OPEN HOUSE: Bring the kids to the Mount Prospect Fire Department Open House on Saturday (Sept. 27) from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Fire Station 13 (112 E. Northwest Hwy.) Fire safety and emergency preparedness programs, a YMCA Climbing Wall, a free hot dog lunch and two magic shows are all part of the fun. Kids can meet Sparky, dunk a fireman, and slide down a fire pole. For more info, call the Fire Department at 847/870-5660.
OKTOBERFEST: Enjoy an evening of German food, singing, and dancing on Friday (Sept. 26) from 6 – 10:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church (100 School St. MP.) Contests and games round out the night. Tables of any size may be purchased and seating is limited. For more info, call the church office at 847/255-0332.
DEA DROP OFF: Responsibly dispose of expired and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday (Sept. 27) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative at the Prospect Heights Police Station (14 E. Camp McDonald Rd.) and the Arlington Heights Police Department (200 E. Sigwalt.) Only pills or patches will be accepted for disposal. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked. Help prevent a potentially dangerous accident in your home.
WELCOME BACK: Satisfy your sweet tooth the old fashioned way by visiting the newly remodeled Central Continental Bakery (101 S. Main St.) Along with all your favorites, the bakery now offers espresso cappuccino. Daily in-store specials continue to add variety to your gatherings. Experience the Continental Way by clicking here or by calling 847/870-9500.
ZOMBIES FOR A CAUSE: Release your inner zombie on Saturday to Sunday (Sept. 27/28) from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. by participating in the MP Jaycees “Save the Brains Zombie Charity Crawl” at Bar Louie (200 E. Rand Rd.) Bring your scariest attire. Volunteer makeup artists will be on site to help you get into character. Proceeds go toward the fight against cerebral palsy.The “Crawl” includes stops at nearby restaurants including Blackfinn, e&o and Buffalo Wild Wings. Zombies can play games at each stop. For more info and tickets, click here or call 224/764-0691.
CRUISE NIGHT FINALE: The Bluesmobile Cruise Night Car Show bids adieu to the 2014 season on Saturday (Sept. 27) from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Metra Commuter Lot (11 E. Northwest Hwy.) Bring some friends and enjoy the camaraderie and nostalgia this event creates. Thanks, Downtown Merchants Association for another great season!
DIST. 214 CELEBRATING 100: Watch a screening of “Our Lady in Red,” a documentary on Arlington High School and its ties to community history on Saturday (Sept. 27) from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the former high school (502 W. Euclid Ave. AH.) Listen to stories from Arlington graduates and alumni, share your own stories, and tour the building that was for years the District’s only school. Register by clicking here . This event kicks off the 100th Anniversary year of Dist. 214. There will be more events throughout the year.
FARMERS’ MARKET: Enjoy the last few weeks of fresh produce, flowers, and more at the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Sept. 28) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) The 2014 season wraps up on Sunday, (Oct. 19.)
BIKE RIDES: Breath in the fresh autumn air on Sunday (Sept. 28) for a ride with the Mount Prospect Bike Club from 8 – 10 a.m. beginning at Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy. MP.) For more info, click here.
RECALLING RWANDA: Hear the firsthand account of the horrific yet heroic events on Sunday (Sept. 28) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Paul Ruseabagina, the hotel manager who shielded and saved 1,268 people from genocide in 1994, will be the featured speaker. The event will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights (302 N. Dunton Ave.) Under Ruseabaginia’s brave leadership, the hotel was the only public place where people were saved during the massacre. More than 800,000 Rwandans were murdered. Ruseabagina, author of An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography,” will share his stories and sign books immediately following the program. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The event is free, but the church requests RSVPs by Friday (Sept. 26) by calling 847/255-5900 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6 p.m.
UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE PART D: Seniors, attend an information session that explains the choices and benefits of Medicare Part D on Tuesday (Sept. 30) from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Wheeling Township Headquarters (1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH.) Counselors will be on hand to review your coverage. A live Internet demonstration will teach you to navigate the options, enroll in, or change prescription plans. Take advantage of this free informational session, as Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D runs October 15 through December 7.For more info/registration call 847/259-7730.
BLOOD DRIVE: Participate in the Mount Prospect Village Blood Drive on Thursday (Oct. 2) from 3 – 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Donors must be healthy, 17-years-old and weigh at least 110 pounds. No appointment is necessary – walk-ins are welcome. Donating blood takes only 30 minutes of your time and benefits so many.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Join HandsOn Suburban Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a Day of Service 2014. Volunteers are needed to help paint the Vista Health Center at the Palatine Community Resources Center (1585 N. Rand Rd. PAL.) Projects are family friendly and suitable for ages 14 and up. For more info and to volunteer contact Susan.Bensen@volunteerinfo.net or call 847/228-1320.
—-CHARITY GARAGE SALE: The “Truly Priceless Garage Sale,” which has raised nearly $17,000 for charities in almost a decade, takes place on Saturday (Sept. 27) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Arlington Heights (303 N. Hickory Ave.) Unlike ordinary garage sales, the items are not priced. Instead, donations are accepted for one or more of the following organizations: Catholic Charities, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Women’s Center, the Pro Life Action League, and the Knights of Columbus Fr. Michael J. McGivney Center for Hope and Healing. The sale benefits people who have excess goods and people who need items and those affected by disaster of any kind. For more details, call 847/392-5506.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
According to the Guinness World Records website the heaviest squash came in at (c) 1,486 lbs. That’s a lot of squash!
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of High School District 214, we’ll be doing some district trivia.
The election in 1914 to establish Dist. 214 was hotly contested and the outcome was in dispute. What proved to be the turning point in establishing Dist. 214?
a) the men’s vote b) the women’s vote c) the Suffrage Act d) the Supreme Court
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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