Above/jumped into it this weekend! Sculptor Matthew Bowdish displays his trademark bronze among various sizes of Arizona-inspired Jack Rabbits, with carrots! First meet this entry at the Naperville Art League Riverwalk Gallery of Fine Arts near Jackson in Webster, west of the Dandelion Fountain.
Friday – September 16
Downtown Naperville / Regular opening hours vary / Downtown businesses welcome visitors to discover what’s new! Enjoy discovering special summer savings and all the fall new arrivals between meals at over 40 restaurants. downtownnaperville.com.
Road closures in downtown Naperville to improve pedestrian traffic, accessibility, infrastructure and safety are nearing completion!
But first, remember that Jackson Avenue will be closed until Sunday evening in preparation for the annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair.
Moreover, progress comes with patience and plans. Save the date September 24, 2022!
The Progress Celebration hosted by the Downtown Naperville Alliance is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 24.
you know: The Downtown Naperville Alliance acts as a marketing and advocacy partner for the downtown Naperville Central Business District, which is comprised of 300 businesses, including convenience stores, bank restaurants, spas, and service businesses. For more information visit downtownnaperville.com.
Saturday – 17 September
Celebrate Constitution Day / All Day, September 17 / Consider that everyone who accepts the power to serve an elected office swears to protect the Constitution of the United States, now with its Twenty-seven Amendments, including the Bill of Rights. Also keep in mind that the USA still lives within its First Republic. Thanks for reading and studying. The original document takes less than 60 minutes to read (signed by 39 delegates on September 17, 1787, and ratified in 1789), now with all twenty-seven amendments.
Celebrating Constitution Week at the Naperville Library /9-5 Saturday, 1-5 Sunday, 9-9 weekdays, September 17-23 / All three public libraries in Naperville will host an exhibition curated by the Fort Payne chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Visit the Naperville Library and take the opportunity to learn something new about the document outlining the Basic Law of the US Federal Government, which defines the three main branches of federal government in the Republic: legislative, executive, and judicial. Whenever you have a watch, take your time to read the US Constitution. Pay attention to Article V of the Constitution, the place where the founders provided two ways to propose amendments to the original document.
Public Safety Open House
Annual Public Safety Open House / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Naperville Public Safety Center Click here for story and details. This friendly event is perfect for families and Scouts! The purpose is to disseminate important crime and fire prevention information to the residents of Naperville and to encourage citizens to take action regarding crime and fire prevention strategies. Both divisions firmly believe that citizens are the first defense against fire and crime and want to spread the word that residents need to “prepare, practice and prevent” to keep their families safe.
Kids will love the freebies and the chance to meet McGrove and Sparky! Safety City will be open. And the fire truck will be just for kids!
Additional parking will be available for the Public Safety Open House across River Road in the church parking lot.
Discover Autumn Hunting! Lake Whalon, located south of Royce Road, is part of the Will County Forest Preserve. The popular park protects a variety of habitats, including prairie, wetlands, an 80-acre lake, and part of the DuPage River. Enjoy picnics and cycling too.
Naperville University of the Arts hosts the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair
Annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. & Sunday, September 17-18 / Jackson Avenue between Main Street and Eagle Street / For a sample of what to expect at the fair this weekend, visit www.napervilleartleague.com.
St. Baldrick Foundation
Kickin’s childhood cancer in the box (just next door) Pepe’s Cantina – St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event / 2PM / 1272 E. Chicago Ave. / To help raise money for childhood cancer during Awareness Month, every dollar will go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds only pediatric cancer research. Sign up to shave your head, cut your hair, and donate it. Spectators are welcome to come out to support the folks while they watch heads shave and/or buy some raffle tickets for some great prizes and enjoy some delicious tacos while you’re there! Bagpipers are planning to play too!
Naperville Sister Cities presents the Spanish Heritage Festival
Naperville Hispanic Heritage Festival main event / 5-9 pm in Central Park, 104 E Benton / This second celebration hosted by the Naperville Sister Cities Committee is taking place again during Hispanic Heritage Month. An abundance of colorful activities, live music and family fun with tastes from south of the border Schedule every Saturday at other locations around downtown NapervilleThen the main event takes place in the evening in Central Park. The Naperville Sister Cities Committee will also host a presentation of special awards between 5 and 6 p.m.
Sunday – September 18
good a thun
Annual Good-a-Thon / 8:30am sign up ($25) / 10.01am Short Race (0.1km) to Make a Big Difference / Race Walk / Run / Hike / Ski / Dancing / Jump (or not) to Jude- Finish Line a-thon is fundraising and awareness for the VFW National Children’s Home. Check-in begins at 8:30 AM, and camaraderie immediately follows. The family event kicks off at 10:01 a.m. Sunday, September 18, near the Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion behind Judd Kendall VFW Post, 908 W. Jackson Ave. We welcome individuals and teams in uniform or not. Pets on leashes are also welcome. Sweepstakes and prizes add loads of fun before and after the mega fast event! More information at www.napervillevfw3873.org.
Walking to End Alzheimer’s
Walking to End Alzheimer’s / check-in at 8:30 am / party at 9:30 am –
Walking starts at 10 a.m. North Central College Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium/ Find bios details here.
Explore a million miles from somewhere in the Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve / Just south of 75th Street / The golden glow of wildflowers seems to run forever along the paths at the Springbrook Forest Reserve where monarchs fly by the dozens and land one by one.
Although this time of year the Goldenrod may appear to be the most prominent in the distance, the state flower of Illinois is the violet. That insect is the monarch butterfly. The state bird is the cardinal. The state tree is the white oak. A friend to explore the wonderful outdoors that are constantly changing every season in the Midwest.
All events posted here welcome all ages and do not require prior registration.
Greetings for a glorious weekend, a few days before fall begins on September 22nd!