Community Center to host Chow Down July 13

By on July 9, 2014
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ELBURN—Take a look at the family calendar. Nothing scheduled for Sunday, July 13?

Bring the whole gang to the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St., for an old-fashioned community picnic known as the Chow Down. Most of the available events, which will appeal to entire families, are free.

Scheduled from noon to 6 p.m., the event will include a DJ, bags, volleyball, touch-a-truck and a pig roast dinner for $10 per person, according to Chow Down Committee Chair Leslie Flint, one of the many tenants of the community center.

“All of the money raised that day will go to community center projects,” Flint said.

Kristen Damolaris, the Community Center’s volunteer program director, said most of the businesses in the center are participating in some way.

Creative Beginnings Preschool will offer a coloring activity for the kids; Midtown Martial Arts, which has been in the building almost 20 years, will conduct a 50/50 raffle and demonstrations; the Elburn Herald and Kaneland Publications Inc. will host a front-page makeover and funny photo booth.

Other tenants include H&R Green, Inc. Board, GTP Activewear and Screenprinting, Jazzercize and Yoga with Lynn.

“We’re always looking for more tenants; we have suites available,” Damolaris said.

She said the building will be open for the day to showcase the improvements already made.

“We’ve painted floors and cleaned from top to bottom,” Damolaris said.

All funds raised will be added to the parking lot fund and used for “long overdue updates,” she said.

The event also will kick off the center’s “Adopt-A-Window” program. Damolaris said she is seeking participants to adopt a window and pay a small fee to have it painted, caulked and resealed.

“We’re trying to get the building updated so we can start doing more for the community,” Damolaris said. “We want to bring the community back to the community center.”