Big Week (Sept. 4 – 11)

Wednesday, September 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: 

Benefit from Mental Health First Aid

On Saturday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at School District 89 Administrative Building, 906 Walton St. in Melrose Park, participate in Mental Health First Aid presents by Unity Action Group. Lunch and child care provided. Registrar at Eventbrite. For more info, contact Unity Action Group Communication Chair Nathaniel George Booker at or (708) 288-9115. 

Learn about the Exploring Program

On Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lightford Recreation Center, 809 Madison St. in Maywood, community leaders are invited to learn more about the Exploring Program and Youth Protection Training. Exploring exists to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship provided by community and business leaders. For more info, contact Maywood Trustee Nathaniel George Booker at or (708) 288-9115.

Help launch One Book, One Proviso

On Saturday, Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Afriware Books, 1701 S. 1st Ave. (Suite #400 in the Eisenhower Tower) in Maywood, One Book, One Proviso will host an official kick off reception. Area elected officials, community leaders and representatives from libraries throughout Proviso Township will gather to formally announce the creation of the One Book, One Proviso literacy initiative. For more info, visit, email or call (708) 359-9148. 

Commemorate Bataan Day

On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Park, the corner of 1st Ave. and Oak St. in Maywood, one of the longest-running World War II memorial events in the country will take place — the 77th Annual Maywood Bataan Day. 

“Today, no survivors are alive from the more than 100 young Maywood men of the 33rd Tank Company which was Federalized and sent to fight in the Philippines even before World War II began,” according to a statement released earlier this month the Maywood Bataan Day Organization. For more info, visit or contact MBDO President Col. Richard A. McMahon, Jr. (USA, Ret.) at or (708) 366-8761 or Maj. Edwin H. Walker IV (USMC) at (708) 345-7077. 

Celebrate grandparents raising grandchildren

On Sunday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 73, 4550 Roosevelt Rd. in Hillside, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford will host her 10th Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Hall of Fame. For more info, visit

Read and discuss ‘Curious Proviso’

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., at the Hillside Public Library, 405 Hillside Ave., in Hillside, join author and Proviso East alumni Robert C. Cox while he discusses his book Curious Proviso. Question and answer session to follow talk. Please register for this program. For more info, contact Hillside Public Library at (708) 449-75010 or VFP

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