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The Weeks | Oct. 8: Which government owns our streets? Diversity Dinner, Trail Mix music, Fire Department open house



Flossmoor Public Art Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in the conference room at village hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road.

  • Find the agenda here.

Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Normandy Village, 41 E. Elmwood Drive.

  • Find the agenda here.
  • Highlights: The board will discussion a long range facilities plan that would involve an estimated $18.6 million in improvements on all six district buildings and be completed by the end of 2026. 

Homewood Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road. 

  • Find the agenda here.
  • Attend remotely here or dial 312-626-6799. ID 980 4907 6232, passcode 830183.
  • Contact the board at [email protected] or by placing written comments in the drop box outside village hall. Comments submitted before 4 p.m. on the meeting date will be distributed to all village board members prior to the meeting.
  • Highlights:  Noah Schumerth will take the oath of office as assistant economic development director, and Rick Sewell will be honored for his 18 years of service to the Homewood Police Department.

Homewood School District 153 Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the James Hart School media center, 18220 Morgan St.

  • Find the agenda here.

Flossmoor Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the library, 1000 Sterling Ave.

  • Find the agenda here.

Homewood Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road.

  • Find the agenda here.
  • Attend virtually here, or dial 1-312-626-6799. ID 991 8481 160, passcode 57381. 
  • Highlights: The commission will consider a special use permit request for an indoor cycling and fitness center at 18203 Dixie Highway, a parking variance for the addition of a carry-out restaurant at 810 Maple Ave. and a special use permit request for a salon at 18350 Kedzie Avenue, Suite 202.

Stuff to do

Monday, Oct. 9
Day off school skate. The H-F Ice Arena will be open from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for open skating. Admission $6, skate rental $4.

Wednesday, Oct. 11
Homewood Historical Society meeting.
 The speaker will be Larry McClellan, author of “Onward to Chicago, Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad in Northeastern Illinois,” 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. 

Thursday, Oct. 12
Diversity Dinner. 
The South Suburbs Diversity Dinner will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Flossmoor Community House, 847 Hutchison Road. Tickets are available online. The event will feature author Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race.”

V.I.P. Bingo. H-F Park District will present a free bingo afternoon for anyone age 55 or over at Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. Participants will play for themed bingo prizes sponsored by Oak Street Health. Please register in advance.

Basketball drills and scrimmages.
 Thursdays, Oct. 12 through Nov. 2, for ages 8 to 10 at  6 to 7 p.m.; ages 11 to 13 at 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the H-F Sports Complex, 18211 S. Aberdeen Ave. in Homewood. This class is designed to prepare your athlete for league play. Players should be able to dribble on the move, pass, shoot and understand the basic rules of basketball. Each week includes a half hour of practice and a half hour of scrimmages, with teams switching each week. Parents/guardians are encouraged to help coach during scrimmage time. The fee is $52 for residents, $65 for nonresidents. Click here to register.

Friday, Oct. 13
Trail Mix concert. The Wildwoods, a folk/Americana trio, will perform at 7 p.m. at Izaak Walton Preserve, 1100 Ridge Road in Homewood. Click here for tickets.

Messy play day. For ages 2 to 5. From 10 to 10:45 a.m. in Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood. The workshop is all about slime, playdough, goop, and all things sensory based. Hands on sensory experiences encourages learning through exploration, curiosity, problem solving and creativity. Discovery Enrichment provides the projects, materials, and most importantly the cleanup while you enjoy creating and making a mess with your child. Smocks and old clothes are recommended for both child and parent. The fee is $20 for residents, $25 for nonresidents. Click here to register.

Saturday, Oct. 14
Homewood Fire Department open house. The annual family event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the department, 17950 Dixie Highway. There will be safety activities and demonstrations, the Cook County Sheriff’s Support K-9 Unit will be answering questions about staying safe in emergency situations and the UCAN medical helicopter is expected to visit.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. There will be games, crafts and storytimes starting at 10 a.m. at Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, along with an opportunity to watch the eclipse.

Fall art workshop. Instructor Terry Nemchock will help participants of all skill levels aged 6 to 11 create seasonal fall crafts, painting, drawing and sculptures from 1 to 4 p.m. in Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. The fee is $30 for residents, $40 for nonresidents. Click here to register.

Sunday, Oct. 15
Pink-a-boo Walk. 
The Cancer Support Center fundraiser registration will open at 8 a.m. at 2028 Elm Road in Homewood. Walkers will have the option of walking one mile or three miles on routes through Homewood.

Save the date

  • Oct. 17. Community Bonfire 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Highlands Park Crescent Drive and Kathleen Lane, Flossmoor.
  • Oct. 19. Flossmoor guided fall tree tour at 5 p.m. starting in the traffic circle downtown.
  • Oct. 19. Witches Night Out in downtown Homewood.
  • Oct. 19. Woodland Pumpkin Hunt 6 to 7 p.m. at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields.
  • Oct. 21. Fall tree planting in Flossmoor 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Oct. 21. Rise of the League wrestling and costume contest 7 to 9 p.m. at Homewood Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road.
  • Oct. 27. Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields.
  • Oct. 28. Trick or Treat Trail 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Millennium Park 18600 Harwood Ave.,  Homewood.
  • Nov. 4. Pumpkin Smash 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coyote Run Golf Course 800 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor.


Create a holiday yard card. Now until Dec. 8. A yard card is a unique way for your family to create a festive message to display for the holidays. Trace your own design or have it traced for you. Cost ranges from $75 to $120. Click here to learn more and to sign up.

Bike tire tube recyling. GoodSpeed Cycle, 2125 183rd St. in Homewood now will accept old bike tire inner tubes for recycling.



It’s not easy to tell just by looking at a street in Homewood or Flossmoor just which government agency is responsible for maintenance. We checked with both villages to get a list of street jurisdictions.

Homewood owns all its streets except Ashland Avenue from 175th Street to Ridge Road (Cook County), Riegel Road south of Ridge Road (State of Illinois), Halsted Street (state), Ridge Road from Harwood Avenue to Halsted (state), Dixie Highway (state), Kedzie Avenue (county) and Harwood Avenue south of the Dixie Highway viaduct (state). 

In Flossmoor, the village owns all the streets except Crawford Avenue from 187th Street to Vollmer Road (state), Vollmer Road from Crawford to the village border east of Dixie Highway, Dixie Highway (state), Western Avenue from Hutchison Road to Vollmer Road (state), Kedzie Avenue from Chayes Park Drive to Vollmer Road (county), Governors Highway from Heather Road to Vollmer Road (state) and Flossmoor Road from Crawford to Governors (county). Flossmoor Road from Governors to Western is county owned but maintained by the village. 

Homewood officials have been seeking repair of the drainage system for the Dixie Highway viaduct for about 20 years but can’t do anything without state approval and funding. The project is on the state’s long-range plan.

Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld said the village requested several years ago that a convex mirror be placed at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Park Avenue on the west side of the viaduct to aid motorists with the tricky intersection. The state has not approved that request.

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