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Are you looking a gift? A book to read? Find a book that supports a local author. There is something for everyone in this list: 5 authors with a dozen different books. All are written by local authors, many from Warrenville. These books are available online, and may also have local purchase options, as noted.

Shop Local Online: Buy a Book from a Local Author

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!

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It's the Warrenville Community Club - at your service!

Warrenville Community Club

The Warrenville Community Club (WCC) started this past spring, with the mission to have fun while serving the community in Warrenville. It is an outgrowth of the Kiwanis Club that folded last year. The Kiwanis members wanted to continue volunteering, without the overhead of the formal Kiwanis organization. Andy Johnson, WCC organizer says:

 "The Warrenville Kiwanis were a dedicated group of neighbors who helped build parks and provide volunteers to help make Warrenville a better place. We all want to keep that spirit going via a completely volunteer centered dues, just volunteers."

Here's how WCC works:

The Warrenville Community Club provides volunteers to support other groups that hold events. The WCC is here to fill the gap when other organizations need more volunteers to make their events successful. For example, the WCC members volunteered for the river cleanup (Conservation Foundation), the Prairie Path clean up (City of Warrenville), and Summer Daze (Park District).

The only responsibility of WCC members is to consider potential volunteer opportunities, and sign up to volunteer when possible. That’s it – no strings attached.

Monthly Social Meeting

Two Brothers WarrenvilleTo keep it fun, there's a monthly social meeting. It's the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm at Two Brothers. This is a good time for community members to come to request volunteers, and for the WCC members to relax as they learn about upcoming volunteer needs.

Some order dinner, some a beer, and others just water. We get separate checks, so you don't need to worry about a big bill if you just come to visit.

Want to Get on the WCC Membership List?

There are 3 easy to join the WCC. Even if you never volunteer, you can meet the group at Two Brothers:

See you soon!

Can you believe that the Sweet Potato Cafe is celebrating their 1-year anniversary in Warrenville? I stopped by to chat with the owner of Sweet Potato Cafe, Cyndi Krause, and between the constant flow of customers, she said:

"We're happy to be in Warrenville. We had some big shoes to fill, and we're doing our best to  make sure our customers are 100% satisfied. November is going to be a special month of celebration for us."

Happy Birthday Sweet Potato Cafe: 4 Ways to Celebrate

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 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

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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

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

I bet you are ready for the political commercials and phone calls to STOP!

But, are you ready to vote?

VoteIf you’re anything like me, you’d like to know what choices you will be asked to make before you enter the voting booth. In the past, I’ve struggled to get a sample ballot. This year, I found the secret, and I’ll share it with you. 

I can’t attach your ballot, because even within Warrenville, there are multiple districts at every level of government – each with different boundaries. Hence, just for Warrenville voters, there are about a dozen different ballot variations.

Follow the steps, just a few clicks, and enter your address and you'll have the ballot.

  1. Go to the Voter Information Page on the Dupage County website:
  2. Search By Address
    Click on the Address Tab
  3. Type your address. Note:the house number includes the numbers and letter (e.g. 28w530) and click submit.
  4. The secret is the "Ballot Style" – 264 in my case, is a link to my ballot. Click this number to get your ballot.

Ballot Style

If the ballot is too small to read, use the zoom keys or print it.

Now I helped you with the easy part of finding the ballot. You have the harder job of deciding how to cast it.

Happy Voting!

Gallery 200

The exhibit ArtOberfest: Unpredictable Gifts opens Oct 3, at Gallery 200 in West Chicago.

ArtOberfest: Opening Reception in Gallery 200

Dave Esau of Dave's Specialty Foods

Don't miss Dave Esau at the Warrenville Public Library from 7-8 on Tuesday Sept 30, 2014.

Not only will he demonstrate food preparation techniques, Dave will entertain you and give you free food. I can't imagine a better combination.

Healthy Eating at the Library: Tue Sept 30, 2014

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


Warrenville offers the art, books, music, theatre and history to put a smile on your face. From the Warrenville Public Library, to the art work of Ivan Albright, there is a variety of art and cultural opportunities in Warrenville. Don't find what you want here, within an hour, you can find it in Chicago, or other neighboring suburbs. This section will feature cultural  and historic aspects of Warrenville, along with nearby excursions.

We all like to eat, and living well includes sharing meals with our friends and family. This section will restaurant news and recipes, and anything else related to buying or preparing foods and drinks.

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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This section features the neighborhoods and homes of Warrenville, and gives ideas to keep your home efficient, safe, and healthy.

If someone in Warrenville has a problem, others will help. Find volunteer opportunities on this page.

If you are part of an organization looking for volunteers, send an email to to enlist some help. Please specify volunteer details (time and place, jobs, number of volunteers needed) as well how to go about volunteering.

This section features the services provided by local businesses.  Although businesses want to make money, they are motivated to provide valuable services to local residents.  Business owners want to make your lives easier. This section will feature local businesses, and show how they can solve your problems or make your life easier.

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