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North Central College is planning several events for Black History Month; Naperville program that offers businesses discounts on defibrillators; League of Women Voters to hold annual issue briefing in Naperville

North Central College is planning several events for Black History Month

North Central College has planned several events for Black History Month in February.

The College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the city of Naperville and the Naperville Public Library will present “1619: A People’s Journey, the Musical” at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.

According to the university’s website, the musical features singers, actors, spoken word artists and dancers who reflect on the past while dealing with contemporary social issues.

The event is free but tickets are required. There will be a question and answer session after the screening.

Voices of Praise 36th annual gospel extravaganza will be presented at Wentz Concert Hall on Saturday, February 10 at 3 p.m. The event features the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, local college choirs, spoken word artists and other artists who will share African American culture.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children, college students and staff.

The Drifters, the first African American vocal group inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will perform at Pfeiffer Hall, 810 E. Benton Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from $35 to $45.

Social media star and Chicago South Sider Shermann “Dilla” Thomas will present “It’s All About America Comes From Chicago” at Wentz Concert Hall on Tuesday, February 20 at 6 p.m.

Thomas’ 60-second Chicago history videos have been viewed more than eight million times, and he has appeared nationally on “The Today Show” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

For tickets and more information, visit: Black History Month | North Central College.

Several Naperville organizations are working to increase the number of Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, available at local businesses. (Parker Seibold/KFF Health News/TNS)

Naperville program will offer businesses discounts on defibrillators

Naperville organizations have come together to create a new program to increase the number of Automated External Defibrillators available at local businesses.

As part of the initiative, businesses will be able to purchase an AED machine for $500 and receive free on-site training from the Naperville Fire Department. The machines usually cost around $2,000.

The program is limited to the first 20 participants. NFDPublicEducation@naperville.il.us.

The “Make Naperville a Cardiac-Aware Community” initiative is an effort led by the Naperville Fire Department, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Naperville Citizens Appreciate Public Safety organization and the Rotary Club of Naperville.

Cardiac emergencies are unpredictable and a nearby AED can save lives, officials said in a news release.

Fire officials said in the press release that they are monitoring the number of AEDs and are concerned about the lack of machines at workplaces.

League of Women Voters to hold annual issue briefing in Naperville

The League of Women Voters of Illinois, a nonpartisan organization, will hold its annual Issues Briefing on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at the Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road.

Ticket prices are $10 for online participation and $20 for in-person participation.

The League of Women Voters will talk to nonpartisan experts about current issues so participants can advocate for local and statewide changes, the organization said. Four sessions will be held throughout the day.

The first, “Government Transparency and Accountability,” will feature WBEZ reporter Dave McKinney and include information about anti-corruption legislation in Illinois that the league will support.

Another session on new immigrants and budget policy will feature speakers Demian Kogan, organizing director of the Illinois Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and Jeremy Rosen, economic justice director of the Shriver Poverty Law Center.

In the afternoon, Christopher W. Schmidt and Steven D. Schwinn, both law professors at the University of Illinois Chicago, will talk about misinformation, disinformation, and freedom of expression.

The day wraps up with a session on gun violence prevention with Sara Knizhnik, head of the Gun Violence Prevention Initiative at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Maralea Negron, director of policy, advocacy and research for Network: Advocacy Against Domestic Violence. The session will also discuss legislation the league will support in the spring.

Sign up at lwvil.org/issues-briefing-2024.

State of Naperville Park District podcast now available

The 2024 State of Naperville Park District, featuring interviews with various park district officials and staff, is available on the podcast.

The ParkTalk program includes six segments reviewing the district’s accomplishments last year and what to expect in 2024, officials said in a news release. The theme is “Growing Towards the Future”.

Executive Director Brad Wilson, Park Board President Mary Gibson and district staff talk about topics like managing park growth, community partnerships and upcoming milestones.

The podcast offers residents a convenient way to learn more about their park district, officials said. Available at: www.napervilleparks.org/podcast and on Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple Music.

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