FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Get your weekend off to a rockin’ start on Friday (Aug. 1) from 6 – 8 p.m. when the band Suburban Cowboys performs on the lawn of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Purchase a picnic dinner at a local downtown restaurant, gather family and friends, and enjoy the music. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket!
THINGS ARE GREAT “DOWNTOWN”: Experience what downtown Mount Prospect has to offer courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday (Aug. 2.) Downtown merchants will extend their hours until 7 p.m. or later. Tagged “Experience Mount Prospect – FIRST SATURDAY!” you will enjoy special promotions and sales to help celebrate shopping local.
CRUISE NIGHT: Perhaps you will hear a siren or two on Friday (Aug. 1) from 6 – 9 p.m. when Emergency Vehicles are featured at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night Car Show in the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) Enjoy these shows while they last – the final event is held Sept. 27.
KNIGHTS REUNION: Graduates of Prospect High School Class of 1974 are invited to “Re-U-Knight” with their chums on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 1 and 2) to celebrate their 40th reunion with activities for everyone. From a tour of Prospect High School to a day at the races, everyone will have a chance to connect with former classmates beyond Facebook! For details, click here .
MARKET DAY: Stop by the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Aug. 3) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra West parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) Select from the freshest fruits and vegetables, herbs and flowers. Find a unique gift item from local craftsmen too.
BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (Aug. 3) for a fitness ride – advanced pace – from 8 – 10 a.m. departing from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy., MP.) A touring ride to Cuba Marsh from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. departs from Meadows Park (1401 W. Gregory St. MP.) The Thursday (Aug. 7) 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 .
SENIOR PICNIC: The Mount Prospect Senior Advisory Council hosts an indoor picnic on Tuesday (Aug. 5) beginning at Noon at the Village Hall Community Center (50 S. Emerson St.) Open to all adults, the fare includes hot dogs, potato salad, lemonade, dessert and coffee for just $3. Play bingo after lunch! Invite your friends and neighbors for a fun afternoon. No reservations needed. For more info, call 847/870-5680.
CELTIC TALE: Experience the Celtic tale of “Mearra: Selkie from the Sea” as performed by singer-songwriter Linda Marie Smith on Tuesday (Aug. 5) at the Mount Prospect Public Library at 7:30 p.m. This stunning multi-media presentation is made possible by the Library Foundation. For more info/registration, call 847-253-5675 or click here.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Participate in this free community event on Tuesday (Aug. 5) from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Woodland Trails Park (1500 Euclid Ave.) Some of the featured activities include a crime scene wall, detection dog demo, a donut eating contest sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts at 7:30 p.m., music by 97.1 The Drive, and free swimming. This fun-filled evening is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police partnerships. For more info, call 847/255-1200.
SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: Find out what’s happening in River Trails School District 26 on Tuesday (Aug. 5) beginning at 6:30 p.m with a Meet & Greet, followed by the meeting a 7 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (1900 E. Kensington Rd., MP.) For more info, call 847/297-4120.
ADULTS CONSIDERING COLLEGE: An info session for adults considering a return to the classroom will be held on Tuesday (Aug. 5) at 6 p.m. in Building A, Room A243 of Harper College Student Center at the school (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.) RSVP by calling 847/925-6081 or click here .
MOOOVIE NIGHT: Watch The Lego Movie on Wednesday (Aug. 6) at 8:30 p.m. on The Village Green (50 S. Emerson St.) This is the last free Capannari Mooovie Night. Follow Emmet and Wyldstyle on their quest to stop Lord Business from destroying the Lego universe! Bring a picnic, blanket and enjoy some great Capannari ice cream.
BLOOD DRIVE: Help save a life on Thursday (Aug. 7) from 3 – 7 p.m. by participating in the Mount Prospect Community Blood Drive in the Social Hall of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Schedule your appointment by calling LifeSource at 877/543-3768 or by clicking here and using sponsor code MP98. Walk-ins are also welcome. Donors must show ID and prepare by eating well and being hydrated before the procedure.
EAT PIZZA FOR A CAUSE: Enjoy a delicious pizza and help the Mount Prospect Historical Society on Thursday (Aug. 7) beginning at 11 a.m. at HEAT Pizza (182 Randhurst Village Dr.) Ten percent of your food order, including alcohol, will be donated to the Society. This event does not include merchandise and gift cards. Eight-inch pizzas will be available after 4 p.m. You must present a coupon at the time of order. For more info and the coupon, click here or call 847/253-4000.
—-WALK/RUN FOR A CAUSE: Get moving on Friday (Aug. 1) beginning at 6 :30 p.m. for the Twilight Mission 5KRun/3KWalk & Kids Fun Run at Saint Paul Lutheran Church & School (100 S. School St. MP.) Registration begins at 5 p.m. Enjoy live music, food, games and prizes. The cost is $30 each for the 5KRun or 3KWalk. Make checks payable to Saint Paul Lutheran Church & School and mail to 18 South School Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 or register online using PayPal . All proceeds go back to the community and people in need. Retrieve your Race Day Packet on Friday (Aug. 1) from 5 – 6 p.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church.
—-TONY AWARD PLAY: Make a date to attend a performance of “Spring Awakening” on Friday (Aug. 1/3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,) Saturday and Sunday (August 2 and 3 at 3 p.m.) at The Leela Arts Center (620 Lee St. DP) Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Spring Awakening” is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations and the exhilaration of the teen years. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. For ticket info, call 630/808-5852 or click here .
—-FUN FEST: Plan to attend a Fun Fest on Saturday (Aug. 2) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Presence Holy Family Medical Center (100 N. River Rd. DP.) Get free health screenings, try out the Lattof YMCA climbing wall, enjoy an Avon mini-makeover or chair massage, and be entertained by a magician and clown. The first 100 children ages 5-17 will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. Pre-register by calling 877/737-4636.
—-CELEBRATING FIRST RESPONDERS: Head out to Arlington Park Race Course on Sunday (Aug. 3) as they raise awareness and funds for the Gary Sinise Foundation. Support our nation’s defenders, veterans and their families, and experience the Remembrance Rescue Project with former FDNY Rescue 4 from Sept. 11. Scheduled activities include music from Detailed Guys, the all-CFD Rock Band, FireZone course for kids, bag piper performances, Police K9 Unit, Chili Cook Off, and fire trucks on site. Hear the National Anthem performed and see Colors presented by Marine Air Control Group-48. The Gary Sinise Foundation Fundraiser will be held in the International Room. Food and beverage specials will be available. There is free general admission for Fire, Police, First Responders and Military with badge or proof of ID. For more info, click here .
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
Francis Scott Key, composer of The Star Spangled Banner, was a (c) lawyer. He was negotiating the release of a prisoner when the battle broke out.
Many sporting events open with the signing of The Star Spangled Banner. Which major sporting event established this as a national tradition?
a) 1906 World Series b) 1908 World Series c) 1918 World Series d) 1919 World Series
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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