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Family Friendly: Pedal the Parks welcomes cyclists of all ages

Burr Ridge, IL - Saturday, August 17, 2013: Holly and Michael Kupetis (Burr Ridge) get their daughters, Alexa and Ava, ready for a family bike ride. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media
Burr Ridge, IL - Saturday, August 17, 2013: Holly and Michael Kupetis (Burr Ridge) get their daughters, Alexa and Ava, ready for a family bike ride. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media

Families can go at their own pace when they Pedal the Parks in Burr Ridge, Sunday, Sept. 8.

“This is not any type of race,” emphasized Jamie Janusz, superintendent of finance for the Burr Ridge Park District and liaison to the Community Park Foundation, which will benefit from the ride. “This is a touring event.”

Participants will meet at the Burr Ridge Community Center in Harvester Park, 15W400 Harvester Drive, and bike to Stevens Park, Palisades Park and Whittaker Park, then back to Harvester Park. The total ride is 10 miles. Registration is from 7:30-8:45 a.m. The ride runs from 9-11:30 a.m., followed by a party, noon-1 p.m., with bagels, fruit, drinks and music.

“This event is entirely sponsored by CNH — Case New Holland of Burr Ridge,” Janusz said.

The cost is $25 for ages 12 and up, $15 for ages 11 and under, and $60 for a family of up to four. Each participant receives a T-shirt.

For details, call (630) 920-1969 or go to www.brparks.org.

THEY’LL GET A REACTION

Catch up on your reading while your kids mix magical ingredients at the Harry Potter Potions Class, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the La Grange Park Public Library, 555 N. La Grange Road. Professor Snape’s assistant will guide kids in first through sixth grade as they combine mandrake root, gillyweed solution and spider eggs with basilisk venom, unicorn spit and troll snot. Registration is required.

For details, call 708) 352-0100 or go to www.lplibrary.org.

BEST BUDDIES

Kids will hear stories about friendship at the BFF Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. The selections will be My Special One and Only by Joe Berger and One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

PETITE PEDALING

Bobby Hunt, better known as Circus Boy, will ride the world’s smallest bicycle when he performs at the Burr Ridge Market on the Green, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Burr Ridge Parkway and County Line Road. Hunt will also astound families with his juggling skills.

For details, call (630) 654-8181 or go to www.burr-ridge.gov.

KEYED UP

The sound of music will float through the Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Pianist Terry Andrews will play jazz, old standards, blues, ragtime, Dixieland and more in the lobby. He will also take requests.

For details, call (630) 368-7700 or go to www.oak-brook.org.

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