Month: September 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

September 13 – September 19, 2019

fishing derbyFISHING DERBY: Grab your gear for a morning of family fishing on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Robert T. Jackson Clearwater Park (1717 W. Lonnquist). Worms will be provided, but bring your own rod, reel, and tackle. The cost is $8/R and $12/NR ages 4 – 14. Register online with code 37475 or visit MPPD Fishing Derby for details. This is a Mt. Prospect Park District sponsored event.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. Questions? Call 847/392-6000.

CELEBRATION OF CULTURES: Discover the diverse population of Mount Prospect with a festival on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Kopp Park (420 W. Dempster St. next to RecPlex). This is the second annual partnership between the Village of Mount Prospect, the Mount Prospect Park District, and the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce. Expect a day filled with cultural entertainment featuring bands, singers, dancing groups and sports demos. Local restaurants will offer tastes from around the world, featuring small plates for $3. For more information, visit www.mountprospect.org/celebrationofcultures.

SUMMER SLIDE PUB CRAWL: Enjoy a great time out with friends and neighbors by visiting your favorite downtown Mount Prospect eating and drinking establishments on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 3 – 7 p.m. Check-in is at 2:30 p.m. at the Village Green (Northwest corner of Emerson St. and Busse Ave.). A scavenger hunt is part of the fun. Tickets are only $20 per person. For more information and to register, visit mpdowntown.com.

CRUISIN’: It’s Truck Night at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (Sept. 14) 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 50’s. This is the second to the last week for the car show. Come on out and enjoy!

FARMERS’ MARKET: Make the Lions Club Mount Prospect Farmers’ Market one of your weekend stops on Sunday (Sept. 15) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.).  Aside from the usual healthy produce, you will find vendors selling their wares – from hats and mittens to fresh flower bouquets. The market ends on Oct. 20.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Enjoy The Johnny Burnett Band on Sunday (Sept. 15) from 5 – 7 p.m. when they perform in the park adjacent to Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.). Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the last few days of summer with an ice cream treat in hand.

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 (Sept. 17) 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 (Sept. 18) 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.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s office on Wednesday (Sept. 18) from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Staff from Mark Walker’s Office will be on hand Thursday (Sept. 19) from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

MPHS HOSTS MOVIE: Watch Fred Astaire dance on the ceiling in the classic film, “Royal Wedding” co-staring Jane Powell on Wednesday (Sept. 18) 6:30 p.m. at Central School (103 S. Maple St.). The School opens at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are graciously accepted to support the Historical Society’s Operating Fund. To learn more, call 847/392-9006 or visit www.mtphist.org.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Sept. 19) 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. The last session is scheduled for Thursday (Sept. 26) from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  To register, or for more information, call 847/506-4930.

PROPERTY TAX APPEAL SEMINAR: Residents of Elk Grove Township can learn how to file a successful tax appeal on Thursday (Sept.19) 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.

MP PARKING PORTAL: Residents can now request overnight parking permits, a vacation home watch while out of town, or register a pet by using Frontline Public Safety Solutions online portal in addition to calling the front desk of the police department. Questions? Call 847/870-5650 or email policedepartment@mountprospect.org.

GOLF OUTING HONORS PRIEST: Father James Presta, pastor of St. Emily Parish, Mount Prospect, and a Mundelein Seminary alumnus, will be honored at the 28th annual Rector’s Classified Golf and dinner event on Thursday (Sept. 19). Golfers will tee off in a scramble format at Pine Meadow Golf Club (1 Pine Meadow Ln. MUNDELEIN). A reception and dinner will follow beginning at 6 p.m. on the Mundelein Seminary Campus. For more information, contact Matt Paolelli, University of Saint Mary of the Lake at 847/970-4919 or mpaolelli@usml.edu.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-JAMMIN’ WITH JEN: Enjoy Farm-to-Table buffet dining on Friday (Sept. 13) from 6 – 11 p.m. at Maryville Jen School (1150 N. River Rd. DP.). Savor the flavors of produce from the Jen School garden, take a tour of the greenhouse and garden, dance under the big tent, and take part in raffles and an auction. Dinner is $75/person to benefit Maryville’s Jen School. Visit www.jenschool.org or contact Tina Restive-Hock at 847/294-1982 or email her at restive-hock@maryvilleacademy.org.

—- DA BEAR: Meet Ex-Bear Dan Hampton on Sunday (Sept. 15) from Noon – 3 p.m. at Arlington Heights Senior Center (1801 W. Central Rd. AH.). The Open House portion of the day is intended for those age 50 and older who haven’t yet visited the Center. The Hall of Fame defensive tackle, who played 12 seasons for the Chicago Bears from 1979 – 1990, will discuss his career and what he does now to stay fulfilled in his second half of life at 12:30 p.m. He will sign autographs and take pictures from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

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September 6 – September 12, 2019

BEETLEMANIA: See the cutest bugs around on Saturday (Sept. 7) from 3 – 9 p.m. when the Bluesmobile Cruise Night features the VW Beetle in the Metra East Commuter Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). The Northern Illinois VW Association (N.I.V.A.) will be on hand. Only a couple more Cruise Nights remain, so come on out and enjoy the show!

Eiffel Tower

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MARCHÉ FRANÇAIS: There is a “French Twist” to the Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Sept. 8) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Village of Mount Prospect’s Sister City Commission will host the market on Prospect Ave. east of Emerson St. The location is just south of the Mount Prospect Farmers’ Market held concurrently in the Metra East Commuter Lot. French-inspired vendors will offer linens, jewelry, photography, children’s books and one-of-a-kind finds. The Library will host a special storytime at 10 a.m. This event is a celebration of Mount Prospect’s relationship with their Sister City – Sèvres, France and promotes French culture in the community.

CONCERT IN THE PARK: Enjoy the sunset while listening to the band WACO on Sunday (Sept. 8) from 5 – 7 p.m. in the park at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.). Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and indulge in a yummy confection from Mount Prospect’s favorite ice cream shop.

D214 FOUNDATION GOLF OPEN: Here is a fun way to invest in a student’s future: Attend the Future Golf Open and Reception on Monday (Sept. 9) at the Rolling Green Country Club (2525 E. Rand Rd., AH). The Open features 18 holes of golf, brunch, on-course contests, on-course food prepared and served by District 214 culinary students and a reception with entertainment and food stations. Pricing is $250 for a single golfer, $1000 for a foursome, or $50 for the reception only which starts at 4:45 p.m. Sponsorships are also available. To register or for more information, visit www.214foundation.org.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Anne Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (Sept. 10) from 3 – 6 p.m. or one from Jan Schakowsky’s office on Wednesday (Sept. 11) 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.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (Sept. 11) 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 until the end of October. For details, call 847/870-5640.

GARDEN CLUB: Join the Mount Prospect Garden Club on Wednesday (Sept. 11) for the program “Dahlia – Living Fireworks” presented by Carol Cuchorski at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd., DP). The schedule is as follows: social hour at 11:30 a.m., business meeting at 12:15 p.m., and the program at 1 p.m. For more information, call 847/640-8332.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Sept.12) from 5:30 – 7 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 one? Another evening session is scheduled for later in the month. To register, or for more information, call 847/506-4930.

Chicago bridge, one way 3-lane street

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RULES OF THE ROAD: Seniors and those with disabilities can attend a free one-session Secretary of State Refresher Course on Thursday (Sept. 12) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Wheeling Township Headquarters (1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH). The course combines an explanation of the driving examination with a practice written exam. To register, call the Township at 847/259-7730.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

bike on trail in forest

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—- DP RIVER TRAIL BIKE RIDE: Enjoy a family friendly event on Saturday (Sept. 7) beginning at 10 a.m. at the Historic Methodist Campground (1900 E. Algonquin Rd.). Ride along the beautiful Des Plaines River Trail, followed by entertainment, refreshments and raffles. The ride departs and returns to the Historic Methodist Campground. For information, visit www.dpparks.org/event/des-plaines-river-trail-bike-ride.

—-MAINE 207 COLLEGE NIGHT: Maine Township High School District 207 will host College Night on Thursday (Sept. 12) at 6:30 p.m. at Maine West High School (1755 S. Wolf Rd., DP).  More than 150 colleges and universities will be represented. Financial aid presentations will also be offered. For more information, visit www.maine207.org/news/district-207-college-night-set-for-sept-12/.

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