What’s going on today
July 31, 2012 10:48PM
Updated: September 2, 2012 6:13AM
Graduate session: North Central College will host an information session at 6 p.m. in Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., for students interested in learning about the college’s seven graduate programs. An optional campus tour begins at 5 p.m., followed by the information about the graduate programs, scholarships and financial aid. To register, call 630-637-5840, email email@example.com or visit northcentralcollege.edu/graduate.
Women In Business: By changing the foods you eat, you could have more energy and be more productive throughout the day. Join the Women In Business from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, for a presentation on understanding the impact food has on our quality of life. Karyn Calabrese, raw foodist and holistic health and wellness counselor, will host. The cost for breakfast is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers, add $5 if you pay at the door. Register online at www.naperville.net.
Cruise Night: Braconi’s restaurant, 796 Royal Saint George Drive, Naperville, hosts the weekly event from 5 to 9 p.m. through Sept. 5. Classic, muscle, custom and antique cars will be on display. A different car type is featured each week, with five trophies awarded each time. 630-717-9530
Folk music: The duo Comfort Food is hosting a concert from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wicked Good Café, 790 Royal St. George St. Their self-titled album, “Comfort Food,” was released in 2010, and they are working on a new CD. Visit www.wickedgoodcafe.com or call 331-457-5566.
Rollin’ on the River: Enjoy music from Elizabeth Carol Krunnfusz from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Riverwalk pavilion, Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Trolley tour: This one-hour historical tour of Naperville includes Naperville’s Historic District, North Central College, downtown businesses, shopping areas, police and fire stations, the Riverwalk, Naper Settlement and Centennial Beach. Tours are at 11 a.m. every Friday during August. This tour starts and ends at the southeast corner of Jackson Avenue at Eagle Street. Reservations are requested, walk-ons permitted if space. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Call 630-420-2223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Margaret Mary Parish garage sale: The church will host its 13th annual Scholarship Fund Mega-Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4 in the St. Margaret Mary Parish Center at 1450 Green Trails Drive, Naperville. All remaining items will be half price Saturday, except furniture and clothing. Visit smmp.com or call 630-961-0232.
Time for tea: Moms, grandmas and little girls ages 1 and older will enjoy Wonderland-themed activities appropriate for girls ages 7 and younger at Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Barn Recreation Center Main Floor, 421 W. Martin Ave. There will be a dress up picture booth, hors d’oeuvres buffet and lots of fun entertainment. Each child receives a commemorative tea cup and saucer to take home. Cost is $19/resident and $28/nonresident. All attending must register at www.napervilleparks.org.
Vegetarian food festival: Simply Vedic cultural society hosts its annual Naperville vegetarian food festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. The festival will feature a variety of vegetarian food. Admission is free. Call Naveen Sharma at 630-355-5468.
Settlement Sundays: Each Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, admission to Naper Settlement includes free sundaes with do-it-yourself toppings and a variety of hands-on family activities, games, demonstrations and tours of historic buildings. Visit www.napersettlement.museum.
Coyote forum: An educational forum on coyotes, including a presentation with a question-and-answer session, will be presented by Jack MacRae, naturalist at the Forest Preserve of DuPage County, at 7 p.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
Call Naperville Police Department’s Animal Control Unit at 630-420-6178, email@example.com, or www.naperville.il.us/animalcontrol.aspx.
Studio art: Through Aug. 12, the DuPage Children’s Museum is hosting Stick-Bound Book Studio during museum hours at 301 N. Washington St. Use natural materials to bind and decorate a book for your art or writing in this science-focused discovery activity. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled on most days; free with admission or membership. Visit www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org or call 630-637-8000.
A bug’s life: Join the Naperville Community Gardeners to hear Master Gardener Julie Moore explain what to look for in gardens during her presentation on “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs” at 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane. Visit www.napervillecommunitygardeners.org.
Golf focus groups: The Naperville Park District is hosting a series of focus groups in early August to find out what golfers think of Springbrook and Naperbrook golf courses. The district is looking for a maximum of 12 duffers for each session, which include: 7:30 to 9 a.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6; or 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8. To participate, email your preferred session date/time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood drive: A blood drive will take place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville. Contact Heartland Blood Centers at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility or visit www.heartlandbc.org.
Register for fall programs: Nonresident registration for the Naperville Park District’s fall programs begins at 8:30 a.m. Resident online registration began Aug. 2.
Visit Day: High school students and their parents or guardians are invited to attend North Central College’s Visit Day. Registration begins at 10 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. To register, call 630-637-5800 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/visit.
Tuesday, Aug. 7
School of Performing ARts: New families are welcome to to their Creative Beginner Open House from 4 to 7 p.m. at 200 E. 5th Ave., Suite 132. Meet teachers from the dance department, tour the facility, enjoy refreshments, discount and incentive give-aways. RSVP at 630-717-6622. Visit www.schoolofperformingarts.com.
Bingo: Take the kids ages six and older to a fun night of Bingo and pizza from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. This event includes 12 games of Bingo, a snack provided at the start, pizza and a drink at the halfway point, prizes geared to both adults and children, and a consolation prize for all children when the event is over. Registration closes Aug. 6. No walk-in registration. Cost is $15 for residents and $17 for nonresidents. Visit www.napervilleparks.com.
Carillon recital: Chelsea Vaught, a carillonneur from Lawrence, Kan., will perform during a free concert at the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower, 210 Aurora Road at the base of Rotary Hill. The performance is part of the 2012 recital series. These free performances are held rain or shine, unless there is lightning, and audiences are welcome to picnic on the lawn. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Blood drives: Heartland Blood Centers invite donors to two drives from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas The Apostle, 1500 Brookdale Road, or 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 20 N. Center St. Contact Heartland Blood Centers at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility or visit www.heartlandbc.org.
Blood drive: Donors are needed from noon to 4 p.m. at Edward Hospital & Health Services, 801 S. Washington St. Contact Heartland Blood Centers at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility or visit www.heartlandbc.org.
Chance to sing at Last Fling: Singers of all ages are invited to participate in the Singing at the Fling competition. Competition takes place Aug. 18 and finals are on the entertainment stage at Last Fling. For complete contest rules and to download a registration form, visit www.lastfling.org/special_events.cfm. Forms are due Aug. 10. There is no entry fee.
Rollin’ on the River: Enjoy free live music on the Riverwalk on Friday evenings through Aug. 17. Concerts will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Riverwalk pavilion on Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. This week’s band is the Gecko Club, guitar/pop. Next week is the School of Rock Naperville.
Movie in the park: The Kroehler Family YMCA and Keller Williams Realty present “Cars 2” shortly after the sun goes down at Central Park in front of the band shell. Attendees should bring food or drink if needed.
Buy used computer equipment: The Naperville Public Library will sell used equipment from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 in meeting room A/B of the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Sale items will include laptops, desktops, monitors, keyboards, printers and mice. Laptop sales will be limited to one per person, who must be 16 years or older. All sales are final. Find a preview of items at www.naperville-lib.org/content/used-computers-equipment-sale.
Blood drive: Donors are needed from 8 a.m. to noon at Naperville City Hall, 400 S. Eagle St. Contact Heartland Blood Centers at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility or visit www.heartlandbc.org.
Audition for Nutcracker: Dancers ages 6 years old through professional level are invited to audition today for the Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet’s 2012 production of the Nutcracker. Auditions will be at Von Heidecke Ballet Studios, 1239 S. Naper Blvd., Naperville. Audition forms are available at www.chicagofestivalballet.com.
Veteran fundraiser: Operation Welcome You Home will host its second Stars N Strikes for our Military Heroes Fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. at Town & Country Lanes, 2231 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Bowling is from 8 to 11 p.m. For tickets, visit welcomeyouhome.org and click on the “candlelite bowl” tab or mail a check to Operation Welcome You Home, 1750 W. Ogden, suite 2062, Naperville, IL 60567. Cost is $60 a couple or $30 a person. To learn more, email email@example.com.
Hometown Picnic: Naper Settlement’s Hometown Picnic will be from noon to 4 p.m. . Enjoy a day of games, including a cupcake walk, water balloon toss, watermelon seed spitting contest, and more. Bring your own lunch or purchase food onsite to enjoy a picnic on the grounds while listening to the Naperville Light Guard Band play between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Calling all pie makers to join our apple pie contest. Winners will be announced during the picnic. Activities included with admission. Visit www.napersettlement.museum or call 630-420-6010.
Artist’s reception: Meet painter Kimble Bromley during an artist’s reception from 2 to 4 p.m. in North Central College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. His exhibit “Resurrection” has been on display all summer and closes Aug. 12. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/show for details.
Company benefit: Acceleration Sports Performance in Naperville is hosting the Anti-Hunger Games from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 12 to benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Eighty elite athletes will compete in an extreme course that features tire flipping, rope pulling, prowler pushing, and much more. Find food, games, a family area and raffle during the event at 1740 W. Quincy Ave. Contact Chris at 630-355-6600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary Ride: The Rotary Club of Naperville South will host the 16th annual ride, presented by DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd., from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Commissioner’s Park, 3704 111th St., Naperville (248th and 111th streets). Registration is $45 through Aug. 11. To register, visit rotaryride2012.eventbrite.com.
Millennium Carillon: Last chance to climb the 253 steps to the top of the tower on a Friday this season. Visit Moser Tower from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours on weekends are from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.