LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main Branch of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.) and the South Branch (1711 E. Algonquin Rd.) will be closed on Monday (Sept. 2). 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 ebook or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Main Branch will reopen on Tuesday (Sept. 3) at 9 a.m. The South Branch will reopen on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
SKATE PARTY: Families are invited to roll into some fun on Friday (Aug. 30) from 7 – 9 p.m. at Central Community Center (1000 W. Central Rd.). Attendees should bring their own roller blades or roller skates. Inline skates are available to rent. The lights will be dimmed and music will play throughout the night. This is a free event!
CLASSIC CARS: The Mount Prospect Lions Club hosts another Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (Aug. 31) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). This week, vehicles from the 1980s are in the spotlight. Music is provided by 94.7 WLS FM. Only a few weeks remain for this fun event, so come on out!
TO MARKET, TO MARKET: If you’ve skipped the Farmers’ Market this summer, don’t hesitate any longer. Visit on Sunday (Sept. 1) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet appetizers and more for your Labor Day festivities.
PICNIC IN THE PARK: Celebrate the end of summer by joining the River Trails Park District on Monday (Sept. 2) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Woodland Trails Park (1500 E. Euclid Ave.). Enjoy huge inflatables, a petting zoo, kids craft area, games, face painting, and a DJ. Don’t miss Trusty the Turtle Race and the Kid’s Coin Splash as the pool closes for the season. For more information, call 847/255-1200. This is a free event.
BESSIE’S STORY HOUR: Kid’s of all ages will enjoy an hour of stories from the turn of the 20th century on Tuesday (Sept. 3) from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Mount Prospect Historical Society Central School (103 S. Maple St.). Bring a blanket or lawn chair and meet by the stone bench under the crab tree. This is a free event and no registration is required. For more information, call 847/392-9006.
PARENTING CLASSES: The Mount Prospect Human Services Department is hosting a six-session parenting course developed by the Love and Logic Institute. The course is designed to help parents find specific answers and actions for difficult moments in raising children from toddlers to teens. Beginning Tuesday (Sept. 3) the classes will be offered in English from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). The classes in Spanish will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 4) from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). The cost of the program is $10, which includes a workbook. For more information or to register, call the Human Services Department at 847/870-5680.
MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s office on Wednesday (Sept. 4) 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.
CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Sept. 5) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This program is available for Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents. Can’t make it to this session? More dates, including evening hours are scheduled for later in the month. To register, or for more information, call 847/506-4930.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (Sept. 4) 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 service runs through October.
PROPERTY TAX APPEAL SEMINARS: Residents of Elk Grove Township can learn how to file a successful tax appeal on Wednesday (Sept. 4) from 6 – 7 p.m. at Elk Grove Township Hall (2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd., AH). The seminar includes a presentation by Commissioner Dan Patlak who will explain the appeal procedure at the Board of Review. Taxpayers will have the opportunity to work with staff from the Board of Review to address their special questions and concerns. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their most recent tax bill. This event is free to the public. Taxpayers may file an appeal online by visiting the Board of Review website: www.cookcountyboardofreview.com. Appeal forms may also be picked up at the Board of Review located at 118 N. Clark St., Room 601, Chicago, IL, or local township offices.
BLOOD DRIVE: Help save a life by donating blood on Thursday (Sept. 5) from 3 – 7 p.m. in the 1st Floor Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Parking is available in the garage adjacent to Village Hall. Walk-ins are welcome.
DIST. 214 HONORED: High School District 214 is one of 34 school districts across the county to be named to the “Districts of Distinction” list by District Administration magazine. District 214, the largest high school district in Illinois, was recognized for its Youth Apprenticeship program, which provides concrete job skills and training to students in cybersecurity, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and automotive services. To learn more about District 214’s Youth Apprenticeship program, visit https://www.discover214.org/apprenticeships. To view a full list of the 2019 honorees, visit www.districtadministration.com/dod.
—-LONG GROVE IRISH DAYS: Celebrate everything Irish in historic Long Grove on Saturday (Aug. 31) from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sunday (Sept. 1) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Monday (Sept. 2) from 11 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. at 308 Old McHenry Rd. Music, food and beer fill the weekend. This is a free family-friendly event. For more information, visit www.longgrove.org/festival/irish-days/.
All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.