Community gardensyield tons for food pantry
It’s been a good year for urban farming in downtown Naperville.
A crew of volunteers — four dozen adults, assisted by three dozen tots enrolled in the Naperville Park District’s preschool program — descended Oct. 15 and 16 on the community garden plots on West Street to reap an abundant late-season harvest for donation to the low-income families served by the Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.
A record 1,817 pounds of vegetables were brought in from the garden plots over the two days.
Augmented by donated vegetables from others who rent the park district’s rectangular plots for growing vegetables during the warm season, the benevolent bounty came to 4,252 for the season, an increase of more than 7 percent over the 2012 harvest for the pantry.
Loaves & Fishes staff members and clients are grateful for the produce donated to the hunger relief agency, which distributes more than 30 tons of groceries every week.
Benet Academy featured in ABC Friday Flyover
This is not a fly-by-night thing. It’s actually a fly-by-morning thing.
Students and faculty members from Benet Academy in Lisle will bundle up and brave the elements today to take part in ABC 7 Chicago’s Friday Flyover, a weekly “bird’s eye view of local high school spirit.”
Before 6 a.m., a helicopter will buzz over the high-school stadium, capturing the Redwings in action for the early-morning news show.
“We are excited to show our school spirit and highlight our school and athletic teams,” said Patti Peterson, Benet communications and public relations manager.
Peterson said faculty and students prepared throughout the week for their news debut. Along with an early-morning pep rally, more than 1,000 eager students will show their school spirit by spelling “Benet” on the football field for Chicago-area viewers to see.
If you miss it, check out http://abclocal.go.com/wls/seenontv and look for “Friday Flyover.” Benet joins Waubonsie Valley High School, which was featured in a “Friday Flyover” last month.
Learn from Rosie
Author’s new book calls for more girls in science
Naperville author Andrea Beaty engineered this one perfectly.
When math, science and technology are the focus for many educators, she released “Rosie Revere, Engineer” to fit the bill for girls in science.
“I love Rosie’s passion and creativity,” the author said.
“Like all kids, she is capable of so much, but she needs someone to encourage her. When she gets that from her great-great aunt (Rosie the Riveter), she shines.”
The book comes to life with illustrations by artist David Roberts, and already has been named a New York Times Best Seller.
“This book lets kids know that we learn from our mistakes and grow because of them,” said Beaty, a frequent guest speaker at area schools. “Rosie learns that the only true failure can come if she quits. I want to help kids understand that.”
Beaty will signing books at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. To learn more about the author, visit www.andreabeaty.com.
Do you like to be scared? Freddy will be here
If “A Nightmare on Elm Street” still gives you nightmares, then this celebrity visit might be for you — or not.
Robert Englund who played Freddy Krueger in the 1984 cult film will be at Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville, and Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, this weekend for screenings of the Wes Craven film.
Craven produced “A Nightmare on Elm Street” on an estimated budget of just $1.8 million, a sum the film earned back during its first week. An instant success, the film’s total U.S. box office gross is $25.5 million and went on to make a huge impact on the horror genre, generating sequel after sequel since 1984.
Also this weekend, she seventh annual International B Movie Celebration will take place for the first time at the Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge.