Naperville Sun columnist Nicki Anderson recently met with David Eigenberg of “Sex and the City” and “Chicago Fire” fame. He was in town to donate a fire helmet signed by the entire cast of the NBC hit show to auction during 360 Youth Services 23rd annual auction and gala tonight at the Marriott Hotel Naperville.
David Eigenberg, a Naperville native who plays Christopher Herman on the show, also put together a promotional video for the auction talking about his support of 360 Youth Services in Naperville.
“This is an organization that makes a positive difference in the community,” Eigenberg said. “There is nothing more important than taking care of kids and giving them hope for a positive future. 360 has done an incredible job with its programs, and I hope this helmet brings them a lot of money for the auction.”
Eigenberg who also played “Steve” in the HBO series “Sex and the City” has always been generous with his time and talent by giving back to the community that he still calls, “home.”
To learn more about the fundraiser, visit www.360youthservices.org.
Naperville artist part of Chicago exhibit
The work of Naperville resident and artist Paula Kloczkowski Luberda is being featured in “The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions,” a major human rights exhibit co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
“My focus has always been about the human condition and humanity,” said Kloczkowski Luberda.
“This particular show works hand-in-hand with the type of work I do.”
“The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions” sheds light on ongoing ancient rituals that kill or maim millions each year, yet aren’t considered crimes. The exhibit features 38 pieces of art in several mediums, and represents the works of several of the Midwest’s most prominent artists.
“I applaud the exhibit’s innovative use of art to illuminate and raise awareness of vexing human rights issues,” said Harold J. Krent, dean of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. “There is no question that artistic expression is one way we can prompt dialogue for greater tolerance in our world.”
The exhibit opened this month and runs through Feb. 3 at the school, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago. Among the art mediums represented are painting, sculpture and drawings. Visit www.breakingcriminaltraditions.com.
‘Tis the season?
Trolley chick already talking holiday lights tours
While most of us are still talking about Halloween, Annette Wehrli is making a list and checking it twice. Yes, ‘tis the season Naperville’s own trolley chick starts talking about the holiday lights tours.
“Our tour has become a tradition for many in the Naperville area and beyond,” Wehrli said. “A gathering of friends, family, neighbors, company associates, Scout troops, red hat ladies and more. Being on the trolley together, listening to the holiday music and seeing the awesome homes we drive past is a treat for all ages.”
Wehrli said bookings for private Naperville Trolley Holiday Lights tours start earlier and earlier each year, and some dates are already filling up.
“It’s one of our favorite times of the year,” she said.
The tours are offered every night of the week beginning Dec. 1 through Dec. 28, with the exception of Christmas. Private tours (of 21 or 32 passengers) can be reserved by calling 630-420-2223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Public tour tickets can be booked through www.napervilletrolley.com.
And of course, if your home is worthy of a trolley drive by, Wehrli wants to know.
“We are always out looking for homes that would be great to include on our tours, so please let Naperville Trolley know if you have a house for us to see,” she said. “Advanced technology has really taken some homes to the next level. You never know who you may see in the front window as we trolley on by.”
‘The Help’ star visits school
Students from Young Elementary School rolled out the red carpet last week for Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.
Last year, the veteran character actress won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award for her role in “The Help.” But it was a book that brought her to town Oct. 21.
“We love to have the opportunity to introduce our students to people who are successful in a variety of fields,” said Blaire Ranucci, Young’s library and media center director. “Octavia Spencer helped show students that they can find success in as many different ways as they want.”
Spencer spoke to students at the Aurora school about the writing process and her first novel, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit.”
“Our hope is that Octavia Spencer has motivated children to pursue their dreams and not feel limited,” Ranucci said. “We hope that students can recognize their own potential to do great things.”
The visit was made possible through a partnership with Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.