Month: April 2019

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This Week in Mount Prospect

mount prospect irish festIRISH FEST: Welcome the warmer weather and enjoy everything Irish on Friday (April 26) from 5 -11 p.m. and Saturday (April 27) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. at the  8th Annual Irish Fest in downtown Mount Prospect (Chase Building parking lot 111 E. Busse Ave.). Some of the highlights on Friday include entertainment by They Might Be Irish featuring Matt Rowley! at 5:30 p.m. and Larkin & Moran Brothers at 8 p.m. Saturday’s lineup includes Irish Dancers at 10:30 a.m., The Dooley Brothers at 12:30 p.m. Mulligan Stew at 3 p.m., and The McGowen’s at 5:30 p.m. Closing out the night’s entertainment at 8 p.m. is They Might Be Irish featuring Matt Rowley!  Eats include Harrington’s corned beef and
fish ‘n chips as well as burgers and dogs from Firefighters Local Union 4119. A Beer Tent offering Guinness, Harp, Half and Half, lite beers and wine will also be available. Several vendors will be on site as well: Galway Bakers, The Irish Boutique and the Mount Prospect Junior Women’s Club. For more details, visit www.mpirishfest.com.

VOLUNTEER 101: Make this the season to “pay it forward” by finding the right volunteer opportunity for you at an event on Saturday (April 27) from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at  Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Seasoned volunteer professionals from HandsOn Suburban Chicago will introduce you to their website and guide you to a position that fits your skills and interests. To register, visit www.mppl.org, stop by the Library, or call 847/253-5675.

NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY: Responsibly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday (April 27) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at these nearby locations:

Mount Prospect Police Department
112 E. Northwest Highway
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Arlington Heights Police Department
200 E. Sigwalt St.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Elk Grove Village Police Department
901 Wellington Ave.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

For other suburban locations, visit http://takebackday.dea.gov

SIX PIANO ENSEMBLE: Enjoy a unique performance of classical, ragtime and popular music as well as a symphonic repertoire on Saturday (April 27) 8 p.m. and Sunday (April 28) 3 p.m. in the Footlik Theater of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP).This popular event is conducted by Oakton professor and coordinator of music, Glenna Sprague. Critics from Vienna to Glasgow have hailed the Six Piano Ensemble as “innovative,” technically superb” and “musical.” Tickets are $17 general public, $14 for students/seniors or $12 for groups. For more info, call 847/635-1900.

DISPLAY VEHICLE STICKERS: All vehicles registered in the Village of Mount Prospect must display the 2019-2020 vehicle sticker by Wednesday (May 1). You can order online at www.mountprospect.org/vehiclestickers or purchase in person at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.).
For more information call the Finance Department at 847/392-6000.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (May 1) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items left outside of designated hours will not be collected. For details, call 847/870-5640.

JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet privately with a representative from the office of Ninth District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Wednesday (May 1) 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.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST/NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: Observe a morning of positive reflection on Thursday (May 2) from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at Bristol Palace (828 E. Rand Rd.). Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person or $50 for two people. A table of eight is $200. To register, visit http://www.mountprospectchamber.org/events/details/community-breakfast-3313.

FRIENDS BOOK SALE: Add to your spring and summer home library by shopping Mount Prospect Public Library Friends Book Sale Friday through Sunday (May 3-5) at the Main Branch (10 S. Emerson St.). Along with books, you will find DVDs, CDs and audio books – all at bargain prices. The Members Only sale is on Friday (May 3) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The General Public can browse and shop on Saturday (May 4) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (May 5) from Noon – 4 p.m.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (May 2) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at  Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) More sessions are scheduled throughout the month of May. We will keep you posted.

SAVE A LIFE: Consider donating blood on Thursday (May 2) from 3 – 8 p.m.  in  the Community Room of  Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Walk-ins are welcome.

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LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library will be closed on Sunday (April 21). Although the buildings are closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs and renew items and place holds at www.mppl.org. Pick up an eBook or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Main Branch (10 S. Emerson St.) will reopen on Monday (April 22) at 9 a.m. The South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) will reopen Monday (April 22) at 11 a.m.

SPEAKER SERIES: Hear English Renaissance scholar Jeffrey Gore discuss the role of race in Shakespeare’s “Othello, the Moor of Venice” on Tuesday (April 19) from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP, Room 1625). His presentation is part of The Great Books Speaker Series, “Is This the Noble Moor? The Many Races of Shakespeare’s Othello.” The event is free. For more information, email mmauritz@oakton.edu.

SCHNEIDER HOSTS MEETING: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider will host a “Congress in Your Corner” event on Saturday (April 20) from 10 – 11 a.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). He will answer questions from 10th District constituents and brief attendees on his work in Washington. The event is free and open to the public.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: Learn about gardening, recycling and going green on Saturday (April 20) from 1 – 3 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd., DP). Tour the greenhouse and get tips for making your garden grow. Guests can also visit additional displays from Mount Prospect Public Works and The Garden Club of Mount Prospect. For more information, visit www.mppd.org.

PictureBIRD WALK: Learn about the plants, animals and ecosystems on the campus of Oakton Community College Monday (April 22) from 9 -10:30 a.m. in Lee Center Room 355 (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP). Biology faculty member Paul Gulezian will conduct the tour. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

 

MEET YOUR REPS: Meet with a representative from State Senator Ann Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (April 23) from 3 – 6 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Meet with a rep from Jan Shakowski’s office on Wednesday (April 24) from 2 – 5 p.m. in the same location.  Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (April 25) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items left outside of designated hours will not be collected.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-TOWNSHIP OFFERS INTERNSHIPS: Two summer paid internships are being offered by Elk Grove Township to college students entering their junior and senior year. One internship is with the General Assistance Department and the second is with Township Administration. Applicants for the General Assistance post should be majoring in social work, human services or a related field. Applicants for the Township Administration role require the willingness to work in and with all township departments. Resumes, along with a cover letter are due by Friday, May 10 and should state which internship is being sought and why. Email these materials to ppioch@elkgrovetownship.com or mail to Elk Grove Township, Attention: Paul Pioch, 2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd., AH, IL 60005. For more information, call 847/437-0300.

—-HARPER POTTERY SALE: Find a unique piece of pottery created by local artisans, students and employees of The Harper College Clay Guild’s sale on Wednesday and Thursday (April 24/25) from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Avante Center on the college’s main campus (1200 W. Algonquin Rd., PA). Cash and personal checks will be accepted as payment. For more information, contact Sam Rosby of the art department at 847/925-6495 or email srosby@harpercollege.edu.

 

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LogoHYDRANT FLUSHING: The Mount Prospect Public Works Department is conducting this operation now through Friday (April 19.) The annual program ensures that every hydrant throughout the Village operates properly and to clear the water distribution system of unwanted debris and sediment. After the hydrants have been flushed, residents are asked to check their tap water before using it for cooking, drinking or laundry as some rust or other stain producing particles may remain. The rusty tinge should disappear within a few moments if the tap is left running. For more info about the hydrant-flushing program, call Public Works at 847/870-5640.

RECYCLE COACH: The Village of Mount Prospect just made it easier for you to Go Green! A new app called Recycle Coach can be downloaded to your desktop computer, mobile devices or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The free platform makes it easy and provides the following: garbage and recycling schedule, receive weekly reminders for garbage and recycling collections, boosts your recycling knowledge and gives detailed information on where and how to recycle thousands of items. For more info, visit www.mountprospect.org/departments/recycle-coach.

EGG HUNT: Let your little ones get a jump on Easter festivities on Saturday (April 13) from 9:30 a.m. – Noon at RecPlex (420 Dempster St.) The annual event is held indoors where kids jump into piles of grass to hunt for treat-filed eggs. Bring a basket and get a photo taken with the Easter Bunny. The hunt is divided by age range: 3-4-year-olds will search from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m., 4-5-year-olds from 10:20 – 11 a.m. and 5 – 8-year-olds from 11:10 – 11:40 a.m. Tickets are $5 per child for the egg hunt and an additional $3 for a craft afterwards. For more info, visit www.mppd.org.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and Elected Officials on Saturday (April 13) from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. Questions? Call 847/392-6000.

RECYCLE INCENTIVE: Drop off your small appliances at a free recycling event on Saturday (April 13) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Home Depot (350 E. Kensington Rd.) Sponsored by the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, you will receive $25 for each item you drop off.

LEGO TRAIN CLUB: See an amazing display of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club as it travels through different worlds on Saturday (April 13) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday (April 14) from Noon – 5 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) No registration necessary – just drop in!

SEW BEE IT: If quilting or sewing is your hobby, join others who enjoy the same on Wednesday (April 17) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St,) Beginners to experts are welcome! The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories or poetry? Perhaps you’re working on a novel. Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (April 16) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Meeting 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 3rd Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Laird Larsen at l-larsen@att.net.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (April 17) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items left outside of designated hours will not be collected. For details, call 847/870-5640.

CELEBRATION OF CULTURES: The Village of Mount Prospect invites the community to the kick-off meeting for the second annual Celebration of Cultures on Wednesday (April 17) at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) This year’s event takes place on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Community members interested in volunteering, performing, or just learning more about the event are welcome. For more information, email hkleinst@mountprospect.org.

MEET OFFICIALS’ REPS: Meet with a representative from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s office on Wednesday (April 17) from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits, and other federal services. A representative from Mark Walker’s office holds hours in the same location on Thursday (April 18) from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask questions pertaining to any state of Illinois issue, e.g. Illinois income tax, professional licensing, driver services etc.

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Image result for easter bunnyLUNCH WITH THE BUNNY: Join the River Trails Park District on Saturday (April 6) for lunch, refreshments, treats and an egg hunt from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Rob Roy Golf Course (505 E. Camp McDonald Dr., PH). Bring a high chair or booster seat if needed for your little one. To request specific seats, register online at www.rtpd.org. For more info, call 847/255-1200.

CRAFT FAIR: The arrival of spring signals a flurry of craft fairs. Start the season off by visiting one on Saturday (April 6) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Moose Lodge (601 N. Main St.). Held by Prospect Lodge 660’s Chapter 1481 if Women of the Moose, it features a bake sale. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more info, call Joanna at 847/738-2205.

COSMIC PUPPET SHOW: Let your little ones explore the universe with the Jabberwocky Marionettes as they create a fantastic journey into deep space on Saturday (April 6) from 11 – 11:45 a.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). They will enjoy astronaut spacewalking, planet exploration and more. Jabberwocky Marionettes brings original music, handmade puppets and black-box puppet theater to this performance. To register, visit www.mppl.org or call 847/253-5675.

LIFE HAPPENS, LAUGH ANYWAY: Enjoy 90-minutes of comedian Tracy DeGraaf’s musings when she performs on Saturday (April 6) from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (605 W. Golf Rd.). She will take you through the seasons of a woman’s life from getting married and having kids to gaining weight and growing a beard . . . and then they meet Jesus! Tickets are $15-$20. To purchase, visit www.trinitymp.org/umw-fundraiser-4-6-19/. For more info, call 847/439-0950.

MEET OFFICIALS’ REPS: Meet with a representative from Illinois State Senator Ann Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (April 9) from 6 – 7 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). A representative of Congresswoman Jan Shakowsky’s office holds hours in the same location on Wednesday (April 10) from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits, and other federal services.

DIST. 214 COLLEGE FAIR: More than 225 colleges will be represented on Tuesday (April 9) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd., AH). Students and their families will have access to course offerings, admissions and financial aid information and also have an opportunity to learn about postsecondary options and build a college list. Interested students should register in advance of the fair at www.strivefair.com.

Image result for national library week 2019NLW TRIVIA NIGHT: Celebrate National Library Week by participating in a trivia contest on Tuesday (April 9) from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Gather a team of two to five participants and test your knowledge in categories including history, pop culture, sports and more. For more info, contact Janine Slayton or Joe Collier at 847/253-5675.

 

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-LENTEN CONCERT: Attend a multilingual concert of sacred music featuring Teresa Scalise and the Rev. Bobby Krueger on Friday (April 5) from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (1170 River Rd., DP). The concert is designed to guide your Lenten reflections. The event is free, but a collection will be taken.

—-PIANIST PERFORMS: Hear Russian pianist IIya Yakushev perform on Friday (April 5) at 7:30 p.m. at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (111 W. Campbell St., AH). Yakushev has performed at major venues on three continents. Tickets are $30 at www.metropolisarts.com. For more info, call 847/577-2121.

—-THE LETTERMEN: Enjoy the harmonies of this 1960s trio when they perform on Saturday (April 6) at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (111 W. Campbell St., AH). From their 1961 hit, “The Way You Look Tonight” to current hits of today, the sound is undeniably Lettermen. Tickets are $40 – $45 and are available at www.metropolisarts.com or call 847/577-2121.

Image result for horse race]—-ARLINGTON PARK TICKETS: Get ready for a season at the track! Tickets for the Arlington Million go on sale Wednesday (April 10). General Admission tickets for the 37th running of the race will be available at a 37 percent discount for online purchases. To purchase tickets for Arlington International Racecourse events, visit www.arlingtonpark.com.

REAL ID ACT: In compliance with the new federal law, Illinois Secretary of State is issuing driver’s licenses and state identification cards, aimed at making such cards more secure. Secretary of State Jesse White said those who want a new ID card must apply in person. They will be marked with a gold star in the top right corner, costing $30, the same as current cards. They will be available at all 138 driver services facilities statewide.

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