This Week In Mount Prospect

logoCHAMPIONS NEEDED: Champions of all types and abilities are invited to join the 5K Run of Everyday Champions sponsored by Northwest Compass, Inc. The event is scheduled for Saturday (Aug. 29) at Lions Park (411 S. Maple) and will include a 5K walk/run at 8:30 a.m. and a Kids’ Dash at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Northwest Compass’s social work within the community. For more info, click here  . Be a champion!

GENEALOGY: Learn some new “Genealogical Research Strategies” on Saturday (Aug. 29) at the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society’s meeting. The event will be held at the Arlington Heights Senior Center (1801 W. Central, AH) and the doors open at 9 a.m. Bring you research problems, successes, and interesting tips to share. For more info, click here .

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’: Check out classic trucks at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (Aug. 29) from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Metra Parking Lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Highway.) You won’t see these every day!

MT. PROSPECT IDOL: For all you BeLEEvers out there! MP’s very own American Idol, Lee DeWyze, returns to the area on Saturday (Aug. 29) at Durty Nellies Pub (180 N. Smith St., Pal.) For more info, click here .

FARMERS’ MARKET: It’s harvest time! Pick up some fresh fruits and veggies at the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Aug. 30) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.)

BIKE RIDES: Join the MP Bike Club for a distance (45-50 miles!) ride on Sunday (Aug. 30) at 9 a.m. Meet at Starbucks (on Northwest Hwy.) for coffee at 7:30 a.m. The ride leaves from Lions Park at 8:30 a.m. and heads south to Elmhurst. The Thursday (Sep. 3) Family Ride leaves from Lions Park at 6 p.m. sharp. For more info, click here  .

CHEAP EATS: Baskin Robbins is celebrating its 70th birthday by offering ice cream cones for $1.31 on Monday (Aug. 31). Or you can get a two-scoop sundae for $3.31. For more info, click here . Enjoy!

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP DEADLINE: Know a great business in Mount Prospect? Then nominate it for the Economic Development Commission’s Entrepreneurial Business Award. There are categories for new businesses, established businesses, and a business person of the year. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 31, 2015. For more information click here or call the Community Development department at 847/818-5328.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING:The River Trails Dist. 26 Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday (Sept. 1) at the ESC (1900 E. Kensington Rd.) beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call 847/286-4120 or click here .

PROPERTY TAX APPEALS: Residents of Elk Grove and Maine townships can learn how to file a property tax appeal on Wednesday (Sept. 2) at the Des Plaines Public Library (1501 Ellinwood, DP.) The event is sponsored by the Cook County Board of Review and State Rep. Marty Moylan.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of unwanted electronics (cameras, computers, monitors, and more) on Wednesday (Sep.2) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works Building (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items brought to the facility outside of designated hours will not be collected. For acceptable items and more info, call 847/870-5640. This service is available every Wednesday through Oct. 28.

VILLAGE BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life on Thursday (Sept.3) at the Community Blood Drive at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson) between 3 and 7 p.m. Walk-ins are always welcome. The Village blood drive is held on the first Thursday of each month.

POLICE ACADEMY: Ever wonder what it would be like to be a police officer? Attend the Citizens Police Academy for a behind-the-scenes look at police work here in Mount Prospect. The Academy will meet at 6:30 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, Sept.9, and continue for 11 consecutive Wednesdays through Nov. 18 at the Mount Prospect Police Station and other locations. Those attending will learn about traffic enforcement, crime scene processing, field training, and will use the department’s pistol range. Applications are available at the police department or online . Applications must be submitted by 9 a.m. on Sept. 1.

DISCOVER BANK SCAM ALERT: Several MP residents recently reported receiving checks, debit cards, and IRA accounts in their names from Discover Bank. According to police, none of the residents had ordered any of the items. For more information on identity theft protection, contact the MP Police Dept. at 847/870-5650.

ROAD ALERT: Mount Prospect (and many other communities) are ramping up traffic enforcement efforts to stop drunk driving. “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a program aimed at curbing drunk and drugged driving and saving lives. Now through Sept. 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement will increase roadside checks and patrols aimed at drastically reducing impaired driving. In addition, seat belt law violators will receive tickets. Be safe over the holiday!


The first and only President to exercise his authority as Commander-in-Chief by actually leading troops into battle was (b) James Madison. Madison briefly took command of a cavalry unit as British troops pushed towards Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812. The British eventually reached Washington D.C. and burned the White House and Capitol buildings. While not commanding troops, Abraham Lincoln was on the front lines at Fort Stevens when Washington D.C. came under fire from Jubal Early’s Raiders of the Confederate Army.

On Aug. 31, 1897, Thomas Edison received a patent for his Kinetograph. What would we call his invention today?
a) the light bulb      b) the telephone      c) a movie camera      d) a record player