Monday, May 26, 2008

511+ Runners For Our 14th Annual St. Joseph Jubilee Jog 5 K!

Dear Friends and Supporters of the St. Joseph Jubilee Jog:

Thanks for all of your prayers we dodged an incredible weather bullet for with all the thunder, lightning and rain early this morning - beginning at 3 am - it felt as if Noah and his Ark could have sailed through the north shore. Here's the picture I took of Bent Park (Evanston) on the way to St. Joseph School this morning. I took this picture hoping and praying that the weather would continue to improve for our run.

Upon arriving at St. Joseph school the first thing I did was thank one of the nuns who were so kind to move their cars to the other side of the parking lot to make room for our food and beverage tables. Here's a shot of the sun rising over St. Joseph School. (click pictures to enlarge)

We had 361 runners registered as of Saturday and another 150+ runners sign up this morning for our run for a total of 511 + runners.

Start Of The 14th Annual Jubilee Jog 5 K

Here's a shot of our first place finisher, Rafael Jimenez - 17 min 16 sec (Pace 5:34) - who hails from Des Plains and works with one of our sponsors, Jerry's Barbershop:

Kara Pellaton from Wilmette was our first place female finisher with a time of 20:29 - 20th place overall (pace 6:36):

I will be posting more pictures, names and videos soon.

I'd like to acknowledge the support of my co-chairs Maria McCanna and Janet Walberer and on their behalf I'd like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for rallying behind this great cause to pull of a very successful 14th Annual Jog!

Peace and God Bless,

Fred Smart

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Dear Friends and Supporters of the St. Joseph Jubilee Jog:

The weather forecast is looking like we just might make it through tomorrow morning unscathed as they are predicting some showers early in the morning near Lake Geneva and in Lake County along the lakefront. Showers are expected to move through the area - more toward the southern side of Chicago - by mid to late afternoon.

Regardless of the weather, all systems are a go for tomorrow's 14th Annual St. Joseph Jubilee Jog 5 K Run/Walk. As of last night we have nearly 400 runners signed up. We had a very good turnout of new runners signing up in person and registered runners picking up their bags at Runners Edge yesterday.

Thanks to Peapod, our BIG shipment of food - nutrigrain bars and bananas - and water arrived this morning - a very generous donation from Peapod worth $500!! Jewel and Dominicks chipped in to help out with food. Caribou is providing us with 5 gallons of coffee and iced tea and Corner Bakery is providing us with 200 additional bottles water. We'll have plenty of chips for our runners from Frontera Foods and we hope to have have plenty of Dunkin donuts for our volunteers.

We'll have plenty of music, games for the kids, prizes and fun for everyone.

Keep praying for good weather and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow bright and early!!

Thanks again for all of your help, support and prayers!

Peace and God Bless,

The 2008 St. Joseph Jubilee Jog Organizing Team

St. Joseph School 14th Annual Jubilee Jog
Maria McCanna - 847-530-9395
Janet Walberer - 847-251-1178
Fred Smart - 847-878-8090

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Packet Pickup Today 10am - 5 pm At Runners Edge....Beautiful Weekend Ahead!!

Dear Friends and Supporters of The St. Joseph School Jubilee Jog:

As they say at the races, we are "spinning out of the turn" toward the finish line which is the start of our 14th Annual 5 K run/walk on Monday, Memorial Day at 8 am. With your prayers it looks like we might just make it under wire for they're expecting some rain late in the day on Monday with a high of 73 and a low of 48 degrees.

Thanks to Billy Zigmond our T-Shirts are finished and look great! Close to 300 runners have signed up as of last evening and at the Annual St. Joseph School/Parish Pasta Dinner last night some 60+ runners bags were handed out.

Today you can pick up your runners bags today from 10 am to 5 pm over at Runners Edge - 335 Ridge Rd # E Wilmette (847) 853-8531. The special "pre-race" sign up price of $27 (adults 15 yrs and over) and $15 (children 14 & under) will be honored all day today. The Race Day Registration price will bump up to $35 and $20 on Monday (Memorial Day).

We have lots of prizes, music, food and fun planned for our run on Monday. If that waistline is getting a bit round and you have any bagels, donuts or cookies laying around your home feel free to bring some along for Monday. We should have enough for our runners, but we need to feed all these hard working volunteers who, like me, have been great at expanding their waistlines. Maria McCanna at 847-530-9395 should be able to coordinate some of this "last minute" food donations.

We'd like to thank all the volunteers who helped stuff our bags this past Thursday evening and who are planning to volunteer for the many jobs required to pull this event off on race day. Finally, a big round of thanks to our many sponsors - new and old alike - who have graciously provided us with their support in the form of cash, in-kind donations for prizes, word of mouth referrals and much needed window display access for our many banners around the north shore.

Keep the prayers coming for good weather at race time Monday morning at 8 am!!

Thanks again!

Peace and God Bless,

The Jubilee Jog Organizing Team

St. Joseph School 14th Annual Jubilee Jog
Maria McCanna - 847-530-9395
Janet Walberer - 847-251-1178
Fred Smart - 847-878-8090

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Jubilee Jog News: T-Shirt Logos Finalized - ONLY 16 Days Away!

Thanks to Maria McCanna, one of our Tri-Chairs of this year's race, we've been providing updates about the status of our race to readers of the St. Joseph School's Newsletter which comes out each week. You can click here to read the lastest newsletter or here for past editions. Here's a clip from our recent newletter - click image to enlarge:

Maria has also been working close with Hiedi Wozniak and Virginia Mather to finalize the design of the race T-Shirt which finally got "off to press" this past week.

Click image to enlarge.

Our other Tri-Chair member, Janet Walberer, has done a great job organizing the administrative logistics behind this race, including the finishing touches on our registration form. Click here to view the entire details of our race and then be sure to register online at this link.

We'd like to give special thanks to all of our generous sponsors and ask that everyone take time to say "thank you" by supporting their businesses. You will find pictures, videos and links of many of our sponsors on this site - please share these links and videos with your families and friends.

Jubilee Jog and Runner's Edge Team Up For Mother's Day

Stop by The Runner's Edge today - Saturday May 10th - from 12-4 pm and receive a free pair of Asics Kayano socks when you register for the race and buy a pair of Asics shoes. We'd like to thank Chris Thomas, Marketing Director at The Runner's Edge for all of his great suppport in making this race such a great event!

Two final requests: 1) Please contact one or more individuals or families who may not have heard about our race and urge them to come and run to support the children and teachers of St. Joseph School; and 2) pray for another wonderful day of spectacular sunny weather for Memorial Day. The St. Joseph School Jubilee Jog 5 K has been incredibly blessed with great weather throughout the years so your prayers are very much appreciated!

Peace and God Bless,

Fred Smart

St. Joseph School 14th Annual Jubilee Jog
Maria McCanna
Janet Walberer
Fred Smart

Friday, May 9, 2008

Northwest Passage Adventures (Wilmette)

The Northwest Passage

Making Adventure Dreams a Reality for over 20 years!

Since 1984, The Northwest Passage has been providing top-notch backpacking, climbing, skiing, cycling, sea kayaking trips and other adventure programs for our clients across the country, and around the world. Whether you're looking to sea kayak the clear blue waters of ancient Crete or hike the Dolomites in Northern Italy, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality possible.

The Northwest Passage
1130 Greenleaf Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
800-RECREATE (732-7328)
Fax: 847-256-4476

Northwest Passage Video

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Kenilworth Chiropractic!

Welcome to Kenilworth Chiropractic!

Located in the heart of Kenilworth, Kenilworth Chiropractic serves the north shore area of Chicago, including Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Northfield, Evanston and Glenview and is dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives -- combining skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum. Dr. Robert Baj is dedicated to providing uncompromised quality care and patient service in a comfortable, healing atmosphere. His goal is to find the source of your pain or other health related problems and correct it, rather than just treat your symptoms. Dr. Baj is committed to educating his patients about their diagnosis, injury, proper diet and exercise.

Patients seeking treatment at Kenilworth Chiropractic with Dr. Baj are assured of receiving only the finest quality care through the use of modern chiropractic equipment and technology. Dr. Baj and his staff have a genuine concern for your well-being!

Click here for more.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

de Giulio Kitchen Design

Founded in 1984 by kitchen designer Mick De Giulio, de Giulio kitchen design is an internationally recognized design firm based in Chicago. A staff of 40 experienced and talented professionals, including architects, interior designers, artisans, and craftsmen specialize exclusively in kitchen interior architecture, design and installation for homes throughout the world.

Click here to visit

Monday, April 28, 2008

Jerry's Barbershop (Wilmette)

"Great Warmth and Good Service From The Heart For Your Hair And Your Head!!"

Jerry's Barbershop is located at 633 Greenbay Road in Wilmette, IL.

Phone: 847-251-0818

Vivian "Vickie" and her sister, Karlon "Carol" Arkalious have been the proprietors of this wonderful barbershop for the past 8 years.

"Vickie's sister (Carol) did a wonderful job with my haircut! I felt like I was perfectly at home in a peaceful, pleasant family environment. I will be back! Thanks to Vickie and Carol St. Joseph School will be giving away coupons good for 18 FREE haircuts for some of the kids and individuals taking part in their 14th Annual Jubilee Jog 5 K." - Fred Smart, Evanston, IL

Click here for more.

Jerry's Barbershop (Wilmette) - video

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Aquarium Professionals Group

Aquarium Professionals have been in Business Since 1996. They are custom aquarium design specialists with more than thirty years of professional experience in jobs ranging from beautiful aquatic masterpieces - 30 to 30,000 gallons - for commercial and residential installations. They have state-of-the-art, turnkey aquarium mechanical systems with the latest proven technology, without fads or gimmicks. They are the largest aquarium management company in the Midwest with more than 400 accounts, 10 aquarists and growing!

Please visit for more information.

Aquarium Professionals Group
2600 Gross Point Road
Evanston, Illinois

Dallia Floor & Wall Co.

Dallia Floor & Wall Co. provides expert installation of floor and wall tile, sheet goods, vinyl, marble, and pre-finished wood flooring.

They have a large showroom for viewing materials. Retail sales are welcome.

Special thanks to Michael Scatena, Steven Schneider, Sue Matchen and the folks at Dallia Floor & Wall Company!

Phone: (847) 677-1774
Fax: (847) 677-1775

Dallia Floor & Wall Company
9946 Crawford Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60076

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rose's WheatFree Bakery (NW Evanston)

Rose's WheatFree Bakery serves great tasting fresh bread, cookies, cakes, pizzas and pies to the gluten-sensitive population in the Chicago area and beyond.

We look forward to seeing you at our bakery and cafe at 2901 Central Street, in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago. Our cafe serves salads, soups, sandwiches, pizza (Friday and Saturday nights), and a wonderful Sunday Brunch.

Our hours: M-TH: 7-6; FRI: 7-9; SAT: 8-9; SUN: 10-5; Sunday Brunch: 10-2

Rose's WheatFree Bakery
2901 Central Street
Evanston, Illinois 60201
(847) 859-2723

Click here for more. Click here for directions.

Our visit to Rose's Bakery....

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Lad & Lassie Shop (Wilmette)

The Lad & Lassie Shop in Wilmette features quality clothing in a variety of styles for kids and moms alike.

They are located at 1115 Central Avenue in Wilmette, Illinois. This is a family-owned store that has been providing quality clothing products and services for the past 3+ generations.

Mimi and Patty Evans, sisters and co-owners, can be reached at the store or by email as follows:

patty at
mimi at

Phone: 847-251-7570
Fax: 847-251-7726

Click here for directions.

The Lad & Lassie Shop (Wilmette)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Crystal Cave In Wilmette

The Crystal Cave of Wilmette, just north of Chicago, offering crystal monogrammed and engraved wedding gifts, corporate awards, religious, seasonal, sports, music, professions and city skylines.

The Crystal Cave has generously donated trophies for the St. Joseph Jubilee Jog. Located in the heart of downtown Wilmette, Illinois - 1141 Central Avenue - we took time out to visit Josef Puebringer, the owner of this wonderful store.

Please be sure to support The Crstal Cave and visit their website at

Thanks very much Josef!!

Our Brief Visit To Crystal Cave In Wilmette