The 630 | March 2017

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Everyone’s Irish. . .

. . . on March 11 at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade winding through downtown Naperville. Spectators can enjoy their annual fix of bag pipes and leprechauns mixed with politicians and local service organizations—all that’s missing is the DuPage River being dyed green (ahem, Mayor Chirico. . .). The parade starts at Naperville North High School, proceeds south on Mill Street to Jefferson, east on Jefferson to Main Street, and south on Main Street to Water Street. The 2017 Parade Queen wins a $250 scholarship from West Suburban Irish. She is chosen each year by a selection committee based on community involvement and—of course—her Irish heritage.

Teen Occupation

The KidsMatter Student Job Fair on March 21 is a one-stop place for young people to find seasonal and summer jobs. The fair provides 1,850+ job opportunities from over sixty-five area businesses as well as mock interviews, resume creation, online networking and internship experiences to prepare students for the workforce. Last year’s fair attracted over 1,550 students between sixteen and twenty-three. The free event will be held at North Central College’s Res/Rec Center from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Remodeled Race

Registration is open for the Edward-Elmhurst Health Half Marathon & 5K race to be held October 22, 2017. The event previously included a full marathon, but low participation prompted organizers to shift to a half-marathon/5K format in an effort to gain more participation. All runners and walkers will start the race at Eagle Street and Aurora Avenue, continuing through downtown before splitting off near Hillside Road and Washington Street. Half-marathon runners will go as far west as Berry Drive, north to Ogden Avenue, as far east as Charles Avenue and as far south as 75th Street. Registration will be capped at 6,500 participants.

Spring Style Weekend

Grab your BFFs and hit the sales and events at the Downtown Naperville Spring Style Weekend from March 3 to 5, where you can preview the latest in spring fashion and mingle with fashion-minded friends. Join the 95.9 The River broadcast at Egg Harbor or hit the Brunch/Spring Fashion Show at Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Shop at more than seventy-five stores including J.Crew, Little Luxuries, lululemon, Banana Republic, Evereve, bevello, Edie Boutique, Cali & Chance and Southern Tide. 

Benefit Auction

Little Friends’ Forty-First Annual Benefit Auction will be held March 4 at the Hilton Lisle-Naperville. The agency’s largest fundraiser features a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions, raffles and live entertainment. Guests can donate funds for needed items and interact with staff and clients through “The Blue Envelope Project,” which directly impact Little Friends’ flagship divisions: School Programs, Adult Day Programs, Adult Residential Services and The Little Friends Center for Autism.


Nicolette Luxeology

Specializes in Goldwell and Redken hair color, style and extensions, plus cuts, in a boutique setting.

10 West Jefferson Avenue

Kim Roth Fine Art Studio

Offers drawing and painting classes for children, teens and adults based upon a classical method of teaching. The studio also offers summer camps and winter/spring break classes such as “Brushes & Blizzards,” a two-hour paint event paired with Dairy Queen ice cream treats.

1839 Wehrli Road

A Colorful Affair

Creative experiences in a relaxed space: fused glass, mosaics, painting ceramics, canvas painting, soap and candle making and glass painting.

124 South Webster Street

Homewerks Inc.

Provides customers with home renewal products to enhance a home’s appeal and functionality, including kitchen, bath and basement remodeling.

1154 East Ogden Avenue

Riverwalk Therapeutic Massage

Offers relaxation massage as well as customized, targeted massage treatments across the lifespan from newborn and beyond.

213 West Jefferson Avenue


Two Downers Grove South High School faculty members recently have received 2017 Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence awards from the Illinois Music Education Association. Fine Arts Chair Glenn Williams and Music Teacher Laura Coster were nominated for the award by their peers and were recognized at the Illinois Music Education Association Conference earlier this year.

Downers Grove residents Dr. Helge Frank and Dolores Frank recently donated five works of art to the Cleve Carney Art Gallery located in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. The works will be maintained as part of the nearly 720 works currently in its permanent collection. Vesuvius by Andy Warhol (1928–1987, shown), Le Reine des Éphémères by Joan Miró (1893–1983) and Imola Three II from Circuits by Frank Stella (1936– ) are together worth an estimated total value of $85,000.

Aurora native Utilitiesman 2nd Class Kristina Sosa with Construction Battalion Maintenance (CBMU) 202 is shown here securing a tent in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, in support of Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17). The team assembled tents following the mission’s arrival in the country. CP-17 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements, and medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show U.S. commitment to Central and South America.