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A band plays during this year’s Zacatecanos Fest, held at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, on July 16 and 17. | Photos courtesy Trustee Michael Rogers

Monday, July 18, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews || @village_free

The annual Zacatecanos Fest, which was held over the weekend at Veterans Memorial Park, attracted hundreds of people to Maywood. In addition to a soccer game the fest hosts each year, several bands performed, including Banda Potrillos, Banda Viento, Banda Nueva Raza and  Banda Alegre.

Triton Branches Out in Effort to Become Tree Campus USA

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Triton‘s Greening the Campus Committee after planting a Nannyberry Viburnum near the Triton College Prairie Garden on July 13. | Courtesy Triton College 

By Triton Public Relations | 7/13/16

A warm sunny morning and the beautiful Triton College Prairie Garden served as the backdrop for members of Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee as they welcomed the newest addition to campus, a Nannyberry Viburnum tree.

Triton’s environmental biology students and other community members attended the tree planting ceremony Wednesday, July 13, which is part of the college’s effort to qualify as a Tree Campus USA college.

“It’s a program for campuses to engage in truly taking care of their campus arboretum,” said Triton College Sustainability Center Coordinator Adrian Fisher.

The Tree Campus USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Fisher expects Triton to receive full designation as a Tree Campus USA by the end of this year. Other elements of the project include creating a campus tree inventory and map, formulating a campus tree care plan and incorporating tree-related activities into classwork.

Located next to the Prairie Garden, the newly planted Nannyberry Viburnum is an Illinois native tree that will grow to be about 20 feet tall.

“It has flowers in the spring and berries that birds really love, so it will be a nice little contribution to this natural corner of campus,” said Fisher.

The Triton College Prairie Garden is located on the west side of campus, just south of the D Building. The Greening the Campus Committee planted Prairie Garden in 2009 and continue to nurture and maintain it. It features about 100 species of native prairie grasses and flowers and is a certified Monarch Waystation.

Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee works in collaboration with the Sustainability Center. Their goals include educating and training the community about our ecosystem, and advocating for and practicing sustainability on campus.

For more information about Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee’s initiatives including Tree Campus USA, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Adrian Fisher at (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3364.

Quinn Center Celebrates 5th Summer Camp 

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By Quinn Community Center 

I would like to invite you to our annual End-of-Summer Community Celebration, which we will be hosting on Friday, July 22nd from 6-8pm. We want to take this time to acknowledge the campers, their families, and the community that makes this endeavor possible. Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

It is hard to believe that this will mark the end of the Quinn Center’s 5th Summer Program. We have seen incredible growth over the years, and we have been blessed to work with wonderful community volunteers and partner organizations along the way. This year we welcomed over 140 youth to the Center, including an entire classroom of 4- and 5-year olds. Our 30 teen mentors not only worked at the camp but also had the opportunity to give presentations about health disparities through the Loyola ASPIRE program.

As we celebrate these accomplishments, let us remember where we started: a small group of dedicated teens saw a need for affordable summer programming for their community. They had the brave and somewhat audacious idea that they could make a difference. May we all believe that we too can be that change. VFP

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