District 161 kids get to see a firefighter’s view

What better way to end summer school than with a chance to sit in a fireman’s truck! After six weeks of learning, the Summer Academy for District 161 ended Thursday, July 26, for more than 400 kids pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Progress being made on three new Halsted Street stores

  Construction on the former Joann Fabrics space at 
  17920 Halsted St. shows progress as of July 25. The
  renovations will remake the building into two stores,
  Old Navy and Five Below.
(Photo by Marilyn Thomas/
  H-F Chronicle)

Grown-ups get run of the Splash Pad for one night

The thumping tones of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” floated over the evergreens and onto Harwood Avenue on the evening of July 26. It was Grown-Up Night at Millennium Park Splash Pad and the laughs and cheers could be heard by the roadside overflow parking.

Scenes from Trail Mix 2018

Theatre Arts Leadership Kouncil (TALK) held its third annual music festival rain or shine on Saturday, July 21. It got both. Organizer Steve Ploum said the morning and early afternoon rains kept the crowd sparse early on, but when the sun came out, more people arrived to enjoy performances from more than a dozen local bands and individual musicians. 

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Scenes from Community House Fest 2018

Flossmoor Community Church held it's first Community House Fest on Saturday, July 21, although the event was in keeping with a long tradition of arts-oriented events hosted in the Community House. 

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Police facial hair sprouting as Flossmoor’s Beard Olympics nears

  Kneeling left to right: David Levy and Hank Bausch.
  Standing left to right: Dan Weaver, Brian Tencza,
  Mark Cagle, Tod Kamleiter, Doug Merkle and Nick

African teen dies before she can come to Chicago for cancer treatment

A Homewood-based medical mission to the African nation of Sierra Leone had hoped to bring a 17-year-old high school senior to Chicago to be treated for bone cancer.
 
But Dr. Sam Kormoi, the founder of Pan-African Rural Health & Social Services (PRHeSS Ministry) found out this week that the teen, Fatima Swaray, died in a hospital in the West African country.
 

Crazy contraptions teach students the science of experimentation

Rube Goldberg would have been proud of the inventions students created at the Homewood Science Center. In the weeklong Rube Goldberg Camp for fifth through eighth graders July 16 through 20, the goal was design a project that would lead to raising a flag. Every student managed to do just that in their own fashion.

H-F’s $3.65 million pool area renovations are on schedule

The Homewood-Flossmoor High School pool construction project is on track.  The schedule is to have the pool ready by late September. Work on the additional storage and classroom space will continue through October.
 

Five mixologists meet the challenge for the Homewood Science Center

Five mixologists showed how to combine the art and science of a perfect cocktail at the Homewood Science Center’s Cocktail Chemistry Challenge July 19. There was something for every taste from the five who concocted “The Citrus Horizon” for The Copper Still; “Broken Barrel of Funk” for The Cottage on Dixie; “The Science Center” for Grape & Grain; “S’More What?” for La Voute Bar + Bistro; and “Flashing Palumbas” for Lassen's Sports Bar & Grill.

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