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.
CRUISIN’: 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).
FLOWER 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.