Big Week (April 18 – 25)

Friday, April 20, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

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:

Let’s talk about Baldwin’s ‘Blues for Mister Charlie’

On Friday, April 20, 6 p.m., at L!VE Cafe, 163 S. Oak Park Ave., listen to an Echo Love Panel about a play based on James Baldwin’s “Blues for Mister Charlie,” which deals with issues of systemic racism. For more info about the panel discussion and the play, click here.

Get ready for Village Pride Village Wide

On Saturday, April 21, the Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission will host the annual Village Pride Village Wide cleanup.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., at the Maywood Park Gazebo, between 1st Ave. and 5th Ave. on Oak Street. At 9 a.m., the Proviso East High School marching band will send volunteers off to their assignments throughout the village.

Individuals interested in volunteering for the April 21 event can register online at:

For more information, email or Mary D’Anza Mora at with questions.

Attend the Ideas for Life Resource Fair

On Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, the Second Annual Ideas for Life Resource Fair will take place. The fair is designed to provide older adults free breakfast, aging resources, health screenings, raffles, Zumba and more.

Get alert to church, community security measures

On Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Hope Tabernacle Community Church, 7416 Dixon St. Forest Park, PTMAN will host an Urban First Responder’s conference focusing on “Guarding the Church and Community.”

Explore questions such as ‘Does your church and community really need a security team? How do you prepare?”

Presenters include Charles Dushane, Rev. Pirsia Allen and Carolyn Ransom-Champion. Lunch is provided with a $25 donation. To prepay with debit/credit card visit, select donation and type: Safety Conference.

For more info, call (708) 338-1158.

Engage in a ‘Black Panther’ film discussion

On Saturday, April 21, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at AfriWare Books, 1701 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood, author Anthony Browder will discuss the cultural significance of the film, “Black Panther.” Doors open at 2:30 p.m. For more info, visit:

Celebrate grandparents raising grandchildren 

On Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 73, 4550 Roosevelt Rd. in Hillside, state Sen. Kimberly Lightford (4th) will host her 9th Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren event. For more info, (708) 343-7444.

Get your health checked out for FREE 

On Monday, April 23, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, attend a free oral, head and neck cancer screening event. See the flyer below for more details.

Give your input about Proviso’s plans for PMSA, East and West 

On Tuesday, April 24, 6 p.m., at the District 209 main office, 8601 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Forest Park, the D209 school board and administration, along with Perkins and Will (an architectural firm), will host a fourth master facilities plan meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is to invite community engagement around the process of improving the district’s campuses. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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