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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: February 24-26


Above / Update, Feb. 24, 2023! Friday Fish Fry fans gathered in the canteen at the Judd Kendall VFW after the kick off of the 2023 Friday night series of “All You Can Eat” dinners catered by Belgio’s. Join family, friends and neighbors for the long-standing tradition every Friday during Lent. Cheers!


VFW Friday Fish Fry Returns during Lent / 4:30 – 7:30PM Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 – 908 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Adults: $24, Seniors (65+): $20, Children (4-11): $10, Children (3 & under): Free / The annual “All You Can Eat” Friday night Fish Fry dinners begin Feb. 24, 2023, from 4:30PM to 7:30PM. These dinners will continue through Lent and are open to the public. As in the past, a buffet menu will feature a variety of fish, meat, vegetables, and other food items prepared by Belgio’s Catering. Menus vary each week and include dessert, coffee, and nonalcoholic beverages or water. For more than 50 years, attending the Friday night Fish Fry upstairs at the VFW during Lent has become a tradition for many local residents. For additional information and menu updates, visit www.napervfw3873.

Bright Side Theatre Presents – The Odd Couple / 8PM Meiley Swallow Hall at North Central College – 31 S Ellsworth St. Naperville , IL 60540 / $31-36 / Set in the apartment of divorcee Oscar Madison, and if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Felix Unger, fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, has just been separated from his wife, and is looking for a place to stay. When the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together, it does not take long for the pair’s catastrophic incompatibility to come crashing down on their lives, to hilarious effect. Multiples performances throughout the weekend. Also at 8PM Sat., Feb. 25, and 2PM Sun., Feb. 26. Tickets at ci.ovationtix.com.


The Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama (12 Moods for Jazz) featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet / 8PM Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / $35-40 / The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama” – Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. “Ask Your Mama” is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming – a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death. Tickets at finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.

Think dinner and the show. Enjoy…www.dinenaperville.com.


3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast / 8AM-11:30AM / Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 908 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540 / Pancakes, Sausage, OJ, Milk and Coffee / $8 Adults and $5 Kids / Hosted by Sons of the American Legion to benefit Veterans’ organizations.

West Suburban Irish Sham-Rocker Fundraiser / 3PM Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / $60 / Join the West Suburban Irish for an evening of Irish music, culture and more at Quigley’s. More info at www.wsirish.org.

Special Presentation of More Than a Color: The Marginalization of African Beauty Through History / 4-5PM Sun., February 26 | Registration is Free / Join us during the Special Presentation that takes participants on a walk-through history telling the stories of some women who many may not know. During the presentation, Karen J. Anderson will illuminate history filled with women of color who refused to view themselves through social limitation. More Than a Color: The Marginalization of African Beauty Through History is presented as part of the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

Trending toward Tuesday…

Eleven City Council candidates participated in Round 1 of the public forum on Jan. 31. The community is welcome to attend Round 2 beginning at 7PM on Tues., Feb. 28.

City Council Candidates Public Forum Round 2 hosted by Senior Task Force and Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation / 7PM Tues., Feb. 28, City Council Chambers. Ten of 11 candidates running in the nonpartisan Consolidated Election for Naperville City Council have replied that they will attend this public forum to be held at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. Twenty-six-year Naperville resident, entrepreneur and current president of the Naperville Development Partnership Mark Wright will serve as moderator. (Also save the date for the Mayoral Candidate Forum on Tues., March 14, 2023.) Council Chambers will be open for individual seating in advance of the forum set to begin at 7PM. KidsMatter volunteers will serve as ushers to pass out programs. Public welcome! The nonpartisan 2023 Consolidated Election is Tues., April 4.

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