February 12, 2013 8:08PM
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 14, 2013 6:35AM
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.
Riverwalk Commission: The meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. in the lunch room of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
Lisle Township: The Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Lisle Township, 4711 Indiana Ave., Lisle.
Ethics and politics of new reproductive technologies: Dr. Tim Morris, professor at North Central College, will discuss issues related to in vitro fertilization, surrogate pregnancies, cloning and various attempts at trying to create “the perfect baby.” This event will be at 7:30 p.m. at DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 1828 Old Naperville Road. Visit www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-West-Suburban-Chicagoland/events/101458382.
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 was 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. on Saturday, February 16 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.
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.
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. on Monday, February 18 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.