Maple Sugaring Spring Fever

Maplel Sugaring Spring Fever

Welcome warmer weather and shake off cabin fever during Naper Settlement’s annual tribute to the changing of the seasons. Learn the time-honored method of collecting sap the old-fashioned way and see a maple tree tapping demonstration. Enjoy hands-on activities and presentations that recount Illinois’ Native American heritage and pioneer past and try a tasty maple treat. Each of the historic buildings will have a different theme and special activities for families to enjoy.

The history of maple sugaring

Maple sugaring was an integral part of American life in the 1800s and was the foremost sweetener until the end of the Civil War. A community social event celebrating the arrival of spring, the difficult work involving in collecting and processing the sap required many hands. This festive gathering was a welcome diversion following a long winter. Until the end of the Civil War, maple products were the most important food sweeteners in the United States because they were far less expensive and more available than cane sugar.

See the 2014 coverage of Maple Sugaring Days from NCTV17!

Days:  March 12 & 13, 2016
Saturday 10 am-4 pm
Sunday 1-4 pm

Ticket Information: $12/adult, $10/senior (62+), $8/youth (4-12)
Naper Settlement Members, Naperville residents (with proof of residency) and children under 4 years receive free admission.

Brookfield Zoo – Free Admission – Freeze Day

brookfieldzooLocation: West Mall

Date: Sunday, February 14

Free Admission Freeze Day!

We love the cold and so do our animals. Join the Green Valley Dog Drivers for dogsled demonstrations, sled runs, and other winter animal fun. There will also be some special winter animal Zoo Chats. Admission is free!

At Hamill Family Play Zoo, youngsters and their families can meet Nature Cat from WTTW’s new public television series. The animated program encourages children ages 3-8 to explore and develop connections with the natural world. WTTW also will be on hand engaging kids in a variety of hands-on activities, including making bird feeders and playing tracking games. Other fun activities will feature mud play, tips on snowshoeing from the Forest Preserves of Cook County and creating Valentine’s Day cards for the animals.

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dog Sled demos on the West Mall
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Try on some snow shoes with the Forest Preserves of Cook County on the West Mall
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Bird of Prey Zoo Chat on the West Mall
11:30 a.m. Polar Bear Zoo Chat at Great Bear Wilderness
12:00 p.m. Wolf Zoo Chat at Regenstein Wolf Woods
2:00 p.m. Snow Leopard Zoo Chat at Big Cats

DuPage River Watershed Poster Contest

LowerDuPageRiverWatershedThe Lower DuPage River Watershed Coalition works to improve and protect the health of the DuPage River. Students – They need your help to get the word out about what residents can do to clean up the river! Put on your thinking caps and start dreaming up advertisements that promote the health of our river! Turn your ideas into a poster or video for the Coalition’s contest. Entries are due by March 1 and prizes will be awarded. Check out the contest details at Contest Flyer.

Valentines Idea: Chocolate Walk


Date: 02/13/2016

Time: Noon – 5 pm

Location: Downtown Naperville, IL

Tickets: $25


Benefiting 360 Youth Services, tickets will be available for purchase in early 2016 for the Valentine’s Weekend, Chocolate Walk to benefit local 501C3, 360 Youth Services.

Sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, buy tickets to participate in Downtown Naperville’s inaugural 360 Youth Services Chocolate Walk on Saturday, February 13 from 12 noon – 5pm.  Attendees with receive a commemorative souvenir Chocolate Tin along with a map touring many Downtown Naperville shops and restaurants where you’ll experience chocolate tasty treats and chocolate surprises! A perfectly delectable way to spend Valentine’s Day with the ones you love in support of a good cause.

Limited tickets for sale – available for purchase $25 per person/tin (cash or check only) at 360 Youth Services (located at 1305 Oswego Road), the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce offices (Main Street Promenade, 55 S. Main Street, suite 351)  (Monday – Friday, between 9am – 4pm) and at Country Curtains (233 S. Main St.) ( Sunday –  Saturday 10am-6pm).

For further details, visit

Mary Poppins in Naperville

The Banks family, a family fraught with frustrations, is touched by the cool and confident Mary Poppins. Together they traverse adversity and adventures to rediscover the magic of their love for one another. London and its parks come alive, day and night, from bankers to birds our story touches a note of familiarity for all ages.

Tickets may be purchased over the phone, online at or at a Park District facility.  Like last year, we will not be giving out physical tickets.  When you register you will receive a registration confirmation to the email listed on your account. If no email is provided the confirmation will be mailed.  You will exchange your confirmation email for a ticket at the performance so please bring the confirmation to the performance for admittance.  Online purchases will only be available until 5pm the Thursday before the weekend performances.   Tickets purchased at a Park District facility or over the phone will be available for purchase until 4:00 p.m. on the Friday of the performance weekends. After that time, tickets must be purchased at the performance. If tickets are purchased at the door, the price is $12.  A sign language interpreter will be present at the Saturday, January 16, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 24, 2:00 p.m. performances. The show will run for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission. (bm)

Location: NCHS – Auditorium Door #24
Fee: $10 in advance; $12 at the door
Age: 4 and up

January 23, 2016
Code: 141867

Saturday, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Click here to registerCode: 141865
Saturday, 7:30 pm-10:00 pm

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January 24, 2016
Code: 141869

Sunday, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
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Ping Pong Tournament

Pull out your paddle and show off your skills at the annual City Table Tennis Championships co-hosted by the Naperville Table Tennis Club and the Naperville Park District on Saturday,  January 23, 2016. This is a single elimination tournament with the top two finishers in each age division receiving awards. Registration and check-in are at 8:00 a.m. with registration ending at 8:30 a.m. for the adult divisions starting at 9:00 a.m and at 10:30 a.m. with registration ending at 11:00 a.m. for the youth divisions starting at 11:30 a.m. Any registration after the check-in time will be processed on a space-available basis only. Youth division will begin as close to 12:00 p.m. as possible. Participants need to bring their own paddle. Age 17 and under may sign up for only one division.  Entrance to River Woods School is from the back of the school through the gym doors. (ba)

Location: River Woods School – Gym
Date: Saturday,  January 23, 2016
Fee: $8.00(R)(N)

Coed Ages 11 & Under
Check-in and registration: 10:30 am
Code: 141371
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Coed Ages 12-13
Check-in and registration: 10:30 am
Code: 141372
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Coed Ages 14-17
Check -in and registration: 10:30 am
Code: 141373
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Men Masters 50+
Check-in and registration: 8:00 am
Code: 141375
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Men Open
Check-in and registration 8:00 am
Code: 141374
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Women Master 50+
Check-in and registration: 8:00 am
Code: 141377
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Women Open
Check-in and registration: 8:00 am
Code: 141376
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Valentine’s Day Special – Starved Rock Wedding


Valentine’s Day Special
First, some history on the lovers holiday. Though sending cards and love notes only dates back to the 1840’s, Valentine’s Day has been around since 496 A.D. Fast forward hundreds of years, and you will find that this years Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, making it the most romantic day of the year and the perfect time to say I Do! Starved Rock Lodge is offering FREE rental fee if you book your wedding on 2/14/2016.
*Food and beverage minimum will apply*
Don’t think you can plan a wedding in such a short time? Take a deep breath, that is what we are here for!
Call or email us today to get more

Make the most important day of your life unforgettable! We are here to make your wedding dreams come true. So whether you’ve set the date for a lovely outdoor ceremony in the spring or plan for a winter wedding in December, no matter the season, we have the perfect setting to say “I Do” to!
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“I got married at The Starved Rock Lodge recently and was beyond thrilled with my experience! From start to finish, the entire staff made everything so easy! I would recommend Starved Rock Lodge to anyone.”

– Maryn E.

Take advantage of our “Hot Date” discount to receive half off the rental fee of your wedding at Starved Rock in either the Great Hall or at the Sunrise Shelter. Call the Sales Team today at (815) 220-7333 to book one of the “Hot Dates” listed below! Applies to new bookings only.

  • 2/7/16
  • 2/12/16
  • 2/21/16
  • 2/26/16
  • 2/28/16
  • 3/25/16
  • 4/1/16
  • 4/3/16
  • 4/10/16
  • 4/29/16
  • 5/13/16
  • 5/30/16
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Linkedin for Professionals & Small Businesses

Date: January 13, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rasmussen College
1400 Normantown Road
Romeoville, IL 60446

LinkedIn for Professionals & Small Businesses

4 Questions that will be answered:
• Are you optimizing your LinkedIn presence for your business?
• How do you make your LinkedIn company page more useful?
• What are some creative ideas to take your company page to the next level?
• How do you reach your followers and increase impact of your business through LinkedIn?


  • $15 for members
  • $25 for non-members
  • Students and Graduates of Rasmussen College can attend at no cost.

Presented in cooperation with Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Plainfield and Joliet Chambers of Commerce.


See my profile on LinkedIn as an example.deb

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