February 5, 2013 10:34PM
Children in kindergarten through third grades can learn about China's Year of the Snake at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 6 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. | AP photo
Updated: March 7, 2013 6:44AM
Volunteer with forest district: Learn about volunteering with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County during Blaze New Trails and Volunteer events from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the district’s headquarters within Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, 3s580 Naperville Road between Butterfield and Warrenville roads. Call volunteer services at 630-933-7681.
Time for the Tooth Fairy: Celebrate your teeth and Dental Health Month with the Tooth Fairy’s helpers at 11 a.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Enjoy stories, songs, a craft — and maybe something special from our tiny, toothsome, Fairy Friend. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Job search workshop: Participants will how to create their own online portfolio at 3 p.m. at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Seating is limited for this Healthy, Wealthy & Wise program. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Travelers Klub/Great Wall of China: Go to the Orient to celebrate the Year of the Snake. This program for children in kindergarten through third grades without a caregiver meets at 4:15 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Register at www.naperville-lib.org. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Health careers: Continuing Education/Extended Learning at College of DuPage has partnered with Career Step to provide online health career training programs designed to provide skills for a quick transition into the workforce. An information session will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Student Resource Center, room 1110. Call 630-942-2208 or visit www.careerstep.com/cod or www.cod.edu/careerstep.
Naper Settlement volunteer meetings: Naper Settlement will host a meeting at 7 p.m. for parents of prospective junior volunteers, building interpreters and history connectors. For more information about volunteering, call 630-305-5256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free flu shots: Beginning at 9 a.m., MedSpring Immediate Care will offer flu vaccines free while supplies last at their Naperville center, 1190 S. Naper Boulevard. Visit www.medspring.com or call 312-229-0345.
Five Secrets To Permanent Weight Loss: Educate yourself about how the body and metabolism works, why most diets don’t work and the true value of being healthy and fit at 7 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. This program is presented by Lifetime Health and Wellness and is a Healthy, Wealthy & Wise program. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
NVHS Orchesis Dance Showcase: Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th St., Naperville, presents its Orchesis Dance Showcase at 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8 and 9. The show highlights student choreography and talent in various dance styles, such as jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap, ballet and Irish. This year’s showcase also features guest choreography by Arianne Ramierez from Xtreme Dance Force, as well as senior parent and partner dances. Tickets can be purchased the week of the show at the school or at 6 p.m. the night of each show at the Neuqua Valley box office in the auditorium lobby. Tickets are $5 for students and $12 for adults. Contact Maricor Chang or Leslie Baumann at 630-428-6000.
Flamenco conference: Experts in the field of flamenco will present on various topics during a conference from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the theater at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. A discussion will follow. Call North Central College Spanish instructor Jelena Sánchez at 630-637-5275.
Wetland Restoration in Urban Environments: Join land managers and ecologists from The Morton Arboretum, The Wetlands Initiative and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to discuss what we can learn from recent wetland restorations in DuPage County from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Visit www.mortonarb.org to learn more.
Free financial aid workshop at COD: The College of DuPage office of student financial assistance will host a free financial aid workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, room 2000, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. This free session is open to current and prospective students, parents, and community members. Register at www.cod.edu/tuition/financial_aid/paying_for_college.aspx. Contact the office of student financial assistance at 630-942-2251 or e-mail email@example.com.
NCC jazz faculty trombone performance: Trombonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Joel Adams will perform at 8 p.m. in Madden Theatre, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. Call 630-637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Festival of Asia : Disciples of the Illinois Shaolin Kung Fu school will display the spectacular power and self-control of the martial arts discipline in a show of mind-boggling stunts at Benedictine University’s sixth annual Festival of Asia from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, February 8. Admission to the event is $20 per person, which includes a family-style lunch. For tickets or more information, contact the Office of International Programs and Services at 630-829-6354.
Free Salsa/Merengue/Bachata Dance: College of DuPage will host the free dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in the student lounge, in the Student Services Center, room 1200. The event will feature free Salsa, Merengue and Bachata dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m., with open dancing and a live disc jockey from 8 to 10 p.m. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening. Contact Elizabeth Mares at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Paris at email@example.com.
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.
Bids for Beads tickets on sale: The Naperville Jaycees Mardi Gras celebration will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Northern Illinois University Naperville Campus, 1120 N. Diehl Road. Tickets are $45 a person. Entertainment includes character performers, live music by Love & Money, appetizers from Heaven on Seven, special Hurricanes, and a live and silent auction. Tickets and access to the online auction are available at www.naperjaycees.org. Sponsorships also are available. Learn more by emailing JCMardiGras@gmail.com.
State of the Park District: The third annual address, presented by Park Board President Kirsten Young, will be in Community Hall at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. A light breakfast and networking will begin at 8 a.m., with the formal presentation at 8:30 a.m. To RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 7.
SECA fund: The City of Naperville’s Advisory Cultural Commission will host a public hearing to provide 2013-2014 Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) fund applicants with an opportunity to speak before the commission regarding their applications. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
Winter Luau: As a prelude to Valentine’s Day, the Naperville Park District invites fathers to spend an evening with their young daughters at the annual Daddy Daughter Winter Luau from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ranch View School gym, 1651 Ranchview Drive. To register, visit www.napervilleparks.org or call the Naperville Park District at 630-848-5000.
Tiny Great Performance: Cowboy Randy Erwin is a master of trick roping, yodeling and singing a herd of cowboy songs with stories that are right for any campfire. He will entertain families at 2 and 2:45 p.m. at the DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St. This event is free with admission or membership. Call 630-637-8000 or visit www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.
‘Shakespeare in music’: William Shakespeare is heralded in the DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s third subscription concert with Hector Berlioz’s “King Lear Overture” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Hamlet Suite.” The concert takes place at 8 p.m. at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For tickets, call 630-637-7469 or www.northcentralcollege.edu.
Black History Month: The West Suburban Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. is hosting a Black History Program titled “A Family Affair” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Naperville Church of Christ, 2035 E. 75th St., Naperville.
Transfer Visit Day: North Central College will host a Visit Day for transfer students. Visitors can learn about academic choices, transfer admission process, transfer scholarships and financial aid and tour the campus. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Wentz Concert Hall lobby at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The program starts at 10 a.m. and concludes with lunch at 12:45 p.m. To register, call 630-637-5800 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/transfer.
Free Movie @ the Library — Jump the Hold List/See It Now!: Join us for a screening of a new movie release on DVD. No more waiting in long lines at the theater or on long hold lists at the Library. Watch “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”(Rated R) at2 p.m. 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr. Abraham Lincoln, history’s greatest hunter of the undead, must risk the presidency, his family, and his life to protect America from the bloodthirsty vampires.
‘Sirens’: North Central College students will perform “Sirens,” a playful and romantic comedy about a couple trying to rekindle their romance. Four performances of “Sirens” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 through Saturday, Feb. 9 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Call 630-637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Voices of the Past: The History Speaks Lecture Series presents “Voices of the Past — Northern Illinois and the Underground Railroad” from 2 to 4 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members. Call 630-420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.museum.
Volunteer opportunity: Become an adult literacy tutor and help change someone’s future. The next tutor training workshop series dates are: Feb. 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and March 11. They meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton. Contact 630-416-6699, email@example.com or www.literacydupage.org.
Dave Barry book signing: New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner returns to Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in Naperville, at 7 p.m. to present his book, “Insane City.” Call 630-355-2665 to learn more.
DuPage Textile Arts Guild: The February meeting will feature a basket-making workshop by Bev Larson. Workshop participants can then choose to make either a “melon” or “market” style basket. Workshop is $45. Registration is required. Social time is 9:30 a.m. with the program at 10. Light lunch provided by members at noon. Meetings are at the Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, 367 Spring Road, Elmhurst. The guild meets on the second Monday of each month, September through May. Call 630-964-2614 for more information or registration. www.dupagetextileartsguild.com
Covenant Classical School open house: Prospective families can visit the school at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 and 9 a.m. March 5 at 2035 E. 75th St., Naperville. Covenant Classical School serves 132 children. Call 630-983-7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.covenantclassicalschool.org.
Tea and Talk Tuesday: Fans of the hit television drama Downton Abbey?will want to gather from 7 to 8 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., to discuss the final episode and speculate on what’s to come for the family and servants. Learn more about the fashion trends and accessories, with a popular modern twist. Tea and treats will be served. The program is $15 per person and open to teens through adults. Reservations are required. Call 630-420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.museum.
The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation: The organization will take an in-depth look at the issues behind the referendum question on whether or not part of the Naperville City Council should be elected on a district, rather than completely at-large basis at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville. The event will be telecast on the city of Naperville Government Access Channel, WCNC (6-WOW, 10-Comcast, 99 — AT&T) as well as streamed live and available for on-demand viewing on the city’s website at www.naperville.il.us/granicus.html.
Brownies & Books: Teens enjoy chocolaty treats while we discuss “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte, 4:30 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Mental health courses: NAMI of DuPage County will offer the NAMI Family-to-Family Education course for families and caregivers of people diagnosed with mental illnesses. All instruction and course materials are free for class participants. The 12-week series of classes will start at 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Wheaton. To register, visit www.namidupage.org or call the NAMI DuPage office at 630-752-0066, ext. 210.
Wacky Wednesday Klub, Master of Invention: Do you know how bubble gum, crayons and day-glow were invented? Investigate the library’s lab and see if you can think of an invention of your own at 4:15 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Children in grades 3 to 5, join us for fun activities, games and delicious snacks. Registration at www.naperville-lib.org. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Get Help Filling Out the FAFSA Application: An Illinois Student Assistance Commission representative will be available to answer questions about the FAFSA form online. Computers will be available. Bring your completed 2011 or 2012 tax forms, including W-2 forms, also Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, and other current investment information. This program is intended for 12th-graders and their families who have or are applying to college. Register at www.naperville-lib.org/teenspacehome. This Healthy, Wealthy & Wise program will start at 6:30 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Park District Program Guides: The spring guide featuring new culinary programs at 95th Street Center and the 2013 Summer Camps Guide, will be delivered to Naperville doorsteps beginning today. If you are a Naperville resident and do not receive yours by Feb. 18, call 630-848-5000 to request prompt redelivery. The virtual version will be available beginning Feb. 11 at www.napervilleparks.org.
Fox Valley Genealogical Society: The Fox Valley Genealogical Society’s February meeting will feature a program titled “Coal Dust In Your Veins” at 7:30 p.m. in the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Visit www.ilfvgs.org.
E-Books Workshop: Got an e-reader and wonder how to download e-books from more than 6,000 titles available from the library? Bring your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad or other devices. We will help you join the world of e-reading, at 6 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. This program requires registration at www.naperville-lib.org. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Naperville Area Illinois State Music Teachers Association: The group’s monthly meeting will be at 9:15 a.m. at Brookdale Music, 1550 N. Route 59 in Naperville. The featured program is ”Luciano Pavarotti — My Kids Call Him ‘Uncle Louie,’” presented by Babs Lieberman. Visit www.napervilleismta.org or e-mail email@example.com.
Teen Movie Series — ‘The Muppets’: Spend Valentine’s Day at the library with hot chocolate and snacks while watching “The Muppets.”Make your own reusable hot drink cozies out of felt at 4:30 p.m. at Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
E-Books Workshop: Bring your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad or other devices at 6 p.m. to the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. This program requires registration at www.naperville-lib.org. Call 630-961-4100.
Children’s Literature Breakfast: Anderson’s Bookshop will present the 11th annual event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Abbington Banquet Center, Glen Ellyn. Special guest authors are: Herman Parish, Marilyn Singer, Amy Kraus Rosenthal, Tom Lichtenheld, Blue Balliett, Tom Watson, Christopher Krovatin, and Nils Johnson-Shelton. The morning includes a full breakfast (beginning at 7:30), book talks, many Illinois authors and illustrators, door prizes and book sales. CPDU credits will be available. Tickets are $55. Reservations are required. Call 630-820-2802 for details.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides: Enjoy a 15-minute ride through the prairies and woodlands of Danada Forest Preserve as you learn about its history. Wagons are used if there is less than 4 inches of packed snow on the trail. Noon to 3 p.m. at Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton. $5 per person ages 13 and up; $2 ages 5 to 12; under 5 free. Rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to reserve private rides. Call 630-668-6012.
It’s A Pirate’s Life: Ahoy there, Mateys and children in grades K to 2! Are ye ready for some PIRATE FUN at 11 a.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Walk the plank to our place, take a plunge into the pirate world as a rogue of the high seas and become a real live buccaneer. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Snowflake Alphabet Bingo: Attention, kids in grades K to 3! Come join us for drop-in rounds of alphabet bingo. The bingo cards will feature snowflake patterns with letters on each snowflake. Listen for the letters and you might be a winner in this program that meets from 1 to 2:30 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.
Crazy Contraptions: Ninja Throwing Stars: Every ninja needs a Shuriken! Small, but powerful, paper throwing stars are perfect projectiles that are easy to hide. First we’ll make them and watch episodes from Mythbusters as we fold. Then we’ll test them out for accuracy, distance and strength! Celebrate your day off of school ninja style, 2 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.
Pete Wentz book signing: Pete Wentz, the founder, bassist, back-up vocalist, and primary lyricist of Chicago-based band “Fall Out Boy,” will share his new book, “Gray,” at 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., in Naperville. Call 630-355-2665.
Legal Checkup Seminar: Attorney David Boone will teach those approaching retirement and those already retired how to protect their assets, avoid probate expenses and effectively distribute their estate to their heirs. The seminar will also address the need for a personal plan that includes the challenges of Longevity, Social Security, Inflation and Health Care. This is HWW Program will be held at 7 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.
Great Books Discussion Group: “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley will be discussed by the Great Books Reading and Discussion Group at 7 p.m. in the Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. The discussion follows the Great Books format and is facilitated by Jack Hatfield. For more information about this free program, call Jack Hatfield, 630-375-0881 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coupons 101 with Rachel Singer Gordon, The Mashup Mom:
Sick of ever-rising food bills? Discouraged about ever saving any REAL money with coupons? Coupons 101 takes the guesswork out of the process, offering strategies to maximize your savings at grocery and drug stores across Chicagoland. Get started by finding out how to save on everything from groceries to diapers, combine store savings with coupons and money-back deals and save your own valuable time and effort! With just a little planning and information, you can stretch your money in tough economic times. Seating is limited. This program starts at 6:30 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr. and is partially funded by a grant from the City of Naperville. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Pay It Forward: Knit And Crochet A Friendship Shawl: Make a shawl on behalf of Warm Up America that will be donated to local nursing homes, hospices and shelters. Experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome to share their expertise, and beginners can learn how! Please come with your choice of machine washable worsted weight acrylic yarn, size 10 or 11 knitting needles or H, I or J crochet hook. Teens will earn volunteer hours! This program is for adults and teens in grades 6 – 12, 6:30 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.
Learn business of being artist: North Central College’s 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference from Feb. 22-23 will help aspiring artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs. The conference at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, will start at 1 p.m. Feb. 22 and end at 4 p.m. Feb. 23. The registration fee for students is $95 for the full conference or $55 for a day. Scholarships are available. To register, visit selfemploymentinthearts.com or contact 630-637-5468 or email@example.com.
Fundraiser: I Support Community will host its inaugural event, “Giving Hope Through Stories,” from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Center Stage Theater, 1665 Quincy Ave., suite 131, in Naperville. The event will feature guest speaker Jonny Imerman, founder of Imerman Angels as well as raffle items. Tickets are $45 and include appetizers and one glass of beer or wine. To learn more, visit www.isupportcommunity.org
Naperville Garden Club: The club will present “Designing for Continuous Color,” by The Gifted Gardener of Northbrook, at 8:45 a.m. at White Eagle Golf Club. Members and guests are $13. Contact Deb Tritt at 630-717-9616.
Sweater Drive: DuPage Children’s Museum will sponsor a sweater and clothing drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive will run through Feb. 28. Visit www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.