Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sherman Health to be Presenting Sponsor of 2010 4th of July Parade

The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin proudly announced today that Sherman Health will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2010 Fourth of July Parade, which steps off at 10am at the corner of Slade and Douglas Avenue on Saturday, July 3 due to the Fourth of July holiday falling on a Sunday this year.

Parade applications are now available through the DNA’s website at http://www.downtownelgin.com/ or at the DNA Office at 2 Douglas Avenue in Elgin. Completed entrant or sponsor applications along with any applicable fees must be submitted to DNA by 5pm on Friday, May 28.

The theme of this year’s Fourth of July Parade is “Summer in the City!” Groups, organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate by submitting a parade entry that tells the story of our great City - its rich history, exciting present, and prosperous future. In addition to the regular parade float judging, a special "175th Anniversary Award" will be given to the float that best tells the story of Elgin’s rich history and a special "Eco-Elgin Award" will be given to the float that best tells the story of a "Green" Elgin - utilizing eco-friendly materials and processes for their parade entry.

Over 16,000 spectators annually attend this summertime tradition. Last year's parade featured over 130 units, 30 floats and 2,500 participants and took over 75 volunteers to coordinate. As such the Parade Committee is also actively seeking volunteers for this year’s parade. The time commitment is approximately 7am to 1pm, depending on what duty you are assigned. Volunteers are treated to a free breakfast at orientation before the parade and a free t-shirt. Please contact Sue Shipyor at the DNA Office at (847) 488-1456 or e-mail downtownelgin@gmail.com to learn more.

Downtown Live Music & Entertainment Scene - April 15-18

Had a taxing week? Unwind with some great live entertainment as this week's "Downtown Live Music & Entertainment Scene" spotlights several live acts performing throughout the Downtown Elgin area this coming weekend.

Mad Maggies
51 S. Grove

Thursday, April 15
Chester Brown with Beautiful Collision - 7pm

Friday, April 16
Trash Martini - 10:30pm

Saturday, April 17
Young and Devine with Secret Secret Dino Club, Phone Calls From Home, and This Condition - 5:30pm

Still Kickin' with Hanna Ford Band - 7:30pm

The Roadhouse/Main Event Elgin
200 Prairie Street

Friday, April 16
First Band - 9pm
Chasing the Day - 10pm
Rubber - 10pm

Saturday, April 17
First Band - 9pm
The Hat Guys - 10pm

Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago Street

Friday, April 16

Saturday, April 17

Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill
231 Douglas Avenue

Friday, April 17
Betty Might

The Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way

Saturday, April 17
Elgin Symphony Orchestra "Mickey, Yoda, Robin Hood: The Magic of Movie Music"
Family Activity - 2pm
Concert Starts - 3:30pm

Elgin Symphony Orchestra "ESO Goes to Hollywood" - 6pm

Sunday, April 18
Elgin Symphony Orchestra "ESO Goes to Hollywood" - 3:30pm

Again, we encourage you to call or visit each venue's website for ticket information, performance times or any applicable cover charges.

Also be sure to purchase your tickets for the Lords Park Zoo Fundraiser on Sunday, April 18 from 4-7pm at Rolling Knolls Country Club, 11N260 Rohrssen Road in Elgin. Renowned folk/punk duo Patchouli will be performing. For more information visit http://www.lordsparkzoo.org/.