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This and That: Carol Stream celebrates the Fourth, supports the troops

Carol Stream sure knows how to celebrate Independence Day, beginning with its much-loved annual July 4 parade. Parade kickoff is 10 a.m. from County Farm and Lies roads, continuing 1.5 miles east to the Ross Ferraro Town Center at the corner of Gary Avenue and Lies Road.

At 6 p.m., festivities begin at the town center when the Toasty Cheese and Chicago’s Own Mobile Pizza Oven Co. food trucks serve up a variety of tasty favorites.

Then it’s on to the musical entertainment provided by Mellencougar, the area’s premier John Mellencamp tribute band. The 2.5-hour concert, beginning at 7 p.m. in the gazebo, is sure to get the crowd rocking.

The evening will conclude with the fireworks extravaganza beginning at 9 p.m.

While on the subject of July 4, the volunteer parade committee led by chair Kim Gieser is thankful to the residents and local businesses for their donations and equally grateful to those who continue to support the fundraisers.

As a matter of fact, a fundraiser has already been planned for the 2015 parade. A car wash will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 12 at Joe Cotton car dealership, 175 W. North Ave. The parade committee, family and friends will wash vehicles at a cost of $5 per vehicle.

“It is important to support the fundraisers because the July 4 parade is paid for only using donations,” parade committee member Rick Gieser said. “We don’t receive any money from the village to present the parade.”

In other news related to charitable giving, the viillage of Carol Stream invites residents and companies to contribute to its fifth annual Operation Support Our Troops collection.

Donation boxes have been placed in the Bielawski Municipal Center lobby, 500 N. Gary Ave., where they will remain through July 25.

Also, donations will be accepted at the village's July 17 Summer Concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ross Ferraro Town Center. The evening’s entertainment will feature the amazingly entertaining group 7th heaven.

The current list of requested items includes foot powder, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, sport socks (white or black), Gatorade and Propel drink packs, granola/cereal bars, beef jerky and Slim Jims, peanut butter (28-ounce jar or less) and microwave popcorn.

The mission of Operation Support Our Troops is to support the morale and well-being of our American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families while they are deployed in harm’s way and after their return.

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