Month: November 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

November 29 – December 5, 2019

SHOP SMALL SATURDAY: The Village of Mount Prospect encourages the community to “Shop Small” on Saturday (Nov. 30) for Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting local businesses. Patronizing locally owned businesses, especially during the holiday season, makes a real difference in the community. When you shop local, you support schools, police and fire departments. Shopping local also raises property values, creates more choice, invests in entrepreneurship, and makes your community a destination. See you around town on Saturday!

autumn leavesLAST LEAF CALL: Mount Prospect Public Works announced that the week of December 2 is the final week for loose leaf collection. Residents should also be aware that burning leaves is a violation of Village code and is not allowed under any circumstances.

GARDEN CLUB OF MP: Join this group on Wednesday (Dec. 4) to find out how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas. The Garden Club meets at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd.,DP). Refreshments and a social hour begin at 11:30, a business meeting at 12:15, followed by the program at 1 p.m. All are welcome!

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Office on  Wednesday (Dec. 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 (Dec. 5) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This class is available to Mount Prospect and Elk Grove Village residents. For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.

BLOOD DRIVE: Help save a life by donating blood on Thursday (Dec. 5) from 3 – 7 p.m. at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Walk-ins are welcome.

MEDICARE DEADLINE: Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D ends on Saturday (Dec. 7). Take advantage of this time to review or change your prescription drug plan for 2020. Assistance in the enrollment process is available through the Village. Call 847/870-5680 for more information.

SCAM ALERT: More than likely, if you are on social media this time of year, you’ve seen the “Secret Sister” proposal: Send one gift valued at $10, and you could receive as many as 36 presents. Sound too good to be true? The Better Business Bureau is reminding people that these kind of “Secret Sister” gift exchanges are, for all intents, illegal pyramid schemes that could cost you money, expose you to penalties for mail fraud, and make you an easier mark for identify theft. Here’s how it works: Users recruit “sisters” via email or Facebook – with the promise they could receive dozens of gifts in return if they buy a $10 gift for a stranger on the internet, provide their name, address and email, and recruit six more friends to take part. But there is no guarantee those gifts will arrive. Like any pyramid scheme, those at the top reap the rewards, and those who join later receive little if any in return.

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

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November 22 – November 28, 2019

autumn gourds, sunflowers, corn, and leavesLIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library (10 S. Emerson St. and 1711 W. Algonquin Rd. respectively) will be closed on Thursday (Nov. 28). Although the buildings are closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, 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 Friday (Nov. 29) at 9 a.m.

VILLAGE HALL CLOSED: Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) will be closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 28 and 29). The building will reopen on Monday (Dec. 2) at 8:30 a.m.

DONATIONS NEEDED:  Help spread cheer to local families this holiday season.  Mount Prospect Human Services Department is collecting non-perishable food items including canned fruit/fruit cups, canned ravioli & spaghetti, cookies, crackers, jam & jelly, instant mashed potatoes, canned meats & tuna, and sugar free items. Please do not donate cans larger than 32 oz. or packages larger than 5 lbs. or expired items. Bring your donations to the Human Services Department, 2nd floor of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Department social workers or case workers meet with residents to determine the family’s eligibility for the program.

2019 SENIOR EXEMPTION LAW CHANGED: House Bill 833 was signed into law in August. Under the new law, seniors in Cook County who currently receive the senior exemption will no longer need to file each year. There is no need to complete a form as done in previous years. The exemption will be reflected on the second installment bill in July, 2020.

EXPIRED PRESCRIPTIONS: If you missed disposing of expired, unwanted, or unused prescriptions on National Take Back Day, Oct. 26, no worries. There are locations in Wheeling Township where you can safely dispose of medications year-round. In Mount Prospect, drop them off at Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd.). The hours are Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WIN MICKEY OR MINNIE: Visit Central Continental Bakery (101 S. Main St.) or Mount Prospect Park District (1000 W. Central Rd.) and register to win a large cuddly Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse stuffed animal.

SCAM ALERT: If you use Facebook, you may have seen a promotion from Costco promising $75 coupons to celebrate the big-box store’s 50th anniversary. To receive the coupon, users were asked to answer questions such as, “Do you like shopping?”  In a “Costco coupon scam alert,” the Identify Theft Resource Center said scammers could be collecting email addresses and access to social media friends in order to sell the information. For more, visit http://bit.ly/2CJ0wwe

PROSPECT HS CRAFT SHOW:  Find that special gift for someone or a treat for yourself at Prospect High School Holiday Craft & Gift Boutique on Sunday (Nov. 24) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the school (801 Kensington Rd.). Custom jewelry, designer home décor, couture ornaments, and more will be showcased. You will also find concessions and raffle tickets. Admission is $4; children age 11 and younger and current Prospect High students are admitted free of charge. Proceeds benefit student groups, organizations and senior scholarships.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Anne Gillespie’s Office on Tuesday (Nov. 26) 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 from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

MP CHRISTKINDLMARKET & TREE LIGHTING: Support local creatives on Wednesday (Nov. 27) by shopping the Christkindlmarket from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Farley Community Room in Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.).  Step outside at 5 p.m. for the tree lighting ceremony. These family-friendly events bring the whole community together! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and carols outside when the tree is  lit.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D ends on Saturday (Dec. 7). Take advantage of this time to review or change your prescription drug plan for 2020. Assistance in the enrollment process is available through the Village. Call 847/870-5680 for more information.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—- TURKEY TROT: Lose some calories before you indulge on Thursday (Nov.28) by running in this fun event at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.). Choose from a 2-mile run (8:30 a.m.), 5-mile run (9 a.m.), or Drumstick Dash (10 a.m.). Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. Register online at www.palatineparks.org. The cost is $30.

—-HELP ADOPT-A-SAILOR: American Legion Post 690 is seeking donations for their Adopt-A-Sailor Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday (Nov. 28) when sailors from Great Lakes Naval Station come to the American Legion Hall in Palatine. In addition to a traditional dinner, there will be activities, and phone calls home for as long as they desire. Checks can be made payable to the American Legion with the notation Adopt-A-Sailor and mailed to American Legion, Attention: Adopt-A-Sailor, 122 W. Palatine Rd. Palatine, IL 60067. For details, call 847/359-1606.

—-VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR SENIOR TAX PREP: AARP Tax-Aide is looking for those with good computer skills who can commit to four to five weekday training classes in January to assist seniors during tax season. Successfully completing a test to become an IRS-certified tax preparer is required. Volunteers must also commit to three-five hours once a week during tax season – February – April 2020. If interested, complete the online application at www.aarp.org/taxvolunteer.

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

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November 15 – November 21, 2019

gold and brown leaf with snowflakes covering edgesAREA WARMING CENTERS: The polar temperatures have arrived sooner than expected (it is still officially fall!).Those needing a reprieve from the cold can stop in to the following locations. Call for hours.

Mount Prospect Public Library: 10 S. Emerson St. 847/253-5675
Mount Prospect Village Hall:  50 S. Emerson St. 847/392-6000
Community Connections Center:  1711 W. Algonquin Rd. 847/506-4930
River Trails Park District: 1500 E. Euclid Ave. 847/255-1200
RecPlex: 420 W. Dempster St. 847/640-1000
Central Community Center: 1000 W. Central Rd. 847/255-5380
St. Emily Church: 1400 E. Central Rd. 847/824-5049

2020 PICNIC PERMITS: Surviving this polar blast does has a silver lining, however. In-person permit sales for picnics and special events in Cook County forest preserves begin Friday (Nov. 15.) from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Residents can purchase them at Forest Preserves of Cook County General Headquarters (9536 N. Harlem Ave. RIVER FOREST) or at Dan Ryan Visitor Center (8700 S. Western Ave. CHICAGO).  In-person purchases require a valid federal/state issued identification card. Those wanting to purchase permits online must first set up an account at www.fpdcc.com/permits. For assistance or questions, call 800/870-3666.

QUIET RUNWAY ROTATION: The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Interim Fly Quiet Runway Rotation (IFQ) plan is in effect now through May 17, 2020. The goals are to reduce impacts to the highest impacted communities, provide near-term relief and provide predictability. The IFQ features an eight-week runway rotation plan. For each week, a primary and secondary runway use configuration is  provided to accommodate potential changes in wind direction. The runway use configurations have been determined to balance noise exposure to the extent possible. More information is available at www.oharenoise.org/IFQ.

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.

NO MORE MUDDY PAWS: Mount Prospect Park District commissioners approved a bid to install artificial turf in Canine Commons to end a muddy dog paw problem. Director of Parks and Planning Scott Elman received complaints about how muddy the launch area of Canine Commons at Melas Park becomes, especially when it rains.
Canine Commons is shared by Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights Park Districts through an intergovernmental agreement (IGA).

MP HOUSWALK TICKETS: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Mount Prospect residents share their beautiful homes and holiday decorations with the rest of the community!  Six private homes built between 1950 – 2016 will open their doors along with a seventh home, built in 1950, which will be featured from the outside. The tour begins at a heated tent situated at the intersection of Council Trail and Wa-Pella Ave. Non-refundable tickets are $28 each through Thursday (Dec. 5). Ticket sales locations include Mount Prospect State Bank (299 W. Central Rd.); Busse Flowers and Gifts (100 E. Northwest Hwy.); River Trails Weiss Center (1500 E. Euclid Ave.); Lions Park Recreation Center (411 S. Maple St.); Millie’s Hallmark (1024 S. Elmhurst Rd.); and the Dietrich Friedrich’s House Museum (101 S. Maple St.) Online purchases can be made through PayPal at www.mtphist.org and be retrieved at a “will call” desk located at the headquarters. Day-of-the-Walk ticket purchases begin at 3 p.m. and cost $30.

DIST. 26 PROPOSAL: A Public Hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy increase for River Trails Elementary School District 26 will be held on Tuesday (Nov. 19) 7 p.m. at River Trails Middle School (1000 N. Wolf Rd.). Any person desiring to appear and present testimony should contact Dr. Nancy Wagner, Superintendent of Schools, at 847/297-4120.

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 (Nov. 19) 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 (Nov. 20) 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 (Nov. 20) 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 (Nov. 21) from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

OCC HOSTS POET:  Kevin Coval, an alumnus of Glenbrook North High School will read selections from his collection of poetry on Wednesday (Nov. 20) 2 p.m. at Oakton Community College’s Student Center Room 1530, (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.). Admission is free. For more information, contact Tina Fakhrid-Deen at tfakhrid@oakton.edu.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Nov. 21) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This class is available to Mount Prospect and Elk Grove Village residents. For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.

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November 8 – November 14, 2019

FILM DREAMERS’ FESTIVAL: The Prospect High School Film Club hosts the second annual Film Dreamers’ Film Festival on Friday (Nov. 8) 6 p.m. at the school (801 W. Kensington Rd.). The festival highlights the creative student film and video work from Prospect, John Hersey, and Wheeling high schools. The community is invited to dress up for this red carpet event. Admission is an optional donation of $5, which benefits the Arts Department. There may be a future Academy Award winner in our midst!

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (Nov. 9) 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.

COME TO THE CABARET: Enjoy a night out on Saturday (Nov. 9) 6:30 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP.). Listen to traditional pop and jazz standards by premier entertainer Peter Oprisko. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include appetizers and sweet treats. Drinks and fall raffle tickets will also be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Prospect Parks Foundation annual scholarship program.

SECOND SUNDAY: Put your creativity to work on Sunday (Nov. 10) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Historical Society  (101 & 103 S. Maple St.). You will make and take paper turkeys to celebrate the upcoming holiday. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. The Dietrich Fredrichs House will also be open for tours.

CARPENTERS TRIBUTE CONCERT: Does the song “Rainy Days and Mondays” bring you a sense of nostalgia? Relive the music of 70s on Sunday (Nov. 10) 3 p.m. when Lisa Rock and her band present “Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters” at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd. AH.).Tickets for the show are $15 for Gold Card members, $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Gold Card members can call the Community Education Office at 847/718-7700. Tickets can be purchased by visiting https://tickets.d214.org/show/27.

BORN IN THE USA CONCERT: Spend an afternoon listening to music from some of America’s greatest composers on Sunday (Nov. 10) 3:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (605 W. Golf Rd.). The Mt. Prospect Community Band will perform pieces from George Gershwin, Cole Porter. Alfred Reed, and John Williams. The band will salute our Veterans with a special musical tribute. Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance at RecPlex (420 W. Dempster) or for $10 at the door.

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Honor and support our veterans on Monday (Nov. 11) 10:30 a.m. at Lions Park Recreation Center (411 S. Maple St.). Children are encouraged to attend with their parents. For more information, visit http://vfw1337.us.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Anne Gillespie’s Office on Tuesday (Nov. 12) 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. 13) from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

MP GARDEN CLUB: Kim Pesche, manager of Des Plaines-based Pesche’s Flowers, presents a program about a wildlife-friendly way to approach fall cleanup on Wednesday (Nov. 13) 1 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP.). Refreshments will be served during the 11:30 a.m. social hour, followed by a meeting at 12:15 p.m. The program is at 1 p.m. This is a free event!

RULES OF THE ROAD: Need a refresher in advance of taking your written driver’s license exam? Register for this class on Wednesday (Nov. 13) 1:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Call 847/870-5680 to register.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Nov. 14) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This class is available to Mount Prospect and Elk Grove Village residents. For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.

MP STORIES: PROHIBITION ERA: Learn what led to the ban on alcohol, how it affected Mount Prospect and surrounding areas, and what the government did to repeal it at a program on Thursday (Nov. 14) 7 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Lindsay Rice, Director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society will lead the discussion. To register, visit the Library or call 847/253-5675.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-DIVERSITY JOB FAIR: Polish your resume, dress for success, and attend the Daily Herald Multi-Profession Diversity Job Fair on Tuesday (Nov. 12) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago, Schaumburg Woodfield (1939 N. Meacham Rd. SCHAUMBURG.). Meet face-to-face with employers representing positions in sales, customer service, retail, accounting and more. Look for a full exhibitor listing and information on the job fair in the Sunday (Nov. 10) edition of The Daily Herald.

—-OAKTON SPRING REGISTRATION: Winter may not have officially arrived, but students can register for spring classes beginning Wednesday (Nov. 13) at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.) Classes will begin the week of Jan. 21, 2020. Registration can be completed online at www.oakton.edu/admission or in person Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call the Student Recruitment and Outreach Office at 847/635-1835

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

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