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American Diabetes Association – Tour de Cure

June 9, 2013

| $25.00
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American Diabetes Association is hosting Tour de Cure!   This event is a bike ride, not a race, starting at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, Illinois.  All proceeds will go towards research and funding for diabetes patients.  There are five different bike routes consisting of: 10 miles, 20 miles, 35 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles.  There is a $25 registration fee and a minimum $200 fundraising amount that participants must raise.  Participants may fundraise up to four weeks after the event.  Come and bring family and friends to raise support and stop diabetes!

*Registration the day of the event will be $30 along with the minimum fundraising amount of $200.

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Downtown Saturdays Invites Businesses to Get Creative

Downtown Saturdays Invites Businesses to Get Creative

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Lit by the Bridge Features Author Lynne Handy on Feb. 18

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Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Be a Pop-Up Shop Vendor on March 4

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Love is in the Air. Your Downtown Cheat Sheet for Valentine’s Day.

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Fly High with “Boeing Boeing” at The Riverfront Playhouse

Fly High with “Boeing Boeing” at The Riverfront Playhouse

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on February’s First Fridays Features Alley Art, Snowshoeing, Valentines, and the Color Red

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on You’re Invited to a Downtown Master Plan Workshop

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Featured News | Comments Off on “Hairspray” Cast is Full of Pluses

“Hairspray” Cast is Full of Pluses

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