March 19, 2013 5:52PM
Luis Alberto Urrea, of Naperville, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, will lecture and sign his books at 7:30 Wednesday night in Crimi Auditorium at Aurora University, 407 S. Calumet Ave., Aurora. The event is part of AU’s Arts and Ideas series. Ad
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The March Senior Luncheon: The lunch will honor St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef at noon at Wheatland Salem Church, 1852 Book Road, Naperville. Bring a side dish. This month’s speaker will be Jim Ensign, who will present a slide show on Seoul, S. Korea. Contact Jay at 815-782-7473.
Stop Motion Movies: Students in grades three to five, have you ever dreamed of making a movie? Then the library has the program for you at 4 p.m. at Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. Grab those old toys, teddy bears and dolls, stop in and learn how to create animated movies. This program requires registration at www.naperville-lib.org.
Calling all teen improv performers: Chicago comedians and performers Dan Krall (iO Chicago, The Playground Theater, Ph Productions) and Josh Zagoren (iO Chicago, Hobo Junction Productions, The Paper Machete) teach the basics of improv performance, improv games, and prepare a mini performance at the end of the program. Registration at www.naperville-lib.org is required for this program at 4:30 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: Join Jacqueline Berger, “The First Ladies Lady” and author, historian, and national guest speaker, as she talks about America’s First Ladies. Coffee and early seating is at 6:30, with the program at 7 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. It is presented in partnership with the Naperville Women’s Club. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Book signing: Luis Alberto Urrea of Naperville, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, will lecture and sign his books at 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium at Aurora University, 407 S. Calumet Ave., Aurora. The event is part of AU’s Arts and Ideas series. Advance reservations are required. Call 630-844-4924.
Naperville Public Library Board: A workshop and meeting will be at 6 and 7 p.m. respectively at Naper Blvd. Library in the Program Room. Find the board packet at www.naperville-lib.org/sites/default/files/pdf/BoardPacket/FY12-13/Mar.pdf.
Lisle Township Board: A special meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Lisle Township office, 4711 Indiana Ave., Lisle.
Democratic Women of DuPage County: The group will honor Women’s History Month with the program, “Women Making History,” at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockwood Tap House, 3131 Finley Road, Downers Grove. Featured speakers will include more than 40 Democratic women in DuPage holding or seeking election to public office. RSVP to Kevin Allen at email@example.com or 630-408-7934.
Penny Pancake Day: Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream, 1101 S. Washington St., will sell pancakes for a penny each. In return, they request that diners make a donation to Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment Pet Shelter. Penny pancakes will be available the entire day; a beverage purchase is required per person. Visit www.colonialcafe.com.
Smell You Later: Come one, come all as we discover all kinds of smells. We’ll giggle at hilariously stinky books, smelly songs, fragrant fingerplays and a craft that will make you say “wow!” Make sure to attend — your nose will want you to at 11:15 a.m., Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Black Light Theater presents: Illuminated Tales, recommended for children 3-years-old and older accompanied by an adult caregiver, will be at 1 p.m. in Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Pay It Forward: Knit and crochet friendship shawls that will be donated to the Edward Cancer Center. Experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome to share their expertise, and beginners can learn how. Come with machine washable worsted weight acrylic yarn, size 10 or 11 knitting needles or H, I or J crochet hook. This program is at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., It is for adults and teens in grades 6 through 12. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Third Thursday: The DuPage Children’s Museum designates 5 to 7 p.m. for families of children with special needs. Special activities last until 7 p.m. All activities are free with admission or membership. The museum is open to the public until 8 p.m. and everyone is welcome.
New Americans: The monthly community forum of the Naperville Township Democratic Organization presents “New Americans” at 7:30 p.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, meeting rooms B and C on the lower level, 400 S. Eagle St. Ramin Mikaili and Marina Reznitskaya tell the story of their exodus from oppressive regimes in Iran and Russia and the democracy they have found in the United States. Learn more at napervilledemocrats.org.
Conservation Foundation fundraiser: Join the discussion to raise awareness about local sustainable initiatives and enjoy specialty cocktails and complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 9 p.m. at Black Finn Saloon, 16 W. Jefferson Ave.
West Suburban Multi-Chamber Luncheon and Expo: Members of 21 chambers of commerce will host a luncheon that includes networking, Business Expo and keynote speaker Chris Catalano, CEO of School of Rock. The Business Expo opens at 11 a.m.; luncheon and keynote are at noon; and at 1:15 the Business Expo will re-open until 2 p.m. The event will be at Bobak’s Signature Events at Seven Bridges, 6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge. Contact Brianna Belgio at 630-544-3377 for more information.
Meet the candidates: The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a free meet the candidates event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Visit www.naperville.net to learn more.
Naperville Township Democratic Organization: The next community forum is at 7:30 p.m. at the city of Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., in meeting rooms B & C on the lower level. Visit napervilledemocrats.org to learn more.
Family Fun Friday Night: School of Rock’s student comprised House Band will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. at the DuPage Children’s Museum to perform classic songs. The House Band is made up of kids ages 7-18 who attend the performance-based music school in downtown Naperville. Family Fun Friday Nights offer extended hours until 8 p.m. during the school year. Visit www.theconservationfoundation.org or call 630-428-4500.
‘God of Carnage’: BrightSide Theatre, a Naperville performance company, presents the Tony Award-winning comedy at 8 p.m. March 22-23 and at 3 p.m. March 23 in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $24/adults and $20/senior citizens and students. Call 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
‘The Emigrants’: North Central College presents Organic Theater Company’s adaptation of Slawomir Mrozek’s “The Emigrants” at 7:30 p.m. March 22-23 and at 2 p.m. March 23-24 in the college’s Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. This dark comedy is about what makes home a home, whether or not we’re there. Tickets are $30/adults, $20/students and senior citizens. Call 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Naperville VFW Post 3873 weekly fish fry: The post, 908 W. Jackson Ave., in partnership with Belgio’s Catering, will host a fish fry every Friday through March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit www.napervfw3873.org.
Sandy Hook Run for the Families: Under the team name Naperville Runs for Sandy Hook will take place at 8 a.m. at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton. It is one of the “virtual” runs taking place across the country as part of the much larger event, the Sandy Hook Run for the Families in Hartford, Conn. All proceeds will benefit the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Learn more by emailing NapervilleRuns@gmail.com.
Bark for Books: Readers in grades 1 to 5, raise your paw, grab a book and read your story to a canine friend. Our dog/handler teams are certified through local organizations and are very good listeners. Free tickets are available starting at 11:00 the morning of the program. The program starts at 11:30 a.m., Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. Parents and siblings are invited to meet the dogs and take photos at 12:30 p.m. following the program. For more information visit the library’s website, www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Volunteer Restoration Workday: Help restore a natural area by removing nonnative vegetation or planting seed from 9 a.m. to noon at Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville on 83rd Street a half mile east of Route 59. All ages; younger than 14 with an adult. To register, call 630-933-7681 at least five business days in advance.
Blood drive: North Central College, the Chicago Blackhawks and LifeSource will co-sponsor a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the college’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. Chicago Blackhawks players and mascot Tommy Hawk are scheduled to be on hand. Visit lifesource.org.
Earth Hour: The city of Naperville again will be taking part in the worldwide Earth Hour event from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global movement designed to celebrate a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour. Tips on energy conservation are available at www.naperville.il.us/enviroteam.aspx. To sign up as an individual for the event or take Earth Hour’s “I Will if You Will” challenge, visit www.earthhour.org.
Jazz Concert: The Steve Duke and Friends Jazz Quartet returns to Brookdale Music, 1550 N. Route 59, Naperville, at 7 p.m., with a variety of original and standard jazz tunes. Tickets are $15/adults, $12/students. Call 630-983-5100 or visit brookdalemusic.com.
Weed Ladies Floral Sales: Pre-Easter Shopping is one day only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Naper Settlement Daniels House, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Admission to the sale is free.
‘A Chicago Fairy Tale’: WDSRA’s drama group, TROOP Drama, will perform this original script based on the traditional Cinderella story from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton. Admission is $1.
We the People, Not We the Corporations: Steve Alesch of Illinois Move to Amend will speak at DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 1828 Old Naperville Road, at 9:30 a.m. The grassroots movement, Move to Amend, www.MoveToAmend.org, calls for an end to corporate personhood. Visit www.DuPageUUChurch.org or contact the church office at 630-505-9408.
Vote early: Early voting for the 2013 Consolidated General Election will begin today Early voting for both DuPage and Will county Naperville residents ends April 6. For more information on early voting, visit www.naperville.il.us/voterreg.aspx.
Naperville Garden Club: The group will meet at 8:45 a.m. at White Eagle Golf Club. The program “Beauty of the Japanese Garden” will be presented by Diane Hunter of Barrington. Reserve a spot with Deb Tritt at 640-717-9616. Cost is $13, members and guests.
NAMI general meeting: Get to know the nonprofit’s board and staff and be introduced to new board members during a special meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wheaton Public Library’s public meeting room. There also will be a presentation by Jeffrey Rabin, attorney at law, titled “Social security disability: change and confusion.”
Teen Pizza Taste-Off: Teens, take a blind pizza taste test to vote on Naperville’s best pizza. Pizzas are provided by local restaurants. Vote on these categories: best crust, best sauce, cheesiest and best overall taste. You decide who has the most mouthwatering pizza from 6 to 7 p.m. at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Flashlight egg hunt: Grab a flashlight and hunt for prize-filled eggs under the stars at 7:15 p.m. at the Knoch Knolls Park wigwam, 336 Knoch Knolls Road. Please bring a flashlight and a bag or basket in which to put your eggs and prizes and dress appropriately for the weather. Parents must be present with their children, but may not assist them during the hunt. Preregistration is required and this event is designed for children ages 9 to 13; there are no age exceptions. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Stop Motion Movies: Students in grades 3 to 5, grab those old toys, teddy bears and dolls, stop in and learn how to create animated movies. This limited enrollment program is at 11:30 a.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, requires registration at www.naperville-lib.org. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Cult Movies at The Library: Watch “The Labyrinth” at 4 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Snacks, slushies and MuVChat, which lets you text what you think of the movie up on the big screen, will be available. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Constant Reader, ‘Running the Rift’: Discuss the Naperville READS adult and teen book by Naomi Benaron where a Rwandan Olympic runner dreams of peace. The discussion is at 7 p.m. at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Breakfast with Bunny: Hop on over for a tasty springtime buffet featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny in the Morton Arboretum’s Ginkgo Restaurant overlooking Meadow Lake. Plus, the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 9-11 a.m. Purchase your ticket at mortonarb.org, in the Visitor Center, or by calling 630-725-2066. Cost: $26 adult member, $22 child member, $33 adult nonmember, $27 child nonmember. Children under 2 are free.
Spring Egg-Stravaganza: Celebrate spring with games, stories, crafts, snacks and an egg hunt for children ages 2 through 5 at 10 a.m. at the Seager Park Interpretive Center, 1163 Plank Road. To register, call 630-848-5000 or visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Jaycees egg hunt: The 28th annual Jaycees Egg Hunt will take place at Frontier Sports Complex at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to children ages 1-8, with no registration required. Donations of non-perishable food items in non-glass containers are welcome. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Naperville READS movie screening: A special screening of the movie “Hotel Rwanda” (PG-13) and a brief discussion will be at 1:30 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Naperville Public Library closing for Easter: The Naperville Public Library will be closed today. Normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. will resume Monday. Drive-up returns for all materials are available 24 hours a day at the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave.; the Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd.; and the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Materials may also be renewed by calling 630-961-0460. The Library Catalog, www.naperville-lib.org, is also available 24/7 to download or renew materials.
Face of autism: Little Friends will hot a free community presentation titled “The Changing Face of Autism” at 7 p.m. in Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Diagnostic criteria for autism are among the changes slated for codification with the May release of the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, and Dr. Cynthia Brouillard will discuss what that means. A young woman diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder with share some of her experiences as well. For more information, call 630-355-6533.
Élan Dance Company Showcase: It will be at 5:30 p.m. at Naperville North High School Performing Arts Center, 899 N. Mill St. This is an event for all ages, featuring an eclectic collection of dances from classical ballet to jazz to modern dance. Tickets are available at www.napervilleparks.org, at the Park District administration building at 320 W. Jackson Ave., or at the door.
Lisle Township annual town meeting: The meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 16 at 4721 Indiana Ave., Lisle.