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Villa Park Fire Open House 


The annual Villa Park Fire Open House had another successful year with many families stopping by to learn about fire safety, fire equipment and a chance to meet Sparky the Fire Dog! Whether it was testing out the fire hose, watching the puppet shows and live fire demonstration or practicing a fire escape, there were plenty of opportunities for an interactive learning experience. It was a great end to Fire Prevention Week!




November National Days/Holidays:


November 4th - National Candy Day

November 7th - National Stress Awareness Day

November 13th - World Kindness Day

November 22nd - Thanksgiving

November 23rd - Black Friday

Pumpkin Smash 2018


They did the smash...they did the pumpkin smash!

Are you unsure of what to do with your Halloween pumpkins? Don't throw them to the curb! Instead, head over to the annual Pumpkin Smash in the parking lot next to Village Hall (20 S. Ardmore Ave.) on November 3rd from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.!

Green up your Halloween this year by dropping off your pumpkins where they will be smashed, then composted! In partnership with SCARCE and the Environmental Concerns Commission, the Village of Villa Park is excited to co-host this eco-friendly event for residents.

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Daylight Savings Time


Get ready to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday, November 4th as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end. While we may gain an extra hour of sleep, it will start the wintry days of the sun setting a little earlier than we may like.

While most smartphones will have the time auto-change when Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m., be sure to check all other clocks and devices so you don't show up late on Monday morning. 

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Villa Park ECC shares with others, seeks commissioners 


One of the 2018 goals of the Environmental Concerns Commission is to help District 45 schools become more environmentally beneficial.

The commission was able to support North Elementary and Jefferson Middle schools in this effort through its Clean Your Locker program (Jackson Middle School already has a strong program). North and Jefferson students, staff and families were encouraged to use upcycled cardboard boxes, provided by Villa Park's Jewel store, to collect recyclable items as the 2017-18 school year ended.

This was proven to be successful as hundreds of school supplies were collected. All supplies were sorted and delivered to a preschool, the Villa Park and Wheaton libraries, SCARCE and Breakthrough, a nonprofit in East Garfield Park.

The ECC also offers writing utensil recycling with a drop box offered at Public Works. 

Does this sound like something you would like to do? The ECC is in need of commissioners. It meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month on the second floor of Villa Park's Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

For more information or to be a part of the commission, contact ECC Chairwoman Jes Spivak at jespivak@gmail.com or visit invillapark.com to download an application and drop it off at Village Hall or mail it to 20 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181.
 
Holiday Lights

Joyful Traditions


Santa Claus is coming to town... literally! Don't miss the chance to get a picture with Santa, ride in a trolley car or horse-drawn wagon and enjoy all that the holidays have to offer right here in Villa Park! 

Enjoy the free festivities from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 1st along the Illinois Prairie Path. There will be plenty of holiday decorations, food (including build-your-own s'mores), caroling and much more that you won't want to miss! 

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Upcoming Villa Park Public Library programs and activities


The library has a variety of activities and programs for all ages over the next month, including the following (more program details and registration information can be found on the Villa Park Public Library for each of these programs):

  • Pinterest 101:  Tues, Nov 6 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Come participate in guided exploration of Pinterest, including discovering ideas and saving them for later. Basic computer skills required. Registration required.
  • Make Your Own Thanksgiving Centerpiece : Wed, Nov 14 10:00-10:30 a.m. Peggy Garvin of Garvin Gardens will be here to guide attendees in making their own Thanksgiving Centerpiece. Registration and $20 fee required.
  • Thanksgiving Craft Open House: Sat, Nov 17th 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Celebrate Thanksgiving with a craft! Young children will need some adult help. *While supplies last.
  • Super Smash Bros. Tournament: Mon, Nov 19th 2018 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Join us for a fun, friendly tournament to determine the ultimate players! Winners will receive a small prize. Ages 11 and up. Registration required.
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Voting in DuPage County


Election season is here again! There are several options for you to register before future elections:

You can register online by submitting an application through the Illinois State Board of Elections website: www.ovaelections.il.gov. You will need a valid Illinois driver’s license or state ID, the date the license or ID was issued, the last four digits of your social security number and your date of birth.

You may also register by mail using an approved registration application form, which you can download and print from www.dupageco.org/election. Instructions are included on the form for where to mail it once completed.

Villa Park residents may register to vote in person at the Villa Park Public Library, located at 305 Ardmore Ave. You must bring two forms of identification with you to register and one should include your correct address on it.

For more information on voting in DuPage county, visit www.dupageco.org/election/voting.

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Fall Colorful Photo Contest


Do you love taking photos of the changing leaves and decorations around town? Well, this is the photo contest for you! Until November 30, enter your favorite fall photos, which can be of people, decorations, holiday-related events (basically whatever you think captures fall), on our Facebook page. The post is pinned to the top of our page, comment your entry on that post!

Your photo must be taken of something or someone in Villa Park, the photographer must be from Villa Park and the content must follow the theme without obscenity.

The deadline is noon on November 30. Good luck and happy fall! 

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Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner


The Kiwanis Club of Villa Park are hosting their annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, November 16 from 5:00 - 6:45 p.m. at Willowbrook High School.

Tickets: $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for teenagers, $4.00 for children ages 6-12, kids 5 and under eat free.
 
Proceeds from this fundraiser go to special projects to help families and children of our community!

For tickets and questions about the dinner, visit: www.kiwanisclubofvillapark.com (PayPal available). 
Halloween Happenings

Halloween Happenings Recap 


The 9th annual Halloween Happenings event took place on Friday, October 19th at the Iowa Community Center. This year, there were 168 participants enjoying "not-so-spooky" games, plenty of treats and a performance from the Chicago Bubble Show. 

Trick-or-Treaters outside of Iowa Community Center visited 18 groups that decorated their tables, promoted their business/organization and handed out candy to approximately 250 participants!
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Electronics Recycling


Do not leave your electronics at the curb with your garbage because they will not be collected! Instead, bring them to the electronics recycling event which happens every third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

The next electronics recycling event will be on November 17. Please bring a valid state I.D. and note that only one TV per visit is permitted

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Please Keep Storm Inlets Clear of Debris


Spring is here, which means warmer weather and rainfall. Please be sure to keep storm inlets free of clogs during the wet season to help reduce flooded streets,

Clogged inlets prevent storm water from entering the sewers, which causes standing water in the streets and potentially ice if temperatures reach freezing.

Help your community by keeping storm inlets clear of debris!

Frankie the Pug

October VP Pup of the Month Winner


We received over 100 entries for the second month of our VP Pup of the Month photo contest! The winner for October is Frankie the Pug! She is three years old and moved to Villa Park in 2017. Frankie is very popular with the her young neighbors and they often take her out for a walk or over to their homes to play. Congratulations to Frankie and her owner, Tricia Sharp Doyle!

If you want to enter your pup for a chance to be featured next month on this newsletter, in the winter edition of Village Matters and on our social media pages, follow our Facebook page by clicking HERE

 
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Free Fall Leaf Pickup


That time of year is here again. Want to help keep storm inlets clear and rid your lawn of leaves before the snow starts to fall? The Village of Villa Park is offering a free leaf collection service from now to December 7th. Residents are allowed to dispose of an unlimited number of yard waste paper bags of leaves without the need for waste disposal stickers. Leaves will not be collected for free in your garbage cans!

Brush must be tied in bundles no longer than four feet and no longer than 18 inches in diameter. No limbs over four inches in diameter will be accepted. Yard waste stickers are not required for the disposal of brush bundles.

Leaves will be collected with your regular garbage pickup.

 

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Please contact Kayla King, the Village's Public Information Officer via email or by calling (630) 592-6082.
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