Big Events Around Town | June 9 – June 17


Winslow Homer’s “A Visit from the Old Mistress” (1876), which depicts an encounter between recently freed slaves and their former mistress. Operation Uplift Inc. will host a week-long Juneteenth celebration in honor of these freed slaves later this month.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Friday After Work Social || Friday, June 9 || 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. || Meal of the Day Cafe, Eisenhower Tower, 1701 S. 1st Ave. (4th floor), Maywood

The Meal of the Day Cafe cordially invites you to its Friday After Work Social featuring spoken word by Hakeem Jones. Enjoy great food, ambiance, music and complimentary wine or beer. Please RSVP by June 8. $12 fee. For more info, call (708) 223-8153.

PTMAN Monthly Breakfast Meeting || Saturday, June 10 || 8:30 a.m. (breakfast), 9 a.m. (meeting) || Freedom Baptist Church, 4541 Harrison St., Hillside

Come out to our last meeting before summer break! Theme: We’re preparing leaders today for leadership tomorrow. We’ll focus on how to prepare leaders for the fields of business, law, medicine, politics, urban ministry, etc. Freedom Baptist Church pastor Craig Smith. Meeting host: Bishop Reginald J. Saffo. For more info, call (708) 397-6944.

Proviso Partners Giving Garden Opens || Saturday, June 10 || 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. || 50 W. Madison St. in Maywood (across from Proviso East)

Proviso Garden

A student works to cultivate the Proviso Partners Giving Garden. | File

Starting on June 10, the Proviso Partners Giving Garden Farm Stand will open. This is produce that has been grown and nurtured by Proviso East students working together for a healthy impact on Maywood. Sponsored by Proviso Partners for Health.

Bishop Reginald Saffo’s 22nd Anniversary Celebration Service || Sunday, June 11 || 3 p.m. || United Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 40 S. 19th Ave., Maywood 

United Faith M.B. Church invites you to join us for Bishop Reginald J. Saffo, Ph.D./pastor/administrator. The theme: The blessing of a good shepherd from Jeremiah 3:15.

Fred Hampton Aquatic Center Opening || Monday, June 12 || 12 p.m. (pool opening), 4 p.m. (ceremony) || Fred Hampton Aquatic Center, 300 Oak St., Maywood 

Kids Have Fun At Fred Hampton Pool

Children enjoy the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center. | West Cook YMCA 

The public is cordially invited to the Summer 2017 Opening Day Celebration of the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center on Monday, June 12. This event is free to the community. Hope to see you there!

Village Free Press Business Reception || Wednesday, June 14 || 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. || Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest, 7751 W. Lake Street, River Forest 

We’re inviting members of chambers of commerce in Austin, Bellwood, Broadview, Forest Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Oak Park and River Forest to participate in a local business reception to dialogue with policy makers, policy experts and financial experts about ways that you can grow your bottom line and your influence as a small business owner and entrepreneur. This event is FREE, but capacity is limited. Please RSVP to by June 12.

Week Long Juneteenth Celebration || Tuesday, June 13 to Saturday, June 17 || Various Locations in Maywood


A Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas on June 19, 1900. | Public Domain

Operation Uplift Inc., its West Town Museum of Cultural History and the Village of Maywood present a Week-long Juneteenth Celebration, which will commemorate emancipation of Texas slaves in Galveston who weren’t made aware of their freedom until June 19, 1865 — two years after the Emancipation Declaration was signed on January 1, 1863.

June 13 – June 14 | Reflections of our Past tours

Take a stroll through our unique local past by boarding an air-conditioned bus outside of Operation Uplift’s West Town Museum, 104 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. The bus will tour the village’s many historic sites.

  • Tuesday, June 13 | Bus boards at 11 a.m. and tour goes until 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14 | Bus boards at 11 a.m. and tour goes until 1 p.m.

Tour donations can be made at $15 per person. All tour reservations for either date must be made through an RSVP to Jeri Stenson, museum curator, by 12 p.m. on Monday, June 12. Call Stenson at (708) 289-4955 to RSVP.

June 17 | Proclamation Ceremony and Soul Food Feast

On Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m., join us with the Village of Maywood at the Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows, 224 N. 1st Ave. in Maywood, for a reenactment of the Union Army’s arrival at Galveston, Texas and a reading of the proclamation informing Texas slaves of their freedom on Juneteenth Day.

A shuttle for seniors may be available between Operation Uplift Inc. and the Widow’s Home site.

Following the Proclamation Ceremony, come back to Operation Uplift grounds, 104 S. 5th Ave., for a festive celebration with music, discussions and an authentic Juneteenth Soul Food Feast as we commemorate the celebration that our ancestors took part in after they were informed of their freedom over 150 years ago. This celebration is from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

All soul food dinners will be sold for a low price of $10. All proceeds will go to support the mission of Operation Uplift Inc. and the West Town Museum. Sponsor:

Lois Baumann Rides Le Tour de Shore || June 16 – June 17 || Chicago to New Buffalo, Michigan

Le Tour de Shore is a 2-day, 100 mile charity recreational bike ride from Chicago to New Buffalo, MI benefiting Arts for Kids at Maywood Fine Arts.

The mission of Maywood Fine Arts is to provide affordable, quality arts and fitness education that will enrich and transform the lives of children and their families in Maywood and surrounding communities. Maywood Fine Arts began in 1979 with one couple, Ernie & Lois Baumann, and their dream to open a vibrant center of arts activity in Maywood.

For more info about Le Tour de Shore, click here. Click here to pledge your support.

Economic Growth Initiative Thrive: It Takes A Village 5K Run/Walk || Saturday, June 17 || 7 a.m. (registration opens), 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (race duration) || Miller Meadows Forest Preserve, 2199 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood 

Maywood 5K racers finishing race

A runner finishes the EGI 5K last year. | File

This race is sponsored by Economic Growth Initiative, an economic development entity founded by Maywood native Bridgette Lewis. The proceeds benefit technology programs for youth and seniors. Age groups: Youth: 17 & under; Adult: 18-65; Senior: 66 & over. Cost: $30.

Pre-race packet pickup information takes place on Friday, June 16, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at McDonald’s, 1st Ave. and Lake Street in Maywood. Register for the race here. For more info on EGI, click here.

Boys & Girls Club of West Cook County’s 27th Annual 5K Walkathon || Saturday, June 17 || 9 a.m. (registration opens), 10 a.m. (walk begins) || Walk is from Berkeley Commons, Taft and Electric Ave. in Berkeley to Mitchell Road in Elmhurst and back

The Boys and Girls Club of West Cook County is asking everyone to come out and support the kids in our neighborhoods! Our annual Walkathon helps raise much-needed funds to continue our program offerings and services for about 400 boys and girls, ages 6 to 17, in West Suburban Cook County communities.

Each Walkathon participant is asked to raise pledges or donate $25. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, food, refreshments and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize. For more info, call (708) 547-6960. VFP

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