Big Week (Aug. 28 – Sept. 4)

Tuesday, August 27, 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: 

Hear Proviso Township mayors on a range of topics

On Thursday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Meal of the Day Café, 1701 S. 1st Ave. (4th floor of Eisenhower Tower) in Maywood, the Rotary Club of Maywood/Proviso will present an Evening with the Mayors Part 1 featuring a discussion about gun laws, cannabis and mental health with Hillside Mayor Joseph Tamburino, Forest Park Mayor Rory Hoskins, Westchester Mayor Paul Gattuso and Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey.

Co-moderators: Maywood Trustee Nathaniel George Booker and Loyola University student Jessica Gardner. Meals cost $15. RSVP on Eventbrite by Aug. 28. 

Enjoy the Taste of Melrose Park

From Friday, Aug. 30 to Sunday, Sept. 1, at the corner of 25th and Lake Street in Melrose Park, enjoy the 38th Annual Taste of Melrose Park. The Labor Day weekend event is unique to the world of food festivals because the vast majority of food vendors are local residents who serve up ethnic family recipes at $3 or less. In addition to the culinary delights, there is also continuous free entertainment on four stages.

For more info, visit, email Taste of Melrose Park Director Peggy DiFazio or Lorena Anguiano at or call (708) 343-4000 ext. 4448.

Get free back-to-school supplies

On Friday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., outside of the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center, 300 Oak Street, Nate Comic Inc. / LBS Program will host their annual Back to School event, which will feature free entertainment, free food, face painting, free dental screenings, free haircuts and 100 free school supply kits.

Let’s read together with One Book, One Proviso

On Friday, Aug. 30, Village Free Press and the Need to Know NFP will launch the One Book, One Proviso community reading initiative online at and on our Facebook (@1book1proviso) and Twitter (@OneProviso) pages. This year, we’ll read Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr.

The book was selected to in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Maywood native son and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was born Aug. 30, 1948 and died Dec. 4, 1969. We also want to highlight the rich legacy of the Black Panther Party.

From Aug. 30 through Dec. 4 of this year, the One Book Steering Committee has planned programming at libraries in Bellwood, Broadview and Maywood. Proviso Township residents can also check out the books from the aforementioned libraries, in addition to libraries in Forest Park and Westchester.

Go to our website and social media accounts to learn more about specific One Book programs, how to create your own One Book initiative and how to enter our One Book essay contest to win a $1,000 cash prize.

For more info, email

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