SHOW YOUR CARD: Your Mount Prospect Library card is worth more than a great book or DVD! From now until Wednesday (Sept. 30) double the value of your card when you present it at local businesses or organizations that offer discounts or small gifts. The Library has a great relationship with local businesses and you reap the rewards! For a list of participants, click here .
’70’s and ’80’s Night: Check out classic cars from the last 30-40 years on Saturday (Sept. 13) from 6 – 9 p.m. when the Bluesmobile Cruise Night Car Show puts them in “park” at the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) Cruise Nights call it a season on Sept. 27.
BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club for a fitness ride on Sunday (Sept. 14) from 8 – 10 a.m. leaving from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy. MP.) Thursday evening rides (Sept. 18) from 6 – 7:30 p.m. depart from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St. MP.) For more info, click here .
WHO WANTS CAKE?: You can indulge now in “NOTHING bundt CAKES,” a new store in Mount Prospect that sells what the name says! This delectable addition to our town is located in Randhurst Village (1071 N. Elmhurst Rd. MP) Stop by on Friday (Sept. 12) and 20 percent of sales will benefit Northwest Compass, an organization that provides emergency services, education and empowerment to those in crisis. On Saturday (Sept. 13) be one of the first 50 customers to purchase a cake and get one bundtlet per month for 12 months. A Family Fun Event is scheduled that same day from 1 – 3 p.m. Kids can enjoy face painting, balloon art and yummy cake. For more info, call 847/253-2253.
DINE FOR A CAUSE: Celebrate the five-year anniversary of BlackFinn Restaurant on Friday (Sept. 12) at 8 p.m. and support “Camp I Am Me,” a burn camp for kids. The Camp is part of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance that offers fire safety and burn prevention programs. Tickets for this event are $25 and include two alcoholic drinks and an appetizer buffet. In addition to the food and drinks, enjoy a dunk tank, live band, raffle and 50/50 drawing. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the evening go to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance. Purchase tickets at the event or online .
COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department heads and elected officials on Saturday (Sept. 13) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee during this informal chat. Coffee with Council is held the second Saturday of each month. For more info, call 847/392-6000.
FISHING DERBY: Bring youngsters ages 4-14 to a fishing derby on Saturday (Sept. 13) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Robert T. Jackson Clearwater Park (near the intersection of Golf and Busse roads.) The pond will be stocked with bluegill and catfish. Bring your own rod, reel and tackle. Bait will be supplied. The fee is $7/R and $12/NR. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, call 847/255-5380 or click here .
POETRY WORKSHOP: Poets and those who enjoy poetry are invited to the Second Saturday Poetry Workshop, sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council on Saturday (Sept. 13) from 9 a.m. – Noon. The workshop is held at Palatine Public Library (700 N. North Ct. PAL.) The featured speaker is poet Andrea Witzke Slot who will speak on developing voice and dialogue in poetic form. For more info, call 847/382-6922.
MEASURING PARTY: Did you grow sunflowers this summer? Novak and Parker wants you to bring in a single stalk sunflower (big or small) on Saturday (Sept. 13) from Noon – 2 p.m. to their Mount Prospect location (1016 E. Northwest Hwy.) The tallest stalk wins a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Kid’s (ages 2-15) tallest stalk wins a Razor Motor Scooter. Don’t have a green thumb? Come to the party and enjoy food, fun, games, and the biggest box maze in Illinois. Register by clicking here .
BUDDY WALK: Bring your dog on the Buddy Walk on Sunday (Sept. 14) at Melas Park at 9 a.m. Cost is $25/$30 day of the event and $10/children 11 and under. All proceeds benefit the dogs and cats at the Buddy Shelter. For more info/registration, call 847/290-5806 or click here .
BOARD MEETING: Stay informed about what is happening in River Trails School District 26 on Tuesday (Sept. 16) at their Board meeting beginning at 7 p.m. A Meet and Greet starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (1900 E. Kensington Rd.)
WRITERS GROUP: If you’re a writer and would like to share your work and hone your skills, check out the Writers Group on Tuesday (Sept.16) at the Mount Prospect Public Library (Meeting Room B) at 7 p.m. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month and there is a small fee on a quarterly basis. Bring five copies of your work to share. The group is open to all adult writers with all levels of writing experience. For more information, email email@example.com .
LEGAL ADVICE: Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Department will host a Legal Advice Desk on Thursday (Sept. 18) from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the agency’s Des Plaines office (1717 Rand Rd.) Attorneys will be available to answer legal questions, provide legal advice and information, and offer referrals to legal clinics and organizations. To sign up for an appointment, call 847/376-2100.
TEXTING 911: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers living or traveling through the Northwest Central Dispatch System can now use their mobile phones to text 911 for emergency help. The areas served include Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Prospect Heights, and Rolling Meadows. Text messages should always include clear location information along with the nature of the emergency. Abbreviations and slang should never be used with text messages to 911.
ROAD CLOSURE: A portion of Algonquin Road on the east side of Des Plaines is closed through Monday, Sept. 22, due to bridge painting under the Tri-State Tollway. Detour signs are posted for the area affecting Algonquin Road from River Road to Oakton Street. Plan accordingly!
PLAY DOOR DETECTIVE: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care have installed thirty-three decorative door art displays throughout public parks in Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Prospect Heights, and the River Trails Park District through mid-September. Called “Doors Open,” this public art project invites residents to take photos of themselves and submit it to their Facebook page. Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of two $50 gas gift cards, and a grand prize of four tickets to a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Info about the contest, the art exhibit and the map of where to find the doors can be found at www.RainbowHospice.org/Doors. Rainbow Hospice is a not for profit organization providing services to terminally ill patients and their families, including bereavement services.
FALL FEST: Make a smooth transition from summer to fall Friday through Sunday (Sept. 12-14) by attending Fall Fest at Lake Park (2200 Lee St. DP). The fun happens Friday (Sept. 12/6 – 11 p.m.), Saturday (Sept. 13/Noon – 11 p.m.), and Sunday (Sept. 14/Noon – 8 p.m.) Enjoy great food and entertainment, carnival rides, a country fair tent, car show, a beer and wine garden and more. Enjoy unlimited carnival rides for $20 from Noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Fest is free. for a complete schedule, click here .
PIONEER DAY: Experience living history on Sunday (Sept. 14) from 1 – 5 p.m. when the Elk Grove Historical Museum presents Pioneer Day. Free admission to this event includes historical crafts and games, re-enactments and historic demonstrations, candle making demos, and a tour of the farmhouse. Activities take place at the museum grounds and the area around the Pavilion Gazebo (399 Biesterfield Rd. EGV.) Parking will be available at the Pavilion (1000 Wellington Ave.) Hadicapped parking will be at the Administration Offices (499 Biesterfield Rd. EGV.) For more info, call 847/439-3994 or click here.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
Taiwan (c) is the International Team that has won the Little League World Series the most times–17 to be exact.
What is the record height for the tallest sunflower?
a) 28 feet 8 inches b) 32 feet 2 inches c) 19 feet 9 inches d) 22 feet 6 inches