Post by title1parent on Apr 10, 2009 7:31:53 GMT -5
Put upcoming local events that everyone can enjoy, here.
Taste of Aurora set May 12
April 10, 2009
From Staff Reports A dozen restaurants will be taking part in this year's Downtown Aurora Taste. The event, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Aurora, is set for 5 to 9 p.m. May 12.
Ticket booklets will be available for $25. The booklets include four restaurant coupons, a free parking pass and a map showing participating restaurants and bus stops.
Each booklet also includes a raffle ticket for prize drawings.
Participating restaurants include: Ballydoyle Irish Pub ;D, LaFrance Bakery, Tecalitlan, Julio's Grill, Bacci Pizzeria, La Quinta de los Reyes, The River's Edge Café, Jimmy John's, Cazadores, New China Hut No. 3, The Dirty Duck and Walter Payton's Roundhouse ;D.
Businesses interested in being a sponsor or buying advertising space on a place mat, should call Marti Cross at 630-892-5456.
Post by title1parent on Apr 15, 2009 5:12:57 GMT -5
Train joins Last Fling:
Train is the latest band to be added to the entertainment slate for this year's Last Fling celebration in Naperville. The Grammy Award-winning rock band will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Rotary Hill as part of the Labor Day weekend festival sponsored by the Naperville Jaycees. For details, visit www.LastFling.org.
Aurora might move fireworks to July 3 By Justin Kmitch | Daily Herald 4/15/2009
Aurora's Independence Day weekend will likely kick off a day earlier this year to give residents a longer weekend celebration.
The city's government operations committee Tuesday approved moving the annual Independence Day fireworks up one day to July 3 in what was described as a cost-savings and convenience,
"By kicking the holiday weekend off with the fireworks on Friday night, residents have the entire weekend free to celebrate with friends and family," said Gina Moga, manager of the Mayor's Office of Special Events. "Not only can we reduce costs, we feel many residents will find it more convenient."
Third Ward Alderman Stephanie Kifowit, who also its on the committee said the decision to grant the change was an easy one.
"Like (Moga) said, it'll be fun because everyone will have more time to celebrate," Kifowit said. "But we're also expecting a significant savings having the event on a Friday instead of Saturday so it was really a no-brainer."
Although some expenses, including fireworks and entertainment fees, are fixed, the city will save money on payment of personnel costs switching from a Saturday night event to a Friday night event.
City officials said the move is likely only a one-year situation since July 4 falls on a Sunday next year.
The city council is expected to vote on the change in early May, while keeping the city's Independence Day Parade scheduled for July 4.
The city of Chicago, as well as a number of smaller communities, traditionally holds its Independence Day fireworks display on July 3 to kick off the holiday.
The fireworks display, along with family-oriented activities, is being held for the third year at Aurora Central Catholic High School and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.
Fermilab's Family Outdoor Activity Fair is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. It is free, but registration is required. Send an e-mail with the number of children and adults attending to email@example.com. Activities are designed for children ages 5 to 12 and include making a sun dial and learning about birds of prey. They will also visit the bison pen to check for calves. For details, visit fnal.gov. Fundraiser for library:
The Aurora Public Library Foundation is holding its first fundraising reception and auction, "Imagine ... the Possibilities" at 6 p.m. Friday at SciTech Hands-On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., next to the main branch of the Aurora Public Library. Proceeds will be used to buy a van to deliver library materials to homebound residents. The van also will make visits to preschools and Montessori schools. Tickets are $60. For details, call (630) 264-4154 or visit aurora.lib.il.us.
Post by title1parent on Apr 23, 2009 5:21:55 GMT -5
Operation Safe Kid: The Naperville Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service Forensic Services Division, in cooperation with the Naperville Junior Woman's Club, are offering the opportunity for parents to have their children fingerprinted and photographed. The "Operation Safe Kid" program provides a biographical document containing the child's photograph, digital inkless fingerprints and other vital information.
This service will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Safety Town, 1320 Aurora Ave. An adult must accompany all children. There is no fee for the "Operation Safe Kid" materials. If you are unable to attend, the packets, which include self-inking forms, will be available at the Naperville Police Department. Contact the School Resource office at 630-420-6667.
Post by title1parent on Apr 24, 2009 5:29:41 GMT -5
VALLEY BRIEFS: Aurora
Park class sign-up
Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for summer programs and events beginning at 8:30 a.m. May 2. Non-resident registration will begin May 11. For a complete listing of programs and events, the Summer 2009 Activity Guides for youth and adults are available at all community centers and are accessible online at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
• Mail or drop off: Fill out a registration form and mail to FVPD, 712 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506. Make checks payable to Fox Valley Park District. Registration forms are located on the Web site and included in the Summer 2009 Activity Guides.
• In person: Beginning at 8:30 a.m. May 2, and during business hours at the Prisco Community Center, Eola Community Center and Vaughan Athletic Center.
Post by title1parent on May 1, 2009 5:25:02 GMT -5
Rain or shine, time for wine Annual Wine on the Fox event set for Saturday
May 1, 2009
By CHRISTINE S. MOYER firstname.lastname@example.org OSWEGO -- Village leaders are hoping for warm weather this weekend.
You know, the kind of weather where wine sparkles in the sunlight and the wind smells as sweet as the vino tastes.
What more could you ask for the village's third annual Wine on the Fox from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hudson Crossing Park?
Admission to the festival is free.
For wine lovers, wine tasting wristbands cost $10, and that includes a souvenir wine glass and five tasting tickets.
Additional tasting tickets are available for $1.
This year's event is slightly different than last year's Wine on the Fox, which drew close to 2,000 people despite the day's steady rain, according to the village's community relations coordinator, Michelle Bergeron.
There will be 17 wineries participating in Saturday's wine fest, two more than past years' 15 wineries, Bergeron said.
New bands will provide the live music and some new food vendors, including The Comfort Zone BBQ on Light Road in Oswego, will feed the anticipated 3,000 attendants.
Although weather forecasts predict clear skies for Saturday, Bergeron said the event will go on rain or shine.
Parking for Wine on the Fox will be available in the former Alexander Lumber lot, as well as in the Village Hall parking lot at 100 Parkers Mill and in the public lot across the street from the Tap House Grill.
Oswego police are urging travelers to remain patient while driving around the village Saturday because increased traffic congestion is expected.
Running toward literacy; annual 5K event in Jeanine's memory By Christy Gutowski | Daily Herald 5/14/09
The brown-eyed, dimpled girl died tragically 26 years ago, but a memorial fund her family created to help future generations read and write still flourishes.
The 8th annual Jeanine Nicarico Run/Walk for Reading is planned Sunday in Naperville. Her parents, Tom and Pat, and their daughters, Chris and Kathy, set up the literacy fund more than a decade ago in honor of the 10-year-old girl who was murdered Feb. 25, 1983.
To date, it has doled out more than $100,000 in grants to public and private schools in Naperville Unit District 203 and Indian Prairie Unit District 204 to help students, similar to Jeanine, overcome literacy challenges.
"They are such a great example of people who have taken a challenge in life and turned it into something that helps other people," said Mary Bazan, race director. "They are consistent in their commitment to the fund, which is a year-round undertaking."
Participants in the 5K Run for Reading will step off at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at River Woods Elementary School, 2607 River Woods Drive, Naperville. The 3.1-mile course is USA Track and Field certified and winds through the River Woods, Farmington and Walnut Ridge neighborhoods.
This year's event is especially poignant, as participants will observe a moment of silence and don memorial stickers for Laura Peterson, River Woods principal, who died Sunday at age 60 after battling cancer.
The race typically draws about 425 walkers and runners of all ages from across the suburbs. Dozens of local businesses and volunteers donate their time, money, wares and services to make the event a continued success, raising about $20,000 annually.
"The grants awarded give students of all ages, in the area, an opportunity to be provided with enriched experiences of reading and writing to inspire them to continue to be lifelong learners," said Chris Roy, one of Jeanine's sisters. "It also allows a little of Jeanine to spread throughout our future generations to continue to live on with us."
The event wouldn't be possible without its backers, many of whom offer their financial support year after year. Bazan's Lynmar Lending Group is the main sponsor.
Others include dentist Paul V. Caputo, the Philip-Rae accounting firm, The Rotary Club of Naperville-Downtown, and Naperville City Councilman Robert W. Fieseler's law firm McAndrews, Held and Malloy. Anderson's Bookshop also is sponsoring an author visit to the school with the highest participant participation.
Participants may sign up one hour before the Sunday event or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school, or visit nicaricoliteracyfund.org. The cost is $25.
Tom and Pat Nicarico will be waiting for you at the finish line, where they help call out names and finish times. Fieseler is serving as race announcer.
Historic figures walk the grounds at Civil War Days By Susan Dibble | Daily Herald 5/14/09
Area residents wanting to meet people who helped change the course of history have no farther to go this weekend than Naper Settlement's Civil War Days.
As in the past, President Abraham Lincoln, famous generals and common soldiers will be among those assembled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, at the 19th century museum village at 523 W. Webster St., Naperville.
But new faces also will be there for visitors to meet, said Donna Sack, director of visitor services.
"This is the first time we will have Frederick Douglass participate in our event," she said.
Chicago native Kevin McIlvaine, now artist-in-residence in the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., will portray the one-time slave who rose to become a well-known black abolitionist, author, newspaper publisher and women's rights advocate.
McIlvaine said Douglass met Lincoln on three occasions.
"It was Frederick Douglass who urged the president to free the slaves and allow them to fight for their freedom," he said.
When Lincoln did issue the Emancipation Proclamation (not soon enough for Douglass's liking), the abolitionist recruited black men to join the Union Army.
"Over 180,000 black men served in the Union Army," McIlvaine said. "I think that changed the tide of the war."
Another new face joining Civil War Days is Paddy Lynn, who will portray Harriet Beecher Stowe, author "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Stowe's vivid portrayal of the life of black Americans under slavery was so influential that Lincoln is reported to have remarked when he met her, "So this the little lady who started this great war!"
Lincoln's political opponent, Stephen Douglas, will be there in the form of actor Terry Lynch. History professor James Marten of Marquette University will speak on the lives of children during the Civil War.
Stephen Quick and Phil Lauricella will debate the viewpoints of the North and South in "Two Voices of the Civil War."
Norm Camp will demonstrate Civil War cooking. Naperville artist Jim Weren will present his portraits and knowledge of the war's famous generals in "Civil War in General."
Battles take place at 2:30 p.m. each day.
Army on the move
Sycamore resident Larry Worline will be back to portray Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who finally led the North to victory after Lincoln went through a long string of commanders. Grant had his critics, who depicted him as a slovenly drunk and butcher who didn't care about how many men he lost in battle.
"He was slovenly, but he wasn't a drunk. He couldn't have accomplished what he did if he were a drunk," said Worline, adding that Lincoln sent spies into Grant's camp to check out the rumors of his drinking.
The depiction of Grant as a butcher is also unfair, Worline said. Grant fought hard and took frightful casualties, but ultimately wore down Lee's army, he said.
"His life philosophy was 'I never turn back,'" Worline said.
Robert Conklin, a member of Chicago Light Artillery Battery A, portrays one of the Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. In addition to the dangers of battle, the soldiers endured long marches, rain, camping out, and a lack of food and clothing, he said. Foraging was common, especially in the South.
"You looked for a farm and sort of helped yourself," he said.
Soldiers wounded in battle might have been treated by Dr. Orange Ormsby. Ormsby was an actual Civil War physician who came from Galena, said Bob Fox of Oak Forest, who portrays him.
"The primary work we did was amputation," Fox said. "Amputation was the only way you could save a life if a limb was shattered and it was inoperable."
Contrary to popular misconception, soldiers did not have to bite on a stick or be given a swig of alcohol to deal with the pain, Fox said. Anesthesia was available. Lundnum, one of the most common painkillers, was a combination of opium and brandy.
Soldiers could lie on the battlefield for hours before being treated. Even those who received prompt attention for their wounds had no assurance of recovery. Without an understanding of germs, surgeons never sterilized their instruments and reused bandages after rinsing them out, Fox said.
"I think one of the things most people are surprised about is we never washed our hands," he said.
Two-thirds of the soldiers who perished died not of their wounds, but disease and infection, Fox said.
Back to civilian life
But Civil War era wasn't all about fighting and death, and neither is the family-oriented Civil War Days. The Fox Valley Genealogical Society will do online searches for visitors who want to find out whether an ancestor served in the Civil War. The medicine show and flea circus will be back.
A dozen or more vendors will offer wares that include Civil War hats, baskets, jewelry, books and wooden toy guns.
Greg and Sherri Brunk of Kettle Korn travel seven hours from Missouri to offer their popped, sweetened corn and homemade root beer, Sherri Brunk said.
"That's the only show we do in that area and we always look forward to it," she said.
Kettle corn is an authentic treat, she said. Field corn was popped in a big kettle that the pig lard was heated in after a hog was butchered, Brunk said.
"They would put sugar in it as it starts popping. That would make it sweet and that was a treat," she said. "Basically it's cooked in the same old cast iron kettle."
Sack said Civil War Days normally draws a crowd of 5,000 to 6,000 depending on the weather.
"If folks are looking for fun and educational things to do, we're the place to be that weekend," she said.
If you go What: Civil War Days
Where: Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; battle at 2:30 p.m. each day
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $6.50 youth ages 4-17; $1 off advance tickets at several Naperville retail locations and at Naper Settlement
Post by title1parent on May 23, 2009 5:29:41 GMT -5
Last Fling tickets on sale:
Tickets for main stage Last Fling concerts are now on sale at lastfling.org. Tickets are $10 for Robert Cray and Lonnie Brooks on Sept. 4, $13 for Jason Aldean and Colt Ford Sept. 5 and $15 for Train on Sept. 6. Additional opening acts have yet to be announced for the shows. All shows will be at Rotary Hill in Naperville as part of the annual end-of-summer festival. Tickets will also be available throughout the community in mid-July.
Post by title1parent on Jun 18, 2009 6:06:44 GMT -5
PrairieFest rolls out with music, rides, parades
June 18, 2009
Summer is a great time for community festivals in our area. PrairieFest in Oswego is one terrific summer festival.
PrairieFest kicked off Wednesday night at Village Green Park, behind Oswego Community Bank. Bopology is a group that combines the big-band sound of Duke Ellington with the vocal sound of the Rat Pack.
There's always a lot of music during Prairie Fest. The Prairie Winds performs tonight at the Hospitality Tent at PrairieFest Park, near Oswego High School on Route 71. Prairie Winds is Oswego's community band, led by present and former band directors from Oswego and Oswego East high schools.
There's other music on the Main Stage tonight and throughout the festival. There's also music at the Oswego Inn tonight, Friday and Saturday nights.
Windy City Amusement rides open up tonight and run through the rest of the festival.
PrairieFest kicks into high gear on Friday during the day, with activities for everyone in the family at the Main Stage, the Children's Stage Tent and the Hospitality Tent at PrairieFest Park. Local vendors sell some great food throughout the festival. The PrairieFest Expo Village features area crafters and businesses. PrairieFest expands to the Little White School Museum with PrairieFest Quilt Show.
Saturday brings even more PrairieFest activities to more of Oswego, including a Co-Ed Mud Volleyball Tournament near Prairie Pointe Elementary School. Hudson Crossing Park plays host to a Civil War Encampment, a Pet Parade and a Raft Rally. There's also music Saturday night at the American Legion downtown.
Sunday provides a great finish to PrairieFest. There's a community worship service at PrairieFest Park Sunday morning. One of the highlights of PrairieFest is the parade. It's the biggest parade of the year in Oswego, complete with fire engines, community groups and marching bands. Personally, I think one of the best places to watch the parade is near the Fire Station on Main Street. You can hear the parade announcer talk about the groups in the parade, and you can see them turn the corner near the library.
Celebrations like PrairieFest are an important part of the life of a community. They give you a great chance to get out and see people you might not see very often in town. They give you an excuse to get outside and enjoy some great weather and some great entertainment. PrairieFest lets people and organizations in town be a part of giving something back to their email@example.com.
Post by title1parent on Jun 18, 2009 6:12:43 GMT -5
After downtown fest ends, hike to Ballydoyle bash
June 18, 2009
By ANDRE SALLES firstname.lastname@example.org AURORA -- Ballydoyle Irish Pub is new on the downtown scene, and Friday will be its first Downtown Alive! experience. But the pub already is getting into the act in a big way.
Each night of Downtown Alive!, Ballydoyle will host an after-show party, starting at 10 p.m. after the last acts have left the Galena Boulevard stage. These parties will feature live music -- often from bands that are also playing Downtown Alive! -- and will run until the pub closes at 2 a.m.
And each night, after Downtown Alive! ends, a bagpiper will lead a procession of revelers from the festival to Ballydoyle's New York Streeet location.
On Friday, Big James and the Chicago Playboys will follow up their Blues on the Fox performance with a set on the Ballydoyle stage; and on Saturday, the Neverly Brothers and the Chicago Blues Angels will play -- although pub owner Phil Cullen is hopeful that festival headliners Los Lobos will show up for a jam session.
Ballydoyle is sponsoring Downtown Alive! this year, and Dale Hazlewood of the Mayor's Office of Special Events said the partnership is a natural one.
"We have thousands of people in the heart of historic downtown Aurora, and they're not ready to go home at 10," he said. "Ballydoyle's a new, big bar, located on the edge of the festival. It's a win-win."
If you're looking for another reason to hit Ballydoyle this weekend, Cullen has one: Chicago sports radio hosts Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein will broadcast live from the Aurora pub Friday afternoon, on AM 670, the Score. The broadcast runs 2-6 p.m. and is free to attend. There is a $5 cover charge for Downtown Alive! after-show parties at Ballydoyle.
Post by title1parent on Jun 19, 2009 5:45:40 GMT -5
Aurora, Naperville summer concerts
Back in the day, you'd scour the paper's music listings, planning your week's worth of concert hopping. Today, your iPod has an embarrassing number of songs sung by cartoon characters and the tunes in your head were put there by Disney.
Never fear. The summer is full of opportunities to see cool bands performing live, to hear music that hasn't been digitized, even to revisit (or discover) classics.
From the ringing bells of the Naperville Millennium Carillon to the silly sounds of children's performers, from the soaring strings of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra to the Blues on the Fox, fans of all kinds of music can find something they'll like in the summer concert series offered in our area. If you don't feel like venturing too far from home, the Naperville Park District will even bring some music to you.
And best of all, nearly every performance is free.
The Carillon Recital Series features concerts by national and international carillon players. Recitals are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 25 at the carillon in Moser Tower, 443 Aurora Ave. near Rotary Hill in Naperville. Free. Concert-goers can climb the tower and tour the carillon after each recital for $2 per person; free for ages 4 and younger. Info: napervilleparks.org.
June 23: Mark Lee, assistant city carillonneur, Naperville
June 30: Gert Oldenbeuving, Netherlands
July 7: Ray McLellan, Michigan State University
July 14: Jeff Davis, University California-Berkley
July 21: Jeremy Chesman, Missouri State University
July 28: Dennis Curry, carillonneur, Kirk in the Hills, Mich.
Aug. 4: Ana and Sara Elias, Portugal
Aug. 11: Carol Anne Taylor, carillonneur, Cathedral Guadalupe, Texas
Aug. 18: Jim Brown, assistant city carillonneur, Naperville
Aug. 25: Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
A number of special events also are planned on the carillon or at the base of Moser Tower. Free. Info: napervilleparks.org.
July 4: Carillon duets by Tim Sleep and Sue Bergren leading up to the fireworks display
July 7: 6:30 p.m. Chorus of DuPage barbershop chorus
July 18: 7 p.m. Carillon "pops" concert of stage and screen music by Tim Sleep
July 21: 6:30 p.m. Calliope concert by Tim Sleep
Aug. 22: 7 p.m. Carillon "pops" concert of Leroy Anderson music by Tim Sleep
Nov. 11: 11 a.m. Veterans Day program Concerts in Park
Naperville Park District's Concerts in your Park series brings live music to six community parks. Performances are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: napervilleparks.org.
June 21: Jukebox Band with '50s and '60s music and a Classic Car Show, Naperville Auto Test Track, Jefferson Avenue between Fort Hill Drive and Ogden Avenue
June 28: Bopology with Sinatra and swing music, Arrowhead Park, 711 Iroquois Ave.
July 12: Jonathan Devin & New Country with country/western music, Tall Grass Lakes Park, 3320 Rollingridge Road
July 19: The Associates with Motown music, Walnut Ridge, 2304 Keim Road
July 26: 215 West with pop music, Bainbridge Greens Park, 1112 Bainbridge Drive
The Naperville Municipal Band performs at 7:45 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 13 at the Naperville Community Concert Center in Central Park, one block east of Washington Street on Benton Avenue. Free. Info: napervilleband.org.
June 25: "Christmas Memories"
July 2: "Hail America" featuring 1812 Overture
July 9: Naperville Municipal Band Big Jazz Band
July 16: The DuPage Symphony
July 23: "Salute to Windjammers"
July 30: "Holiday Inn," The Four Seasons
Aug. 6: "Family Night" including the Alumni Band
Aug. 13: Thanks for the Memories
The Naperville Municipal Band hosts visiting performers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 15 at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, one block east of Washington Street on Benton Ave. Free. Info: napervilleband.org.
June 20: DuPage Symphony
June 27: Arlington Heights Concert Band
July 4: No concert
July 11: Fox Valley Concert Band
July 18: Lisle Community Band
July 25: Windjammers Circus Band
Aug. 1: Sterling Municipal Band
Aug. 8: The DuPage Valley Barbershop Chorus & The Naperville Light Guard Band
Aug. 15: The Naperville Big Band & Ted Fredenhagen Jazz Bands
Naperville Park District's Children's Lunch-Hour Entertainment series programs begin at noon and last about 45 minutes some Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 16. Shows are at the Riverwalk Warming Shelter east of Centennial beach unless noted. Free. Info: napervilleparks.org.
July 7: Chautauqua Express
July 14: Jim Jensen's family magic show
July 16: Jim Gill at Frontier Park
Rollin' on the River
Naperville Park District offers concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the Riverwalk pavilion along Jackson Avenue at Webster Street. Free. Info: napervilleparks.org.
June 19: Andrew Huber, solo alternative folk rock
June 26: Dave Byron, solo guitar
July 3: No concert
July 10: The Cattails, Americana
July 17: Fifth Avenue Band, variety
July 24: Babette & the Blues Shakers, blues
July 31: The Gecko Club, '80s post-punk
Aug. 7: Band Called Catch, accoustic rock/folk
Aug. 14: Gridlock Cartel, jazz fusion
The orchestra has three outdoor summer performances. Info: dupagesymphony.org.
June 20: "Life, Liberty and Melody!" at 7:30 p.m. at Naperville Community Concert Center in Central Park, one block east of Washington Street on Benton Avenue. Free.
July 16: "There's Music in the Air!" at 7:45 p.m. at Naperville Community Concert Center. Free.
July 25: "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" at 8 p.m. at Cantigny Park, Winfield Road, Wheaton. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Cantigny info: (630) 688-5161 or cantigny.org.
The city of Aurora hosts a series of two-day music festivals through the summer on Galena Boulevard between Broadway and River Streets. Free, no tickets needed. Info: downtownaliveaurora.com.
Blues on the Fox
June 19: 6:45 p.m. Big James & the Chicago Playboys; 8:30 p.m. Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
June 20: 2 p.m. Hix Brothers Junior All-Stars; 3 p.m. Henry Butler; 4:15 p.m. Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm; 5:30 Sugar Blue; 7 p.m. Watermelon Slim and the Workers; 8:30 Los Lobos Summer Jam
July 10: 6:15 p.m. Spoken Four; 8:30 p.m. Sister Hazel
July 11: 2 p.m. Hix Brothers Junior All-Stars; 4:30 p.m. 7th Heaven; 7 p.m. Painkiller Hotel; 8:30 Eve 6
Rock on the Fox
July 31: 6:15 p.m. Creedence Again; 8:30 p.m. Foghat
Aug. 1: 2 p.m. DBL-SHOT; 3:30 p.m. Blue Truth; 4:45 p.m. ARRA; 6:45 p.m. Trippin Billies; 8:30 p.m. Billy Squire
Aug. 14: 6:15 Hot Rocks; 8 p.m. Hi Infidelity
Aug. 15: 2:30 p.m August; 4 p.m. The Moods; 5:30 p.m. Elevation; 8 p.m. American English
Fireworks to light up your Fourth Despite economy, towns will party like it's 1776
June 30, 2009
By RUTH MOON For The Sun In spite of tight budgets across the Chicago suburbs, the fireworks shows will go on in some fashion this Fourth of July.
Naperville festivities are proceeding as usual, with a fireworks show co-funded by Ribfest and the city of Naperville. The city has no official parades planned, but smaller events are hosted by individual neighborhoods and subdivisions.
DID YOU KNOW?
• In July 1776, it is estimated that 2.5 million people lived in the newly independent nation. On July 4, 2009, it is estimated 307 million people live in the U.S.
• The value of fireworks imported from China in 2008 is estimated at $193 million, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($202 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $28.1 million in 2008, with Australia purchasing more than any other country ($5.8 million).
• The value of U.S. manufacturers' shipments of fireworks in 2002 was $17.3 million.
• In 2008, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags was $3.4 million. The vast majority of this amount ($3.0 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
• The dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2008 was $569,400. Belgium was the leading customer, purchasing $186,400 worth.
• Thirty-one states have places with "liberty" in their name. The most populous one as of July 1, 2007, is Liberty, Mo. (29,993). Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.
• Eleven places have "independence" in their name. The most populous of these is Independence, Mo., with 110,704 residents.
• There is one place named "patriot" -- Patriot, Ind., with a population of 190.
-- Source: U.S. Census Bureau The city of Naperville is paying $10,000 for fireworks this year out of its SECA fund, which is based on a 1 percent food and beverage tax. The shuttle bus services that are being offered to the show, for which the city has budgeted $20,214, are also paid from that fund, Community Grants Coordinator Katie Wernberg said.
Woodridge, however, hosted two nights of fireworks last year but is down to just one this weekend, said Tina Nakutis, administrative assistant in finance for the city of Woodridge. North Aurora canceled its usual show and is instead donating $4,000 to fund Aurora's show, said Gina Moga, a manager in the Aurora mayor's office.
Here's a roundup of the fireworks shows this weekend:
• Naperville: Knoch Park (off West Street), starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Knoch Knolls subdivision will host a parade to honor armed forces. All are welcome to march, and the parade will begin at 1:15 p.m. Saturday in the Springbrook School circle drive at 2700 Seiler Drive in Naperville.
• Aurora: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Aurora Central Catholic High School grounds, starting at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Parade is 9:15 a.m. Friday in front of Paramount Theater on Galena Boulevard.
• Warrenville: Cerny Park, starting at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
Funded by Friends of the Fourth, which received a $45,000 grant from the city of Warrenville.
Parade will kick off from Warren Avenue and travel west on Warrenville Road and south on Curtis Avenue to Woodland Road and Curtis Avenue intersection. Start time 6 p.m. Friday.
• Bolingbrook: Bolingbrook Golf Club, starting at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
• Lisle: Shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:45 p.m. as part of Eyes to the Skies Festival. Festival entrance from Yackley Avenue and Ohio Street intersection. Admission is $3 for adults; free for children 5 and younger.