THANKSGIVING DAY: Thursday (Nov. 27) is Thanksgiving Day. On Thursday (Nov. 27) the Main and South Branches of the Mount Prospect Public Library are closed in observance of the holiday. The Main branch (10 S. Emerson St.) will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 28) but the South Branch (1711 S. Algonquin Rd.) will remain closed on Friday. You can still gain 24/7 access to conduct research with online resources, register for upcoming programs, and renew items and place holds through the Library’s website. Need a book? Pick up an ebook or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time. Village Hall will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 26) and remain closed on Thursday and Friday.
WELCOME THE HOLIDAYS: Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday (Nov. 22) from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Center Court (by Charming Charlie) at Randhurst Village (Rand and Elmhurst Rds. ) The couple will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to kick-off the holiday season! They’ll have help from Those Funny Little People – Holiday Elves too.
SNOWBIRD CRAFT SHOW: Get a jump on your holiday shopping on Sunday (Nov. 23) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for a post-prom craft show at Prospect High School Field House (801 W. Kensington Rd.) A bake sale, raffle, and kids’ make-n-take crafts are all on the agenda.
TREE LIGHTING, CHRISTKINDLMARKET & MORE: Find a special gift for yourself or someone else from local vendors on Wednesday (Nov. 26) from 4 – 7 p.m. at this holiday market held at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Village Hall closes at 3 p.m. in preparation for the event. Then head outside for the annual Village Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Keystone Plaza (corner of Route 83 and Busse Ave.) Listen to the Prospect Madrigals perform holiday classics and enjoy cookies from Central Continental Bakery along with beverages provided by the Mount Prospect Lions Club. The Mount Prospect Special Events Commission will be selling tickets to the popular New Years Eve-Eve event. What a way to start the holidays!
THE GIFT OF READING: Give a needy child a book this season and help create a life-long love of reading! Bring a new, unwrapped book suitable for ages 6 and under to the Christkindlmarket and received a $1 off coupon for the New Year’s Eve Eve celebration. Donations of books in English and Spanish are greatly appreciated. For more info, call 847/253-5675.
TURKEY TROT: Burn off some calories to make room for more on Thursday (Nov. 27) by running in the Mount Prospect Jaycees 51st Turkey Trot from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Old Orchard Country Club (700 W. Rand Rd.) Check-in is at 8 a.m. with the race beginning at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $25/adults, $15/ages 14 and under. Be a part of one of the longest running races in the Northwest suburbs. For more info, click here .
TURKEY BURN: We’re not suggesting you ruin your holiday bird! “Burn” more calories before celebrating on Thursday (Nov. 27) from 9 – 10 a.m. with an energizing cardio, toning and core workout at Weiss Community Center (1500 E. Euclid Ave.) The fee is $7/R and $8.40/NR. For more info, call 847/255-1200 or click here . The RecPlex (420 W. Dempster) is also offering a “buffet” of fitness classes on Thursday morning including a spin class, a Thanksgiving 4G head-to-toe workout, and a Cadio Buffet session that includes Corebar, Piloxing, Zumba. For more info, call 847/255-5380 or click here .
SEND SANTA A LETTER: Kids can write to Jolly Old St. Nick and drop off their letters from Friday (Nov. 28) through Monday (Dec. 15) in Santa’s Mailbox located in the Youth Department of the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Santa’s Elves will return letters to the children of Mount Prospect for free. For more info, click here .
LEAF COLLECTION: Curbside leaf collection in Mount Prospect ends on Friday (Nov. 21) but bagged leaf collection runs from Monday (Nov. 24) through Friday (Dec. 12). The bags will be picked up on regularly scheduled refuse collection days during that time period. Paper yard waste bags containing only leaves do NOT need a Village sticker. All other yard material and leaves in rigid containers must have the Village sticker attached. For more info, call 847/890-5640.
TOYS FOR KIDS: The Mount Prospect Fire Department is accepting new, unwrapped toys and/or gift cards to major department stores now through Sunday (Dec. 14) at any fire station location; Fire Station 12 (1601 W. Golf Rd.), Fire Station 13 (112 E. Northwest Hwy.), and Fire Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington Rd.) The program provides gifts for children up to age 17. This year the Toys for Kids program will benefit over 350 children in about 120 families. Give generously to help make the holiday’s happier for those less fortunate in our community.
DIST. 214 AUCTION: Find the perfect gift for someone on your list and help support lifelong learning by participating in an online auction Sunday (Nov. 23) through Tuesday (Dec. 2) The Community Education Foundation is sponsoring this fundraiser. Click here for more information and to bid on auction items.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
The best-selling candy bar is (b) Snickers.
50 years ago on Nov. 28, Mariner 4 blasted off heading for Mars. It was the first successful flyby of the planet (Mariner 1 and 2 went to Venus; Mariner 3 was lost when it failed to jettison its nose fairing.) Let’s see what you know about the planet closest to the Earth:
On average, about how far is Mars from Earth?
a) 20 million miles b) 50 million miles c) 100 million miles d) 150 million miles
Mount Prospect offers an active business community, good schools, an excellent library and park districts. There are many small specialty shops and restaurants in the downtown area.
According to the 2010 census, Mount Prospect has a population of 54,167. At the corner of Central Road and Main Street in downtown Mount Prospect, the elevation is 660.5 ft. above sea level. The Village is located at 42 degrees, 31 minutes north latitude and 87 degree, 56 minutes west longitude.
The Village Tree is the Euonymous alatus (aka Burning Bush) and the Village flower is the Snap Dragon.
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