Month: August 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

August 30 – September 5, 2019

Library closedLIBRARY 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.

mount prospect historical society LOGO ovalBESSIE’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.

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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.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-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.

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August 23 – August 29, 2019

56 MUSIC FIX: Spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 23 – 25) enjoying local musicians, great food, and the work of local artists at the 2nd Annual 56 Music Fix. Live music will pour out of 56 bars, restaurants and shops around town. There are a lot of talented bands participating! For complete details, visit https://www.56musicfix.org.  This free event is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce.

nothing_bundt_cakes logoNOTHING BUNDT CAKES CELEBRATES: Help mark their 5th Anniversary now through Saturday (Aug. 24) by visiting the store in Randhurst Village (1071 N. Elmhurst Rd.). Special events include a free Bundtlet when you donate a new toy for Rosie’s Toy Box benefiting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in honor of Rosie Colucci. All toys MUST BE NEW due to infectious disease control standards and immunocompromised kids. Friday (Aug. 23) is Lemons of Love Benefit Day. Twenty percent of sales will be donated to the organization dedicated to providing support and community to those impacted by cancer. On Saturday (Aug. 24) beginning at 10 a.m., receive free Bundtlets for a year with purchase if you are one of the first 100 guests. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. enjoy a family fun event which includes meeting local firemen, face painting and balloon art. Win raffle prizes all week long – one lucky winner will receive their order FREE up to $100.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Make an appointment on Saturday (Aug. 24) from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. to participate in a household hazardous waste collection at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.). Participation is by appointment only. Sign up at www.mountprospect.org/hhw.  Acceptable chemicals include aerosol paints and solvents, antifreeze, drain cleaners, latex paint, lawn & garden chemicals among others. For more information, and a list of acceptable chemicals, contact the Public Works Department at 847/870-5640. You must show appointment confirmation email or printout to enter.

CONCERT IN THE PARK: Take a music break on Saturday (Aug. 24) from 1 – 3 p.m. in the park at  Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.). The band this week is Ukulele Meetup Group. Enjoy a yummy confection that Capannari’s is famous for!

CRUISE NIGHT: Step back into the 70’s and see the cars that ruled the roads at Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (Aug. 24) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). Music is provided by DJ Tony/Flashback 50s.

FREE COMMUNITY MEALS: Those in need of a nutritious evening meal are invited to area churches from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the following locations. Those designated with an * have shower facilities:
Saturday (Aug. 24): Redeeming Grace Church (304 W. Palatine Rd., PH)
Sunday (Aug. 25): St. Paul United Church of Christ (401 E. Main St., BARRINGTON)
Monday (Aug. 26): Holy Family Catholic Community* (2515 Palatine Rd., INVERNESS)
Wednesday (Aug. 28): Congregational United Church of Christ (1001 Kirchoff Rd., AH)

FARMERS’ MARKET: Stop by the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Aug. 25) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). Along with the freshest fruits and vegetables, you’ll find gourmet cheeses and appetizer offerings and well as unique craft items for your holiday decorating.

FUNDRAISER FOR SCHOLARS: Help raise scholarship dollars for area high school students while enjoying a golf outing on Monday (Aug. 26) at the Rolling Green Country Club (2525 E. Rand Rd., AH). Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and the event starts at 12:15 p.m. Cocktails and dinner will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by the awards presentation and the Ultimate Big Game Experience Raffle Drawing. Scholarships are available. Visit www.safdollarsforscholars.org for open selections. Golf is $175 per golfer or $600 per foursome; dinner only is $50. For more details, visit the website above or call 847/460-0700 to leave a message.

ASKED & ANSWERED: Meet with a representative from Anne Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (Aug. 27) from 3 – 6 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.

LOW VISION PRODUCTS ROAD SHOW: Those with low vision are invited to this event on Tuesday (Aug. 27) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Wheeling Township Headquarters (1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd.). Participants can experience new technology, independent living aids, test products and receive training from expert staff who can advise on the right tools to improve the quality of life. This is a free program.

DIST. 214 LAUNCHES LACROSSE: Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, boys and girls will be able to participate in this sport districtwide, with levels to be determined based on interest. Parents and students lobbied the district to include lacrosse in its athletic offerings as the sport continued to grow in popularity. The Illinois High School Association granted the sport official recognition with the first state series held in spring 2018. School boards must OK lacrosse as a sport for their schools to participate in the series.

911 CENTER RECOGNIZED: Wheeling Police Department’s 911 Center is recognized for best practices by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for completing the Missing Kids Readiness Program. Staff members completed online training and traveled to Alexandria, Virginia to complete face-to-face training. The Wheeling 911 Center team is now ready to respond more quickly, comprehensively and effectively when a child’s life may be at stake.

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TEACHER OF THE YEAR: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students with the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive: $1,000 award for professional development expenses,$1,000 award for his/her school, two award plaques. and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award. For more information, rules and eligibility, visit https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/teacher-of-the-year. Nominations are due by Oct. 31.

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

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August 16 – August 22, 2019

FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Enjoy the last installment of this fun summer staple on Friday (Aug. 16) from 6 – 8 p.m. on Centennial Green at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.).  Pack a picnic dinner or get something from one of Mount Prospect’s downtown restaurants. Entertainment is provided by the band Exit 147 – Classic Rock, Pop, and Top 40.  Fridays on the Green returns next summer!

FAMILY BIKE RIDE: Put air in the bike tires for a fun ride on Saturday (Aug. 17) from 9 a.m. – Noon at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.). There will be a shorter ride for the youngsters and a five mile or ten mile ride for others. Register in person at the Lions Park Rec Center (411 S. Maple St.) or call Teresa VanOpdorp at 847/337-7923. You may also contact specialevents@mppl.org for more information.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Mount Prospect Public Library South Branch and the Community Connections Center on Saturday (Aug. 17) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). Festivities include live music, entertainment and food. Tents and outdoor seating will be available.

CRUISIN’: The 50s are back on Saturday (Aug. 17) from 3 – 9 p.m. when classic cars from that decade are on display at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night in the Metra East Commuter Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.).  Music is provided by DJ Tony/Flashback 50’s.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Indulge in the late summer bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables by shopping the Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Aug. 18) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.).

CONCERT IN THE PARK: Enjoy a summer evening of music and sweet treats on Sunday (Aug. 18) from 5 – 7 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.). Mulligan Stew brings the tunes! Don’t forget lawn chairs or a blanket.

SUMMER SUPPERS: Those needing a nutritious meal are invited to the following area churches from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the following dates. Locations marked with an * have shower facilities.
Friday (Aug. 16): Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd., EGV).
Sunday (Aug. 18): St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH).
Tuesday (Aug. 20):  First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights: (1903 E. Euclid, AH).
Wednesday (Aug. 21): St. James Catholic Church* (820 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH).
Thursday (Aug. 22) The Orchard (1330 N. Douglas Ave., AH.).

PLAY AND LEARN: Parents, bring your toddlers and preschool-age children to this event on Tuesday (Aug. 20) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). The children will listen to books, dance to music, and enjoy making crafts. To learn more, call 847/506-4930.

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 (Aug. 20) 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.

SEW BEE IT QUILTERS: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who share your interest on Wednesday (Aug. 21) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). The group meets the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 847/392-9006.

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ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (Aug. 21) 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.

ASKED & ANSWERED: Meet with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s office on Wednesday (Aug. 21) 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 (Aug. 22) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This class is for Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Village Township residents. 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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August 2 – August 8, 2019

FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Get your weekend off to a rockin’ start on Friday (Aug. 2) from 6 – 8 p.m. when the band Zydeco Voodoo performs on Centennial Green (Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St.). Enjoy the sounds of New Orleans music, popular rock and blues. Complete the experience with a picnic dinner from home or from one of Mount Prospect’s downtown restaurants. Don’t forget your lawn chairs or blanket. Admission is free!

 

SWIM & SCAVENGER HUNT: Take a nighttime dip in the pool and bring a flashlight to hunt on land and sea on Friday (Aug. 2) at Meadows Pool (1401 W. Gregory St.) from 8 – 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Mount Prospect Park District pool pass holders receive $1 off admission. For more information, visit www.mppd.org.

SUMMER SUPPERS: Anyone needing a nutritious evening meal is invited on the following dates/locations from 6 – 8 p.m. Those designated with an * have shower facilities.
Friday (Aug. 2) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd., EGV).
Saturday (Aug. 3) Living Christ Lutheran Church (625 E. Dundee Rd., AH).
Sunday (Aug. 4) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH).
Monday (Aug. 5) First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights (302 N. Dunton, AH).
Wednesday (Aug. 7) Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church* (1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH).
Thursday (Aug. 8) Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (304 W. Palatine Rd., PH).

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DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION EVENT: Safely dispose of unwanted and sensitive documents on Saturday (Aug. 3) from 9 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). This is a SWANNC (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County) event which requires participants to show residency ID. Paper documents must be brought in either paper shopping bags or boxes – NO PLASTIC BAGS, please.  More document destruction events at other facilities are scheduled through October.

CRUISE NIGHT: The Mopar is on display at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (Aug. 3) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). The Mopar is described as a muscle car limited to American cars produced by Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth and Ram. Music is courtesy of DJ Tony/Flashback 50’s. Come on out. Cruise Night’s last show is Saturday (Aug. 10).

FARMERS’ MARKET: Enhance your next cookout with fresh vegetables, fruits and gourmet goodies by shopping the Lions’ Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Aug. 4) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). The Market runs through Oct. 20.

CONCERT IN THE PARK: If you missed Ken Dix and the Soda Jerks at one of the earlier fests this summer, you have a second chance on Sunday (Aug. 4) from 5 – 7 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.). Enjoy a yummy confection along with the music.

BESSIE’S STORY HOUR: Kids of all ages can enjoy stories from the turn of the 20th century on Tuesday (Aug. 6) from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Mount Prospect Historical Society Museum Campus (101 S. Maple St.). Bring a blanket and a snack and meet by the stone bench under the crab tree.

Image result for mount prospect police department badgeNATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Join the Police Department and the Mount Prospect Park District for a community-wide block party on Tuesday (Aug. 6) from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.). Festivities include food trucks, a dunk tank, donut eating contests, games, music and a bounce house. This is a great way to strengthen community spirit and police-community partnerships. For more information, call Crime Prevention Officer Greg Sill at 847/870-5650.

 

MOOOVIE UNDER THE STARS: Stop at Capannari Ice Cream first then grab your blanket and settle in for a viewing of Mary Poppins Returns on Wednesday (Aug. 6) from 8 – 10 p.m. in Centennial Green at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). The movie is free! What better way to enjoy early August with family and friends. For more information, visit www.capannaris.com/events.

PLAY AND LEARN: Bring your toddlers and preschool-age children to listen to books, dance to music, and enjoy making fun crafts on Tuesday (Aug. 6) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This event will be repeated on three more dates throughout the month of August. We will keep you posted. To learn more, call 847/506-4930.

ASKED & ANSWERED: Meet with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s office on Wednesday (Aug. 7) 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.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-MANE EVENT: Visit downtown Arlington Heights on Friday (Aug. 2) beginning at 5 p.m. when a business expo, entertainment for kids and bands kick off weekend festivities. Meet at Vail and Campbell Streets. The Taste of Arlington Heights is scheduled for Saturday (Aug. 3) beginning at Noon.  For specifics, including performance time for bands, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com and scroll to Upcoming Events.

—-HOMESTRETCH FOR HEROES: This event is a 5K twilight walk/run and 1-mile run on Tuesday (Aug. 6) at Arlington International Racecourse (2200 Euclid Ave., AH). Sponsored by Salute, Inc., donations and funds raised go toward helping military families. For information, visit www.saluteinc.org.

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

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