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Naperville to start work on warning sirens Monday; auditions being held Oct. 22-23 for ‘Matilda’ production; no fees for large dog adoptions during DuPage event – Chicago Tribune

Annual maintenance work on Naperville’s outdoor warning sirens will be done Monday through Friday, Oct. 10-14

Braniff, the city’s warning siren contractor, will activate each of the sirens individually to evaluate them between 8 am and 5 pm daily, a news release said.

The annual maintenance is unrelated to the nationwide changes made earlier this year by the siren manufacturer following an investigation into why Naperville’s sirens did not activate during the tornadoes that occurred July 23, a news release said.

According to a city memo, a configuration error during the initial setup of the system in April caused the malfunction. The vendor acknowledged and corrected the problem and is creating systemwide changes nationwide to ensure the system’s proper operation going forward, the release said.

Magical Starlight Theater will hold auditions for children in fourth grade and higher and adults of all ages for its upcoming musical production of “Matilda.”

Auditions for actors 15 and younger are from 1 to 2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23, at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave.

Auditions for actors 16 and older are 2:30 to 4 pm both days.

No time reservations are needed. Call backs, if necessary, will be held at 7 pm Monday, Oct. 24

Those auditions should prepare to perform a piece from “Matilda.” Vocal audition music is available at www.magicalstarlight.org/auditions and an accompanist will be provided.

There will also be a general movement audition, a dance audition and a cold reading from the script.

The musical is based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl and performances are scheduled Jan 13-15 and Jan 20-22.

DuPage County Animal Services will waive adoption fees for large breed dogs at its shelter, including dogs over 40 pounds, during a special event being held Saturday, Oct. 15

The event is part of a month-long regional promotion to bring attention to the growing number of large dogs in animal shelters throughout the Chicago area, a news release said.

“We’ve joined with eleven other organizations in the area to champion the large breed dogs that spend a longer time in shelters, leading to increased stress on the dogs and limiting the number of animals we can serve,” Brian Krajewski, chairman of the DuPage County Animal Services Committee, said in the release.

“Our goal is to shine a light on these dogs and showcase what great pets they can be, while providing the important education that potential owners need to make each adoption a success story.”

For more information, go to www.adoptachicagodog.com.

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