TRICK OR TREAT HOURS: Halloween is Friday (Oct. 31). The Village of Mount Prospect has designated trick-or-treat hours from 3 – 8 p.m. A few helpful hints to make the outing safe for little ghosts and goblins: avoid dark colored costumes or masks that restrict vision. Face paint is a safer alternative. Make sure kids carry a flashlight, glow stick or wear a reflective belt or vest to ensure they are seen, instruct children to never enter a house, and remind them to only cross at cross walks and never cross in between parked cars.
KARAOKE FOR A CAUSE: Bring out your scariest voice and raise money to fight hunger on Friday (Oct. 31) from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Ye Olde Town Inn (18 W. Busse Ave. MP.) The Scary-o-kee Karaoke Halloween Fundraiser is free to those ages 21 and older. Bring a coat or other warm weather gear to donate to a veteran in need. For more info, click here .
COSTUME EQUALS PIZZA:Get decked out in a full costume and enjoy a free slice of cheese pizza with the purchase a soft drink on Friday (Oct. 31) at Mr. Beef & Pizza (1796 S. Elmhurst Rd.) Add to the festivities by purchasing a 16 or 18-inch pumpkin-shaped pizza. For more info, call 847/228-1210.
CANINE’S IN COSTUME: Admit it, you love to dress up your best furry friend on Halloween! Show them off in their spooky or sweet regalia on Friday (Oct. 31) from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at a Howl-O-Ween themed Dog Play Day Care (301W. Central Rd. ) Pets in costume will receive a free 10-oz. bag of DPDC Lucky Dog Treats. For more info, call 847/253-7447.
SHRED EVENT: Get rid of all that paper in exchange for some Halloween treats on Friday (Oct. 31) from 9 – 11 a.m. at National Catholic Society of Foresters (320 S. School St., MP.) Bring up to four boxes/bags (no plastic, please) for shredding on-site while you wait. The service is free. For more info, call 847/342-4500, ext. 208.
GENEALOGY SPEAKER PAUL VALASEK: Hear this fascinating speaker discuss “Why My Austro-Hungarian Ancestors Were Neither Austrian nor Hungarian” on Saturday (Nov. 1) at 10 a.m. at a meeting of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society held at Arlington Heights Senior Center (1801 W. Central Rd. AH.) Doors open at 9 .a.m. Mr. Valasek is currently a director of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI).
LOOK TO THE SKIES: Enjoy the night sky through telescopes on Saturday (Nov. 1) from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Karl G. Henize Observatory of Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.) For details, click here .
TOY DRIVE: The Christmas Toys for Kids Program, sponsored by the Mount Prospect Fire, Human Services, and Police Departments runs from Saturday (Nov. 1) through Saturday (Dec. 13). New, unwrapped toys and gift cards to major department stores will be accepted at any Mount Prospect Fire Station during that time. For more info, call the Fire Department at 847/870-5660.
FALL BEHIND: Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour as Daylight Savings Time officially ends on November 2. The Mount Prospect Fire Department also recommends you change the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors, too. Residents who cannot afford a smoke alarm or have physical limitations that would hinder them from installing or maintaining their smoke alarm should contact the Fire Department for assistance by calling 847/818-5253.
HOLIDAY SAMPLER CRAFT SHOW: Get a head start on your holiday shopping on Sunday (Nov. 2) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the 32nd Annual Holiday Sampler Arts/Craft/Vendor Show at Elk Grove High School (500 W. Elk Grove Blvd. EGV.) More than 250 displays will be showcased in the cafeteria, gymnasium, field house and main hall at the school. Raffles, baked goods, and food concessions will be available throughout the day. The entrance fee is $3, no charge for children age 12 and under. Free parking.
WHEN MUSIC WAS MUSIC: Enjoy an afternoon of Big Band music from Cole Porter, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and others from that era on Sunday (Nov. 2) at 3 p.m. when The Falconaires Orchestra performs at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd. AH.) Under the direction of Steve Cooper, the performance will also feature vocalists Angie Lyons and Luis Galvez. Tickets are $20 or $15 in advance. Gold Card Club members pay $15 or $14 for advance purchase. Children in grades K-12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Purchase your tickets at the Community Education Box Office by calling 847/718-7702.
VOTE: Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday (Nov. 4.) Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contested races include governor, U.S. senator and representatives, and many state offices. To find your polling place, click here .
AUTHOR SPEAKS @ MPPL: Hear critically-acclaimed author Mike Mullin discuss his book, Ashfall on Tuesday (Nov. 4) at 7 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, Ashfall is about a world plunged into a cataclysmic natural disaster after a supervolcano eruption. Mullin will talk about the importance of determination, resilience and grit in achieving life goals. A book signing immediately follows the presentation. Bring your own book, or they will be available for purchase at the Library. To register, call 847/253-5675.
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: Keep abreast of what is happening in Elementary School District 26 by attending the school board meeting on Tuesday (Nov. 4) at 7 p.m. in the Educational Service Center (1900 E. Kensington Rd.) For more info, call 847/297-4120.
THE GIFT OF LIFE: Pay it forward in the most meaningful way on Thursday (Nov. 6) from 3 – 7 p.m. by participating in the Mount Prospect Community Blood Drive at Mount Prospect Community Center (50 S. Emerson St.) For an appointment, click here and search by Group Code MP98. Walk-ins are also welcome. Prepare by eating well and staying hydrated. You must show an ID to donate.
VINO FOR A CAUSE: Celebrate the relationship between Mount Prospect and Sister City Sevres, France on Thursday (Nov. 6) from 6 – 8 p.m. during a wine tasting event at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (211 W. Rand Rd.) Sample French wines and light appetizers. All proceeds go to community activities and programs sponsored by the Sister Cities Commission, and to promote French culture in the community. Advance tickets are $10/person or $15/person at the door. Purchase tickets at these Mount Prospect locations: Busse’s Flowers & Gifts (100 E. Northwest Hwy.) or StayFit Physical Therapy (122 W. Prospect Ave.) For more info, call 847/922-7862.
E-CYCLE: The Mount Prospect Park District wants to help you recycle those used and outdated electronic devices on Friday (Nov. 7) and Saturday (Nov. 8) from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd., DP.) For more info, call 847/298-3500 or click here .
CORNED BEEF FOR A CAUSE: The Mt. Prospect Lions Club will hold a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Friday (Nov. 7) in the gymnasium at St. Paul Lutheran School (18 S. School St.) Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. For more information/reservations, click here .
VETERAN’S DAY BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Library will hold a special Veterans Day Used Book Sale on Saturday (Nov. 8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Meeting Room B.Thanks to a special donation, a large number of military, history, and miltary modeling books will be available. What a great way to get some early shopping done for the WWII history buff on your list!
CRAFT FAIR: The Rolling Meadows High School (2901 Central Rd.) 36th Annual Holiday Crafts and Boutique will be held on Saturday (Nov. 8) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Admission is $3/under 18 are free. Free parking and wheelchair/stroller friendly. This is always a great show with a fantastic variety of crafters and vendors.
ENTREPENEUR’S CAFE: Thinking of starting a business in Mount Prospect? Then don’t miss the Entrepreneur’s Cafe program, Resource Databases for Business Owners, on Monday (Nov. 10) at Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson/Meeting Room A.) The Entrepreneur’s Cafe is a joint effort by the Village, the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Merchant’s Association and the Library to help new businesses get established.
MOLLIE’S WAR: Why would an average American woman join the WACs during World War II and place herself in peril? Find out at the program Mollie’s War: the Story of a WWII WAC in Europe, on Tuesday (Nov. 11) at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Public Library. For more info/registration, call 847/253-5675.
GARDEN CLUB: Learn about Container Gardens at the Garden Club of Mount Prospect meeting on Wednesday (Nov.12). The meeting is held at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd., DP) and begins with a social hour at 11:30 a.m. The program starts at 1:30 p.m. For more info, call 847/670-8272 or click here .
MOUNT PROSPECT STORIES: In 1917, just two months after Mount Prospect was officially incorporated, Germany attacked the passenger ship Lusitania, prompting the U.S. to enter World War I. Historical Society Director Lindsay Rice will talk about life in our hometown during this terrible war. The program, Life on the Homefront, will be held on Thursday (Nov. 13) beginning at 7 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson.) For more info/registration, call the Library at 847/253-5675.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
Total enrollment in Dist. 214 for the 2012-13 school year was (c) 12,000 (12,255).
What is the fear of Halloween called?
a) arachnophobia b) coulraphobia c) samhainophobia d) blennophobia
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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