LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.) and (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) will be closed on Thursday (July 4). While the buildings will be 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. Check out an e-book or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Main Branch will reopen on Friday (July 5) at 9 a.m. The South Branch will reopen at 11 a.m.
CRUISIN’: Start the weekend fun on Saturday (June 29) by visiting the Bluesmobile Cruise Night Car Show from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). This week the snazzy Corvette is featured! Music is provided by 94.7 WLS FM.
FARMERS’ MARKET: Check out the colorful and healthy array of fruits, vegetables, herbs and gourmet goodies at the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (June 30) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). The Market is open every Sunday through October.
BASTILLE DAY BASH: Celebrate Mount Prospect and Sister City Sevres, France on Sunday (July 14) at Old Orchard Country Club (700 W. Rand Rd.). The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday (June 30). Click here to order tickets.Tickets are $65 per person and will not be sold at the door. The Bastille Day dinner will include entertainment from the Tri-Tone Jazz Trio, and Gypsy Jazz by Di Arte Entertainment. Invited guests include Frederic Chole, Deputy Consul General of France in Chicago, and J.B. Pritzker.
I PLEDGE @ CAPANNARI: Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday (July 1) from 4 – 6 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.). A perfect recitation earns each participant a free kiddie cone. The “I Pledge” event takes place every Monday from 4 – 6 p.m. throughout the month of July.
MONDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy music under the stars on Monday (July 1) at 7:30 p.m. when the Mount Prospect Community Band performs Song of Norway at Veteran’s Memorial Bandshell, Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.). Make it a mini version of Ravinia by bringing a picnic dinner from home or from one of Mount Prospect’s great restaurants. Admission is free. In the event of rain, the concert moves indoors.
BESSIE’S STORY HOUR: Kids of all ages will enjoy an hour of stories from the turn of the 20th century on Tuesday (July 2) from 10 – 11 a.m. at Mount Prospect Historical Society Central School (103 S. Maple St.). Bring a blanket and a picnic and meet by the bench under the crab tree. No registration is required.
QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Meet with a staff member from 9TH District Rep. Jan Shakowsky’s office on Wednesday (July 3) 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. For more information, call the Library at 847/253-5675 or visit www.mppl.org.
VILLAGE FESTIVAL: You know summer is in full swing when the Mount Prospect Lions Club brings the annual fest back to town. Five days of fun rides, great food, live music, cash raffle, beer and wine gardens fill the agenda. The festival takes place at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.). Scheduled times are Wednesday (July 3) from 6 – 11 p.m., Thursday (July 4) from 1 – 11 p.m., Friday (July 5) from 6 – 11 p.m., Saturday (July 6) from 1 – 11 p.m., and Sunday (July 7) from 1 – 11 p.m. Fireworks are July 4 and July 7 from 9:30 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a pancake breakfast on Friday (July 5) from 7 – 11 a.m. Buy your carnival ride wristband before the festival for only $20 (a minimum savings of $5) cash or check only – no credit cards. For sales locations and a full schedule of events, visit http://mplions.org/festival.html.
I LOVE A PARADE: Watch, ride along, or cheer on the Mount Prospect 4th of July Parade on Thursday (July 4) beginning at 1 p.m. The parade kicks off at the corner of Emerson St. and Prospect Ave. The route will follow Prospect Ave. and Central Rd. ending at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.). The Library has a float, so come out and cheer us on! The parade is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Special Events Commission and is televised and shown on the local cable channel several times throughout the summer months.
MAPLE ST. PARKING OPTIONS: The construction of the Maple Street Lofts development in downtown Mount Prospect will impact parking to those who use Maple St. Commuter Lot. Alternative parking is available via permit or daily fee and restricted to Mount Prospect residents at the following: South portion of the Maple St. Lot; Lions Park Parking Lot; and on-street along the north side of E. Prospect Ave. Additional commuter parking options include: Emerson Street Parking Deck between Village Hall and the Library as well as the East and West commuter lots. For more details visit www.mountprospect.org/easypark.