Big Week (Jan. 10 – Jan. 17)

Monday, January 8, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Martin Luther King, Jr. while marching in Chicago. | Bernard Kleina 

There’s a lot happening in the Proviso Township area this week. Here are just a sampling of the big events going on near you.

Attend a financial planning meeting 

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1 p.m., at the Village of Broadview’s administrative building, 2350 S. 5th Ave., in Broadview, the Monroe Foundation will host a Progress on the Go tax and financial capability launch planning meeting. This event is free.

Contact Otis Monroe at or (773) 315-9720 to confirm attendance or to get more information.

Attend a parent workshop at Proviso West

On Thursday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m., at Proviso West High School, 4701 Harrison St., District 209 will host a community schools parent program workshop.

The first 20 parents in attendance will receive a free gift card. Sessions will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Light refreshments will be provided.

Attendees are encouraged to register for this free event at For more info, contact Proviso West’s parent coordinator, Delinda Hyde, at (708) 202-6240 or

Celebrate Martin Luther King at breakfast

On Saturday, Jan. 13, 8:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 2114 Main St., in Melrose Park, the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) will host its monthly breakfast meeting honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

The theme: ‘Be the Light Our Community Needs.’ PTMAN requests a $5 donation for breakfast. For more info, contact PTMAN chairman Bishop Reginald J. Saffo at (708) 397-6944.

Attend a property after death workshop

On Saturday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough and the Maywood Public Library will host a Property after Death workshop at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave., in Maywood.

Learn how to transfer your home, car and bank account directly to your loved ones without a will, trust, court costs, legal fees or probate court with three simple, do-it-yourself forms at this free workshop.

Black women and girls … let’s talk 

On Saturday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Eisenhower Tower, 1701 S. 1st Ave. (2nd floor), Afriware Books and the Hunt For Cultural Brilliance Group, Inc., will host the first in a series of soul-searching conversations. The theme: “Black women and girls, why me?” (This is for women and girls only).  For more info, contact Pamela Hunt at (312) 286-7731 or

Celebrate Operation Uplift’s 50th at King gala

On Saturday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m., at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall, 681 W. North Ave., in Elmhurst, Operation Uplift, Inc., will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Awards Black Tie Gala, called “Manifesting the Dream in the Millennial Generation.”

Tickets are $80 and tax-deductible. For ticket information, contact Mrs. Davis at (708) 557-0503 or Mrs. Denton-Jones at (708) 860-0264.

Watch and discuss a King film

On Monday, Jan. 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., inside of Maywood Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave., in Maywood, Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Maywood Youth Mentoring will co-sponsor a screening and discussion of the film, “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise.” Teacher Gina Harris will facilitate the discussion.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Free refreshments provided. For more info, contact Barbara Cole, (708) 344-3577 or email:

Take in a King concert

On Monday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m., at Broadview Missionary Baptist Church, 2100 S. 25th Ave., in Broadview, the church’s youth movement team will honor the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King by hosting its annual King tribute concert.

The concert will feature the University of Illinois Black Chorus. Rev. Al Cleveland fo New Life Covenant Church Southeast, in Chicago, will be the keynote speaker. Admission is free and onsite parking is available.

For more info, contact Joshua Hicks at (630) 608-8696 or email: VFP 

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