January 3, 2013 10:42PM
Mitch Paliga will perform at NCC on March 9. | Courtesy of NCC
Updated: February 5, 2013 6:16AM
Crazy Contraptions: Catapults: Calling all warfare engineers! Get ready to crush the castle or even just a stack of cups! We’ll build mini catapults out of everyday items and then we will have a marshmallow launching contest. We’ll see whose catapult can hurl marshmallows the farthest and whose can topple the most cups. Come prepared to be amazed at what you can do with Popsicle sticks and a little bit of duct tape from 2 to 3:0 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Register for this program at www.naperville-lib.org. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Naper Settlement’s free Bridal Showcase: The 11th annual show is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. More than 40 vendors will have booths in the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center and Century Memorial Chapel. The nondenominational chapel is the highlight of the showcase. Call 630-420-6012 or visit www.napersettlement.museum.
E-Books Workshop: Download E-Books: Got an e-reader and wonder how to download e-books from over 6,000 titles available from the Library? Bring your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad or other device capable of displaying Adobe-DRM protected EPUB, PDF or Kindle e-books and we will help you join the world of e-reading. Register for this program that meets from 6 to 7 p.m. in the computer lab, 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. at www.naperville-lib.org. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Bring in your favorite stuffed animal for a sleepover at the Library. Drop off your stuffed animal from 4 to 5 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., create a special nametag and say goodnight, while leaving it in the care of the Children’s staff. Come back the next morning to reunite with your stuffed animal, find out what happened during the sleepover and enjoy a special storytime. You’ll be surprised to see pictures of the fun they had at the Library! For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Jazz presentation: “An Evening with Saxophonist Mitch Paliga” will showcase the talents of a member of North Central College’s internationally acclaimed jazz faculty at 8 p.m. in the college’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $20/adults, $15/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College box office at 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Special Needs Storytime: Your whole family is invited to a 30-minute program of books, songs and fun for children with special needs. All abilities are welcome with an adult caregiver from 11 to 11:30 a.m., Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Tea & Talk Tuesdays: Are you a fan of the hit television drama “Downton Abbey”? Join other fans as Naper Settlement hosts four fun programs exploring the passion, nobility, treachery and looming change from the Edwardian era through the 1920s. The kickoff party will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Additional Tea & Talk parties are scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 15, Jan. 29 and Feb. 12. Each individual program is $15 per person; the series of four programs is $50. For teens through adults. Call 630-420-6010 for reservations.
Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club: The club’s monthly welcome coffee is at 10:30 a.m.at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., lower level. Children are welcome. Call at Sue at 630-904-5629 or visit www.NapervilleNewcomersandNeighborsClub.com.
Palestinian art exhibition: Our Saviours Lutheran, Naperville, will be one of three Chicago-area churches hosting an exhibition of Palestinian art, titled “Room for Hope,” from Jan. 7 through Feb. 4. Art works in the exhibit include paintings, photography and multi-mediums by both Christian and Muslim artists. Our Saviours Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville, will have a special reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Email email@example.com.
Recycle the Holiday Spirit: The free Christmas tree recycling program offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County, continue through Jan. 7 with four tree drop-off sites around the county. Trees can be dropped off at any of the facilities between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For locations, call 815-727-8700.
Christmas tree pickup: The Naperville Township Road District will pick up Christmas trees discarded by residents in the unincorporated areas of Naperville Township starting Monday, Jan. 7, and on the succeeding Mondays in January. Township residents should have their trees by the curb the night before. Remove ornaments, tinsel and plastic bags. Wreaths will not be accepted. Wreaths can be left with refuse.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Brownies & Books: Teens enjoy chocolaty treats while we discuss “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Wacky Wednesday Klub - Titanic: 100 Years Under the Ocean!: Didn’t anyone tell them, “Don’t Break the Ice?” Join us for our giant version of the game and see if you can lift the ice out of the way! Join us for fun activities, games and delicious snacks from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr. This program, for children in grades 3 to 5, requires registration at www.naperville-lib.org. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Wheatland Township Christmas tree pickup: Wheatland Township Road District will again pick up Christmas Trees in the unincorporated area of the township. Pickup will begin today and continue through Friday, Jan. 11. The trees must be out by 7 a.m.Call the office at 630-717-0092.
Thursday, Jan. 10
Anti-Art: Caravaggio, His Followers and Rivals: With his hyperrealist style and theatrically staged scenes, Caravaggio brushed against the grain of the established understanding of art and painting in 17th century Italy. Terah Walkup, (cq.) The Art Institute of Chicago, will explore Caravaggio’s controversy and influence in Italy and beyond Italian borders, his street brawl escapades and his enormous talents as an artist. Coffee and early seating at 6:30, program at 7 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr. This program is presented in partnership with The Naperville Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
The Fox Valley Genealogical Society: The first meeting of the year will feature “Overcoming Brick Walls Revisited,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville, Il room B/C. Visit www.ilfvgs.org.
Friday, Jan. 11
Art exhibit: North Central College presents Jan-Ru Wan’s “ReMaterialization/Relive Memory” exhibit Jan. 11 through March 24. Wan uses found materials to create artwork and question the emotional construct of the human condition. The public is welcome to this free exhibit and to an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Call 630-637-5543 for more information or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Saturday, Jan. 12
Family film: The Naper Boulevard Library will screen “Happy Feet Two” from 1 to 3 p.m. A short activity will kick off the viewing, which has a PG rating. The library is at 2035 S. Naper Blvd. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
College debt discussion: To help make sense of the college financial maze, the Grace United Methodist Church Foundation is offering a free panel discussion, “Where Did the Money Go?,” for 16- to 25-year-olds from 10 a.m. to noon in Grace Church’s Fellowship Hall, 300 E. Gartner Road in Naperville. Register online at www.peopleofgrace.org or call 630-355-1748.
Marc Cohn concert: Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Marc Cohn performs at 8 p.m. in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. His latest album “Parade” builds on the success of such hits as “Walking in Memphis.” An opening set will be performed by singer/songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon. Tickets are $40 and $30; call 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Calling volunteers: The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will host an informational open house for prospective volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon at its headquarters, 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton. A one-hour overview of all 11 specialized programs will begin at 10 a.m. Weekly, monthly and one-time volunteer opportunities are available. Call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7681 for more details.
Democratic Women of DuPage County’s annual brunch: The brunch is at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Double Tree Suites, 2111 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove. Tammy Duckworth, recently elected U.S. representative for the 8th Congressional District, will speak about “Women, Politics and the Workplace.” The cost is $40. Cash/checks will be accepted at the door or may be paid in advance by contacting treasurer Kevin Allen at 630-408-7934.
Sunday, Jan. 13
New Release Sunday – “Prometheus” (R) (2012): Director Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” follows a group of explorers as they uncover the beginning of life on Earth and are faced with a battle to save the future of the human race, 2 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Art exhibit: North Central College presents an exhibit of artwork by Laura Lein-Svencner from Jan. 13 through March 7. Lein-Svencner sands, alters and manipulates materials to form textures. The public is welcome to this free exhibit and to an artist’s talk and reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 in the College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. Call 630-637-5543 for more information or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Oh the Humanity! — The Hindenburg Disaster: On May 6, 1937, WLS reporter Herb Morrison was sent to Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey to cover the first anniversary of transatlantic passenger service, but what he witnessed was one of the greatest disasters of the 20th century. Hear Morrison, portrayed by veteran actor and historian Terry Lynch, recount the horrific details of that day on the 75th anniversary of the disaster. The presentation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. For tickets, call 630-420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.museum.
Monday, Jan. 14
E-Books Workshop: Download E-Books: Got an e-reader and wonder how to download e-books from over 6,000 titles available from the Library? Bring your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad or other device capable of displaying Adobe-DRM protected EPUB, PDF or Kindle e-books and we will help you join the world of e-reading. Register for this program that meets from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. at www.naperville-lib.org. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Exam Cram 2: Have finals now? Come to Exam Cram 2! We have reserved space in the Library just for you! We’ll have lots of tables for group study, free Wi-Fi and reference help. We’ll also have board games and snacks for brains that need a break, 4 to 8:30 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Science Fair Genius Station: Middle Schoolers, your science fair is just around the corner and the Naperville Public Library is here to help! Our resident science geniuses, Dr. Judy Aulik and Lisa Durbin, offer individual appointments to help you develop a strong hypothesis, find great sources for your research and more. Reserve your 15-minute appointment by calling 630-637-4952 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Computer Class - iPad: New Features: Have a new iPad with new system? Would you like to learn how to use it to its full potential? Join us as we discuss how to manage content, use apps and browse the web. Learn new features introduced with the new system. Bring your devices and any questions you have, 6 to 8 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. This is a no-fee class but registration is required at any Computer Lab in any of the 3 library buildings.
Naperville Park District preschool information night: Parents are invited to learn more about the Naperville Park District’s preschool programs at the upcoming meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Seager Park Interpretive Center, 1163 Plank Road. Parents do not need to register. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Teen Movie Series - “The Hunger Games” (PG-13): All Tributes assemble and join us as we watch “The Hunger Games,” eat snacks from the various districts, try your hand at a Cinna approved craft and see if you can beat Katniss in an archery contest, 4 to 7 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.
Student theater: North Central College students direct and perform “Float,” a funny, soulful play about five Midwestern women, written by Chicago-based playwright Patricia Kane. Three performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-19 in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $5/adults, $3/students and senior citizens; call 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Volunteer opportunity: Become an adult literacy tutor and help change someone’s future. The next tutor training workshop series dates are: Jan. 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 and Feb. 14. The classes meet from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Nichols Public Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Contact Literacy DuPage at 630-416-6699, email@example.com or visit www.literacydupage.org.
Friday, Jan. 18
Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Bring in your favorite stuffed animal for a sleepover at the Library. Drop off your stuffed animal from 5 to 7 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr., create a special nametag and say goodnight, while leaving it in the care of the Children’s staff. Come back the next morning to reunite with your stuffed animal, find out what happened during the sleepover and enjoy a special storytime. You’ll be surprised to see pictures of the fun they had at the Library! For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Saturday, Jan. 19
ACT Kaplan Practice Test: Give yourself every opportunity for scoring success and for attending the college/university of your choice by enrolling in this ACT practice program. Please bring #2 pencils, an approved calculator and a healthy snack. The exam begins promptly at 10 a.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., and no one will be admitted once the exam has started. This program is for teens in grades 9 – 12 and requires registration at www.naperville-lib.org. This program is presented in partnership with Kaplan.
Kids Night out: Benedictine University will provide area children with a variety of activities that promote fitness and fun while offering their parents a break with its “Kids Nite Out” program from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and March 2 in the campus’ Dan and Ada Rice Center. Open to boys or girls ages 4 through 12, the fee is $15 per child per date. Each child must be registered by a parent at the door on each night of the program. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and children must be picked up promptly at 9 p.m. Call Kate Heidkamp at 630-829-6149.
100th anniversary celebration: The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Inaugural Gala & Silent Auction, serving as the formal welcoming of the 2013 Board of Directors. The gala’s theme, “Centennial Celebration, Connecting Our Community,” reflects a yearlong focus on the past 100 years. The black-tie optional event will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Jan. 25, at Bobak’s Signature Events, 6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge. Tickets are $100. Register at www.naperville.net or call 630-355-4141.
Fundraiser: The Second City Touring Company performs “Laughing Matters,” fundraiser benefiting the Naperville Education Foundation (School District 203’s charitable arm) beginning at 7 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Purchase tickets online at www.nef203.org. Contact Ann E. Spehar at 630-420-3086, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disaster preparedness: Free Community Emergency Response Team classes will be from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 30, and Feb. 6, 13 and 20 at the Naperville Electric Service Center, 1392 Aurora Ave. The final class will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Fire Station No. 4, 1979 Brookdale Road. Participants must be 18 years of age and either live or be employed in the city of Naperville. Download a registration form and waiver from the CERT website at www.napercert.org.
Ice fishing: The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s “Hard-Water Classic” Ice-Fishing Tournament is from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. Registration is $15 per person in advance online at signmeup.com/86766. Check-in is at Blackwell from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and tournament fishing is from noon to 3:30 p.m. For details, call 630-876-5931.