Flossmoor Station leadership reflects upon 25 years, gets ready to celebrate milestone

Gray skies and rain weren't enough to keep pancake lovers and nature enthusiasts away from Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, March 19.

Attendees carried umbrellas and donned galoshes as they made their way up the trail for this year's Pancake Picnic featuring real maple syrup ― no imitation "maple flavored" stuff in the offering.

Along the way, laminated signs educated visitors on the steps to making maple syrup, from extracting the sap to the boiling process that concentrates it into the sweet, amber syrup.

"This is our second year," Cheryl Vargo, manager for Irons Oaks, said. “Last . . .

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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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