Wednesday, April 19, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
On this upcoming Saturday, April 22, Maywood will be teeming with people, most of them volunteers and participants busily involved in two major events that will be happening simultaneously.
The Village of Maywood, along with other organizations like Solutions for Care, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the West Cook YMCA and Proviso Township will be sponsoring the Ideas for Life Senior Fair.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the village’s multi-purpose building, 200 S. 5th Ave. There will be presentations the basics of medicare and mental health, among other topics, along with Zumba and chair yoga. Seniors will also receive free health screenings. To register, call (708) 447-2448
Village Pride-Village Wide
The third annual Village Pride-Village Wide cleanup event will also take place on Saturday, Aprill 22, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will kickoff at the Reuse Depot, 50 W. Madison St. in Maywood.
This year, organizers are hoping to make the event larger than ever.
“We’re all hands on deck,” said Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission member Loretta Brown during a Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting in February.
“We want everybody in the village to participate. The is an opportunity to bring pride to our village. That’s what the goal is,” she said.
Brown recalled one of the commission’s original motives for creating the event three years ago. Since then, it’s evolved into the largest mass cleanup of its kind that’s held in the village.
“We started out just wanting to spruce up the village because people were saying that it was dirty,” she said. “When we talked to people, they had no pride in the village. Our first-year goal was to pick up paper and trash and to spruce the village up a bit. Since then, we’ve [shifted to] wanting to do projects that last for more than just [a day]. We want to do a few long-term projects that last through the whole season.”
Last year, the event, which is sponsored by an array of entities, including Proviso Partners for Health, attracted over 300 participants and a range of sponsors.
“We’re hoping to get just as many, or more, sponsors this year because our goals are bigger and broader,” Brown said. “We’ll need as much support as we can get.” VFP