February 14, 2013 8:00PM
Author and editor Jane O'Connor talks about books Saturday at the Children's Literature Breakfast by Anderson's Bookshops. She entertained with stories of writing and her readers during the daylong event highlighting quality children's literature. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 16, 2013 6:12AM
Music at The Union: North Central College’s The Union presents headliner indie singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen of Seattle with soul-folk artist Jerome Holloway at 7 p.m. at The Union, 129 W. Benton Ave. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance. Call 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. For more information, visit theunionnetwork.com.
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.
Seeking artists: The ninth annual Public Art Competition hosted by the Naperville Art League is under way. High school and college students, and adults are eligible to enter. This year’s theme is “Completely Different.” Entries must be the artist’s personal work, and be original in concept, design and execution. Details on media, size, entry fee and other requirements can be found at www.napervilleartleague.com or by calling 630-355-2530. Deadline is Feb. 16.
‘A Tribute to Ray Charles’: The Chicago Jazz Orchestra performs “A Tribute to Ray Charles” at 8 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $35 and $30. Call 630-637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Museum open house: The First Division Museum, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, will host a public open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Visitors at the family-friendly event will be able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s Collections department and see hundreds of fascinating artifacts. Items include rare helmets, books, uniforms, flags, medals and firearms normally kept under lock and key. Visit FirstDivisionMuseum.org.
Meet Sun columnist: Longtime columnist and motivational speaker Nicki Anderson will share her personal Weight Watchers Success Story of losing 50 pounds and how she is keeping it off at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Naperwest, 618 S. Route 59 (facing Aurora Avenue). Nicki will share her knowledge of fitness and nutrition as well as give tips on what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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.
Fabulous Fakes art exhibit: The artists’ reception of the Naperville Art League’s annual “Fabulous Fakes” show will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Member artists are challenged to adhere to the theme and recreate a piece of art by another artist but add a twist or interpretation of their own or do the work in a style of a different artist. Each year this show is a crowd-pleaser and one art enthusiasts and students shouldn’t miss. Meet the artists. The exhibit runs through February at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery, 508 N. Center St. in Naperville. Many items are available for sale. Visit napervilleartleague. com or call 630-355-2530.
Music at NCC: Chicago a cappella performs “Spirit/Breath/Voice” at 4 p.m. in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The concert will feature inspiring music ranging from a Renaissance Mass to Shaker tunes and new works. Tickets are $35, $28, $22/senior citizens and $12/students; visit chicagoacappella.org.
It’s A Pirate’s Life: Ahoy there, Mateys and children in kindergarten through grades 2. Are ye ready for some pirate fun at 11 a.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100 to learn more.
Snowflake Alphabet Bingo: Attention, kids in kindergarten to grade three: Drop-in rounds of alphabet bingo. The bingo cards will feature snowflake patterns with letters on each snowflake. Program meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.
Visit 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. Watch episodes from Mythbusters, too, at 2 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
School’s day out — Breaking the code: Kids in grades 1 through 5 can have a fun day off from school during from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Discover the hidden symbols on currency, go undercover to learn the secrets used by spies throughout history and write top secret messages using codes and invisible ink. Kids can also take a spy challenge to test their espionage skills. Fee is $45 per child. Call 630-420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.museum.
Visit Day: High school students and their parents or guardians are invited to attend North Central College’s Visit Day. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Wentz Concert Hall lobby at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., and concludes with lunch at 12:30 p.m. High-achieving students are invited to an optional session at 9 a.m. Visitors can take a walking tour and attend informative sessions on financial aid, academic highlights and student life. To register, call 630-637-5800 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/visit.
Dance lessons: North Central College Spanish instructor Jelena Sánchez will teach flamenco dance for beginners from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. in Heininger Auditorium at Larrance Academic Center, 309 E. School St. Participants will learn basic arm and body movements, footwork and musical rhythms. For more information about this free event, contact Sánchez at 630-637-5275.
Graduate open house: North Central College will host a graduate open house at 6 p.m. for students interested in learning about the college’s seven graduate degree programs. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. in Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. To register, contact 630-637-5840 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit northcentralcollege.edu/rsvp.
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 email@example.com.
Seminar on heroin use: The Robert Crown Center for Health Education is presenting a community education opportunity at 6:30 p.m. at North Central College. The class is called “Preventing Heroin Use in Your Family.” The course runs three hours, and the cost is $100. Residents can register at northcentralcollege.edu/community.
Human rights symposium: North Central College will host its annual Global Human Rights Symposium featuring two keynote speakers from 4 to 6 p.m. in the College’s Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave. Free and open to the public, the symposium will focus on global and environmental health. Christopher ‘Sola Olopade, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Chicago will speak at 4 p.m. Augustine Afullo, North Central’s Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Kenya, will speak at 5 p.m. Call 630-637-5132.
Callista and Newt Gingrich book signing: Callista Gingrich, author of “Land of the Pilgrim’s Pride,” a children’s book about our nation, and her husband, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, author of the historical novel, “Victory at Yorktown,” will sign copies of their books at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., in Naperville. Call 630-355-2665.
DuPage Woodworkers: The next monthly meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, 480 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Contact Jack Pine at 630-215-7482, e-mail at Publicity@dupagewoodworkers.org, or visit www.dupagewoodworkers.org.
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 completed 2011 or 2012 tax forms, including W-2 forms, also your and your student’s Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, and other investment information. This program is intended for 12th-graders and their families who have or are applying to college. Registration at www.naperville-lib.org/teenspacehome. This Healthy, Wealthy & Wise program will start at 6:30 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave.
Music: North Central College presents its Winter Choral Concert featuring the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Cardinal Chorus and Chamber Singers at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Wentz Concert Hall 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.
Vein health: To help Naperville residents identify their vein health, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Oswald’s Pharmacy will host a vein function screening. Sponsoring the screenings is Mediven, a provider of compression stockings, support socks, and other medical compression garments. Call Oswald’s Pharmacy at 630-355-2500 to set up an appointment.
Coupons 101 with Rachel Singer Gordon, The Mashup Mom: 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. at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. and is partially funded by a grant from the city of Naperville. Visit 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.
Discover the Azores — informational meeting: The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a trip to the Azores Islands in Portugal this spring, May 24 through May 31. The informational meeting regarding itinerary, cost and other logistics will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in conference room A of the chamber. Register at http://www.naperville.net
Music: North Central College’s football players involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host a Worship Concert featuring The City Limits Band at 7 p.m. in the college’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The concert is a fundraiser for the group’s annual spring trip for Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are $5. Call 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Women’s event: Grace United Methodist Church is hosting a women’s “Heartwarming Event” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Grace Activity Center, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville. The guest speaker will be Bishop Sally Dyck of the United Methodist Church’s Northern Illinois Conference on “Spiritual Health and Wholeness: The Spiritual Pyramid.” Tickets are $5 a person, on sale in the church office. Learn more from Kim Scharafin, 630-369-4734.
Roundtable discussion with Sen. Linda Holmes: The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is will welcome Sen. Linda Holmes to the next session of roundtable discussions with members of the General Assembly from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the chamber’s conference room A, suite 375 in the Main Street Promenade. Register at www.naperville.net.
Art showcase: North Central College welcomes student artists at Naperville North High School and Women At Risk (WAR) Chest Boutique in Naperville as co-sponsors of the event “Search and Rescue” at 7 p.m. at North Central’s The Union, 129 W. Benton Ave., Naperville. Meant to raise awareness about human trafficking and risk issues women face worldwide, this event also is a fundraiser for WAR International through sales of artwork. Admission is free and music and snacks will be provided. For more information visit theunionnetwork.com.
The Drive for 75: Continental Motors Group of Naperville, Chicago Indoor Racing and DuPage PADS have teamed up for the third annual six-hour karting enduro for charity. Eighteen teams will compete in raising money for DuPage PADS before race day with a goal of reaching $75,000 for DuPage PADS to assist families and individuals who are homeless. This year’s race will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chicago Indoor Racing in Addison. To register, contact Jennifer Pudwill at 630-682-3846, ext. 2520, or email email@example.com.
Russian National Orchestra: North Central College presents the Russian National Orchestra featuring world-renowned pianist Daniil Trifinov at 6 p.m. in the college’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $75 and $65. Call 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Music: North Central College’s cabaret series present award-winning actor David Burnham in “Mostly Broadway” at 6 p.m. in the college’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $35 and $30; call 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Cast-Iron Cooking: Help prepare a hearty meal over an open campfire, and learn tips for cooking with cast iron from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton. Ages 5 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 per person ages 13 and up; $5 ages 5 to 12. Call 630-933-7248.
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.
Volunteer Restoration Workday: Help restore a natural area by removing nonnative vegetation or planting seed. 9 a.m. – noon at Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville on Plainfield-Naperville Road one-half mile south of 75th Street. All ages; under 14 with an adult. Free. To register, call 630-933-7681 at least five business days in advance. Groups of five or more must call 10 business days in advance.
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 devices. We will help you join the world of e-reading, at 6 p.m95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr. This program requires registration at www.naperville-lib.org
Naperville Garden Club: The club will present “Designing for Continuous Color,” by The Gifted Gardener of Northbrook, at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at White Eagle Golf Club. Members and guests are $13. Contact Deb Tritt at 630-717-9616.
Vote for Concerts in Your Park locations: The Naperville Park District invites residents to vote for their preferred location and style of music for the 2013 summer concert series. Concerts in Your Park is a free summer music series that travels to select Naperville parks. Cast your vote through Feb. 27 at www.napervilleparks.org/yourconcertyourparkyourchoice. The winners will be announced March 1 at www.napervilleparks.org.
Monthly Teen Book Swap: Teens, love to read? Stop by the Upper Level Adult Services Desk on the last Wednesday of the month for our Teen Book Swap from 3 to 5 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr. Get a shiny new book. All we ask that you write a review (the good, the bad and the ugly) for each book you take. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
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.
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 2:30 to 4 p.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.
Teens, It’s Cult Movies at The Library: Come watch “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (PG-13). We’ll have snacks, slushies and MuVChat which lets you text what you think of the movie up on the big screen, from 4 to 6 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr.
Free Adult Movies! – Argo (Rated R): Join us for the screening of “Argo” (R) the award-winning film that is a dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. Our free movie series allows you to watch newly released movies. No more waiting in long lines at the theater or on long hold lists at the Library, 6:30 p.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.
Constant Readers Book Club: Come discuss “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. Join us as we unravel the stories behind the tiny artifacts found in the volume’s ancient binding that reveal its historically significant origins, 7 to 8 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.
Hats Off to Dr Seuss Activity Day: Anderson’s Bookshops in Naperville and in Downers Grove will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at 11 a.m. And his classic, “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” turns 75 years old this year. Wear a hat and help elebrate with story time fun. Anderson’s Bookshop is at 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in Naperville, 630-355-2665, and 5112 Main St. in Downers Grove, 630-963-2665.
Children’s resale: The Owen Elementary School PTA will hold its Spring/Summer Children’s Clothing, Toy, and Equipment Resale from 7 to 11 a.m. March 3, with a half-price sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Owen Elementary School Gymnasium, 1560 Westglen Drive, Naperville. Numbers will be given out at 6 a.m. Closely supervised children only. No strollers.
Free Adult Movies — “Premium Rush”(R): Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a New York bike messenger pursued by someone determined to obtain the envelope he is carrying. Our free movie series allows you to watch newly released movies. No more waiting in long lines at the theater or on long hold lists at the Library, 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.
Creative ideas from “Cup of Cheer’: Learn how to make your own creative decor for your home taken from the club’s Christmas house tours from 10 a.m. till noon a 800 W. Fifth Ave., suite 100K, lower level. Register before March 1. Cost is $20 non-member, $10 members. Contact Judy at 630-800-2412.