Thursday, May 31, 2012
Leads up to main event of men's pro invitational.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Lake Bluff and Lake Forest youngsters can be part of the Lake Bluff Twilight Criterium bike races on June 1. Starting at 5:45 p.m., kids ages 4 to 13 will participate in four separate heats ending at the racecourse's finish line at the corner of Oak and Evanston avenues in Lake Bluff – just like the pros. (See attached race course). The kids races will vary in length for each age group, ranging from 100 yards for 4-to 5-year-olds to one lap for 11-to 13-year-olds. A parent or guardian must register each youngster in advance. The last registration will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday (June 1) at the Lake Bluff branch of the Lake Forest Bank, 103 E. Scranton Ave. There is no entry fee and each youngster will receive a medal and …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Activator Cycles owners expand into second passion, music.
As evidence of music's importance in their lives, entrepreneurs Nick and Shelia Christofalos have old musical instruments in their Lake Bluff home. Collecting dust. The recent grand opening of Lake Bluff Music, 36 E. Center St., the storefront space previously occupied by the couple's other business, Activator Cycles, will give those unused instruments a chance to find a new home. "Consignment is a big part of the new business," said Shelia Christofalos. “There are so many great instruments sitting in people’s houses," she added. "We had a base we hadn’t played with for 12 years, and another instrument my daughter had played in middle school that was just sitting.” Customers have the opportunity to buy and sell musical gear on a …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Block Party will move from July 4th weekend to anchor June 1 event.
Born and raised in Lake Bluff, Nick Christofalos remembers cycling through areas that are now occupied by houses. On June 1, the owner of Lake Bluff’s Activator Cycles will watch cycling races through the streets of his hometown with the inaugural Lake Bluff Twilight Criterium. “It’s cool to have a big race in downtown Lake Bluff,” Christofalos said. “This has always been a place to ride and train, but no one has ever stepped up to do a race.” Since becoming village administrator in Lake Bluff five years ago, Drew Irvin has harbored the idea of bringing a cycling event to Lake Bluff. Last summer, he accompanied Christofalos and Marco Colbert to last summer's Glencoe Grand Prix, where Colbert served as an assistant race director in 2010…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Event puts a new spin on shopping with a purpose by bringing in 239 pounds of food items.
Shopping was never so much fun for 10-year-old Sheridan Young. The Lake Bluff youngster pulled up in front of Activator Cycles in downtown Lake Bluff with her yellow buggy overflowing with groceries. “It was so fun shopping!” said Sheridan. Her dad, Jim Young, took his cue from his daughter. Smart dad. “She pointed me in the right direction,” said Jim Young. Carrying in 69.6 pounds of grocery items, the Youngs captured the most weight category in last Saturday’s inaugural "Cranksgiving" to stock the shelves of the Shields Township Food Pantry. For their efforts, the father-daughter team received a free bicycle tune-up by Activator’s pro mechanic, Nate Perkins. The nearly 70 pounds was almost one-third of the 239 total pounds of food …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Saturday, November 6, 2010
Passion for sports spurs ideas for store.
It all started with a passion for the sport. Lake Bluff resident Nick Christofalos began riding bicycles at an early age. "Between the ages of 11 and 25, I started out with BMX-style riding, experimenting with stingray bicycles," Christofalos said. "By the time I was 26, I started racing Motocross motorcycles cross-country. Then I was able to work my way up to expert class in Motocross racing." Activator Cycles is the result of Christofalos' appreciation of and respect for the sport. Opening its doors July 2 of this year, Nick and his wife, Shelia, run the full-service bicycle shop. Located in downtown Lake Bluff, Activator Cycles sells and repairs bicycles and skateboards and offers a wide selection of apparel for the avid racer or …