Big Events Around Town in the Week Ahead


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.



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

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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.



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.


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 for more information. You can also follow the district on Twitter: @maywood89.



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.


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 Please call the Program Line at (708) 583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information before attending.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

IDOT Noise Wall


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

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