LIONS CLUB FESTIVAL: Get into the spirit of Independence Day now through Sunday (July 5) by attending the annual festival at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.) On Friday (July 3) enjoy rides and live entertainment by Chapter 1 at 5:30 p.m. and WEDDING BANNED at 9 p.m. On Saturday (July 4) start off the day with a pancake breakfast and bake sale from 7 – 11 a.m. Food, beer and wine tents fill the park and there are unlimited ride specials throughout the weekend. Stay for the fireworks show from 9:30 – 10 p.m. On Sunday (July 5) the Chicagoland Classic Car Club, starts the day with a car show from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Public Works lot (1700 W. Central Rd.) For a complete schedule of events, and ticket purchase locations, visit www.mtprospectlions.com/Fest
I LOVE A PARADE: It’s a red, white and blue day on Saturday (July 4) beginning with the parade kicking off at 1 p.m. at the corner of Emerson Street and Prospect Avenue and ending at Melas Park. This year’s theme is “Mount Prospect Celebrates the Arts.” Show your patriotism and cheer on the civic, business and neighborhood floats as they pass by!
RUN FOR A CAUSE: The Mount Prospect Jaycees will host the Sparkler Family Fun Run on Saturday (July 4) for an 8:15, 8:45, or 9:30 a.m. one, two or three-mile run respectively. All participants will receive a $1 off coupon to the Lions Pancake Breakfast and a certificate of participation. The cost of participation is $10/one-mile, $20/two-miles and $25/three-miles. Proceeds from the event will be split between the Wounded Warrior Project and the Mount Prospect Jaycees chapter. For more info, visit www.mountprospectjaycees.com
LIBRARY CLOSED: In observance of Independence Day on Saturday (July 4) the Main and South Branches of the Library will be closed. Although the buildings are closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, renew items and place holds at www.mppl.org. Need a book? Pick up an e-Book or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time.
CRUISIN': Mopar’s are on display Saturday (July 4) from 6 – 9 p.m. at the BluesMobile Cruise Night held in the Metra Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83) Mopar is short for Motor Parts and references anything produced by the Chrysler company, including the brands, Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, Imperial or DeSoto. Should be an interesting collection of cars!
GET YOUR FRUITS & VEGGIES: Add some healthy choices to your diet by shopping the Lions Club Farmers Market on Sunday (July 5) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) Along with these delicious treats, you’ll find cheeses, meats and even flowers to dress up your dining. The Market runs through October.
BIKE RIDES: Get in some exercise on Sunday (July 5) for one or two rides with the Mount Prospect Bike Club. The Fitness Ride is from 7:30 – 10 a.m. and the Touring Ride is from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Both depart from Starbucks (90 Northwest Hwy.) The Thursday (July 9) ride is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and leaves from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.) For a complete schedule, go to www.mpbikeclub.com.
MUSICAL MONDAYS: Pack a lawn chair or blanket on Monday (July 6) and enjoy the beautiful voices of The Marvelous Messmers – Wayne and Kathleen – at the Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dine under the stars by ordering a $20 Picnic Meal Deal (4 hot dogs, choice of chips or fruit and 4 soft drinks.) Call 847/632-9333 by 5 p.m. to place your order. It will be ready for pickup at the concert. Concessions will also be available on the grounds. The concert will be held inside Lions Park Recreation Center in case of rain. This is a free event!
BLOOD DRIVE: Help save a life on Tuesday (July 7) from 3 – 7 p.m. by visiting Chick-fil-A (950 N. Elmhurst Rd. MP.) Heartland Blood Center and the restaurant are working together to collect donations. In return, participants will receive a coupon for a free sandwich meal. To register, go to https://ht.heartlandbc.org/donor/schedules/name and search for Chick-fil-A. You will also find other donor locations in the Northwest suburbs here.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of electronics, including computers, monitors, cameras and more on Wednesday (July 8) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works Building (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items brought to the facility outside of designated hours will not be collected. For acceptable items and more info, call 847/870-5640. This service runs through Oct. 28.
THURSDAY CONCERT: Get a jump on your weekend plans on Thursday (July 9) with a 7:30 p.m. concert featuring Chicago Tribute Anthology performing at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.) CTA is a seven-piece horn band playing the music of Chicago. Enjoy old favorites like “Color My World,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and many more.This concert is part of the Mount Prospect Park District’s 60th anniversary celebration. The $20 Picnic Meal Deal is also available at this concert. Call 847/632-9333 to place your order.
—-ARLINGTON HEIGHTS FRONTIER DAYS: This annual event runs Saturday (July 4) from Noon – Midnight and Sunday (July 5) Noon – 10 p.m. at Recreation Park (500 E. Miner St.) Live entertainment on multiple stages, a carnival, parade, bingo, petting zoo and pony rides make for a festive time.
—-FIREWORKS @ THE TRACK: See the sky light up on Saturday (July 4) at Dusk at Arlington International Racecourse (2200 W. Euclid Ave. AH) Racing, live music and activities for the whole family begin at 3 p.m. Tickets at www.arlingtonpark.com $4-$18 general admission; special packages available.
—-SUBURBAN TALENT: See the top 20 finalists from Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent perform on Sunday (July 5) from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts (201 Schaumburg Ct.) For more info, call 847/895-3600.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
July 6, 2012 was the last day the official temperature in Chicago was over 100 degrees.
What other country celebrates the Fourth of July?
a) Spain b) Italy c) Switzerland d) Denmark
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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