GREEN FARMERS MARKET: Find great tips on living green and visit with local experts at the Third Annual Green Farmers’ Market at the Mount Prospect Lion’s Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Aug.17) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (west commuter parking lot at the corner of Northwest Highway and Route 83) The focus this year is on gardening and will feature information on seed starting and saving, composting, and canning and food preservation. There will also be storytimes for kids and drawings for great gardening-related prizes.
FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Pack a picnic dinner or buy one on Friday (Aug. 15) for a concert from 6 – 8 p.m. featuring Ken Dix & The Friday Night Lawn Jockeys. The fun happens on the lawn in front of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Parking is free in the Emerson St. garage. Don’t forget your lawn chairs or blankets.
FAMILY BIKE RIDE: Pedal on over to this annual event that begins and ends at Melas Park ((1500 W. Central). The first 200 participants to register receive a free bag. Choose between a 10 mile, 5 mile or 1 ¼ mile ride. The Official welcome begins at 9:30 am followed by the start of the ride! There will be free raffle prizes as well. For more information/registration, click here .
CRUISE NIGHT: Gentlemen start your engines! Pretend you’re in the driver’s seat on Saturday (Aug. 16) from 6 – 9 p.m. when the Thunderbird, Toranado and Reatta are featured at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night in the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) After Saturday, only six Cruise Nights at this location are scheduled until next summer. Get out and enjoy!
DOCUMENT & ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of outdated and sensitive documents on Saturday (Aug. 16) from 9 a.m. – Noon at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.) You must be a member of a SWANNC participating community, as ID’s will be checked. Up to six paper bags or boxes will be accepted (no plastic bags, please.) Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove binders. Small electronics will also be accepted during the same time/same location with the same SWANNC requirements. Closer to home, the Village of Mount Prospect Public Works accepts electronics for recycling every Wednesday until October 29 from 10 a.m. – Noon at its facility (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items brought to the Public Works facility outside of designated hours will not be collected.
MEET THE PLAYERS: Get up close and personal with Prospect High School’s varsity football team on Saturday (Aug. 16) from 5 – 6 p.m. at the George Gattas Memorial Stadium (801 W. Kensington Rd.) The team will hand out game schedule posters to the first 350 people to attend the event. Kids of all ages can participate in football games, have their pictures taken with players, and share activities with the Knights. Prospect kicks off the season on Friday (Aug. 29) at 7:30 p.m. at home against Glenbrook South.
AND THEY’RE OFF: Attend the 32nd Running of the Arlington Million on Saturday (Aug. 16) when gates open at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington International Racecourse (2200 W. Euclid Rd. AH.) This is the event of the year at the track with a Million Party Zone Package, giveaways, and the Arlington Million Best Dressed Lady Competition. Ladies, put on your finery (don’t forget your hat) and enjoy all the festivities. For more info, click here.
RIDE, RIDE, RIDE: Don’t let the summer pass by without a great bike ride or two. Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (Aug. 17) for a fitness ride – advanced pace – from 8 – 10 a.m. leaving from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy., MP). A 30-mile leisure pace ride from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. departs from Harper College (1200 Algonquin Rd., PAL) The Thursday (Aug. 21) 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 .
WRITERS GROUP: Are you a writer in need of some friendly and constructive feedback on your work? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Aug. 19) from 7 – 9 p.m. in Meeting Room B of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) The group is open to all adult writers with all levels of writing experience, in all genres. Bring up to five double-spaced pages and copies to share with group members. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis. For more info, email email@example.com.
CRUISE NIGHT @ RANDHURST: You have another chance to enjoy some beautiful vehicles on Wednesday (Aug. 20) from 6 – 8 p.m. when Randhurst Village (intersection of Elmhurst and Rand Rds.) features more classics. This is a family friendly event with classic car commentary, a balloon sculptor, face painting and specials from Randhurst Village restaurants.
—-ART IN THE PARK: Don’t miss the “Walk in the Park” fine arts and crafts festival on Sunday (Aug. 17) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at North School Park (410 Arlington Hts. Rd., AH.) Over 90 juried artists will present their wares. Entertainment and food complete the event. For more info, call 847/870-1878.
—-CHICAGO AIR & WATER SHOW: Enjoy a Chicago tradition on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 16/17) for the late summer event held at North Avenue Beach (CHICAGO). More than 2 million people from all over the country are expected to attend. Why not be among them? The Blue Angels return this time, so that alone is worth it! Public Transportation is suggested as the best way to get there. For more info, click here .
—-A PEDI & BATH FOR YOUR POOCH: Bring your best furry pal to Buddy’s Dog Wash & Nail Clipping event on Saturday (Aug. 16) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to Knupper Nursery & Landscape (1801 N. Rand Rd. PAL.) Dogs must be on a leash and be current with their shots. The cost is $15/small dogs, $20/medium and $25 for large dogs, $5 for nails. Proceeds benefit The Buddy Foundation, a nonprofit, all volunteer, no-kill animal shelter. For more info, click here .
—-A SWEET RIDE: Join the 2014 Sweet Ride, a Palatine Chocolate Bicycle Tour on Sunday (Aug. 17) beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Morkes Chocolates (1890 N. Rand Rd. PAL.) Stop at six locations, tasting chocolate along the way! Proceeds benefit the all-volunteer senior dog rescue orgainzation Young at Heart. Cost is $30 adults/$20 children/under 4 free. For more info, click here .
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
The Star Spangled Banner was officially designated as the national anthem by Congressional resolution in (d) 1931.
Renditions of The Star Spangled Banner have cracked the Billboard 100 twice. Whitney Houston’s 1991 version was listed at #20 (#6 in 2001). Which other performer’s controversial rendition made it into the Billboard 100?
a) Roseanne Barr b) Kiss c) Jose Feliciano d) Jimi Hendrix