VILLAGE & LIBRARY CLOSURES: Merry Christmas! In observance of the holiday, Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 24) and remain closed on Thursday and Friday (Dec. 25/26.) The Village Hall will reopen on Monday (Dec. 29) at 8:30 a.m. The Main branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) and the South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 24/25). The South Branch will remain closed on Friday (Dec. 26.) 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.
A GERMAN CHRISTMAS: A German-language Christmas service will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 20) at St. Paul Lutheran Church (100 S. School St.) The service is a tradition that was founded in 1912 by the Village’s German Lutheran farmers and small business owners. For more info, call the church office at 847/255-0332.
KEEP THE WREATH RED: The Mount Prospect Fire Department is participating in a fire prevention program now through Thursday (Jan. 1). A wreath is hung at the Public Safety Building (112 E. Northwest Hwy.) illuminated by a string of red lights. Whenever a fire occurs that is a result of holiday decorations, a white bulb will replace a red bulb on the wreath. “Keep the Wreath Red” is a visual reminder to all Mount Prospect residents to take additional safety precautions during the holiday season. The Fire Department reminds all residents to have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector and to test them regularly. For more information on fire safety during the holiday season, click here .
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS WINNERS: Drive or walk through Mount Prospect this week to see the winners of the Holiday Decorating Contest. The Grand Prize goes to the Mulcahy Family at 1415 Sauk. Other category winners are: Religious-1339 Indigo; Best Use of Lights-1710 Laurel; Simple But Elegant-800 W. Cathy Ln.; Best Business-Keefer’s Pharmacy, 5 W. Prospect Ave.; Best Block-200 S. Pine; and Fantasy-417 Sauk. The winners were recognized at the Village Board meeting on Tuesday (Dec. 16.)
HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Bring the family to the Magical Animated Holiday Light Show now through Monday (Dec. 22) from 7 – 9 p.m. in Center Court of Randhurst Village (Rand and Elmhurst Rds.) The show will be projected onto a portion of the Hampton Hotel building with a 3-D projection featuring elves, icicles, snow and other holiday images – all set to dramatic holiday music.
RING IN THE NEW YEAR: Welcome 2015 a tad earlier on Tuesday (Dec. 30) from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. by attending the popular New Year’s Eve Eve Family Celebration at Bristol Palace Banquets (828 E. Rand Rd.) Enjoy dancing, entertainment and a balloon drop. The price is $12 per person and tickets can be purchased at the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Sponsored by the Mount Prospect Special Events Commission, attendees are asked to donate a new or gently used item for the Kid’s Pantry. For more info, call 847/253-5675.
AND A HAPPY 2015! The Library will close at 5 p.m. on News Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) and will remain closed on New Year’s Day. The Main Library will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday (Jan. 2.) South Branch will be closed on both Jan. 1 and Jan. 2. Village Hall will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31 and remain closed on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2. Have a safe and happy New Year!
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