Month: June 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

June 28 – July 4, 2019

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.

candy apple red vintage corvetteCRUISIN’: 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.

Related imageBASTILLE 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.

MPPL 4th of July parade floatI 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.

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June 21 – June 27, 2019

Fridays on the GREEN.2018FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Pack a picnic dinner, call some friends, and meet for a concert on Friday (June 21) from 6 – 8 p.m. on Centennial Green at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Suburban Cowboys take the stage.This is a free event and it really brings the community together. Join in!

CRUISIN’: Join the Bluesmobile reunion on Saturday (June 22) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). Car enthusiasts can reminisce about their favorite makes and models. DJ Tony/Flashback 50s provide the background music.

MARKET FRESH: Take advantage of the bounty from local farmers and stop by the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (June 23) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). Seasonal favorites, gourmet goodies, and crafts fill the lot. Stop by and make it part of your weekend routine.

CAPANNARI CONCERT: You have another chance to combine two summertime favorites – ice cream and music! Enjoy a scoop or two of a Capannari creation on Sunday (June 23) while Hart and Pine perform in the adjacent park from 5 – 7 p.m Capannari Ice Cream is located at 10 S. Pine St.

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LOVE MY LIBRARIAN AWARD: Do you know an outstanding librarian who goes above and beyond to connect you with information, educational opportunities or the latest in technology? The American Library Association is asking library patrons to nominate their favorite for the national award. The award recognizes the public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Ten librarians will receive $5,000 each, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony Jan. 25, 2020 during the association’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia. Nominations are being accepted online now through October 21 at www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.

POP GOES THE MUSIC: Extend your weekend fun into Monday (June 24) by gathering friends, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner for a concert at 7:30 p.m. The Mt. Prospect Community Band presents “Leroy Anderson at the Pops” at the Veteran’s Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.). The event is free. If it rains, the concert moves indoors.

ASKED & ANSWERED: Meet with a representative from Ann Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (June 25) from 3– 6 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Jan Shakowsky’s rep will visit the same location on Wednesday (June 26) from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

RULES OF THE ROAD: If you would like a refresher in advance of taking your written driver’s license exam, take advantage of a free review on Wednesday (June 26) 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Call the Human Services Department at 847/870-5680 to register.

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THE BLACKSMITH OF MP: Learn about a crucial piece of village history on Thursday (June 27) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Lindsey Rice, executive director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society, will explain how blacksmiths in the Meyn family contributed to the development of Mount Prospect. To register, stop by the Library, visit www.mppl.org or call 847/253-5675.

THURSDAY CONCERT: Hear the stylings of vocalist Diva Montell when she performs on Thursday (June 27) 7:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.). You don’t  have to travel to Ravinia to hear great music! This is a free concert. There is no performance on Thursday (July 4).

TICKET SALES FOR 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.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

handful of strawberries—-EVERYTHING STRAWBERRY: Indulge your sweet tooth while reaching your daily fruit requirement on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 21 – 23) at the Strawberry Festival in historic Long Grove (308 Old McHenry Rd.). The annual fest celebrates all treats strawberry including chocolate-dipped, deep-fried, crepes, doughnuts and more – even strawberry barbeque sandwiches! Live music and carnival rides add to the ambiance. A Kid Zone will include Medieval Times Jr. Knight Training, face painting, and performances from local children’s groups. Festival hours are Friday (June 21) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday (June 22) from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday (June 23) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is $5/pp, with children younger than 12 admitted free of charge. Well behaved dogs on a leash are also welcome. For more information, visit http://longgrove.org/festivals/strawberry-festival/

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June 14 – June 20, 2019

Image result for go green run mount prospectGO GREEN RUN: Get moving and make a commitment to protect the Earth on Saturday (June 15) 8 a.m. for a 5K or 1-mile Family Fun Run at Lions Memorial Park (411 S. Maple St.). A $100 award will be given to overall female and male finishers from each age group. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/MountProspect/SuperheroDNS  or  https://www.mppd.org/go-green-5k. Registration is from 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. on race day. Registration fees are $30 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-mile Family Fun Run. Adults registered for the 5K are welcome to run with their children in the Fun Run at no additional charge.

CRUISE NIGHT: Check out the Buick’s and Oldsmobile’s at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (June 15) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the East Commuter Lot at the SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy. Entertainment is provided by DJ Tony/Flashback 50’s.

TO MARKET, TO MARKET: Make the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (June 16) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. one of your weekend stops. The Market is located in the East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). You’ll find a colorful array of fruits and vegetables. Gourmet items like specialty cheeses and breads are also available. The Market runs through October.

MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT: Grab a blanket or lawn chairs and friends for a concert under the stars on Monday (June 17) 7:30 p.m. when the Mt. Prospect Community Band performs at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.). The theme of the concert is “Summerfest.” If it rains, the concert moves indoors. This is a free event.

MEDICARE OVERVIEW: If you are already enrolled in, or are close to enrolling in Medicare, learn more on Tuesday (June 18) from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Wheeling Township Headquarters (1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH). Lou Barnett, Wheeling Township’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Coordinator will walk you through resources, suggestions and tips. Call 847/259-7730 to register.

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories or poetry? Perhaps you need some feedback on your 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 (June 18) 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.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Meet with a representative from Jan Shakowsky’s office on Wednesday (June 19) from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Mark Walker’s rep will visit the same location on Thursday (June 20) from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

quilting supplies and fabricSEW BEE IT: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who enjoy the same on Wednesday (June 19) from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level. The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

CLASSICS @ RANDHURST: If you missed the auto eye-candy at Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday, take a gander at the classic cars on display Wednesday (June 19) from 5 – 8 p.m. at Randhurst Village (Rt. 83 and Rand Rd. parking lot in front of Steak ‘n Shake and Buffalo Wild Wings). Enjoy music and food! For more information, visit www.events.dailyherald.com. Admission is free.

 

THURSDAY MUSIC: Enjoy the band 7th Heaven when they perform on Thursday (June 20) 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.). Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner or snack on concessions that are available for purchase.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION EVENT: A one-day shredding event will be held on Saturday (July 20) from 9 a.m. – Noon at Harper College (1200 Algonquin Rd., PAL). Up to six paper shopping bags or file-size boxes (no plastic bags) per vehicle will be accepted. Paper must be free of metal clips, plastic sleeves, folders and binders. This event is open to SWANCC community members, so have ID ready, as they will be checked.

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—JOBS BOOT CAMP: The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry hosts an event providing military veterans with the tools needed to jumpstart a job search. Only twenty veterans will be accepted into the camp. Those selected will receive a personal laptop computer, a $400 Home Depot gift card, a $400 Woodfield gift card, personalized resume package, career coaching, a one-year car maintenance package, Krav Maga Fitness package, a $300 Platinum Car Wash gift card courtesy of Sam Jidd Luxury by Mobile Click Wash, and more valued at $8,000. This is open to all veterans. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 8. Visit www.dpchamber.com

All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources. 

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June 7 – June 13, 2019

corner of the poolEVERYBODY IN THE POOL: Grab your shades and slather on sunscreen for opening day Friday (June 7) starting at 1 p.m. at Woodland Trails Pool (1500 E. Euclid Ave.). Pool passes are $48/per resident and $63/per non-resident. Summer passes can only be purchased at the Weiss Community Center, same location. To open an account to purchase pool passes or other program activities, visit https://www.rtpd.org/registration/

FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Bring a picnic dinner from home or from one of Mount Prospect’s restaurants to enjoy under the stars at this first concert of the season on Friday (June 7) from 6 – 8 p.m. on Centennial Green of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). The Hemispheres will perform R&B, Motown and Soul standards. This is a free event!

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and Elected Officials on Saturday (June 8) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Enjoy a cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of the month.

CRUISIN’: Enjoy another display of the classiest cars around on Saturday (June 8) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.).  It’s Chevy Night with entertainment provided by DJ Tony/Flashback 50s.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Safely dispose of latex and oil paints, lawn and garden chemicals, used motor oil and more on Saturday (June 8) BY APPOINTMENT ONLY from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). This one-day event is for MOUNT PROSPECT RESIDENTS ONLY. To schedule an appointment, sign up at www.mountprospect.org/hhw. Limited space is available. You must show appointment confirmation email or printout to enter. For more information, including a list of acceptable chemicals, contact the Public Works Department at 847/870-5640 or visit the link above.

FARMERS’ MARKET: The Lions Club Farmers’ Market sets up shop on Sunday (June 9) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). You will find a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables from Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan farmers as well as crafts and gourmet items. The Market is also a food drop-off location for the Mount Prospect Food Pantry and a collection site for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. It is open every Sunday through Oct. 20.

SECOND SUNDAY: Pull the kiddo’s away from their computer games and phones on Sunday (June 9) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and opt for some old-fashioned fun at the Mount Prospect Historical Society (101 and 103 S. Maple St.). Experience the games that children and their families played in yesteryear! The Dietrich Friedrichs House will also be open for tours.

Image result for zydeco voodooCONCERT IN THE PARK: Combine two summer favorites – music and ice cream – on Sunday (June 9) from 5 – 7 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.) when the band Zydeco Voodoo performs. For a full list of concerts and movies at Capannari’s visit https://www.capannaris.com/events/.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CHAMPIONS: The Illinois State Board of Education invites middle school teachers to apply for the National Association of State Boards of Education’s Civic Engagement Champions Award. Applicants are asked to describe how they help students become active and responsible members of their communities. One middle school teacher will receive $5,000 and be recognized at the organization’s annual conference in October. The award application and more information is available at www.nasbe.org/project/civic-engagement-champions. Applications are due by Monday (June 10).

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Meet with a representative from Ann Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (June 11) from 3 – 6 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Talk with a rep from Jan Shakowsky’s office on Wednesday (June 12) from 2 – 5 p.m. at the same location. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE: Seniors, a strong core helps improve your balance and reduces the risk of falling. Attend a program on Tuesday (June 11) 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Wheeling Township Headquarters (1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH). Northwest Community Hospital physical therapists Marie and Bill Aquino will conduct the class and answer your questions.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Responsibly dispose of unwanted electronics on Wednesday (June 12) 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 more information, call 847/870-5640.

gardening flowersGARDEN CLUB: Make friends or discover a new hobby on Wednesday (June 12) when you stop by the Garden Club of Mount Prospect meeting from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd., DP). The monthly agenda is divided into a social hour and refreshments (11:30 a.m.), a business meeting (12:15 p.m.), and a program featuring speakers (1 p.m.).  Annual dues are $25 and members meet September through June. For more information, call Carrie at 847/640-8332.

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