NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Help strengthen community ties on Tuesday (Aug. 4) at 6:30 p.m. by attending National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention celebration held at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St. ) This year’s event will include an emergency vehicle showcase, live music, and a donut-eating contest. Sponsored by the Mount Prospect Police Department and the Mt. Prospect Park District, this fun event is an effort to create a better police-community partnership. For more info, call Officer Greg Sill at 847/870-5650.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: The King’s Players and D214 Community Education present the musical Once On This Island 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.
CRUISIN': It’s the Thunderbird’s turn on Saturday (Aug. 1) when the Bluesmobile Cruise Night features the hot number along with the Toronado and Reatta from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Metra Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy and Rte. 83.) Cruise nights run every Saturday until Sept. 26, so get on out there and enjoy!
FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock your fridge and counter top with fresh fruits and veggies on Sunday (Aug. 2) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. by shopping the Lions Club Farmers’ Market in the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) Meats, cheeses and other delicacies are also available.
SEVENTY YEARS OF SWEETNESS: The heat of summer calls for ice cream! Baskin-Robbins is serving scoops for $1.31 apiece on Thursday (July 31) Stop by a participating store to cool down and indulge.
RTPD CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS: Do a little splashin’ in the pool on Saturday (Aug. 1) from 5 – 8 p.m. when the River Trails Park District marks its anniversary at Woodland Trails Park (1500 E. Euclid Ave. ) A tree will be planted to mark the occasion, a time capsule will be buried, and you’ll be entertained by Alex and the Allstars band. The night will cap off with a showing of The Lego Movie in the park. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. For more info, call 847/255-1200 or click here .
BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club for a variety of rides this week. On Sunday (Aug. 2), try the Fitness Ride from 7:30 – 10 a.m., or the Touring Ride from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Both depart from Starbucks (90 Northwest Hwy.) The Thursday (Aug. 6) ride is from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and leaves from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.) For a complete schedule, click here .
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of unwanted electronics (fax machines, computers, monitors, cameras and more) on Wednesday (Aug. 5) 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.
THE GIFT OF LIFE: Help save a life by donating blood on Thursday (Aug. 6) from 3 – 7 p.m. in the 1st Floor Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St. MP.) Donors must be healthy, 17-years-old and at least 110 lbs. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome. For more info, call 847/392-6000.
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK: Kick off your weekend early on Thursday (Aug. 6) with a 7:30 p.m. concert held at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.) Enjoy a “Ravinia like” atmosphere by ordering 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. Concessions are also available on the grounds. Don’t forget your blanket or lawn chairs.
—-MORE THAN HORSES: There’s more than horse racing at Arlington International this weekend. On Saturday (Aug. 1) see the story of the Decades as told by cars during the Motors and Music event. On Sunday (Aug. 2) First Responders take center stage with a FireZone course for kids, fire truck, and the police K9 unit. First responders with badge or ID get free admission. Experience these unique events at the track (2200 W. Euclid Ave. AH.) For more info, click here .
—-1940s USO NIGHT: Revisit the World War II era on Saturday (Aug. 1) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Historic Methodist Campground of Des Plaines (1250 Campground Rd. DP.) Dress in your best period clothing (optional) and dance the night away to the music of the Falconaires Orchestra. Purchase tickets at the door for $10, which includes a beverage and one dessert, or pay $8/ticket at The Des Plaines History Center (781 Pearson St.) For more info, call 847/207-9438.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
Ice cream in a cone became a national favorite at the (c) St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
On August 3, 1949 the National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed with the merger of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball League (NBL). How many teams were in the original NBA?
a) 8 b) 12 c) 17 d) 19