Month: December 2019

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

December 20 – December 26, 2019

LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library (10 S. Emerson St. and 1711 W. Algonquin Rd. respectively) will be closed on Tuesday (Dec. 24) and Wednesday (Dec. 25).  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 Thursday (Dec. 26) at 9 a.m.

VILLAGE HALL HOURS: Mount Prospect Village Hall will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 24/25). The building will reopen on Thursday (Dec. 26) from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

red stocking filled with presents and a candy caneSTOCKING DELIVERIES: Residents in the River Trails District can surprise their children, ages one year and above, with a stocking full of goodies delivered by Old Saint Nick himself on Saturday (Dec. 21) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Stockings are $16 for the first child and $10 for the second child. For more information, call 847/255-1200.

SHINING STAR TICKETS: The annual gala honoring Mount Prospect’s finest is Saturday (Feb. 1) from 6 p.m. – Midnight at The Cotillion Banquets (360 S. Creekside Dr., PAL).  Music is provided by Orchestra 33 Band and the evening includes dinner and an open bar. Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $65 per person through Sunday (Jan. 19) and $75 per person beginning Monday (Jan. 20) and after. All tickets  must  be purchased by Thursday (Jan. 30).

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Dec. 26) 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.

27TH DISTRICT ESSAY CONTEST: Fourth through eighth graders can use some of their winter break time for this project: State Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-27th) and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are inviting middle school students to showcase their writing abilities and knowledge of American history. Fourth and fifth graders must answer the question, “What is Abraham Lincoln’s greatest accomplishment and how is it relevant today?” Seventh and eighth graders are asked to answer the question, “What lessons learned from Lincoln’s life and public service can be applied to government and politics today?” Essays can be submitted to Gillespie’s district office (120 W. Eastman St. Suite 207, AH) or electronically at info@senatoranngillespie.org. All submissions should include the student’s name, school, home address and the best contact information for the parents. Winners will be announced on Lincoln’s 211th birthday on Feb. 12, 2020. The winning author from each age group will receive free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and more.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-CHRISTMAS @ GREAT LAKES: Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights will host 35 sailor recruits from Naval Station Great Lakes on Christmas Day for dinner, treats, phone calls to their homes, video games and television. The public is invited to welcome the sailors on Christmas morning. To do so, arrive at CLA by 9 a.m. Dinner will be served at Noon and is open to the public; however, an RSVP is required. Call Bob Stack at 847/567-4318 to put your name on the list.

A Christmas Carol, Christmas lights, Oxford Street

—-A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Follow Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey as he learns to embrace the joy of the holiday season. Performances are held through Tuesday (Dec. 24) at various times at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (111 W. Campbell St., AH). Tickets are $30/adults and $15/students. For more information, visit http://www.metropolisarts.com.

 

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

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December 13 – December 19, 2019

HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY: Did you know that Christmas trees account for approximately 200 fires each year, resulting in an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries and more than $16 million in property damage? The Mount Prospect Fire Department encourages you to follow these important tips: The tree should be at least 3 feet from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators or other heat sources; keep the basin filled with water at all times; do not rely on chemical coatings or sprays to fireproof trees; and lastly, never put lit candles on or near a tree. For more holiday and winter fire safety tips, contact the Mount Prospect Fire Prevention Bureau at 847/818-5253.

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

FRIENDS HOLIDAYBook Sale GIFT SALE: Are you still looking for that extra gift for someone on your list? Stop by the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. You will find a wide variety of quality used books, music, movies and games from every genre. Funds raised will help the Friends of the Library support additional programs, events and services. For more info, call 847/253-5675 or stop by the Library.

RECYCLE HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Have the holiday lights on your tree fizzled out already? Instead of tossing them in the trash, recycle them and any non-working extension cords at the Mount Prospect Public Works Department Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). For more information, call 847/870-5640.

black and white cat in a santa hat

PHOTOS & FUR BABIES: Bring your best friend (and your human kiddos) for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to The Buddy Foundation (65 W Seegers Rd., AH). The $8 donation per picture benefits Buddy’s animals. While you are there, visit the Holiday Boutique Shoppe and the bake sale. The Buddy Foundation is an all volunteer, no-kill animal shelter. For more, info, visit www.thebuddyfoundation.org.

YULE FIX & TOY DRIVE: Hear great local teen and adult bands and help benefit Mooseheart Orphanage on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 11 a.m. – midnight. Headlining the music event is local band 2 Weeks Notice. The day begins with a visit from Santa at the Moose Lodge (601 N. Main St.). He returns at 4 p.m. for his milk and cookie break and a visit with the children. You can brighten the holiday with gifts appropriate for teens residing at the Orphanage. Beauty and grooming products are suggested.

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 (Dec. 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 (Dec. 18) 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 (Dec. 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 (Dec. 19) 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 (Dec. 19) 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.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-SPEECH, SPEECH!: Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Harper College Toastmasters meet on Thursday (Dec. 19) from 7 – 9 p.m. in Building D, Room 142 at the College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd., PAL). For more information, visit www.harpercollege.toastmastersclubs.org.

—-NWSRA RECEIVES GRANT: Special Leisure Services Foundation, the fundraising arm of Northwest Special Recreation Association, received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation. The grant will be used toward NWSRA’s accessible transportation. The funds will offset expenses incurred for gasoline, maintenance and the acquisition of a new 14-passenger, wheelchair accessible vehicle.

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

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December 6 – December 12, 2019

HOLIDAY HOUSEWALK: This beloved Mount Prospect tradition continues on Friday (Dec. 6) from 3 – 9 p.m. The Holiday Housewalk will feature a portion of the Prospect Park neighborhood and the interiors of four private homes built in the 1950s or very early 1960s, and two that were recently re-constructed and enlarged. Tickets can be purchased at various locations in town or online for $30 at www.mtphist.org. Historical Society members can purchase tickets at the museum (101 S. Maple St.) for $26.

cuddly teddy bear

TEDDY BEAR WALK: Don’t miss this beary good time as Mount Prospect Public Library celebrates the 39th annual Teddy Bear Walk on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Kids should bring their favorite teddy bear!  They will see performer Chris Fascione act out stories and sing along with Parents’ Choice Gold Winner Mark Dvorak as he brings favorite tunes to life. They will march along with Ted E. Bear to Village Hall and welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be escorted by the Mount Prospect Fire Department. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. To register, visit the Library, or call 847/253-5675.

CRAFT BEER & WINE WALK: Sample the beverage offerings from downtown Mount Prospect’s restaurants and businesses on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 2 – 5 p.m. Invite your friends or make new ones at this fun holiday outing. Tickets are $30. For more details, or to register, contact meghan@mountprospectchamber.org.

SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS: Celebrate the holiday season by enjoying a free concert performed by the Mt. Prospect Community Band on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 4 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (605 West Golf Rd.). Enjoy classic carols and contemporary selections. Santa himself will stop by! For more info, visit www.mppd.org.

gingerbread house with a chimney and covered in icing and candy decorationsSECOND SUNDAY: Stop by the Mount Prospect Historical Society (101 S. Maple St.) on Sunday (Dec. 8) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for the annual Gingerbread Open House. All ages are welcome to make-and-take a variety of holiday decorations at this free event. The Dietrich Friedrichs House will also be open for tours.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Office on  Wednesday (Dec. 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.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Dec. 12) 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.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

ham and potato soup with carrots in a pot on the stove—- EMPTY BOWLS AT OAKTON: Enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread in a beautifully handcrafted bowl on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the TenHoeve Center of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP). The donation is $16 per bowl, which is yours to keep. Proceeds benefit local food charities. For more information, call 847/635-1699 or visit www.oakton.edu/emptybowls.

—-JOB FAIR: Looking for a new job? Mariano’s (10 E. Golf Rd., DP) is hiring for all positions at a job fair on Saturday (Dec. 7) from Noon – 4 p.m. Just walk in or apply online at https://jobs.kroger.com/marianos/desplaines

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

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