Month: March 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

This Week in Mount Prospect

organic produceORGANICS PROGRAM: The Village of Mount Prospect’s Unlimited Organics Collection Program resumes Monday (April 1).  Residents must provide their own rigid container or obtain one through the cart rental program. Acceptable organics include fruits and vegetables, pastas, bread, crackers, coffee grounds, cheese, yogurt (no liquids), grass clippings, brush, flowers and leaves. The service is available for no additional charge through mid-December. For more information, visit the village website at www.mountprospect.org or by contacting Public Works at 847/870-5640 or publicworksdept@mountprospect.org.

MONEY SMART WEEK: This annual event returns with programs held at the Main Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). On Monday (April 1) from 7 – 8 p.m, learn about Women’s Retirement Planning from Nancy Reiser of Edward Jones.  On Tuesday (April 2) from 7:30 – 9 p.m., attend a program on Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning with Attorney Jacob K. Ehrensaft who will explain how to insure your final wishes are protected by your will, trusts and powers of attorney. On Wednesday (April 3) from 10 – 11 a.m., learn about Investing in Uncertain Times from Experts from GCG Financial who will provide tools to invest confidently. All programs are held in Room 154 Meeting Room A on the first floor. Register by visiting www.mppl.org or call 847/253-5675.

ATHLETIC FIELD PLANNED: A new athletic field for soccer, lacrosse and other sports will replace a vacant lot next to the Mount Prospect Ice Arena, under a recently approved plan by village trustees. Nicholas and Associates, builder of the ice arena and owner of both properties, plans to install artificial turf similar to high school athletic fields on the site (430 Lakeview Ct.). The field will be open from 7 a.m. – dusk, but could at some point include lighting that would keep it open until 10 p.m. Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek said the neighborhood would be notified if Nicholas and Associates seeks village approval for lights. She also noted that the tall trees and berm that will be part of the landscape should shield neighbors from noise and visibility.

OAKTON HONORS MLK: Civil rights advocate George D. Arnold will present “Echoes of Dr. King” on Tuesday (April 2) in the Student Center of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP). Arnold has delivered King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the dedication of the chapel at Morehouse College (King’s alma mater in Atlanta). He has also recited King’s “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” address for 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. The program is sponsored by Oakton’s Center for Campus Inclusion and Diversity, Office of Student Life and Office of Access, Equity and Inclusion. The event is free and open to the public.

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING: Mount Prospect’s Electronic Recycling Drop-Off reopens on Wednesday (April 3) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items will only be accepted during designated times. To review acceptable items, visit www.mountprospect.org. If you do not find your electronic item listed as acceptable, consult the SWANNC Green Pages for alternative recycling options. This service runs through the last week in October.

JOB FAIR: Looking for a career change or new job? Attend the Daily Herald Multi-Profession Job Fair on Wednesday (April 3) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Poplar Creek Banquets (2354 W. Higgins Rd., HOFFMAN ESTATES). Professions represented include Marketing, Accounting, IT, Collections, Hospitality and more. Bring copies of your resume. You can pre-register for this event at www.CatalystCareerGroup.com.

BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life by donating blood on Thursday (April 4) from 3 – 8 p.m. in the Community Room at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Walk-ins are welcome.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

Image result for easter bunny—- EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: Hop on over to Woodfield Mall (5 Woodfield Mall, SCHAUMBURG) on Saturday (March 30) from Noon – 2 p.m. in the mall’s Grand Court. Easter-themed crafts, games and a visit to the Bunny Photo Experience – which runs through Saturday (April 20) – is all part of the fun. Want to save time and avoid the line for your photo? You can get a Bunny FastPass and reserve the magical moment by visiting www.simonbunny.com.

—- SALUTE INC. 5K/10K: Registration is now open for this annual Memorial Day Weekend in Arlington Heights to raise funds to help meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of injured military service members. This year’s race will be held on Saturday (May 25) at 8 a.m. near Recreation Park (500 E. Miner St.). To learn more or to register, visit www.saluteinc.org.

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FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE: The Consolidated Election takes place on Tuesday (April 2). Some polling places have changed locations. To find your current location, visit https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/your-voter-information. Sample ballots are also on the site. Early voting returns to Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) on the following dates:
Saturday (March 23) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday (March 24) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday (March 25 – 29) from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday (March 30) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday (March 31) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday (April 1) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Questions? Contact Karen Agoranos at 847/818-5333 or email her at kagoranos@mountprospect.org.

LOST TAX DOCUMENT HELP:
LOST: W2:  Go to your HR or payroll department; they can provide another. Check your old emails. Many companies offer electronic access to company documents, including tax statements.
LOST: OLD TAX RETURNS: Get a tax transcript from the IRS. Tax transcripts are free, but they are not the same as a photocopy of your tax return. If a full photocopy is what you are after, you will need to fill out IRS Form 4506 instead and there is a fee. If you have used a tax preparer in the past, they probably have it on file also.
LOST: A 1099: Log in to your investment account. There are several types of 1099s including the 1099-DIV, 1099-B and 1099-R, and you can get another in the tax documents section of your investment account’s website.
LOST: YOUR 1098: Log on to your bank account. Look at your year-end mortgage statement.
LOST: ENOUGH TIME TO DO YOUR TAXES: Get an extension. If the wait for missing documents goes beyond April 15, you can use IRS Form 4868 to get an extension. In general, that will give you six more months to track things down. However, take note that an extension gives you more time to file your taxes, NOT more time to pay your taxes.

Image result for fish fry st. raymond parish life centerFISH FRY: Enjoy a Lenten meal on Friday (March 22) from 5 – 8 p.m. at St. Raymond Parish Life Center (corner of Lincoln and I-Oka, MP). Dine in and carryout meals feature fried cod, fried shrimp or cheese pizza, with a choice of two of the following sides: French fries, mac n’ cheese, coleslaw or applesauce. A salad, rolls and dessert come with each meal. Complimentary coffee, tea, water, lemonade and a cash bar for beer, wine and soda. The cost is $12/adults, $11/seniors, $7/kids.

DIST. 214 SEEKS MENTORS: Studies show that students who work with mentors outside the classroom are more likely to be engaged in high school overall and to graduate from college or other post-secondary training. The District has launched The Mentor Matching Engine Program. Mentors can get involved with students in three areas: in-person career support; virtual project and research support; and virtual career support. The District contacts potential mentors within 48 hours of signing up to begin the process of connecting them with students and completing a mentor profile. For more info, or to sign up, visit www.discover214.org/mentor-students.

PLAY & LEARN: Parents, set aside Tuesday (March 26) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for an hour of fun with your toddlers and preschool-age children at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). Listen to books, dance to music, and enjoy making fun crafts. To learn more, call 847/506-4930.

RULES OF THE ROAD: Seniors, take a refresher class on Wednesday (March 27) from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). This is a great way to prep in advance for taking your written exam for your driver’s license renewal. To register, call the Human Services Department at 847/870-5680.

JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet privately with a representative from the office of Ninth District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Wednesday (March 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 will be held in Room 130 on the first floor.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING: Entrepreneurs, small business owners or those interested in business are invited to this free Business Book Author Series presented by Randy Hlavac on Thursday (March 28) from 6 – 9 p.m. in Room 1610  at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP).

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-CONSUMER PROTECTION EVENT: Representatives Brad Schneider and Jan Schakowsky host this event on Saturday (March 23) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Glenview Public Library (1930 Glenview Rd., GLENVIEW). The focus is to help constituents recognize and prevent scams and fraud, especially those targeting seniors. The event will include a presentation from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Illinois Attorney General covering identity theft, credit and loan offers, medical discount scams, telemarketing scams and more. Questions or special accommodations, please call 847/328-3409 (Rep. Schakowsky) or 847/383-4870 (Rep. Schneider).

Image result for sensory storytime—-SENSORY STORYTIME: Children ages 2-8 with autism or other special needs and their families are invited to a free sensory sensitive program on Saturday (March 23) 1:30 p.m. at Des Plaines Public Library (1501 Ellinwood Ave.). Pick up tickets outside Meeting Room B 30 minutes before the program.

 

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Image result for early votingEARLY VOTING @ VILLAGE HALL: Cast your votes early for the April 2 Consolidated Election during the following dates: Monday (March 18) through Saturday (March 23) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Candidates are running for Trustee for the Village of Mount Prospect and Library Trustee.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: As we head into spring and unpredictable weather, the Village of Mount Prospect offers the 3 Days, 3 Ways Campaign to help residents prepare following a disaster. Start with Build a Kit: make a list of everything you and your family need for a few days – water, food, essentials for day-to-day living. Make a Plan: think about how your family would deal with an emergency that forces you to shelter in your home or evacuate and relocate elsewhere. Is there a plan to get the kids home from school? Is there a plan to care for an elderly parent living alone? Writing it down will ensure the best outcome possible. Get Involved: Sign up for CPR and first aid classes, and join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT.)

KNOTS OF LOVE: Help bring comfort to pediatric patients at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital while honoring the memory of Mount Prospect resident Lauren Graver who passed away at age 7 from cancer in 2017. When Lauren was admitted to the hospital for treatment, classmates and teachers at Lions Park Elementary gave her a rainbow-patterned fleece blanket. Since then, some 700 blankets have been made and given to patients. The fourth annual Knots of Love event is scheduled for Friday (March 15) from 4:30 – 9 p.m. at Prospect High School (801 W. Kensington Rd.) The community is invited to bring materials such as fleece to assemble the blankets. The Graver family will also be selling T-shirts to raise money for a scholarship in Lauren’s memory. To donate, visit www.214foundation.org/scholarships.

ORGANICS PROGRAM: The Village of Mount Prospect has rebranded the yard waste program: it is now the Unlimited Organics Collection Program. Residents must provide their own rigid container or obtain one through the cart rental program. Acceptable organics include fruits and vegetables, pastas, bread, crackers, coffee grounds, cheese, yogurt (no liquids), grass clippings, brush, flowers and leaves. The service is available for no additional charge from April through mid-December.

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 (March 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 l-larsen@att.net.

SEW BEE IT: If quilting or sewing is your hobby, join others who enjoy the same on Wednesday (March 20) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Community Rooms of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Beginners to seasoned pros are welcome. Sew Bee It meets the third Wednesday of every month. For more info, call Cindy at 847/392-9006.

JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet privately with a representative from the office of Ninth District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Wednesday (March 20) 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.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-LENTEN FISH FRY: Enjoy a fish dinner with sides on Fridays through April 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall (15 N. Hickory Ave. AH.) The cost is $10, $5 for ages 6-12, and free of charge for those age 5 and younger. Dinner includes breaded cod, tater tots, coleslaw, cornbread, French cut bread and complimentary coffee or tea. Soda, wine and beer are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the youth ministries at St. James, St. Edna, Our Lady of Wayside and St. Colette Catholic Churches. Funds raised will also assist Special Olympics.

—-PET EXPO: Bring the family to America’s largest pet expo happening Friday (March 15) from 1 – 9 p.m., Saturday (March 16) from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday (March 17) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Arlington International Racecourse (2200 W. Euclid Ave. AH) More than 200 exhibits of pet products, services and rescues will be available. Admission is $10/adults; $5/ages 3-12 and free/ages 3 and younger. Parking is $7. Please leave your pets at home. For more info, visit www.petchicago.com.

—-HEALTH TALKS @ AHML: Learn about colorectal cancer on Tuesday (March 19) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at a Northwest Community Healthcare presentation at Arlington Heights Memorial Library (500 N. Dunton St.) Register by calling 847/392-0100.

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Image result for daylight savings time 2019FRENCH TRIVIA NIGHT: Celebrate Mount Prospect’s French-American connection with a friendly game of French trivia on Friday (March 8) from 7 – 10 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Bring friends, snacks and beverages for an evening of fun, camaraderie, and prizes. All questions are in English. Tickets are $10 plus a small service fee, and proceeds support community activities and programs sponsored by Mount Prospect’s Sister Cities Commission. To buy tickets and choose your tables, visit www.mountprospectsistercities.com/events. The limit is 10 people per table. Tickets must be purchased in advance; there are no sales at the door. Questions? Contact Doreen at 847/818-5300.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village elected officials on Saturday (March 9) from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) The event follows an Open House format, so drop in any time between those hours. Families are welcome. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. For more info, visit www.mountprospect.org or call 847/392-6000.

SECOND SUNDAY @ THE SOCIETY: Peek behind the scenes of the Mount Prospect Historical Society on Sunday (March 10) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the Museum Campus (101 & 103 South Maple St.) Look at the artifacts from the Society’s extensive storage area, which is normally closed to the public. You’ll see firsthand how they store and archive historic items from Mount Prospect’s past.

SWEET SOUNDS: Welcome spring with a concert featuring beautiful melodies courtesy of the Mt. Prospect Community Band on Sunday (March 10) 3:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (605 W. Golf Rd.) Selections include Suite of Old American Dances, In the Miller Mood, and English Folk Song Suite. Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance at RecPlex (420 W. Dempster) or at the door on the day of the performance. For more info, visit www.mppd.org.

SPRING FORWARD: Cheers to welcoming more daylight when you move your clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday (March 10) for Daylight Saving Time. This is also the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The Mount Prospect Fire Department recommends you change the batteries in these devices at least twice a year, and at any time you hear the “chirp” warning of a low battery. For assistance with replacing your smoke alarm batteries, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 847/818-5253.

PLAY & LEARN: Parents, set aside Tuesday (March 12) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and bring your toddlers and preschool-age children to the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) Listen to books, dance to music, and enjoy making fun crafts. To learn more, call 847/506-4930.

BUSSE ROAD STUDY: Attend a Public Hearing for the Busse Road Phase I Study that will evaluate improvements along Busse  Road, from Golf Road to Central Road in Mount Prospect on Tuesday (March 12) from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) There will not be a formal presentation, but project staff will be on hand to answer your questions. For more information, contact Sanjay Joshi, P.E., Project Manager at Busse.Road@cookcountyil.gov.

GARDEN CLUB OF MP: Learn “All About GMOs” on Wednesday (March 13) 1 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd. DP.) The program, presented by Kim Morton, will discuss the concerns of the long term effects of genetically modified foods as well as government regulation. Ms. Morton is a member of the Cook County Farm Bureau Speakers Bureau, and is a former farmer manager for the Northern Trust Company and farm owner. The schedule for the Garden Club meeting is as follows: Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting and concludes with the presentation at 1 p.m.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-SAINT ALPHONSUS IRISHFEST: Get a jump on celebrating St. Paddy’s Day on Friday (March 8) from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Saint Alphonsus School (411 N. Wheeling Rd. PH.) Tap your feet to the Dillon-Gavin Irish Dancers and listen to The Larkin and Moran Brothers music! Food trucks featuring an Irish menu will be available. You can also purchase premium beer, wine and cocktails. This event is for those 21 years and older. Admission is $15 or $20 at the door. For more info, visit www.saintalphonsusph.org.

—-POUR & PAIR: Enjoy an evening of artisanal food, beer, and spirits on Saturday (March 9) 7 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum (110 W. Fremont St.) Tickets are $60 for General Admission or $40 for members which includes an extra hour to explore and taste! All proceeds benefit the Museum. This is a “21-years old and older” event. For more information, visit www.ahmuseum.org or call 847/255-1225.

—-THE POLISH IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE:  Hear the stories of Aleksandra Majkowska Smith, Jagwiga Cyparska and Dorota Zak, three Oakton Community College faculty members who immigrated to the U.S. at a program on Monday (March 11) 4 p.m. in Room 1605 at the Des Plaines Campus (1600 E. Golf Rd.)

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