LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library (10 S. Emerson St. and 1711 W. Algonquin Rd. respectively) will be closed on Friday (Nov. 1) for staff in-service. Although the buildings are 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. Pick up an e-book or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Main Branch will reopen on Saturday (Nov. 2) at 9 a.m.
PUMPKIN RECYCLING: Drop off your clean or painted pumpkin on Saturday (Nov. 2) from 9 a.m. – Noon to the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). All other decorations such as candles, yarn, or stickers must be removed. This service is available to residents of Mount Prospect and SWANNC communities (no businesses please). For information, call 847/870-5640 or visit www.mountprospect.org.
FALL BACK: Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday (Nov. 3). Remember to turn your clocks back one hour from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday. The perk is that there will be more light in the morning! This is also the perfect time to check and/or replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Mount Prospect Fire Department Prevention Bureau can install or assist any resident with smoke detector installation. For more information, call 847/818-5253.
LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION: Mount Prospect’s leaf collection program has begun and runs through Friday (Dec. 6). Residents should rake leaves onto the pavement one foot from the curb line one day before the scheduled collection. Do not rake leaves into the street after the truck has passed your home. The collection program is for leaves only – piles will not be collected if they contain grass clippings or other yard material. Burning leaves is a violation of village code. For more information and yard waste guidelines, visit the village website at www.mountprospect.org.
MONARCHS FALL GATHERING: Learn how to promote the village’s efforts with the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge on Monday (Nov. 4) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). The discussion will include an update on the newly registered Monarch Watch waystations. Representatives from Friendship Park Conservatory will answer questions and give a demonstration of winter seed sowing. A seed share is planned. Bring any seeds to share with neighbors. Meet and greet group members who share your passion for supporting monarch butterflies in our midst.
STATE REP. MARK WALKER: Meet Illinois State Representative Mark Walker of the 53rd District on Tuesday (Nov. 5) 9 a.m. at Lutheran Home (800 W. Oakton St. AH.). A complimentary breakfast will be served and a brief state of the state address will be given, followed by a Q & A session. RSVP to Linda at 847/368-7404.
MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Anne Gillespie’s Office on Tuesday (Nov. 5) from 3 – 6 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Staff from Jan Schakowsky’s Office will be on hand Wednesday (Nov. 6) from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.
BOARD MEETING: Learn what is happening in River Trails School District 26 on Tuesday (Nov. 5) 7 p.m. at River Trails Middle School (1000 N. Wolf Rd.).
BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life on Thursday (Nov. 7) from 3 – 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Community Room, 1st. floor, (50 S. Emerson St.). Parking is available in the garage adjacent to Village Hall. Walk ins are welcome.
MP TOY DRIVE: Donations are being accepted now through Friday (Dec. 6) for Mount Prospect’s 23rd annual Toys for Kids program. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Fire Station 12 (1601 W. Golf Rd.); Fire Station 13 (112 E. Northwest Hwy); and Fire Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington Rd.). The donation of gift cards is also encouraged as the program provides gifts for children up to age 17. For more information, visit www.mountprospect.org or call 847/870-5660.
MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT: The enrollment period is open through Saturday (Dec. 7). Those who need to enroll or change coverage in Part D can receive enrollment assistance through the Village of Mount Prospect Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP). Volunteers and staff can help determine which plan best meets the needs for the coming year. They will also assess whether participants are eligible for extra help with plan premiums and co-pays. To schedule an appointment (which fill up quickly), call the Mount Prospect Human Services Department at 847/870-5680.