Month: September 2020

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

September 25 – October 2

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Mount Prospect residents can participate in a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday (Sept. 26) from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.). Items for collection include harsh chemical cleaners, paints, thinners, antifreeze, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides and similar products. Collection is by appointment only on the village website, www.mountprospect.org/hhw. Email or printout of appointment confirmation will be required for entry to the event. A limited number of appointments are available. All must follow these safety guidelines: Residents must wear a mask and remain in their vehicle while on the property; IDs/appointment confirmation printouts will be checked through a closed window to verify residency. There will be no handling of a driver’s license or appointment confirmation printouts. Residents will unlock/open the trunk from inside the vehicle and allow staff to unload the items. Chemicals should be contained in one area in the back of the vehicle. If a person has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, or is experiencing symptoms, do not attend the event. The site/event coordinator may refuse service if a resident fails to comply with the safety guidelines.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Enjoy the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the Lions’ Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Sept. 27) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Parking Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northeast Hwy. COVID-19 restrictions are in place and include the following: masks are required for both vendors and visitors under State Executive Order guidelines; food may be prepackaged to limit contact; limit your visit by coming alone if possible, do not congregate or use the market to socialize, and please leave your dog at home. The Market runs through October, so make the most of it.

NEW MPPL TRUSTEE: Mount Prospect resident Kristine O’Sullivan has been appointed to the Mount Prospect Public Library’s board of trustees. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the late trustee Jacqueline Hinaber. The term runs until April 2021.

cartoon paper bag holding aluminum cansPANTRY REOPENS: Mount Prospect is once again accepting donations for its Food Pantry. The Village had previously closed donations due to the COVID pandemic and potential contamination and limit handling of food. The pantry currently serves an average of 60 to 70 families a month. Those who want to donate should call 847/870-5680 to set up a time for drop-offs. Masks must be worn in Village Hall. Monetary donations are accepted through a PayPal link and other forms which can be found through the Human Services page at https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/human-services/online-donations.

DMV EXTENSIONS: Illinois drivers with licenses or ID cards that expire or will expire in October, November, December or January now have until February 1, 2021 to renew. This is the latest of several driving related deadlines in an effort to prevent crowds at facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to renew vehicle stickers is November 1, 2020 since Illinoisans can complete that task at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Seniors age 75 and older also were granted a one-year driver’s license extension that expires on their birth date in 2021.

PANDEMIC CANCELS HOUSEWALK: The Mount Prospect Historical Society Board of Directors has cancelled its 33rd Annual Holiday Housewalk this December. Instead, they will miniaturize the event and offer the “2020 Holiday Housewalk Dollhouse Edition.” showcasing some of the dollhouses from the Historical Society Collection and community in a virtual exhibit. Museum Director Emily Dattilo says “stay tuned for more information.”

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills virtually with native English speakers on Thursday (Oct. 1) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Residents of Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township are eligible. Pre-registration is required. For more info, call 847/506-4930.

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

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September 18 – September 24

LET’S GET PHYSICAL: Shake off the COVID-19 funk on Saturday (Sept. 19) from 1-3 p.m.at the Health & Fitness Fair held outdoors at Randhurst Village (on the boulevard across from Orangetheory Fitness – 1032 Center Dr.). The free activities include the following: family fitness and stretch classes, chair massages, demonstrations, work from home tips: posture, work stations, stress relief, information from Northwest Community Healthcare Health & Wellness, and great giveaways.

VOTER REGISTRATION DAY @ MPPL: Make sure your voice is heard in the Nov. 3 election. The League of Women voters of Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove will host a registration event from 3 – 6 p.m. outside the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). The League can assist community members in registering to vote online via a smartphone or iPad that they will provide. Required documents include an Illinois driver’s license or state ID and the last four digits of the social security card. The League will also have deputy voter registrars available to register voters using paper forms. Community members must bring two forms of identification, one of which has their current address. Neither of these forms of identification need to have a photo on it.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills virtually with native English speakers on Thursday (Sept. 24) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Residents of Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township are eligible. Pre-registration is required. For more info, call 847/506-4930.

electronic recyclingELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (Sept. 23) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items left outside of designated hours will not be collected. The last day for this service is Wednesday (Oct.28).

FALL CLASSIC GOLF OUTING: Enjoy a fun day full of contests, raffle prizes, lunch, socially distant happy hour and more on Thursday (Sept. 24) at the Mt. Prospect Golf Club (600 S. See-Gwun Ave.). Registration is 10 a.m., with an 11 a.m. Shotgun Start. The cost is $150 per person or $550 for a foursome, which includes a golf cart, boxed lunch, all snacks/beverages on the course, and the happy hour. To register, email www.mountprospectchamber.org or call 847/832-0480.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

IWLA FUNDRAISER: Enjoy the outdoors on Saturday (Sept. 19) from Noon – 2 p.m. or 3 – 5 p.m. at Izaak Walton League (1841 S River Rd. DP.). The Turkey Party Fundraiser includes a turkey raffle with the winners picking up their birds right before Thanksgiving on Nov. 21.Turkeys are 10-12 pounds. Outdoor seating is a maximum of 50 people, safely distanced per IDPH Guidelines. Tickets are $8 and include one pulled pork sandwich and a beverage. Reservations are required by visiting www.iwla.org/desplaines.

STROLL & SHOP SOIREE: Set aside Wednesday (Sept. 23) from 4:30 – 8 p.m. at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (111 W. Campbell St. AH.). This year’s soiree features shopping, sampling stops and live entertainment on a route through downtown Arlington Heights benefiting Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Masks are required as are social distancing guidelines, The cost is $45. For information, visit www.metropolisarts.com/event/metropolis-stroll-shop-soiree.

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

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September 11 – September 17

FARMERS’ MARKET: Enjoy the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the Lions’ Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Sept. 13) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Parking Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northeast Hwy.). New this week, the Mount Prospect Historical Society will sell store items from the Museum. COVID-19 restrictions are in place and include the following: masks are required for both vendors and visitors under State Executive Order guidelines; food may be prepackaged to limit contact; limit your visit by coming alone if possible, do not congregate or use the market to socialize, and please leave your dog at home. The Market runs through October, so make the most of it.

YARD SIGN CAMPAIGN: The Village of Mount Prospect’s Community Engagement Committee is unveiling The Mount Prospect Diversity and Inclusiveness Yard Sign Campaign. Now you can show your solidarity with the community at large with a sign that reads: “Mount Prospect, Better Together, Everyone Is Welcome.” Residents can purchase the yard sign for $10 or a window cling for $5 by visiting the web page: www.mountprospect.org/communityengagementcommittee. All proceeds go to support the Village’s Emergency Assistance Program, where funds are used to purchase food pantry, school supply items and to provide emergency financial assistance for those in greatest need. You can also submit a picture or a written example to highlight the importance of diversity and connectedness in Mount Prospect. The first fifty entries will receive a free yard sign or window cling. To submit an entry, fill out the form at the above website.

Welcome to the Mount Prospect Historical Society Keeping Hometown Memories  Alive Keeping Hometown Memories AliveMP HISTORICAL SOCIETY WELCOMES NEW STAFF: A trio of Mount Prospect residents are now at the helm of the Mount Prospect Historical Society! Emily Dattilo, who holds a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology from Loyola University and a master’s degree in history from Marquette University, is the society’s new director. Amanda Marcus is the new office manager. She studied at the University of Chicago while earning her degree in psychology. Tom Groenwald has over 42 years of experience in finance and accounting. He will share his extensive financial knowledge as a part time bookkeeper. Welcome to all!

IN-PERSON VOTING REGISTRATION: For those who do not want to use online registration for the upcoming November election, you may register in person Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). You must have two forms of identification, such as a driver’s license, state ID, passport, birth certificate or utility bill. Early voting will take place at Village Hall, beginning Oct. 19. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Final Monday (Nov. 2), the hours are 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Dropping off a mail ballot? A secure drop-off box will be located inside Village Hall. The last day to request a mail ballot is Thursday (Oct. 29). Questions regarding early voting, mail ballots, voter registration or election day voting should be directed to Village Clerk Karen Agoranos at 847/818-5333 or email kagoranos@mountprospect.org. You can also visit www.cookcountyclerk.com for more information.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

BARRINGTON ART WALK: Enjoy some eye candy or begin your holiday shopping on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 12/13) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (210 W. Station St. BARRINGTON). A socially distanced plan is in place to enjoy. Timed reservations are required at www.BarringtonArtFestival.com.

BLOOD DRIVE: State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-29th) and State Rep. Jonathon Carroll (D-57th) will host a blood drive on Tuesday (Sept. 15) from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Prospect Heights Fire Station (10 E. Camp McDonald Rd. PH.). All successful blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

OCC HOSTS CANNABIS WORKSHOP: Oakton Community College has a Cannabis Dispensary and Patient Care Specialist Certificate Program. For the fall 2020 semester, they are also offering a Cannabis Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management 14-hour certificate program. Participants do not have to be enrolled in Oakton’s certificate program. Sessions will be held through the Zoom video conferencing app. For more information, call the College at 847-635-1600.

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

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