Tag: Barbara Cole

Maywood Youths Create Quilts for Non-Violence

Friday, December 8, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Jemena Johnson and her brother hold up their anti-violence illustrations during a quilt-making project on Dec. 2 in Maywood. | Michael Romain /VFP 

Jemena Johnson, 7, has a novel concept, which she painted out on a poster as part of a collaborative arts project initiated by local community groups.

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Loyola Students Help Cultivate Hardy Maywood Peace Garden

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The Maywood Peace Garden received some special attention from Loyola medical students on Saturday. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Olga Desio, a volunteer master gardener with the University of Illinois Extension program, stood in the middle of the Peace Garden at the corner of 17th Ave. and Madison St. on Saturday, surrounded by hardy native plants and engulfed in the scent of herbs—sage, oregano, lavender, thyme.

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Volunteers Spruce Up Maywood’s 17th Ave. Peace Garden

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Maywood firefighters water the 17th & Madison Peace Garden in Maywood on Saturday. | Photos provided 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

On Saturday, June 3, volunteers worked to spruce up the 17th & Madison Peace Garden in Maywood. The garden, the brainchild of Maywood Youth Mentoring founder and executive director Barbara Cole, said that she and her MYM participants planted flowers, pulled weeds, picked up trash, spread soil and mulch and painted cinder blocks, among other green tasks.

“We had a very productive day,” Cole said in a statement.  “Mother Nature cooperated with us up to 3 p.m. by not raining, but disappointed us by not producing thunderstorms after 3 p.m.!”

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Fortunately, Cole said, the Maywood Fire Department provided water and filled out the garden’s water barrels. A sudden emergency, however, called them away from the garden before the barrels were filled.

“They returned Sunday morning to complete the task,” Cole said. “We just ask the community to pray for non-severe thunderstorms throughout the week so that our new plants don’t die from thirst. Otherwise, the public is welcome to stop by the garden and dip some water from the barrels to give to our thirsty plants!”

Cole said that Tim Lucas and Alex Sanchez from Home Depot donated and delivered supplies. Proviso Partners for Health donated compost bins, the University of Illinois Extension Master Garden Program provided expertise, garden supplies and volunteers and the Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission donated labor and supplies.

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Another phase of additional planting and sprucing up the garden will take place on June 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more info, call (708) 344-3577 or email barbaracole@maywoodyouthmentoring.org. VFP

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