Month: April 2021

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

April 30 – May 6

TRIVIA NIGHT: Gather your friends for a virtual trivia night from 7 – 8 p.m. on Saturday (May 1). The event is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Junior Women’s Club and presented by Baig of Tricks Entertainment. Trivia night will be presented via YouTubeLive. Participants will need two internet browser windows open simultaneously to watch the live stream and to answer trivia questions The variety of subjects include pop culture, history, music, science, geography, and more. Registration is $20. Proceeds go to the Mount Prospect Village’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program. First place winner will receive a $50 gift card to Mount Prospect restaurant Trezero’s. 

VIRTUAL PLAY AND LEARN: Parents of children ages 2-5 are invited to meet virtually with other parents and their children on Tuesday (May 4) from 11:30 a.m. – Noon. Activities include story time, music and learning activities. Register online at www.mppl.org or call 847/590-4090. 

 CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: If you are learning English, practice your conversational skills virtually on Thursday (May 6) from 1- 2 p.m. Enjoy interesting discussions while learning new conversational skills from the comfort of your own home. For more information or to register, call 847/506-4930. 

 AGELESS GRACE: Seniors, enjoy this seated exercise program for the mind and body. Set aside Thursday (May 6) 1:30 p.m. and meet in Busse Pocket Park across the street from Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Registration is required for this free 30-minute, socially distanced class, which is open to Mount Prospect residents only. Masks are required to participate. To register, call 847/870-5680. 

 MONTHLY BLOOD DRIVES: The Fire Department has partnered with Vitalant and their Everyday Heroes program to hold a blood drive the first Thursday of every month. The first one is on Thursday (May 6) from 2 – 8 p.m. at Fire Station 14 (2000 R. Kensington Rd.). Through the program, every donor generates a certain number of points which are then converted into a monetary award given by Vitalant to the Illinois Fire Chief’s Association Scholarship Fund. For future drives, register for an appointment at www.vitalant.org. 

monarch butterflyMONARCH BUTTERFLY: Learn why this beautiful butterfly is important, how to raise them, and how to create spaces for them and other pollinators at a virtual program “Preserving, Protecting, and Promoting the Monarch Butterfly” on Thursday (May 6) from 7 – 8 p.m. The program is  hosted by the Library using Zoom. Presenters include Sherry Grobe, Ron Willer, and Nancy Reese of the Garden Club of Mount Prospect in support of Monarch Watch and Journey North. Participants must register and provide an email address to receive the login information. To register, visit www.mppl.or or call 847/253-5675. 

REAL ID DEADLINE  EXTENDED: The Department of Homeland Security extended the Real ID deadline until May 3, 2023. The deadline had been Oct. 1, 2021.The updated cards will be required for airport check-in and to enter federal facilities. DHS reports that only 43% of all driver’s licenses and identification cards are compliant. 

CENTURY TILE CLOSING: One of Mount Prospect’s longest standing businesses will close this summer, around July 4, according to the Parks and Spiewak families, who own the business. With the announcement, the company’s remaining stores in Lombard, Cicero, and Itasca will close. The village’s Director of Community Development, Bill Cooney said he has had inquiries about redeveloping the site even prior to Century Tiles announcing its plans. 

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

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April 23 – April 29

HISTORICAL SOCIETY BULB SALE: Mount Prospect Historical Society is offering spring flower bulbs for sale, which are guaranteed  to bloom or you get a free replacement. Each order will be shipped directly to the purchaser, no matter where they are in the country! Bulbs range from gladiolas, irises and amaryllis to hosta, lilies, strawberries and more. Orders are placed online at https://www.mtphist.org/support-us-with-dutch-mill-bulbs-2/. Payment is through PayPal or a credit card. The bulb sale ends June 1, 2021. Call the Society with questions, Tuesday-Thursday at 847/392-6006 or email info@mtphistory.org. 

SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS OPEN HOUSE: Learn about four Mount Prospect organizations that help the community on Saturday (April 24) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) at Mount Prospect Lodge #660 (601 N. Main St.). In addition to the Moose, other participating organizations are the Lions Club, Mount Prospect Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1337 and Mount Prospect American Legion Post 525. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. 

D214 COMMUNITY ED CLASSES: More time at home this past year may have you exploring new interests and hobbies. District 214 Community Education has you covered. There are new online culinary classes including Fresh Rice Spring Rolls, Meal Prepping Made Easy and Spanish Paella. Other classes include Sewing 101, Watercolor Painting and Google Basics. A partnership with Black Rocket allows D214 Community Education to provide high quality online STEAM classes such as eSports Apprentice, Streamers and Gamers, and Minecraft Modders. For information about upcoming classes, visit www.ce.d214.org. 

shot of earth from spaceCELEBRATE EARTH DAY: Enjoy a spring stroll on Sunday (April 25) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave. NORTHBROOK). All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.  Registration is  required  by calling 847/824-8360. 

NEARBY HAPPENINGS: 

—-AH MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVITIES: For the second year in a row, the Arlington Heights Memorial Day parade and ceremony have been cancelled because of COVID, organizers announced. Greg Padovani, chairman of the veterans committee, said even with vaccinations proceeding, the area will still likely be in Phase 4B of the state’s reopening plan by Memorial Day on May 31.Those restrictions limit outdoor events to 30 people per 1,000 sq. feet. 

—-PROM DRESS DONATIONS: While schools have started a transition to more in-person learning, traditions like prom are still up in the air. For 20 years, Zengeler Cleaners has teamed up with high schools, the Glass Slipper and, more recently, Mothers Trust Foundation to provide lovingly-worn prom dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories at no cost to high school senior women. The generosity will continue this year. All items will be inspected, repaired as needed, cleaned and professionally stored for next year. Zengeler Cleaners stores are located in Deerfield, Hubbard Woods, Northfield, Winnetka, Northbrook and Long Grove, along with two locations in Libertyville. For more information, contact Tom Zengeler at t847/272-6550 ext.14, or visit www.zengelercleaners.com. 

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April 9 – April 15

ORGANICS COLLECTION PROGRAM: The Village of Mount Prospect is now accepting organics (yard waste), including fruits and vegetables. They will be collected in unlimited quantities for no additional charge (no sticker required),  but residents must use a rigid container or obtain one through the cart rental program. For more information on the organics program, contact Public Works at 847/870-5640 or email publicworksdept@mountprospect.org.

electronic recyclingELECTRONICS RECYCLING RESUMES: Beginning Wednesday (April 14) SWANCC member community residents can drop-off electronics from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items brought to the facility outside of designated hours will not be collected. For more information about acceptable items, contact Public Works at 847/870-5640. This service is available through the last Wednesday in October.

ACA EXTENDS ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: Eligible Illinoisans have more time to sign up for the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plans. President Biden has extended the deadline for the Special Enrollment Period in response to COVID-19 from May 15 to August 15. Starting April 1, consumers enrolling in ACA Marketplace coverage through www.getcoveredillinois.gov and www.HealthCare.gov were eligible to receive increased tax credits to reduce their insurance premiums. An estimated 130,500 uninsured Illinoisans are now eligible. For more information, visit www.getcoveredillinois.gov.

REGISTER FOR RUN: Plan for the Mt. Melas Adventure Run on Saturday (April 17) by registering now through Thursday, (April 15) for a cost of $35. Test your limits with this fun and challenging 5K run at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.). Timeslots are every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m. Registration prices increase to $40 on race day (April 17). Have fun with friends and family. Register online at www.mppd.org.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-SPRING STROLL: Take in the spring air and blooms on Sunday (April 11) beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave. NORTHBROOK). All ages are welcome; participants must wear masks and practice physical distancing. Registration  is  required  by calling 847/824-8360.

—-NIGHT OF COMEDY: Enjoy a “virtual” performance now through Saturday (April 24) at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, (111 W. Campbell St. AH.). Comics include Mike Toomey, Hari Rao and Tim Benker. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.metropolisarts.com

—-AH MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS: The Arlington Heights Memorial Day parade and ceremony have been cancelled because of COVID 19, organizers announced.

—-PARADE CANCELLED: For the second year, the City of Des Plaines has cancelled the July 4th parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place, the city will organize a patriotic decorating contest for residents, businesses and community groups. Winners will receive prizes and be  recognized on the city’s website and social media platforms. The Taste of Des Plaines plus the four Friday Nights Live! Events planned for the summer have  also been cancelled.

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

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April 2 – April 8

LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library will  be  closed on Sunday (April 4).  Although the buildings are closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs and renew items and place holds at www.mppl.org. Check out an eBook or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Main Branch (10 S. Emerson St.) will reopen on Monday (April 5) at 10 a.m. The South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) will reopen Monday (April 5) at 11 a.m.

YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE: Cast your vote early in the Consolidated Election before Tuesday (April 6). Early voting is as follows: Friday and Saturday (April 2-3) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday (April 4) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Monday (April 5) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Questions: please contact Village Clerk Karen Agoranos at 847/818-5333 or kagoranos@mountprospect.org.

STIMULUS CHECKS ON THE WAY: Social Security recipients and other federal beneficiaries who don’t normally file a tax return should soon be receiving their COVID19 relief payments. A paperwork delay held up the payments in mid-March. The IRS expects beneficiaries will receive their checks by April 7.

ACA EXTENDS ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: Eligible Illinoisans have more time to sign up for the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plans. President Biden has extended the deadline for the Special Enrollment Period in response to COVID-19 from May 15 to August 15. Starting April 1, consumers enrolling in ACA Marketplace coverage through www.getcoveredillinois.gov and www.HealthCare.gov were eligible to receive increased tax credits to reduce their insurance premiums. An estimated 130,500 uninsured Illinoisans are now eligible. For more information, visit www.getcoveredillinois.gov.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—- Free tax help from AARP Tax Aide volunteers is available at the Arlington Heights Senior Center (1801 W. Central Rd. AH) from now until Thursday (April 29.) The program, which prioritizes low-income adults ages 65 and older, is a two-appointment process. To make an appointment, call 847/253-5532.

—-FLOATING EASTER EGG HUNT: Kids ages 1 -10 can search for Easter eggs in the Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center (515 E. Thacker St. DP) on Saturday (April 3) beginning at 1 p.m. Hundreds of plastic eggs will be hidden in the  pools and splash pad. Participants will be grouped by age. A maximum of 25 kids will  be  allowed per time slot. Admission is $5 for district residents or $10 for anyone else. Advance registration is required at bit.ly/DPFloateggs   or by visiting the district administrative center. Kids should bring a waterproof basket or bag to collect the eggs. They are welcome to stay and swim after their allotted time slot ends.

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

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