Naperville resident Alex Sapiega doesn’t play football, but she definitely rocks the Bears wear.
The 14-year-old recently made it to the finals of an NFL Star Stylist contest after submitting an essay and picture of her decked out in Chicago gear.
“Making it to the finals meant that other people think I have a great sense of style,” Sapiega said. “My style is tomboy-casual, but I like to accessorize.”
The contest, sponsored by Girls Life magazine, included an online vote. As the winner, the Naperville Central High School student not only snagged tickets to a Bears game and some NFL apparel, she’ll appear in an upcoming edition of the magazine.
Now that’s something to cheer about.
Kick out the jams
Carillon to featureclassic rock Sunday
This is not your grandfather’s Millennium Carillon.
On Sunday afternoon, the air around Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave., will be filled with the strains of ... rock ’n’ roll! Between 4 and 5 p.m., city carillonneur Tim Sleep will interpret medleys of classic rock tunes in the stately bell tower. He’ll share air time with musical selections from WERV-FM 95.9 “The River,” which will be broadcasting live at the location from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Audience members will be invited to participate in a bike raffle and contests, allowing them to name songs and win prizes during the inaugural rockfest. They also can bring an extra blanket to donate in support of the Sept. 29 Bike Bald event, a spin down the DuPage River bike trail to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and its fight against pediatric cancers (shaved heads optional).
So grab a picnic basket, some chairs and a blanket (or two) and head on over for the free concert. Fringed suede vests and beaded headbands optional.
A few good men
Vets’ group stepsup to help Marine
When volunteers headed over to spruce up Glen and Elaine Glover’s yard, they found more ways for willing hands to help out.
Naperville Rotarians went to the octogenarian couple’s Benton Avenue home one Saturday in late August, planning a routine outdoor cleanup of the sort the organization often does for people who can use a hand with upkeep on their homes. While they were there, they noticed the roof of the home was badly in need of replacement.
In came Naperville Responds for Our Veterans, which does construction-related maintenance projects for former U.S. military members. Glen Glover, a Marine who served in Japan during World War II, had sagging ceilings that could be traced to the ailing roof.
“We as a board decided that this was a project and that we’d go ahead and replace this guy’s roof,” said Patrick Bowler, the organization’s president.
It was exactly the kind of thing the 4-year-old nonprofit was designed to do when it was formed as the successor to Naperville Responds to Katrina. That entity built 21 homes in Pass Christian, Miss., after the hurricane devastated many Gulf Coast communities.
“That’s what happens,” Bowler said. “The house gets dilapidated, and these guys don’t want to ask for help.”
Learn more at www.nrfov.org.
Oprah Book Club author helps out
When an author is recognized by Oprah Winfrey’s famous Book Club, her book definitely catches the attention of readers.
DuPage-Will Hadassah will host Elizabeth Berg, a nationally acclaimed author, during a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Sullivan’s Steak House in Naperville.
Berg is the author of more than 20 books, including “Open House,” which became an Oprah Book Club selection.
Naperville resident Jan Strauss said this is the second year of hosting a book-related luncheon and that the money raised from the event will go to support the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower Hospital in Israel, which was dedicated last year.
“Two other people living here in Naperville that are associated with DuPage-Will Hadassah group, including Carol Kerr and former president Paulette Goodman, were the ones that put this together,” Strauss said. “Paulette actually reached out to Elizabeth herself, and even though she now lives in California instead of Chicago, Elizabeth said she was willing to come her at her own expense.”
The cost of the luncheon is $36, and reservations must be made by Sept. 22. Checks must be sent to Carole Kerr, 305 Elmwood Drive, Naperville, IL 60540. So far, about 60 have registered.
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