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Christmas lunch for seniors

Naperville area seniors are invited to the 30th annual Christmas luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 N. Naper Blvd.

“Thanks to the generosity of community families there is no cost to seniors who attend the luncheon,” said R.J. Bartels, executive director of the Kroehler Y, which hosts the event with the Naperville Park District.

Last year was the third year of the Park District’s involvement.

Reservations are required by Dec. 16 by calling Brianne Pardo at 630-527-4010 and leaving a message with guests’ names and the total number in their party.

Benet Academy 5K for the Drive

Benet Academy’s second 5K for the Drive run/walk to benefit Benet’s annual Christmas Drive is Dec. 15.

The Christmas Drive has been a Benet Academy tradition that dates back more than 25 years. It began as a canned food drive that aided local families and food pantries. It has evolved into a two-week fundraising event in which students and teachers collaborate to raise money to buy both toys and food for families in need and also contribute to various charities and service organizations.

In the 5K’s inaugural year, more than 450 Benet students, parents and alumni, along with residents from the surrounding suburbs, came out to run and walk. They raised more than $10,000 and helped contribute to Benet’s most successful Christmas Drive ever. The total funds raised last year surpassed $70,000.

Registration is $30, which includes a T-shirt, timing chip, food and refreshments after the race. Visit to learn more. Online registration closes at noon Friday, Dec. 6.

Online soccer register begins

Online registration for the Naperville Park District’s spring youth soccer began this week at

Teams also are forming for the second session of Naperville Indoor Soccer, which runs from Jan. 10 through March 1 at Players Indoor Sports Center. Team numbers will be set by Dec. 13.

All online registrants will need a pin No. and barcode, which can be established online at

Young Naperville Singers concert

Young Naperville Singers will present “Starlight and Wonder” at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the auditorium at Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville.

The holiday program features traditional carols, folk songs, world music, masterpieces and holiday favorites, combining more than 340 children’s’ voices, a flautist, percussionist, clarinetist, string-bass and oboe. There will be two candlelight concert offerings conducted by Angie Johnson.

The concert will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Young Naperville Singers.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, students and children and may be purchased by calling the YNS office at 630-369-9679.

Tuba Christmas

Naperville is celebrating Merry Tuba Christmas at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

The event is open to all euphonium/baritone players and tuba players from sixth grade to adult.

Last year, more than 70 musicians played holiday tunes together.

Performances will be at 11 a.m. at U.S. Bank on the northeast corner of Jefferson Avenue and Washington Street and at 12:30 p.m. at Aurora’s Westfield Shoppingtown Fox Valley in the food court.

Performers can register between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Community Concert Center in Naperville’s Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. Registration is $10, and music may be purchased for $20. Contact Ron Keller, director of the Naperville Municipal Band, at 630-778-9994.

Early Bubble Bash registration

The DuPage Children’s Museum discounted early registration for its 12th annual Bubble Bash continues through Friday, Dec. 6. Cost is reduced by $5.

The New Year’s Eve countdown to noon is 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 31 at the museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville.

Featured activities include a musical performance by Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies, various bubble-themed activities, and the countdown led by Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel.

Reservations are required at or 630-637-8000. Early registration is $20 members and $25 nonmembers; after Dec. 6, $25 members and $30 nonmembers.

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