FRIENDS BOOK SALE: Add to your personal library by shopping The Friends Fall Book Sale on Friday through Sunday (Oct. 17-19) at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Members Only can shop on Friday (Oct. 17) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The General Public is welcome on Saturday (Oct. 18/ 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and on Sunday (Oct. 19/ Noon – 4:30 p.m.) Oversized art, sports and children’s books are available and make great gifts! As always, you’ll find a wide assortment of DVDs, CDs and books on tape. Come on over!
SPOOKY SKATE: Don your costume and roller skates on Friday (Oct. 17) from 7 – 9 p.m. for a howlin’ good time at Central Community Center (1000 W. Central Rd. MP.) Costumes must not restrict vision or the ability to skate, and they must be in good taste. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t have your own skates? You can rent them for $5. The event costs $7/adults and $5/youth. For more info, call 847/255-5380.
PET BLESSING: Dog Play Day Care (301 W. Central) will hold its 2nd Annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday (Oct. 18) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. All pets are welcome. Rescue foster pets will also be present, so you may just find another pal to add to your household. For more info, call 847/253-7447.
HOWLIN’ HALLOWEEN FEST: Little goblins and ghosts ages 3 – 10 are invited to wear their costumes and party on Saturday (Oct. 18) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Lions Recreation Center (411 S. Maple St.) Activities take place inside and outside and include a Halloween Hayride, the Hoot! Hoot! Express Train, and an arcade of kids games. The cost is $5/child, strollers are permitted and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult admission is free. For more info, call 847/632-9333.
MONSTER BASH: The Halloween theme continues on Saturday (Oct. 18) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. when River Trails Park Districts hosts a free “Monster Bash” at Weiss Community Center (1500 E. Euclid Ave.) Children can attend wearing their costumes and enjoy a bounce house, maze, games, photo booth, and trick-or-treating. For more info, call 847/255-1200.
HOOTS & H’OWLS: Enjoy a fun-filled family festival on Saturday (Oct. 18) from 1 – 4 p.m. when live owls from the Stillman Nature Center visit and give photo-ops in the Center Court of Randhurst Village (intersection of Rand & Elmhurst Rds.) A people and pet parade (in costume) begins at 11:45 a.m. with winners announced at 12:30 p.m. All pets must be on a leash or in a container. Activities include a pumpkin decorating station, face painting, stilt walkers and balloon twisting artists. What a great way to enjoy autumn!
FILL THE PANTRY: Help restock Mount Prospect’s Emergency Food Pantry on Saturday (Oct. 18) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the parking lots in front of Costco (999 N. Elmhurst Rd.) and Jewel (333 E. Euclid Ave. Randhurst Village.) The Mount Prospect Fire Department will also accept items until Saturday (Dec. 6) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at all three of its stations: Fire Station 12 (1601 W. Golf Rd.); Fire Station 13 (112 E. Northwest Hwy.); and Fire Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington.) Needed items include canned goods, peanut butter, cookies, juice, macaroni and cheese. and coffee. Baby diapers are also needed. The food pantry cannot accept homemade foods or items past their expiration dates. For more info, contact Mount Prospect Fire Administration at 847/870-5660.
CRAFTS FOR A CAUSE: Find a gift for yourself or someone on your holiday list on Saturday (Oct. 18) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church (corner of Wolf Rd. and Euclid Ave. MP.) Local crafters and vendors will sell handmade jewelry, stained glass, purses, and more. Refreshments and baked goods will also be sold. All proceeds support youth for the ELCA Youth Gathering trip to Detroit in July 2015.
LAST CALL: Visit the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct. 19) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy. ) Enjoy delicious fall fruits and veggies. Thanks, Lions Club, for another wonderful season!
BIKE RIDE: Enjoy autumn’s changing colors from the vantage point of your bicycle on Sunday (Oct. 19) 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.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: Mount Prospect Elementary School District 57 wants your input if you live in the district. A meeting will be held on Monday (Oct. 20) beginning at 7 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) A short presentation followed by small group discussions focused on buildings and grounds is on the agenda. Additional community meetings on different topics will take place later in the school year.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of small electronics on Wednesday (Oct. 23) 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.
HEALING THE BODY: Learn about traditional Chinese medicine and the flow of life-energy, known as “qi” on Tuesday (Oct. 21) at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Presented by Linda Cao-Baker, clinical coordinator of Expressive Therapy Outpatient Services at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, the program is part of the Library’s Annual Cultural Series. To register, call 847/253-5675.
BOARD MEETING: Stay informed about what is happening in River Trails School District 26 on Tuesday (Oct. 21) at 7 p.m. in the Educational Service Center (1900 E. Kensington Rd. MP.) A Meet & Greet precedes the meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 847/297-4120.
JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet with a representative from the Congresswoman’s office on Wednesday (Oct. 22) 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.
LOOK TO THE SKIES: If you missed the recent “blood moon,” you have a second chance on Thursday (Oct. 23) at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.) A partial solar eclipse – when the moon passes between the sun and Earth – takes place. Visitors to Harper’s Karl G. Henize Observatory can peer through filtered telescopes from 4 – 6 p.m. to catch the rare sight. For more details, click here .
The Stevenson Foundation Children’s Theater presents The Cat In The Hat on Sunday (Oct. 19) at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. at Stevenson High School (West Auditorium.) Tickets are $5. For more info, call 847/415-4121.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
Arlington High School’s first graduating class had (a) 10 students.
What was Dist. 214’s peak enrollment?
a) 9,000 b) 14,000 c) 19,000 d) 24,000
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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