DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY: For the sixteenth year, Mount Prospect holds its popular downtown block party on Friday (July 24) from 4 – 11 p.m. and on Saturday (July 25) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. at the corner of Emerson Street and Busse Avenue next to Village Hall. On Friday, entertainment includes the bands Diving for Dynamite, Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press, and Sixteen Candles. Saturday’s lineup features Beatolution, Hello Weekend, The Personnel and Wedding Banned. Also planned for Saturday are free activities for the kids, including a climbing wall, pony rides, mini Ferris wheel, bounce houses, face painting and more. Food and beverages will be aplenty with Mount Prospect’s favorite eateries participating. This weekend event is free! For up-to-date restaurant listings, band information and more, click here or call Village Hall at 847/392-6000.
SEND FRIENDS TO “JAIL”: This event takes place at the Downtown Block Party on Saturday (July 25) from 1 – 5 p.m. CrimeStoppers Mount Prospect holds this “fun raising” event for their organization to fund CrimeStoppers awards throughout the year. “Bail” is set at $20 and can be paid in advance to “release” a friend or family member from the handcrafted, make-shift jail. “Warrants” can also be issued for a potential donor for a donated fee of $10. CrimeStoppers is offering a pre-paid “Get-Out-Of-Jail Card” for $5. For more info, call 847/870-5646 or just stop by on Saturday.
CRUISE NIGHT: Put a little va-va-voom into your Saturday (July 25) from 6 – 9 p.m. by visiting the BluesMobile Cruise Night celebrating Muscle Cars & Street Rods. The showcase takes place in the Metra Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.)
FARMERS’ MARKET: If you haven’t made it to the market yet, visit this Sunday (July 26) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) Juicy fruits, healthy vegetables and more await you.
BIKE RIDES: Build up those leg muscles by riding with the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (July 26) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The ride departs from Starbucks (90 Northwest Hwy.) On Thursday (July 30), you have a choice of two rides: a Family Ride from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. or another from 6:30 – 8 p.m., both departing from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.) For a complete schedule or more info, click here .
CAPANNARI CONCERT: Keep the weekend party going on Sunday (July 26) by taking in a concert featuring Anderlik, Otto and Church, 6 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.) Another freebie! For more info, call 847/392-2277.
BELLA NOTTE: The Mt. Prospect Community Band celebrates Lunedi Musicale (Musical Monday) on July 27 at 7:30 p.m. with a concert in honor of “Il Corpo Musicale Olgiatese” at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.) Get the full experience by having some Italian food, or enjoy the $20 Picnic Meal Deal (4 hot dogs, choice of chips or fruit and 4 soft drinks.) Call 847/632-9333 by 5 p.m. that day to place your order and it will be ready for pickup at the concert. In case of rain, the concert will be held inside Lions Park Recreation Center. This is a free event.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Clear the clutter of old cameras, computers, monitors and more on Wednesday (July 29) 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 on Wednesdays through Oct. 28.
BAND SHELL MOVIE NIGHT: Enjoy the Disney classic, Mulan on the big screen on Thursday (July 30) at 8:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.) Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. with games, trivia and prizes. Crafts, including paper-painted fans and dragons will reflect the beauty of the Orient. This is another free event!
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: The King’s Players and D214 Community Education present the musical Once On This Island beginning on Thursday (July 30) at 7:30 p.m. at the Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd., AH). The play runs July 30 – Aug.1 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door. For more info/tickets, call 847/718-7702.
—-BIGGEST LOSER AUDITIONS: The popular television show is seeking teams of two – spouses, siblings, parent/child or co-workers, who have 80 or more pounds to lose (apiece) to audition for next season on Saturday (July 25) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Biggest Loser Resort, inside the Hilton Chicago-Indian Lakes Resort (250 Schick Rd. BLOOMINGDALE.) Those unable to attend can apply online by clicking here .
The big payoff, aside from the weight loss is $250,000!
—-GLENVIEW ART FAIR: Add some beauty to your home or jewelry collection on Saturday or Sunday (July 25/26) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. by visiting the 62nd Annual Glenview Art Fair on the Lyon School Grounds (Lake Avenue and Waukegan Road.) Enjoy entertainment, a silent auction and refreshments. Parking is free.
—-FILM FESTIVAL: Do you like character-driven, independent cinema? Visit the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival today through Sunday (July 26) at 7 p.m. at the Star Cinema Grill (53 S. Evergreen Ave. AH.) You’ll see the work of bold, innovative filmmakers. A live Q & A is moderated by a festival judge. For more info, call 224-836-4095 or click here .
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
When Disneyland opened in 1955, it only took (a) two months for the 1,000,000 visitor to enter the Magic Kingdom.
That summer favorite, ice cream just wouldn’t be the same without the portability provided by the cone. The first cone was patented in New York City in 1903. But it took the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair to turn it into a national favorite. What hot city hosted the World’s Fair that year and thus became the unofficial home of the ice cream cone?
a) New Orleans b) Chicago c) St. Louis d) San Diego