SUMMER BOOK SALE: Make plans to visit The Friends Book Sale this weekend. On Friday (July 18), it’s Members Only Night from 6:30-9:30 p.m.) The sale is open to the general public on Saturday (July 19/9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (July 20/Noon – 4 p.m.) at the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Along with the usual great bargains, you’ll find a new category in Meeting Room A called Hobbies and Collecting as well as a Christmas in July section. A large collection of art books and movies boasting more than 1300 items – 60 percent of which are DVD’s – are waiting for you. There’s still a lot of summer left – grow your own library! For more info on how to become a member, click here or call 847/253-5675.
FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Get your weekend started right here in beautiful downtown Mount Prospect. Hear the all-girl band Serendipity play on Friday (July 18) from 6 – 8 p.m. on the lawn in front of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner for a great summer evening right outside your door.
CRUISE NIGHT: See what your grandparents drove on Saturday (July 19) from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Northwest Hwy and Rte. 83) when the BluesMobile Cruise Night features the “Orphans.” They don’t make them like this anymore! The Nash, Packard, and Hudson will be in the spotlight. Gather your friends, mingle with the car owners and learn a thing or two while you enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars.
TO MARKET, TO MARKET: Visit the Lions Club Farmer’s Market on Sunday (July 19) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot. It’s mid-summer now so the veggies and fruits are at their finest. Wouldn’t a juicy slice of watermelon taste good right about now?
BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (July 19) for a fitness ride – advanced pace – from 7:30 – 9:45 a.m. departing from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy. MP) The Thursday (July 24) 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 the ride schedules, click here .
SHREDDING & ELECTRONICS EVENT: Dispose of outdated and/or sensitive documents on Saturday (July 19) from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Glenview Police Department (2500 E. Lake Ave.) To participate, you must show ID and be a resident of a SWANCC community. Bring documents in either cardboard boxes or paper shopping bags – NO PLASTIC BAGS, please. There is a limit of six file-six boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle. No business or institutional waste will be accepted. Drop off old computers, monitors and other small electronics at the same time and location. For more info, click here . Closer to home, you can recycle electronics on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – Noon at the MP Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.)
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: The Mt. Prospect Community Band will perform American classics on Monday (July 21) at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.) Bring a lawn chair or blanket and friends to enjoy this weekly concert. 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 reuseable 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, ice cream, popcorn and Italian ice available for purchase during the concert. If it rains, the concert moves indoors.
SIZZLING SUMMER THURSDAY: Get your weekend music fix on Thursday (July 24) 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Veterans Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.) when Chicago Tribute Anthology performs the music of the all-time great band Chicago. CTA is a seven piece horn band that covers favorites like Color My World, If You Leave Me Now and Stronger Every Day. This unique sound defined a generation and changed the sound of popular music forever. Don’t miss it!
FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC NEEDED: The Mount Prospect Fire Department is now accepting applications for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic. Applications are available now until Monday (August 25) and must be submitted to Selection Works prior to 4 p.m. Click here for more info or to download an application.
I-PASS USERS SCAM: Illinois tollway officials warn I-PASS users to beware of emails from a so-called E-Z Pass Collection Agency. The emails claim that recipients owe money for missing tolls. The E-Z Pass Group is a coalition of 25 toll organizations across 15 states, including Illinois. These emails are a “phishing scam” that uses the E-Z Pass logo, according to tollway administrators. No I-PASS accounts have been compromised and users are advised to delete the emails.
YOUR OPINION MATTERS: The Village of Mount Prospect is asking residents, businesses, organizations and institutions to complete a five-minute online survey by Friday (August 1.) The feedback will help create a Five Year Consolidated Plan which will help determine how federal Community Development Block Grant funding will be allocated over the next five years (2015-2019.) You can fill it out online or pick up a paper copy at the Library’s Registration Desk or at Village Hall. For more info, contact Neighborhood Planner Janet Saewert at JSaewert@mountprospect.org or by calling 847/818-5328.
—-BYE BYE BIRDIE!: Enjoy this uplifting musical on Saturday (July 19/7:30 p.m.) or Sunday (July 20/1:30 p.m.) at Rolling Meadows High School Theater (2901 Central Rd. RM.) The production is put on by The King’s Players of St. Mark Community Youth Theater. Call 847/718-7702 for more info/tickets.
—-40TH REUNION: The Forest View High School class of 1974 celebrates its 40th reunion on Saturday (July 19) from 6 – 10 p.m. on the rooftop at Durty Nellie’s (180 N. Smith St. PAL.) No reservation or prepayment is required. For event information and questions check out the “forestview seventyfour” page on Facebook. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
—- UNEMPLOYMENT INFO SESSIONS An information session to address unemployment in the Prospect Heights and Wheeling neighborhoods takes place on Tuesday (July 22) from 6 – 8 p.m. at Harper College’s Learning and Career Center (1375 Wolf Rd. PH.) To RSVP, click here or call 847/925-6230.
—-GACY DISCUSSION: The Des Plaines History Center will host former Des Plaines Police Detective Joseph Kozenczak on Thursday (July 24) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Heritage/Brookdale Plaza (800 S. River Rd. DP.) Detective Kozenczak was the arresting officer and lead investigator in the John Wayne Gacy serial murder investigation in 1978. Registration for this Coffee Talk is required by calling 847/391-5399. A donation is suggested and appreciated.
The commander of Fort McHenry who became an instant hero by turning the British back at Baltimore harbor in 1814 was (d) George Armistead.
Armistead had actually commissioned the sewing of the flag. After his death, his daughter Georgiana became the flag’s caretaker. The original garrison flag was 30 feet x 42 feet. That’s one big flag! The flag in its current state is 30 feet x 34 feet with ragged edges and a missing star. What caused the damage to the flag?
a) the bombardment of Baltimore Harbor b) moth attacks while in storage
c) souvenir hunters d) wind damage