Month: January 2020

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

January 31 – February 6

snow shovelTEENS HELPING SENIORS: Mount Prospect’s Human Services Department is looking for local teens to shovel snow for seniors and residents who need the assistance. The program will match teens looking for winter work with the residents. The rate of pay will be negotiated between the resident and teen. For more information, call 847/870-5680. 

AARP TAX ASSISTANCE: Once again, Mount Prospect seniors can receive free income tax assistance for their Federal and State tax returns from AARP trained volunteers. Appointments are required. Call the Village of Mount Prospect Human Services Department at 847/870-5680 to make an appointment. list of nearby facilities also offering AARP assistance is available at the Research Desk on the second floor of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). 

REAL ID: While October 1, 2020 is seven months away, Illinoisans who travel on domestic flights or visit secure federal facilities will be required to have a passport or Real ID by that date. However, a standard Illinois Driver’s License will continue to be valid identification for driving and all other uses. Some Illinois Secretary of State facilities have expanded hours to accommodate Real ID applicants. To find out more, visit www.REALID.ilsos.gov. 

SCAM ALERT: In recent weeks, scammers pretending to be government employees with the Social Security Administration have been busy. By phone or email, they may say there is a problem with your Social Security Number or account. They may ask you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, prepaid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash. If you receive a suspicious call, HANG UP, DO NOT give them money or personal information. Report the scam (whether received by telephone or email.). For more information, visit www.ssa.gov.  

GOOD TAX NEWS FOR SENIORS: A new law takes effect this year that eliminates the annual renewal requirement for the Senior Exemption which is available to all homeowners 65 years of age and older, regardless of income. Under the new law, property owners who received the Senior Exemption last year will have it automatically renewed this year. Homeowners who were born in 1954 would have turned 65 in 2019, will have to apply for the Senior Exemption this year Senior citizens seeking the Senior Tax Freeze will still need to file renewal forms. 

DANGEROUS SOCIAL MEDIA TREND: The Mount Prospect Fire Prevention Bureau sent an alert regarding a popular social media platform geared towards middle school and high school studentsA recently released viral video challenge involves cellphone chargers, coins and electrical outlets. The “challenge” is to plug a cellphone charger into an electrical outlet with the charger out just a little bit from the outlet. With the gap between the outlet and the charger, kids are then placing a coin over the two plugs resulting in a large electrical discharge. This “challenge” is very dangerous and could result in possible fire, electrical shock, electrical damage to outlet and wiring. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Bureau at 847/818-5253. 

JOB FAIR: Are you seeking a new job or career path? Prepare your resume and bring it to the Daily Herald Multi-Profession Job Fair on Tuesday (Feb. 4) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton, Chicago Schaumburg Woodfield (1939 N. Meacham Rd. SCH.). Meet face-to-face with the area’s top employers. Bring plenty of copies of your resume and dress for success! 

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s Office  on  Wednesday (Feb. 5) 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.  

BLOOD DRIVE: Help save a life by donating blood on Thursday (Feb. 6) from 3 – 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Community Room on the 1st. floor of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Walk ins are welcome. 

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Feb. 6) 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. For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930. 

SCHIFF PHOTO EXHIBIT: The Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP) will display the photography of Darryll Schiff, a renowned Chicago contemporary artist beginning Thursday (Feb. 6) running through Friday (March 20). The museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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January 17 – January 23

black and white drawing of a boy reading by the fireplaceFRIENDS BOOK SALE Prepare for the chilly “stay inside and read” days ahead by stocking your home library. You will find great bargains on books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks at the Winter Book Sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 17, 18 and 19) at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.)Members Only can shop on Friday (Jan. 17) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The general public is welcome on Saturday (Jan. 18) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday (Jan. 19) from Noon – 4 p.m. Funds raised through the sale helps the Friends support additional Library programs, events and services. For more information, call 847/253-5675. 

WRITERS  GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories 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 (Jan. 21) 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. 

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s Office on Wednesday (Jan. 22) 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 (Jan. 23) 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.  

ULTRASOUNDS AT HARPER: The Harper College Diagnostic Cardiac and Medical Sonography programs are seeking volunteers interested  in receiving free ultrasounds. Appointments can be made starting Wednesday (Jan. 22) through mid-April. Participants must be at least 18 years old. The tests are non-diagnostic. The hour-long exams will be performed by students under the supervision of a registered diagnostic medical and cardiac sonographer. To make an appointment, call 847/925-6104. 

TEXAS ROADHOUSE GIVES BACK: This new business opened to the public on Monday (Jan. 20) at (841 E. Rand Rd.). Before that, however, they held special events to benefit local organizations. One of those organizations is Lemons of Love, a charity that offers programming and support services to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.  

SPRING CLASSES @ OAKTON: Prepare for your dream job or complete your college degree by enrolling in classes at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.Classes begin on Tuesday (Jan. 21.). Registration can be completed online at www.oakton.edu/admission. Students can also register in person Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday.  

NEARBY HAPPENINGS: 

—- WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Stop by the River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook) on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 18 and 19) 3 p.m. It will be feeding time for the center’s animals. Watch and learn their habits! For more info, call 847/824-8360. 

—-SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY: Learn about these cute critters and celebrate the role they play in nature and the environment on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 18 and 19) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Grove (1421 Milwaukee Ave.). This free program takes place in the Beck Room of the Kennicott House. For more info, visit www.glenviewparks.org.

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

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January 10 – January 16, 2020

The Tragedie of King Richard the third by William ShakespeareCOFFEE WITH COUNCIL: It is a new year and a new decade! What is on your mind concerning Mount Prospect and its plans for the community?  Discuss those topics with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (Jan. 11) from 9 – 11:30 a.m. in the Village Hall Farley Community Room (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. 

DO NOT ABBREVIATE: Speaking of the new year, scammers are at work again with an easy way to forge documents, but you can protect yourself with an easy New Year’s resolution: Stop abbreviating the year. This year’s abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you. The concern is that scammers could easily manipulate a document dated “1/3/20” into “1/3/2000” or even “1/3/2021.” Ira Rheingold, director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates says the threat is real! 

SECOND SUNDAY: Stop by the Dietrich Friedrichs House (101/103 S. Maple St.). on Sunday (Jan.12) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. You will enjoy a tour of the house by costumed interpreters portraying Dietrich, Lena and daughter Bessie, the original owners. Learn what their life was like in the early 1900s. All ages are welcome. For more information, visit www.mtphist.org. 

JAZZIN’ IT UP: The Wheeling High School jazz bands will perform on Sunday (Jan. 12) 4 p.m. at Hey Nonny, (10 S. Vail St. A.H.). Featured artists include Bonzo Squad, a modern jazz quartet led by saxophonist Corbin Andrick, as well as the Wheeling Jazz Combo, Jazz Band 2 and Jazz Band 1. Brendan Doshi directs the Jazz Combo, Jeff Livorsi directs Jazz Band 2, and Mike Malek, the director of bands at Wheeling High School, directs Jazz Band 1. 

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Anne Gillespie’s Office on Tuesday (Jan. 14) 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 (Jan. 15) from 2 – 5 p.m. and a representative from Mark Walker’s office will be on site Thursday (Jan. 16) from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services. 

COFFEE WITH REP. WALKER: In addition to his regular meeting at the Library, Rep. Mark Walker invites residents to share their thoughts and concerns with him on Saturday (Jan. 18) from 9 – 10 p.m. at Panera Bread (5 W. Rand Rd. AH.).  

SHAKESPEARE PROJECT: Enjoy a production of Richard III on Tuesday (Jan. 14) 7 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Sponsored by The Mount Prospect Library Foundation, there will be a post-show discussion and opportunity to interact with the actors and creative team. To register, visit www.mppl.org, call 847/253-5675 or stop by the Library. 

SEW BEE IT QUILTERS: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who share your interest on Wednesday (Jan. 15) from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Farley 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. 

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Jan. 16) 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. 

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

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