Big Week (Sept. 26 – Oct. 3)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

There’s a lot happening for the whole family in Proviso Township this week. Below is just a sampling of events:

Get info on minority businesses and trends

On Thursday, Sept. 27, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Cement Mason’s Institute, 739 25th Ave. in Bellwood, the Bellwood Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking luncheon focused on minority businesses and trends. The luncheon will feature speaker Terrie Simmons, the director of the Women’s Business Center. $10 for chamber members. $25 for non-members. RSVP at For more info, visit or call (708) 397-6646.

Meet new Justice Advisory Council head Delrice Adams

On Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Broadview Fire Department, 2400 S. 25th Ave. in Broadview, Mayor Katrina Thompson and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin will a meet and greet with Delrice Adams, the new director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council.

Adams will talk about violence prevention and restorative justice grants, among other topics. Must RSVP to attend. Contact or (312) 603-4566.

Get tech savvy with a little assistance  

On Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Global Business Center, 840 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood, M.N.I.A. presents hands-on technical assistance with smartphones, social media, emails and more.

Enjoy the Proviso West homecoming parade

On Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m., Proviso West High School will host its annual homecoming parade. The parade will start at Stevenson Park, 3101 Washington Blvd. in Bellwood, head west onto Washington Blvd., before merging onto Butterfield Rd. and eventually Wolf Rd. The parade will end at the high school, 4701 Harrison St. in Hillside.

Leap into fall with Triton’s annual Fall Fun Fest

On Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Triton College College Botanical Gardens (East Campus), 2000 S. Fifth Ave. in River Grove, Triton College will host its annual Fall Family Fun Fest. Come out for a full day of fall activities for the whole family to enjoy.

From games and activities to fall favorites, such as the ever-popular pumpkin patch and straw maze, families will enjoy a harvest of fun so much so, they won’t want to “leaf.”

The free community event will have face painting, mask making, cupcake decorating, an obstacle course, Fun with Legos™, family portraits to capture the experience, and also back by popular demand, Maggie the Cow, which provides children with the learning opportunity of “milking” a mechanical cow.

For more info, visit

Learn how Proviso food pantries serve those in need

On Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m., at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, several agencies in Proviso Township, including Quinn Center of St. Eulalia, Vision of Restoration Food Pantry, Housing Forward, Proviso Food Pantry (all based in Maywood), and First Baptist Church of Melrose Park’s food pantry will make presentations at Hunger Walkathon West.

The agencies will present on how they provide food for their constituencies. For more info, call Joanne Despotes at (708) 209-1377 or email

Livestream a Maywood ghost hunt

On Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m., the Paranormal Moms Society will participate in the third annual World’s Largest Ghost Hunt by investigating the Maywood Home for Soldiers Widows. This event is not open to the public, but is available on livestream on the Shindig app or on the Paranormal Moms Society’s Facebook page. VFP

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