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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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This Week in Mount Prospect

SHINING STAR TICKETS: Recognize and celebrate Mount Prospect’s community leaders, business people and others who make a difference in the community by purchasing your Shining Stars Gala tickets before Saturday (Jan. 20.) The 25th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday (Feb. 3) from 6 p.m. – Midnight at The Cotillion Banquets (360 S. Creekside Dr., Palatine.) Enjoy dinner, an open bar, and dancing with music provided by Orchestra 33.  The Library’s very own Anne Shaughnessy, Genealogy Librarian, is an honoree this year! Tickets are $65/person before Jan. 20 and $75/person after. For more info and to purchase tickets: www.mountprospect.org/shiningstars.

A MOSTLY SCHUMANN AFFAIR: Enjoy a performance by The Northwest Festival Orchestra on Friday (Jan. 12) at 7:30 p.m. when they play selections  from Schumann and Beethoven, under the direction of Dr. Verne Schwager, with accompaniment by Yuri Tanaka, piano soloist, in the Performing Arts Center of Harper College (Roselle and Algonquin Rd., Palatine.) Tickets are $35/adults; $25/seniors and $20/students with ID. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance by calling 847/392-9003.

HOW TO CHECK ROAD CONDITIONS: Save time, avoid construction and traffic hiccups by logging onto The Illinois Department of Transportation’s www.gettingaroundillinois.com. The site includes a modernized map highlighted by new aerial imagery and expanded points of interest, and consolidates information from a variety of IDOT bureaus. Users can also map trips to include stops at various points of interest across the state, including gas stations, restaurants, hotels, schools, government offices and museums.

IL EPA & NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL PROMOTES AWARENESS:  Drivers now have a useful reminder to check their vehicle’s recall status and schedule a free repair if necessary, through a program called Check To Protect.   Posters will be displayed in emission test station lobbies and waiting booths to encourage drivers to visit www.CheckToProtect.org .  While testing is underway, drivers can check their vehicle’s status. They will need their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to do so. This number is located on the vehicle’s driver’s side door jam or windshield. It is also located on vehicle insurance cards. Almost 1 in 4 vehicles on the road today in Illinois has an open recall. The Illinois EPA and the NSC want drivers to know that recalls are 100 percect free to have repaired at a local dealership.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (Jan. 13) from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. Questions? Call 847/392-6000.

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories, poetry or another creative format? Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Jan. 16) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2A at the Main Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) The group is open to all adult writers with all levels of writing experience in all genres. Bring up to five double-spaced pages and copies to share (approximately 10) with group members. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis. The Writers Group meets the third Tuesday of every month. Questions?  Contact Laird Larsen at l-larsen@att.net.

SEW BEE IT: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who enjoy the same on Wednesday (Jan. 17) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) The Sew Bee It Quilting Group is an opportunity to make new friends and work on your projects. For more info, contact the Mount Prospect Historical Society at 847/392-9006.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-FLU SHOTS: It’s not too late to protect yourself against the flu.  Arlington Heights’ Wellness Clinics offer flu shots on Mondays from 3 – 4:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Health & Human Services Department, 1st Floor of Arlington Heights Village Hall (33 S. Arlington Heights Rd.) Shots are $20, cash or check, no appointment necessary. The Quadrivalent vaccine being offered is injectable, free of any preservatives,  and is approved for those ages 3 and older. For more information, call 847/368-5760.

—-A MUSICAL LEGACY: The granddaughter of the famed Captain and Maria Von Trapp, continues the legacy to “The Sound of Music” when she brings her solo performance of “Something Good: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein featuring Elizabeth Von Trapp” to our area on Sunday (Jan. 14) 3 p.m. at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (111 W. Campbell St. Arlington Heights.) Tickets are $35. For details, call 847/577-2121 or visit www.metropolisarts.com/

—-OPEN AUDITION: Actors are invited to audition for the play Powerless Gods, written by Tina Fakhrid-Deen and directed by Veronda Carey, on Wednesday and Thursday (Jan, 17/18) from 6-9 p.m. in the Footlik Theater of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines – Parking Lot A entrance.) The story reflects on the problems of urban education – public vs. charter, race, respectability, politics, class and identity. No appointment is necessary for the prepared monologues and cold readings for the following roles: four African-American men, two African-American women, one Asian-American woman, one Caucasian man, and one Caucasian woman. Performance dates are March 1-11. For more info, call 847/635-1897.


Village of Mount Prospect

50 S. Emerson Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
847/392-6000

Police Department

112 E. Northwest Hwy.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
847/870-5656
Emergency: 9-1-1

Fire Department

112 E. Northwest Hwy.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
847/870-5666
Emergency: 9-1-1

Post Office

300 W. Central Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
847/392-2731
M-F 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Social Security Office

705 N. Wheeling Road
Mount Prospect, Il 60056
1-800/772-1213
TTY - 1-800/325-0778
M-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.