Homewood Community Science Center

Historic Gold home begins third era as science center

The Homewood Science Center is bringing a new purpose to one of the village's landmark buildings. The center at 18022 Dixie Highway began as the home of an early 20th century businessman and civic leader Fred Gold and served for decades as a funeral home. 

mARTin Avenue: Color, sound and science return for 9th Art & Garden Fair

For a few hours during last year's Homewood Art & Garden Fair, a one-block stretch of Martin Avenue asphalt became a canvas on which local artists unleashed their imaginations. It will be again when Chalk of the Town returns from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, as part of the ninth annual festival, which will fill downtown Homewood with food, music, art and activities for families.

Families enjoy trial and error and tinkering Saturday at PopUp Science in Homewood

the first PopUp Science event hosted at the center May 21 introduced the community to the Homewood Science Center and some fun tinkering and learning activities. 

Practical visionary: Homewood Science Center director sees collaboration as key to the project

When the Homewood Science Center board of directors started looking for an executive director, they were looking for someone who shared their vision and could gather the financial resources to make the vision a reality. They chose Edie Dobrez of Flossmoor to lead the way.

Homewood Chocolate Fest offers sweet alternative to winter blahs

Just a reminder ...

The Village of Homewood will be a chocoholic's paradise 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 20 as it hosts the 14th annual Homewood Chocolate Fest. This year's festival will feature baking demonstrations, children's activities, a science demonstration, vendor booths and the annual Chocolate Bake-Off Contest.

Homewood seeks fearless, visionary director to lead community's new science center

Homewood officials posted an advertisement this week seeking applicants for the executive director of the Homewood Science Center, hoping to attract a visionary leader for the post. The board is seeking a professional who can "build an organization from the ground up that positively impacts the lives of thousands of people." The job description asks candidates to think big. 

Finding Homewood science center director is first challenge for newly appointed board

Village officials set a salary of $60,000 to $80,000 for the Homewood Community Science Center’s executive director post and named seven residents to the founding board of directors. Village board members took the actions at the Dec. 8 meeting.

Groups begin using future science center as project planning continues

Community groups are making use of the building while planning continues for the future Homewood Community Science Center. A 501(c)3 organization is being formed to oversee the continued development of the center, but in the meantime, the space will be used by clubs and other organizations to begin the

First phase of Homewood science center development finished, trustees vote to start next phase

Homewood trustees voted 5 to 1 on Tuesday, July 28, to keep the community science center project moving forward. The first phase, a conceptual plan, was presented to the board by project leader Rachael Jones and two members of the local advisory board, Betsy Soehren-Jones and Irv Anderson. 

Homewood woman generates STEM learning opportunities

While a growing number of parents, educators and politicians are supporting science, technology, engineering and math education, Homewood's Betsy Soehren-Jones has been a one-woman force for making STEM education happen in the South Suburbs.


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