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‘Stay-at-home’ Weekend #2 with things to do in Naperville


Above / Consider supporting your favorite eatery sometime this Stay-at-Home weekend. Click here for participating restaurants, ice cream stores and treat shops ready to serve to-go orders via Dine Naperville. Find other ways this weekend to support your hometown listed below with more links to local businesses. Thanks!

March 30, 2020, Editor’s Note / Good Morning! With the extension of “Stay at Home” through April 30, most of these things to do will apply throughout the month. Thanks for getting acquainted with your local community. Discover words, photo galleries, videos and many hyperlinks that depict one of many great places in this great nation, a community that abounds with generous faith, hope and charity.

Be a good listener. Wash your hands. Be kind. Be safe. Stay home. Practice social distancing of 6 feet. Repeat. Review. Repeat. Thanks again for reading.

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Most Thursdays PN publishes “Things to Do this Weekend in Naperville.”

March 27, 2020 / Mindful that the pandemic, Coronaviris (aka COVID-19), is not discriminating, we must carry on in sync, keep calm and be prepared for Stay-at-Home Weekend #2. We’re all in this together, mindful to be 6-feet apart.

Note public events are canceled. Public buildings, theaters, most shops and all restaurants (except for take-out) are closed.

Take precautions. Wash your hands. Cover coughs and sneezes. Be a good example for young ones who might be watching. Help them feel safe. Eat nourishing food. Drink plenty of liquids. Exercise. 

Stay home if at all possible. Keep six feet away from other individuals. It’s OK to take walks outside. Practice social distancing.

Stick to facts that are not embellished by adjectives and adverbs that slant the information. Use commonsense. Stay healthy.

Folks tell us they’ve been cleaning out closets. Couples are having “dinner with friends” via Zoom, complete with meaningful conversations from one laptop to the other. Service clubs also are meeting via Zoom.

Since Hugo’s Frog Pond is closed for now, Rotary 4:44 met on Wed., March 25, online via Zoom, thanks to set up by two Irish lawyers, Kevin McQuillan and Chuck Corrigan. Could it be a new version of Hollywood Squares? Will the Paul Lynde impersonator please stand? (Photo by Zoom!)

Other folks have been digging into the past. For instance, old photo albums bring back fond memories to share. Tell stories. Listen.

Write down your thoughts. Keep a family journal. Compare notes. Read. Tell jokes. Make up riddles.

Clear an area on a table and begin working a jigsaw puzzle.

Play charades. Play “Celebrity Fish Bowl” (Fun game for four or more individuals. Find rules online.).  Play board games.

Read recipe books. Cook. Bake.

Find a deck of cards. Practice shuffling. Play solitaire. Deal for gin, bridge, euchre or poker. Just deal!

We have high hopes you’ll read all the way to the bottom of this long post to see some local businesses are ready to serve and many others have ideas to show appreciation. Thanks!

Learn the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” now in progress.

Be prepared for updates on March 30. Then on April 7.

Check out news to constituents from State Rep. Grant Wehrli with details of grants and aid available to provide economic assistance to Illinois residents and businesses with some applications due by April 1.

Deal with facts

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With the unpredictability of this pandemic, webmaster Tim and I want to reassure our readers that every attempt will be to bring you up-to-date, hyperlocal news posts, aiming to be a trusted source of information brought to you by our forever-appreciated sponsoring advertisers and monthly subscribers. Throughout these challenging times, factual information from reliable sources must remain available to all our dedicated readers.

To keep facts in check, Kevin T. Sur (External Affairs Officer), DuPage County, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, suggests consulting the FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control website at www.fema.gov/coronavirus. 

This PN reader is a reminder that our monthly edition in print is also available daily online for electronic devices.

PN prepares for the presses

This weekend the April issue of PN will be in the works. By Wednesday, April 1, if all goes well, it will be distributed, complete with Gender Chuckles and a bunch of new ever wonders—and that’s no joke.

Nothing will stop our focus on springtime with Easter and Passover and America’s Arbor Day, all reasons to celebrate the season’s renewal with the hope the pandemic will be on its downward turn.

Since January 22, 2020, when Edward-Elmhurst Health sent its first news release about coronavirus, PN has been keeping tabs on its growth.

Search “Coronavirus” for posts from local school districts, nonprofit local social services as well as Linden Oaks at Edward on this hyperlocal website connected to the World Wide Web.

—Stephanie Penick

Other Things to Do this Weekend! (All linked!)

***Enjoy special treats from DeEtta’s Bakery, open during regular hours with breads, cakes and other delicious pastries! DeEtta’s is accepting CREDIT CARDS ONLY in order to maintain a safe environment. Limited number of customers are allowed in bakery at a time and things will look slightly different for distancing purposes. Located at 428 W. Fifth Ave., curbside service is available upon request when orders are placed over the phone. Simply call ahead, (630) 548-4078.

***”Write to a Joe or Jane”or draw a picture to send to U.S. military serving overseas. Doodle Bug Workshop seeks cards, letters, notes, drawings, and words of encouragement to send to service women and men deployed overseas. Simply MAIL to the Naperville American Legion Post 43, Attn: Doodle Bug, PO Box 4 Naperville, IL 60566. Local veterans will be sure your thoughts get into the right hands. Thank you, American Legion, for sending the idea our way.

***Writing letters and/or sending cards to all who serve during times of challenge just might make everybody feel better. Perhaps create a family project also to send notes of appreciation to Naperville Firefighters at Naperville Fire Department, 1350 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540; Naperville Police at Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540; or to the team of health care providers at Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540.

***The Boxes Etc. Naperville in Cress Creek Square Shopping Center is ready to serve! Located at 790 Royal St. George, the independently-owned mail center is open during regular business hours, considered an essential business listed under the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Need stamps or to send special care packages? Find a variety of greeting cards and gifts ready to mail in store, too.

***Support Naperville Helps! / Send lunch to healthcare providers & first responders. (This week & so on…)

***Downtown Naperville’s MOD Pizza is offering Curbside Pickup + Free Delivery this weekend. Find them at 103 S Washington Street, Suite 113. Call them at (630) 544-3471.

***Fish with social distance in May Watts Park / Link here to years of memories. (Springtime 2020)

Teens found peace along the banks at May Watts Pond. Folklore says “April fish are easily caught.” Time will tell.

***Remember! Parks are open during spring break. Use the trails. Yet, playgrounds, sport courts and active park amenities for contact sports are closed by order of the State of Illinois. Use parks and trails for walking or taking in fresh air along with spring signs in nature. Enjoy the beauty and freedom of nature every day! Practice social distancing. Social distancing means 6 feet or more between individuals and not congregating or playing contact sports. Play safely.

***While staying at home have you recently uncovered some keepsakes that would be better framed for safe display by Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing? For details, call (630) 717-1448 or email service@colbertcf.com. Note: Due to the state’s “Shelter-In-Place” order, Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing is currently operating under altered hours until April 7 (or until the order is lifted). Nonetheless, they look forward to working with you! 

Fish and chips ready to go! And some new tasty cinnamon treats, too! Take out until 7PM. Closed Sunday.

***Quigley’s Irish Pub reopens for weekend curbside pick-up Friday & Saturday noon-7PM. Also now open Wednesday & Thursday 3-7PM. Check the menu. (March 27-28, 2020)

***”Y on the Go” online offers classes and activities provided by YMCA of Metro Chicago. (From now on) Also note that all YMCA of Metro Chicago locations will be closed to its members through April 30. In addition, some of its local Ys have been converted into emergency shelters to house hundreds of displaced and homeless individuals.

***Check out matching grant opportunity at Loaves & Fishes Community Services (March 27, 2020) Great news… For the second time this week, Loaves & Fishes met its $10,000 match! Thanks to all!

***Give the gift of life. Donate via Naperville Park District Blood Drive. (March 28, April 4 & April 11, 2020)

Yes! Meson Sabika’s signature bacon-wrapped dates are on the to-go menu! (Photo courtesy Meson Sabika)

***Meson Sabika continues take-out service with menu specials including sangria & wine from 11AM to 7PM. (Order Now!)

***Donate / support needs at Edward-Elmhurst Health for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). (Now!)

***Naper Nuts & Sweets in downtown Naperville is available for curbside pickup from 10-5PM, Monday through Friday. FREE home delivery in Naperville. Phone orders only at (630) 355-5330.  Be prepared with goodies for all your spring baskets!

***National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29. Today honors all the brave men and women who answered this nation’s call to serve even when it was unpopular to do so.  Thank you for your honorable and faithful service, and welcome home. 

***Watch i Heart Living Room Concert for America on Fox, hosted by Sir Elton John and featuring performances from artists including Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw, from their own living rooms. (8PM Sun., March 29, 2020)

***Spring Break begins in School District 203 and School District 204 (March 30, 2020)

***Balboa’s Cheesesteaks is open to serve. Located in River Square, Chicago at Washington. Delivery, On Line Take Out, Curbside Pick Up. Call (630) 912-4267. (March 30, 2020)

***Everyone counts on Census Day 2020! Take part! Be counted! No fooling! (April 1, 2020) ***

Though the NMB Spring Concert is canceled, band fans are hopeful the 11-week summer concert season will be as upbeat and memorable as usual when the big stage door goes up at 7:30PM Thursdays from June 4 through August 13 in Central Park. Stay tuned. As Conductor Ron Keller says, “Music is for life!”

Mindful of the challenges we’ve all confronted during this month, complete with changes and cancellations of many of our favorite seasonal community events and fundraisers, we also were inspired by the words by Rabbi Yosef Kanevsky, forwarded by Naperville Municipal Band Board President Jon Walter when we learned band practices and the spring concert would be canceled.

“Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.” —Rabbi Yosef Kanevsky of Los Angeles

Keep your social distance and find cheerful yellow signs of springtime in Sindt Woods along the Riverwalk.

***Thanks for reading PN’s Latest News. Please consider that all special fundraising events are canceled for March and April. Note unmet needs of local nonprofits and donate when you can.

Be alert to internet and phone scams. They’re rampant.

We appreciate your trust as we aim to help keep the community safe and healthy with information from the City of Naperville, schools and health departments, etc., and without click bait.

Look forward with high hopes to our return to freedom, forever mindful of all the sacrifices made every day to protect us. If you’ve never heard the Oscar-winning song about an ant who thought he could move a big rubber tree plant, please listen. Share it with the youngsters in your life.

You gotta have high hopes

You gotta have high hopes. Thanks to everybody who is working together while 6-feet apart, choosing to make good choices throughout our City and the world to make it all a safer, better place.

Thanks again for reading. We’re hyperlocal.

No matter where you live, support the local businesses in your hometown whenever possible. Support businesses and charities where your heart is.

Be safe. Be kind. Be calm. Be patient. Be prepared. Be supportive of others.

Updated with Quigley’s photo and more, March 28, 2020.


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