Big Week (March 13 – 20)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

There’s a lot to do this week in Proviso Township. Here is just a small sampling of events available for you and the family:

Help build a coalition around the arts in Proviso Township

On Wednesday, March 13, 5:30 p.m., at Maywood Fine Arts (Studio C), 20 N. 5th Ave. in Maywood, the public is invited to a follow-up meeting about a proposed Artspace (a place where artists can live and work), as well as an Arts District, in Proviso Township. Calling all artists who believe in bringing drama, poetry, dance, music, theater, drawing, painting, filmmaking, architecture, ceramics, sculpting, photography and so much more to Proviso Township. Please come and bring an artist with you.

To RSVP, contact Christopher Parker at and feel free to reach out with any questions.

Have breakfast with Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey

On Thursday, March 14, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave. in Bellwood, the Bellwood Chamber of Commerce will present Breakfast with the Mayor. Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey will give the keynote address. Chamber members: $20. Friends of the Chamber: $30.

For more info, contact the Chamber’s executive director, Robert Truman, at (708) 536-3868 or

Attend the Rotary’s Women of Proviso Speaker Series

On Thursday, March 14, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Meal of the Day Café, in the Eisenhower Tower, 1701 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood, the Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club will host guest speaker Lena Hatchett, an associate professor at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood and cofounder of Proviso Partners for Health.

The talk is part of the Maywood-Proviso Rotary’s Women of Proviso Speaker Series. RSVP:

Get tested … for free

On Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cook County Department of Public Health, 7556 Jackson Blvd. in Forest Park, the public health department will be hosting the first in a series of Sexually Transmitted Infection testing events. Free gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV testing. No insurance required. Enter a raffle to win a gift card.

Contact the CCDPH via phone (708) 836-5455 or email with questions.

Enjoy Story-time Saturday

On Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Afriware Books in the Eisenhower Tower, 1701 S. 1st Ave. (Suite 400) in Maywood, Afriware will host Yes We Read! — a Story-time Saturday. This month’s featured reader is educator Petrina McKinnor.

For more info, visit

Honor outstanding Proviso Township women

On March 16, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, the Women’s Community Leadership Council will present the Era of Women in Leadership. Join us for our own Women Herstory Month program honoring seven outstanding women in Proviso Township: Lanya Satchell, Twana Jenkins, Sophia Brown, Dr. Bessie Karvelas, Kristen Mighty, Dr. Nia Abdullah and Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough (the event’s keynote speaker).

For more info, call Phyllis Duncan at (708) 928-5750.

Attend the Maywood Old Timers Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 16, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall, 681 W. North Ave. in Elmhurst, the Maywood Old Timers committee will hold its second annual fundraiser. Tickets: $50. For more info, contact Edward Howard at (708) 223-0134. VFP

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