EARLY VOTING: The opportunity to vote early continues now through Saturday (April 4) at the following locations: Arlington Heights Village Hall (33 S. Arlington Heights Rd./call 847/368-5000 for dates and hours); and Des Plaines City Hall (1420 Miner St./call 847/391-5300.) Mount Prospect does not have an early voting site. Election day is Tuesday (April 7.) For more voter information, click here .
POLL WORKERS NEEDED: Cook County is also looking for workers to oversee elections on Tuesday (April 7) in municipalities including Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Buffalo Grove, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Streamwood and Wheeling. Poll workers serve either as election judges or equipment managers. Election judges receive $175 for completing a 3-hour training session and working on Election Day. Equipment managers receive $325. To qualify, you must be a registered voter and live in Cook County. To complete an online application, or for more info, click here or call 312/603-0965.
GARAGE SALE: Find a bargain Thursday and Friday (March 26-27) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and again on Saturday (March 28) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at a garage sale held at St. Raymond Parish Gym (300 S. Elmhurst Rd.) Items for sale include furniture, clothes, household goods, books, electronics, children’s toys and more. Admission is free. For more info, call 847/253-8600.
EASTER EGG HUNT: Bring your little bunnies and lambs (ages 2-7) out on Sunday (March 29) at Noon to Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.) for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Five-thousand eggs will be hidden on the grounds. The special guest is, of course, the Easter Bunny! For more info, call 847/392-2277.
BLOOD DRIVE: What better time than spring to consider paying it forward? Become a blood donor on Thursday (April 2) from 3 – 7 p.m. during the Village blood drive held in the first floor Community Room at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Donors must be healthy, 17-years-old, have eaten well and be well-hydrated, and weigh at least 110 pounds. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome.
DISCOVER DNA KINSHIP: Learn how commercially available DNA tests can help you connect to your ancestral lines on Saturday (April 4) at 10 a.m. when Marsha Petersen-Maass presents the program: “Swab Your Cheek: How to Make the Most of DNA Kinship Results” at Arlington Heights Senior Center (1801 W. Central Rd. AH.) The program, (doors open at 9 a.m.) is part of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society’s series. Petersen-Maass is the author of Fundamentals of Genealogy textbook series and blog. She also has a thriving forensic genealogy practice.
EASTER SUNDAY: In observance of Easter, the Library will be closed on Sunday (April 5.) You can still conduct research and place items on hold by visiting www.mppl.org. You can also download e-books and audio books by visiting MyMediaMall with your Mount Prospect Library Card. The Library will resume normal business hours on Monday (April 6) from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
EASTER BRUNCH: Enjoy a Champagne Brunch on Sunday (April 5) at one of two seatings: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or Noon – 2 p.m. at Rob Roy Golf Course (505 E. Camp McDonald Rd. PH.) The menu is enhanced by champagne mimosas, a juice and coffee station, and a delicious dessert display. The cost is $24.95/person and $14.95 for those ages 10 and younger. If children join your party, note that when making reservations, so the Easter Bunny can deliver a special gift. For reservations, call 847/296-4653.
ELECTION DAY: Don’t forget to vote! In Mount Prospect, races include the Village Board, park districts, and school districts. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more election information, including polling places, click here .
VILLAGE BOARD MEETING: The Mount Prospect Village Board will meet on Wednesday (April 8) at 7 p.m. in the Village Board Room, 3rd. Floor of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Meetings are normally held on Tuesdays, but due to the Consolidated Election, the Board Meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING IN MP: Dispose of unwanted electronics beginning Wednesday (April 8) and continuing each Wednesday through October 28 from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items brought to the facility outside the designated day and hours will not be collected. For more info, click here or call 847/870-5640.
GARDEN CLUB: Get in the mood for spring on Wednesday (April 8) from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. by attending the Garden Club of Mount Prospect at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd. DP.) Mary McLaughlin, founder of Trees That Feed Foundation, is the featured speaker for the 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. slides and video presentation. She will discuss the efforts of her foundation to plant trees to feed people, create jobs, and benefit the environment in developing countries. Her group has planted over 50,000 fruit-bearing trees in places such as Jamaica and Haiti. A social hour and refreshments begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 12:15 p.m., concluding with the presentation at 1:30 p.m. Interested in joining the Garden Club? Annual dues are $20. For more info, click here or call 847/670-8272.
FROST SEEKS SCHOOL PHOTOS: Robert Frost Elementary School in Mount Prospect is looking for photos of the school’s past to include as part of the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration on May 28. Organizers need photos by Friday, May 1. High quality digital scans of photos or printed copies of originals are preferred. To submit a photo, include the approximate year, names of people in the photo, and what activity or event is shown. For more info, call 847/593-4378.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
The pen name NOT used by Dean Koontz is (c) Richard Bachman. Richard Bachman is a pen name used by author Stephen King.
Grand Mystery Master Donald Westlake also used numerous pen names. Westlake is one of only three authors to win Edgar Awards in three different categories. Westlake won for Best Novel, Best Short Story, and Best Screenplay. Which of the following is one of his many pen names?
a) Richard Starkey b)Ringo Starr c) Richard Stark d) A. A. Fair
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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