Big Week (June 12 – 19)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Next Five by Kadir Nelson. The painting depicts playground basketball players waiting on on the sidelines for the next game.

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: 

Attend a lifesaving training

On Thursday, June 13, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, Loyola University Chicago will host a Stop the Bleed training session. To register, call (708) 327-9030, text (847) 687-8006 or email

Watch a 3-on-3 basketball tourney

On Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Beverly Center, 3031 S. 25th Ave. in Broadview, the Broadview Park District and Young and Talented will host a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. See players ages 12 to 15 compete from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while players ages 16 to 18 will compete from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   

Compete in a Father’s Day Basketball Tourney

On Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m., Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, 2501 Oak St. in Bellwood, Empowerment Church will host a Father’s Day Basketball Tournament: New School (youth) vs. Old School (dads/men). For more info or to sign up today, visit

Learn about solar power

On Saturday, June 15, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, Solarize Chicagoland will host a free educational solar power hour, where community members can learn the benefits and potential cost-savings of solar energy.

You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar group buy program works. After the session, get a free, no-obligation site assessment from the competitively-selected solar installer. You have until September 30, 2019, to decide whether to get solar through the program.

Sign up and learn more at

Discuss Black fatherhood

On Saturday, June 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Afriware Books, 1701 S. 1st Ave. (Suite 400 in the Eisenhower Tower), author Jarrett J. Robinson will hold a book-signing and discussion: “What Has Disrupted Black Men from Being Fathers: 1960s and Beyond … and How We Get Back.” Free gift for all men in attendance. Vendors. Massage therapist. Gift ideas for dad. For more info, visit

Celebrate Juneteenth poolside

On Saturday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St. in Forest Park, the 11th Annual Juneteenth Family Pool Party will take place. Swim wear is required. Rain date: Saturday, June 22.

Celebrate a restaurant’s grand opening

On Monday, June 17, 3 p.m., at the Chicken Factory Restaurant, 609 Roosevelt Rd., the village of Maywood will host a grand opening for the new establishment. For more info, contact Angela Smith, the village’s business development coordinator, at (708) 450-6351.

Sign up for Broadview’s community garden program

Community members have until June 30 to register for Broadview Park District’s Community Garden program. Plot rental fees for individuals are $45 each plot, which includes a $15 refundable security deposit. Parent consent needed for gardeners 18 and younger. Sign up this week by calling (708) 343-5637. VFP

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