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Neighbors of Kane County

A message from St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina

Jun 08, 2015 09:39AM ● By Katelyn Nelson

I hope that you will allow yourself a few lazy days this summer where the sun and temperatures are perfect with no haze on the horizon. Crazy? How about safe and responsible.

Getting you in the celebratory mood will be our annual RiverFest celebration that takes place at various venues downtown during the second weekend in June, the 12th to 14th.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Kane County at Fifth Third Bank Ball Park on June 12 gives all Fox Valley residents a chance to support an amazing cause.

This year, we add a new outdoor venue to St. Charles—Belgium Town Park on N. 9th St. off of Dean St. We are truly blessed with wonderful open space to allow young and old, neighbors and friends to gather, bike, hike and run for as long as one desires.

The new Volunteer Plaza, just north of the Municipal Building along the river, will give you another opportunity to “chill” and admire the river views.

On Thursday nights, the Park District will have its summer concert series, our own Little Ravinia so to speak.

And head to the First Street Plaza for free entertainment at the Downtown St. Charles Partnership’s STC Live events. On Wednesday and Friday evenings you can find anything from a jazz combo, vocalist, or band to a juggler or magician.

Enjoy a picnic and show your patriotism at our annual Fourth of July celebration. Beyond the brats, burgers, and hot dogs, the city and park district will provide residents with another majestic fireworks extravaganza.

Aficionados of classic and muscle cars won’t want to miss the Chamber of Commerce Cruise Nights on Tuesdays, starting in July.

As always, our city provides great dining inside and out at our fine establishments, old and new. In fact, patronize all of our merchants as they do a great job supporting our local economy.

Absorb all that is good about summer; be sure to invite your friends to St. Charles and let them “discover their city side” downtown. Remember before you can say Hot Fun in the Summertime, the new kindergarten students, seniors in college, and everyone in between will be back to their studies and summer will be a distant memory.

Welcome to summer in St. Charles. I will see you around town.

Ray Rogina