GENERAL INTEREST PARTICIPANTS
THE BOOK TABLE
1045 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
The Book Table is basically two people...He's Jason and I'm Rachel. We met in 1998 when we
were both working at our umpteenth indie bookstore, fell in love, got hitched, and instead of
babies we decided to have a bookstore. The Book Table.
We have the most exciting new releases at discount prices. We have quality used books. We
have great publisher's overstock, and we do just about every other legal thing you can imagine to
stock great titles at even better prices. So stop in and give us a challenge. Some people love
crossword puzzles (me!) and some people love sudoku (Jason!) but what both of us love more
than anything else is a good book puzzle. Seriously, come in and ask us those tough questions
about that book with the purple cover and a Russian Countess as a main character, or come in
with a clean slate and ask us for a recommendation. We're in this business because we love
books and we love putting the right ones in your hands--all the better if we can save you a few
bucks in the process.
I am a long time Beye School parent and grandparent of over 25 years. As a licensed, insured
Massage Therapist, I offer massages in my home or yours. Check out my web page at
"touchofwellness.vpweb.com" for more information on my services.
NUTRITION TEAM PRESENTERS
Lauren is an avid home cook with no special training other than a love of eating and a voracious
appetite for reading recipes! She is also a proud Beye School parent.
Local Beet Editor and Publisher Robert Gardner, one of the founding members of
LTHForum.com, has discovered that the way to eating bliss is by eating local. About five years
ago, he and his family entered a quest to eat (nearly) all their food from the Upper Midwest, a
food zone Gardner calls the Big Ten Conference. Gardner started chronicling his eat local habits
at his blog, www.vitalinformation.blogspot.com, and he was one of the original contributors to
the Eat Local Challenge blog (www.eatlocalchallenge.com ). In the summer of 2008, fellow
foodie and blogger, Michael Morowitz suggested they team up and expand the noodlings of a
locavore. They launched the Local Beet (www.thelocalbeet.com) to provide a Practical
Approach to Local Eating. The site boasts the most complete farmer‟s market finder in the
Chicago area, including markets stretching beyond Illinois‟s boundaries. They published a guide
to CSAs (community supported agriculture farmers), and then published a specialized guide for
late season/winter CSAs. Rob has worked with a variety of groups and programs building better
local food systems. Rob actively seeks to take the message of eating local and the Local Beet‟s
mission of a practical approach, to a wider audience. He contributed an essay to the Chicago
Tribune‟s Perspective section, and he has spoken to a range of audiences including North Park
College, FamilyFarmed Expo, League of Woman Voters, and Midwest Foodways Alliance. Rob
and his family‟s eat local adventures have been featured on TV, radio and the newspaper
including a segment on ABC‟s LivewellHD network‟s “Save My Planet”, the Chicago Sun
Times, Medill News Service and the Oak Park Wednesday Journal. He has appeared on radio
segments for WBEZ and WCPT and a TV segment for WBBM.
Genesis Growers farms 20 acres in fertile north-central Illinois using a natural method: no
pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizer. The result is naturally healthy soil that yields fresh,
nutritious and tasty crops.
Farmer Vicki Westerhoff distributes fresh produce and eggs to over 200 local families in
Chicago & Northern Illinois through a 9 month long Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
program, farmers markets and a growing wholesale business. Crops are picked only at the peak
of their flavor and freshness. Vicki‟s daughter Angela Westerhoff will represent Genesis
Growers at Wellapalooza.
Rita J. Singh, MSW, LCSW is a dynamically informed cognitive behavioral therapist who works
with children, adolescents, adults, and families. When working with children and adolescents,
Rita uses directive and non-directive therapeutic approaches. She creates a safe environment
where her young clients are able to put words to their experiences, learn positive coping skills,
and regain a sense of safety and competence in their world. Rita believes in close collaboration
with parents and care givers in order to help them understand normal child development,
children's reactions to trauma and loss, and how to respond to and support their children
effectively. Rita has extensive experience in working with children around such issues as
anxiety, AD/HD, depression, behavioral issues, sensory issues, school refusal, trauma, self-
injury, and attachment. Rita is proud to be a parent of 1 future and 2 current Beye School
THE KIDS TABLE—ELENA MARRE
2337 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647-5357
The Kids' Table is designed, both physically and philosophically, to promote good food and
healthy eating in a kid- and environment-friendly space. Built to be safe, fun and functional, our
storefront features work spaces, sinks and kitchen tools sized just right for kids. And our low
VOC paint, bamboo flooring and natural (and naturally anti-bacterial) Marmoleum tile were
chosen specially for their light environmental footprints.
We also stress health and sustainability in our food choices. We use only natural ingredients (no
artificial colors or other additives), and whenever possible, feature local, organically grown
produce. In addition, we are committed to generating minimum waste by using nondisposable
plates, cloth aprons and napkins, silverware and glassware.
The seed of the idea for The Kids' Table was planted not in in London, England, where then-
attorney Elena Marre was raising a newborn son. Unfamiliar with British childrearing customs,
Elena sought out advice when the time came for her son to make the transition to baby food.
What brand, she asked a British friend from a prenatal class, do you recommend? The response
surprised her: "I plan to make my own."
So she set about the task, quickly discovering that the sight, smell and taste of her homemade
baby food was far superior to the store-bought version. Plus, she had complete control over the
ingredients, ensuring her son ate the freshest, healthiest food available.
The toddler years, however, brought a new challenge: the emergence of the "picky eater." So she
set out to make the eating experience fun, involving her boys in the preparation of food, talking
about different kinds of food and exploring new tastes and textures along with them. Talking
with other parents, Elena realized her concern for her children's eating habits was far from
unique. Parents everywhere want to give their children the best nutritional start in life, but don't
always know where to turn for sound information and advice. And so, The Kids' Table was
Debbie is an urban gardener, educator and educational materials designer. She‟s certified to
teach Fresh From the Farm, is working toward her Master Gardener certification, and enjoys
teaching everyone, especially children, about gardening. She has worked on an organic farm,
serves on her local community garden board, and develops educational programs for community
An avid learner, she actively researches, experiments and develops various gardening methods to
produce the highest yields, within the smallest spaces and with the fewest resources.
Debbie earned a B.A. in Communication Design from UIC and has been a visual designer for
more than 20 years.
Ever since I can remember I‟ve thought it would be fun to live and work on a farm. However, as
a hardworking student good at math, science, and problem solving, my life path led me into
structural engineering. Farm life still calls to me. I dream of owning my own farm someday - 200
acres to start would be just fine by me. Until I‟m ready to make the transition from what I‟m
good at to what I‟m passionate about, I do what I can with the limited urban green space I am
grateful to call my own. I have a tree nursery busting at the seams, two vegetable gardens (400
SF in total), and now I‟m raising bees.
I was born a country mouse. The city, or any town with more than one stoplight, called to me at
an early age. Happily I made my way to Chicago, the city I‟ve called home for more than ten
years. Now, a firmly rooted city mouse, there are times I want more…or maybe less. I long to
return to the kind of place I was once so desperate to escape, where the lush green land gently
rolls towards the horizon; where the roads curve their way through dense canopies of century-old
trees; and sweet corn can be bought on the honor system at a roadside farm stand. I dream of
raising sheep, making my own version of Manchego cheese, and winning a blue ribbon at the
state fair for my green tomato chutney. In the meantime, I‟m tending my potager with nearly 20
varieties of herbs; living another dream of writing a book; refining my cheese making skills with
store bought milk; and now I‟m raising bees.
I have lived in Oak Park for the last 15 years with my wife and two sons. I am a graduate of the
Culinary Institute of America and worked for years in the restaurant industry. My professional
experiences are wide ranging and include kitchen manager for a number of restaurants, corporate
executive chef, private chef, and catering chef. I have cooked for the CEOs of Union Pacific
Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, American Express, as well as members of
the Italian and Mexican governments. I retired from full-time chef work with the birth of our
first son, but still teach kids cooking classes at Cheney Mansion. In 2010, I graduated from the
University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Elementary Education and am presently
working as a substitute teacher in Oak Park, River Forest, Schiller Park, and am looking for a
full-time position in an elementary school setting.
I live in Oak Park and spend most of my spare time in the summer enjoying the season in the
garden. My dad grew up on a farm so we naturally planted a big plot every year. There were
always too many tomatoes and cucumbers but nothing compared to the fresh Greek salads our
dad prepared from July through September. Unfortunately, my sisters and I did not appreciate
pulling weeds so I never learned the tricks of the trade too well. After my first two sons were
born and my dad passed away I decided to try my own hand at a garden. Despite my childhood
aversion to manual labor, I really enjoyed cooking and grew tired of spending so much cash at
farmer's markets. I also wanted to teach my boys where food originates and to appreciate the
simple natural flavors that you rarely find in a grocery store.
I found a good cheap source for soil and started my first plot. It was pretty much a complete
failure but I was not ready to give up. The following year, we enjoyed some decent salads again
and were able to get some free supplies on Freecycle.org. The next year we started a compost
pile, built a few raised beds and had a stellar crop of heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant,
zucchini, okra, beans, peas, beets, radishes, carrots winter squash, popcorn, herbs of all kind and
15 pumpkins for carving. I also able set up some makeshift rain barrels to water the crops all
I got daring last year and decided to grow all my plants from seed. The harvest was
overwhelming despite cutting my budget dramatically from the first year fiasco and we even
canned enough tomatoes to last us through mid-February. We still have our share of failures, but
we keep experimenting and have realized once you find a system that works for you, it becomes
pretty easy to maintain and the variety can't be beat. Hopefully at the end of this season we will
try our hand at actually saving seeds for next year and can share with someone else looking to
take the plunge with a backyard plot.
MICHELINE PIEKARSKI--OPRFHS FOOD SERVICE
Mike Piekarski directs the food service department at Oak Park River Forest High School and
also chairs the OPRFHS wellness committee. Several years ago, OPRFHS won the contract to
provide fresh cooked hot lunches to local school district 97, the Oak Park elementary and middle
A Women‟s Wellness Expert, Norma has herself overcome many health challenges…the onset
of MS and a diagnosis of Diminished Lung Capacity at the age of 40. She overcame both of
these debilitating diseases through her diet and exercise. Today, she uses her story of health
challenges as mile markers to inspire others to take responsibility for their health and begin
living an amazing life! Norma delivers a high energy message, she is funny, down to earth and
Norma is the Principal of S. O. A. R.thru Lifestyle Management Consulting. She has a
Masters degree in Science and Certifications in Nutrition, Personal Training, and Group Fitness
(SPIN). She is an Author, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Director. She has held numerous
Corporate Executive positions before following her passion for Women‟s health and wellness.
She has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show and won Oprah‟s National Essay contest,
“Why I Feel Fabulous After Age 45”. At age 52, she earned the title of World Class Stair Climb
Champion, taking 1st place honors in over (5) stair climbs, including the John Hancock Tower
and The AON building. Today at age 55, she still averages 90 to 100 stairs a minute!
Norma has produced and published several Wellness Guides, a 60 minute Fitness DVD titled,
“The Magic is in the Movement!” available on Amazon.com, a Cookbook, “Norma Can Cook!,”
(available April, 2011), and a Women‟s Self Discovery and Empowerment Book (to be released
Sarah Shirk is both a Beye PTO alumna and an advocate for public health issues. After receiving
a Masters in Public Health from UIC in 1997 she became director of outreach at the UIC Center
for Research on Women and Gender where she implemented several grassroots health programs
at community sites throughout Chicago and its suburbs. At Wellapalooza she will be distributing
placemats and Food & Fitness Journals designed for pre-teen girls by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. Stop by her table to pick up high-
calcium recipes and ideas for weight-bearing physical activity appropriate for young girls in the
Beye School age range. Sarah has fond memories of helping to coach the Kids Running Beye
after-school program in 2006-2007 and is glad to be back for Wellapalooza!
It all started in the 50s...
Would you believe we started out as a small chain of convenience stores? It's true. Way back in
1958. We were called Pronto Markets. In '67, our founder, the original Trader Joe, changed our
name (yes, to Trader Joe's) and the way we do business.
We made the stores bigger (if you can imagine), decked the walls with cedar planks and donned
our crew in cool Hawaiian shirts. Most importantly, we started putting innovative, hard-to-find,
great-tasting foods in the "Trader Joe's" name. That cut our costs and saved you money. Still
And that's important, because "Value" is a concept we take very seriously. And by value we
mean great everyday prices on all of our great products — no sales, no gimmicks, no clubs to
join, no special cards to swipe... How do we do it?
We buy direct from suppliers whenever possible, we bargain hard to get the best price,
and then pass the savings on to you.
If an item doesn't pull its weight in our stores, it goes away to gangway for something
We buy in volume and contract early to get the best prices.
Most grocers charge their suppliers fees for putting an item on the shelf. This results in
higher prices... so we don't do it.
We keep our costs low — because every penny we save is a penny you save.
It's not complicated. We just focus on what matters — great food + great prices = Value.
GREEN TEAM PRESENTERS
I am an attorney and the founder of a company that helps nonprofit organizations use technology
to better server people who cannot afford legal representation. Two years ago, my family started
to replace certain cleaning products in our house with more environmentally friendly solutions
that we make at home. Not only does this help the environment, it is also much safer as the kids
are not exposed to dangerous chemicals.
GREEN HOME EXPERTS
Green Home Experts is a specialty retailer in environmentally friendly building and home
supplies, founded by Maria Onesto Moran. We‟re proud to offer the best brands in the green
industry, and we are committed to providing you with the best products at the best price.
At age five, Maria Onesto Moran drove her first electric car—a PowerWheels. Raised in an
environmentally aware family, Maria graduated from DePaul University with a degree in
Sociology. Her green building experience took root with a marketing and fundraising job for
Lakefront Supportive Housing, now known as Mercy Housing Lakefront. Maria was part of the
campaigns to build two LEED-certified apartment buildings in Chicago that provide permanent
housing and supportive services for people who were formerly homeless. These buildings have
received international acclaim for providing innovative and sustainable housing.
Today, Maria still drives an electric car, but this time it‟s a Prius. Maria has received Green
Tech U certifications from the City of Chicago‟s Center for Green Technology. She has worked
as a CEU presenter on Green Historic Preservation and speaker at the 2008 Women's Business
Development Center Annual Conference. Maria has worked with the International Home +
Housewares Show as a speaker in 2009 and product judge in 2010.
Green Home Experts is one of the only companies of its kind in Illinois, and Maria takes great
pride in assisting homeowners and builders with creating dwellings that are better for the earth
and its inhabitants. Her favorite saying is, "Every day is Earth Day."
DR. CHERYL HAUGH
Dr. Cheryl Haugh has practiced in the Oak Park River Forest area of Chicago, Illinois for over
20 years. She has owned and operated AltCare Health Center since graduating from National
College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois at the end of 1985. After 10 years of practice, and
seeking a broader base of knowledge on which to practice, Dr. Haugh began a fellowship in
homeopathy with the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy taught by the renowned homeopath Dr.
Andre Saine. She practices homeopathy today in conjunction with her chiropractic practice.
Dr. Haugh‟s degrees in art, science, education and chiropractic, coupled with her highly
competent hands, converge to produce a gifted chiropractor „sculpting‟ patients back to healthy
vital bodies while educating on a variety of natural therapy options available for healing, training
and sustained well-being.
Dr. Haugh has published in a variety of medical publications and mediums and has been
distinguished by several professional and civic groups: The Allied Health Science Department
of the University of Illinois Medical Center, The Student American Medical Association, The
Student American Chiropractic Association, the Illinois Chiropractic Society, the Village of Oak
Park Health Department, the Oak Park Y.M.C.A., the Oak Park Area Gay and Lesbian
Nations Home Inspections provides the highest quality building services in Chicagoland. We
Over 2,000 inspections performed, from 800 square foot condos to 8,000 square foot
luxury homes, and everything in between
An engineer with a Master‟s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Membership in the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Technical Committee
Home Energy Rater Certified by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNet)
President of Nations Home Inspections, Steve Nations, is uniquely qualified to offer the
expertise and insight to evaluate the structures and components of old homes, newer models, and
Steve holds a Master‟s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and offers a thorough knowledge of
the very latest industry tools combined with an engineer‟s natural curiosity and problem solving
I took the Master Gardener class through the University of Illinois Extension in 2003 and have
been active as a volunteer ever since. I am both a Master Gardener and a Master Composter with
the University of Illinois Extension. Some of my MG volunteer activities include serving as
chair of the Riverside Landscape Advisory Commission, assisting in the organization of the
annual Macy‟s Flower Show, volunteering at the annual Navy Pier Flower Show and at
numerous community events. My composting activities include demonstrating composting for
the Garfield Park Conservatory‟s program and demonstrating worm composting at Navy Pier,
the Taste of Chicago and local schools, garden clubs and conservatories. In addition, I serve as
Executive Director of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.
My professional experience is in rail transportation where I worked for CSX Railroad in
Jacksonville, FL as a National Account Manager for the chemicals marketing department and
International Sales Manager for metals, paper and other industrial products. Most recently I was
Director of Rail Transportation for CF Industries in Long Grove, IL where I managed a
$200,000,000 rail department.
Karen Rozmus, LEED AP, has worked for the Village of Oak Park, Ill., for 14 years as the waste
reduction manager and served as the staff liaison to the Environmental & Energy Commission.
She is a LEED AP (Accredited Professional) and was the project administrator for the Oak Park
Public Works Center (Certified LEED Silver level building). As a volunteer, Karen is currently
serving as the LEED Project Administrator for the West Cook YMCA, which is being designed
as a green building. She also manages Keep Oak Park Beautiful programs and works closely
with schools to help reduce waste, increase recycling and promote the anti-idling campaign.
DR. PAUL SCHATTAUER
Dr. Schattauer grew up in Iowa and had his first exposure to medicine in Lima, Peru where, just
out of college, he volunteered at an obstetrical medical clinic helping an under-served
population. He then received his medical degree from the University of Iowa School of
Medicine. He spent a year studying theology at Yale Divinity School before completing a
residency in family practice at St. Luke‟s Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1987, after being
certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, he moved to Chicago area. For the past 20
years he has treated patients seeking natural medicine and minimizing the use of pharmaceuticals
while providing cost effective healthcare, independent of insurance plans. He now lives in Oak
Park with his wife, Marcia, and two sons, Spencer and Lucas.
Jane is a healthcare professional with degrees in Nursing and Gerontology. She worked as a case manager
in the Adult Division of the Public Guardian‟s Office of Cook County and on retirement became a Master
Gardener and Master Composter with the U of I Extension program. She enjoys the variety of volunteer
positions offered by being a Master Gardener.
FITNESS TEAM PRESENTERS
105 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park
All teachers at 105 Yoga are Bikram Certified Teachers. This means that they have all gone
through the intensive 9 week training program with Bikram himself which includes over 500
hours of instruction. They have received the instruction and foundation necessary to teach a safe
and challenging hot yoga class. www.bikramyoga.com
Prepare yourself for a challenging 90 minutes during which you will practice a sequence of 26
postures and 2 breathing exercises. Every class is a beginning class where all that is asked of you
is that you do your best. All levels of students are encouraged to attend class, there is no
prerequisite for beginning your yoga practice! "It's never too late, it's never too bad, and you're
never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again."
The room is heated to 105°F and 40% humidity so come hydrated and ready to sweat. Some of
the benefits you may experience include: reduce stress, weight loss, improved flexibility,
increased strength and muscle tone, increased lung capacity, improved posture, build endurance,
stronger mental focus, improved emotional balance, alleviation of symptoms of chronic illnesses
and injuries, improved circulation.
447 South Boulevard
Oak Park, IL 60304
Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our
entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is
from repeat customers and referrals.
We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.
Barbara “Queen B” Dolan
Trina “NY Doll” Bockus
Based on the premise that skating a la roller derby is great exercise that‟s never boring and tends
to attract interesting women, Derby Lite was founded by a retired roller derby player as a
recreational league that provides “roller skating for fun and fitness for women old enough to
know better.” In other words, a bunch of awesome ladies ages 18-65 get together to exercise on
roller skates because it‟s good for you and a whole lot of fun (with less time commitment and
risk of injury than derby regular).
Derby Lite currently offers practices five days a week for beginner, intermediate and advanced
skaters, where we become better skaters and healthier humans (physically and mentally). Each
two hour workout includes off-skates conditioning, dynamic warm-ups, on-skates skills and
drills, upper body strength exercises and cool-down stretching. It's a balanced, whole body
workout that's never boring and shows progress week after week.
Derby Lite doesn't put on bouts. We don't elbow each other or try to knock each other down. We
fall - but it's usually on purpose, and after learning the right way so you don't get hurt - and
bounce right back up again. Derby Lite is the newest, edgiest, most fun way to get fit and be part
of an amazing community. It's way more than your typical exercise class.
FITNESS FORMULA CLUBS (FFC)
1114 Lake Street, Oak Park
Fitness Formula Club is an all-around fitness club with fitness opportunities ranging from
aquatics to basketball to rock climbing, in addition to fitness classes, cardio/strength training, and
105 South Marion St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Greenline Wheels rents ecologically friendly and affordable transportation - bikes, electric bikes,
and neighborhood electric vehicles. Easy to use maps with self-guided tour loops and easy access
to many of Oak Park's independent tour guides makes Greenline an ideal starting point for your
Oak Park adventure.
THE IMAGE STUDIOS
115 North Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60301
7625 Lake Street
River Forest, IL 60305-1830
My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks
thru 13 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. We offer structured, age-
appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides,
gymnastics, sports and more. Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance,
coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem.
Our state-of-the-art facility, extensively trained staff, award-winning class programs, and
excellent student/teacher ratio have earned My Gym the reputation as the best early learning
program of its kind.
Childhood obesity has doubled in the last two decades, with 10% of all children between the
ages of 2 and 5 in the U.S. already overweight. My Gym is dedicated to reversing this dangerous
trend. Our facilities, programs and services empower youngsters by helping them acquire the
skills, confidence and positive self-image needed to become healthy young adults. We are
committed to nurturing children, treating them with understanding and positive reinforcement,
maintaining a supportive and noncompetitive atmosphere, and making learning fun and exciting.
OAK PARK RUNNER‟S CLUB
P.O. Box 2322, Oak Park, IL 60303-2322
Our club is one of the oldest and most active runners' organizations in the Chicago area. Our
members are a diverse group - young & not so young, fast & not so fast, recreational runners &
competitive racers, joggers & marathoners. However, we share a common enthusiasm for
running that's contagious. Our love of the sport, and the camaraderie & support you'll find as an
OPRC member, will help make your running more fun and rewarding. Club activities and
member benefits are designed to appeal to the runner in you, no matter what kind of runner that
is. No prior running experience required.
OPRC activities include Monday Night Fun Runs, Tuesday Monthly Meetings, Wednesday
Night Speed Training, Saturday Morning Fun Runs, Sunday Monthly Trail Runs, Running for
OPRC in the CARA Circuit Races, The Race That‟s Good for Life, Chicago Marathon Water
Station volunteering, as well as additional special events throughout the year. These activities
help members enhance the pleasures of running, as well as allow members to interact and create
friendships in running & non-running activities.
OAK PARK TENNIS CENTER
544 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest
Since 1924 volunteers have managed OPTC to be fiscally self-sufficient while offering clay
courts to the public. Season passes and usage fees cover annual repairs, daily maintenance and
upkeep of the courts and clubhouse, operating expenses and special programs.
Players of all skill levels are welcome to experience our 9 new state-of-the-art HAR TRU® clay
courts, facilities, staff and programs. Give us a try -- we know you‟ll be back!
We are proud to offer our courts and volunteers on Sunday evenings to the West Suburban
Tennis Patrons, Inc., a non-profit organization offering free tennis programs year around to
underprivileged youth and adults from Bellwood, Broadview, Maywood, Melrose Park, Oak
Park and the surrounding areas of our west Cook County community.
POWERFULATHLETES.COM (CHRIS WEILER)
Sports performance development for ages 6-18.
RIVER FOREST TENNIS CLUB
615 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest
The River Forest Tennis Club was founded in 1905 by a group of individuals interested in
forming a club that would be both social and athletic in nature. The Club continues to be run by a
Board of four Officers and three Directors with the Vice President serving as the President-
designate and a Director as the Treasurer-designate; thus affording more continuity on the Board.
It is still a great Club, with all of the changes throughout its history, because of the traditional
values of tennis and swimming enjoyed by families. The operation of the Club is handled by a
minimum of paid staff, but accomplished by working members on committees for every
function. The willingness to work and to share in the fellowship of the Club where no one ever
says “NO!” is what has kept The River Forest Tennis Club the great Club it has always been.
TENNIS & FITNESS CENTER
301 Lake Street, Oak Park
The Tennis and Fitness Center offers group and private instruction in the areas of indoor tennis,
pilates, yoga, cardio/strength/fitness, spinning, and racquetball.
TOPS SWIM TEAM
255 S. Marion, Oak Park (at the Y)
The TOPS YMCA Swim Team has a philosophy of helping young people become champions of
themselves and life through the sport of swimming. We believe this can be achieved by
encouraging individuals to attain their own highest level of personal development. By striving
to achieve their own goals and helping their teammates to achieve theirs, we believe that every
athlete participating on the team can become a champion. Our program is divided into 3 basic
categories: Developmental, Age Group and Senior. Each level of the program is designed to
incorporate the needs of the developing athletes.
TOPS MASTERS SWIM TEAM
255 S. Marion, Oak Park (at the Y)
For advanced swimmers looking for an organized workout with other adults, conducted by a
1401 Circle Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60130-2649
Founded by Coaches Kris Wright, Willie Washington and Lynn Allen and later joined by Margie
Gilchrist, Tri-Star Gymnastics has been offering instruction in gymnastics, tumbling, &
trampoline to children in the Oak Park/River Forest/Forest Park area since 1987. We offer many
recreational gym classes that challenge, engage and delight toddlers through teens of various
Tri-Star's philosophy is that gymnastics can be fun for everyone! We believe that it is not just the
learning of skills that is important, but also the process of learning. We help them learn patience,
courage, and self-discipline, as well as how to recognize and build on their personal strengths.
Children should come out of our gym with a sense of satisfaction that they are challenged to do
fun new things, that they are improving skills; and that they are individuals who are accepted and
cared about. We are friends. We are family.
WEST COOK YMCA
255 S. Marion, Oak Park
The West Cook YMCA, rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition, is dedicated to developing the spirit,
mind and body of all persons through quality leadership programs and services, in cooperation
with community groups for the common good. Besides gyms and pools, the Y offers childcare,
summer camps and much more!
We serve the Chicagoland communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, River Forest, Maywood,
Melrose Park, Bellwood, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, River Grove and Stone Park.
Oak Park Yoga
327 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park
Stretch your body and mind then relax! Join us as we stretch like dogs and fly like eagles.
YogaKids‟ classes use yoga as a springboard for education. Each class explores a different theme
through movement, storytelling, meditation and art. Yoga unites the body and mind in
noncompetitive ways to improve self-esteem, focus and fitness!