administration Building, 320 W. Jackson Ave. ; Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave.  Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr.; 95th Street Center, 2244 West 95th Street, 2nd floor and Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Rd.
The Naperville Park District will hold its 12th annual “Pennies for Pies” drive from November 1-16 to help provide pumpkin pies for holiday meals through Naperville’s Loaves & Fishes Community Services . Residents and visitors to Park District facilities are encouraged to donate small change (or make larger donations) that will be used to purchase pumpkin pies to benefit Loaves & Fishes’ Thanksgiving dinner initiative for residents in need.

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Rotary Club of Naperville presents Quilts of Valor – 12:15PM | $20
Meson Sabika – 1025 Aurora Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
During its weekly luncheon meeting, the Rotary Club of Naperville will present five Veterans with Quilts of Valor as way to honor and thank them for their military service.  For more information, visit www.napervillerotary.com.  

CityGate Grille host Friends of Little Friends – 5:30PM | Off the Menu-Tips Benefit
CityGate Grille at CityGate Center – Rt. 59 at Ferry Road Naperville, IL 60563
CityGate Grille will host Dinner with Friends of Little Friends as a benefit and kick off for the annual Holiday Giving Tree program.


9th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit / 7PM – $85 per person
Hilton Lisle-Naperville – 3003 Corporate W Dr, Lisle, IL 60532 
Join organizers Nicole Comis and Rita O’Reilly Kollias at the 9th Annual Toys For Tots Gala by reserving tickets at www.nicolecomis.com/giving-back.  The local Marine Toys for Tots benefit is slated from 7 to 9PM on Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, at the Hilton of Lisle/Naperville. The celebration will include hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, delicious desserts by Dark Horse Pastries, music and dancing, a wine pull and a prominent raffle. Alfresco Photo Booth will also be there for guests to take fun pictures to capture the night. Danielle Tufano, Program Director and morning show Co-Host at 95.9FM The River, returns to again serve as event MC.  Brand new unwrapped toys will be collected for less fortunate boys and girls.


Annual Fall Blood Drive at VFW / 7:30AM – Blood Donation Priceless
Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873– 908 W. Jackson Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
The Annual Fall Blood Drive runs from 7:30AM to 1:30PM on Sat., Nov. 10. Anyone who cannot make it to the drive is welcome to donate at the Naperville Donor Center, located at 2702 Aurora Avenue, just down the street from Menard’s. By using Code 073C, the Judd Kendall VFW Post will receive credit for your donation. To schedule an appointment, call LifeSource at 1.888.427.4836 or log onto www.lifesource.org. Walk ins, of course, are welcome, too.

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps with Flag Raising / 10AM – FREE
Naperville Municipal Center – 400 S. Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
Annual tribute hosted by the Naperville Marines and more. (Note: Change from 9AM to 10AM for 2018.)


Veterans Day Observance / 11AM | Community Welcome!
Veterans Park – Gartner Road across from Grace United Methodist Church Naperville, IL 60540
The community is welcome to the annual service to recognize and honor military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. No matter where you might be at 11AM on Nov. 11, pause to reflect for a moment at “11-11-11.” In addition to Veterans Park, Naperville offers many places along the Riverwalk and throughout the community to observe patriotism and this city’s rich history of respect for dedicated Veterans every day of the year.

Naperville Municipal Band Veterans Day Concert / 3PM | Community Welcome! Free Admission
Wentz Hall in North Central College Fine Art Center – Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The community is welcome to the annual Veterans Day Concert performed in the Wentz Concert Hall.  Naperville Municipal Band Conductor and Music Director Ron Keller will welcome guest conductor Col. Lowell E. Graham and NMB Assistant Conductors Rene R. Rosas and Emily Binder to the stage to lead the band as Ann Lord serves as emcee to provide enlightening commentary. The Veterans Day Concert also will recognize the mission of Operation Support Our Troops America. Attendees are welcome to bring most-needed items for Comfort and Care Packages sent to troops serving overseas.

Veterans Day Dinner at VFW / 5PM | $14 per person
Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 – 908 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The community is welcome to the Combined Posts” Veterans Day Social and Dinner Sun., Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at the VFW.  The social hour begins at 5PM, followed by a turkey dinner prepared by the Kendall Cooks at 6PM.  Please note the time change.  Reserve early as the maximum reservations is 200.  RSVP by Wed., Nov. 7, at (630) 803-2251 or email jenniferbslown@gmail.com.

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.

With more than 260 eateries sure to whet every appetite and budget, local restaurants will be serving up special events and benefits all during November. 

Quigley’s Irish Pub will celebrate is first 20 years on Sat., Nov. 17. Come for a pint and celebrate with live music throughout the day!

Naperville Noon Lions Club Turkey Trot 5K again welcomes the community to come run for fun and the benefit of local charities at 8AM Thurs., Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day. In other words, organizers say, “Run Fast. Eater Later. No Penalty.” Registration is now in progress.

Meson Sabika again will host its annual complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings for individuals and families in financial, emotional or physical need on Thurs., Nov. 22. 

For what’s new on the local dining scene, visit www.dinenaperville.com

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.

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