The Chicago Women's 8 Ball league will be starting soon. If you are interested in playing, organizing a team or sponsoring a team contact: diane c. gomez @ 312-243-6707.
The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) women's flag football has started at Warren Park. CMSA men's flag football also started last weekend. Open division fall softball started Sept. 4 at Pottawatomie Park; contact CMSABall@yahoo.com .
See www.chicagomsa.com .
Timber Lanes' registration for women's bowling league is on now at 1851 W. Irving Park, (773) 625-6555.
AIDS Foundation Chicago hosts Marathon training workshops. Call (312) 765-0210, www.aidsmarathon.com . Many of the runners participated in last Saturday's AIDS Run & Walk, helping raise additional funds for the AFC.
The International Gay & Lesbian Snowsports Association (IGLSA) has announced that Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman, and Playgirl centerfold Scott Merritt, are its latest additions to its high-profile patron membership.
Laura Karpman, a keen skier, and composer on Steven Spielberg's recent mini-series Taken, has joined the IGLSA as a patron to help the organization lift its profile and inspire the organization's general membership. 'The only two things I can do well are ski and compose music,' joked the four-time Emmy Award recipient.
Also joining the IGLSA is Scott Merritt, a top fashion model who was recently voted by the readers of Playgirl magazine to be their '30th Anniversary Man' centerfold model. Merritt, who was not at the time openly gay, has since put to rest rumors about his sexuality in the gay press.
Merritt told gay and lesbian news magazine The Advocate, 'I don't want to hide anymore, period ... . I'm gay. They [Playgirl] didn't ask me if I was straight, and I didn't lie.'
Merritt, who was born and raised in Ontario Canada, first took up skiing and snow-shoeing during his teen years.
See www.gayskiers.org .
Dallas' Gay and Lesbian Golf Association announces the 2003 Texas Shootout Tournament Oct. 25-26, designed to challenge the members of DSGA and all fellow gay and lesbian golfers from across the U.S. and around the globe.
DSGA's purpose is to create an event for gay and lesbian golfers to share their love for the game, compete in a highly organized stroke play tournament following the USGA Rules of Golf, and to provide a venue for socializing. 'DSGA has grown in such a way that we wanted to host other gay and lesbian golfers from around the world to come share in some golf and fun,' stated Mike Baxley, DSGA President.
All skill levels of golfers are welcome.
For more information on the Texas Shootout or to fill out a registration form, go to www.dsgadallas.org .
AIDS Marathon Training
Come spring, seasoned and novice runners will begin to prepare for a journey that may very well be the challenge of a lifetime. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), in conjunction with Walk-The-Talk Productions, is bringing the National AIDS Marathon Training Program to Chicago.
See www.aidsmarathon.com or call (312) 765-0210.
Heart of America AIDS Ride July 12-13
Among the several midwest AIDS rides which have cropped up to replace the now-defunct Palotta Teamworks Heartland Ride is the 2003 Heart of America Ride for AIDS (www.aidsride2003.org), a new bicycle event designed to raise funds to assist the region's AIDS community.
The ride is set to take place July 12-13 beginning and ending near Starved Rock State Park, Ill. Funds will benefit AIDSCARE, a Chicago-area organization that assists those living with advanced HIV/AIDS through housing, care and support services.
www.aidsride2003.org or (877) 343-7433.
GLSEN Bowling benefit
GLSEN Chicago's 7th Annual Bowl-a-thon is Saturday, March 22, 9:30 p.m. until midnight at Marigold Bowl, 828 W. Grace. See www.glsenchicago.org .