Windmills enjoy Cuba

The Oak Park softball group, The Windmills, enjoyed its second trip to Cuba last week as part of a U.S.-government approved sports exchange, which allows Americans to visit the communist island legally.

The softball organization, co-founded by Marc Blesoff, an occasional guest columnist for the Wednesday Journal, was recognized for its culture-bonding last week in newspaper articles produced by the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune.

The team spent the week playing softball and conversing with its opponents.

The Windmills left behind team jerseys and equipment for the Cuban teams to use after last year’s trip.

Cycle man in town

Join the Oak Park Cycle Club on Thursday, Feb. 17 for a very special program. Stephan Wanger, who departed on a bicycle expedition from Chicago to South America in June 2004, covering more than 7,700 miles to raise money for national and local non-profit organizations, will be a guest of the club. Wanger is affiliated with Aspire to Inspire (A2I) which is engaged in an ambitious program to bring to the public consciousness the mutual relationship between historic World explorations and scientific research for cures, and to highlight distinctive cultures, diversity, communications, fitness and health. He is currently writing a book about his travels and planning for his 2006 world cycling expedition.

The cycling expeditions have been undertaken to benefit non-profits such as the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, American Diabetes Association, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Chicago’s Multi-Cultural Dance Center, Columbia College Chicago, John David Mooney Foundation, Leukemia Research Foundation, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, The Field Museum, Wikimedia Foundation, and the Working Bikes Cooperative (our own Oak Park non-profit!).

The program takes place at Molly Malone’s Pub (in the “Snug”), 6752 Madison Ave., Forest Park at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 383-1244.

Football camp

The 23rd Annual Justin Gage/Revie Sorey All Pro Football Camp featuring Jerry Azumah returns to River Forest this summer at Concordia University.

The camp features Non-contact instruction by the nation’s top NFL pros and high school & college coaches.

All positions & all levels of ability are taught to boys 10 -18.

Although enrollment is limited, the camp is now taking applications.

For questions or additional brochures, call us at (708) 474-2440. Or go to

RF registration

River Forest Youth Baseball Softball is currently having registration for the 2005 Season. Registration fees paid after Feb. 15th will incur a $30 late fee. The Gazettes will be sent home with the Public Elementary School Students. They are also available at the River Forest Library, River Forest Community Center and the River Forest Park District office. You may also register on line by visiting our web site at If you have any questions please call 802-2113.

PONY and COLT league

Registration for the Oak Park and River Forest PONY Baseball League’s 53rd season for boys ages 13 and 14 will take place Saturday, Feb. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Longfellow Center, Ridgeland and Jackson in Oak Park.

COLT registration for boys ages 15 and 16 will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Longfellow Center.

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