Month: January 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

This Week in Mount Prospect

WARMING CENTERS: Those who need a respite from the bitter temperatures and snow have several options in the Northwest suburbs. Following is a list of facilities that are designated warming centers. Please call individual facilities for hours of operation:
Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) 847/392-6000
Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) 847/506-4930
Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) 847/253-5675
River Trails Park District Community Center (1500 E. Euclid) 847/255-1200
RecPlex (420 W. Dempster St.) 847/640-1000
Central Community Center (1000 W. Central Rd.) 847/255-5380
St. Emily’s Church (1400 E. Central Rd.) 847/824-5049
Arlington Heights Senior Center (1801 W. Central Rd. AH) 847/253-5532
Prairie Lakes (515 E. Thacker DP) 847/391-5711
Frisbie Center (52 E. NW Hwy., DP) 847/768-5944
Salvation Army Community Center (609 W. Dempster DP.) 847/981-9111
Elk Grove Township (2400 S. Arlington Hts. Rd. AH) 847/437-0300
Wheeling Township (1616 N. Arlington Hts. Rd. AH) 847/259-7730
For your pets: PetSmart (101 E. Euclid Ave.) 847/870-1636

CALL CHECK & LIFELINE PROGRAMS: During extreme weather conditions, the Village of Mount Prospect initiates a well-being check by phone to individuals who are elderly or have health-related concerns and do not have family support in the area. The Human Services Department conducts these checks, but registration is required. To register, or for more information, call 847/870-5680.  In conjunction with the Fire Department, the Human Services Department also has the Lifeline Program. Vital information, such as name, address, doctor’s name, medication and medical history and allergies is detailed on the form and placed in a special red envelope, and should be kept visible in a conspicuous spot for paramedics and fire personnel. The Human Services Department provides the forms.

ASPCA PET SAFETY TIPS: Imagine walking barefoot outside in these frigid conditions; that us what your pet experiences. The ASPCA offers these guidelines to keep your pets comfortable and safe during the unusually cold temperatures: massage petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside to help protect against salt and chemical agents. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. Feed your pet a little more during the cold weather months. Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from drafts. Remember, if it is too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet!

Image result for jazzJAZZIN’ AROUND: Bring some heat into your night on Friday (Feb. 1) 8 p.m. by enjoying the sounds of Oakton Community College’s jazz combo. Led by instructor of music, Mark Olen, Jazzin’ Around features classic and contemporary favorites. The performance is in the Footlik Theater of the Des Plaines campus (1600 E. Golf Rd.) Tickets are $8 or $5 for students and seniors. For more info, call 847/635-1900.

HERSEY FUNDRAISER: Help benefit the band program of John Hersey High School on Saturday (Feb. 2) by attending a fundraiser from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Metropolis Ballroom (6 S. Vail Ave. AH) The evening will include a silent auction, raffles and other games. Tickets are $30-$45 adults only. Alumni, tasting and non-tasting tickets are available.

SUPER BOWL AD SUCCESS: Learn what makes an effective Super Bowl ad during a presentation on Tuesday (Feb. 5) 6 p.m. in Room 1610 of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.) Brand building expert Tim Calkins will provide insights about 2018 and 2019 during his presentation: “Super Bowl Advertising Review: What Worked and What Choked.” A Q & A will follow the presentation.

JOB FAIR: Bring copies of your resume and meet face-to-face with area employers at the Daily Herald Multi-Profession Job Fair on Tuesday (Feb. 5) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event takes place in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago, Schaumburg Woodfield (1939 N. Meacham Rd. SCHAUMBURG.) Look for a full exhibitor listing and information on the job fair in the Sunday (Feb. 3) edition of the Daily Herald.

FINANCIAL FORCAST 2019: What does 2019 hold for the stock market? John Day of Daly Investment Management will discuss on Tuesday (Feb. 5) from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) For more information, call the Library at 847/253-5675 or visit


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FOOD PANTRY DURING SHUTDOWN: Government employees who live in Mount Prospect who have been affected by the federal shutdown can obtain food assistance. The Mount Prospect Food Pantry will only require proof of residency and proof of federal employment. For more information and to secure an appointment, call the Mount Prospect Human Services Department at 847/870-5680.

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MARDI GRAS MADNESS: Kids ages 4-10 can make awesome crafts to celebrate the holiday on Sunday (Jan. 27) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Art Studio (1326 W. Central Rd.) The cost is $25/R and $30/NR. This price includes admission to the Mardi Gras event on Saturday (Feb. 2) at RecPlex (420 Dempster St.) Children ages 4 and 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

OAKTON ALUM PROMOTES STEM: Curt Preissner, Ph.D., will discuss his work as an engineer at Argonne National Laboratory on Tuesday (Jan. 29) in Room 200 Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.)  Preissner, principal mechanical engineer at the Advanced Photon Source at Argon, will provide an inside scoop of what other engineers and scientists do in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s light source research facility. For more info, call 847/635-1738 or email

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT: Ask questions of representatives from more than 20 Mount Prospect preschool and child care centers at an Open House on Tuesday (Jan. 29) from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) No registration is necessary – just drop in. For more info, call 847/253-5675, visit or stop by the Library.

TENORS & BASSES WANTED: Do you love to sing? Are you a tenor or bass? If you are age 17 or older and have previous four-part choral experience, contact the Northwest Choral Society. The 45 (approximately) member chorus performs throughout the year. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays in Des Plaines. For more info, call 224/585-9127 or visit the website at for more information.

STATE TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: Suburban parents seeking to send their children to private schools this fall can apply for scholarships through Empower Illinois – the largest of five SGOs including Big Shoulders Fund, Illinois Children’s Tuition Fund, HighSight and Children at the Crossroads Foundation. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Priority is given to families whose household income is 185 percent below the federal poverty level – roughly $46,000 for a family of four – and up to 300 percent higher than poverty level – $75,000 for a family of four. For more info, visit or call 309/416-0741 or email


Image result for ice skates—-SKATING IN THE PARK: The frigid temps have an upside – ice skating! Grab some friends and head on over to Parkway Bank Park (5501 Park Place ROSEMONT) Skate on Sundays from 4 – 10 p.m. Rentals are available for $8/pair or bring your own and skate for free.

—AH HEALTH CENTER: A new 25,000 square foot facility that includes 25 exam rooms, dental space and an on-site lab is open in Arlington Heights The patient-focused services include: primary care for children and adults, physicals, wellness checks and immunizations, pediatrics, prenatal care, chronic disease management, WIC nutrition services, mammography and health education classes. The Center is located at 3250 N. Arlington Heights Rd. For hours and more info, call 847/934-7969.


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Image result for book saleWINTER BOOK SALE: Grow your home library by shopping the Mount Prospect Friends of the Library Winter Book Sale this weekend. Find great bargains on books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Members Night is Friday (Jan.18) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The General Public can browse and shop on Saturday (Jan.19) from  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (Jan. 20) from Noon – 4 p.m. at the Main Branch (10 S. Emerson St.) Consider joining the Friends. The annual membership fee is $5 for individuals, $10 for a family, and $25 for a Good Friend. Stop by the Registration Desk in the Lobby to join. Funds raised through the sale help the Friends support additional Library programs, events, and services.

BINGO: Break out of the winter doldrums with a fun game of Bingo on Friday (Jan. 18) 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (657 Algonquin Rd. DP.) Doors open at 6 p.m.; entry is free with game cards. Food and drink is available for purchase. For more info, 847/827-6656.

Image result for shining star mount prospectSHINING STAR TICKETS: Recognize and celebrate Mount Prospect’s community leaders by purchasing your Shining Stars Gala tickets before Sunday (Jan. 20.) The Gala will be held on Saturday (Feb. 2) from 6 p.m. – Midnight at The Cotillion Banquets (360 S. Creekside Dr., Palatine.) Enjoy dinner, an open bar, and dancing with music provided by Orchestra 33. Tickets are $65/person before Jan. 20 and $75/person after. Ticket deadline is Wednesday (Jan. 30) For more info and to purchase tickets visit:

JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet privately with a representative from the office of Ninth District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Wednesday (Jan. 23) anytime between 2 – 5 p.m. at the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and other federal services. Representatives from the Congresswoman’s office visit every Wednesday. This meeting is held in Room 130 on the first floor.

DIST. 214 AND BOSCH OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS: Students seeking certificates in fields such as welding, HVAC, plumbing and automotive technology at a two year college following graduation, have the opportunity through funding provided by Dist. 214 Education Foundation and the Bosch Community Fund. A minimum of one student from each of District 214’s six comprehensive high schools will be selected annually for the financial award. The Bosch Community Fund focuses primarily on enrichment of STEM education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.

THE TIME IS NOW: As much as we all enjoy holiday decorations, Mount Prospect Village code requires that temporary exterior lights be removed 60 days after a holiday. In addition to maintaining the look of your neighborhood, the requirement serves as a benefit to you as well, as the ultra violet (UV) rays from sunlight can deteriorate low gauge wire over time, as can ice and wind. After you remove the lighting, inspect it for wear before storing it for next year. Any damaged lights should be recycled to prevent causing a fire if used again.

HOLIDAY LIGHT RECYCLING: The Village is accepting unused and non-working Holiday string lights and extension cords. The materials in the string lights and extension cords will be reclaimed and reprocessed into new products. Most importantly, they will be kept out of the landfill. Drop off your unwanted Holiday string lights and extension cords Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.  – 5 p.m.  at the Mount Prospect Public Works Department (1700 West Central Road) For more info, call 847/ 870-5640. The Village cannot accept garland, live greens, wreaths, or other non-recyclable materials.

KEEP HYDRANTS CLEAR: Every winter fire hydrants become buried by the snow. This creates a situation where it becomes difficult for the Fire Department to locate and
use the hydrants. You can help the fire department by ensuring the hydrant near your home or business is kept free from snow on all sides. Please keep a clear path from the street to the hydrant as well.

Image result for coyotes mount prospectCOYOTE MATING SEASON: According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, coyote breeding season peaks in late February or early March. While we are not at that calendar date yet, there have been sightings in suburban neighborhoods. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind: keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs (especially at night) and do not assume a fence will keep a coyote out of your backyard. Accompanying your leashed pet outside, keeping dogs on short leashes while walking outside (the Division of Wildlife recommends a leash no longer than 6 feet), and leaving noisemakers such as whistles and horns on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard will also help. Most importantly, do not allow a coyote get in between you and your pet or child and yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.

ILLINOIS TAX FORMS: According to the website, electronic filing options will be available on Monday (Jan.28.)


—-ART OF WILL EISNER: See the work of one of the most significant artists in the history of comic books and comics studies at an exhibit Monday through Thursday (Jan. 22 – Feb. 21) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Art Exhibition Space, Building C at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.) This is a free event. For more info, visit

INTERNET MEETUP SPOT: The Schaumburg Police Department has a designated location for internet purchases and exchanges in the front parking lot under video surveillance at the police department. They have also partnered with OfferUp as a registered site using a green sign indicating MEETUP SPOT at 1000 W. Schaumburg Road when participating in the exchange. For more information about the initiative, call the village at 847/895-4500 or dial 311 from within the village.