Participants at a rummage sale that First Congregational church held in the past. The church will be hosting its annual event next Saturday, Oct. 3. | Photo provided courtesy First Congregational Church of Maywood.
Saturday, September 26, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR
First Congregational’s Annual Rummage Sale takes place on Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 AM to 2 PM, on the front lawn of the church, which is located at 400 N. 5th Ave., Maywood (corner of 5th and Erie).
It’s what members of First Congregational Church of Maywood call a sort of “pop-up sale” and it’s done a bit differently than most church rummage sales.
“The problem with these sales is that they can quickly get too complicated and overwhelming,” said the First Congregational’s pastor Elliot Wimbush. “We had a number of members with items they wanted to sell. So, we give folks a few weeks’ notice to get their items cleaned and priced-to-sell. Nothing’s brought to church ahead of time and nothing remains.”
Volunteers set up tables outside on the church’s front and side lawns and get to work organizing the already priced items on tables.
“We price items to sell, because at the end of the sale, pastor packs it all up and takes what is left to Goodwill,” said congregant Karin Skinner.
She said the distribution of labor takes the burden off of the committee of church members who might otherwise have to collect, store, clean and organize for many weeks. It keeps the event fun and manageable both for the committee members and for buyers, she said. And fun is what it’s all about.
“We love being outside on the corner meeting shoppers, greeting them and sharing our good wishes,” Skinner said. “First Congregational produces several fundraisers throughout the year and these are integral to sustain our ministry.”
“It’s a run-and-gun, down-and-dirty sale, and it’s fun that way! We drink coffee, laugh, chat with neighbours, listen to great music … and make a little money for the church,” added Rev. Wimbush.
“What could be better? So, we invite the community to come by the corner of Fifth and Erie Avenues to ‘rummage’ through all the goodies and find a treasure or two,” he said.
C O M M I S S I O N E R ‘ S B O Y K I N ‘ S S E C O N D
C H A N C E R E S O U R C E F A I R || Oct. 2
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) will host his first annual Second Chance Resource Fair Friday, Oct. 2, 10 AM to 2 PM, at Another Chance Assembly Church, 5138 W. Division, Chicago.
“This is a great opportunity for those seeking jobs to get another chance,” Boykin said, adding that participants will be provided employment opportunities, housing opportunities, the opportunity to get their state ID’s and licenses, and resume workshops.
Among potential employers and/or community organizations that will be present: Inspiration Kitchen, City Colleges of Chicago, Habilitative Systems Inc. Felony Franks, DCFS, Oak Street Health, Department of Corrections, Larry’s Barber College, Breakthrough Ministries, Windy City Harvest, Maywood Workforce Net, Safer Foundation, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, St. Leonard Ministries, PLCCA, Illinois Treasurers Office, WestSide Health Authority, Erskine Reeves Barber Academy, Christy Webber Landscapes, CTA, Uncle Remus, McArthurs Rest & Greater West Town
M A Y W O O D F I N E A R T S P U M P K I N P A T C H
P A R A D E H E R E A G A I N || Oct. 10
Maywood, IL—Maywood Fine Arts (MFA) will host its annual Pumpkin Patch Parade on October 10th, 2015 with a community celebration at 25 N. 5th Ave from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Raising the Barre.” With the expectation of breaking ground for the brand new dance studio in early 2016, founder Lois Baumann will have a big announcement for all Maywood Fine Arts supporters.
There will be performances all day by our Stairway of the Stars dancers, Mr. Ernie’s Flip Flop & Fly Tumblers, and The Flying High Competition Team as well as family activities, a pumpkin bounce, a photo booth, and families can win awards such as “Best Dressed Family.” The day’s main event, a walk for the arts, kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at 5th and Lake St in Maywood. Upon returning from the walk, winners of our Giant Raffle will be announced, and everyone will get a free hot dog lunch.
Come support MFA and its mission to provide affordable, quality arts and fitness education that will enrich the lives of children in Maywood and surrounding communities! For more information please contact Spooner Baumann at 630-336-4777 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U P C O M I N G L I B R A R Y E V E N T S
Oct. 6 || Healthy Eating
Whitney A. Henderson, Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Manager of the Loyola University of Chicago and of the School-Based Health Center at Proviso East High School, will visit the Maywood Public Library District on Tuesday, October 6, at 4:00 pm, to instruct people on healthy eating habits. Henderson states that practicing healthy eating habits can help people feel good about themselves, while giving them the energy they need for their daily activities. It can also help people maintain a healthy weight, while preventing diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Old habits may have to be changed, but eating well may be a lot easier than one realizes.
Oct. 6 || Triton College: Access to Literacy
Access to Literacy will visit the Maywood Public Library District on Tuesday, October 6, from 3:30-5:00 pm. They will discuss what their program offers, and how they help adults improve their skills in reading and comprehension.
Oct. 13 || Medicare: Information Session (Humana)
On Tuesday, October 13th, from 2:30-3:30 pm in room 201, there will be an information session on Medicare at the Maywood Public Library District.
Oct. 14 || Loyola Health Screenings
Loyola medical students will visit the Maywood Public Library District to perform health screenings for the community between5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Wednesdays, October 14, 28, and November 11. This will include blood pressure checks, nutrition counseling, advice on how to quit or cut down on smoking, and chronic diseases. These events are free to the public.
Oct. 22 || Flu Shots
On Thursday, October 22, at 4:00 pm, nurses from the Loyola University Medical Center will give flu shots in room 201 of the Maywood Public Library District. These shots will be free.
Each Tuesday || Quilting: Step-By-Step Instruction
Making a sampler quilt is a great way to learn or practice different piercing and quilting skills. If you are interested in learning how to construct quilts, please leave your information for Mildred A. Green at the Library by calling 708-343-1847, and ask for Information Services. The Quilting class meets at the Maywood Public Library District on every Tuesday from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm in Room 201.
Each Thursday || Instructions in Sewing
People who are interested in learning some of the basic skills involved in constructing clothing will want to take this free class in room 201 of the Maywood Public Library District on Thursdays from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm. Space is limited. In order to begin taking classes, please leave your information for Mildred A. Green at 708-343-1847.
W e s t l a k e H o s p i t a l W e l l n e s s
Sept. 30 & Oct. 3 || FREE Prostate Cancer Discussion and Screening
Westlake Hospital, 1225 Lake St., Melrose Park || Men’s Health Night || Topic and Screenings: Prostrate Cancer || For more info, call (708) 938-7585, or email malvarado@WestLakeHosp.com.
Oct. 1 || FREE Mammogram Appointments
Appointments for FREE mammograms begins Oct. 1 and will end when all appointment spaces are filled.
J A Z Z A T T & J J’s || Oct. 30
D’Erania, the saxophonist, performs Oct. 30 at T&JJ’s, 718 S. 5th Ave., for an event which is part of a citywide Billy Strayhorn Centennial celebration that Chicago will host that month.
The Strayhorn celebration will be similar to, although much smaller than, the citywide Miles Davis Festival in 2011. Davis had a strong Chicago connection. Strayhorn has Chicago roots, too. Strayhorn’s niece and the president of Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc., lives in the Chicago area. Reich notes that Alice Claerbaut has been fighting for her uncle’s place in the pantheon of American music for years. VFP