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The Weeks | June 23: 2018 Ridge bids, Schaefer retirement, Irwin playground, band concert, laser tag

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Highlights: The board will: 

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  • Consider a resolution honoring Public Works Director John Schaefer on his retirement from the Village of Homewood.
  • Consider an amendment to village code reducing the minimum fine for seat belt  violations in order to be consistent with state law.
  • Consider a special use for Obsidian Holistic Services to operate a massage service at 930 W. 175th St.
  • Consider which bid to accept for redevelopment of the village-owned building at 2018-2020 Ridge Road, formerly Karate Kids. Staff is recommending the board accept the bid from Grace Yan Cui of Chicago Investment Group, who plans to develop a Mongolian barbecue restaurant. 
  • Discuss a Class 4A liquor license from 69 PRIME, a new steakhouse restaurant to be located at 2034 Ridge Road, replacing La Voûte Bistro as the dining establishment within La Banque Hotel.

Homewood Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 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. The commission will continue consideration of a request from Arnell Newman of Soulistic 360 to operate a professional film and music production studio at 17811 Bretz Drive.

Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will hold a community meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at the Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave., to review plans and receive input on a redesign of the playground area at Irwin Park in Homewood.

Stuff to do

Tuesday, June 25

Choo-Choo Ride. The weekly four- to five-mile bike ride through Homewood and Flossmoor neighborhoods returns. Riders will meet at 6 p.m. at GoodSpeed Cycles, 2125 183rd St. The ride starts at 6:30 p.m. It continues Tuesdays weekly at the same place and time through Labor Day.

Summer Book Swap. First all-ages community book swap hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room of the Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave. “Bring your gently used books, puzzles, activity/coloring books and trade them for something new from fellow community members. Materials for babies, toddlers, elementary readers, tweens, teens and adults all will be available to swap.”

Wednesday, June 26

Martin Square Block Party. The first village block party goes from 6 to 10 p.m. on Martin Square between Ridge Road and Chestnut Road in downtown Homewood. Have fun with All Sing Karaoke with DJ Nate Olson. Twisted Q will be selling food and drinks. There will be a few artisan vendors and activities for kids.

Community Band Concert. The first of two summer concerts will start at 7 p.m. in the Irwin Park bandshell, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood. Bob Hindsley will be recognized as conductor emeritus of the band in recognition of his 28 years of service.

Flossmoor History Fundraiser. The Foundation for the Preservation of Flossmoor History will hold a fundraising event 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. Tickets are available here.

Saturday, June 29

Barb and Dan’s Road Ride. Weekly bike ride starts at 8 a.m. Saturday from GoodSpeed Cycle, 2125 W. 183rd St. in Homewood. There are two groups. One is a no-one-gets-dropped group that follows a 20-mile route. Another group goes on a longer ride. Helmets required. Lights encouraged. Riders of all experience levels are welcome.

Off-Leash Bike Ride. A nine-mile ride every Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. at GoodSpeed Cycle, 2125 W. 183rd St. in Homewood. The route includes Butterfield Creek bike path, past Rover’s Run and through Izaak Walton Preserve. No registration. Donuts upon return.

Homewood Farmers Market. Fresh produce, artisan foods, handcrafted personal care item vendors plus live music will all be available on Martin Square between Ridge Road and Chestnut Road from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Laser Tag. Flossmoor Public Library is sponsoring this event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Leavitt Park, 1010 Leavitt Ave. “Enjoy the thrill of turning a familiar landscape into a tactical mission center. Every tree, shrub, and bench take on new life. Is it a safe haven? Or a remote base for enemy operatives? Bring a friend (or enemy) and get ready for battle! All gear will be provided by Game Truck and no experience is necessary.” For kids in 6th through 12th grades. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver the week of the program before allowing participation. Registration is required.

Book Sale. Friends of the Homewood Public Library will hold a sidewalk sale
 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library, 17917 Dixie Highway.

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