HAPPY EASTER: The Library will be closed on Sunday (April 20). Although the building will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with its online resources, register for upcoming programs, renew items and place holds through the “My Account” feature by clicking here . Need a book? Pick up an eBook or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time.
RIDE, RIDE, RIDE: Hop on your bike on Sunday (April 20) for a 20-30 mile bike ride with the Mount Prospect Bike Club beginning at Starbucks Coffee (90 E. Northwest Hwy. MP). Meet at 7 a.m. for the Fast Fitness Ride, Advanced Pace, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Note: Starbucks Coffee now occupies the former Caribou Coffee location. For more info, click here . The Thursday (April 24) beginner ride atarts at Lions Park at 6:30 p.m. sharp.
ENERGY BILL ASSISTANCE: Mount Prospect and Des Plaines residents who need help with their energy bill costs are invited to a fair on Saturday (April 19) from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Participants can apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and other programs sponsored by the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, ComEd, and Nicor Gas. Mount Prospect residents can register by calling 847/870-5680 or by emailing email@example.com . Des Plaines residents should call 847/391-5480 or email HHS@desplaines.org .
EGG HUNT: Continue a spring tradition or start a new one on Saturday (April 19) beginning at 10 a.m. when The Schaumburg Boomers baseball team and mascot Coop hold their third annual Easter egg hunt. The fun takes place at Boomers Stadium (1999 S. Springinsguth Rd. SCHAUMBURG). Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the hunts are broken into four age groups occurring consecutively on the field: ages 3 and under, 4 – 6, 7- 8 and 9 and up. Admittance is $2/person for participants and spectators, and includes a voucher for a free ticket for any May Boomers game – a $10 value. Only cash will be accepted. For more info, click here.
RESUME REVIEW: Has your job search hit a speed bump? Have a career counselor or HR professional look at your resume on Saturday (April 19) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Community Presbyterian Church (407 N. Main St. MP). Get a expert’s evaluation on how to improve this essential marketing tool. The consultation is free. Bring a friend! For more information, contact the St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry at 847/843-0020.
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS: A collection drive to benefit our military overseas begins Monday (April 21) and runs through Friday (May 2) with more than 20 drop-off locations in the area. Now in its third year, the family of Lance Cpl. James Stack organizes the event in his memory. Stack, age 20, was killed in action in Afghanistan in November 2010. Possible items to donate include pocket-size food and snacks, powdered drinks, travel-size toiletries, batteries, magazines, playing cards and letters of gratitude. Locations accepting donations include Rep. David Harris’ office (800 W. Central Rd. MP.), Mariano’s Fresh Market (802 E. Northwest Hwy. AH), and all Village Bank & Trust locations, including 320 E. Northwest Hwy. Mount Prospect.
NEW GROCER IN TOWN: Join the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, Village officials and Mayor Arlene Jurack on Wednesday (April 23) at 7 a.m. for a ribbon cutting and the grand opening of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (211 W. Rand Rd.) The event will feature healthy and organic food samplings and giveaways including a grocery bag giveaway to the first 200 customers. Events will continue throughout the week, including kids face painting, balloon animals and performances by Miss Jamie from the Farm. Fresh Thyme is hiring a total of 100 employees for the location.
CEDA NORTHWEST PRESENTS: A program, “Understanding Money And Credit” is offered on Thursday (April 24) from 10 a.m. – noon at CEDA Northwest Self-Help Center (1300 W. Northwest Hwy.) Learn how to assess your financial situation, set financial goals, create a budget, use credit wisely, and commit to a savings plan at this free event. For more info, call 847/392-2344 or click here .
CELEBRATE OUR SISTER CITY: Stray from your weekday dinner routine on Thursday (April 24) at 6:30 p.m. by attending a Community Pot Luck Dinner at Village Hall Community Center (50 S. Emerson St.). Celebrate Mount Prospect’s relationship with Sister City Sevres, France, by bringing a dish to share. French recipes are encouraged and you may bring wine to share. Enjoy a media presentation entitled “The Micro Countries of Europe” by Bryant Harner, and hear stories about his years as a student in Sevres. Ralph Wilder and Allan Kaye will provide French music. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. Reservations are required by calling 847/870-5680. Bon Appetit!
PIZZA FOR A CAUSE: Help choose the best pie in the Northwest suburbs on Thursday (April 24) from 5 – 8 p.m. during The Pizza Challenge at Old Orchard Country Club (700 W. Rand Rd.) Sample-size pizza slices from various establishments will be served and diners can vote for their favorite. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Mt. Prospect State Bank (299 W. Central Rd.) Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Prospect. Kiwanis programs help children in the Mount Prospect community and around the world.
THE ROAD HOME: “The Road Home” program at the Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush Medical Center supports veterans who served in recent military conflicts (Iraq/OIF and Afghanistan/OEF) as well as past military conflicts (WWII, Korea, Viet Nam). The program provides services to veterans and their families including outpatient counseling ans support for PTSD, TBI, MST and other related mental health conditions; advocacy and outreatch for family-related challenges, and assistance to connect veterans with related services. All care is confidential and veterans and their families are not billed for any services because of funding through the Welcome Back Veteran Foundation. For more information/assistance, call 312/942-VETS (8387) or click here .
—-BIGGEST LOSER AUDITIONS: If you or someone you know is eager for a life changing and challenging experience, here’s your chance. NBC’s reality series, “The Biggest Loser” is holding auditions on Saturday (April 19) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at The Biggest Loser Resort (1475 Nordic Rd. ITASCA). The show recommends that applicants have at least 100 pounds to lose. Casting producers are looking for charismatic individuals who want to change their lives and vie for a $250,000 grand prize. Participants will not be allowed to line up prior to three hours before the start of the open call. Candidates should bring a nonreturnable photo of themselves. Those unable to attend the casting call can still apply and submit a videotape. Click here for instructions. Those auditioning in Itasca also have a chance to win a one-week stay at the resort.
—-EX-DNC CHIEF TO SPEAK: Past chair of the Democratic National Committee and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean will speak on Tuesday (April 22) at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center of Benedictine University (5700 College Rd. LISLE). Topics covered include his views on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, his experience in politics, and the future of the Democratic Party. Dean will speak as part of the nonpartisan Center for Civic Leadership’s speaker series which was established in 2005. The public is invited to attend this free event.
NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:
Before the Beatles, the masses were entertained by the Bard – William Shakespeare. In honor of the 450th anniversary of the Bard of Avon’s birth (1564), see how you do at some Shakespearean trivia! (Thanks to Goodreads for the questions.)
In Hamlet, who says “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark?”
a) Hamlet b) Horatio c) the Ghost d) Marcellus