SHOW YOUR CARD: Your Mount Prospect Library card is worth more than a great book or DVD! From now until Wednesday (Sept. 30) double the value of your card when you present it at local businesses or organizations that offer discounts or small gifts. The Library has a great relationship with local businesses and you reap the rewards! For a list of participants, click here .
’70’s and ’80’s Night: Check out classic cars from the last 30-40 years on Saturday (Sept. 13) from 6 – 9 p.m. when the Bluesmobile Cruise Night Car Show puts them in “park” at the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) Cruise Nights call it a season on Sept. 27.
BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club for a fitness ride on Sunday (Sept. 14) from 8 – 10 a.m. leaving from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy. MP.) Thursday evening rides (Sept. 18) from 6 – 7:30 p.m. depart from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St. MP.) For more info, click here .
WHO WANTS CAKE?: You can indulge now in “NOTHING bundt CAKES,” a new store in Mount Prospect that sells what the name says! This delectable addition to our town is located in Randhurst Village (1071 N. Elmhurst Rd. MP) Stop by on Friday (Sept. 12) and 20 percent of sales will benefit Northwest Compass, an organization that provides emergency services, education and empowerment to those in crisis. On Saturday (Sept. 13) be one of the first 50 customers to purchase a cake and get one bundtlet per month for 12 months. A Family Fun Event is scheduled that same day from 1 – 3 p.m. Kids can enjoy face painting, balloon art and yummy cake. For more info, call 847/253-2253.
DINE FOR A CAUSE: Celebrate the five-year anniversary of BlackFinn Restaurant on Friday (Sept. 12) at 8 p.m. and support “Camp I Am Me,” a burn camp for kids. The Camp is part of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance that offers fire safety and burn prevention programs. Tickets for this event are $25 and include two alcoholic drinks and an appetizer buffet. In addition to the food and drinks, enjoy a dunk tank, live band, raffle and 50/50 drawing. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the evening go to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance. Purchase tickets at the event or online .
COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department heads and elected officials on Saturday (Sept. 13) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee during this informal chat. Coffee with Council is held the second Saturday of each month. For more info, call 847/392-6000.
FISHING DERBY: Bring youngsters ages 4-14 to a fishing derby on Saturday (Sept. 13) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Robert T. Jackson Clearwater Park (near the intersection of Golf and Busse roads.) The pond will be stocked with bluegill and catfish. Bring your own rod, reel and tackle. Bait will be supplied. The fee is $7/R and $12/NR. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, call 847/255-5380 or click here .
POETRY WORKSHOP: Poets and those who enjoy poetry are invited to the Second Saturday Poetry Workshop, sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council on Saturday (Sept. 13) from 9 a.m. – Noon. The workshop is held at Palatine Public Library (700 N. North Ct. PAL.) The featured speaker is poet Andrea Witzke Slot who will speak on developing voice and dialogue in poetic form. For more info, call 847/382-6922.
MEASURING PARTY: Did you grow sunflowers this summer? Novak and Parker wants you to bring in a single stalk sunflower (big or small) on Saturday (Sept. 13) from Noon – 2 p.m. to their Mount Prospect location (1016 E. Northwest Hwy.) The tallest stalk wins a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Kid’s (ages 2-15) tallest stalk wins a Razor Motor Scooter. Don’t have a green thumb? Come to the party and enjoy food, fun, games, and the biggest box maze in Illinois. Register by clicking here .
BUDDY WALK: Bring your dog on the Buddy Walk on Sunday (Sept. 14) at Melas Park at 9 a.m. Cost is $25/$30 day of the event and $10/children 11 and under. All proceeds benefit the dogs and cats at the Buddy Shelter. For more info/registration, call 847/290-5806 or click here .
BOARD MEETING: Stay informed about what is happening in River Trails School District 26 on Tuesday (Sept. 16) at their Board meeting beginning at 7 p.m. A Meet and Greet starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (1900 E. Kensington Rd.)
WRITERS GROUP: If you’re a writer and would like to share your work and hone your skills, check out the Writers Group on Tuesday (Sept.16) at the Mount Prospect Public Library (Meeting Room B) at 7 p.m. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month and there is a small fee on a quarterly basis. Bring five copies of your work to share. The group is open to all adult writers with all levels of writing experience. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
LEGAL ADVICE: Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Department will host a Legal Advice Desk on Thursday (Sept. 18) from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the agency’s Des Plaines office (1717 Rand Rd.) Attorneys will be available to answer legal questions, provide legal advice and information, and offer referrals to legal clinics and organizations. To sign up for an appointment, call 847/376-2100.
TEXTING 911: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers living or traveling through the Northwest Central Dispatch System can now use their mobile phones to text 911 for emergency help. The areas served include Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Prospect Heights, and Rolling Meadows. Text messages should always include clear location information along with the nature of the emergency. Abbreviations and slang should never be used with text messages to 911.
ROAD CLOSURE: A portion of Algonquin Road on the east side of Des Plaines is closed through Monday, Sept. 22, due to bridge painting under the Tri-State Tollway. Detour signs are posted for the area affecting Algonquin Road from River Road to Oakton Street. Plan accordingly!
PLAY DOOR DETECTIVE: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care have installed thirty-three decorative door art displays throughout public parks in Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Prospect Heights, and the River Trails Park District through mid-September. Called “Doors Open,” this public art project invites residents to take photos of themselves and submit it to their Facebook page. Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of two $50 gas gift cards, and a grand prize of four tickets to a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Info about the contest, the art exhibit and the map of where to find the doors can be found at www.RainbowHospice.org/Doors. Rainbow Hospice is a not for profit organization providing services to terminally ill patients and their families, including bereavement services.
FALL FEST: Make a smooth transition from summer to fall Friday through Sunday (Sept. 12-14) by attending Fall Fest at Lake Park (2200 Lee St. DP). The fun happens Friday (Sept. 12/6 – 11 p.m.), Saturday (Sept. 13/Noon – 11 p.m.), and Sunday (Sept. 14/Noon – 8 p.m.) Enjoy great food and entertainment, carnival rides, a country fair tent, car show, a beer and wine garden and more. Enjoy unlimited carnival rides for $20 from Noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Fest is free. for a complete schedule, click here .
PIONEER DAY: Experience living history on Sunday (Sept. 14) from 1 – 5 p.m. when the Elk Grove Historical Museum presents Pioneer Day. Free admission to this event includes historical crafts and games, re-enactments and historic demonstrations, candle making demos, and a tour of the farmhouse. Activities take place at the museum grounds and the area around the Pavilion Gazebo (399 Biesterfield Rd. EGV.) Parking will be available at the Pavilion (1000 Wellington Ave.) Hadicapped parking will be at the Administration Offices (499 Biesterfield Rd. EGV.) For more info, call 847/439-3994 or click here.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
Taiwan (c) is the International Team that has won the Little League World Series the most times–17 to be exact.
What is the record height for the tallest sunflower?
a) 28 feet 8 inches b) 32 feet 2 inches c) 19 feet 9 inches d) 22 feet 6 inches
TOSS BAGS FOR A CAUSE: Grab a couple of pals for a fun evening on Friday (Aug. 22) beginning at 7:30 p.m. for a Glow in the Hole Bags Tournament. Watch as three levels of competition take place at Rob Roy Golf Course (505 E. Camp McDonald Rd. PH) Try your luck for cash prizes and raffles. A full service bar is also included. Proceeds help fund program scholarships for those facing financial challenges and the River Trails Park District & Recreation Foundation. The cost is $30 per team (up to 3 per team.) For more info, call 847/255-1200.
CRUISE NIGHT: The Pontiac struts its stuff on Saturday (Aug. 23) from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night in the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy and Rte. 83.) Enjoy these last few weeks of summer at this popular venue!
PUB CRAWL: The Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association hosts the Summer Slide Pub Crawl on Saturday (Aug. 23.) Participating venues include Mia’s Cantina, Sam’s Place, Mrs. P & Me, Blues Bar BBQ and Emerson’s Ale House. You can still register online or at the event.
VOLUNTEER FOR LITERACY: District 214 Community Education’s Read to Learn program holds two one-day training sessions for volunteers on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 22/23) from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd. AH.) Volunteers will be trained in one-to-one tutoring of adult students to improve their reading abilities and basic skills. Before attending the training sessions, volunteers must complete an online application . For more info or questions, call 847/718-7724 or visit the “volunteer” page by clicking here . The next tutoring session is scheduled in the fall.
BIKE RIDE: Enjoy a bike ride with the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (Aug. 24) from 8 – 10 a.m. leaving from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy, MP). Want more of a challenge? Join them from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a 40-mile ride with a stop for lunch. This ride leaves from Willow Stream Park (Old Checker Rd., BG) The Thursday (Aug. 28) ride from 6:30 – 8 p.m. leaves from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St. MP) at 6:30 p.m. sharp. For more info and ride schedules, click here .
FARMERS’ MARKET: The stand are full of fresh produce at the Lions Club Farmer’s Market! Enjoy the bounty of the season on Sunday (Aug. 24) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.)
FINANCIAL WORKSHOP & MORE: Learn how to increase your income, decrease expenses, guard against credit repair scams and more on Tuesday (Aug. 26) from 6 – 8 p.m. when Northwest Compass, Inc. (formerly CEDA) hosts a Financial Recovery Workshop at their facility (1300 W. Northwest Hwy., MP). On Wednedsay (Aug. 27) from 1 – 2:30 p.m., they will host a Criminal Law Workshop. The session will focus on the basics of criminal law, the steps in a court case for misdemeanor and felony crimes and a Q & A period. For info on either workshop, call 847/392-2344, ext. 227 or click here .
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of small electronics on Wednesday (Aug. 27) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.) You must be a member of a SWANNC community to participate. Electronics recycling is accepted every Wednesday until October 29. Items brought to the facility outside of designated hours will not be collected.
BE A GIRL SCOUT VOLUNTEER: Help mentor a young girl, show her what’s possible, or just cheer her on by becoming a Girl Scout volunteer. You can participate once a week, once every other week or once a month. The choice is yours! Get started by clicking here or call 224-207-9229 for more info.
VOTE BY MAIL: Suburban Cook County voters can apply online for mail ballots for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election by visiting the Clerk’s web site . Voters can expect to receive their mail ballot in early October. Applying online requires voters to type in the last four digits of their Social Security number, their driver’s license or state identification card, and an email address. Voters can also download a paper application, request an application by calling 312/603-0946 or by emailing the following: email@example.com. The last day that mail ballots can be postmarked for acceptance at the Clerk’s office is Nov. 3.
—-FREE SKATING LESSON: Children ages 3 and older are invited to one of two classes for a Try Ice Skating for Free event on Saturday (Aug. 23) from 10 – 10:30 a.m. or 10:45-11:15 a.m. at the Northbrook Sports Center (1730 Pfingsten Rd. NB) Professional instructors and student teachers will show beginning skaters the basics and group them by age. For more info, call 847/291-2993 or click here .
—-MEET & GREET CHORAL GROUP: The Northwest Choral Society invites prospective members to a “meet & greet” on Tuesday (Aug. 26) from 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (1095 Thacker St. between Margaret and Jeannette Sts. DP) The evening will include debuting a video of a recent trip chorus members took to Minneapolis/St. Paul. The 2014-2015 performance season will feature Daniel Pinkam’s “Christmas Cantata” and Robert Shaw’s “The Many Moods of Christmas” at concerts scheduled for Dec. 6/7. For more info on the society, call 224/585-9127 or click here .
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE: Whitney Houston’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner made it to #6 on the Billboard 100. (c) Jose Feliciano’s controversial slow Latin-jazz rendition at the 1968 World Series also made the Billboard 100. JImi Hendrix “riffed” it at Woodstock and Kiss closed out their concert with a rendition in 1992, setting off a flurry of rock renditions. We won’t mention Roseanne!
Singers not only have a hard time with the melody, but have also been known to forget the words. Who famously goofed on the lyrics?
a) Christina Aguilera b) Steven Tyler c) Michael Bolton d) Keri Hilson e) all of the above
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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