Month: February 2020

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

February 28 – March 5

FREEZE FEST: Get in on some winter fun on Friday (Feb. 28) from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Zone (550 Business Center Drive.). Activities for all ages include games, arts and crafts, bounce houses, turf games and giveaways to support Send a Kid to Camp. Concessions will be available for purchase. The cost is $5/person for children 16 years-old and younger. Participants must complete a Parkour Open Gym release form found on the Freeze Fest Special Event Page at https://www.rtpd.org/event/freeze-fest/ and can be filled out prior to the event. 

TRIVIA NIGHT: Gather your pals for a fun night of trivia on Friday (Feb. 28) from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Choose your team name and theme, and decorate your table. Team tables are 8 – 10 people and cost $250 per team. For more information or to register your team, email  meghan@mountprospect.org or call 847/398-6616. 

 NEW @ MP HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Mount Prospect Historical Society kicks off Five Dollar Fives on Saturday (Feb. 29) from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Museum Campus (101 S. Maple St.). The program will feature guest speakers during any month with 5 Saturdays. Saturday’s speaker is Mary Arvidson, Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution Eli Skinner Chapter. To register, call the Mount Prospect Historical Society at 847/392-9006. 

 SALUTE INC. FUNDRAISER: The Palatine-based nonprofit will host the event “An American Hero and An American Idol” on Saturday (Feb. 29) from 6-11 p.m. at Meridian Banquets and Conference Center (1701 W. Algonquin Rd. RM.). The keynote speaker is U.S. Army veteran and triple-amputee Bryan Anderson. Mount Prospect native and Season 9 American Idol winner, Lee DeWyze will perform. Information and tickets for the event can be found at http://bit.ly/35s5xVY. At this printing, the event is SOLD OUT. However, if you would like to be placed on a wait list, email sophie@saluteinc.org 

 EARLY VOTING: Those wishing to vote early for the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election can do so Monday – Saturday (March 2 – 7) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Farley Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Any questions regarding early voting including mail ballot requests, voter registration or election day voting should call Village Clerk Karen Agoranos at 847/818-5333. The last day to request a mail ballot is March 12. Mail ballots must be postmarked by March 17, 2020.  More early voting dates will be posted here in the next couple of weeks. 

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s Office on Tuesday (March 3) 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: Give the gift of life on Thursday (March 5) from 3 – 7 p.m. in the Farley Community Room of 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 (March 5) 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 VEHICLE STICKERS: Mount Prospect 2020-21 vehicle stickers, which must be displayed by Friday (May 1) on all vehicles registered to residents or businesses in the village are now on sale. They can be purchased online at www.mountprospect.org/vehiclestickers, by mail or drop box, or in person at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). For specifics on fees or more information, call 847/392-6000 or visit the website above.  

 ELECTION DAY WORKERS SOUGHT: Every election in suburban Cook County requires a team of Election Judges and Polling Place Technicians. The former check in voters, provide ballots, and ensure the polling place runs smoothly. The posiiton pays $200. Polling Place Technicians work directly with the election judges to assist voters. They have more responsibility for setting up and maintaining the voting equipment. Due to the additional responsibility, they receive more training and higher pay. For information on either of these positions, visit www.cookcountyclerk.com/agency/work-election-day. You can also contact the political parties. Call the Democratic Party at 224/544-9836 or the Republican Party at 847/632-1774. 

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February 21 – February 27

DISPLAY YOUR FANDOM: Get ready to “geek out” on Saturday (Feb. 22) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) annual “FanFest” event. Whether you wish you lived in a galaxy far, far away, or in a school for witchcraft and wizardry, come dressed as your favorite character. Enjoy a day of gaming, crafts, cosplay (costumes), virtual reality, trivia, cartooning workshop and more! No registration is necessary, but space is limited. Tickets may be picked up at the Patron Services Desk beginning at 9:30 a.m. Don’t  miss this “family-friendly” event sponsored by the Friends of the Library!

KNOTS OF LOVE: Honor the memory of 10-year-old Lauren Graver, a Lions Park Elementary School student who passed away from cancer in 2017 by making blankets for ill children. The annual Lions Park Knots of Love event takes place on Friday (Feb. 21) from 4 – 9 p.m. at Prospect High School (801 W. Kensington Rd.). Following the event, the blankets will be individually washed and sent to children battling cancer in the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Pediatric Unit. Participants should bring two pieces 1-1/2 yards each of coordinating fleece, fabric scissors and a ruler.

NEW PRINCIPALS NAMED: River Trails School District 26 has named a new principal to replace Lynn Fischer who is retiring. Starting July 1, William Timmins will serve as Indian Grove’s new principal. Timmins comes to the district from Elk Grove Township Elementary School District 59’s Friendship Junior High School in Des Plaines, where he had been principal for the past year and the last five years as an assistant principal. Amy Veytsman, currently the assistant principal at Indian Grove, will become the new kindergarten early learning facilitator for the center’s opening in fall 2021. The district is now seeking her replacement as assistant principal for next school year.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Ann Gillespie’s Office on Tuesday  (Feb. 25) 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 (Feb. 26) from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

ROMEO AND JULIET: The Shakespeare Project of Chicago returns to the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) on Tuesday (Feb. 25) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. with their presentation of Romeo and Juliet. Following the play will be a post-show discussion and opportunity to interact with the actors and creative team. To register, call 847/253-5675, stop into the Library, or visit www.mppl.org.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Feb. 27) 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.

NEW POST FOR PHS LEADER: Prospect High School Associate Principal Scott McDermott will become the new principal at Wheaton Warrenville South High School for the 2020-21 school year. During his time at Prospect dating back to 2009, he held the position of associate principal for instruction and division head for special education.

LIBRARY BOARD SEEKS TRUSTEE: A seat on the Mount Prospect Library Board of Trustees has opened up after Trustee Jackie Hinabar stepped down due to personal reasons. The board is accepting applications from those who have experience in technology, finance, budgeting, marketing or public relations. You must be a Mount Prospect resident and a registered voter to apply. The term for this position ends in April 2021. To apply, submit a short statement of interest and resume to Executive Director Su Reynders email by Monday (March 2.)  sreynders@mppl.org. For more information or to review the candidate package, visit the Library website at www.mppl.org.

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

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February 14 – February 20

CELEBRATING THE 19TH AMENDMENT: The League of Women Voters Arlington Heights-Mount Prospect-Buffalo Grove will spend Friday (February 14) from 6:30 – 11 p.m. marking the love of voting with a fundraising gala at Metropolis Ballroom (6 S. Vail St. AH.). The event, “100 Years and Beyond,” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite and include dinner, dessert, dancing and life dueling pianos, plus the opportunity to win prizes. There is also an option to become a member of the League of Women Voters – regardless of gender. For more information, visit www.lwvah.org.

SKATE TO SAVE HISTORY: Enjoy an afternoon of inline skating on Monday (February 17) from Noon – 5 p.m. at Central Community Center (1000 W. Central Rd.). The event is a combined sponsorship with the Mount Prospect Historical Society and the Mt. Prospect Park District. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society programs and the overall goal of preserving our history. Admission is $5 and skates are available to rent for $5, or bring your own skates (subject to inspection by Park District staff.). For more information, visit www.mtphist.org or call 847/392-9006.

VILLAGE HALL CLOSED: In observance of Presidents’ Day, Mount Prospect Village Hall is closed on Monday (Feb. 17.).

MAIL DELIVERY PRESIDENTS’ DAY: The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail on Presidents’ Day, Monday (Feb. 17.) UPS will continue services. FedEx home delivery will be operational, but FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost will have modified service. Many banks will be closed as well.

MP TO ALLOW VIDEO GAMBLING SIGNS: Mount Prospect will allow bars and restaurants to put up a single window sign of up to 4 feet square in their establishments. The sign can be illuminated but cannot flash or have chasing lights.

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 (Feb. 18) 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. 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 (Feb. 19) 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 (Feb. 19) 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 (Feb. 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 (Feb. 20) 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:

—- NSO WELCOMES YOUNG SOLOIST: The Northwest Symphony Orchestra presents a concert on Sunday (Feb. 16) 3 p.m. in the Theater for the Performing Arts at Forest View Education Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd. AH.).  Soloist Claire Metcalf, age 15, will perform two works – the Violin Concerto by Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) and Symphony No. 1 by Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957.) Ms. Metcalf was the winner of the Paul Vermel Young Artist Award, an annual competition established in honor of the former music director of the Northwest Symphony. Tickets are $20/general admission, $15/seniors 65 and older, and $10/students with ID. Children younger than 14  are admitted  free with a paying adult. Purchase tickets online at www.northwestsymphony.org or by calling 847/965-7271.

—- OAKTON BLACK HISTORY MONTH: See a screening of “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am” on Thursday (Feb. 20) 2 p.m. in Room 1430 at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.). The screening is presented by the Women’s and Gender Studies program and Black History Month Committee. For more information, email Rick Daniels at sdaniels@oakton.edu.

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

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February 7 – February 13

spin class bicyclePEDAL WITH A PURPOSE: Get fit and pay it forward on Saturday (Feb. 8) from 8 a.m. – Noon by joining the MPPD’s Spin-a-Thon for Lemons of Love at RecPlex (420 W. Dempster St.).  Bring your friends, family or co-workers to ride a spin bike for an hour to make a difference in the community. Not up for a ride? Come out and cheer on the participants or make a donation. Raffles, prizes and giveaways are all part of the fun. The cost is $20 per participant. For details, or to register, visit www.mppd.org. 

VALENTINE TEA: Ladies, enjoy an old-fashioned tea party with a guest on Saturday (Feb. 8) from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Rob Roy Golf Course (505 E. Camp McDonald Rd. PH.). Wear your party clothes and enjoy tea served in real china and an assortment of sandwiches and other goodies. Admission is $11 for children ages 2 to 15 and $15 for those ages 15 and older. For more information, visit www.rtpd.org. 

MARDI GRAS FAMILY NIGHT: Celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday (Feb. 8) from 4 – 8 p.m. at RecPlex (420 W. Dempster St.). You’ll enjoy an open swim, studio crafts, a bounce house, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and games galore! Get up close and personal with Bubba, the 14-foot alligator and take a photo between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Adults are admitted  free of charge. Children (R) are $6 and (NR) are $9. To register, visit www.mppd.org and use class code 38204. 

SECOND SUNDAY: Make something special for the love in your life this Valentine’s Day! Set aside Sunday (Feb. 9) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to make a craft at the Mount Prospect Historical Society (101-103 S. Maple St.). Visit the Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum while you are there. All ages are welcome and there is no charge to participate. 

MP VEHICLE STICKERS: Mount Prospect 2020-21 vehicle stickers, which must  be displayed by Friday (May 1) on all vehicles registered to residents or businesses in the village are now on sale. They can be purchased online at www.mountprospect.org/vehiclestickers, by mail or drop box, or in person at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). For specifics on fees or more information, call 847/392-6000 or visit the website above. 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: The District 214 Education Foundation is offering more than $50,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors this spring. The scholarships are for students pursuing a certificate in the trades, females pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) or law, students demonstrating leadership and involvement at specific schools, and more. Awards range from $500 to $8,000 in post-secondary funding. Seniors are encouraged to visit the Scholarship Portal at www.d214.smapply.io to complete a brief profile, which will alert them to all scholarships for which they are eligible. The scholarships can then be completed entirely online. The deadline for all applications is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday (March 7). 

GRAND OPENING FOR FLORIST: Busse’s Flowers & Gifts will host a formal grand opening at its new Rolling Meadows location on Monday (Feb. 10) from 4:30 – 6 p.m.at 3445 Kirchoff Rd. Busse’s moved in recent months from 100 E. Northwest Highway in Mount Prospect, amid redevelopment prospects for Block 56 in the village, coupled with lower rents in Rolling Meadows.  

GARDEN CLUB: Don’t let the cold temps deter your spring fever! Set aside Wednesday (Feb. 12) from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. to join the Garden Club of Mount Prospect program, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hydrangeas.”  The program is presented by Olga DeSio, Master Gardner, who takes part in maintaining community gardens in Maywood and Des Plaines. The event is held  at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP.). The schedule is as follows: Refreshments at 11:30 a.m., social hour and meeting at 12:15 p.m. and the program at 1 p.m.  

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s Office on  Wednesday (Feb. 12) 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 (Feb. 13) 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. For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.  

NEARBY HAPPENINGS: 

—-HARPER WINS INNOVATION AWARD: Harper College and its Global Region of Focus Initiative has been recognized as a winner of the Institute of International Education Andrew Heiskell Award of Innovation in International Education.  

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