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The Weeks | April 14: Flossmoor detention basin, youth baseball opens, call for Feast of the Goat Queen vendors, H-F superintendent to retire


Monday, April 15

Flossmoor Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. in village hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road. Find the agenda here. Attend remotely here or call 312-626-6799. Use ID  826 1597 6110, passcode 60422. Contact the board at [email protected].

Highlights: Trustees will consider adopting the 2024-2025 budget and an ordinance requesting conveyance of the property at 1439 Lawrence Crescent from the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District to the Village of Flossmoor. The property is the future site of a storm water detention basin, part of a flood reduction project.

Rich Township Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. at the Leonard Robinson Administration Building 22013 Governors Highway in Richton Park. Find the agenda here.

Tuesday, April 16

Homewood-Flossmoor School District 233 Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. in the Viking Room, South Building, 999 Kedzie Ave. in Flossmoor. Find the agenda here.
Highlights: The board will consider hiring The Alma Group to conduct the search for the district’s next superintendent following the announcement that Superintendent Scott Wakeley plans to retire in 2025, a memorandum of understanding with the Village of Flossmoor to allow the placement of a license plate reader camera on district property, a contract with Sam Schwartz Consulting to conduct a traffic engineering study to improve the parking lots and ingress/egress.

Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Board of Commissioners
 will meet at 7 p.m. in the Goldberg Administration Center 3301 Flossmoor Road. Find the agenda here.

Highlights: The board will consider approval of the sale of Heather Hill Park at 1739 Lawrence Crescent to the Village of Flossmoor for $425,000. The village plans to use the site for a storm water detention basin, part of a flood reduction project. The board will also consider approving the summer recreation program fee schedule.

Flossmoor Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the village hall board room, 2800 Flossmoor Road. Find the agenda here.

Wednesday, April 17

Homewood Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. in the library, 17917 Dixie Highway. Find the agenda here.

Thursday, April 18

Flossmoor Plan Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. in village hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road. Find the agenda here.

Stuff to do this week

Monday, April 15

Help Open Access. Homewood Dairy Queen, 1700 Ridge Road, will donate a portion of its sales proceeds to Open Access. Dairy Queen is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16

Homewood stories. The curated storytelling show from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at FCC Community House, 847 Hutchison Road in Flossmoor. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance. Tellers are Karen Genelly, Francesca Sorbrer, Steve Coombs, Adrienne Rieck and show founder Karen O’Donnell.

The future of classical music. Four finalists in the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Classical Evolve program will have their compositions workshopped and performed at 6:30 p.m. in the Barnes & Noble Auditorium, Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

Wednesday, April 17

Aqua Zumba with GiGi. Have fun, get exercise from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the HF Racquet & Fitness Club, 2920 183rd St. in Homewood.

Tiny Tots Yoga. Serendipity Yoga and Wellness Studio, 18300 Dixie Highway, hosts this session for children aged 15 to 24 months from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Climate change program. Two guest speakers will discuss the state and local response to the environment and climate change at 7 p.m. at Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. The Earth Month event will be presented by the League of Women Voters of the Homewood-Flossmoor Area. Speakers are David Mueller, an attorney focusing on environmental law, and Carrie Malfeo, sustainability coordinator for the Village of Park Forest.

Wine Down Wednesday. The H-F Park District hosts dinner, dessert and wine and entertainment at the Dolphin Lake Club House, 2700 183rd St., for seniors aged 55 and up. The villages of Homewood and Flossmoor are partners in the event. The fee is $25 for district residents, $30 for non-residents.

A Night Out with iLoveLuLu. LuLu Lang hosts an evening of food, drinks and comedy with headliner Marlon Mitchell from 7 to 10 p.m. at Copper Still Martini Bar, 1961 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Thursday, April 18

H-F Reads Book Fair. As part of a week-long book fair, Homewood-Flossmoor High School, 999 Kedzie Ave. in Flossmoor, will hold an open house for the community from 5 to 8 p.m. in the library.

Trail Mix concert featuring Phoebe Hunt. Fiddler Phoebe Hunt has been compared to Emmylou Harris or Allison Krauss. She will be performing from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Rock Shop, 18109 Dixie Highway in Homewood. Buy tickets here.

Oak trees in the Chicago region. Izaak Walton Nature Preserve Conservation Committee member Dave Shepard will present from 7 to 9 p.m. in Senior Hall, 1100 Ridge Road in Homewood. He will discuss identification, ecology and restoration management of the 18 oak species still in existence. 

Friday, April 19

Belly Dance with Loren. Serendipity Yoga and Wellness Studio, 18300 Dixie Highway in Homewood, will host a belly dancing session from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress  comfortably and be prepared to move. Tickets are available here.

Saturday, April 20

Flossmoor Baseball and Softball opening day.The parade of teams will start at 9:30 a.m. from the Parker Junior High parking lot. Teams will march east on Flossmoor Road to the Flossmoor Park ball fields, where first pitch ceremonies and other festivities at 10:15 a.m. will get the youth baseball season started.

Homewood Baseball and Softball opening day. The parade will start at 11 a.m. from the 1800 block of Ridge Road. Teams will march east on Ridge to the ball fields near Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, 1100 Ridge Road. First pitch ceremonies and other festivities will follow the parade.

Earth Day at Irons Oaks. Help Irons Oaks nature area by volunteering for the Earth Day clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon. For those aged 11 and up. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Bite awareness event. Homewood Veterinary Care, 18265 Dixie Highway, will host a bite awareness event starting at 10 a.m. Animal training and behavior consultant Sonia Fetherling will discuss dog behavior.

Babysitter training. This one-day class will help youth learn how to safely care for young children and how to develop a babysitting business. Includes basic first aid instruction. The session is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Irwin Community Center, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood. For youth aged 11 through 15. The fee is $85 for H-F Park District residents, $105 for non-residents. Click here to register.

Chicago Knockouts Roller Derby. CKRD will host a bout between the Punk Rock Punishers and the Retro Rumblers in Homewood Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road, starting at 8 p.m. General tickets are $15, trackside seats are $20 and front row seats are $25. Accessible seating available at no extra charge. Buy tickets here.

Sunday, April 21

State of the Black Community. Discussion will be led by Freddie Taylor from 2 to 5 p.m. at Copper Still Martini Bar, 1961 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Naturopathy + Menopause. Serendipity Yoga and Wellness Studio, 18300 Dixie Highway in Homewood, will host the session with Kim Schiffer from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tickets are available here.

Stuff to do soon

Chicago Southland STEM Network. Educators, parents or anyone passionate about the outdoors will find something of interest at this Homewood Science Center event on April 25 from 7 to 8 p.m., 18022 Dixie Highway. Register here

Middle School Conservation Ecology Internship. Apply by Friday, April 26, for the Homewood Science Center program that provides sixth through eighth grade students an opportunity to get outdoors to learn, investigate and discover at Izaak Walton Nature Preserve. The program will be led by Nicole Fuller, Chicago Public School science educator, and Charlie Rohrer, Homewood Science Center facilitator. The group will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the preserve on May 4, May 11, May 18 and June 1. Project presentations will be made on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sign up for a booth at the Feast of the Goat Queen. Rabid Brewing is taking applications through April 30 for the annual festival, which will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on July 27 this year. Register here. According to the website, the event is “a faire for the fae folk, the most endearingly weird fest in the Midwest, the Feast of the Goat Queen is meant to evoke the ancient Roman festival of Floralia, a goddess of flowers, vegetation and fertility. Attendees and vendors alike will be wearing creative attire including goat horns, flower crowns and fairy wings and drinking beer with baby goats.”

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