This Week in Mount Prospect

OktoberfestCELEBRATING AUTUMN: Jump into fall Friday and Saturday (Oct. 9-10) by enjoying Oktoberfest beginning Friday from 4-11 p.m. in downtown Mount Prospect (intersection of Emerson St. and Busse Ave.) Inside a heated tent you’ll find traditional German food and beer, plus performances by Jak Tripper from 6-8 p.m. and The Good Mondays from 8:30 – 11 p.m. On Saturday, return for the Fall Festival from 1- 4 p.m. This family friendly event includes hay rides, pumpkin decorating, crafts, pony rides, stilt walkers and the never-ending trick-or-treat candy line. Stick around for another taste of Oktoberfest from 4-11 p.m. Phenix German Band takes over the entertainment portion of the evening from 6-11 p.m. Parking is available in the Village Hall parking garage (50 S. Emerson St.) as well as many locations around town. For details or more info, click here .

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: What’s on your mind concerning the Village of Mount Prospect? Discuss those topics with elected officials and village department heads on Saturday (Oct. 10) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Enjoy a cup ‘o joe while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. For more info, call 847/392-6000.

FALL CRAFT SHOW: Begin your hunt for that unique holiday gift on Saturday (Oct. 10) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. by visiting the Fall Craft Show at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP.) Beautiful jewelry, handmade textiles and more await you at this Mt. Prospect Park District event. For more info, call 847/640-1000.

RUN/WALK FOR A CAUSE: Help someone who is undergoing chemotherapy by participating in a 5K run/walk on Sunday (Oct. 11) beginning at 9 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.) at Lions Park Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.) Early registration is $40/day of is$50. Runners under the age of 14/$20. This event is sponsored by Lemons of Love, Inc., a non-profit organization, that creates and delivers care kits for those patients. Founder Jill Swanson invites all to participate for this worthy cause! Refreshments will immediately follow the 5K. To register and learn more, click here .

FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock up on delicious apples, veggies and fall favorites on Sunday (Oct. 11) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) The final day of the market is next Sunday (Oct. 18).

BIKE RIDES: Take in the autumn air atop your bicycle by joining the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (Oct. 11) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a ride to Richmond, IL, highlighting the Richmond Association Firefighters. Participants depart from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy.) For more info, click here .

EXPLORE ITALY: The Library’s Cultural Series continues on Monday (Oct. 12) when the film Golden Door is shown at 7 p.m. in the Library (10 S. Emerson St.) The PG film is a drama/history/romance that follows a desperate and poor southern Italian family when they decide to emigrate to the United States. On Tuesday (Oct. 13) at 7:30 p.m., discover Sicily’s cities, islands, and historic places. You’ll travel to the ancient theater at Taromina, see the 12-century Norman cathedral, the tuna catches on the Egadi Islands, and more. To register for these programs, stop by the Registration Desk or click here .

CELEBRATING JR. JAYCEES: In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Junior Chamber International the Mount Prospect Jaycees host a screening of the documentary, What’s in a Movement? The Pursuit of Everlasting Peace on Tuesday (Oct. 13) at 8 p.m. at AMC Randhurst 12 Theatres (200 Randhurst Village Dr.) Doors open at 7 p.m. Passes can be secured online for $7. The film is a celebration of a decade of positive change through the JCI movement. For more info, click here  .

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of unwanted and outdated small electronics (computers, monitors, cameras) on Wednesday (Oct. 14) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works Department (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items brought to the facility outside of designated hours will not be collected. For more info, call 847/870-5640. This service ends on Oct. 28.

CACTUS GARDENS: Learn how to grow cactus for the indoors by attending the Garden Club of Mount Prospect program on Wednesday (Oct. 14) at 1:30 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd. DP.) Master Gardener Mike Cavallini, a 30-plus year member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago, is the presenter. Preceding the program is a social hour and refreshments at 11:30, followed by a business meeting at 12:15 p.m. For more info, click here .

NAMIReads:The North Suburban Chapter of NAMI will present author Anna Berry on Wednesday (Oct. 14) and the Mount Prospect Public Library beginning at 7 p.m. Berry will discuss her book Unhinged, which describes how she faced mental illness, both on her own and in her family. Speaking to the audience via Skype, Berry will describe the experience of mental illness and her struggle to break the cycle in her family. Her story is candid, poignant, difficult, and encouraging, and proof that mental illness can be overcome. For more info/registration click here .

FINANCIAL WORKSHOP: Residents of Elk Grove Township are invited to two free workshops on Thursday (Oct. 15) at Elk Grove Township Meeting Room (2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd. AH.) The first workshop, “Key Strategies to Plan Your Financial Future,” begins at 6:30 p.m. The second is entitled “2015 Review, 2016 Forecast and Strategies to Implement Now” and begins at 8 p.m. Participants will learn how to identify financial risk, increase returns, reduce income taxes and more. For more info, call 847/4377-0300.

SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: State Representative David Harris hosts a Senior Health Fair on Thursday (Oct. 15) from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Village Hall Community Room (50 S. Emerson St.) Available services include flu shots, glucose testing, hearing screening, plus thirty-five presenters from local health agencies. For more info, contact Human Services at 847/870-5680.

PURSE POWER: Donations of vintage, designer, and handmade purses are still being accepted by the Mount Prospect Historical Society for an auction held on Thursday (Oct. 29) from 7 – 9 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Sew-Bee-It Quilters and board members of the Mount Prospect Historical Society offer their creative quilted and felted wool purses. This fundraiser supports the restoration of the one-room 1896 Central School, located at 103 S. Maple St. on the Museum campus. Reservations must be secured by Monday (Oct. 26) and cost $10. For more information, call 847/963-9163 ext. 14.

The first reigning Pope to visit the United States was (b) Pope Paul VI in 1965. He was also the first Pope to visit the United Nations.

Which Pope made the most visits to the United States during his reign?
a) Pope Paul VI       b) Pope John Paul II       c) Pope Benedict XVI       d) Pope Francis