A few things to do in Naperville the first week of August 2022

Above / Returning from a jaunt to Mason City, Iowa, a stop along the way to check out a “nature trail” in Brandon, Iowa, also took us to a Blue Star Memorial. If you read the Naperville Gardner in the July issue, you may recall that Naperville has two Blue Star Memorials that honor men and women for their service in the armed forces.

If you’re going on vacation out of town in August, good luck!

Given the popularity of “stays”, here in Naperville, you can take a break and experience all that your hometown has to offer, that’s NEWS

As PN columnist Carlos Madinya says, “Spend less time traveling, more having fun!”

For example, until August 16, Centennial Beach is scheduled for open swimming from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Residents are $9 and $7. Non-residents are $14 and $12. Located at 500 W. Jackson Avenue, Centennial Beach is open weather permitting during the good old summer days.

Additionally, pedal boats, kayaks and paddle boards are available for rent at the Jaycees Marina on the Quarry Riverwalk.

To find more information on hotels, attractions and restaurants, go to VisitNaperville.com and DineNaperville.com.

August 1 to August 8, 2022

August 1 / Free Family Movie Night at the Fry Family YMCA

August 1 / Support the Naperville Area Humane Society via Paws in the Garden Fundraising.

Last day to order Garden Mums! Help NAHS homeless pets by buying flowers with the Flower Fundraiser just in time for fall. Paws in the Garden is sponsored by Schaefer Greenhouse. Choose from 2 sizes of garden mums in a variety of colors, $14 each.

August 1 / AAUW Annual Used Book and Media Donation Drive / 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, August 1 / Washington Jr. High School Gym, 201 N. Washington Street.

From 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, August 1, book and other media donations will help make the AAUW sale a success. Books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and video games are welcome. Proceeds will benefit AAUW’s efforts to advance gender equity through research, education and advocacy. The AAUW Naperville Used Book and Media Sale runs from 9 a.m. to noon on August 4, August 5, and August 6, also in the gymnasium at Washington Jr. High School, 201 N. Washington Street.

1st of August / Calling event planners! Click here to submit events to PN’s online community events calendar.

The form is available for submitting quality community events that serve Naperville. PN Editors reserve the right to edit, publish, and promote events at its discretion, those that follow Good Humor Community Standards. When submitting, be sure to include accurate and “most complete” information about the event. Submissions are subject to verification before publication. Please allow up to seven business days for events to be published and posted on this website. It is best to use a desktop or laptop computer when submitting events. Please use the Calendar of community events. And, of course, thanks for reading.

Until September 6 / Annual Lions Club Summer Raffle at noon

The Naperville Noon Lions Club summer raffle continues through Labor Day, September 5, 2022. The draw with four cash prizes will take place on the first Tuesday following Labor Day, September 6, 2022. The cash prizes are $5,000, $2,000, $1,000 and $500. .
Buy your raffle tickets at www.napervillenoonlions.org. Simply click on the link above to access the “Tombola” section associated with “What Lions Do” on the home page of the website. This link will take raffle shoppers to several options: one ticket is $10, three tickets are $25, seven tickets are $50, and 15 tickets are $100.

Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase from the Lions Club stationed at Casey’s Foods, Douglas Ace Hardware or Buikema Ace Hardware.

August 2nd / National Night in Naperville

From neighborhood to neighborhood, neighbors are invited to plan rallies during the evening of August 2, 2022, to join other communities across the country to help promote public safety, strengthen drug abuse prevention and strengthen community spirit. Remember to turn on the porch lights every night to keep all neighborhoods safe. Click here for the story.

August 4 to August 6 / AAUW Naperville Used Book and Media Sale

The AAUW Naperville Used Book and Media Sale runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 4; Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 at Washington Jr. High School Gym, 201 N. Washington Street. See the August 1 list for more details.

Enjoy the great outdoors! Go fishing! Find a pond here!

August 4 / Naperville Municipal Band Concert / 7:30 p.m. Thursday August 4 / Naperville Community Concert Center at Central Park / Downtown Naperville

The Naperville Municipal Band will perform “Sounds from Central Park,” including Irving Berlin’s “Songs for America,” patriotic marches, a foot-tapping polka, and Meredith Willson’s “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.” The concert will end with an encore of John Philip Sousa’s always catchy “The Stars and Stripes Forever”. (Note that the summer series finale concert on August 11 will feature the NMB Big Band under Tracy Oliver.) Concerts are free.

August 5 and August 6 / WSI Naperville Irish Fest at Frontier Sports Complex / 3-10 p.m. Friday, August 5 / noon-10 p.m. Saturday, August 6.

Many activities with Irish accents are planned for the youngest. For more details on the featured entertainment and some photos from the first Irish Fest 2021, Click here.

Aug. 7 / Naperville Sprint Triathlon / 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 / Start at Centennial Beach.

The Centennial Beach parking lot will be closed all day from Saturday August 6 to 1 p.m. Sunday August 7 due to the 14th Naperville Sprint Triathlon. Sunday morning, expect lane closures near downtown Naperville. Registration is sold out.

Aug. 8 / Annual OPUS Salute, Honor and Love Concert / 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 / Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Avenue.

This annual OPUS Salute, Honor, and Love (SHL) concert is dedicated to seniors and veterans in the community. The Wentz Concert Hall will be filled with cheerful chamber music and wonderful treats. OPUS can help arrange transportation upon request. Free admission. For more information, Click here.

Naperville schools are resuming!

Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Early Childhood, K-12, serves nearly 17,000 students residing in Naperville, Lisle and Bolingbrook. Classes begin August 17, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Indian Prairie School District 204, Preschool, K-12, serves nearly 28,000 students residing in Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and Plainfield. Classes begin August 18, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Private high schools (9-12) serving Naperville just beyond its borders include Benet Academy in Lisle where all classes begin August 19; Marmion Academy in Aurora, classes begin August 19; St. Francis High School in Wheaton, classes begin Aug. 19; and Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, classes begin Aug. 24. Naperville Christian Academy (PreK, K-12) is located in Naperville where the first day of school is August 31.

Find a list of 20+ private PreK, K-8 schools at www.countyoffice.org with links to their websites. The list includes independent, parochial, religious and non-religious charter schools and preparatory prep schools.

Thank you for purchasing all school supplies locally!

“Cruising into Summer” is a project where Busey Bank partnered with students from Metea Valley Secondary School who painted a van sculpture to represent seasonal fun. Now on display along with 15 other works of art in downtown Naperville, the colorful, historic and whimsical designs create many attractive reasons to visit the central business district for school supplies. Get ready for a special shopping spree that includes discover many summer sales and many new products among events planned throughout the city center in August.

Long live the sparkling sun!

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