MEMORIAL DAY: The Library’s Main and South Branch will be closed on Monday (May 25) in observance of Memorial Day. While the buildings will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research, register for upcoming programs, place holds or renew items at www.mppl.org. Need a book? Pick up an e-book or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time. Just click here for online access.
PARADE: Salute our soldiers for whom this day is named by cheering along the Memorial Day parade route (Emerson St. and Busse Ave. to Lions Park) on Monday (May 25) beginning at 9:40 a.m. Line up at Emerson St. and Busse Ave. between 9 – 9:15 a.m. All interested citizens can march, and veterans are especially encouraged to participate. The parade route is south on Emerson to Lincoln St. to the Veterans’ Memorial Band Shell at Lions Park (44 S. Maple St.) where a ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. The Mt. Prospect Community Band will perform patriotic music while the audience reflects on the somber significance of the day. For more info on the parade, call 847/577-5374. The parade is sponsored by the Prospect V.F.W. 1337.
JAYCEES CARNIVAL: Enjoy the thrills and chills of a carnival ride this weekend! The Mount Prospect Jaycees sponsor the annual event now through Monday (May 25) at Mount Prospect Plaza (intersection of Rand and Central Rds.) Hours are as follows: 6p.m. – Midnight on Friday (May 22); 1 p.m. – Midnight on Saturday (May 23); and 1 – 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday (May 24/25.) The Jaycees will hold a food drive during carnival hours. Bring a canned food donation and get a discount of up to $2 off the ride bracelet (limit one bracelet per person, $1 per canned item.) For more info about the carnival or the Jaycees, call 224-764-0691 or click here .
CRUISE NIGHT: Check out the awesome autos at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (May 23) from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) Cruise Nights run every Saturday through Sept. 26 and are sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and Autobahn VW.
BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (May 24) from 7 – 11 a.m. for the 30-mile Chicago Bike the Drive (Lake Shore Drive) ride. Closer to home, there’s a Fitness Ride leaving from Starbucks (90 Northwest Hwy.) at 7:30 a.m. Be a little more ambitious and try the 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Blackhawk Country Roads Ride to Rockton, Il. And don’t forget the Thursday (May 28) ride from 6:30 – 8 p.m. departing from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.) For more info, click here .
RECYCLING EVENTS: Dispose of unwanted or outdated documents and electronics on Saturday (May 23) from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Morton Grove Civic Center (6140 Dempster St. MG.) Here in Mount Prospect, electronics only recycling takes place on Wednesday (May 27) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items brought to the facility outside of designated hours will not be collected. Electronics are accepted every Wednesday at this location until October 28. For more info, call 847/870-5640 or click here .
VILLAGE SEEKS INPUT: The Mount Prospect Village Board is asking residents and business owners for their opinion on video gaming within the community. Access the survey, available online through Monday (June 1) by clicking here or call Village Hall at 847/392-6000. Survey results will be made available to the Village Board prior to the video gaming discussion scheduled for the Tuesday (June 9) Committee of the Whole meeting. Here’s your chance to be heard on a local issue.
WEBSITE FOCUS GROUP: Offer your suggestions on how to make the Village’s website – www.mountprospect.org – more user-friendly. A re-design is underway, and your input is appreciated on Wednesday (May 27) from 6 – 7 p.m. on the third floor Village Hall Board Room (50 S. Emerson St.) Take a few moments to review the site, jot down your notes and ideas, and come ready to share! The event is free and open to the public. For more info and to RSVP, call 847/392-6000. Light refreshments will be served.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE: Illusionist Harry Houdini’s real name was (b) Erik Weisz.
Which famous “cowboy” actor was born Marion Robert Morrison?
a) Hopalong Cassidy b) Roy Rogers c) Gene Autry d) Gabby Hayes
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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