Tour of Elk Grove starts today

Published8/1/2008 12:05 AM

Be sure to check out today's coverage of the Tour of Elk Grove in the news section.

The big three-day race starts today at 5:30 p.m. with the time trials. At 5 p.m., there will be a charity ride that benefits the Elk Grove Village Soldier Memorial Fund.


I spoke to some cycling experts who gave me a primer on how to watch the race and offered some great tips

We also have maps showing the best spots to watch the race in Elk Grove. Saturday's second stage ventures into Schaumburg.

For the first time, there will be a Jumbotron at the start/finish line to catch the action.

My colleague Eric Peterson had a great story in Wednesday's paper with details about traffic concerns. The story is still available online.

It will be a hot weekend. I'm expecting it to be as hot as it was when I cheered on my brother at the infamous Chicago Marathon last fall.

Definitely make sure you have enough water while enjoying the race, which continues through Sunday.

First lady's luncheon: Des Plaines' Jean Arredia will hold what's likely to be her final luncheon as first lady.

With term limits, Mayor Tony Arredia must leave office next spring.

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Mrs. Arredia will host her annual event from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Cafe La Cave, 2777 Mannheim Road.

An interior designer will speak about design.

Tickets are $30 a person. For tickets, call the mayor's office at (847) 391-5301.

Sister Fest: Sister Fest returns with fun for the whole family on Aug. 9.

From 11 a.m.-10 p.m., the fest and benefit for the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth will be held on the Maryville Academy grounds, River and Central roads.

Last dance: One last Pavilion Gazebo concert will be held Sunday.

Déjà Vu, playing music from every era, performs at 7 p.m.

The Pavilion Gazebo is located at 1000 Wellington Avenue in Elk Grove Village.


In case of rain, it will be held inside the Pavilion.

For more information, call (847) 437-9494.

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