Mike Zarifis gets ready for his shot from the tee and across the pond at Coyote Run Golf Course on Thursday, Dec. 14. (Marilyn Thomas photos/H-F Chronicle)
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The Weeks | Feb. 4: Township meetings added, golf is back, moonlight hike, lunar new year event, zen doodles



Rich Township Board of Trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the Leonard Robinson Administration Building, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park.

  • Find the agenda here
  • Highlight: The board will consider an ordinance setting compensation for elected officials for four-year terms beginning May 19, 2025.

Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in Normandy Villa, 41 E. Elmwood Drive, Chicago Heights.

  • Find the agenda here.
  • Highlights: The board will discuss summer facility maintenance projects and consider an agreement with Wold Architects and Engineers for work in preparation for the Heather Hill School roof replacement next year. 

Bremen Township Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at 15350 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Forest.

  • The agenda does not appear to be posted on the township website.

Flossmoor Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in village hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road. 

  • Find the agenda here.
  • Attend remotely here or dial 312-626-6799. Use ID  873 1912 1914, passcode 60422.
  •  Highlights:  Presentation revisiting the 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service; consideration of an agreement with Flock Group to add license plate reader cameras at 11 locations in the village; and consideration of a contract of nearly $900,000 to complete the Brumley Drive street project, which includes partial reconstruction, resurfacing and storm sewer improvements. 

Stuff to do

Monday, Feb. 5

AARP Tax Preparation Help. Seniors ages 55 and older are able to register in person at the Irwin Center for an appointment for free in-person tax assistance. Tax preparation will begin on Feb. 5 and continue every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through April 10. The Irwin Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 708-957-7275.

Winter Golf. 
Coyote Run Golf Course, 800 Kedzie Ave. in Flossmoor, will be open for rounds starting Monday and continuing as weather allows (walking only). Click here to reserve a tee time.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Mini Maestros. A dive into the world of classical music that will include listening, dancing, creating and learning. For kids from 4 to 8 years old. Hosted from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway. 

Thursday, Feb. 8

Candle Making & Sip. H-F Park District in partnership with Blue Pearl Candles will host an opportunity learn how to make candles while enjoying light refreshments and wine from noon to 2 p.m. in Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood. For ages 55 and up. Cost is $75 for district residents, $90 for non-residents. Click here to register.

Dream Vacation Planning.
 Rebecca Popelka of About the Memories Travel will offer help planning a vacation, including choosing the destination, creating a budget and making other preparations from 7 to 8 p.m. at Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. For ages 18 and up. Click here to register.

Teen Leadership Council. Homewood Public Library invites teens in grades 7 through 12 to join the council and help shape library programs, book selections “or anything else that will help make the world around us a better place.” The meeting will be from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the F.O.R.T. at the library, 17917 Dixie Highway. 

Friday, Feb. 9

New Moon Night Hike. Learn about the moon’s cycle, watch the stars and take a stroll through Irons Oaks woods, 20000 Western Ave. in Olympia Fields. For ages 3 and up. Cost is $5 for H-F Park District residents, $7 for non-residents. Click here to register.

Sweetheart Dance. Dads, grandfathers, uncles and mentors can escort their young sweethearts to the dance from 6 to 8 p.m. at the H-F Sports Complex, 18211 S. Aberdeen St. in Homewood. There will be games, snacks and dancing. A professional photographer will be on hand to get keepsake photos. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 3 to 12. Cost is $34 for H-F Park District residents, $44 for non-residents. Click here to register.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Trail Mix Acoustic Concert. Tray Wellington Band, a bluegrass group from Raleigh, North Carolina, will headline the concert. Local one-man band M.G. Bailey will open at 7 p.m. at Thornton Distilling Co., 400 E Margaret St. in Thornton. Tickets are available at trailmixmusic.org.

Lunar New Year Children’s Event. Flossmoor Public Library, in partnership with the Village of Flossmoor, will host a Lunar New Year celebration from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the library, 1000 Sterling Ave. Participants will enjoy a craft station to make a Lunar New Year picture frame, storytelling, a video presentation about the significance of the Lunar New Year and its festivities and photo ops. There will be a parade inside the library at noon. Click here to register.

Mardi Gras Party at St. John Neumann. The community is invited to a Mardi Gras party at the Parish of St. John Neumann, 17951 Dixie Highway in Homewood. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a catered dinner served at 7:30 p.m. DJ Spinning Discs will provide entertainment throughout the evening. This is a cash bar event. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For additional information, contact the parish office at 708-798-0622.

Mardi Gras Party at Homewood library. Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, will host a party for families from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be beads, masks, king cake and maybe even a parade.

Nature Zen Doodles. Enjoy this meditational art form from 11 a.m. to noon in the peaceful setting of Irons Oaks, 20000 Western Ave. in Olympia Fields. It can provide a calming effect, increasing mental retention and improve mood. Participants will go home with a unique piece of art, drawing pen and a blank page to continue Zen doodling at home. For ages 12 and up. Cost is $5 for H-F Park District residents, $7 for non-residents. Click here to register.

Sunday, Feb. 11

PFLAG Meeting. PFLAG Homewood-Flossmoor will hold its monthly meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. The meeting is open to all adult family members, friends, allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community and is designed to be a safe place to gather and build community. “Everyone is welcome at PFLAG, wherever you are on your journey.” RSVP here to receive the meeting location.

Save the date

Feb. 16 | Prince Charming Dance. H-F Park District will host a dance for moms, grandmothers and aunts with their “prince charming” dates from 6 to 8 p.m. in the H-F Sports Complex, 18211 S. Aberdeen St. in Homewood. Click here to register.

March 17 | Flossmoor St. Patrick’s Day parade. Go green and join the march around Flossmoor neighborhoods. More information to follow.

June 8 | Liv Well Fest. 
A celebration of health and wellness for all ages in Irwin Park from noon to 6 p.m. There will be TED-style talks and activities to help mind, body and spirit. There will be activities for kids and a vendor village with a wide range of information and products.

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Murder case update. Mike Nolan of the Daily Southtown reported that new details have emerged in the shooting death of Darion Duncan of Homewood in 2022. Two men have been charged in the case, Ryan Carter-Young and Nicholas Matthews. Prosecutors allege the two fired 11 shots at Duncan while he was sitting in his car near his Dixmoor Drive home. Carter-Young and Matthews remain in custody.

Black History Month.
 The Pan-African flags are out in downtown Flossmoor. The village will be celebrating the achievements of residents who are African American business owners, finance professionals, entrepreneurs or influencers through “Roots to Success: Bridging Generations in Black Entrepreneurship,” a workshop to be held at Homewood-Flossmoor High School on Monday, Feb. 19. Anyone who would like to participate should click here.

Vote for the snow plow name. Nominations have been made for Homewood’s Name the Snowplow contest. Now it’s time to vote online. The deadline is Feb. 14. The winning name and contestant will be announced on Feb. 15. The winner will be invited to officially name the plow at the Public Works department at a later date.

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