PopUp Science spreading around the globe

The Homewood Science Center started its free PopUp Science program in 2016 as a way to share science concepts with the community. 
Now the ideas behind PopUp Science are being learned by science enthusiasts around the world, thanks to the Homewood Science Center’s membership in the STEM Learning Ecosystem, a national and international network working to change how students learn, educators teach and how businesses develop a workforce for the 21st century.

Organizer: Peaceology forum May 5 to serve as foundation of community's response to racism

In a community that prides itself on diversity and inclusion, two racist incidents the last weekend of April left many Homewood and Flossmoor residents reeling in dismay, so sociologist and Flossmoor resident Peter K.B. St. Jean offered an approach he calls "peaceology" as a means of dealing with the situation. He and a group of volunteers organized a community forum on Sunday, May 5, at Flossmoor Community Church to begin conversations about the incidents and how to move forward. 

Rep. Kelly works to bring needs of African American mothers to the forefront

Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., is putting the needs of African American women in the spotlight through the work of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls.
Kelly, who represents Homewood and Flossmoor in Congress, founded the caucus with two other representatives. Kelly said the caucus was necessary to give voice to the 23.5 million black women and girls who should be considered a priority in policy debates.  

Star Wars fans celebrate May 4th at Homewood library

May the 4th is a holiday for Star Wars fans, many who came out to mark the day at a “May the fourth be with you” program at the Homewood Public Library.

Parker students ready to represent Illinois at national history competition

Five Parker Junior High students will be dramatizing the story of the Black Panther Party when they represent Illinois in the junior high division at the National History Day competition June 10 at the University of Maryland.
A campaign is on now to help fund the students’ trip to the East Coast for the competition.

Homewood celebrates Rail Fest, Public Works open house on May 18

Homewood will celebrate its rail history at the 15th annual Homewood Rail Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, in the H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road. Kids will also get a close-up look at big machines the same day at the Homewood Public Works open house.

Fixing crumbling infrastructure no easy task


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It must have seemed like it was raining concrete at the Dixie Highway viaduct for a few days in mid-April. Police took reports of debris falling from the structure and at least one report of someone throwing chunks at vehicles. 

Also: An update on VFW Post Commander John Beele's Iwo Jima flag project.

H-F reduces arts center costs as it re-bids project

The District 233 Finance Committee and Homewood-Flossmoor High School administrators hope a list of cuts to the proposed arts center wing will bring costs within an acceptable range.
Two new spaces will be built onto the South Building and interior spaces will be remodeled for the new MVP (Music, Visual and Performing Arts) Program. The intention is to have all arts programs in one wing. They now are scattered throughout the building.

Cooking for Health program blends culinary, dietary topics

White coats met white tablecloths at the inaugural Cooking for Health dinner event hosted recently by Franciscan Health Services. The multi-course dining event transformed the hospital cafeteria on April 25, when invited guests learned more about how to prepare healthy delicious dishes while they ate a chef-prepared meal.

Rev. Jesse Jackson urges H-F students to move away from anger over racial incident

It’s been more than a week since four Homewood-Flossmoor High School students posted a racist video on social media. Feeling hurt and angry about it is understandable, but students must work through their feelings so that healing can begin, Rev. Jesse Jackson told students at an assembly on Tuesday.


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