‘Buy a Brick’ Campaign continues

During the Riverwalk 2000 fundraiser launched in 1997, the Daily Herald sponsored a “Buy a Brick” ad campaign featuring different residents holding the “Your Name Here” brick.

Today, the initiative that gives individuals the opportunity to write a message to be engraved on a brick or a granite stone continues to be a popular gift item and a way to support the Riverwalk Foundation.
Find complete details with photos about this personalized gift in a story featured at www.positivelynaperville.com. Search “Buy a Brick.”

To order a 4 x 8 brick ($150) for the Riverwalk extension or an 8 x 8 brick ($250) for Fredenhagen Park, simply send a check made payable to the Riverwalk Foundation with your 12 character per line, 3-line ($150) or 6-line message ($250) to Jan Erickson, Riverwalk Administrator, City of Naperville, TED Business Group, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville, IL 60540. Include your name, address, phone number, e-mail or other contact information.

For more info, contact Erickson at (630) 305-5984 or ericksonj@naperville.il.us. Note! Bricks can now be ordered online at napervilleriverwalkfoundation.org.

City’s curbside leaf collection continues

Since mid-October, neighborhoods have had curbside leaf disposal opportunities that will span over a six-week period, weather permitting.

To participate, residents rake leaves into the street, next to the curb in front of a house and avoiding storm drains, at the beginning of each of the three leaf collection cycles.

Depending on the weather, it will take crews approximately two weeks to complete each Citywide collection cycle. Crews will collect leaves in front of each home once during each two-week collection cycle.

The final Citywide collection cycle begins on November 12 and is expected to end November 21.

For more info and schedule updates, visit www.naperville.il.us/leafcollection.

Little Friends gets set for the holidays

Little Friends’ Inklude Studio returns onsite to offer handmade cards, ornaments, and other holiday decor at Washington Street Markets from 11AM to 5PM Sat., Nov. 17 and from 10AM to 4PM Sun., Nov. 18.
The best part? “Your purchases benefit our clients and their studio!” organizers said.

Held this year at Naperville North High School, 899 Mill St., Washington Street Markets will bring together talented artisans showcasing vintage, handcrafted and repurposed furniture, jewelry, home accessories, clothing and personal care products and small-batch edibles.

Note also that beginning Mon., Nov. 12 and running through Dec. 7, individuals can make a difference in the life of a client served by Little Friends by participating in the agency’s annual Giving Tree program. Watch for information about Giving Trees soon to be located in businesses throughout the western suburbs. Simply take a tag, purchase and wrap the requested gift, and return the gift, with tag attached, to its original location.

And remember the annual Little Friends Parade of Lights, decked out as a showcase of community spirit for the holidays, steps off at 7PM Sat., Dec. 1, in downtown Naperville.

For more information about seasonal happenings and special events at Little Friends, visit www.littlefriendsinc.org.

Naperville Sunrise Rotary seeks grant applications supporting teens and young adults

The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise is currently seeking proposals for programs and services that support the Naperville community’s teens and young adults. The Club is accepting grant applications for consideration as it selects funding recipients for 2019.

The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise conducts one or more major fundraising events throughout the year, including the annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K in March.

In addition, ancillary fundraising initiatives are hosted on occasion by one or more of our four avenues of service committees, including Community; International; Vocational; and Youth Services. If your organization would like to be considered for funding an application form is online on the Community Service page at the Club’s website at www.napervillesunrise.org. Applications must be received by 5PM Nov. 30, 2018 for consideration.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Naperville/Sunrise, visit www.napervillesunrise.org.

A story about the grant process also is available at www.positivelynaperville.com. Scroll down “Latest News.”

Annual Fall Blood Drive is set for Nov. 10

“Just walk into the VFW and donate blood to save a life,” noted organizer Nina Petru, a past commander of the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873.

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.

“38,000 blood donations are needed each day,” added Petru. “We hope to see you there!”

To schedule an appointment to donate, call LifeSource at 1.888.427.4836 or log onto www.lifesource.org.
Walk ins, of course, are welcome, too.

The Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 is located at 908 W. Jackson Avenue. Plenty of parking is available behind the post.

Plan your giving and tax deductions

When the federal government passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, it lowered taxes for almost every taxpayer. The new law reduces tax rates while almost doubling the standard deduction. The new standard deduction is $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for couples filing jointly. Taxpayers have the choice to itemize deductions or claim the standard deduction.

With these tax changes, some individuals who have itemized in years past may be inclined to take the standard deduction in future years. Regardless of which option an individual chooses, he or she may want to consider some new strategies that can provide significant tax and non-tax benefits while making a difference for a favorite charity.

Possible ideas for new giving strategies…

  • Make an outright gift of Appreciated Assets to a favorite charity
  • Create or add to a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) at the DuPage Foundation
  • Age 70.5 or Older? Give from Pre-Tax Assets by making an IRA Rollover Gift

Want to learn more about accomplishing your charitable goals? Contact Michael Sitrick, JD, vice president for advancement, at mike@dupagefoundation.org or (630) 598-5285. Or for more details before contacting Sitrick, visit www.dupagefoundation.org.

Note: This content is for informational purposes only. The Foundation recommends you consult with your tax accountant or attorney and other professional advisors prior to making a significant charitable gift.

Fiber art exhibit now showing at Fine Art Center

“Elements of Innovation” is the title of the current gallery show at Naperville Art League’s Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center Street in Naperville. 

Original art quilts, felted wool creations, and beaded jewelry are on display, all made by a group of artists called the Fiber Art Divas. 

The show features more than 30 original pieces, some of which are available for purchase. Admission is free.
Hours are 10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Friday and 10AM to 4PM on Saturday. The show runs through November 10.

The Naperville Art League has been active in the community for over 57 years. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers a variety of classes and monthly gallery shows. For more info, contact the Naperville Art league at (630) 355-2530 or www.naperartleague.com.