Month: October 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

November 1 – November 7, 2019

nullLIBRARY 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.

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October 18 – October 31, 2019

Image result for mount prospect friends book saleFRIENDS BOOK SALE: Change up your home library collection by finding something new at the Fall Book Sale on Saturday (Oct. 19) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday (Oct. 20) from Noon – 4 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.). A special Friends Only book sale will take place on Friday (Oct. 18) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. As always, there will be a wide variety of genres in books, CDs and DVDs from which to choose.

CAPANNARI FEATURED FLAVOR: Give your taste buds a new sensation with Indonesian Vanilla on Friday (Oct. 18) from 3 – 10 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.).

FALL FEST: Make the most of this beautiful season by visiting the Randhurst Village Fall Fest on Saturday (Oct. 19) from 1 – 4 p.m. (intersection of Rand and Elmhurst). Cuteness overload alert:  For those with fur babies, dress them in their Halloween Best for the Pet Costume Parade. Check-in is near the AMC Theater. The Parade begins at 1:20 p.m. and winners will be announced at 1:45 p.m. The remainder of the day includes horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, free pumpkin decorating, crafts, and live owls from Stillman Nature Center.

FOOD DRIVE: The Mount Prospect Fire Department and the Human Services Department are partnering to restock the village’s Emergency Food Pantry. Help your neighbor by bringing canned goods and paper necessities to the Fall Fest at Randhurst on Saturday (Oct. 19). Drop off your donation in the parking lot in front of Costco (999 N. Elmhurst Rd.). Most needed items include baby diapers (size 5 and 6), canned beef stew, chicken and dumplings, SPAM, canned tuna, meats and chicken, canned fruit and fruit cups, cereal, coffee/tea/cocoa, cookies, paper towels and toilet paper, pudding cups, tomato sauce, and peanut butter. Homemade food or items past their expiration dates cannot be accepted. Please do not bring cans over 32 ounces and packages over 5 pounds.

FARMERS’ MARKET FINALE: Stock up on autumn’s bounty of fruits and vegetables on the last day of the 2019 Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct. 20) from 8 a.m.  – 1 p.m. in the East Metra Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). Thank you, Lions Club, for another wonderful season!

MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT: The enrollment period is now 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.

FOUNDATION FALL CLASSIC: Indulge your sweet tooth or that of someone else’s while benefiting the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation. From now through Sunday (Oct. 20), buy a few raffle tickets for a chance to win a specialty basket filled with seasonal treats, gourmet items, and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. The drawing takes place on Sunday (Oct. 20) and winners need not be present to win. Proceeds help raise funds for special programming and projects for the Library that would not be attainable with tax dollars.

LEAF COLLECTION: Mount Prospect’s fall loose leaf collection program starts Monday (Oct. 21) 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.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Anne Gillespie’s Office on Tuesday (Oct. 22) 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 (Oct. 23) from 2 – 5 p.m. 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 (Oct. 24) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This program is available for Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents. To register, or for more information, call 847/506-4930.

SENIOR HEALTH PROGRAM: Senior Health Month continues with the program “Using Herbs in Your Eco-Friendly Home” on Wednesday (Oct. 23) from 10 – 11 a.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Join the Village Nurse and learn how to make homemade soaps, deodorant, glass cleaners and other household products.

FALL SPOOKTACULAR: Enjoy great family fun on Saturday (Oct. 26) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the “Lost In Wonderland” party hosted by The Science Academy of Chicago (501 Midway Dr., MP). Games, food, and music are all part of the fun. Purchase tickets for games and the Haunted Hallway!

NSO PERFORMS: The Northwest Symphony Orchestra opens its 2019-20 season on Sunday (Oct. 27) 3 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd., AH.) Included in the concert is Symphony No. 88 by Franz Josef Haydn and Symphony No. 4 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students with ID. Children younger than 14 are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at www.northwestsymphony.org or by calling 847/965-7271. The concert is  presented in partnership with District 214 Community Education.

LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND: As part of Senior Health Month, the Village of Mount Prospect’s Human Services Department invites those with visual impairments to explore a variety of low vision products available for purchase. The event takes place on Tuesday (Oct. 29) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). For more information or to register, call 847/870-5680.

PLAY AND LEARN: Have some fun with your toddlers and preschool-age children on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). Make crafts, dance to music, and listen to books. To learn more, call 847/506-4930.

DOWNTOWN TRICK-OR-TREAT: Mount Prospect businesses want to treat you! Dress up in your Halloween best on Tuesday (Oct. 29) and collect goodies from 4 – 6 p.m. Participating businesses will have an orange pumpkin on their door or window. Businesses with teal pumpkins will offer non-food treats. For a complete list of participating merchants, visit www.downtownmountprospect.com and click on Events.

TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS: Halloween is Thursday (Oct.31). In Mount Prospect, superheroes, witches, princesses and other creatures can fill their buckets with candy from 3 – 8 p.m.!

U OF I SHUTTLE: Students, faculty and staff can now travel between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses on buses beginning Thursday (Oct. 31). The daily three round trips between the two campuses will depart in the early morning, midday and late afternoon. The four 18-seat buses will be well-equipped with onboard WiFi, tables and a restroom.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-DP RESOURCE FAIR: More than 20 community agencies that support students in Des Plaines will share information at a Resource Fair on Wednesday (Oct. 23) from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Jane L. Westerhold Early Learning Center (1375 S. 5th Ave., DP). “This is a great opportunity to connect with local and nearby organizations within and around the Des Plaines area,” said Margarite Beniaris, director of student services for Des Plaines Elementary School District 62. For more information, call 789-784-5782.

—-HALLOWEEN ZUMBA: Parents and kids can join instructors Kim Briski and Amanda Yve of Amanda Yve Dance Fitness for a Halloween Zumba Dance Party on Saturday (Oct. 26) from Noon – 5:30 p.m. at Move the Beat Dance Studio (691 Lee St., DP). Dress up in your favorite costume (but wear running shoes and bring a water bottle).What a great way to “pre-burn” all that candy you’ll indulge in!

SENIOR NEWSLETTER: Looking for information on the latest activities and programs for seniors?  The Senior Sentinel Newsletter is now available online, visit https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/human-services/senior-sentinel-newsletter to view the latest issue. If you would like to pick up a paper copy, simply stop by the Village Hall Community Center (first floor) or the Human Services Department (second floor).

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

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October 11 – October 17, 2019

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK: The Mount Prospect Fire Department has teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote the campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” NFPA statistics show that in 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 deaths and 10,600 injuries. On average, seven people per day were killed in home fires during 2012 to 2016. For more information about planning your family’s escape and more fire prevention tips, visit https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/fire-department/fire-prevention-bureau. Fire Prevention Week ends on Friday (Oct. 11).

VANILLA TASTING: Before Capannari Ice Cream closes for the season, treat your taste buds to a new variety of vanilla. Papua New Guinea is the featured flavor on Friday (Oct. 11) from 3 – 10 p.m. at the shop (10 S. Pine St.).

nullOKTOBERFEST: Celebrate Mount Prospect’s heritage with an authentic German Oktoberfest on Friday (Oct. 11) from 4 – 11 p.m. and Saturday (Oct. 12) from 1 – 11 p.m. in downtown Mount Prospect (Emerson St. and Busse Ave.). Food vendors include Mrs. P and Me and Canta Napoli, who will serve German food. Beer options include Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest, local brewer Scorched Earth’s Fest Bier and Miller Lite. Entertainment includes Phenix German Band from 6 – 11 p.m. and Noch Einmahl, the German dance group, performing throughout the night.

ROAD CLOSURE: Friday and Saturday (Oct. 11 and 12) is Octoberfest/Fall Festival being held just south of the Library centered at Emerson Street and Busse Ave. Emerson Street will be closed south of the Library and the only way to access the parking garage and Library will be from Central Road on the north side of the Library. The streets will re-open by 10 a.m. on Sunday (Oct. 13) when access will return to normal.

FALL FESTIVAL:  Fun for the whole family can be had at this event on Saturday (Oct. 12) from 1 – 4 p.m. at the same location as Oktoberfest. Kids will enjoy pumpkin painting, a scarecrow contest, hayrides, games and crafts. Take part in the largest trick-or-treat line in town under one tent! Admission is free!

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (Oct. 12) 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.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Dive into hearty fall meal planning with fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits you’ll find at the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct. 13) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the East Metra Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.).The last day of the 2019 Market is next Sunday (Oct. 20).

PLAY AND LEARN: Parents and their 2- to 5-year-old children are invited to enjoy arts, crafts, exercise, stories, and music on Tuesday (Oct. 15) 11:30 a.m. at the South Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). Call 847/506-4930 to register.

MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT: This year the enrollment period runs from Tuesday (Oct. 15) 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.

BOARD MEETING: Learn what is happening in River Trails School District 26 at their board meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 15) 7 p.m. at River Trails Middle School (1000 N. Wolf Rd.).

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 (Oct. 15) 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 (Oct. 16) from 9:30 – 11:00 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 (Oct. 16) 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 (Oct. 17) from 6 – 7 p.m. 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 (Oct. 17) 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. To register, or for more information, call 847/506-4930.

EXPLORE YOUR MIND: October is Senior Health Month. Seniors can learn memory cues and apply their knowledge to fun-filled activities on Thursday (Oct. 17) 2 p.m. at the Human Services Department of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). For more information, or to register, call 847/870-5680.

SENIOR NEWSLETTER: Looking for information on the latest activities and programs for seniors?  The Senior Sentinel Newsletter is now available online, visit https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/human-services/senior-sentinel-newsletter to view the latest issue. If you would like to pick up a paper copy, simply stop by the Village Hall Community Center (first floor) or the Human Services Department (second floor).

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-OAKTON ART EXHIBIT: From now through Friday (Oct. 25) visit the work of more than 60 women artists from around the globe at the exhibit “Fashioning the Self: You Are What You Wear?” at the college’s Koehnline Museum of Art (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP). This is an annual collaboration between Women’s and Gender Studies and the Koehnline Museum of Art. This year’s theme provides a commentary on what women wear and what it means. Museum hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 847/376-7044.

—-SECOND SUNDAY: Enjoy a beautiful fall activity on Sunday (Oct. 13) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Historical Society Central School (101/103 S. Maple St.). Make a mini paper pumpkin and learn how a seed grows into a pumpkin. This free event welcomes all ages. The Dietrich Friedrichs House will also be open for tours.

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

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