Celebrate! It's Thursday, and you've almost made it through another week. This week was beautiful, with some of the best fall weather imaginable. Who could ask for more? OK, we will.
While we wait for a response to our fall weather request, we will help you plan your weekend. Do you know where you're going? We know where you might want to go. Here are some ideas for your next three days:
Parents usually try to avoid the police, particularly if they're driving a little too fast on Naperville streets. (I know; nobody here ever speeds, right?) Kids, on the other hand, love to meet some of the city's finest — and here's a great opportunity. The Naperville Public Library is hosting a special story time for kids that is a "Meet and Greet" with a Naperville police officer. Children will get to ask the officer questions, learn about safety, get some special goodies and take a tour of a police car.
For the adults looking for a good murder mystery, Agatha Christie's classic "The Mousetrap" is being performed at North Central College this weekend only. The bargain-priced tickets ($5 for adults) make taking in some local theater even more enticing.
If you love giving back to a good cause and you have some money to spare, you may want to consider strutting your stuff at the Naperville Area Humane Society's Black Cat Ball. Tickets are $150 apiece, but all of the money goes to benefit the homeless animals and to NAHS programs.
Get into the Halloween spirit and learn about another culture at the first Dia de los Muertos program at the Naperville Municipal Center. The event will include food, Mexican folkloric dancing, altar construction demonstration and mask painting. The event is open to all.
Hollywood comes to Naperville as two stars make stops at Anderson's Bookshop. First up is sex symbol and actress Raquel Welch. She'll be at the store at 1 p.m., promoting her book, Beyond the Cleavage. At 6 p.m., actress and singer Hilary Duff will be at the bookshop to promote her book for teens, Elixir.
Are those old bills, checks, credit cards and documents piling up and starting to make your house look like you belong on one of those hoarder shows? Don't let it get that bad; dispose of the documents safely to guard against identity theft. A.D.O.P.T. (Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment) is holding a shred event at its shelter location. A donation of $5, $10 or $15 is suggested, based on whether you have a bag, box or garbage bag full of documents to be shredded.
Mom and dad: Need some time away from the rugrats? Or, ladies, maybe you need a girls night out? Consider dressing up and going to hear some music straight out of the "Rat Pack" years. Singer Frank Lamphere will be performing at CityGate Grille. Some Sinatra music and a few martinis sounds like a nice way to end the week.
Nothing says comfort more than soup, and today is the day for it. The Naperville Rotary Club hosts its Soups On! event to benefit Loaves & Fishes, Hesed House and DuPage PADS. More than 25 restaurants will be represented at the event.
Songs from Lady Gaga and Britney Spears will not be on the program, but this is Glee in the true sense of the word. For those who enjoy the harmonies, the Naperville Men's Glee Club will perform songs from their repertoire during a free program at the Naperville Public Library's 95th Street location.
As we approach Halloween, hayrides are in order. The rides continue at Knoch Knolls and Saeger parks every weekend until Oct. 31. Time's a-wasting! Gather the kids and head on out for a hayride.