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The Weeks | June 9: Juneteenth, school budgets, 2018 Ridge Road bids, Heather Hill School design, new soul food place, junk art, escape room

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Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Normandy Villa, 41 E. Elmwood Drive, Chicago Heights. Find the agenda here. Attend remotely here.

Highlights: The board will:

Homewood School District 153 Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the 2024-25 budget at 7 p.m. and its regular meeting following at about 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 10, in James Hart School media center, 18220 Morgan St. Find the agenda here.

Highlights: The board will:

  • Hear a presentation providing an update on the district’s strategic plan.
  • Consider a contract to resurface the Willow School playground.
  • Consider a policy to allow the children of non-resident employees to attend District 153 schools.
  • Consider a policy to waive school fees for the children of in-district employees.

Flossmoor Public Art Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, in village hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road. Find the agenda here.

Bloom Township Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at 425 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. No agenda has been posted on the township website since April 23.

Homewood Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at 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: The board will: 

  • Open any bids for the purchase and redevelopment of 2018-2020 Ridge Road. If no bids are received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, the village will proceed with negotiating a sale and redevelopment agreement with Grace Yan Cui of Chicago Investment Group.
  • Consider an amended redevelopment agreement with the owner of The Ridgewood, 2059 Ridge Road.
  • Consider a sale and redevelopment agreement with Animesh “Andy” Kumar for the property at 2124 183rd St., formerly the Citgo gas station. The board will also consider endorsing a Class 8 property tax relief designation for the property.
  • Consider approving subdivision of property in the Washington Park Plaza at 17750 Halsted St.

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

Homewood Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. in village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road. Find the agenda here. Attend remotely here or call 312-626-6799. Use ID 991 8481 1606, passcode 573812.

Highlights: The commission will 

Stuff to do

Monday, June 10

Junk Art Project. The challenge: Make art out of junk. Youth artists are invited to stop by the Flossmoor Public Library any time Monday to pick up a junk bag to use as the material for an artistic creation. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. June 21. The community will be invited to vote on the best entries. Register here.

Thursday, June 13

Escape Room. Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, will host escape room sessions with hourly time slots from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

IPO Summer @ OFCC. The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s summer concert series at Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, begins with a performance by Juliani Ensemble at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 13. Tickets are available at IPOmusic.org or by calling the IPO box office at 708-481-7774.

Saturday, June 15

HF Juneteenth Festival. The fourth annual festival organized by You Matter 2 will include entertainment, art, food, history, activities for kids and many vendors in the Homewood-Flossmoor High School south parking lot, 999 Kedzie Ave., from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Artist Lea Jackson surrounded by her paintings with pop culture themes at the HF Juneteenth Festival. (Nick Ulanowski/H-F Chronicle)
Artist Lea Jackson surrounded by her paintings with pop culture themes at the HF Juneteenth Festival. (Nick Ulanowski/H-F Chronicle)

Shredding/electronics recycling/drug disposal. State Rep. Will Davis will host a paper shredding/electronics recycling/prescription drug takeback event at his office, 1912 174th St. in East Hazel Crest, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Grand Prairie Singers. Langston Hughes’ poem “I Dream A World” will be the focus of a concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Flossmoor Community Church, 2218 Hutchison Road.

Roller Derby. The Chicago Knockouts will host a bout for adults-only. Doors open at 8:15 p.m., action begins at 9 p.m. General tickets $15, trackside $20, front row $25.

Save the Date

The HF Juneteenth Parade. The parade will step off at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, from Western Avenue School and make its way to Flossmoor Road and go west to Parker Junior High. Spectators welcome along the route.

The first Juneteenth parade in 2022 heads west on Flossmoor Road. (Chronicle file photos)

Flossmoor History Fundraiser. The Foundation for the Preservation of Flossmoor History will hold a fundraising event on Wednesday, June 26, starting with tours from 5 to 6 p.m. of the organization’s home in the historic Wagner Building at 2709 Flossmoor Road. Following will be a reception and fundraising event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Flossmoor Station, 1035 Sterling Ave. The organization’s goal is to raise funds to renovate 2709 Flossmoor Road into a multifaceted civic space.

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