Naperville’s Arbor Day Tree Sale starts Monday; Pint for Kim blood drive moves to Naperville North High School; COD offering tours, presentations for prospective students – Chicago Tribune


The City of Naperville’s annual Arbor Day Tree Sale begins at 8 a.m. Monday, March 20 and will run through 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, or until available trees are sold out.

There are 34 different types of container grown trees that sell for $25 to $60.

Orders can be placed online at After ordering, residents select a time to collect their trees, and city employees load them into their vehicles.

The drive-through tree pickup service will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive.

Customers are limited to purchasing up to six trees.

The city also partners with the Conservation Foundation and Upcycle Products for their rain barrel program. Rain barrels can be purchased through the mail-in form until April 14th or online at until April 16th.

They can also be picked up on April 22nd.

The fourth annual “A Pint for Kim” blood drive honoring the life of Naperville’s mother, Kimberley Benedyk Sandford, will be held Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St .

The event is expected to be the largest blood drive in the state. Organizers say they expect to collect about 800 liters of blood – enough to save up to 2,400 lives.

In addition to collecting blood, there will be live bands, a car show, food trucks, yard games, face painting and a free raffle with over $30,000 in prizes.

The event honors the late Benedyk Sandford, who had terminal cancer and asked that her family hold a blood donation instead of attending the funeral. The ride set a state record for a one-day ride at a location with more than 500 donors last year when it took place at Aurora Municipal Airport.

The organization, dedicated to spreading awareness of the importance of donating blood, is looking for sponsors and raffle items. To become a sponsor, email

Visit for more information. To schedule a donation time, go to the Versiti Blood Center of Illinois Donor Portal.

The College of DuPage is offering prospective students the opportunity to tour the facilities and learn about the enrollment process during the COD Center Spotlight events this spring.

Students can learn about the academic programs offered, financial aid, and other academic support services.

The events will take place on Thursday April 20th at the Carol Stream Center, 500 Kuhn Road; Thursday, April 27, at the Westmont Center, 650 Pasquinelli Drive; Wednesday, May 3, at the Naperville Center, 1223 Rickert Drive; and Wednesday, May 10, at the Addison Center, 301 S. Swift Road.

All campus events take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the official presentation starting at 4 p.m

Students can speak to representatives from Admissions, Counseling and Student Advisory Services. Presentations will be given both in person and via Zoom. Students interested in a virtual broadcast should register at

If you have any questions, email

DuPage County officials will discuss tornadoes, flooding, winter weather and other natural hazards during a meeting Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 418 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton.

The meeting is part of an effort to keep the public informed of the county’s Natural Hazard Reduction Plan, which is conducted every five years.

The U.S. government requires that local and state governments have a FEMA-approved mitigation plan, as specified in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, to qualify for grants, county officials said in a news release.

The county’s emergency management staff will speak about natural hazards that could affect the county, as well as various mitigation measures designed to eliminate or reduce their impact, officials said.

Public feedback is welcome and Spanish translation services will be provided.