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This Week in Mount Prospect

shreddingLABOR DAY: The Main and South Branches of the Library will be closed on Monday (Sept. 1) in observance of Labor Day. Although the buildings will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with online resources, register for upcoming programs, and renew items and place holds through the “My Account” feature.  Need a book? Pick up an eBook or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time.

SHREDDING/RECYCLING EVENTS: Dispose of unwanted or sensitive documents on Saturday (Aug. 30) from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Mount Prospect Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.)  Up to six paper bags or boxes will be accepted for shredding – no plastic bags, please. Electronics recycling can be brought to the same location every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – Noon. Items brought to the Public Works facility outside of designated hours will not be collected.

CRUISE NIGHT: See the cutest bug in town on Saturday (Aug. 30) from 6 – 9 p.m. when the Volkswagon Beetle shines under the night skies at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night. They’ll be lined up in the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) Only four cruise nights remain after this one. Don’t miss out.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Tomatoes, melons, and berries await you at the Lions Club Farmers Market on Sunday (Aug. 31) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Market sets up shop in the Metra parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) every Sunday until October 19.

BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club for a fitness ride on Sunday (Aug. 31) from 8 – 10 a.m. leaving from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy, MP) Or you can opt for the 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. touring ride for a distance of 40 miles. This ride leaves from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St. MP.) The Thursday (Sept 4) ride from 6 – 7:30 p.m. also departs from Lions Park. For more info and ride schedules, click here.

PACK A PICNIC: Enjoy an old fashioned family picnic in the park on Monday (Sept. 1) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at River Trails Park District (1500 E. Euclid Ave.) This free event has plenty of fun for the kids, including face painting, a whiffle ball home run contest, a petting zoo and the annual Trusty Turtle Race. For more info, click here.

BE INFORMED: Learn what’s happening at the River Trails School District 26 School Board meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 2) at 7 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (1900 E. Kensington Rd.) For more info, call 847/297-4120.

VILLAGE BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life on Thursday (Sept. 4) at the monthly Village Blood Drive held at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson) from 3 – 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but you must be healthy, 17 years old and weight at least 110 pounds.

US CITIZENSHIP CLASSES: Preparation classes for U.S. Citizenship will be held on Thursdays and Fridays (Sept. 4-Nov. 21) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Adult Classroom of the Schaumburg Township District Library (130 S. Roselle Rd. SCH.) The 12-week free class will prepare participants by providing information on the benefits, requirements and obstacles of U.S. Citizenship. Registration is not required. For more info, call 847/923-3387.

CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY: The Mount Prospect Police Department is now accepting applications for its Citizens Police Academy at the police department (112 E. Northwest Hwy.) Applicants must be a Village resident or employee who is 18 years old or older and free of any criminal history. The Academy will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and run for 11 consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 18 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Topics wil include traffic enforcement, crime scene processing, field training, and criminal law. For more info, call 847/870-5650 or click here .

NEW STORE IN TOWN: “Nothing Bundt Cakes” is now open in Randhurst Village. Featuring an old favorite – bundt cakes – with a light, moist, taste and a variety of sizes, including individual bundtinis. They’re delicious. Watch for the Grand Opening celebration later in September.

CHRISTMAS TREE NEEDED: Do you have a fir or spruce tree in your yard that you no longer want? Consider donating the tree to the Village to be used for the 2014 Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree needs to have a minimum height of 30 feet and be uniform and full in shape. The Village will remove and transport the tree and no cost to the resident if it is selected. Call the Public Works Department at 847/870-5640 for more info.

NAMI COURSE: A free education course will be offered to support family members, partners, and caregivers of people with mental illness. The twelve-week Family-to-Family course will be held in Elk Grove beginning on Sept. 16. Preregistration is required. For more info/registration, call 847/885-2279 or 630/289-0383.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:
—-RUN THE RUNWAY on Saturday (Aug. 30) at Chicago Executive Airport to benefit local aviation scholarship programs. The 5K run and 1-mile Walk will kickoff at 8 a.m. This is a rare opportunity to run or walk on the runways and taxiways at the airport. After the race from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., there will be an aircraft display and concessions. For registration and info, click here  .

—-SEPTEMBERFEST will be held at the Schaumburg Municipal Center (Schaumburg Dr. and Summit Dr.) beginning on Saturday (Aug.30) and running through Monday (Sept. 1) Festivities include a Labor Day parade, fireworks, carnival rides, Taste of Schaumburg, free pony rides, an arts and crafts fair, and more. For a complete schedule, click here  .

NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
(e – All of the Above) Christina Aguilera, Steven Tyler, and Keri Hilson have all forgotten the words or sang the wrong lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner at public events. I included Michael Bolton in this group as he was roundly booed for referring to his hand (on which he had written the lyrics) repeatedly during his rendition.

With a Chicago team, Jackie Robinson West, advancing to the Little League World Series, interest in the little boys of summer was high. How many teams participate in the Little League World Series held in South Williamsport, Pa.?

a) eight      b) twelve      c) sixteen      d) twenty

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.