Big Week (Jan. 16 – 23)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

There’s a lot happening Proviso Township this week. Below is just a sampling of activities for you and the family:

Meet new Bellwood library director Amy Crump

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bellwood Public Library’s lower level meeting room, 600 Bohland Ave., area residents will be able to meet the library’s new executive director, Amy Crump.

Back in November, the library board voted unanimously to hire Amy Crump, a former administrative librarian at Homewood Public Library, to replace the old director, Jacqueline Spratt, who had resigned.

Talk about equity

On Thursday, Jan. 17, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Meal of the Day Cafe, 1701 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood (fourth floor of the Eisenhower Tower), the Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club will host activist and teacher Anthony Clark, who will talk about ‘America to Me’, the Steve James-directed docu-series about racial equity in an American high school. To RSVP email:

Enjoy a spelling bee

On Friday, Jan. 18, 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m., Lindop Elementary School will host its annual Lindop School Spelling Bee. The winner from the first spelling bee will compete in the second competition to determine the school’s winner. 

From there, the school winner will compete at the 9th Annual West 40 ISC Scripps Spelling Bee in Western Springs. 

Get on the path toward home-ownership

On Saturday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Second Baptist Church, 436 S. 13th Ave. in Maywood, West Side entrepreneur Phyllis Logan, the executive director of Universal Housing Solutions CDC, will host a free forum on homeownership that will feature information on a range of housing and financial topics.

Logan said that there will be a series of workshops in a range of areas, including credit, budgeting, rehab lending (FHA 203K), tenants rights and insurance, savings, pre-approval, down payment assistance, taxes and earned-income taxes.

To pre-register for this FREE event, contact Logan at (708) 612-8518 or email her at You can also contact Eric Stith at (312) 956-2945.

Celebrate King’s legacy with the Maywood Library

On Saturday, Jan. 19, 12 p.m., at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, the library will be showing the documentary, Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream, and afterward will host a trivia on King’s life and legacy. Snacks and prizes available. Children must be with an adult to participate.

Celebrate MLK with Operation Uplift

On Saturday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m., at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall, 681 W North Ave. in Elmhurst, Operation Uplift, Inc., will host its 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Community Awards Gala. Tickets for the event are $80. For more info, call (708) 516-2637.

Root on East and West at MLK Dream Classic

From Jan. 19 through Jan. 21, 9 a.m., at Marshall Metropolitan High School, 3250 W. Adams, legendary Marshall basketball coach Dorothy Gaters will host her annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Classic co-ed basketball tournament.

The Proviso West boys’ varsity team plays Austin at 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 while the Proviso East girls’ varsity team plays Nazareth at 1 p.m. on Jan. 21.

For more info, visit or follow @chi_MLK on Twitter and @MLKClassicChi on Facebook and Instagram.

Explore solar at a town hall

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 73, 4550 Roosevelt Rd. in Hillside, state Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford, in collaboration with a host of other entities, will host a Solar Energy Town Hall Meeting. For more info, visit or call (708) 343-7444.

Look ahead to Bellwood’s Seniors Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

Tickets are now on sale for the village of Bellwood’s Seniors Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, which will take place on Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased by Jan. 31. To purchase tickets, call (708) 547-3500 ext. 1103. Adults only. No tickets sold at the door. No reserved seating. VFP

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