Help Fight Diabetes!

Try a martial art and help a worthy cause! We will be giving trial lessons all day on December 10th. A five-dollar contribution enables you to try a class in any of the styles we offer: Taekwondo for adults and children, Modern Arnis, or Tai Chi Chuan.

All money collected goes directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Tai Chi Chuan at 10:00
Modern Arnis at 11:00
Kids’ Taekwondo at 12:00 (Lil’ Dragons and Juniors)
Adult Taekwondo at 1:00
Promotion Exam at 2:00 (visitors are welcome to stay)

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people by funding research, advocating for government support of research, ensuring new therapies come to market and engaging the community. JDRF has more than 100 U.S. locations and six international affiliates. They’ve funded nearly $2 billion in research to date.

Chang’s Martial Arts Academy
681 N. York Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126

“I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes since I was eleven years old. Living with Diabetes is not easy or pleasant, but it is a manageable. With diet, exercise, and medication, diabetics can live full, productive lives. I’m proof! Someday we will be able to prevent or even cure diabetes, perhaps within my lifetime! Diabetes is the primary reason my parents got me involved with martial arts as a kid. The martial arts have helped me in countless ways throughout my life. Now my school allows me to share what I’ve enjoyed and benefitted from with others.”
– Chuck Westcott, Owner/Instructor Elmhurst Martial Arts


I’m not going to jump on the gun control band wagon any more than I would acknowledge the anti-Muslim threads I’ve seen on social media, but, for me, it would be an act of cowardice to say nothing about the Orlando killings. Rather than just throw up my hands and admit to being powerless in the face of hatred, I promise to speak up. Whenever I hear friends or coworkers marginalize an entire segment of the population, whatever the criteria, I will let them know that I am not okay with that. What will this accomplish? Maybe nothing, but I would not want my silence to be misinterpreted as assent. If you are so inclined, I invite you to join me in this one small act.
BTW- I admit to having a number of prejudices. Feel free to call me out should you hear me frying all fish in the same pan.

Printers Row Lit Fest Is This Weekend!

I’ll be book-signing Saturday at Printers Row Lit Fest. 10-12 am at the Society of Midland Authors tent and 2:30-4 pm at the Mystery Writers of America tent. No, I don’t have a new book out this year, but if you’re in the area, stop by to say hi. Listen to some of the great speakers. Eat some unhealthy food. Check out the used book stalls. Read more books!

Printers Row Lit Fest Schedule

New Day And Time For Tai Chi Classes

Flowing DragonBeginning on June 1st, tai chi classes at Chang’s Academy in Elmhurst will be held Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am. May 26th will be our last evening class. Current Chang’s students who are able to transition to the morning class can attend free during the months of June and July.

For directions and pricing contact the school at 630-903-6064.