Pulse: Cheerios, Rick Springfield and Garrison Keillor

Wake up

Cheerios likes this children’s author

Cheerios likes her and Anderson’s Bookshop thinks you will, too.

Meet children’s author Lori Degman at 11 a.m. May 10 at the Naperville store.

She asks in her latest book, “Cock-a-Doodle Oops!” what would happen if the rooster living on the farm decided to take some time off and not wake everybody up in the morning?

That question and more are the focus of her new picture book that will be released this month by Creston Books. It features illustrations by Deborah Zemke.

“In this book, the rooster is out of town, and the other animals try to wake everyone up,” she said. “Eventually they realize how difficult it is.”

Degman said the goal of her new farm book “is to entertain kids and get them into reading.”

“I don’t have some big message — this is just something for parents and children to do together and enjoy reading,” she said.

Her book “1 Zany Zoo” was the winner of the Cheerio’s breakfast cereal New Author Contest.

“I was better prepared for this second book now that I have all the marketing and social media things set up,” she said. “Having done a book previously, I knew what to expect.”

Degman teaches deaf and hard of hearing students and says working with kids keeps her “aware of some of the topics they enjoy.”

Home on the prairie

Garrison Keillor to visit NCC

One of the country’s best-loved radio hosts is headed to Naperville for an Anderson’s Bookshop event.

New York Times-bestselling author Garrison Keillor will be on hand at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, to discuss his new title, “The Keillor Reader.”

From monologues for A Prairie Home Companion, to stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic; from novel excerpts to bawdy poetry to heartfelt reflections and newspaper columns, “The Keillor Reader” presents the many sides of this iconic artist.

A book signing will follow Keillor’s talk at Meiley-Swallow Hall, on the campus of North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are required and available with the purchase of the author’s new book at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., in downtown Naperville.

Icon back

Jessie’s Girl need not apply

He’s back.

Rick Springfield, accomplished actor, musician, author and of course, heart-throb, is coming to Naperville on May 7.

After his 2010 appearance at Anderson’s Bookshop, they’re ready.

“The last time Rick came to see us, for his memoir, ‘Late, Late at Night,’ we had over 700 people, and it was lots of fun,” said Candace Purdom, of Anderson’s Bookshop. “There is always an energy when the author is a celebrity as well as an author, and we get wonderful opportunities to host many of them.

“That extra jolt of having a ‘pop icon’ is a treat for our fans and for us, too. We are very pleased that Rick Springfield is returning to Anderson’s.”

Springfield will be at the Naperville store, 123 W. Jefferson, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, to share his first novel, “Magnificent Vibration.”

Anderson’s also is partnering with The Standard Club in Chicago to host a luncheon with Springfield on May 8.

For more information, contact the store at 630-355-2665.

“Jessie’s Girl” need not apply.

Experienced leader

Third time’s a charm for parks VP

Naperville Park District Vice President Mike Reilly has been recognized by three organizations so far this year — that’s no small feat.

In January, he received the Rising Star Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts; in March he led the Naperville St. Patrick’s Day parade as the grand marshall, chosen by the West Suburban Irish; and on April 17 he was celebrated as the 2014 recipient of the Naperville Jaycees’ Community Leader Distinguished Service Award.

“Mike Reilly came to the Naperville Park District five years ago with a wealth of experience in community leadership,” said Ray McGury, executive director. “Needless to say, his dedication to serving the community is evident, and he’s been a tremendous ambassador for the Park District. We congratulate Mike on these honors and look forward to his continued involvement as a Park Commissioner.”

Down by the river

Rent a Kayak at Paddleboat Quarry

Thanks to a partnership with Naperville Kayak, the Naperville Park District will offer kayak rentals at the Paddleboat Quarry this season, beginning May 10.

“We are excited to bring kayaking to the Paddleboat Quarry for the first time this year,” said Brad Wilson, director of recreation, in a press release. “The calm waters of the Quarry will provide a great environment for those who want to try kayaking for the first time.”

The one-person kayaks may be rented at the Riverwalk Eatery, near the corner of Jackson Avenue and Eagle Street. Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can sign a waiver on their behalf.

The fee for kayak rental is $14 for 30 minutes of kayaking. The fee includes brief instruction, a kayak, paddle, personal flotation device and American Canoe Association-trained staff available to answer questions and offer guidance on technique and other kayak-related questions.

Paddleboat fees are $8/boat for a 20-minute ride or $10/boat for 40 minutes. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

The 2014 kayaking and paddleboat season will launch with a special Park District event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10 — Spring Fever Reliever. Kayaks and paddleboats may be rented for half price.

To learn more, visit www.napervilleparks.org/facilitieslist/paddleboats.

Crack them up

Lobster Day a big one for Jaycees

Things will be cracking on May 10 between noon and 6 p.m. as the Naperville Jaycees will again be offering their Lobster Day event.

Working with Casey’s Foods who will supply the meat, the service organization is offering the community the chance to buy raw or cooked North Atlantic lobsters and fillet mignon that is sure to kick up a Mother’s Day weekend for those planning to celebrate at home.

“This has become a big event for some people in the community, and they have organized lobster dinners in their neighborhood,” said Courtney Brown, this year’s event chairperson. “It’s one of our top three fundraising events after the Last Fling, and it celebrates everything people like about Naperville — supporting the community and being with friends and family.”

Last year, the Jaycees sold 510 of the clawed creatures, up slightly from 490 the year before. During 2010 and 2011, numbers were 690 and 645 respectively. Brown said the folks buying cooked lobsters versus raw “is about half and half.”

“The lobsters are really easy to cook, and some people have races with them and things beforehand,” she said. “Other people are just too scared.”

To order your lobster, contact the Naperville Jaycees at jcinfo@naperjaycees.org or 630-961-9375. Orders are due by Monday, May 5. Pick up will take place in the Centennial Beach parking lot.

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