The 630 | August 2016
Open Bike Night
August 2, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This summer, the Naperville Police Department has partnered with the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club to offer Open Bike Night at Safety Town. Children between the ages of 3 and 10 are invited to bring their bikes to Safety Town, 1320 Aurora Ave., and practice riding on the streets of the miniature city. While riding, participants practice many of the basic rules of safe bicycling, including riding single file, stopping and looking both ways at intersections, using correct hand signals and following road signs and signals. Teen volunteers will be on hand to manipulate the traffic signals for a more realistic biking experience. During Open Bike Night, adult supervision is required and all children must wear a bike helmet. Members of the Naperville Police Department will offer helmet-fitting sessions to ensure that everyone’s helmet is properly adjusted for a safe ride. Many times, helmets do not provide the proper protection because they are not worn correctly. The cost of Open Bike Night is $5 per child. Additionally, children may rent a Kettcar for $3 if they would rather ride one of Safety Town’s small four-wheeled bikes. For more information contact Sydney Zuhn at email@example.com or Mary Browning, Naperville Police Department Community Education Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Night Out
August 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Neighborhoods throughout Naperville are invited to join communities nationwide and participate in National Night Out. Commonly called “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to heighten drug prevention and crime awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships. In 2015, more than 35 Naperville neighborhoods participated by hosting block parties, potlucks, parades, ice cream socials and more. On the night of the neighborhood events, residents throughout Naperville and across the nation are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and other city personnel. Events such as cookouts, block parties and neighborhood walks will all occur simultaneously throughout Naperville and nationwide. Members of the Naperville police, fire, public works, animal control, electric and water utility departments along with the Naperville Park District Police will visit many of the registered events. Each year, the City of Naperville selects an issue affecting our community to be highlighted on National Night Out with continued focus throughout the year. “Lock It or Lose It” is intended to remind those who live, work and visit Naperville that many property crimes can be prevented simply by locking home doors, garage doors, windows and vehicle doors. In 2015, nearly 90 percent of reported motor vehicle burglaries involved unlocked vehicles. The Naperville Police Department is advising residents to “Lock It or Lose It.” For more information on National Night Out, visit www.naperville.il.us/nno.
Cabernet Cabaret (CabCab) – Guilty Pleasures
August 6, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The best guilty pleasure songs from the ‘80s and ‘90s will keep you dancing all night long during this annual outdoor dance party at Arranmore Farm and Polo Club, 34 Rance Road, Oswego. One of ArranmoreArts’ signature events, the Cabernet Cabaret Concert Series, offers an experience like none other in the region. These open-air musical events are held on the pristine, expansive lawn of Arranmore Farm & Polo Club. Distinctive themes and an eclectic mix of musical selections provide a backdrop for you to create lasting memories with old friends and new. Guests are encouraged to bring your own party (BYOP) including a full spread of food and drink, blankets, chairs and even tables. Whether you decide to make your evening about cocktails and crudites or beer and brats, you are sure to have a great time. For more information and tickets visit arranmorearts.org.
Destination Asia Cultural Festival
August 6 and 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
No need to grab your passport or pack your bags for this overseas trip. Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, sports, games and art, all within walking distance of the Arboretum’s collections of trees from China, Japan, and Korea. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle.
August 6, noon to 4 p.m.
What better way to spend a lazy summer day than at a picnic with old-fashioned games, contests, an apple pie baking competition and a vintage baseball game at Naper Settlement’s Hometown Picnic. Relive the exciting and interesting history of the Grand Old Game and enjoy the fast-paced action of bare-knuckle baseball based on the original rules from 1858. Cheer on the Lemont Quarrymen as they take on the Deep River Grinders at 1 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. All activities, including the game, are free with museum admission: $12 adult (Ages 13–61), $10 senior (Ages 62+), $8 youth (Ages 4–12). Naperville residents and Naper Settlement members are free.
August 6, 7:30 p.m.
Country superstar Alan Jackson brings his Keepin’ It Country Tour to RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora. Rising star Lauren Alaina will be the special guest. Jackson’s Keepin’ It Country Tour finds the country icon playing hits that have gained him legions of fans and songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire withstands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite him as an influence. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit, “Here in The Real World,” signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country,” party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time” and more. Jackson’s 2016 tour is a continuation of his recent 25th anniversary celebration which found the superstar playing to sold-out crowds throughout 2015. Special guest Lauren Alaina joins Jackson for his Chicago-area show. The singer, who won America’s hearts when she appeared on the 10th season of American Idol, arrived on the scene with her No. 1 debut album, Wildflower. Now she’s climbing the charts with her latest single, “Next Boyfriend,” off her brand new Lauren Alaina EP. RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway. Tickets are $55. Purchase tickets at RiverEdgeAurora.com, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Tickets will also be sold on-site day-of-show, starting at noon. VIP tickets and packages are also available at alanjackson.com, which also has more information about Jackson, his tour schedule, music and more.
Naper Nights Concert Series
August 19 and August 20
The annual summer concert series continues during August at Naper Settlement.
Friday, August 19
Fletcher Rockwell, 6 p.m.
Hometown Chicago band featuring classical Americana-tinged rock and roll.
16 Candles, ‘80s night headliner, 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 20
Who’s Who, return to rock roots with a tribute to The Who, 6 p.m.
Kashmir, featuring vintage Led Zepplin’ music, stage gear, costumes and special effects, 8 p.m.
An Afternoon With Priscilla Presley
August 21, 4 p.m.
Priscilla Presley brings an open conversation to the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd in downtown Aurora. Priscilla offers audiences a rare opportunity to gain insight into a world only a few have entered. Journey with her through her fascinating life in an intimate interview format where she will answer audience questions and share stories that will spark curiosity and conversation. Guests of this unique experience will be intrigued, surprised and entertained by Priscilla herself, live on stage in this open conversation. Priscilla portrayed Jenna Wade on the hit television drama “Dallas” from 1983–1988. She then displayed her considerable comedic talents in the box office smash “The Naked Gun: From the Files of the Police Squad,” reprising her role in “The Naked Gun 2-1/2” and “The Naked Gun 33-1/3: The Final Insult.” She has guest starred in many television shows including “Melrose Place,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Tales of the Crypt” and “Spin City.” In 1979, Priscilla became co-executor of the Presley Estate after the death of Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley. She continues to be a steward of the Elvis Presley legacy. She served as an executive producer on Elvis Presley’s album “If I Can Dream,” a collection of hand-picked classic vocals embellished with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s backing. Released in October 2015, the album debuted at No. 1 in the United Kingdom and Australia and has since gone triple platinum. She has been an ambassador of the Dream Foundation for the past 18 years, helping to fulfill the dreams of adults battling terminal illnesses and has also worked closely with the Humane Society of the United States spending time in D.C. to lobby Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST Act) bill that will strengthen enforcement of the 1970 Horse Protection Act. Single tickets to An Afternoon With Priscilla Presley are $65 and $75 with group discounts available. For tickets and information, visit ParamountAurora.com, call the Paramount box office at 630.896.6666 or purchase in person at the Paramount Theatre box office, 23 E. Galena in Aurora.
Naperville Wine Festival
August 12 and 13, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The annual Naperville Wine Festival provides an opportunity to sample from more than 300 wines from around the world. Learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts in a relaxed festival setting. Wine seminars and cooking demonstrations are conducted by event sponsors, exhibiting wineries, area chefs, and restaurateurs. Some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers will sell their signature dishes. Live music will be performed on the festival stage. Adult wine tasting tickets are $32 in advance or $40 at the door. Admission ticket good for either day. This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, 12 tastings, one pint of any beer available at the festival, food and wine seminars, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount. Alcohol sampling ends 15 minutes before closing. Designated driver tickets are available for $15 online or at the door. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, food and wine seminars, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult. This event takes place rain or shine. CityGate Centre, Naperville.
August 26 and August 27, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales all at the Brookfield Zoo’s fifth annual ZooBrew. This one-of-a-kind, 21 and over beer-tasting event features more than 80 beers. Musical entertainment includes high energy rock, pop, alternative, dance and classic rock music by the U.F.C. Band on Friday. No Alternative, the highly polished five-piece band from Chicago specializing in a wide range of uptempo, lively, sing-along favorites will perform on Saturday. General admission tickets are $45 (members $35) and includes free parking, admission to the Zoo, admission to the ZooBrew tent, 3 oz. beer samplings and unlimited soft drinks. For more info, visit czs.org.
Lakeside Pavilion Starlight Summer Series: Brass Transit
August 26, 7:30 p.m.
What happens when eight of Canada’s most in-demand musicians and singers comprised of veterans of the Hall-of-Fame rock and soul acts like the Drifters, Sam and Dave, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, the Marvelettes, Frankie Valli, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Del Shannon and the Mamas and the Papas get together out of a common love for the greatest jazz-rock group of all time? Brass Transit—Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight tribute to the ‘70s phenomena, Chicago. The band’s show includes all the hits from Chicago’s golden age including “Only the Beginning,” “Color My World,” “25 or 6 to 4,” performed with world-class horn and rhythm sections and spot-on vocals. This concert, serving as a kick off to College of DuPage’s 50th Anniversary, will be capped with fireworks, t-shirt bombs, and an appearance by Chappie, the COD mascot. Pavilion opens at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and/or chairs and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Beer, wine and other concessions will be available for sale. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Concession stand available for ages 21 and older. McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. For more info, visit www.atthemac.org.