HOLIDAY HOUSEWALK: Tickets are still available to experience the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s Holiday Housewalk on Friday (Dec.6) from 3:30 – 9 p.m. The cost of a ticket is $27 and may be purchased at a heated tent on the green space in front of 406 S. Wa-Pella Ave. Featured this year are the interiors of five private homes in the Village’s historic Prospect Park Country Club subdivision, south of the tracks and east of Mt. Prospect Country Club golf course. The exteriors of two other historic homes wil also be highlighted. For more info, call 847/392-9006.
THE GIFT OF READING: Open up the world of reading to a local child age 6 years and younger by donating a new or like-new unwrapped book now until Sunday (Dec. 8) to Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Donations of books in English and Spanish are greatly appeciated. For more info, call 847/253-5675.
KATE CONLAN BB TOURNEY: The 22nd Annual Kate Conlon Basketball Tournament will be held Dec. 5 – 8 at St. Raymond and St. Viator schools. Over 24 8th-grade girls basketball teams will compete. All games are open to the public. For more information, call 847/253–8555.
MAGICAL LIGHT SHOW: Set aside some time on Friday and/or Saturday (Dec. 7 and 8) for a magical light show in the Center Court on Randhurst Village Drive at Randhurst Village (intersection of Rand and Elmhurst Rds. MP) scheduled every half hour from 5 – 8 p.m. Adding to the festivities will be 4:30 p.m. performances by Prospect High School Marching Band (Dec. 6) and John Hersey High School Marching Band (Dec. 7). Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 2-5 p.m. If your calendar is too crowded this weekend, you’ll have other chances on Dec. 13/14 and Dec. 20/21. Don’t miss it!
CHRISTMAS AT THE CONSERVATORY: The Mt. Prospect Park District hosts an Open House on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP.) Live reindeer, snowy hay rides, kids activities and musical groups of all ages are part of the fun. Enjoy hot cider and cookies, plus a visit from Santa!
EMPTY BOWLS FOR A CAUSE: Enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.) The event is called Empty Bowls At Oakton. Participants choose from hundreds of uniquely handcrafted bowls, which is theirs to keep after the meal. A donation of $14 benefits local food charities. For more info, call 847/635-1699 or click here .
NWCS CONCERT: ‘Tis the season for music proclaiming “Joy to the World!” The Northwest Choral Society, under the direction of Alan Wellman, performs on Saturday (Dec. 7) 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church (7300 Division St. RIVER FOREST) and Sunday (Dec. 8) at 4 p.m. at First Congressional United Church of Christ (766 Graceland Ave. DP.) Featured selections include Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and John Rutter’s arrangements of popular Christmas carols and hymns. For more information, click here .
CARING SANTA: Children with special needs can visit Santa on Sunday (Dec. 8) from 8 – 10 a.m. at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The event is geared to families that have children who are sensitive to the Mall Santa experience. Measures have been taken to reduce sensory triggers and create a more comforting environment for the children’s visit with Santa. These include turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators near the Santa set, dimming lights, shutting down fountains and offering special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the wait period.
HARPER CONCERTS: Take in a holiday concert at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL): Festival Chorus: Holiday Concert, Sunday (Dec. 8/3 p.m.).; Festival Chorus: Sing-Along Messiah, Tuesday (Dec. 10/7:30 p.m.); Harper Jazz Ensemble Wednesday (Dec. 11/7:30 p.m.); Harper Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds, Thursday (Dec. 12/7:30 p.m.). For ticket information, call 847/925-6100 or click here .
CAREER INFO SESSION: Attend an RN Refresher Information Session on Monday (Dec. 9) from 5 – 6 p.m. at Harper College (Building A, Room A243, 1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.) This program is part of the Continuing Education Certification Career Info Series. To RSVP, call 847/925-6707 or click here .
NIGHT OF LITTLE KNIGHTS: Parents who need time to shop for the holidays without their little ones, ages 2-7 in tow, can drop their kids off on Tuesday (Dec. 10) beginning at 5 p.m. at Prospect High School (801 W. Kensington Rd. MP) Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America students will host the event. Activities include a pizza dinner, dessert, story time with Mrs. Claus, an indoor sleigh ride, a craft corner and movie magic. The fee is $16 per child and all children must be potty-trained. To register, call 847/718-5246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOY DRIVE: You can help make the holiday brighter for more than 300 children in 120 families this year by participating in the Village’s Toys for Kids program now until Friday (Dec. 13). Drop off a new, unwrapped toy or gift card (for older children) to any of these three Mount Prospect Fire Stations: Station 12 (1601 W. Golf Rd.), Station 13 (112 E. Northwest Hwy.) and Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington Rd.) Families participating in this year’s program will be invited to one of the Mount Prospect Fire stations on Saturday (Dec. 14) to pick-up their toys and visit with Santa, Mount Prospect firefighters and staff from the Village’s Human Services Department. Cookies and hot chocolate will also be served. For more info, call the Fire Department Administrative Office at 847/870-5660.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Our Lady of Guadalupe Religious Celebration will take place at Maryville Academy (Central and River rds., DP) beginning on Wednesday (Dec.11) beginning at 4 p.m. and closing on Thursday (Dec. 12) following Mass at 7 p.m. It is estimated that over 100,000 people will be attending this event depending on weather conditions. Central Rd. at River Rd. will be closed from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday/Thursday. Central Rd. will also be closed at East River Rd. to westbound traffic and at Wolf Rd. to eastbound traffic. Central will again be closed on Thursday from 6 – 10 p.m. Motorists should avoid the area if possible. Shuttle buses will run from St. Emily’s Church, Korean Church, Palwaukee Plaza, Northwest Assemby of God Church, and Oakton Community College.
While Central Rd. will NOT be closed on Sunday (Dec. 8) two additional pilgramages are planned in the area. A pilgramage of several dozen horseback riders will be coming westbound on Central from the Beck Lake Forest Preserve. They will cross River Rd. at approximately 1:15 p.m Also on Sunday, a convoy of as many as 60 semi-tractors with airhorns sounding will be escorted from I294 up Rand R. to River and to the Shrine between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
MICKEY D’S RE-OPENING: Enjoy the Grand Re-Opening of McDonalds (725 W. Golf Rd. DP) by meeting the Incredibulls on Friday (Dec. 6) from 5:30 – 7 p.m., having Breakfast with Santa on Saturday (Dec. 8) from 9 – 11 a.m. and Lunch with Ronald McDonald from Noon – 1 p.m. Come to any event to receive a raffle ticket to win a new bike. The drawing is Dec. 9 and participants need not be present to win.
COOKIES AND COCOA: Enjoy a tour, complimentary hot cocoa and cookie decorating ($1 to decorate two cookies) now until Friday (Jan. 31) at the Elk Grove Historical Museum (399 Biesterfield Rd. EGV) Visiting hours are Wednesday and Friday from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call ahead for groups of five or more. For more info, call 847/439-3994.
ILLUMINATIONS: Marvel at the light and interactive kaleidoscope of color now through Saturday (Jan. 4) from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Illuminations: Tree Lights at the Morton Arbboretum (4100 Route 53, LISLE.) Hug a tree and watch it change colors! For more info, call 630/968-0074 or click here .
WINTER WONDERLAND: Ring in the holiday season with a free two-day family festival Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 7 and 8) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Frisbee Senior Center (52 E. Northwest Hwy. DP.) Both days will feature pictures with Santa, kids’ crafts, bingo, model train displays and Des Plaines Public Library story time. Saturday’s entertainment includes folkloric ensemble Sol Azteca, and the dance company Artistry in Motion, among others. On Sunday, enjoy Grammy-nominated children’s singer Dave Rudolf, O’Hare Irish dancers and the Footnotes Theatre Troupe. For more info, call 847/391-5700 or click here .
ROTARY SANTA RUN: Don a Santa suit on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 10 a.m. for a 5K Run, 1-mile Walk or Kids Reindeer Run in downtown Arlington Heights. Register by clicking here to get your five-piece Santa suit! Proceeds fund local and global Arlington Heights Rotary Club charitable causes.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
Well, I thought the answer to my Dr. Who question (how many have there been?) was (c) 12. However, our own Whovian, Annette M., had this to say: “There will be 13 when Peter Capaldi comes on Christmas Day. John Hurt’s Doctor from the anniversary episode is really the 8th Doctor. All the other Doctors tried to forget him and never considered him a Doctor resulting in us never knowing about him. But now after the episode they consider him a Doctor. So really there will be 13 come Christmas day.” Thanks, Annette!
I’ll try again: In the Dr. Who episode, The Christmas Invasion, which introduced the 10th Doctor, which alien race did the Dr. face?
a) Weeping Angels b) Daleks c) Cybermen d) Sycorax