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Things to do around Naperville Mother’s Day Weekend: May 12-14



Sweetgreen is now open in Naperville / 10:30AM to 9PM / The popular healthy, fresh, fast-casual restaurant is now open in downtown Naperville, 223 South Main Street. Sweetgreen’s mission since day one has been to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. Find the menu at order.sweetgreen.com/naperville/menu.

In-person Plant Sale at McDonald Farm Mother’s Day weekend! / 3PM to 7PM Friday and 8:30AM to 1PM Saturday, rain or shine! Choose from a wide selection of native perennials, grasses, McDonald Farm-grown organic vegetable and herb seedlings, organic compost, Mother’s Day gift options and more. McDonald Farm is located at 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road in Naperville.

Live Music at Quigley’s Irish Pub / 8:30PM at Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Prairie Surfers to perform at 8:30PM. And Quigley’s Irish Pub features live music Thursdays thru Saturdays.

Alive Center Mardi Gras Fundraising Gala at Hotel Arista / 6PM to 11PM / Hotel Arista is located at 2131 CityGate Lane. Annual benefit aims to help empower teens to be their best selves via programs offered at the Alive Center. Semi-formal attire. For info, click here.


Naperville Community Gardeners’ Plant Sale / 8AM to 1PM at Ron Ory Community Garden Plots – 811 S. West St. Naperville, IL 60540 / This plant sale features plants dug from members’ gardens and seedlings grown by members. Many of the plants for sale are native plants, but there are also a few rarer and/or specialty plants for sale. Some are annuals, both flowers and vegetables; many began from seed. Plus, you can talk with the person who grew that plant to get the real scoop on how to grow it in your garden. www.napervillecommunitygardeners.club/plant-sale.

4th Annual ‘A Pint for Kim’ Blood Drive / 8AM to 4PM at Naperville North High School. The annual event is expected to be largest held in the State of Illinois; anticipating close to 800 pints of blood, saving up to 2,400 lives, all in tribute to a Mom who lost her life to cancer. Organizers again are trying to secure and fill 800 spots in one day (which would save 2400 lives!). Find more info at www.apintforkim.com. Original PN POST with updates.

Open House Saturdays at HarborChase Naperville / 10AM to 2PM at HarborChase Naperville – 1619 N. Mill Street Naperville, IL 60563 / Tour the senior living facility on Naperville’s north side. Enjoy delicious refreshments including mimosas and beverages while perusing on-site eateries and attractive amenities. HarborChase Naperville is located at 1619 N. Mill Street. Unable to visit this week? Consider next Saturday. For information, call (630) 349-2783.

Stamp Out Hunger / All Day / The National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association will partner with Loaves & Fishes Community Services during the 31st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This year, residents are encouraged to place healthy, unexpired, nonperishable items in bags by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 13, for collection by postal carriers and Loaves & Fishes volunteers. Last year, the Naperville Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected more than 41,000 pounds of food to support families who visit Loaves & Fishes for grocery assistance. Loaves & Fishes is asking for help by encouraging the public to participate in the upcoming Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive or donate directly to the Virtual Food Drive at loaves-fishes.org.

The Power of Connection: AAPI Voices & Community / 2PM to 3:30PM at the 95th Street Library, located at 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. As part of its mission, the City of Naperville announces the next event in the Embrace Naperville series will highlight Asian American and Pacific Islander voices in the community. The public is welcome to the free event, registration is required. Click here for details.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra ‘Up Close and Personal: Symphonic Song’ / 7:30PM at Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / $15-43 / Grammy Award-winning soprano Sarah Brailey – praised for her “radiant, liquid tone” and her “limpid and spellbinding voice” – joins the DSO for Samuel Barber’s poignant “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” Balancing this intimate, lyrical rhapsody is Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 in D,” the first of the composer’s so-called “Wunderhorn” symphonies, which incorporate material from his earlier orchestral song cycles. Refashioned as a programmatic symphony, this monumental work loosely depicts “a strong, heroic man, his life and sufferings, his battles and defeat at the hands of Fate.” Tickets at finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.


Naperville offers nearly 300 dining choices every day and Mother’s Day / From Diehl Road north to 111th Street south, Dine Naperville features eateries to whet every appetite and suit every budget. Reserve a table for Mother in the historic mansion on Mother’s Day, May 14, at Meson Sabika.

Note dates in June for upcoming Blood Drives…

Judd Kendall VFW will welcome donors from 7:30AM to 1PM on Sat., June 3, at 908 W. Jackson Ave.

Naperville Freemasons Blood Drive will be from 9AM to 2PM on Sat., June 10, at 34 W. Jefferson Ave. Plan time to give the gift of life.

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