Big Week (Oct. 10 – 17)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

There’s a lot happening in Proviso Township this week. Below is just a sampling of things to do in the area for you and your family:

It’s Pumpkin Patch time again

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m., at 5th Ave. and Lake St., Maywood Fine Arts will host its annual Pumpkin Patch Parade. Dancers will showcase their dance moves with moms and dads. Tumblers will compete against their parents in the tumbling challenge.  Karate students will demonstrate their martial arts skills.

The World Famous DUNK DOCTORS (founded by Maywood Fine Arts alum Andrew Cyrus) will return once again to fly high in an acrobatic basketball dunking spectacular. Families can compete in MFA’s Amazing Race challenge and go head-to-head in the giant inflatable obstacle course. Kids can take a big leap in the Giant Pumpkin Bounce.

At 11 a.m., walk a mile with us around the neighborhood and return for a hot dog lunch. If you’re looking for more to eat, try the delicious taco creations from the taco buggy! Don’t forget to wear your orange Pumpkin Patch Parade t-shirt from any year or get this year’s t-shirt from Maywood Fine Arts.

This year’s theme is “Where’s your ART?”

Learn self-defense 

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Proviso East High School’s Field House, 801 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood, Lade Inc., in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will host a self-defense class under the direction of Master Marquinn McDonald. To register for this event, visit

Eat, Paint, Live 

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Versatile Soul Food Cafe, 9 N. 5th Ave. in Maywood, local artist and photographer Shanel Romain’s Painting On Purpose initiative will host Eat, Paint, Live – a paint party to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tickets: Early bird tickets: $35 (includes all materials needed to paint with a $5 meal coupon). Tickets at the door: $40. Register online here.

Get Money Smart

On Saturdays, Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, noon to 1 p.m., at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, Proviso Community Bank will host free Money Smart classes.

The Money Smart for Adults instructor-led curriculum consists of 11 training modules that cover basic financial topics, including how to choose and maintain a checking account, descriptions of deposit and credit services, and spending plans, among other topics.

For more info, call (708) 483-0030 or visit

Learn about small business lending

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Roos Recreation Center, 7501 W. Harrison St. in Forest Park, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch will host Invest in Success. Have a great idea for a small business but not sure where to get support? Join Welch and the Illinois Bankers Association for a small business lending seminar.

For more info, visit

Learn how to pay for college without going broke

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave. in Bellwood, learn financial strategies that can save parents thousands of dollars in college costs, tips on how to increase the size of scholarships, the six biggest mistakes families make, how private colleges can often cost less than public universities, and much more. Presented by My College Planning Team.

For more info, call (708) 547-7393 or visit

Brace for a wholesome Halloween at Family Fright Night

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m., at Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave. in Bellwood, have fun at Family Fright Night. Join in for thrills and chills and a screening of the film “Goosebumps.” Snacks provided. Registration Required.

For more info, call (708) 547-7393 or visit VFP 

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