Big Events Around Town in the Week(end) Ahead

MFA Danceres

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.



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.


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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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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.

Maywood Fine Arts New Building


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.”


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

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St. Paul.jpgSt. Paul NeighborFest || 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. || Melrose Park

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.

Old Timers

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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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.


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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

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One thought on “Big Events Around Town in the Week(end) Ahead

  1. Contact: Pastor Michael Bellamy

    Christ Temple Church Maywood (CTCM) is sponsoring an annual prayer walk on August 20, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

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

    Participants will gather at Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith International Ministries, 502 S. Sixth Ave., Maywood Illinois at 3:00 p.m.. The Prayer walk will begin at 4:00 p.m. Bottled water and a lite snack will be provided.

    CTCM hosted approximately 250 participants in August of 2015.

    For additional information, interested participants may contact CTCM at 708-343-2380.

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