Month: February 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

This Week in Mount Prospect

mount prospect public library mini golfMINI GOLF: What better way to welcome spring than with a game of mini golf? This fun event, sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, takes place on Saturday (March 2) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Library (10 S. Emerson St.) The 18-hole game is spread throughout the Library, between the stacks and down the stairs! There is also a 19th hole entertainment area for players with refreshments, entertainment, and games. Tickets are $5/individuals and $20/family of four. Proceeds provides funding to the Library for special programs and projects that are otherwise unattainable with tax dollars. Don’t miss this fun community event. For more information, visit

YOUNG ADULT MARCH MADNESS: Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to celebrate March Madness from March 1-31 at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Participants are encouraged to check out the bracket of Young Adult titles in the Teen Space and vote for their favorite books. For more info, call the Library at 847/253-5675.

STRIKE OUT COLON CANCER: Gather some pals for a fun afternoon of bowling on Sunday (March 3) from 12:30 – 4 p.m. at Brunswick Zone (824 E. Rand Rd.) Northwest Community Hospital hosts this fundraiser to combat colon cancer – the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. It is also the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. It is estimated that 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented with regular screening for the disease. Sign up for the fundraiser by visiting Register up to six participants per lane/team. The cost is $40 per bowler. The cost of registration includes shoes and lunch – pizza, wings and drinks. All profits go toward the Northwest Community Healthcare Foundation’s Colorectal Screening Fund, providing assistance to those needing their first colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer.

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AMERICAN LEGION PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs and hash browns on Sunday (March 3) from 9 a.m. – Noon at American Legion Post 208 (121 N. Douglas Ave., AH.) Admission is $8/adults and $4/veterans and children ages 12 and younger. Proceeds support Post programs and services for veterans, military personnel and their families.

HARPER SPEAKER SERIES: Curious about this year’s  economic and market outlook? Attend the seminar, “Outlook 2019” on Tuesday (March 5) from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Wojcik Conference Center of Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.) John Chapman, chief executive officer of Clearwater Capital Partners, will present the program. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit

ULTRASOUND VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: If you are at least 18 weeks pregnant, you may volunteer for a free obstetrical ultrasound conducted through the Harper College Diagnostic Cardiac and Medical Sonography program. A limited number of appointments are available through April 10. Exams are performed by students on state-of-the-art equipment, under the supervision of a registered medical diagnostic medical sonographer. Harper’s programs conforms to all patient safety regulations. To make an appointment, contact Karen in the Harper College Diagnostics Imaging Lab at 847/925-6104.

EARLY BIRD POOL PASS: From now through May 1, the Mt. Prospect Park District is offering summer pool passes with access to three pools – Big Surf Wave, Pool, Meadows Aquatic Center, and RecPlex Indoor Pool. Those who purchase passes through May 1 are eligible to win prizes, including a free pool pass for the next year. For more info, visit

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: If you are learning English, you are invited to practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers. The first of four sessions takes place on Thursday (March 7) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) The program is available for Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents. For more information or to register, call 847/506-4930.

BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life by donating blood on Thursday (March 7) from 3- 8 p.m. in the 1st floor Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Parking is available in the garage adjacent to Village Hall. Walk-ins are welcome.


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2-22 TO 2-28

CANDIDATE FORUM: The League of Women Voters will host a Candidate Forum on Saturday (Feb. 23) from 9 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) The forum will cover four area races for positions on the Mt. Prospect Park District Board (9 a.m.), River Trails School District 26 (10 a.m.), School District 57 (11 a.m.) and Mount Prospect Village Board (Noon.) Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions to candidates. For more info, contact the League of Women Voters at

TEA WITH LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the classic book Little Women on Saturday (Feb. 23) from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at an afternoon tea  in Mount Prospect’s original one-room schoolhouse, Central School (103 S. Maple.) Portraying author Louisa May Alcott is history interpreter Leslie Goddard. Participants will sip tea and enjoy light refreshments while listening to stories of Miss Alcott’s childhood in poverty, her struggles to succeed as a writer, and how Little Women came to be. Tickets are $8 per person and pre-registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact the Mount Prospect Historical Society at 847/392-9006.

TAX PREP ASSISTANCE: Seniors and those with low to moderate incomes needing assistance preparing tax returns have several options. Call ahead for an appointment. Facilities nearby include: Village of Mount Prospect (847/870-5680), Wheeling Township (847/259-7730), Elk Grove Senior Center (847/364-7224), Des Plaines Public Library (847/376-2788), Des Plaines Frisbie Senior Center (847/768-5944), Prospect Heights Public Library – VITA Volunteers (847/259-3500) AARP Tax-Aide: 888/687-2277.) Federal Tax Forms are available online at State Forms are available online at Illinois Department of Revenue. Tax Day is Monday (April 15.)

OAKTON FORUM: The Oakton Community College Full-Time Faculty Association-Political Action Committee will host a forum on Tuesday (Feb. 26) from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Room 1604 at the Des Plaines campus (1600 E. Golf Rd.) Candidates running for the college’s board will discuss their platforms and what they envision for the future of Oakton. A Q & A session will follow brief introductory remarks by each candidate. For more information, email or

JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet privately with a representative from the office of Ninth District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Wednesday (Feb. 27) 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.


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VEHICLE STICKER UPDATE: Because the original 2019-20 Mount Prospect vehicle sticker design drew concerns from some residents, a new design celebrating the Police Department’s community outreach and inclusion efforts is now in production and should be available for distribution by March 1. However, both images will still be an option for residents. Stickers purchased online or via return mail will receive the redesigned sticker. Exchange options are as follows: Return the stickers in person by March 1 to the  Finance Department of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.); return  via mail with a note requesting the preferred image; return the stickers  via the 24-hour payment boxes (located outside the front door of Village Hall and in the parking deck, next to the Library book return.) The 2019-20 stickers must be displayed by May 1. For more information, contact Village Hall at 847/392-6000.

EMERSON STREET PARKING DECK: Mount Prospect residents who live north of Northwest Highway and the train tracks can purchase a monthly permit for the Emerson Street Parking Deck for $20 (half the price of $40/month for other commuter lot permits in town.) Spaces are available each day on a first-come, first-served basis on the 4th and 5th levels. The Reduced Fee Permit cannot be used in other commuter lots. Purchase permits at the following locations: Mount Prospect Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd.) Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; or the Finance Department at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Proof of residency is required and will be verified prior to permit issuance.

Roller Skating Clip Art FreeSKATE TO SAVE HISTORY: Strap on your skates and help the Mount Prospect Historical Society and Mt. Prospect Park District save history on Presidents’ Day, Monday (Feb. 18.) at a skating party held at Central Community Center (100 W. Central Rd.) Admission is $5/person and inline skates can be rented for $5 at the facility – or you can bring your own (must pass Park District inspection.) All proceeds will go towards the Mount Prospect Historical Society educational programs. For more information, visit or call 847/392-9006.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: The Shakespeare Project of Chicago returns to the Library on Tuesday (Feb.19) 7 – 9 p.m. for a performance of this classic. Following the play will be a post-show discussion and opportunity to interact with the actors and creative team. To register, visit, call 847/253-5675 or stop by the Library.

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories, poetry or another creative format? Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Feb. 19) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Study Room 2A on the second floor 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 (approximately 10) with group members. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis. The Writers Group meets the third Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Larid Larsen at

Image result for candle light yogaCANDLELIGHT, YOGA & WINE: Unwind from the workday on Thursday (Feb. 21) from 6 – 8 p.m. with an evening of yoga at the Rob Roy Clubhouse (505 E. Camp McDonald Rd. PH.) Participants must be at least 21 years old and have some previous yoga experience. The evening will be capped off with wine and chocolate. The cost is $25/R and $30/NR and drop-ins. For more information, contact Fitness Supervisor Robin at 847/255-1200 or visit

OAKTON ART EXHIBIT: From now through Friday (March 22) the Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP) will display unique compositions by Chicago-based husband and wife artists. The exhibit, “Intersection of Place and Time: Indira Freitas Johnson and Karl Johnson” will be on display from 5 – 8 p.m. The sculpture and paintings in the exhibition explore the constant process of transformation and change in the cycle of decay, strength, and vulnerability, as the artists create a dialog between nature and human intervention. For more details, visit or call 847/635-2633.


—-METRA FREE WEEKEND RIDES: Metra passengers can leave their monthly and 10-ride passes home this weekend when the railroad offers unprecedented free rides. The effort is to encourage suburbanites to travel by train on weekends and give commuters “a pat on the back” for enduring a modified schedule, delays and cancellations during recent extreme weather. Attractions this weekend include the Chicago Auto Show, which ends on Monday and the Field Museum, which has free admission this month for Illinois residents. For more information, visit

—INTERVIEW ATTIRE COLLECTION: CD One Price Cleaners is partnering with not-for-profit Cara to collect gently used, interview-worthy clothing for men and women beginning Monday (Feb. 18) through Sunday (March 31) at several locations. Nearby locations of CD One Price Cleaners include: 960 E. Northwest Hwy, AH, 1387 Lee St. DP.; 1240 E. Dundee Rd. PAL.; and 38 E. Golf Rd. SCHAUMBURG.


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teacups and heart-shaped cookies on a mint-colored trayMOMMY & ME VALENTINE TEA: Don your party clothes and enjoy the pageantry of high tea on Saturday (Feb. 9) from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Rob Roy Golf Course (505 E. Camp McDonald Rd. PH.) Tea will be served in real china with an assortment of sandwiches and goodies. The cost for residents ages 2-14 is $9 and $11 for non-residents. Tickets for participants ages 15 and up are $12 for residents and $14 for non-residents. For more info, visit or call 847/255-1200.

LEGISLATORS OPEN HOUSE: State Representative Mark Walker and State Senator Ann Gillespie will welcome residents, local organizations and businesses to their new district constituent service office on Saturday (Feb. 9) from Noon – 4 p.m. The office is located at 120 W. Eastman St. Suite 207. Regular office hours will be Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Walker’s staff can be reached at 847/749-1137 or Gillespie’s staff is available at 847/749-1880 and

YOUR FURRY VALENTINE: Bring your pooch to have their picture taken with Valerie Valentine on Saturday (Feb. 9) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Buddy Foundation (65 W. Seegers Rd. AH.) Proceeds benefit the non-profit, all volunteer, no-kill shelter. For more info, visit

SECOND SUNDAY @ MPHS: Bring the family to the Mount Prospect Historical Society on Sunday (Feb. 10) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (101/103 S. Maple St.) Be ready to make and take a Valentine’s Day craft. The Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum will also be open for tours. The Mount Prospect Historical Society hosts events on the second Sunday of each month. For more info, visit or call 847/392-9006.

BIG LITTLE LAWS: Join Chicago’s best legal minds as they sing, dance, and perform comedy on Sunday (Feb. 10) 2 p.m. at the Footlik Theater of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.) The Chicago Bar Association’s 95th Annual Holiday Spirits Revue – “Big Little Laws – A Whodunnit,” lampoons celebrities in politics and show business. The benefit performance supports student scholarships, innovation grants for academic and extracurricular initiatives and much more. Tickets are $50 and include a special Valentine’s Day wine and dessert post performance reception. To reserve a seat, call the Educational Foundation at 847/635-1893 or visit

EMPLOYMENT POWER WORKSHOP: Jump-start your job search by attending a workshop on Monday (Feb. 11) from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Experts from Illinois Worknet will guide you through resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills and networking. Lunch will be on your own. To sign up, visit, stop by the Library, or call 847/253-5675.

THE SUCCESSFUL PARENT: Journalist and author Katherine Lewis will share her strategies and successful parenting tools at a presentation on Monday (Feb. 11) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd. AH.) This program is presented in partnership with District 214 Community Education. For more information, or to register, visit or call 847/718-7700.

GARDEN CLUB: Put the polar vortex behind you and think plants, flowers and spring, oh my!  Get a taste of the tropics on Wednesday (Feb. 13) 11:30 a.m. when you join the Garden Club of Mount Prospect as they discuss “Tropicals to Perk Up Your Home.” The discussion will be facilitated by Barb Collins at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd. DP.) Ms. Collins will show guests where tropical indoor plants grow wild and explain how to adapt the many different species and their cultivars to your home and temperate climate. Members are invited to bring guests. The day will begin with refreshments at the 11:30 a.m. social hour, followed by a business meeting and then will conclude with the 1 – 2 p.m. program.

RECYCLING REMINDERS: The Mount Prospect Public Works Department offers guidelines for clean items placed in your BLUE recycling cart:

Paper and cardboard
Glass bottle and jars
Rigid plastic containers (#1-5 & 7)
Milk and juice cartons
Steel & aerosol cans
Aluminum cans, trays & clean foil

Plastic bags, food scraps & pizza boxes
#6 plastic polystyrene foam
Yard waste, brush, garden hoses, shower rods
Paints, oils, household chemicals
Ceramics, ovenware, drinking glasses and Pyrex
Syringes and medical waste

For more info on responsible recycling, visit or call 847/870-5640

CALLING ALL CHOCOLATE LOVERS: Indulge your sweet tooth (or someone else’s ) by participating in the Unbelievable Chocolate Raffle sponsored by the Mount Prospect Library Foundation now through Thursday (Feb. 14) The event takes place in the Lobby of the Library and features themed baskets full of chocolate and other goodies. Raffle tickets are $2 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Winners need not be present. All proceeds benefit the foundation, which raises funds for special programming and events at the Library. For details, call 847/253-5675.