Pulse: Meet the mayor and other reasons to play

Recycling power: Win chance to deliver carts with mayor

If meeting Mayor A. George Pradel is one of your goals, then here’s a contest for you.

Throughout the month of August, children can enter a contest to win the chance to deliver some of the city’s new recycling carts with Pradel in early September.

This contest is open to Naperville residents 5 to 18 years old whose families receive curbside recycling service from the city.

To enter, a child should answer the question: “How does recycling make Naperville a better place?” Submissions can include an essay, original photograph or piece of artwork on an 8-1/2-by-11-inch piece of paper. Written entries are limited to 100 words. A contest form available at www.naperville.il.us/enviroteam.aspx must be attached to entries.

The contest continues through 5 p.m. Aug. 22. All entries can be emailed to communications specialist Allison Albrecht at albrechta@naperville.il.us or brought to the Communications Division on the second floor of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Winners will be notified the week of Aug. 25. Carts will be delivered Sept. 3. Winning submissions also will be displayed in the Naperville Park District’s new Knoch Knolls Nature Center, slated to open later this fall.

Partners in fun: Two reasons to get out and play

Double your fun when Naper Settlement and DuPage Children’s Museum team up to present Naperville Plays!, a day of play for all ages, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville.

Discover the wonder of play and innovation in a historical setting with activities including:

Games through the ages (vintage games station)

Hula hoop station, along with hoops and sticks

Cookie walk

Musical performance by children’s recording artist Joel Frankel from 2:30 to 3: p.m.

“Pop-up” exhibit featuring community members’ vintage toy and memorabilia collections

Storytelling

Hobby horse obstacle course

Croquet at the Martin Mitchell Mansion

Relay races

Firehouse station, bucket brigade, and Joe Naper Pumper demonstration

Vintage photo booth

Quilt make-it-and-take-it station

Naperville Public Library craft station

Free ice cream sundae for Settlement Sundays

Admission is $12 adults, $11 seniors (62 and older), $8 youth (4 to 12), and free for children younger than 4. Naperville residents, Naperville Settlement members, and DuPage Children’s Museum members admitted free.

The next Naperville Plays! will be Jan. 24 at DuPage Children’s Museum. Visit www.napersettlement.org or www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org to learn more.

Above and beyond: Nonprofit names volunteers of Year

Carin Buchanan of the Naperville National Charity League and Michelle Klisares of the Naperville Park District both received honors from the DuPage Senior Citizens Council as part of the organization’s Volunteers of the Year program.

“Volunteers are our lifeblood,” said Marylin Krolak, executive director, in a release. “They not only help provide meals, safety checks, minor home repairs, and yard services, but also help with fundraising efforts.”

Over 1,200 volunteers assist the council each year, providing over 32,000 hours of service.

“Our volunteers provide approximately $736,000 worth of work hours,” Krolak said. “This helps DSCC ensure that we can serve the greatest number of seniors in need in the most cost-effective manner possible.”

Klisares, of Aurora, was named a Nutrition Site Volunteer of the Year. Buchanan, of Naperville, was a Chore Days Volunteer of the Year.

Volunteers were recognized during the 14th annual Volunteer Celebration, “Hooked on Volunteering” on July 27 at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst.

Blues fans: Robert Cray coming to NCC in October

Five-time Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray will be here Oct. 2.

Widely recognized as one of the greatest guitarists of our time, five-time Grammy winner Cray brings his latest work to life on the Wentz Concert Hall stage. Performing from his 17th studio album, “In My Soul,” Cray reasserts his position as one of his generation’s great musical storytellers and shows why he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

“In My Soul” blends funky originals with surprising covers and includes plenty of Cray’s blazing guitar work, which Rolling Stone recently said “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues.”

But Cray maintains he’s most excited about the way this project and tour present the complete Robert Cray Band. New drummer Les Falconer joins longtime bass player Richard Cousins and returning keyboardist Dover Weinberg.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $50 and $45. Call the North Central College box office at 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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