November 27, 2012 10:28PM
DuPage Woodworkers members Bruce Kinney, left, and Jerry Johnson, demonstrate the making of a toy car at Kinney's home workshop in Naperville, Ill., on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. (Corey R. Minkanic/for the Sun-Times Media)
Updated: December 29, 2012 6:09AM
The Derriere Affair: The Naperville Public Library will celebrate bottoms with an underwear craft, guessing game, dancing and plenty of stories from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Crafty Books: Celebrate National Book Lovers Day by upcycling old books by making book page origami, a book page bouquet, a mini-book necklace and more from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Registration required at www.naperville-lib.org.
Naperville Garden Club meeting: The club will host its monthly meeting at 8:45 a.m. at the While Eagle Golf Club, 3704 White Eagle Drive. The featured program is “Holiday Tablescapes,” presented by Gail Gregor. The cost of the meeting is $13 per person. Call 630-717-9616.
Women’s luncheon: People’s Resource Center presents the annual event, “Celebrating Creativity and Compassion” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arrowhead Golf Club, 26w151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Tickets are available for $75 by calling 630-682-5402, ext. 233, or at www.peoplesrc.org/default.aspx?EventId=122.
“Ready, Set, HIRE:” A free recruiting strategies workshop will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Aurora University’s university banquet hall at Alumni Hall, 1410 Marseillaise Place, Aurora. The university’s Dunham School of Business will present Jamie Sidwell, principal, with Naperville-based Progressive Link. For more information, or advance registration, call 630-844-5527.
Learn about U.S. generals: The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park will present a discussion by author Thomas E. Ricks at 7:30 p.m. of his newly published book, “The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.” Museum doors open at 6:45 p.m. A book signing will follow and copies of ‘The Generals’ will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are complimentary. Call 630-260-8227. The event is part of the First Division Museum’s popular series, A Date with History.
Covered Wagon Tours: Enjoy a 30-minute guided covered wagon ride, and learn about the natural and cultural history of St. James Farm along the way from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville at Madison Street and Hoy Avenue. Cost is $5 per person ages 13 to 54; $4 ages 55 and older; $2 ages 5 to 12; free younger than 5. Registration not required. Call 630-933-7248.
DuPage Woodworkers: Last year the group made and gave away 2,586 toys to needy children for Christmas and will give away toys again this year at its meeting at 7 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, 480 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Bob Myers will discuss his scroll saw work. He has been woodworking for about 22 years, primarily scroll sawing model trains. Contact Jack Pine at 630-215-7482, Publicity@dupagewoodworkers.org, or visit www.dupagewoodworkers.org.
DuPage Children’s Museum at the library: Drop in between 10 a.m. and noon at the Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd., and experience some of the interactive exhibits from the DuPage Children’s Museum. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
‘Babes in Toyland’: AlphaBet Soup Productions presents the family-friendly and holiday-themed musical “Babes in Toyland” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29-30, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. For tickets visit absproductions.com or call 630-932-1555.
David Nasaw book signing: Anderson’s Bookshops and North Central College co-present celebrated historian David Nasaw for an author talk and book signing of his newest book at 7 p.m. in Koten Chapel at Kiekhofer Hall, 329 E. School St. Call Anderson’s at 630-355-2665 or visit andersonsbookshop.com.
Christmas concert: One Way Ministries and the Wheaton College Gospel Choir present a Christmas and worship concert, “Shine 2012: All Things Are Possible,” at 7:30 p.m. in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults, $5/children (younger than 12). Call the box office at 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. Visit owm.org/shine2012. Dec. 6
Santa House: Pet Night will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Santa House on the Riverwalk. Advance registration is required at www.napervilleparks.org.
Beer & Baubles: The traditional holiday event is from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Enjoy shopping, live music, a tasty beer from Two Brothers Brewery (for adults 21+), and appetizers while supporting the arboretum. A cash bar and tapas menu will be available. Free admission is available after 4 p.m. for holiday shoppers through Dec. 23.
Cup of Cheer exhibit: Naper Settlement and Naperville Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, are partnering to showcase the Settlement’s Cup of Cheer tea cup and saucer collection. The Cup of Cheer Holiday House Walk is the Naperville Garden Club’s annual fundraiser, which is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 Naperville Bank & Trust, 5 S. Washington Ave., is one of the ticket locations for the event and will have the Cup of Cheer exhibit on display through January.
Indoor Mini-Golf Challenge: The Dziedzic community room at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., will be transformed into an exciting mini-golf course from 4 to 8 pm. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
Free gift cards: Shop downtown Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22, and you might be stopped by a snowman who will be giving away downtown Naperville gift cards and other goodies.
Bark For Books: Read to a certified therapy dog and handler from a local organization. This program for readers in grades 1 through 5 is from 11:30 am to 12:30 p.m. at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Visit www.naperville-lib.org or call 630-961-4100.
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, Dec. 8, 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.
Santa House: Special Needs Nights will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10-12 at Santa House on the Riverwalk. Advance registration is required at www.napervilleparks.org.
Yard waste collection ends: Weekly bag or bundled yard waste collection ends for the year on December 14.Yard waste collection will begin again March 18, 2013, and a yard waste sticker will be required on all bags and bundles.
Rachel Ray visits: The celebrity chef will visit at 6 p.m. at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St., Naperville. Ray visits to present her book, “My Year in Meals.” Ray will give about an hour-long program, to be followed by a Q & A session for audience questions. Admission is included with the purchase of the book from Anderson’s Bookshop. Calling 630-355-2665 or visit www.andersonsbookshop.com.
Holiday seminars: Want to learn how to make the best cup of hot chocolate, learn great holiday appetizer recipes, how to tie the best bows? A schedule of complimentary quick-and-easy holiday seminars will be unveiled Dec. 15. Visit www.downtownnaperville.com for updates.
Special needs giving: The Autism Family Foundation is hosting Tis the Season for Special Needs Giving, a free holiday celebration Dec. 15 at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora. The nonprofit will provide 250 special needs kids and siblings with a visit with Santa and each child will go home with a toy. Families of children with special needs must RSVP at www.autismfamilyfoundation.net.
Breakfast with Santa: Benedictine University’s Student Senate is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus for children of all ages from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 in the main dining room of the Krasa Student Center. The event features breakfast with an all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes and sausages. Each child can have their picture taken with Santa. Mrs. Claus will read her favorite Christmas story, and Ernie the Elf will help children make decorations. There will also be holiday movies, children’s games, prizes and a raffle. The cost is $12 per person. Children age 2 and younger eat free. To register, call 630-829-6617 or visit www.ben.edu/SantaBreakfast.
Naper Settlement: Take a guided tour of the Martin Mitchell Mansion at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets are $7 per person; $5 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining Members. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door of the Mansion, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville.
Christmas Tree Ship: The History Speaks Lecture Series at Naper Settlement will present The Christmas Tree Ship from 4 to 5 p.m. Author Rochelle Pennington will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s mysterious disappearance Nov. 22, 1912, with original photographs, artifacts and underwater photos. Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, youth and Naperville Heritage Society sustaining members. Tickets on the day of the presentation are $7 for adults, $6 for sustaining members, students and youth. For tickets, call 630-420-6010.
Santa supper and holiday shopping: Enjoy supper with Santa at the Morton Arboretum and then do holiday nature crafts and visit the trains display. Supper with Santa is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20,in the Ginkgo Restaurant. The arboretum store will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Each purchase qualifies for an entry to win a gift basket of Frasier Fir home fragrance items. The Enchanted Railroad will extend its hours until 5:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at www.mortonarb.org, in the visitor center, or by calling 630-725-2066 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Ticket prices are $26 member adults, $32 nonmember adults, $22 member child (2-12), or $26 nonmember child (2-12). Prices do not include state sales tax or an 18 percent service fee. Free entry to the arboretum after 4 p.m. for those wishing only to shop.
Winter Solstice Walk: On the first night of winter, one of the longest nights of the year, the Morton Arboretum will celebrate the winter solstice from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 21. Join the Solstice King and Queen on their grand procession around Meadow Lake complete with story-telling. Join in a ceremony to bring back the sun. Meet in Arbor Court. Free with admission.
Hunt for the Yule Log: Take part in the 35th annual Hunt for the Yule Log from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Receive a list of clues leading to various parts of the arboretum to find the Yule Log. Once found, join in a log-sawing celebration, bonfire, caroling by the Frozen Robins singers, and wassail. Meet in the visitor center. Free with admission.
Yule Twig Hunt: Little ones are invited to take part in the pint-sized “Yule Twig Hunt” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 in the Children’s Garden at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. This event sends our smaller adventurers to find a Yule Log that is just their size. Free with admission.
Daytime countdown: Ring in the new year with a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 31 for downtown shopping and dinging, and then count down the new year for an early ringing in of the at the base of the Carillon at Rotary Hill. Visit www.downtownnaperville.com