HOLIDAY BOOK SALE: Find great stocking stuffers on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) at a Holiday Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Surprise the reader on your gift list with a little something extra! For more info, call 847/253-5675.
MARIANO’S JOB FAIR: The popular grocery chain has acquired many Dominick’s Food locations and is holding a job fair on Friday (Dec. 13) from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – North Shore Conference Center (9599 Skokie Blvd. SKOKIE) and Saturday (Dec. 14) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Chicago Marriott Southwest (1200 Burr Ridge Pwky. BURR RIDGE) More than 250 postitions at each new location must be filled. Available positions range from store directors to cake decorators.
CAREER INFO SESSION: Interested in the open road as a truck driver? Attend a truck driver training session on Friday (Dec. 13) from 1 – 3 p.m. at WorkNet Center (723 W. Algonquin Rd. AH.) The program is part of Harper College Info Sessions. To RSVP, call 847/925-6707 or click here .
MAGICAL LIGHT SHOW: Set aside some time on Friday and/or Saturday (Dec. 13 and 14) for a magical light show in the Center Court on Randhurst Village Drive at Randhurst Village (intersection of Rand and Elmhurst Rds. MP) scheduled every half hour from 5-8 p.m. Adding to the festivities will be 4:30 p.m. performances by Elk Grove Village High School Marching Band (Dec. 13) and Wheeling High School Jazz Band (Dec. 14.) Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 2 – 5 p.m. If your calendar is too crowded this weekend, you’ll have your final chance on Dec. 20/21. Get on out there!
COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village department heads and elected officials on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Mount Prospect 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. For more info, call 847/392-6000.
FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS & CRAFTS: Find a unique holiday gift on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or Sunday (Dec. 15) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Building M, Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.) More than 200 booths will display their wares for your shopping pleasure. Gift certificates worth $25 and $10 will be drawn hourly. Admission to the festival is $3. Children age 11 and under are admitted free. Parking is free. For more info, call 847/301-8543 or click here .
LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE: Community Presbyterian Church (407 N. Main) will present a musical retelling of the Christmas story on Saturday (Dec. 14) at 7 p.m. The event is free and there will also be a cookie walk. For more info, click here .
HARPER CONCERTS: Enjoy a holiday concert at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL): Harper Piano Ensemble performs on Saturday (Dec. 14) at 7:30 p.m. and the Harper Symphony Orchestra performs Sounds of the Holidays on Sunday (Dec. 15) at 3 p.m. For ticket information, call 847/925-6100 or click here. On Sunday (Dec. 15) the Harper Festival Chorus will perform Handel’s “Messiah” and other music of the season at Southminster Presbyterian Church (916 E. Central, AH). For more info, call 847/392-1060 or click here . A freewill offering is appreciated.
TRIATHLON INDOOR SPRINT: Experience an indoor triathlon on Sunday (Dec. 15) from 7 – 11 a.m. at the RecPlex (420 W. Dempster St. MP). The event, sponsored by the Mt. Prospect Park District and Midwest Indoor Sprint Triathlon (M.I.S.T.), will test your fortitude while you swim for 10 minutes, bike for 15 minutes and run for 15 minutes. The event is geared for beginners and veterans alike ages 14 to adult. The fee is $35. For more info, call 847/640-1000 or click here . Register early as space is limited to the first 48 triathletes.
UNITED FOR HOPE FUNDRAISER: Help the victims affected by Typhoon Haiyan on Sunday (Dec. 15) from 5 – 8 p.m. at Hampton Inn & Suites (1 Randhurst Village Dr. MP). A $25 ticket provides hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, silent auction and raffle, chef food stations, beverage stations and $3 beer, $5 wine and $7 cocktails. Tickets may be purchased at the door. One hundred percent of all proceeds go to Gawad Kalinga and the relief efforts. There will also be a community collection box for the tornado-raveged Washington IL community. For more info, call 847/398-3636.
MEET THE ARTIST: Attend a welcome reception for artist Enrique Suarez on Monday (Dec. 16) from 5 – 6 p.m. at the South Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (1711 W. Algonquin Rd. MP). Mr. Suarez’s art has become a popular display at the South Branch since its installation in November of this year.
DONATIONS NEEDED: Make someone’s holiday brighter by participating in the annual event sponsord by the Mount Prospect Human Services Department. Low income individuals and families in the Village can benefit from your generosity. Non-perishable food items must be received by Monday (Dec. 16) at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) for packing and distribution purposes. For more info, call the Human Services Department at 847/870-5680.
WRITERS GROUP: Don’t let this busy season detour your creative writing efforts! Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Dec. 17) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) The group is open to all adult writers of all levels of writing experience, in all genres. Are you working on a short story, screenplay or novel and need some constructive feedback? Then this is the group for you. Bring up to five double-spaced pages and copies to share with group members. The writers meet the third Tuesday of every month. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis. For more info, email email@example.com.
SCAM ALERT: Residents should remain alert if they receive phone calls from solicitors requesting money for firefighter services. No Mount Prospect firefighter will solicit money from residents or businesses over the telephone and the practice is srictly prohibited by department policy. Telephone solicitors working on behalf of fundraising firms, who claim to be Mount Prospect firefighters, are misrepresenting themselves. For more info, call 847/870-5660.
KEEP THE WREATH RED: The Mount Prospect Fired Dept. urges all residents to be mindful of fire prevention during the holiday season. A wreath on the main fire station is illuminated with a string of red lights. Whenever a fire occurs that is the result of holiday decorations, a white bulb will replace one of the red ones. The MPFD urges everyone to “keep the wreath red” by practicing caution when using candles; not overloading extension cords; making sure all light strings are in good working order; and most importantly, having a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in the home. For more information, call 847/870-5660.
Experience horse-drawn sleigh rides in downtown Arlington Heights from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays (Dec. 12, 13, 19, and 20.) The rides are free and the sleigh will be parked adjacent to Harmony Park (Vail and Campbell stretts) for boarding and drop-off. The sleigh, which is the original “Santa’s Sleigh” from Santa’s Village, holds 12-15 people. Bring your blankets! For more details, click here .
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
In The Christmas Invasion episode, Dr. Who took on the (d) Sycorax.
Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol is often called the second most famous Christmas story. In what year was it written?
a) 1743 b) 1793 c) 1843 d) 1893
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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