DANCIN’ IN THE STREET: Get ready for Mount Prospect’s Downtown Block Party Friday (July 25) from 4 – 11 p.m. and Saturday (July 26) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. at the intersection of Emerson St. and Busse Ave. Great food from local vendors and free activities for the kids make this a party not to be missed. The entertainment lineup for Friday features Diving For Dynamite/ 5 p.m., Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press/ 6:45 p.m., and Sixteen Candles performing at 9 p.m. Saturday’s bands include Beatolution/ 3 p.m., The Personnel/ 5 p.m., 97Nine/7 p.m., and finally Modern Day Romeos/ 9 p.m. Free parking for the event is available in the East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy.) and in the Village Hall Parking Deck (Emerson St.) If you’re coming by train, The Party is one block from the Mount Prospect Metra Train Depot. For more info, call 847/392-6000, or click here .
BLOCK PARTY ROAD CLOSURES: Beginning on Friday (July 25) at 8 a.m., the intersection of Busse Ave. and Emerson St. (MP) will be closed for the Downtown Block Party. The intersection will reopen Sunday morning (July 27.) Access to Chase Bank will remain open from the Maple Street entrance. For more info on road closures, call Mount Prospect Public Works at 847/870-5640.
MPFD BLOOD DRIVE: Help save a life on Saturday (July 26) from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. by participating in a blood drive in the first floor training room of the Mount Prospect Public Safety Building (112 E. Northwest Hwy.) The Mount Prospect Fire Department encourages you to schedule an appointment by clicking here and using code 588B or by calling 877/543-3768.
HARPER INFO CENTER: Need to advance your career goals up a notch? Attend an Information Session on Saturday (July 29) from 9 -11 a.m. at Harper College Learning and Career Center (1373 S. Wolf Rd. PH.) Call 847/925-6230 to RSVP or click here .
CRUISE NIGHT: It’s Muscle Cars & Street Rods in the spotlight on Saturday (July 26) from 6-9 p.m. in the Metra Parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83) when the BluesMobile Cruise Night sets up shop on another beautiful summer evening. Think “Little Deuce Coup” by the Beach Boys!
FARMER’S MARKET: Is the Lion’s Club Farmer’s Market part of your summer weekend routine yet? Visit on Sunday (July 27) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot. Stock up on the freshest produce and find a unique item or two from participating craftsmen.
BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (July 27) for a fitness ride – advanced pace – from 7:30 – 9:45 a.m. departing from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy. MP.) The Thursday (July 31) ride from 6:30-8 p.m. leaves from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St. MP) at 6:30 p.m. sharp. For more info and ride schedules, click here .
CONCERT IN THE PARK: Enjoy the sounds of Zydeco Voodoo on Sunday (July 27) 6 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream Shop (10 S. Pine St. MP.) Treat your taste buds to a yummy experience too. Kids ages 12 and younger can indulge once more on Monday (July 28) by participating in the “I Pledge” event. Just recite the Pledge of Allegiance for a free kiddie cone.
PARTY @ THE NORTH POLE: Santa will be on hand Wednesday (July 30) from 5 – 9 p.m. for a North Pole Beach Party at Meadows Pool (1401 W. Gregory St. MP.) Enjoy kids’ crafts, games and treasure dives, contests, music and prizes. The cost is $6/R, $8/NR. There is $1 off with a pool pass. It it rains, the party moves to Wednesday (August 6.)
AN INTERNATIONAL FLAIR: Grab your friends and lawn chairs for the Monday (July 28) concert by the Mt. Prospect Community Band beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.) The theme is International Night – Ole! Have a Celebration Picnic Special for $20 that includes a meal of 4 hot dogs, chips or fruit and 4 soft drinks contained in a resuseable insulated lunch bag. For $6, you can have a turkey sub sandwich, fruit and diet soft drink. Call 847/622-9333 before 5 p.m. to place your order. A concession stand has snacks, popcorn, ice cream and Italian ice available for purchase during the concert. If it rains, the concert moves indoors.
NATIONWIDE FRUIT RECALL: Wawona Packing Company’s Sweet 2 Eat brand peaches, plums, nectarines and plutos sold from Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart have been recalled because of potential contamination by listeria, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retail cartons may have the brand names Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat or Harvest Sweet. The products were packaged between June 1 and July 12. There have been no reported illnesses from the products. For more info, click here .
—-CAMPGROUND HOSTS PICNIC: Have fun “In the Good Old Summer Time” on Friday (July 25) from 5 – 9 p.m. at the Historic Methodist CampGround of Des Plaines (1250 Campground Rd. DP.) Bring your own picnic supper, but no alcohol, grills or pets, please. Entertainment includes the Chorus of DuPage featuring a Barber Shop Quartet, Buglers across America and pianist Amy Wurtz. A baseball game with players dressed in 1860 uniforms will take place before the concert. The cost is $10/adults, $5/children 12-17. For more info, call 847/636-6355 or click here .
—-GLENVIEW ART FAIR: Experience one of the pleasures of summer on Saturday and Sunday (July 26/27) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. by visiting the 61st Annual Glenview Art Fair at the Lyon School Grounds (Lake Ave. and Waukegan Rd.) Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, and a silent auction. Parking is free.
—-IRISH FEST FOR A CAUSE: Celebrate everything Irish on Friday (July 25) from 5 – 11 p.m. and Saturday (July 26) from 4 – 11 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum (110 W. Fremont St. AH.) Irish dancing, heritage and food will be aplenty. Headliners on Friday are Second Time Around at 9 p.m., and Mike & Joe on Saturday at 9 p.m. The event is free on Friday, and $2-$5 on Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Historical Museum. Parking is in the nearby commuter lot. For more info, call 847/255-1225 or click here.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
While the Star Spangled Banner probably sustained some damage during the bombardment of Baltimore Harbor, the bulk of the missing flag was given away in small pieces to (c) souvenir hunters requesting a memento of the flag. The Armistead family allowed snipets of the flag to be taken by veterans, dignitaries, and others. No one knows what happened to the missing star: some believe it was given to Abraham Lincoln; some say it went to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Georgiana Armistead Appleton wrote in 1873 that the star was cut out for “some official person.” Who knows – it might still be in somebody’s attic! For more on the missing star click here .
What was the occupation of Francis Scott Key, the author of The Star Spangled Banner?
a) soldier b) sailor c) lawyer d) physician