LAST CALL FOR ICE CREAM: Cooler temps don’t mean giving up sweet indulgences. Stock up on pints of Capannari ice cream Friday through Sunday (Oct. 24 – 26) from 3 – 6 p.m. at the store (10 S. Pine St. MP.) Buy three pints and the fourth is free. The store is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 26), so make sure your freezer is fully stocked for the long winter ahead!. For more info, call 847/392-2277.
THYME FOR THE LADIES: Visit the Ladies Wellness Fair on Friday (Oct. 24) from 6 – 9 p.m. at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (211 W. Rand Rd.) Enjoy free samples, connect with local health professionals, sign up for raffle baskets, and more. Check out their large wine selection, holistic products, and enjoy free food samples. Bring your family and friends.
A WICKED GOOD TIME: Ghosts, goblins and other scary creatures ages 4 -7 are invited to a story and crafts event on Saturday (Oct. 25) from 9:30 a.m. – Noon at The Studio (1326 W. Central Rd.) Kids will create their own “crafty” witch who loses her hat, bow, and wand. A snack will be provided. The fee is $29/R and $39/NR. For more info, visit www.mppd.org. or call 847/255-5380.
FRIGHT & DELIGHT: Dress your pet in his Halloween best on Saturday (Oct. 25) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and stop by any PetSmart store for treats, photos and more. The first 100 pet parents receive a glow-in-the-dark reusable tote. Get a free digital photo of you and your pet and/or have it framed for $7.95 with 10 percent of the purchase benefiting PetSmart Charities. The Mount Prospect PetSmart is located at 101 E. Euclid Ave. in Randhurst Villlage.
HAUNTED FUNERAL HOME: Carve your pumpkin on Saturday (Oct. 25) from Noon – 4 p.m. at the 9th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Day held at Severino’s River Woods Funeral Chapels and Cremation Care (205 S. River Rd. DP.) There will be free pumpkins for the kids to decorate, a Jack-O-Lantern jump house, refreshments and goodie bags. The fun happens rain or shine.
A HEALTHY HALLOWEEN: Take some of the scary out of Halloween on Saturday (Oct. 25) by bringing the family to a costume party from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Kennedy Conference Center of Alexian Brothers Medical Center (800 Biesterfield Rd. EGV.) You’ll find information on nutrition, A1C diabetes testing for kids, adult skin cancer screenings, and much, much more. Emerald City Theater will present a performance from their latest production, Hansel and Gretel. To RSVP and to pre-register for screenings, call 1-866-253-9426.
FILL YOUR PANTRY: Keep good health on the forefront all winter long on Saturday (Oct. 25) from 1 – 4 p.m. by visiting the “Fill Your Pantry” event at Paper Crown Gallery (1518 E. Algonquin Rd. AH.) Meet local farmers, taste samples, and stock up on whole grains, dry beans, onions, winter squash and more. Among the confirmed vendors at the event are Joe’s Blues Organic Blueberries, Breslin Farms Organic Grains and Beans, and Olea Organic Olives & Oil.
BIKE RIDE: Enjoy the fresh air atop your bicycle on Sunday (Oct. 26) for an 8 or 9 a.m. ride with the Mount Prospect Bike Club. Both rides depart from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy.) For more info, click here .
COOKING WITH DAVE: Ladies, bring your girlfriends and enjoy a night out on Tuesday (Oct. 28) from 6 – 8 p.m. at Dave’s Specialty Foods (105 W. Prospect Ave., MP) for a class “Cooking with Wine.” You’ll prepare Scallops with chardonnay sauce, and poached chicken with gremolata, and red wine poached pears with chocolate. The cost is $45/person. Make it a date with Mount Prospect’s very own creative chef!Call 847/259-9510 for reservations.
JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet with a representative from the Congresswoman’s office on Wednesday (Oct. 29) from 2 – 5:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services and benefits. No registration is required; just drop by. For more info, call the Library at 847/253-5675.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of small electronics on Wednesday (Oct. 29) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 E. Central Rd.) For a list of acceptable items, or for more info, call 847/870-5640. This is the last drop-off event of 2014. The service resumes April 9, 2015.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS: Learn more about the foods you find at the grocery store and consume on Thursday (Oct. 30) from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Village of Mount Prospect (50 S. Emerson St.) The class is free, but registration is required by calling 847/870-5680.
—-SENIOR EXPO: The Active Senior Expo will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 29) from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Atlantis Banquets (1273 N. Rand Rd., AH.) The event will feature hundreds of products and services designed specifically for seniors. Activities include free seminars, health screenings, and door prizes. Free admission coupons are availble by clicking here and parking is free.
—-HALLOWEEN FUN FAIR: Children ages 2 – 10 are invited to dress in costume on Wednesday (Oct. 29) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a party at Saint Viator High School (1213 E. Oakton St. AH.) Unlimited games, crafts, candy and prizes are all part of the fun. The cost is $5/child. For more info, call 847/392-4050.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
High School Dist. 214’s peak enrollment was (c) 19,000 (actually 19,823) hit during the 1975-76 school year.
What was the total enrollment in the 2012-2013 school year in Dist. 214?
a) 8,000 b) 10,000 c) 12,000 d) 14,000
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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