Big Events Around Town, Oct. 19 – 25 (and Beyond)


Tuesday, October 18, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews

The days ahead are marked by fall festivals and Halloween fun in Maywood and surrounding communities.  Scroll below to see what upcoming events are most suitable for you and your loved ones.


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A movie poster for Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which area seniors will enjoy on Oct. 28. 

Seniors Day at the Movies || Friday, Oct. 28 || RSVP required || Cinemark Movie Theater || MELROSE PARK

Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon is sponsoring a FREE Seniors Day at the Movies on Friday, Oct. 28. Seniors will be treated to Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween.” This event is restricted to individuals who are at least 65 years old. To RSVP, call Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins’ office at (708)450-4492.

First Annual Operation Uplift, Inc.’s October Fest || Saturday, Oct. 29 || 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. || Operation Uplift, Inc. || MAYWOOD

Operation Uplift, Inc. will host its First Annual October Fest on Saturday, Oct. 29, on the grounds of its Maywood headquarters, 104 S. 5th Ave.

The fest will feature museum tours, food, folks, vendors, live entertainment and lots of fun. Musical acts will include jazz saxophonist Audley Reid and spiritual soul vocalist Kym Franklin. Come help us usher in the fall! For more info, call (708) 516-2637.

Maywood Park District Halloween Fest || Saturday, Oct. 29 || 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. || Veterans Park || MAYWOOD

The Maywood Park District will host its annual Halloween Fest on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Veterans Park, 125 S. 5th Ave. (behind the police station).

Come enjoy a hay maze, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, candy prizes, hay and pony rides and games, among other features.  For more info, call (708) 344-4740 or click here.

Gift of Love Fifth Annual Coats with a Treat || Monday, Oct. 31 || 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. || Quinn Community Center || MAYWOOD

halloween-candy-by-phanton-kitty.jpgHalloween is a magical time of year for kids to dress up and collect as much candy as possible — the perfect recipe for fun! But there are certain risks associated with Halloween, such as getting hit by a car, unsafe candy, clowns and other crime activities.

We can provide a safe and amazing place where every child can experience a day of fun and happiness plus get a lot of candy. This event is for all children 16 years old and under. It’s a party in a safe, controlled environment on Halloween, where children can dress in their costumes and have fun. 

Join us on Monday Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Quinn Community Center, 1832 S. 8th Ave. in Maywood. This event is FREE, but all children must be accompanied by adults. To learn more, click here, or call us at (708) 250.1988. 



On Oct. 29, Triton College will offer a free robotics program for young people, where they’ll work on high-tech equipment like this computer circuit board. | Wikipedia 

Immigration Panel Discussion || Saturday, Oct. 22 || 11:30 a.m. || Maywood Public Library || MAYWOOD 

Join us on Saturday, October 22nd for a “Meet New Immigrants” panel discussion, facilitated byQuinn Community Center Director Gabriel Lara.

The discussion will be held at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave., Room 201, from 11:30 to 12:30 pm. Everyone is invited to come and hear the stories of different families that are now living is the United States. If you have a new immigrant experience, please join us and share it. 

Free Robotics for Youth Program || Saturday, Oct. 29 || 12 p.m. || Triton College || River Grove

All girls and boys are invited to Triton College in River Grove on Saturday, Oct. 29, where robots take over, and kids learn to build them. The event runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Triton College Library (A Building), located at 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.

Expert builders from Triton’s Engineering Technology Department will be on hand to help. Attendees will build a working Lego robot that will move in ways kids never imagined it could.   

Families are encouraged to arrive at noon to ensure they have a robot to work on. All materials are provided free of charge. While kids are building their robots, other family members can learn more about Mechatronics (robotics), one of Triton’s newest programs.

No registration is required, but space is limited and will be based on first come, first served. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3698.



Proviso Partners for Health will host a Tobacc0-free Living Hub on Oct. 19 in Maywood.

St. James Church Community Health and Resource Day || Saturday, Nov. 5 || 8:30 a.m. || St. James Community Baptist Church || Broadview

St. James Community Baptist Church of Broadview is hosting our first annual Community Health and Resource Day on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at at 2001 S. 15th Ave. in Broadview.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of community health and resource services. We’ll also be providing health screenings, food, employment opportunities and healthy cooking demonstrations, among other features. All ages are welcome. For more info, contact Jackie Horton at (708) 261-7377.

Proviso Partners for Health Tobacco-free Living Hub || Wednesday, Oct. 19 || 7 p.m. || Maywood Multipurpose Building || Maywood

Proviso Partners for Health will host a Tobacco-free Living Hub on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave. 

Proviso Partners for Health seeks to be a strong force for change in the Proviso area. Part of that involves evaluating the health and well-being of residents. Please support our efforts by taking a short, health-related survey and sharing the link with anyone one in your organization and/or network of friends and family who reside in Proviso Township. The survey, which you can access by clicking here, only take a few minutes to complete. 


District 209 Town Hall Meetings in Villages || Oct. 27, Nov. 14, Dec. 5 || 6:30 p.m. || Melrose Park, Hillside and Westchester 

Rodriguez_no_name-3801The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education and Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent for District 209, will host a series of town hall meetings in each of the 10 villages that are within the district, continuing with Melrose Park on Thursday, October 27.

The town hall meetings, which will each take place between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., are an opportunity for parents and community members in each village to meet with Board members and Dr. Rodríguez, ask questions, and learn more about the direction of District 209.

One or more members of the Board of Education also will be in attendance. Mrs. Teresa D. McKelvy, president of the Board of Education, said that this is “a wonderful opportunity for our parents and community members to meet our new Superintendent and collaborate with the Board of Education.”

Town hall meetings during the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year will take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Oct. 27 | Melrose Park Civic Center | 1000 North 25th Avenue, Melrose Park
  • Monday, Nov. 14 | Hillside Elementary School, 4804 Harrison Street, Hillside
  • Monday, Dec. 5  | Westchester Public Library | 10700 Canterbury Street, Westchester

All meetings will be in English and Spanish. In addition, more meetings in more villages are planned for the second semester.


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Maywood Advisory Referendum Town Hall || Oct. 20 || 6:30 p.m. || Village Council Chambers || Maywood

The Village of Maywood will host a town hall on Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., inside of Village Council Chambers at 125 S. 5th Ave. 

The purpose of the town hall is to inform residents about an advisory referendum ordinance that will appear on the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election ballot regarding the issuance of any new Class M (Video Gaming Café/Bistro) Liquor Licenses.

Early Voting for the Nov. 8 Election Has Started 

Scroll below for some area early voting locations near you. In addition, click here to see the candidates who will appear on your ballot. Click here for some enlightening info about which judges you may want to vote for (as always, there are a bunch of them).




Vote by Mail 

[Cook County Clerk] In addition, any registered suburban Cook County voter may request a mail ballot using this online application (click here).

Once we verify your registration and process your application, we will send a paper ballot to the mailing address you designate in your application. The deadline to apply is five days before an election. For more info on voting by mail, click here. VFP

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