Big Week (June 5 – 12)

Tuesday, June 4, 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: 

Play Health Facts Bingo

On Wednesday, June 5, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, join Marta Alvarado, Ph.D, for Health Facts Bingo, a fun bingo and educational activity.

Learn what is considered a normal blood pressure reading, how many glasses of water you should drink a day and other important health facts. You’ll also be able to win prizes. For more info, contact (708) 343-1847.

Jazz at the Shedd … for free

On Wednesday, June 12, Shedd Aquarium will launch the 23rd season of its iconic summer jazz event series — Jazzin’ at the Shedd. This mid-week unwind brings folks across the city together for brilliant sounds, pop-up animal encounters, science chats, drinks and an incredible skyline view for Navy Pier’s Wednesday night fireworks display. Wednesday is free for all Illinois residents with a valid ID.

This year, Shedd has also introduced a new ticket price for Chicago residents at $19.95. Passes to Jazzin’ for Chicago residents and non-Chicago residents ($24.95) both include full access to the aquarium, meaning guests can unplug from the weekly grind in several ways – from coming eye-to-eye with a beluga whale to touching the velvet back of a cownose ray. This access includes the popular outdoor Stingray Touch habitat and Shedd’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty. For more info, click here.

Eat, pray, love

On Thursday, June 6, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Impact Church, 921 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood, Impact will be passing out food (BBQ) and playing games, as the children of Proviso Township walk home from their last day of school.

At 5 p.m., IMPACT Church, Empowerment Church, Next Generation Church, Fresh Faith Anointing Church and New Hope Christian Center, in addition to organizations throughout the community, will join together to pray over the streets for a safe summer. This event is free and open to everyone.

Attend a job fair

On Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Forest Park, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch will host his annual Job Fair. Multiple vendors from state agencies to local companies that are actually looking to hire will be there. Attendees can network, submit their resumes and receive information about resources for the underemployed and unemployed. This event is free and open to everyone.

For more info, contact Rep. Welch’s constituent service office at (708) 450-1000 or

Cool off at Sharp Pool’s Opening Day

On June 8, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at 1609 N. 36th Ave. in Melrose Park, be there for Sharp Pool’s Opening Day. Daily admission: $6 (adults over 18). $5 (youths 17 and under). $3 (for everyone on Thursdays).

Bathing suits required even if you don’t swim. No sport shorts or leotards. Suits must have inner liner. No underwear worn under suits. Infants must be dressed in cloth diapers with snug-fitting plastic pants or disposable swimwear. Changing facilities available. For more info, call (708) 547-3934.

Celebrate girl power with a kickoff party

On Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Eisenhower Park District, 700 Speechly Blvd. in Hillside, the King Daughters Ministry will host a Giant Girl Power Party to kick off six weeks of summer mentoring programs. Free admission. Free food. Entertainment. Games. Prizes. Vendors.

The event will begin with a moment of silence in remembrance of Proviso Township Students who were victims of suicide followed by an afternoon of enriching festivities to encourage and empower our children. For more info, contact

Skate to a good time

On Saturday, June 8, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Lombard Roller Rink, 201 W. 22nd Street in Lombard, Friends of Katrina Thompson will host the 1st Annual Skate Jam. $10 per person (skates included).

Make your own sugar scrub

On Saturday, June 8, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, make your own sugar scrub. Supplies provided. Registration required. Must be 13 and up. RSVP by calling (708) 343-1847 or visiting Email for more info. VFP

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