Tag: Events

Big Week (Nov. 15 – 23)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The week ahead features engaging events ranging from the informative to the simply fun. Below is just a sampling of what’s happening around town:

Continue reading “Big Week (Nov. 15 – 23)”

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Big Events Around Town, Sept. 9 – 16 (And Beyond)

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A Maywood Bucs football player is chased by members of the opposing team during a game on the campus of Proviso East High School in 2014. | File 

Thursday, September 8, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 9/9/16

This week, sports tops our list of things to do in Maywood and beyond. The Pirates and Panthers both feature fresh coaches and both are trying to rebound from home opener losses. They both have something to prove.  The Pirates play Leyden in Franklin Park while the Panthers will face Lyons at home. Their next games, which both fall on Friday, Sept. 9, should be intense and fun to watch.

But consider them prelude to the excited Sunday football to come — not the televised NFL games, but the very accessible (and very affordable) competition hosted by the Maywood Bucs this Sunday. They’ll play teams from Bolingbrook and Aurora.

If you’re looking for more than football, though, keep strolling down:

SPORTS 

Friday, Sept. 9 || Proviso East @ Leyden || 7:30 p.m. || 3400 Rose St. || Franklin Park

Friday, Sept. 9 || Proviso West vs. Lyons || 7:30 p.m. ||  4701 Harrison St. || Hillside

Sunday, Sept. 11 || Maywood Bucs football || 10 a.m. || Proviso East High School || 807 S. 1st Ave. || MAYWOOD 

  • Mitey Mite: 10 a.m. vs. Bolingbrook
  • Pee Wee: 11:30 a.m. vs. Aurora
  • Unlimited: 1 p.m. vs. Bolingbrook

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Bishop Reginald Saffo (far left), who heads the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network, during an outreach event led by members of his church last year. | File

COMMUNITY 

PTMAN Monthly Breakfast || Saturday, Sept. 10 || 8:30 a.m. || Mt. Moriah Baptist Church || 500 Hannah Ave. || FOREST PARK

The monthly breakfast meetings hosted by the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network, one of the most prominent clergy organizations in the area, will resume after a brief hiatus. They’ll be passing out awards to students who worked in their summer employment program, among other activities.

Financial Planning Session || Saturday, Sept. 10 || 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. || Maywood Public Library || 121 S. 5th Ave. || MAYWOOD

Financial planning expert Herman Brunson will be at the Maywood library to discuss the importance of having a financial plan.

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Maywood Liquor Commissioner Mary “May” Larry, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) and Nathan Lee (second from right) give out books during a Nate Comic Inc. back-to-school event last month. | Photos provided

Nate Comic Inc. Fundraiser || Saturday, Sept. 10 || 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. || Maywood Market || 615 S. 5th Ave. || MAYWOOD

Nate Comic Inc. has developed a partnership with the nonprofit assistance organization SAVERS and will be hosting a donation drive. Bring by your household items.

All donations are tax-exempt and those who donate will be provided with a tax receipt on-site. With the donations, Nate Comic will be able to raise funds to put on event like its Aug. 26 back-to-school drive, which the organization’s founder, Nathan Lee, said was a huge success. More than 100 boxes of school supplies were handed out, Lee noted.

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A bust of Fred Hampton outside of the aquatic center and near the street that both bear his name. | Facebook via Randall McFarland 

Fred Hampton Scholarship Ceremony || Saturday, Sept. 10 || 4 p.m. || Fred Hampton Aquatic Center || 5th and Fred Hampton Way || MAYWOOD

The Fred Hampton Memorial Legal Assistance Scholarship Fund will host its annual scholarship award ceremony on Saturday. Two law school students will receive money that will help them continue their legal studies.

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The Morton Grove Cougars Drum and Bugle Corps march during the 1963 Bataan Day memorial in Maywood. | mbdo.org via Bob Zimmerman 

Maywood Bataan Day Annual Memorial Service || Sunday, Sept. 11 || 3 p.m. || Maywood Veterans Park || 300 Fred Hampton Way (Oak Street) || MAYWOOD

This year, the Maywood Bataan Day Organization’s annual memorial service — scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, at Maywood Veterans Park — has multiple layers of significance.

“On the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the Maywood Bataan Day Annual Memorial Service,” noted the organization’s president, Col. Richard A. McMahon, Jr., “the 70th Anniversary of the Memorial Tank Dedication and the 15th Anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, it is important to confirm our sacred vow to remember the heroes of the United States.”

For more information on the event, click here.

Maywood Family Fest || Friday, Sept. 16 to Sept. 18 || Veteran’s Memorial Park || Fred Hampton Way

Maywood Fest is coming back this summer after a several year  hiatus. Village officials announced that the fest will be held from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18 at Veterans Park, located between 1st and 5th Avenues along Fred Hampton Way (Oak St.), during the following times:

  • Friday | 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday | 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the mayor’s office: (708) 450-4492.

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BOOKS

Book Discussion with Gabriel Lara || Saturday, Sept. 17 || 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. || Maywood Public Library || 121 S. 5th Ave. || MAYWOOD

Gabriel Lara, the executive director of Maywood’s Quinn Community Center, will lead a discussion on the novel “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. The novel is set in Mexico and the United States and beautifully details the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl named Nayeli, who comes to the United States seeking a better life.

The book discussion is part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program, which offers funding so that local libraries can launch community-wide discussions on issues of national urgency … like immigration. The Maywood Public Library is sharing an NEA grant with several other area libraries, including Oak Park Public Library and Forest Park Public Library.

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A runner who participated in a 5K race held earlier this summer in Maywood. Broadview MB Church is seeking to host another 5K next weekend. Hope you’re prepping for it! | File

HEALTH

Broadview MB Church 5K Walk/Run and Health Fair || Saturday, Sept. 17 || 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. || Broadview Baptist Church || 2100 S 25th Ave || BROADVIEW 

The Broadview Missionary Baptist Church (BMBC) is hosting a 5K Walk/Run and Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., as part of our annual Family Week event.

The 2016 Family Week theme is, Now is the Time to Prosper: Encouraging Spiritual and Physical Family Health. Scripture reference comes from 3 John 1:1-2, “Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest proper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

The 5k walk/run will take place in the village of Broadview and the Health Fair will be held in the Fellowship Hall of BMBC located at 2100 S. 25th Ave. Our goal is to provide participants with information about local services that support healthy living, good nutrition, and exercise.

We would also like to include information about opportunities for families to serve God through missions and outreach. Hospitals, YMCAs, local retailers, insurance providers, nutritionists, healthcare and sports and fitness professionals, are ALL WELCOME!

We invite you and your company/organization to participate in this important neighborhood event.

If you are interested in joining us, please call the BMBC office at 708-343-3700 and to sign up no later than September 3, 2016. Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Organization name and type of business/services provided
  • Point of contact name, phone number and email address
  • Number of representatives attending
  • Set-up and/or equipment requirements, (i.e. table, number of chairs,
  • power cord, etc.).

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ENTERTAINMENT 

Rebirth of Jazz in Maywood || September through October schedule || MAYWOOD 

Check out the lineup for the Rebirth of Jazz in Maywood series, held on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month at T & JJ’s Banquet Hall, 718 S. 5th Ave., Maywood. This is the place for adults who seek a great place to enjoy live music.

Live Music Forest Park/Singing and Winging || Thursday, Sept. 15 || 12 Street Wings || 7274 W. Roosevelt Rd. || FOREST PARK

Come out and hear Ladi Soul and Uptown, the singing comedian, during this night of good food and even better entertainment. And to top of it off — there’s no cover charge. For more information, call (773) 712-3733, or click here.

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Yearbook pictures from Proviso East’s Class of 1952. The Proviso East Class of 1967 is looking for members of that class so they can gather for their 50th class reunion. | Tim Ford via Pinterest

REUNIONS 

Proviso East Class of 1967 Reunion || Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 || Pinstripes || 7 Oak Brook Center || OAK BROOK 

This event may not be for another year, but there’s still some urgency about it. Members of the Proviso East Class of 1967’s planning committee are looking for members of their class so everyone is included in this milestone — its the 50th reunion.

If you are a ’67 graduate, or know of others who are, go to Facebook, search: ‘Proviso East Class of 1967’ and click ‘Join’) … or better yet, just click here and you’ll be taken to it. Voila!

For more information, email your contact info to 1967pirates@gmail.com and the planners will keep you up to date. VFP

To submit a Big Event, or community notification, for VFP to consider listing, email all pertinent information thevillagefreepress@gmail.com. You can also message us on Facebook. 

Big Events Around Town in the Week Ahead, Aug. 24 – 31

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Pirates and Panthers football players during a rivalry game last year. | Proviso Township High Schools District 209

Wednesday, August, 24, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews

This week has more back-to-school events, numerous community meetings, a book fair and two high school football home openers for area residents to enjoy. There’s something for all ages and interests around town this week, not to mention even more stuff to look forward to in the weeks ahead. Browse below for details:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016

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Volunteers at a food giveaway event hosted by Nate Comic Inc. earlier this summer. | File

COMMUNITY 

Back-to-School Fun Event || 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. || MAYWOOD 

On Aug. 26, at 300 Oak St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Nate Comic Inc. will host a Back-to-School Fun Event. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of free food, music, a big game truck and more. Let’s continue to make a difference together! Hope to see you there. Sincerely, Nathan Lee, CEO of Nate Comic Inc./LBS Program.

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SPORTS 

Proviso West Football Home Opener || 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. || HILLSIDE 

Come out and see the Proviso West Panthers football team kick off their non-conference season against Lincoln Way-West, from New Lenox. The game will take place on Aug. 26 and starts at 7:30 p.m. at Proviso West High School, 4701 Harrison St, Hillside.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016

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ARTS & CULTURE 

Afriware Books 23rd Anniversary Book Fair || 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. || MAYWOOD

Afriware Books, the brainchild of former electrical engineer Nzingha Nommo, is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year with a 3-day sale starting Aug. 25 and a massive book fair on Aug. 27. Come browse the store’s huge selection of titles, which will be on sale for $1, $3 and $5.

The sale will be followed by a natural hair care seminar from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. A $5 donation is recommended.

Both events will take place at Afriware Books, 1701 S. 1st Ave. (Suite 503 inside the Eisenhower Tower), Maywood. For more info, call (708) 223-8081 or afriwarebooks.com.

 

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SPORTS 

Proviso East Football Home Opener || 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. || MAYWOOD

After the Panthers play, Pirates fans will get to delight in their team’s home opener against Main West, Des Plaines. The game will take place on Aug. 27 and starts at 1:30 p.m. at Proviso East High School, 807 S. 1st Ave., Maywood.

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Members of Mothers of Murdered Sons tend to a peace garden they planted in Bellwood a few years ago. | File 

COMMUNITY 

Drive-by for Peace Community Program || 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. || MAYWOOD

Mothers of Murdered Sons will host a Drive-by for Peace Community Support program on Aug. 27, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at 9th and Madison St. This event is open to the community and residents are encouraged to bring information about their own community initiatives and programs.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016

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Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Bellwood District 88. | District 88

EDUCATION 

District 88 Education Discussion || 6 p.m. || MELROSE PARK

Are you pleased with the education your children are receiving in Bellwood School District 88? Jeanette Taylor, president of Mollison Elementary school council will speak about strategies to help effectively improve the standards of the students in District 88. We need to come together to save and protect our schools and public library! Everyone in the Bellwood community is invited to this forum on Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at 3415 W. North Ave., Unit B, Melrose Park.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016

GOVERNMENT 

Maywood Eisenhower Expressway Town Hall Meeting #2 || 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. || MAYWOOD

The Illinois Department of Transportation is close to deciding on permanent changes to the the Eisenhower Expressway ahead of a massive renovation project. Come out and tell the experts what’s on your mind.

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W H A T ‘ S   T O   C O M E 

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COMMUNITY 

From Sept. 2 through Sept. 4, the Taste of Melrose Park will be celebrating its 35th Year as one of the state’s top food festivals. We are also one of the most family affordable festivals with all food and beverage items costing $3 or less. Please click on the items below to view or download our various flyers and forms.

General Information Flyer || List of Food Booths || Entertainment Schedule

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ENTERTAINMENT 

Rebirth of Jazz in Maywood || September through October schedule || MAYWOOD 

Check out the lineup for the Rebirth of Jazz in Maywood series, held on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month at T & JJ’s Banquet Hall, 718 S. 5th Ave., Maywood. This is the place for adults who seek a great place to enjoy live music.

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COMMUNITY

PTMAN Monthly Breakfast Returns || Saturday, Sept. 10 || 8:30 a.m. || FOREST PARK

The monthly breakfast meetings hosted by the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network, one of the most prominent clergy organizations in the area, will resume after a brief hiatus.

 

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HEALTH

Broadview MB Church 5K Walk/Run and Health Fair Saturday, Sept. 17 || 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. || BROADVIEW 

The Broadview Missionary Baptist Church (BMBC) is hosting a 5K Walk/Run and Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., as part of our annual Family Week event.

The 2016 Family Week theme is, Now is the Time to Prosper: Encouraging Spiritual and Physical Family Health. Scripture reference comes from 3 John 1:1-2, “Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest proper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

The 5k walk/run will take place in the village of Broadview and the Health Fair will be held in the Fellowship Hall of BMBC located at 2100 S. 25th Ave. Our goal is to provide participants with information about local services that support healthy living, good nutrition, and exercise.

We would also like to include information about opportunities for families to serve God through missions and outreach. Hospitals, YMCAs, local retailers, insurance providers, nutritionists, healthcare and sports and fitness professionals, are ALL WELCOME!

We invite you and your company/organization to participate in this important neighborhood event.

If you are interested in joining us, please call the BMBC office at 708-343-3700 and to sign up no later than September 3, 2016. Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Organization name and type of business/services provided
  • Point of contact name, phone number and email address
  • Number of representatives attending
  • Set-up and/or equipment requirements, (i.e. table, number of chairs,
  • power cord, etc.).

D O N ‘ T  F O R G E T

Cook County needs poll workers for the upcoming Nov. 8 presidential elections. Click the image below to learn more about these paid positions.

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Big Events Around Town in the Week(end) Ahead

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Performers with Maywood Fine Arts will be rehearsing in a brand new dance studio starting this month. The popular nonprofit will host a ribbon-cutting for its new facility on Aug. 20 at 10:30 a.m. See below for more info. | Photo: Spooner Baumann/Maywood Fine Arts

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

This weekend, Maywood and surrounding suburbs will be packed with music, fun, food, fellowship and school supplies. There are at least three separate back-to-school events this upcoming weekend in addition to the annual Old Timers Picnic and the grand opening of the new Maywood Fine Arts dance studio. See which events suit you and your family below.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016

ENTERTAINMENT

Winston Plaza.jpgWinston Plaza Presents Music in the Plaza || 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. || Melrose Park

Winston Plaza shopping center in Melrose Park has been hosting a free concert series called Music in the Plaza on Wednesdays between July 13 and Aug. 17, the last day of the summer concert series, which will feature a Rico, Santana tribute. Spend $50 at Winston Plaza and by tomorrow and get a free t-shirt.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2016

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COMMUNITY

11th Annual Homeless Awareness Fair || 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. || Maywood 

This annual fair, founded by Bonnie Stegall, is held each year to shed awareness on the issue of homelessness, among other chronic problems affecting Maywood and the surrounding suburbs. This year, the event will take place on Aug. 20 outside of Miracle Revival Center, 2010 S. St. Charles Rd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I saw this homeless lady sitting on the bench at 25th and St. Charles and she was full of feces,” said Stegall, describing how she hatched the idea for the fest during an interview last month. “She was maybe in her late 40s, early 50s. She looked like she had lost her mind and it didn’t appear that anyone was looking after her.” 

Ever since then, Stegall has worked each year to put on the fest, which often features free dental screenings, health screenings, school supplies, food, entertainment (see the Proviso West Marching Band above) and more. This year, she said, the Buffalo Soldiers will be present, but the parade — a staple of the annual event — will not happen. This is free and open to the public.

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D209 and PTMAN Truancy Rally Walk || 9:30 a.m. || Maywood

The Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network and District 209 is teaming up to host a Truancy Rally Walk ahead of the upcoming school year. The walk will start at Proviso Baptist Church, 1116 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, 9:30 a.m.

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SPORTS

Danka Basketball League Back-to-School Tournament || 9 a.m. || Maywood

Fresh off of hosting its first annual basketball summer camp, Danka Basketball League is set to host a back-to-school tournament at Maywood’s legendary 10th Park basketball courts, 10th Avenue and Washington Blvd, on Aug. 20, 9 a.m. Call (708) 506-2089 for more information.

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ARTS & CULTURE 

Maywood Fine Arts Dance Studio Grand Opening || 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. || Maywood

After years of anticipation, Maywood Fine Arts will finally cut the ribbon on its new dance studio. The ribbon-cutting and open house tour will take place from on Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 20 N. 5th Ave. The public is welcome.

“The building will be pretty open to Fifth Avenue,” said MFA co-founder Lois Baumann about the new digs in a June interview. “People who bring their kids will see children learning. We want it to be fun, friendly and safe environment for the community. Even at night, all the lights will be on so people can see the good things happening inside.”

COMMUNITY

Maywood Park District Equipment Dedication || 11 a.m. || Maywood

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St. Paul Lutheran Church is excited to announce the date of our annual NeighborFest! This year promises to have something fun for everyone!  We welcome and encourage all of our neighbors and friends to join us from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 20 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 W. Lake St. Call (708) 343-1000 for more information.

Human Foosball is sure to be a hit, along with live animals presented by Lil’ Critters! There will also be volleyball, bingo, sack races, a water balloon toss, a bounce house and other fun activities.

Music will be provided by ThunbKnuckle! St. Paul’s very own Castillo Fuerte will also perform and have you singing along! Chinelos Destructora will perform cultural dancing and there will be other surprise guests.

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Maywood Old Timers Picnic || 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. || Maywood

Since its founding nearly 20 years ago, the Maywood Old Timers Picnic has become a source of history for those interested in mining the village’s rich past.

This year, the picnic will be held on Aug. 20, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Ave. and Fred Hampton Way (or Oak St.).

Bring your family and friends. There will be food, fun and entertainment. For more information, call (708) 740-0747. Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through.

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RELIGION 

Christ Temple’s Annual Prayer Walk || Aug. 20 || 4 p.m.

Christ Temple Church Maywood (CTCM) is sponsoring an annual Prayer Walk on Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.  The theme is “Walking in Faith & Victory.”

Residents of the Village of Maywood and surrounding communities are encouraged to walk and pray for our families and guidance for elected and appointed officials.

“Dissension has America on edge,” said the church’s pastor, Michael Bellamy. “In times of uncertainty, it is even more important for communities to unite for peace.  Harmony is a result of diverse groups coming together to seek out common ground for the common good.  We must pray for our families and governing officials.”

CTCM hosted approximately 250 participants at its walk last August. This year, the organization is expecting up to 500 walkers.

Participants will gather at Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, 502 S. 6th Ave., Maywood, at 3 p.m.  The prayer walk will begin at 4 p.m.  Bottled water and a lite snack will be provided.

For additional information contact CTCM at 708-343-2380.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2016

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COMMUNITY 

Empowerment Church’s Back 2 School Sunday || 10 a.m. || Melrose Park

In your weekend at Empowerment Church, which will host its first Back 2 School Sunday, during which it will give away free backpacks to the first 50 children present, on Aug. 21 at its site of worship inside Cinemark Theater, 1001 W. North Ave., Melrose Park. Service starts promptly at 10 a.m. You’ll be blessed! VFP

To submit an event for consideration, email information to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com. 

Big Events Around Town in the Week Ahead

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Thursday, August 11, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

The weekend and coming seven days in Maywood and the surrounding suburbs have something for just about everyone — whether you like space exploration, donating your time to charity or speaking your mind about expressway changes (there’s that, too). Check out some of what’s happening in town below.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2016

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Boys & Girls Club’s Donation Drive || 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Boys & Girls Club of West Cook County are hosting a donation drive Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at its 4000 St. Paul Ave. facility in Bellwood. Items can be dropped off at the Boys and Girls Club before the event as well. The Club is collecting clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens and household items.

For more information or to arrange for your item pickup, call Keenan White at (708) 547-6960, or email klwhite5@yahoo.com.

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HEALTH

Proviso East Giving Garden Festival || 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Giving Garden Festival will celebrate the second successful season of a community garden in Maywood tended by Proviso East High School students. The festival will feature youth-led garden tours, food, music, outdoor games and more. The Proviso East Giving Garden is located at 50 W. Madison St. in Maywood on land generously donated by ReUse Depot.

More than 400 pounds of fresh produce were grown at the community garden during the inaugural 2015 season. After harvesting the produce, the uniquely urban farm-to-table program continues at the nearby St. Eulalia’s Quinn Community Center soup kitchen, where students prepare meals on a regular basis.

The garden is an initiative of Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H), a multi-sector coalition that formed in October, 2014 to advance action on childhood obesity in Chicago’s near west suburbs.

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EDUCATION 

Triton College Super Saturday Enrollment Event || 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registering for college classes has never been easier, thanks to Triton College’s Super Saturday enrollment event. From counselors on hand to ensure students enroll in the classes that best fit their goals and schedule, to financial aid specialists who will help craft a plan to pay for school, Super Saturday will provide current and prospective Triton students everything they need to get ready for the fall semester.

The one-stop registration event is Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center (B Building) located on the west side of the Triton College Campus, 2000 5th Ave. River Grove.

Click here to register to attend the Super Saturday event.

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District 89 Welcome Back-to-School Picnic || 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

School District 89 is hosting its Third Annual Welcome Back-to-School Picnic to ease youngsters into the fall routine. The picnic will take place at Jane Addams School, 910 Division St. in Melrose Park, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit maywood89.org for more information. You can also follow the district on Twitter: @maywood89.

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ENTERTAINMENT 

Maywood Public Library’s Experience Broadway Series || 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Experience Broadway with the Maywood Public Library District during the sixth musical program of its “Adventures in the American Songbook” series. On Aug. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the library will put on “An Evening of Broadway: Songs from the Great White Way Volume II.”  The event will be held at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave., Maywood. Come out and enjoy an evening of free music, food and community.

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Cernan Space Center’s Monthly Skywatch || 7 p.m.

No boat or plane is required as Triton College’s Cernan Earth and Space Center takes audiences below the ocean’s surface and up into the sky to examine the complex relationships between humans and their environments.

Once each month, a group of local experts present detailed updates about current events and new discoveries in the areas of geoscience, astronomy and space exploration in addition to a brief tour of the current night sky. Monthly Skywatch often features discussion of complex topics.

The next two episodes are scheduled for Aug. 13 and Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., in the Cernan Center. Admission to Monthly Skywatch is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens 55 and over. Children under2 and Triton College students with a current semester ID are free.

For more information about the Cernan Center, its programs, field trips or events, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372, or email cernan@triton.edu. Please call the Program Line at (708) 583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information before attending.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

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GOVERNMENT 

I-290 Maywood Advisory Working Group Meeting #5 || 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come out and express your opinion regarding the changes that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have proposed making to the Eisenhower Expressway, particularly the portion that spans Maywood. Some of those changes include installing noise walls, shown above, in some areas in the village close to the expressway.

This is the fifth meeting of the Maywood Advisory Working Group. It will take place on Aug. 17 at 200 S. 5th Ave., Maywood, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. VFP

To submit an event for consideration, email information to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com. 

Vigil For Maywood Police Officer Tom Wood Tonight, Oct. 23, At 11 PM | Upcoming Library Events | Old School R&B | Apt. For Rent

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Maywood police officers stand with Tom Wood’s widow, Helene Wood, at last year’s vigil. | File

C201209-Maywood-Cop-Murder-Tom-Wood-MPD-photoFriday, October 23, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

Tonight, Friday, Oct. 23, at 11 PM, the Maywood Police Department will remember and honor Officer Thomas T. Wood, who was tragically killed in the line of duty nine years ago. Each year, Wood’s family and fellow officers gather at the corner of 6th Ave. and Erie St. in Maywood to remember Wood.

“I used to come here almost every night,” said Helene Wood, his widow, at last year’s ceremony. Wood was killed on this night eight years ago — October 23, 2006.

At around 11:15 PM, moments after his shift had ended, Wood was ambushed and fatally shot while sitting in his K9 SUV. The vehicle was parked near 319 N. Sixth Avenue, mere toddler steps away from where Helene spoke.

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Maywood Library II

Meet the New Housing Forward

Housing Forward, formerly known as P.A.D.S., will visit the Maywood Public Library District on Thursday, November 5th, at 3:30 pm. They will be bringing flyers and other forms of information about their organization.  Housing Forward’s mission is help people reach a level of housing stability during this time of need.  You can learn more about Housing Forward at www.housingforward.org.

Estate Planning 101

On Saturday, November 7th, from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm, Herman Brunson of Balance Investments will give a presentation on estate planning at the Maywood Public Library District in room 201. Brunson will discuss some of the available options involved with Wills, Trusts, and insurance protection.  Patrons are asked to please RSVP at the Library’s Information Services Desk, or call the Library at 708-343-1847. Walk-ins will be allowed.

The American Road to Victory: D-Day
The documentary The Americans on D-Day will be shown in room 201 on Monday, November 9th, at 5:00 pm at the Maywood Public Library District. This film features famous battlefield historian Ellwood Seibold, who will discuss what occurred during the invasion of Normandy and give examples of tactics that were used.  Film footage from the Second World War is included. More information about this video can be viewed at http://www.livingbattlefield.org/the-americans-on-dday.html. This event is free.

Vet Center

On Thursday, November 12th, at 4:00 pm, the Vet Center will visit the Maywood Public Library District.  The Vet Center offers outreach, counseling, and referral services to veterans who are eligible for their services, so that they may adjust to living in a post-war environment. For information on the Vet Center, please call 708-457-8805, or visit www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=5047.

Loyola Health Screenings

Loyola medical students will visit the Maywood Public Library District to perform health screenings for the community between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 18th. This will include blood pressure checks, nutrition counseling, advice on how to quit or cut down on smoking, and chronic diseases. These events are free to the public.

Real Estate Education Presentation

Monday, November 30, at 5:15 in room 201, Housing Helpers will offer a presentation on real estate.

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FREE Mammograms; First Congregational’s Rummage Sale to Pop Up; Resource Fair; MFA’s Pumpkin Patch Parade Draws Near; Library Events; More

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Participants at a rummage sale that First Congregational church held in the past. The church will be hosting its annual event next Saturday, Oct. 3. | Photo provided courtesy First Congregational Church of Maywood. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

First Congregational’s Annual Rummage Sale takes place on Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 AM to 2 PM, on the front lawn of the church, which is located at 400 N. 5th Ave., Maywood (corner of 5th and Erie). 

It’s what members of First Congregational Church of Maywood call a sort of “pop-up sale” and it’s done a bit differently than most church rummage sales.

“The problem with these sales is that they can quickly get too complicated and overwhelming,” said the First Congregational’s pastor Elliot Wimbush. “We had a number of members with items they wanted to sell. So, we give folks a few weeks’ notice to get their items cleaned and priced-to-sell. Nothing’s brought to church ahead of time and nothing remains.”

Volunteers set up tables outside on the church’s front and side lawns and get to work organizing the already priced items on tables.

“We price items to sell, because at the end of the sale, pastor packs it all up and takes what is left to Goodwill,” said congregant Karin Skinner.

She said the distribution of labor takes the burden off of the committee of church members who might otherwise have to collect, store, clean and organize for many weeks. It keeps the event fun and manageable both for the committee members and for buyers, she said. And fun is what it’s all about.

“We love being outside on the corner meeting shoppers, greeting them and sharing our good wishes,” Skinner said. “First Congregational produces several fundraisers throughout the year and these are integral to sustain our ministry.”

“It’s a run-and-gun, down-and-dirty sale, and it’s fun that way! We drink coffee, laugh, chat with neighbours, listen to great music … and make a little money for the church,” added Rev. Wimbush.

“What could be better? So, we invite the community to come by the corner of Fifth and Erie Avenues to ‘rummage’ through all the goodies and find a treasure or two,” he said.

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C H A N C E  R E S O U R C E  F A I R || Oct. 2

Rep. Welch Job Fair VII

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) will host his first annual Second Chance Resource Fair Friday, Oct. 2, 10 AM to 2 PM, at Another Chance Assembly Church, 5138 W. Division, Chicago.

“This is a great opportunity for those seeking jobs to get another chance,” Boykin said, adding that participants will be provided employment opportunities, housing opportunities, the opportunity to get their state ID’s and licenses, and resume workshops.

Among potential employers and/or community organizations that will be present: Inspiration Kitchen, City Colleges of Chicago, Habilitative Systems Inc. Felony Franks, DCFS, Oak Street Health, Department of Corrections, Larry’s Barber College, Breakthrough Ministries, Windy City Harvest, Maywood Workforce Net, Safer Foundation, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, St. Leonard Ministries, PLCCA, Illinois Treasurers Office, WestSide Health Authority, Erskine Reeves Barber Academy, Christy Webber Landscapes, CTA, Uncle Remus, McArthurs Rest & Greater West Town

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P A R A D E  H E R E  A G A I N  || Oct. 10

Maywood Fine Arts I

Maywood, IL—Maywood Fine Arts (MFA) will host its annual Pumpkin Patch Parade on October 10th, 2015 with a community celebration at 25 N. 5th Ave from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  This year’s theme is “Raising the Barre.”  With the expectation of breaking ground for the brand new dance studio in early 2016, founder Lois Baumann will have a big announcement for all Maywood Fine Arts supporters.

There will be performances all day by our Stairway of the Stars dancers, Mr. Ernie’s Flip Flop & Fly Tumblers, and The Flying High Competition Team as well as family activities, a pumpkin bounce, a photo booth, and families can win awards such as “Best Dressed Family.” The day’s main event, a walk for the arts, kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at 5th and Lake St in Maywood. Upon returning from the walk, winners of our Giant Raffle will be announced, and everyone will get a free hot dog lunch.

Come support MFA and its mission to provide affordable, quality arts and fitness education that will enrich the lives of children in Maywood and surrounding communities! For more information please contact Spooner Baumann at 630-336-4777 or at spooner@maywoodfinearts.org.

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Maywood Library IIOct. 6 || Healthy Eating

Whitney A. Henderson, Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Manager of the Loyola University of Chicago and of the School-Based Health Center at Proviso East High School, will visit the Maywood Public Library District on Tuesday, October 6, at 4:00 pm, to instruct people on healthy eating habits. Henderson states that practicing healthy eating habits can help people feel good about themselves, while giving them the energy they need for their daily activities.  It can also help people maintain a healthy weight, while preventing diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  Old habits may have to be changed, but eating well may be a lot easier than one realizes.

Oct. 6 || Triton College: Access to Literacy

Access to Literacy will visit the Maywood Public Library District on Tuesday, October 6, from 3:30-5:00 pm.  They will discuss what their program offers, and how they help adults improve their skills in reading and comprehension.

Oct. 13 || Medicare: Information Session (Humana)

On Tuesday, October 13th, from 2:30-3:30 pm in room 201, there will be an information session on Medicare at the Maywood Public Library District.

Oct. 14 || Loyola Health Screenings

Loyola medical students will visit the Maywood Public Library District to perform health screenings for the community between5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Wednesdays, October 14, 28, and November 11. This will include blood pressure checks, nutrition counseling, advice on how to quit or cut down on smoking, and chronic diseases. These events are free to the public.

Oct. 22 || Flu Shots

On Thursday, October 22, at 4:00 pm, nurses from the Loyola University Medical Center will give flu shots in room 201 of the Maywood Public Library District. These shots will be free.

Each Tuesday || Quilting: Step-By-Step Instruction

Making a sampler quilt is a great way to learn or practice different piercing and quilting skills.  If you are interested in learning how to construct quilts, please leave your information for Mildred A. Green at the Library by calling 708-343-1847, and ask for Information Services. The Quilting class meets at the Maywood Public Library District on every Tuesday from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm in Room 201.

Each Thursday || Instructions in Sewing

People who are interested in learning some of the basic skills involved in constructing clothing will want to take this free class in room 201 of the Maywood Public Library District on Thursdays from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm.  Space is limited. In order to begin taking classes, please leave your information for Mildred A. Green at 708-343-1847.

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Westlake

Sept. 30 & Oct. 3 || FREE Prostate Cancer Discussion and Screening

Westlake Hospital, 1225 Lake St., Melrose Park || Men’s Health Night || Topic and Screenings: Prostrate Cancer || For more info, call (708) 938-7585, or email malvarado@WestLakeHosp.com.

Oct. 1 || FREE Mammogram Appointments 

Appointments for FREE mammograms begins Oct. 1 and will end when all appointment spaces are filled.

J A Z Z  A T  T & J J’s || Oct. 30

Jazz II

D’Erania, the saxophonist, performs Oct. 30 at T&JJ’s, 718 S. 5th Ave., for an event which is part of a citywide Billy Strayhorn Centennial celebration that Chicago will host that month.

The Strayhorn celebration will be similar to, although much smaller than, the citywide Miles Davis Festival in 2011. Davis had a strong Chicago connection. Strayhorn has Chicago roots, too. Strayhorn’s niece and the president of Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc., lives in the Chicago area. Reich notes that Alice Claerbaut has been fighting for her uncle’s place in the pantheon of American music for years. VFP