SAWS & SUDS FOR A CAUSE: Enjoy a tool auction and beer tasting on Saturday (June 27) 7 p.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran School gymnasium (18 S. School St. MP.) Presented by the Mount Prospect Historical Society, the event will feature tools, new, gently used, and possibly antique. You’ll enjoy craft beers provided by Only Child Brewing Company, and have a taste of barbeque sandwiches from T-Bobs’s Smoked Bar-B-Q of Des Plaines. Proceeds will benefit the 1896 Central School Restoration Fund. Reservations can be purchased for $10 each at the museum or via PayPal at www.mtphist.org. and also at the door. For more info, call 847/392-9006.
RECYCLING: Dispose of the clutter on Saturday (June 27) from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Niles Public Works Building (6849 Touhy Ave.) They will be accepting paper documents for shredding and electronics for recycling. The event is sponsored by SWANNC – the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County. For details, call the Agency Monday through Friday during business hours at 847/724-9205 or go to www.swancc.org.
FREE CAR WASH: Check one chore off your list on Saturday (June 27) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and support the Prospect High Marching Knights at the same time! Students will wash cars (donations are appreciated) at the following locations: Brunswick Zone (824 E. Rand Rd., MP), First Merit Bank (50 N. Main St, MP), Berkshire Hathaway Starck Real Estate (300 W. Golf Rd. MP), Friedrichs Funeral Home (320 W. Central Rd. MP) and three Village Bank & Trust locations:(320 E. Northwest Hwy., MP.), (311 S. Arlington Hts. Rd., AH.), and (234 W. Northwest Hwy. AH.)
THE COOLEST CARS AROUND: Pony cars are the stars of the Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (June 27) from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Metra Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) This is a free event, so come on out and be nostalgic on a warm summer night.
BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club for one or two rides this week. Try the Distance Ride to the Botanic Gardens on Sunday (June 28) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The ride departs from Starbucks (90 Northwest Hwy. MP.) The Thursday (July 2) ride is from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and leaves from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.) For a complete schedule, go to www.mpbikeclub.com.
HEALTHY CHOICES: Make a commitment to include fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals this summer by shopping the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (June 28) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) You’ll also find other delicacies, fresh flowers and crafts from a variety of vendors.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION ALERT: On Monday (June 29) work will begin on the Elmhurst Road Interchange on I-90 to move traffic to and from the east on I-90 onto new ramps and shift Elmhurst Road traffic onto the newly constructed southbound bridge over I-90. The work is part of the $54 million Elmhurst Road Interchange scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.
PATRIOTIC SPECTACULAR: Get into the spirit of Independence Day on Monday (June 29) with a performance by the Mt. Prospect Community Band beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St. MP.) Add to the festivities by ordering a $20 Picnic Meal Deal (4 hot dogs, choice of chips or fruit and 4 soft drinks.) Call 847/632-9333 by 5 p.m. to place your order. It will be ready for pickup at the concert. Concessions will also be available on the grounds. In the event of rain, the concert will be held inside Lions Recreation Center. The concert is part of “Musical Mondays” held throughout the summer.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of unwanted electronics, including computers, monitors and fax machines on Wednesday (July 1) 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. The service runs through Oct. 28.
FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL: Start celebrating on Wednesday (July 1) when the Mount Prospect Lions Club kicks off the annual festival from 6 – 11 p.m. at Melas Park (Busse & Central Rds.) Events include unlimited rides, food/beer/wine tents, music by 4th Point, B-Side Band, American English, and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. The festival will run through Sunday (July 5.) For more information and a complete schedule visit http://www.mtprospectlions.com/fest/
STRAWBERRY FEST: Enjoy everything strawberry Friday and Saturday (June 26/27) 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and on Sunday (June 28) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Village of Long Grove. Take part in an “Around the Town” Scavenger Hunt, taste strawberry beer, Italian ice, vinegars, salads and more. Musical performers throughout the weekend include Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press, Mike & Joe, and Mr. Blotto, among many others. A Family FunZone will feature a balloon artist, magician, face painter and a pie eating contest plus other activities. Admission is $5 at the gate, $8 Saturday 6 p.m. – close and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Parking is free in public lots. For more info, call 847/634-0888 or go to www.VisitLongGrove.com
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Scotty Bowman is the head coach with the most Stanley Cup wins.
When was the last day the official temperature in Chicago was over 100 degrees?
a) August 5, 2011 b) June 10, 2012 c) July 6, 2012 d) June 28, 2011