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Spring is here: Time to discover the joys and tasty rewards of food gardening

Emma Novak and her teacher, Jackie Wargo, hold Emma's elephant art project. (Photos by Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)

Using more than 5,400 brads and nearly 1,800 yards of thread, Emma Novak brought her creativity to life, winning the top prize at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition in March for her drawing of an elephant.

Emma, the daughter of Margaret and John Novak of Homewood, is just a sophomore, but her technique so impressed the judges that many said the picture was on par with work expected . . .

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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