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The Weeks | May 12: Homewood trustee nominated, redevelopment measures, Cop on a Rooftop, FSL House Walk, swords, plant swap, Beethoven’s 9th

Meetings

Flossmoor Public Art Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at village hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road. Find the agenda here.

Bloom Township Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at township hall, 425 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. No agenda has been posted as of Sunday on the township website.

Thornton Township Board of Trustees 
will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at township hall, 333 E 162nd Street, South Holland. No agenda has been posted as of Sunday on the township website.

Homewood Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road. Find the agenda here. Attend remotely here or call 312-626-6799. Use meeting ID 980 4907 6232 and passcode 830183 to login.

►► Highlights:

  • Consider confirming the appointment of Phillip Mason to serve as trustee until May 13, 2025, filling the seat vacated by the resignation of Anne Colton. 
  • Witness the oaths of office administered to Terence Acquah, assistant village manager; Laura Docter, records clerk in the police department; and Michael Chmielewski, police sergeant.
  • Recognize Curt Wiest on his retirement from the police department.
  • Consider several economic development actions, including the sale of the former Brunswick Zone/Big Lots property to DP Homewood LLC; solicit alternate bids for 2018-2020 Ridge Road; enter into a redevelopment agreement with R. Scott Donkel LLC for The Ridgewood at 2059 Ridge Road; a TIF revenue note for $4.7 million to reimburse HCF Homewood LLC for the development of The Hartford building; and a $90,000 reimbursement to Bergstein’s NY Deli.
  • Consider a special use permit for 119 Tranzit to locate a motor vehicle rental business at 17803 Bretz Drive.

Flossmoor Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the library, 1000 Sterling Ave. Find the agenda here.

Homewood Public Library Board of Trustees nominating committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. and the full board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the library, 17917 Dixie Highway. Find the nominating committee agenda here and the regular board meeting agenda here.

Flossmoor Plan Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at village hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road. Find the agenda here.

►► Highlight: The commission will consider a request for a special use permit for a sport court at 808 Argyle Ave.

Stuff to do

Monday, May 13

Meet a Viking. For graduating eighth graders, a chance to meet Homewood-Flossmoor High School students to learn about daily life in high school. Snacks will be served. Register here.

Tuesday, May 14

Resources and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Blind Service Chicago will present a program about resources and services they provide to individuals that are blind or have visual impairments. The program is at 6 p.m. at Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, or virtually here. No registration required.

Wednesday, May 15

House Walk. Flossmoor Service League’s 66th annual house walk from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. will help raise funds for the organization to support charities in the South Suburbs. The tour will feature the architecture of four historic homes in the Flossmoor Estates neighborhood. Tickets can be purchased here.

BBQ Day. The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will host a casual lunch from noon to 2 p.m. to celebrate the great variety of barbecue tastes. For anyone aged 55 and up. Cost is $25 for district residents, $30 for non-residents. Click here to register.

Thursday, May 16

PSC 10th Annual Mental Health Conference. Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St. will host “The Many Faces of Mental Health,” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to explore the diverse aspects of mental health. The conference will bring together professionals, researchers and individuals interested in mental health. 

Superfood Smoothie Clinic. Flossmoor Public Library will host a clinic from 7 to 8 p.m. offering an opportunity to learn how to make blend-at-home smoothies that have great taste, are jam-packed with pre- and probiotics, protein, healthy fats and fiber. Presented by Chris Rosandich, nutrition educator and program manager for The Cancer Support Center. Registration is not required. For anyone aged 18 and up.

Friday, May 17

Cop on a Rooftop. Officers from the Flossmoor Police Department will be on top of the Flossmoor Dunkin at 3608 Vollmer Road from 5 a.m. to noon to generate awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Donate here. Homewood School District 153 Daily Living Skills classes will be joining Homewood police officers at Dunkin, 17579 Halsted St., at 9:10, 10:10 and 11:10 a.m.

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Homewood Officer Curt Wiest help with the Cop on a Rooftop program in 2016.
Wiest is retiring and will be honored for his service to the village at the May 14 board meeting.
(Chronicle file photo)

Coffee and Conversation Book Discussion Group. The group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave. The book this week is “The Magnolia Palace” by Fiona Davis. Registration is not required.

Spring Blood Drive. Serendipity Yoga and Wellness Studio, 18300 Dixie Highway, will host a blood drive from 3 to 8 p.m.

Sipology: How to Make Wine. Learn how to make balloon wine at this session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Irwin Community Center, 18120 Highland Ave. Anyone aged 21 and up. Cost is $45 for Homewood-Flossmoor Park District residents, $55 for non-residents.

Saturday, May 18

Samurai: An Introduction to Japanese Swordspersonship. Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host an introduction to Japanese swordspersonship presented by Rob Dillon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For anyone aged 15 and up. Registration is not required.

Rob Dillon shows one of the swords he uses in demonstrations at the Homewood Farmers Market in 2023.
(Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Plant Swap. Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, will host a plant swap at 1 p.m. for anyone who has cuttings, propogations or potted plants to trade with others. Participants can bring up to three plants or cuttings to swap, and there will be no requirement to bring a plant in order to participate. Begin dropping off your plants at 1 p.m. Swapping will start at 1:30 p.m. Plants should be healthy, pest free and labeled with species and care information. Register here.

Joyful Voices: Shaw & Beethoven. Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Shaw’s  “Seven Joys” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” at 7:30 p.m. at Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights. The concert will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first time Beethoven’s work was performed. Buy tickets here.

Chicago Knockouts Roller Derby. Bout between the Comic Book Crushers and the Horrific Haunters at Homewood Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Bout begins at 8 p.m. Accessible seating at no extra charge. Tickets available here.

Sunday, May 19

High Ropes Day. From 1 to 5 p.m. the high ropes course at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 Western Ave., will be open to the public. Attendance for the duration of the event is required. For anyone aged 13 and up. Cost is $30 for Homewood-Flossmoor Park District residents and $40 for non-residents.

Don’t miss out

HF Juneteenth vendor deadline. Friday, May 17, is the deadline to register as a vendor at the Homewood-Flossmoor Juneteenth Festival. Organizers are expecting 5,000 people to attend this year. For more information visit the website or email[email protected].

►► State releases post-COVID guide for public health emergencies (May 12).
►► Helmets, people (May 11).
►► Page 2: Youth baseball celebrates new season in style (May 10).
►► County commissioner hosts bike ride to promote forest preserves, cycling (May 10).
►► Obituary: Kevin J. Rab (May 9).
►► Homewood Disposal supports community, employees (May 9).
►► County offers safety tips for pets during cicada emergence (May 9).
►► Home-schooled or private school students offered TMC meeting (May 9).
►► Heather Hill detention basin project moves forward after brief pause to seek consensus (May 8).
►► D161 changing grading process for next year (May 8).
►► A mother’s promise, a daughter’s legacy (May 8).
►► House tour of Flossmoor architecture to raise funds for charity (May 8).
►► Local nurse reminds colleagues, ‘You’re not alone’ during National Nurses Week (May 8).
►► Cicada party: Welcome to H-F, Brood XIII (May 7).
►► Homewood Art & Garden Street Fair returns with more than 70 craft and food vendors (May 7).

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