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This Week in Mount Prospect

04_19WEB_FRIENDS springSPRING BOOK SALE: Refresh your home library Friday through Sunday (April 17-19) by visiting the Spring Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Members Only Night is on Friday (April 17) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The General Public is welcome on Saturday, (April 18) from 9:00 – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (April 19) from Noon – 4 p.m. In addition to novels, (including a special Si Fi collection), CDs, and DVDs, you’ll find accessories like book ends, photo frames, statues and more. Hope to see there!

COMMUTER LOT CLOSURES: Curb repairs and new pavement work will close the East and West commuter lots on Friday and Saturday (April 17 and 18.) The East commuter lot will be open except several spaces will be closed on Friday (April 17.) The West commuter lot will be closed to all parking Friday through Sunday (April 17-19.) Alternative parking will be available at the Maple Street lot and Prospect Avenue commuter lots on the south side of the train tracks and east of Emerson Street.

CELEBRATING VE (VICTORY IN EUROPE) DAY: Join the Mount Prospect Historical Society on Saturday (April 18) from 6 – 10 p.m. as they re-create a “History in the Headlines” Dinner at Rob Roy Clubhouse (505 E. Camp McDonald Rd., PH.) After dinner, dancers from the Mt. Prospect Park District will demonstrate the Big Band and Swing dances of the 1940s and even instruct those who wish to learn. Tickets are $75 for the Officers’ Mess Prime Rib, or $25 for the Returning Hero Pizza Meal. To purchase tickets, call 847/392-9006.

BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club this weekend! The ‘Fat Tire Ride” takes place on Saturday (April 18) from 9 a.m. – Noon, departing from Starbucks (90 Northwest Highway, MP.) The “Fitness Ride” is on Sunday (April 19) from 7:30 – 10 a.m.) also departing from Starbucks. For info on the Sunday Touring Ride that leaves from Lions Park at 9 a.m. click here  . The Thursday (April 23) Ride leaves from Lions Park at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

REDUCE YOUR WASTE LINE: Join the Mount Prospect Public Library’s Green Committee 21-day Challenge beginning Monday (April 20) to tackle behaviors that result in garbage production. Stop by the Library lobby during that time to tell us how you’re reducing waste in your household to be eligible for a drawing. In May, The Green Committee will hold multiple programs, including a discussion of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, by Edward Hines. Pick up your copy at the Library and join in the community-wide discussion. For more info or to register, call 847/253-5675 or click here .

CALLING ALL WRITERS: Are you working on a short story, novel, poem or play? Would you like some friendly feedback in a welcoming setting? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (April 21) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B oat 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 to share with group members for a constructive critique. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis.The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. Many of the writers have become contest winners and published authors! For more info, email camsrobbins@yahoo.com .

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of electronics on Wednesday (April 22) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items brought to the Public Works facility outside of designated hours will not be collected. Can’t make it this Wednesday? Items will be accepted every Wednesday through October. For more info, call 847/870-5640 or click here .

VEHICLE STICKERS: Don’t forget to get your MP vehicle stickers. The deadline to display the new stickers is May 1. Village Hall will be open for extended hours on the last two Saturday’s of the month, April 18 and 25 from 9 a.m. – Noon. Vehicle stickers can also be purchased online. Get a sticker – not a ticket!

HELPING OUR TROOPS: Send some comfort to our soldiers overseas by donating travel size toiletries, pocket-size food and snacks, pocket-size powdered drinks, CDs, DVDs (perhaps your purchase from the Friends Book Sale?), travel size games, socks, magazines, AA and AAA batteries, and of course, letters of gratitude written to “Dear Service Member.” You can bring these donations to State Rep. David Harris’ office (800 W. Central Rd.) or to Village Bank – Mount Prospect Banking Center, (320 E. Northwest Hwy.) Volunteers are also needed for the Big Packing Party on May 3 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 208 (121 N. Douglas Ave., AH.)

SISTER CITIES POTLUCK: Celebrate Mount Prospect’s relationship with Sevres, France on Thursday (April 23) beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall Community Room (50 S. Emerson St.) Bring a dish to share – French recipies are encouraged. Attendees may bring wine to share at the beverage table. Enjoy stories and a video presentation of Prospect High School exchange students and their teachers who visited Sevres in March. The festivities will be enhanced by French music provided by Ralph Wilder and Allen Kaye. The event is free, but reservations are required by calling 847/593-8399 or by clicking here .

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:
—-THE MAGICAL LAMP OF ALADDIN: Treat your little ones (and yourself) to this charming play on Sunday (April 19) at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Stevenson High School Little Theater (1 Stevenson Drive, LINCOLNSHIRE.) All tickets are $5. For more info, click here  .

—-FREE ENTRANCE DAY TO NATIONAL PARKS: Discover and explore Illinois National Parks with the entrance fee waived on Saturday and Sunday (April 18 and 19.) Choose to visit one or more: The Lewis & Clark Trail (Hartford), Lincoln’s Home (Springfield) Mormon Pioneer Trail (Nauvoo) or the Pullman National Monument (Chicago.) April 18 is also National Junior Ranger Day. Parks invite young visitors to explore, learn, protect and be sworn in as junior rangers. Try something new – find your national park! For more info, click here  .

NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:

In order to have their work taken seriously, the Bronte sisters all used pen names – Charlotte (Currer Bell); Emily (Ellis Bell); and Anne (Acton Bell.)

Benjamin Franklin often used pseudonyms in his writings, many chosen to convey a message. Which of the following is NOT a Benjamin Franklin pseudonym?

a) Silence Dogood       b) Junius Americanus       c) Richard Saunders       d) Anthony Afterwit

Community Information

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.

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

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.