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In addition to our own parks,  Warrenville is surrounded by the green space provided by forest preserves and Fermilab, and Cantigy.  Studies show that spending time outdoors helps everyone live better.  This section will remind you of opportunities offered in our own backyards.


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There's a great line-up of Fourth of July festivities right Here in Warrenville!

Monday July 3

Parade: "Fifty Golden Years"

The parade, lead by the esteemed parade marshalls Emily Larson and Fay Johnson,  kicks off from downtown Warrenville at 6pm. It will travel south on Warren Ave., then west on Warrenville Road, south on Curtis Ave and will disband at Woodland Rd. and Curtis Ave. Judges’ Stand at Curtis and Forestview

Cerny Park

  • 5 - 11 pm - Concessions Open
  • 6:30-8:30 PM Balloon Twisting: (Pavilion) & Ben’s Bubbles (Center Grass Area)
  • 7:30-11 PM Band: The New Odyssey performing with up to 30 different musical instruments.

Tuesday July 4

FireCracker 5K

The race starts at 8 am. Both the start and finish lines are in front of the Warrenville Park District. Even if you are not running, come out and cheer on your friends and neighbors. You can sign up until 7:30 am on race day at the Community Building.

Wellness Warriors

You might see people wearing blue Wellness Warrior shirts. This  group is improving their nutrition and life-style because they want live a long and happy life in a healthy community. This race is the first in-person meet-up of the group. Cheer them on, come to the booth, or join the group of Wellness Warriors.

Children's Parade

Decorate your bike for the kid's parade.

  • 11:45 AM Participants meet at St. Irene Church on Warren Ave. and Warrenville
  • Noon Start Parade travels south on Warren Av to Cerny Park.

Food, Music & Fun at Cerny Park

  • Noon - D. C. Karaoke under the pavilion. Continuing at various times until 7:30 PM
  • 12:30 Opening Flag Ceremony with the V.F.W. Rifle Squad Drill Team
  • 12:30-5:30 Children & Teen Activities: Face Painter, Balloon Twister, Unicycle Performer and Juggler
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Ozzie the Kane County Cougar Mascot visits 3rd Annual Cerny Series and Celebration
  • 1:00 - 3 PM Warrenville Park District Activities:
  • 1:00 PM Sack Races/Stacker Cups Relay
  • 1:15 PM Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
  • 1:30-2:30 PM 2 – Player Team Shooting Contest
  • 1:30 PM Hula Hoop Contest
  • 2:00 PM Water Fights Warrenville Fire Department with Neighboring Fire Departments
  • 2:00-4:00 PM Warrenville’s 8th Annual Horseshoe Contest visit the pits before
  • 2 PM. Ask for Greg or Tom 2:00-3:00 PM Free Bingo & Prizes under the pavilion sponsored by Warrenville Historical Society
  • 2:30-3:30 PM Pickle Ball Demo see the newest sensation for yourself!
  • 2:30-3:00 PM Double Identity Pop Rock Girl Power on the Main Stage
  • 3:30-4:00 PM Braze Warrenville’s Own Burning Up the Main Stage
  • 4:30-7:30 PM Face Painting (Pavilion) 5:00-6:30 PM Centerfold Chicagoland’s Great Roll & Roll on the Main Stage
  • 6:30-7:30 PM D. C. Karaoke under the pavilion
  • 7:30-9:15 PM Hi-Infidelity the Best in Classic Rock Music on the Main Stage

Fire Works

Flag Raising & National Anthem followed by SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS! This is the place to be!

Print or download a flyer of all the events on July 3 & 4 in Warrenville

 

 

 

The Warrenville VFW Post 8081 will be transformed into a sea of flags the week of Memorial Day. The event is called the Warrenville Healing Field®. Keep reading for the details on how you can visit, volunteer, or buy a flag.

Visit

Healing Field VideoThe flags will be set up the morning of May 20, 2015, and ready for viewing by noon. The flags will stay up until Wednesday, May 27. Stop by any time. You will awed by the 500 flags arranged in perfect rows and columns, and additional 250 flags surrounding the field (See the Video of Sandy, Utah Healing Field). The flags are a tribute to the men and women who have given their time, talents, and even their lives for our freedom.  In addition, attend the following programs:

  • Every Day: Flag Raising Ceremony at Sunrise (about 5:20 am), and Flag Lowering Ceremony at Sunset (around 8pm).
  • Opening Ceremony:  Wed May 20 at 7 pm followed by the flag lowering ceremony at sunset.
  • Flag Retirement Ceremony: Friday May 22 starting at 6pm. Bring tattered flags to be retired. The VFW serves a Friday night fish fry, starting at 5 pm. The flag lowering ceremony will be at sunset.
  • Memorial Day Ceremony: At noon includes Tunes of Glory, bagpipes, honoring of veterans, and patriotic music. 

Volunteer

Assemble FlageMany volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Please consider volunteering a few hours. Sign up below. Organize your club, neighbors, or friends to work together!

  • May 11 at 6:30 - Set Up Extra Flags: Set up extra 250 flags around the VFW perimeter (no sign up for this one -- just show up)
  • May 19 at 6 pm - Flag Assembly: Assemble the 500 flags at the Warrenville VFW. Attach the flags to the poles using zip ties and O-rings. 6-8 pm (click the link to sign up)
  • May 20 at 8 am - Set up the Flags: The flags need to be put into the ground, and the yellow memorial tags attached. (click the link to sign up)
  • May 20 - May 27 - Greeters:  All week greeters will staff short shifts to help people find the flags they purchased, sell flags, and generally help out as needed. (click the link to sign up)

 

Buy a Flag - and Tag It

tag-a-flagPurchase a flag to honor service or sacrifice. Tag it with your message of rememberance. It could be a general "thank you",  or an honor for a specific family member, friend, teacher, loved one, or any hero.  At the conclusion of the event, take the flag home to continue the tribute year round, share it with a loved one, or donate it to the VFW. Or -  the link to purchase the flag to make a donation.

Cost: $35, includes pole and gold ball on top.
Flag Pickup:Tue May 26 from 8 am to 7pm, or Wed May 27 Look Forward to Seeing You at the Warrenville Healing Field

See You at the Healing Field!

Questions? Contact Rudy Keller (rudy_keller@ipsd.org or 630-465-9723), Karen Leonard (karen_leonard@ipsd.org), or Dan Leonard for brochures and more information. The brochure also contains a form to order a flag.

 

Walk with the Doc

Meet At the GazebiIt's easier to keep an exercise routine when you have a "buddy".  Dr. Jamie Tripp Thomure will be your walking buddy.  Walk on the prairie path and get some exercise as you chat  about whatever is on your mind. The distance and speed will be determined by the group. No matter what your fitness level is, come try it out.

Fridays mornings at 9 am - starting May 8
Tuesdays at noon - starting May 12
Meet at the gazebo in front of Warrenville City Hall

Count your minutes for the Mayor's Fitness Challenge or get in shape for the Firecraker 5K.

Mayor's Fitness Challenge

Last Yeat's Mayour's FItness ChallengeIt starts May 11. Record your minutes, and try to beat Mayor Brummel. He's a tough competitor, so it's not easy. Whether you can keep up with him or not, the exercise is good for you, and participants only need to log 150 minutes/week to get the coveted Mayor's Fitness Challenge T-shirt.  Click for Mayor's Fitness Challenge Sign Up & Log Your Minutes. You will be in the next group photo.

May 6: Ride Your Bike to Work / School Day

Both Johnson and Bower Schools are participating. There will be designated routes and extra volunteer crossing guards to keep everyone safe. Participating students meet the mayor or fire chief. All students learn about bike safety and reducing air pollution.  Get the flyer for Bower Schools. and more info for both Bower & Johnson on the city website. Don't go to grade school? Drive carefully that day. Even better,  figure out how to ride your bike to work too.

Bike to Bower School on May 6, 2015

Bike Rodeo

Bike RodeoDust off your bike and ride over to the 10th annual Bike Rideo on May 16. Highlights include:

  • Ride the Bike safety course, and get your photo taken with the mayor.
  • Prizes for kids - Bikes, Helmets, and other fun bike gear
  • Get you Bike Helmet fitted (adults too)
  • Get you bike checked out - minor adjustments made.

When: Saturday May 16 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon
Where: City Hall Parking Lot - 28W701 Stafford Place Warrenville, IL 60555
Cost: Free
More Info on the city website. Co Hosted by the Warrenville Park District and the Warrenville Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)

See you out on the trails! Get moving now, and you'll be in shape for Warrenville's Annual Fire Cracker 5K on July 4, 2015.

Read on for some unique Easter Egg Hunts - fun for the whole family!

Canine Easter Egg Hunt

It's at the dog park (not the one in Warrenville though). Dogs hunt for Easter Eggs filled with doggie treats. Cost is $1/dog.

Sunday March 29 at noon
Cabin Nature Center - White Oaks Dog Park
111 S. Wood Dale Rd, Wood Dale, IL

Sponsored by Wood Dale Park District

Water Easter Egg Hunt

Water Easter Egg HuntChildren 14 and under jump into the pool to gather floating Easter Eggs filled with surprises including candy, toys, or a coupon redeemable for a bigger prize. Bags to collect eggs will be provided. Adults must accompany children. 3 separate hunts for children of different ages. Cost is $8/child.

Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 pm
Eaglewood Resort
1401 Nordic Rd, Itasca, IL

Sponsored by Itasca Park District - Get more details and schedule.

(image courtesty of Itasca Park District)

Flashight Egg Hunt

Bring a flashlight and a bag or basket. Collect eggs and prizes in the dark.  For children ages 9-13, accompanied by a parent. Cost is $10 / child for Naperville residents, and $14/child for non-residents.

Thursday, April 2 from 7:15-8pm
Knock Knolls Park Picnic Grove
336 Knock Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

Registration required at Naperville Park District

Traditional Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast

  • Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 for Children 10 and under Fun! Prizes!
  • Pancake Breakfast 8-11 am sponsored by Boy Scout Troop #30 Eggs, Sausage, and Pancakes - $5
  • Ladies Auxillary Bake Sale

Saturday April 4, 8-11 am
Warrenville VFW
3S371 Mignin Dr, Warrenville, IL 60555

Everyone is Welcome - Come on Over for a Fun Morning

Happy Easter!

Pan of Healing FIeldClick for Panoramic View of Healing Field

Warrenville VFW Post 8081 will be transformed into a field of 500 American Flags arranged in perfect rows and columns. It will be an awe inspiring tribute to honor those men and who sacrifice the time, talents, and even their lives for our freedom and for this great land. Each flag will fly in honor of a hero, family member, friend, of loved one and will be tagged with your personal words of remembrance and/or honor.

The Healing Field® Committee would like to welcome you to be part of this event. Purchase a flag in honor of all who serve and sacrifice, and at the event’s conclusion, continue the tribute year-round as you take this flag home or share it with your loved one.

Memorial Day Week - Warrenville Is In For An Inspiring Treat

Cross Country Skiing at Herrick Lake

Dogs and Sleds at McKeeCross Country Skiing in Forest PreserveIf you have been cooped up all week, today is the day to take a hike or go cross country skiing while the snow is still in good shape. The snow will turn to slush soon. You will be energized, and it's not cold today - it feels like spring! Shannon Burns hit the nail on the head earlier this week:

"Unexpected spur of the moment adventure this AM ... with the snow and fog, the prairie looked so wonderful that I parked and walked for 20 minutes. Not dressed for the weather, I didn't last long outside but I can tell already that it made my day to be outside, alone, in the cold, with all of that natural beauty. What a chance to experience something unexpectedly wonderful!" Smiling Now. Shannon Burns - from facebook earlier this week

We are lucky to have all these options: 

Herrick Lake: The trails are groomed and great shape for cross country skiing or walking. If you walk, please use the center of the trail so you don't disturb the paths for the cross country skiiers.

Arrowhead Golf Course: Groomed trails and ski rental - connects to Herrick on the west side. (call before you go, website says trails are closed, but that seems crazy).

Morton Arboretum: Hiking trails, snow shoe rental, and restaurant. Lower Admission in winter

McKee Marsh: One of the two Forest Preserves designated for dog sledding. If you are a dog lover, you should see lots of beautiful huskies out there. Photo above was taken at McKee Marsh.

Blackwell, St. James Farm, and other Forest Preserves: Tubing, Snow Show rental, ice fishing and more, but it might be too late for some activites that need more snow and cold - but check it out.

Kline Creek Farm: "Life on the Farm" and "Ice Harvesting" programs today - see Kline Creek Farm Calendar.

Red Oak Trail: In North Aurora, north of Butterfield on 25. Just got back from skiing there and the snow was still fine.

Prairie Path, your neighborhood - all great places to get out and take a walk. Cantigy is closed in January.

How will you get outside today??

Bundle up the family and come out for these outdoor holiday traditions in Warrenville:

Holly Days

Friday Dec 5 from 6-8 near the Warrenville Park District
Warren & Tracy Place, Warrenville, IL

Holly Days

Perfect way to kick of the holiday season:

  • Watch the mayor light the city trees
  • Hear children's choirs sing holiday songs
  • Take a free horse drawn sleigh ride
  • See the arrival of Santa, and visit with him
  • Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies
  • Get in a festive mood.

Live Nativity at Trinity Lutheran Church

Saturday Dec. 13 at 6:00 and 7:00
Sunday Dec. 14 at 5:00 and 6:00

Live NativityWatch the traditional Christmas story performed by live animals and the children of Trinity Lutheran Church. Join them in singing Christmas carols, and warm up with a hot chocolate and a cookie in the fellowship hall.

Trinity Lutheran Church
3S460 Curtis Ave.  Warrenville, IL  60555

 

 

Cut Down a Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Have you ever cut down your own Christmas tree? It can be fun to pack up the family, drive out to the farm, pick out the perfect tree, and cut it down yourself.

The closest tree farm is at Marmion in Aurora:
Marmion Abbey Farms

Hours of Operation: Through Dec. 23 daily from 10 a.m. to 7p.m.
Location: 850 Butterfield Rd, Aurora, IL 60502
Cost: You-Cut trees, $45. Pre-Cut trees, $8 per foot. 

If you're willing to travel a bit further, here's  a guide to tree farms in driving distance from Warrenville.

Enjoy the Season and Keep Warm!

If you have other outdoor holiday activities or traditions that you's like featured here, send an email to sue@warrenville.info.

Take a minute to honor our veteran's on Nov 11, 2014 with local Veteran's Day celebrations. If you are a vet, scroll down, and find some free-bies to thank you for your service. 

Veteran's Day Ceremony at the Warrenville VFW

Please join VFW Post 8081 Commander Jerry Gobe, the mayor, and city staff, and local veterans to honor those that have served in the US armed forces. The ceremony will be at:

Veteran's MemorialWarrenville Veteran's Memorial
Intersection of Stafford Place and Warren Ave.
Nov 11, 2014 at 11:00 am
(image courtesy of Warrenville.il.us)

 

Warrenville Library

Dawes by RJ LindsayCelebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I, as RJ Lindsey tells the story of the “war to end all wars” thru the eyes of Charles Dawes. You will experience the people, places and political climate that plunged the world into war. Dawes was a colorful banker and businessman that served in WWI and later became vice president and a Nobel prize winner.

6:30 pm at the Warrenville Public Library
Refreshments will be served – Registration required.
Sponsors: Warrenville Public Library and Warrenville Historical Society

(image courtesy of  http://www.rjlindsey.com/)

Cantigny: Free Admission, Extended Hours, and Special Programs

Cantigny celebrates Veteran's Day on November 11 with free parking and admission. Special programs include:

  • Free Admission: 10 am – 9 pm, First Division Museum is open until 9 pm
  • Luminary Candles at Cantigny Sunset to 9pm – 2000 luminary candles light the roads and Parade field. Drive thru the roads, or walk the fields. Free coffee for veterans during these hours at the café.
  • 6 and 8 pm – Historical re-enactors read letters written by soldiers
  • 7 pm – Drum and Dance performance marks the opening of a traveling Wall of Honor exhibit.

Freebies to Thank Our Veterans

Many businesses and restaurants offer free services or meals to veteran on Veteran's Day, to thank the vets for their service. Some local offerings include:

  • Red Robin - Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries
  • California Pizza Kitchen - Pizza, Pasta or Salad from the Veteran's Day Menu (dine in only)
  • Starbucks - Tall brewed coffee for veterans and their spouses
  • Delta Sonic - Free car wash (59 & Aurora Rd.), sponsored by Grace for Vets
  • Massage Envy - Complimentary 1 hour massage, must schedule in advance (none in Warrenville, Locations)

Note: Please double check times and offerings before you go. Most require proof that you are a veteran. If you don't mind traveling a bit further, there's longer list online, including about.com

If you have additional free-bies or celebrations to share, send an email to sue@warrenville.info before Nov 9, and I'll add them to the

St. James Farm

The weather is beautiful all week, and a gorgeous weekend is predicted. Looking to get outdoors? There's something for everyone at St. James Farm on Saturday September 27.

Sat. Sept 27 - 3 Ways to Enjoy the Day at St. James Farm

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