THANKSGIVING DAY: Thursday (Nov. 27) is Thanksgiving Day. On Thursday (Nov. 27) the Main and South Branches of the Mount Prospect Public Library are closed in observance of the holiday. The Main branch (10 S. Emerson St.) will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 28) but the South Branch (1711 S. Algonquin Rd.) will remain closed on Friday. You can still gain 24/7 access to conduct research with online resources, register for upcoming programs, and renew items and place holds through the Library’s website. Need a book? Pick up an ebook or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time. Village Hall will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 26) and remain closed on Thursday and Friday.
TURKEY TROT: Burn off some calories to make room for more on Thursday (Nov. 27) by running in the Mount Prospect Jaycees 51st Turkey Trot from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Old Orchard Country Club (700 W. Rand Rd.) Check-in is at 8 a.m. with the race beginning at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $25/adults, $15/ages 14 and under. Be a part of one of the longest running races in the Northwest suburbs. For more info, click here .
TURKEY BURN: We’re not suggesting you ruin your holiday bird! “Burn” more calories before celebrating on Thursday (Nov. 27) from 9 – 10 a.m. with an energizing cardio, toning and core workout at Weiss Community Center (1500 E. Euclid Ave. MP) The fee is $7/R and $8.40/NR. For more info, call 847/255-1200 or visit www.rtpd.org . The RecPlex (420 W. Dempster) is also offering a “buffet” of fitness classes on Thursday morning including a spin class, a Thanksgiving 4G head-to-toe workout, and a Cardio Buffet session that includes Corebar, Piloxing, Zumba. For more info, call 847/255-5380 or click here .
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Saturday (Nov. 29) is “Small Business Saturday,” a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Shop and dine at local businesses, especially during the busy holiday season. Many local businesses, including European Jewelry, Greco Dog Grooming, Byte Me Computers, Menchie’s, Vista Linda Eye Care, Dog Play Day Care and more are offering special deals throughout the season. For more info on local deals, click here .
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: St. Zachary School (567 W. Algonquin Rd., DP) will hold a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday (Nov. 29) and Sunday (Nov. 30) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $1/12 and under are free and there is free parking. Pick up something unique!
HOLIDAY CAROLING: What would the holiday season be without traditional music? The Merry Maskers will be strolling throughout Randhurst Village (Rand & Elmhurst Rds.) on Saturday (Nov. 29) from Noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy the melodies while you start your shopping.
POLISH STORYTIME: The Library (10 S. Emerson) will host a Polish Holiday Storytime for children of all ages and their families on Monday (Dec. 1) at 6:30 p.m. This program is best suited for children ages 3-7 and their parents but all are welcome. The program is reserved for Mount Prospect Library cardholders. For more information/registration, call 847/253-5675.
SMART DRIVER COURSE: Seniors can tune up their driving skills at Wheeling Township (1616 N. Arlington Hts. Rd., AH) at the AARP-Smart Driver Course. The two-session class runs on Monday (Dec. 1) and Wednesday (Dec.3) from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for AARP members/$20 for non-members. For more info and to register, call 847/259-7730.
SENIOR PARTY DEADLINE: Reservations for the Senior Advisory Council Christmas Party must be made by Tuesday (Dec. 2.) The annual event will be held on Dec. 7 at Atlantis Banquets. For more info/reservations, call 847/870-5680.
SHOP FOR A CAUSE: The Dist. 214 Community Education Foundation’s Online Auction will end on Tuesday (Dec. 2.) Check it out for some great deals! Click here and make your final bid.
HARPER INFO SESSION: Learn about career training and certification programs, free ESL and GED classes, financial aid and scholarships, and the registration process at the Harper College Information Session on Wednesday (Dec. 3) from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Learning and Career Center (1375 S. Wolf Road, PH.) For more info/reservations, call 847/925-6230. Many classes begin on January 12, 2015, so now is the time to apply.
—The Village of Mount Prospect will hold a public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy on Tuesday (Dec. 2) at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson/Board Room.) For more information, call the Finance Department at 847/392-6000
—River Trails Park District will hold a public hearing on a proposed property tax levy increase on Thursday (Dec. 4) at 7 p.m. at the Administration Building (401 E. Camp McDonald Rd., PH.) For more information, call 847/788-0551.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: This could be the most meaningful gift of the holiday season. Blood supplies are always low at this time of year and you can make a difference. The Village Blood Drive will be held on Thursday (Dec. 4) from 3 -7 p.m. in the Community Room at Village Hall (10 S. Emerson.) No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome. What a great way to start the season!
DECORATING CONTEST: The Village is looking for the best decorated houses in a variety of categories. If your holiday lights are turned on during the evening hours of Dec. 1-5, your home will be considered for the Village’s Holiday Decorating Contest. Categories include Best Use of Lights, Best Block, Simple Yet Elegant and more. Good luck!
TICKETS FOR HOUSEWALK: Tickets for the Historical Society’s 27th Annual Housewalk are now on sale. The Housewalk will take place on Friday, Dec. 5 and will feature homes in the historic Prospect Park and Prospect Highlands subdivisions (south of the railroad tracks along Emerson and Main streets.) Tickets are $25 in advance/$27 at the door and may be purchased at First Merit Bank (50 N. Main); Mt. Prospect State Bank (299 W. Central); Busse Flowers (100 E. Northwest Hwy.); River Trails Weiss Center (1500 E. Euclid); Lions Park Center (411 S. Maple); Millie’s Hallmark (1024 S. Elmhurst Rd.); Dave’s Specialty Foods (105 W. Prospect Ave.); and the Dietrich Friedrichs House museum (101 S. Maple.) Tickets may also be purchased online using PayPal. For more info, call 847/392-9006.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE;
On average, Mars is approximately (b) 50 million miles from Earth. It is our closes planetary neighbor. (Trivia from Mars Trivia/NASA )
What location on Earth has conditions similar to Mars?
a) Death Valley b) Volcanoes in Hawaii c) Canadian High Arctic d) all of the above
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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