Big Week | Nov. 9 – 15

Friday, November 10, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The week ahead features engaging events ranging from the informative to the simply fun. Below is just a sampling of what’s happening around town:

Learn the basics of homeownership

On Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., at the Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, the village’s Board of Trustees, Mayor Edwenna Perkins and the Monroe Foundation will host a first-time homebuyers’ workshop, “Things You Should know.”

Know your credit and how to protect it, benefit from a pre-purchase home ownership orientation and learn how to retain home ownership. For more information, call the West Cook Home Ownership Center at (708) 771-5801. Please RSVP by emailing your name, address, zip code and phone number to

Have breakfast with PTMAN

The Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) will host its monthly breakfast meeting on Saturday, Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m., at DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 1828 Old Naperville Rd. in Naperville. This month’s theme: “Stability in the Community.”

PTMAN’s chairman, Bishop Dr. Reginald J. Saffo, will serve as the host. For more info, call Bishop Saffo at (708) 397-6944.

Cozy up by a Bondfire  

Join us as Lādē, a women’s empowerment organization, welcomes the autumn season and celebrates harvest time at our BONDfire on Nov., 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the lot across the street from Meca Elementary School, 425 Bohland Ave. in Bellwood.

This event, which is open to men and women, will go on either rain or shine as there is a back-up indoor location across the street if the weather does not permit.

We want to use this event as a therapeutic opportunity to look inward and reflect on ourselves, our lives and our year as we enter new phases and execute our goals.

We want to finish the year with gratitude and thankfulness for what we have and will accomplish. This is an opportunity to “bond” with our peers and see how we can each assist each other in the future.

For this event, we encourage both in-kind and monetary donations. A list can be found on our website: Items we are asking for are travel-size toiletry items like body wash, deodorant and lotion, as women in the shelter leave everything to seek shelter from an abusive environment.

All proceeds will be donated to Connections for Abused Women & their Children located on the West side of Chicago.

Let’s dialogue about the cost of doing business in minority suburbs 

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m., at the Quinn Community Center, 1851 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood, join Michael Romain, publisher of the Village Free Press, for a conversation about high property taxes, high water bills and other costs of doing business in majority minority suburbs.

This event will be a town hall-style discussion that is the first in a series of community conversations VFP plans on leading about these critical issues in order to gather material for future stories and possible policy solutions.

In addition, supporters of VFP who would like to donate or agree to volunteer with us may do so here. We’ll also announce November’s Business of the Month.

Meet homegrown scribes at Bellwood’s Local Author Fair

Local authors will discuss their books, answer questions and sign and sell copies of their works during the Bellwood Public Library’s Local Author Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Bellwood library, 600 Bohland Ave. in Bellwood.

Attendees are invited to enjoy an author meet-and-greet, as well as dramatic readings from selected authors. For more info, contact the reference department at (708) 547-7393 option 4 with questions.

Register for Spectrum University

Registration is open for Spectrum University, a tutoring program offered by the nonprofit Answer Inc. for adults, ages 18 through 40, who have autism and other developmental disorders.

Participants receive instruction in reading, writing and math. Sessions will take place every Saturday, from Nov. 4, 2017 through Jan. 27, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

According to promotional literature, the courses are taught by instructors “that full enhance and engage each student as active learners.”

For more info or to register with Spectrum University call (708) 296-5651. VFP

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