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Rush University Seeking Black Fathers for Study || Community Events

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Friday, July 15, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews || @village_free 

Rush University has chosen Maywood to host a DAAD’s program for African American fathers of children, ages 2 to 6 years old, who do not live with them. The purpose of the program is to give fathers knowledge, skills and support that will help them to maintain strong, loving and consistent relationships with the small children.

Participants will receive a stipend for attending the sessions and completing the study questions. Other incentives include coupons to children’s events, food and transportation. Registration closes soon. Dads do not have to live in Maywood to participate. To register, contact the program telephone line at (312) 563-3566. VFP

Upcoming Community Events 

Saturday, July 16 

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. || 5th Ave. and Lexington Ave., Maywood || Impact Ministries presents Thank God I’m Free Prayer Walk 

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9 a.m. to 5 p.m. || Operation Uplift, 104 S. 5th Ave. (corner of 5th Ave. and St. Charles), Maywood IL || Operation Uplift’s Vendor Days.

Clothing drive

Come pick up clothes and other hidden treasures. You’ll be buying for a good cause, too. A portion of the event’s proceeds will support one of Proviso Township’s best museums dedicated to local history.

For pricing and more information, call Jeri Stenson at (708) 289-4955 or Dorothy Hall at (708) 373-2862

Sunday, July 17

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. || Operation Uplift, 104 S. 5th Ave. (corner of 5th Ave. and St. Charles), Maywood IL || Operation Uplift’s Vendor Days. Come pick up clothes and other hidden treasures. You’ll be buying for a good cause, too. A portion of the event’s proceeds will support one of Proviso Township’s best museums dedicated to local history.

For pricing and more information, call Jeri Stenson at (708) 289-4955 or Dorothy Hall at (708) 373-2862

Friday, July 22

VOR Community Resource

Saturday, August 6 

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. || Winfield Scott Park, 19th and Maywood Drive, Maywood, IL || Fifth Annual Old Skool ‘The Way It Used To Be’ Picnic

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This highly anticipated annual event spotlights the importance of education, good choices and community support through the encouragement and presence of local heroes and role models.

This fun-filled day for the entire family features a back-pack and school supply giveaway, 14 DJ’s playing the best old-school music (house, disco and deep house classics), diverse vendors, food favorites, games, activities and more!

For more information, contact Christopher Benjamin, (708) 257-9740 or Cheryl Gardner (773) 719-9804.

Saturday, August 20 

12 p.m. || Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Ave. and Fred Hampton Way (Oak St.), Maywood Old Timers Picnic 

Old Timers

This year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the annual Maywood Old Timers Picnic, one of Maywood’s most anticipated community-wide events that was started as a way to reconnect the village’s present with its past.

“I was running into people at funerals and visitations I hadn’t seen in years and we would sit and talk,” said Marilynn Jefferson, a longtime Maywoodian, now retired and living in Georgia, who helped establish the first Old Timers Picnic.

“I finally said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice where we had time we could all be together and it would not be a sad occasion?’” Jefferson reminisced during an interview at last year’s event.

Since its founding, the event has become a source of history for those interested in mining the village’s rich past.

Bring your family and friends. There will be food, fun and entertainment. For more information, call (708) 740-0747. Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through. VFP

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