IRISH FEST: Enjoy everything Irish on Saturday (April 25) from 1 – 11 p.m. when Irish Fest 2015 takes place on the green at Emerson St. and Busse Ave. Sponsored by the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, you’ll enjoy Irish food and drink. Music acts include The Dooley Brothers at 3 p.m., They Might Be Irish at 5:30 p.m., and The Larkin and Moran Brothers at 8 p.m. The Tully Irish Dancers, Sullivan Irish Dancers and Trinity Irish Dancers will all perform. Admission is free. For more info, click here .
MP CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY: Cheer on the Mount Prospect Public Works Department on Friday (April 25) at 1:15 p.m. as they acknowledge Arbor Day by planting an oak tree at Robert Frost Elementary School. The tree will be planted in the parkway near the intersection of Frost Drive and Circle Drive. Mayor Arlene A. Juracek, Village officials, students and staff from Robert Frost Elementary School will be in attendance. The event is open to the community.
FLOOR HOCKEY FOR A CAUSE: Area police, firefighters, war veterans, and others will face-off in a round-robin floor hockey tournament on Friday (April 24) beginning at 6 p.m. at the Central Community Center (1000 W. Central Rd.) Proceeds from the event will benefit Salute, Inc., a Palatine-based organization that provides financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Attendees are asked to make a donation. A raffle and after-party will be held at approximately 10 p.m. at BlackFinn American Grill (157 Randhurst Village Drive.)
RECYCLING TIMES THREE: Put a dent in your spring cleaning on Saturday (April 25) from 9 a.m. – Noon by visiting Arlington Heights Spring Sweep Recycling Day at Nokia Siemens Networks (1501 W. Shure Dr., AH.) Document shredding is sponsored by Village Bank and Trust; electronics recycling is sponsored by SWANCC; and used bicycles will be collected by Working Bikes. For details on what specific types of items will be collected, click here .
CLOTHING CLOSET EVENT: Are you or someone you know in need of spring and summer clothing? Apparel for the whole family will be distributed free on Saturday (April 25) from 9 a.m. – Noon at Life Community Church (1500 E. Central Rd.) A second event will be held on Friday (May 2.)
VEHICLE STICKERS: Remember to buy your MP vehicle stickers. The deadline to display the new stickers is Friday (May 1.) Village Hall will be open for extended hours on Saturday (April 25) from 9 a.m. – Noon. Vehicle stickers can also be purchased online.
COMMUTER LOT CLOSURES: Curb repairs and new pavement work will close the East and West commuter lots on Saturday and Sunday (April 25 and 26.) Alternative parking will be available at the Maple Street lot and Prospect Avenue commuter lots on the south side of the train tracks and east of Emerson Street.
SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FEST: Bring the family to celebrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) on Saturday (April 25) from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m in Rooms 1608 and 1610 at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.) Representatives from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Society of Structural Engineers, among others, will be on hand. For more info on the day’s events, call 847/635-1738.
ASTRONOMY DAY: Look to the skies on Saturday (April 25) from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at Harper College – Building Z (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.) If skies are clear, telescopes will be available for viewing celestial objects. If clouds hinder viewing, a variety of programs are planned. Educational programs for children are also scheduled. The event is run by the Northwest Suburban Astronomers and Harper College Department of Physical Sciences.
BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (April 26) from 7:30 – 10 a.m. for a Fitness Ride. Bicyclists depart from Starbucks (90 Northwest Hwy.) The Touring Ride (25-miles) takes place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and departs from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.) The Thursday (April 30) ride is from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and also departs from Lions Park. For more info and schedules, click here
HAIRCUTS FOR A CAUSE: Lob off your locks to benefit the Alliance for the Great Lakes on Sunday (April 26) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Joseph John Salon (864 E. Northwest Hwy.) Haircuts are $25 during this Global Cut-A-Thon. Spruce up for spring and help keep our water clean! Call 847-797-8202 for more info.
THE CONNECTION: A free viewing of the documentary film The Connection will be held on Tuesday (April 28) at 7 p.m. at the Alternative Health Center (300 E. Northwest Hwy., Suie 101A.) The film explores the link between the mind, body, and our health and wellness. Walk-ins are welcome, but priority seating will be given to those who RSVP. For more info/reservations, call 847/873-1490.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of electronics on Wednesday (April 29) from 10 a.m.- Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items brought to the Public Works facility outside of designated hours will not be collected. Items are accepted every Wednesday until October 28. For more info call 847/870-5640 or click here .
GARAGE SALE ITEMS NEEDED: Your spring cleaning can benefit the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s preservation of Central School and other MPHS educational programs. Bring your items to the Museum (101 S. Maple St.) now through the end of April. Please call ahead, 847/392-9006, to make sure someone is on site to accept your items.
—-SENIOR EXPO: Seniors can swing into spring on Friday (April 24) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. by attending this free event at Golf Mill Shopping Center (intersection of Golf and Milwaukee Rds. NILES.) Attendees will get health screenings, financial advice, and info from businesses and services specialized to their needs. You’ll also be entertained by The Denny Diamond Trio who perform the music of Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Roger Miller and more. Bingo, raffles and the Love to Dance tap dancers are all part of the fun. For more info, call the Maine Township MaineStreamers at 847/297-2510.
—-FROST SEEKS PHOTOS: Help Robert Frost Elementary School prepare for their upcoming 50th birthday celebration on May 28 by submitting photos of school events. High quality digital scans of photos or printed copies of original photos are needed by Friday (May 1.) To submit a photo, include the approximate year the photo was taken, names of the people in the photo if they are known, and what activity or event is featured. Email photos to email@example.com or mail hard copies to the school at 1308 S. Cypress Drive, Mount Prospect, 60056.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE: Benjamin Franklin did NOT use (b) Junius Americanus as a pen name. That name was used by several Revolutionary-era writers including sea captain Charles Endicott.
What pen name did poet/essayist Eric Blair use when writing books?
a) George Orwell b) George Eliot c) George R.R. Martin d) Elizabeth George
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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