Month: July 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

July 26 – August 1, 2019

LIBRARY CLOSING EARLY: The Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) will close at 5 p.m. on Friday (July 26). While the building 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 Library will reopen on Saturday (July 27) at 9 a.m.

DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY: Meet up with your neighbors and make some new friends on Friday (July 26) from 4 – 11 p.m. and Saturday (July 27) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. during this fun-filled annual event (Emerson St. and Busse Ave.). Great food and entertainment. Free kids’ activities on Saturday including bounce houses, an inflatable slide, mini rides, a balloon artist, face painters, ponies and more. For more info, visit www.mpblockparty.com or www.facebook.com/MtProspectParty. This event is sponsored by the Village of Mount Prospect and the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce.

FIVE-O 5K RUN/WALK: Enjoy a fun run/walk with the Mount Prospect Police on Saturday (July 27) beginning at 8 a.m. at the Police and Fire Headquarters (112 E. Northwest Hwy.). The cost is $25/adults age 11 and over, $15/youth 10 and under. Packet Pick Up is on Friday (July 26) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Police Department. Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up is from 7 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.  Parking is available at the Village parking deck (30 S. Emerson St.) and at the Train lot on Northwest Hwy. directly south of the Police Department. All proceeds benefit the Mount Prospect Food Bank. Questions? Call 847/870-5649.

Image result for thunderbird carCRUISIN’: The Thunderbirds are in town on Saturday (July 27) from 3 – 9 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Lions Club Bluesmobile Cruise Night. Check out these beauties in the Metra East Commuter Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.).  WLS AM 890 will provide the tunes.

COMMUNITY MEALS: Those in need of a hearty supper are invited to local churches from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the following days/locations. Those designated with an * have shower facilities:
Saturday (July 27) Redeeming Grace Church (304 W. Palatine Rd., PH).
Sunday (July 28) St. Paul United Church of Christ (401 E. Main St., BARRINGTON).
Tuesday (July 30) St. Theresa Catholic Church (455 N. Benton St., PAL).
Wednesday (July 31) All Saints Lutheran Church* (630 S. Quentin Rd., PAL).
Thursday (Aug. 1) St. Julian Eymard Catholic Church (601 Biesterfield Rd., EGV).

FARMERS’ MARKET: Take advantage of the mid-summer bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the Lions’ Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (July 28) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Parking Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northeast Hwy.). Other vendors sell gourmet items that add pizzazz to your summer entertaining. Check it out!

I PLEDGE:  Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to recite the Pledge of Allegiance for a free kiddie cone on Monday (July 29) from 4 – 6 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.).

MONDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Kick up your heels (literally or figuratively) on Monday (July 29) 7:30 p.m. when the Mt. Prospect Community Band belts out Big Band Boogie. Grab your lawn chairs or blankets and head on over to Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.) In case of rain, the concert moves indoors. The last concert of the season happens on Monday (July 29).

Image result for woodstockFLOWER CHILDREN UNITE: Remember Woodstock through songs and images as the Library celebrates the historic rock festival of August 1969. Come to this free event on Tuesday (July 30) from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.). To register, visit www.mppl.org, call 847/253-5675 or just stop in.

 

MEET THE REPS: Meet with a representative from Jan Shakowsky’s office on Wednesday (July 31) 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.

BREAKFAST HOUR: Join other residents who are 50 years and up on Thursday (Aug. 1) from 9 – 10 a.m.  for a friendly hour of conversation and breakfast in the Village Hall Farley Community Room (50 S. Emerson St.). Meet the Village Team and Chamber of Commerce to learn and have fun. For more info, call 847/870-5680.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: If learning English is new to you, practice your conversational skills with a friendly group of Native English speakers. This event, open to Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents, takes place on Thursday (Aug. 1) from 11:30am to 1 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.

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

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July 19 – July 25, 2019

Image result for mppl friends booksaleFRIENDS BOOK SALE: Summer is the perfect time to stock up on beach reads, books on tape or favorite DVDs at bargain prices. A special Friends members-only preview sale will take place on Friday (July 19) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. followed by general public sales on Saturday (July 20) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (July 21) from Noon – 4 p.m. Funds raised will help the Friends support additional library programs, events and services. For more information on the Friends and how to become a member, visit www.mppl.org or call 847/253-5675.

COOLING CENTERS: With the temperatures reaching dangerous heat levels this week, the following is a list of area cooling centers. Call ahead for hours of operation.
Mount Prospect Village Hall: 50 S. Emerson St. (847) 870-5680
Mount Prospect Public Library: 10 S. Emerson St. (847) 253-5675
Community Connections Center: 1711 W. Algonquin Rd. (847) 506-4930
River Trails Park District: 1500 E. Euclid Rd. (847) 255-1200
RecPlex: 420 W. Dempster St. (847) 640-1000
Central Community Center: 1000 W. Central Rd. (847) 255-5380
St. Emily’s Church: 1400 E. Central Rd. (847) 824-5049
Arlington Heights Senior Center: 1801 W. Central Rd. (847) 253-5532
Elk Grove Township: 2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd., AH (847) 437-0300.
Wheeling Township: 1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH (847) 259-7730
Prairie Lakes: 515 E. Thacker Rd., DP (847) 391-5711
Salvation Army Community Center: 609 W. Dempster St., DP (847) 981-9111
PetsMart-Randhurst (for pets): 101 E. Euclid Ave. (847) 870-1636

SUMMER SUPPERS: Those needing a hot meal are invited to area churches from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on the following dates/locations:
Friday (July 19) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd., EGV)
Sunday (July 21) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH)
Monday (July 22) Holy Family Catholic Community* (2515 Palatine Rd., INVERNESS)
Wednesday (July 24) Congregational United Church of Christ (1001 W. Kirchoff Rd., AH)
Thursday (July 25) The Orchard (1330 N. Douglas Ave., AH)
Locations designated with an * have shower facilities.

SEE THE CLASSICS: Enjoy this week’s display of classic cars on Saturday (July 20) from 3 – 9 p.m. at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). Showing off this week is the snazzy Pontiac – accompanied by Cruisin’ Tigers Pontiac Club.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Make the Lion’s Club Farmers’ Market part of your weekend routine. Choose from a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, gourmet items and more on Sunday (July 21) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.).

Image result for national ice cream dayNATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY: Observe this fun day on Sunday (July 21) by indulging your sweet tooth at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.)  What is your pleasure? Waffle cone or banana split? Beat the heat and enjoy. Capannari is open 7 days a week from Noon – 10 p.m.

RECITE THE PLEDGE: Kids 12 years and younger can earn a free kiddie cone if they recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday (July 22) from 4 – 6 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.).

MONDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Take in a concert under the stars on Monday (July 22) 7:30 p.m. when Mt. Prospect Community Band performs in the Veterans Memorial Band Shell at Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.). The evening’s theme is “Dancing With The Stars.” Bring a picnic dinner from home. Don’t forget the lawn chairs or blanket for a “mini Ravinia” experience.

ASKED & ANSWERED: Meet with a rep from Ann Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (July 23) from 3 – 6 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). A representative from Jan Shakowski’s office will be available on Wednesday (July 24) from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

SOLARIZE CHICAGOLAND: Learn how you can cover up to 60% of the cost of going solar through state and federal incentives. Attend a CUB (Citizens Utility Board) sponsored program on Tuesday (July 23) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Solarize Chicagoland is a grassroots community education program. CUB aims to empower consumers to make informed choices regarding solar energy for their homes, and make solar more accessible. Learn more at http://www.growsolar.org/chicagoland/.

Image result for lunar landingTHE SCIENCE OF HISTORY: Children entering grades 3-5 are invited to a program about the first lunar landing on Thursday (July 25) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Mount Prospect Historical Society Central School (103 S. Maple St.). Discussion will cover exploring rockets, airplanes and the phases of the moon. Space is limited so register at www.mtphist.org or call 847/392-9006. Cost is $25 per child or $20 if signing up for more than one Historical Society event.

NORTH VS. SOUTH: Kids can learn what it was like growing up during the Civil War at a Historical Society event on Thursday (July 25) from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Central School (103 S. Maple St.). This program is designed for those entering grades 3-5. To register, call 847/392-9006 or visit www.mtphist.org. The cost is $25 per child or $20 if registering for more than one Historical Society event.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: If learning English is new to you, practice your conversational skills with a friendly group of Native English speakers. This event, open to Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents, takes place on Thursday (July 25) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.

POOL PARTY WITH POLICE: Get to know the men and women who serve and protect us on Thursday (July 25) from 6:30 – 9 p.m. during a pool party filled with music, pool games, food and much more. The fun takes place at Woodland Trails Park (1500 E. Euclid Ave.). All ages are welcome and the event is free!

ABBA SALUTE: Enjoy the music of this Swedish pop group performed by the Mt. Prospect Community Band on Thursday (July 25) 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.). Concessions are available for purchase or bring your own picnic dinner. Don’t forget lawn chairs or a blanket. In the event of rain, the concert moves indoors.

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

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July 12 – July 18, 2019

FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Enjoy the perfect blend of music, friends and food on Friday (July 12) from 6 – 8 p.m. on Centennial Green at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Pack a picnic dinner or grab a bite from one of Mount Prospect’s many downtown restaurants. This week’s entertainment is provided by Ken Dix & the Friday Night Lawn Jockeys. Remember your lawn chairs or blankets.

SUMMER SUPPERS: Free community meals are offered  from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to those in need on the following dates and locations:
Friday (July 12) St. Theresa Catholic Church (455 N. Benton St., Palatine).
Sunday (July 14) Christian Church of AH (333 W. Thomas, Arlington Heights.).
Tuesday (July 16) First United Methodist Church AH (1903 E. Euclid, Arlington Heights).
Wednesday (July 17) St. James Catholic Church* (820 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights.).
Thursday (July 18) Faith Lutheran Church (431 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights.).
Locations designated with a * have shower facilities.

TALK & CHALK: Take the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns, comments, and ideas with Mount Prospect Village Trustees on Sunday (July 13) from 9 – 11 a.m. in an informal outdoor setting. Meet at Centennial Green, Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Child-friendly activities are scheduled.

POP-UP PARK DAY: Celebrate the Year of the Park! The Mount Prospect District Green Team will Pop Up 15 playgrounds on Saturday (July 13) from 10a.m. – Noon at various Park District locations. During this free event enjoy give-away outdoor essentials like water bottles, Frisbees, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk and more. For information, visit www.mppd.org.

UNPLUG ILLINOIS INITIATIVE: On Saturday (July 13) the Illinois Park and Recreation Association will promote parks as a place to play without distractions. Unplug Illinois is a public service campaign designed to help park and recreation agencies communicate the value “unplugging” offers people and communities. Northwest Special Recreation Association will participate by encouraging others to visit their local park district parks and facilities. Enjoy this beautiful weather in a nearby park!

CRUISIN’: The Model “A” from the Illinois Model A Club is on display on Saturday (July 13) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.) Enjoy the stroll while you listen to live music performed by the band The Difference.

SECOND SUNDAY: Join the Mount Prospect Historical Society on Sunday (July 14) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Central School (103 S. Maple St.). All ages are welcome to celebrate summer and our country at this free event. The Dietrich Friedrichs House will also be open for tours.

FARMERS’ MARKET: It is another day of fresh produce, gourmet items, flowers and more on Sunday (July 14) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lions Club Farmers’ Market in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. & Emerson St.). Stock up for cookouts and healthy eating!

MUSIC @ CAPANNARI: After a healthy Farmers’ Market meal, indulge in dessert capped off with music on Sunday (July 14) from 5 – 7 p.m. in the park at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.). Music is provided by the band, The Pigs. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a yummy ice cream confection.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Extend your weekend fun into Monday (July 15) 7:30 p.m. when the Mt. Prospect Community Band performs “Movies Magic” at Veterans Memorial Bandshell Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.). Enjoy music under the stars or inside in the event of rain. Admission is free – bring lawn chairs or blankets. Don’t forget your picnic dinner.

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 (July 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 (July 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. This weekly service runs through October. For more info, call 847/870-5640.

SEW BEE IT: If quilting or sewing is your hobby, join others who enjoy the same on Wednesday (July 17) from 9:30 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). The Sew Bee It Quilters welcome everyone from beginners to experts. Annual events and fundraisers include quilting classes and exhibits, and projects for philanthropy (Project Linus, etc.) The groups meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month. For more information, call 847/392-9006.

ASKED & ANSWERED: Meet with a rep from Jan Shakowsky’s office on Wednesday (July 17) from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). A representative from Mark Walker’s office will be available on Thursday (July 18) from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

ASSESSMENT APPEALS HELP: The Wheeling Township’s office is available to assist property owners with assessment appeals to the Cook County assessor’s office and subsequently to the Cook County Board of Review. Township taxpayers should have received notification already. The appeal deadline is located at the bottom of the notice. For more information, call 847/259-1515.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (July 18) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This session is available for Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents. For more info, or to register, call 847/506-4930.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-IRISH FEST: Celebrate everything Irish on Friday (July 12) from 4:30 – 11 p.m. and Saturday (July 13) from 3:30 – 11 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum (110 W. Fremont St. AH). Enjoy two days of Irish dancing, food and more. Admission is $5/adults and $3/kids ages 3 – 14. For more info, visit www.ahmuseum.org/irishfest.

 

 

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