Month: June 2021

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

June 18 – June 24

BLUESMOBILE NIGHT: Check out and pose for photographs with the famous Mount Prospect Police Bluesmobile on Saturday (June 19) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). New this year: the Mount Prospect Junior Car Club will participate in their first Cruise Night. Show these young car enthusiasts some support with a good turnout. DJ Jose returns to show kids of all sizes a rockin’ good time!

FARMERS’ MARKET: Stop and shop on Sunday (June 20) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). Support local producers and one-of-a-kind vendors by stocking up on fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, and gourmet goodies. This is also a drop-off location for the Mountlots of fruits and vegetables - apples, grapes, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, lettuce, parsley, chili peppers, avocados, and more Prospect Food Pantry and a collection site for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. The Market is asking visitors to practice the three W’s – wear a face covering, watch your distance, and wash your hands.  For more information, visit www.mplions.org.

FIRE PREVENTION & READING: The Mount Prospect Fire Department has created a safety education program called Fire Prevention Boxes. The goal is to combine reading with safety tips. The boxes are filled with fire safety information, coloring books, bookmarks and other materials that are free for those who visit. Books can also be taken home, read and returned back to any of the three library boxes. The Fire Prevention Library Boxes are located in front of each of the Mount Prospect Department stations: Station 12 – 1601 W. Golf Rd., Station 13 – 111 E. Rand Rd., and Station 14 – 2000 Kensington Rd.

SUMMER SUPPERS: Those in need of a nutritious meal can find one offered by community churches. The free Drive-Thru Community Meals are available from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. the following dates and locations: Friday (June 18) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd. AH), Saturday (June 19) Redeeming Grace Church (304 W. Palatine Rd. PH), Sunday (June 20) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH), Monday (June 21) First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights (302 N. Dunton (AH)., Tuesday (June 22) St. Simon’s Episcopal Church (717 W. Kirchoff Rd. AH), Wednesday (June 23) Congregational United Church of Christ (1001 W. Kirchoff Rd. AH), Thursday (June 24) The Orchard (1330 N. Douglas Ave. AH).

BLESSING OF ANIMALS: Have your four-legged family member(s) blessed on Saturday (June 19) 1 p.m. at The Buddy Foundation Shelter (65 W. Seegers Rd. AH). The Rev. Robert Heinz of St. Francis Church in Lake Zurich will officiate this multidenominational event. Have your pets leashed or in appropriate housing. Bring your own chair. For more info, visit www.buddyfoundation.org.

TREASURE HUNT: Pick up a treasure map to find unburied treasure on Sunday (June 20) 2 p.m. at River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave., NORTHBROOK). You will decode the clues along the trails with a map available at the welcome tent. Unvaccinated visitors must wear a mask indoors at all times and must wear a mask outdoors when physical distance (six feet from other people) is not possible. For more info, call 847/824-8360.

RULES OF THE ROAD CLASS: Looking for a refresher to pass your license renewal? This class will be held on Wednesday (June 23) 1:30 p.m. in the Farley Community Room Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Presented via WebEx, you must have email access to participate. Registration is required by calling 847/870-5680.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-AID FOR COVID-19 FUNERALS: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state of Illinois, and Cook County remind residents that financial assistance is available to those who have incurred coronavirus-related funeral expenses since Jan. 20, 2020. Residents can apply Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. by calling 844/684-6333. The death must have occurred in the U.S.; the death certificate must attribute the death to COVID-19; and the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or qualified alien. Reimbursement is a maximum of $9,000 per funeral. Visit www.fema.gov.

—-WHAT’S ON THE MENU?- Enjoy family fun on Saturday and Sunday (June 19 and 20) 3 p.m. at River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave. NORTHBROOK). Join at feeding time to learn about River Trail’s display animals and their unique habits. Please wear masks and practice physical distancing. For more information, call 847/824-8360.

—-MEET WITH A MASTER GARDENER: Get your plant questions answered on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Farmers’ Market (110 W. Fremont). The University of Illinois Extension Cook County Master Gardner’s will be on site.  Can’t  make  it? Email the Answer Desk at NorthCookMG@gmail.com. This service runs through Oct. 30.

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June 11 – June 17

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: This popular community get-together returns in person on Saturday (June 12) from 9 a.m. – Noon in the Farley Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Chat informally about anything concerning Mount Prospect. Join elected officials and Village leadership to discuss issues and developments while enjoying a complimentary cup of coffee. For more information, call 847-392-6000. 

HOLD ONTO YOUR HORSES: The Stallions Gate Mustang Club takes the spotlight on Saturday (June 12) from 3 – 9 p.m. at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night held in the Metra East Lot at the SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy. Sponsored by the Lions Club, the organization asks that visitors practice the 3 W’s: wear a face covering, watch your distance, and wash your hands. Happy cruising! 

FARMERS’ MARKET: Stop and shop on Sunday (June 13) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the  East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). Support local producers and one-of-a-kind vendors by stocking up on fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, and other goodies. This is also a drop-off location for the Mount Prospect Food Pantry and a collection site for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. The Market is asking visitors to practice the three W’s – wear a face covering, watch your distance, and wash your hands.  For more information, visit www.mplions.org. 

BLACKSMITH DEMO: Step back in history on Sunday (June 13) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. when the Mount Prospect Historical Society hosts a free event on the museum campus (101 S. Maple St.). Crowd favorite Justin Stech will give a blacksmith demonstration at the Meyn Family Blacksmith Shop. 

ABCs OF DIVERSITY: Authors Carolyn B. Helsel and Yvette Joy Harris-Smith will discuss their book “The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences” via Zoom on Monday (June 14) 7:30 p.m. and hosted by the Library. The authors will offer tips from dealing with the initial processing of anxiety and fear of presenting the information in a correct way, to how to organize and network with others to raise diversity awareness in your family and community. Registration  is required by calling 847/253-5675. 

SEW BEE IT QUILTERS: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who share your interest on Wednesday (June 16) from 9:00 – Noon in the Farley Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). The group meets the third Wednesday of each month. You do not have to be a quilter so participate. Bring sewing projects like knitting or crocheting and learn from others.  Interested  in joining? Email nasreenmoolji@gmail.com. Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks, but the group asks you bring one  in the event a participant is not. 

PRAIRIE KIDS: The Mount Prospect Historical Society invites boys and girls, ages 7 and up to participate in some fun step-back-in-time, hands-on experience. Kids can try chores of yesteryear, discover what it was like to travel on the prairie, learn the importance of farming, and much more. Space is limited and registration is required. Tickets are $25. For more  information or to register, visit www.mtphist.org or call 847/392-9006. 

WITS WORKOUT: Seniors, try this brain-teasing workshop on Thursday  (June 17) from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Farley Community Room in Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Class size is limited and open to Mount Prospect residents only. Developed by the University of Illinois Extension, this class meets the third Thursday of every month. If you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask. To register, call 847/870-5680.  

NEARBY HAPPENINGS: 

—-DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION EVENT: The City of Prospect Heights will host a document destruction event on Saturday (June 12) from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Metra Station (55 S. Wolf Rd.).Only Prospect Heights and residents of other SWANCC communities (Mount Prospect is included) are eligible to participate and IDs will  be checked for verification. A list of eligible communities can be found at www.swancc.org/about-us/member-committee. Materials will not be accepted from businesses (at-home, small or large). Residents are limited to six boxes or paper bags. No plastic bags please. 

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

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June 4 – June 10

NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY: Friday (June 4) is the day to make your life a little sweeter! Visit Dunkin and get a free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage. Which flavor doughnut will you choose? Visit www.dunkindonuts.com/en. Is Krispy Kreme more to your liking? Get one free doughnut of any kind on Friday at participating locations. And if you’ve received the COVID-19 vaccination, you can get one free Original Glazed doughnut – a sweet two doughnut deal! For locations, visit www.krispykreme.com/. At Stan’s Donuts & Coffee – get a free glazed cake doughnut with any purchase. Visit stansdonuts.com/.

SHOWOFF: See the hottest cars around (to match this weekend’s predicted temperatures!) from 3 – 9 p.m. on Saturday (June 5) at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night in the East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). The Corvette takes the spotlight this week. Grab some pals, see the shiny Chevy’s, and dance along with Cruisin’ Classics!

FARM FRESH: Indulge in the early bounty from farms near and far at the Mount Prospect Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday (June 6), East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). Support local producers and one-of-a-kind vendors by stocking up on fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, and other goodies. This is also a drop-off location for the Mount Prospect Food Pantry and a collection site for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. The Market is asking visitors to practice the three W’s – wear a face covering, watch your distance, and wash your hands.  For more information, visit www.mplions.org.

HONOR THEIR MEMORY: Thank our veterans for their service by purchasing a commemorative brick for the Veterans Memorial at Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.).  The Park features a reflective fountain, columns of engraved bricks, benches, and walkways in a serene setting. The options are 4” x 8” with three lines of text for $250 or 8” x 8” with six lines of text for $450. Download a brick order form at www.mppd.org/foundation. Direct your questions to Parks Foundation Executive Director at ryuell.org or 847/255-5380, ext. 103.

SCHOLARSHIP SEASON: District 214 Education Foundation (www.214foundation.org) is awarding nearly $90,000 in collegiate scholarships to more than 70 graduating seniors. The recipients represent every school in District 214, including its specialized schools. This year’s awards include honors for girls seeking careers in STEM or law, as well as students excelling in athletics, arts, and academics. Donors who would like to support a scholarship may donate through the next six months, and next year’s seniors will be able to apply from December 2021 through February 2022. Prospective donors may contact Brooke Snell at Brooke.Snell@D214.org.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-DIVE IN: Grab your swimsuit and goggles and head to Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center (2025 Miner St. in Des Plaines) on opening day, Saturday (June 5). The Center is home to two 37-foot slides, as well as the Crocodile Cove lazy river, Dolphin Bay, Beluga Beach and the Island Café. Each day this season will be divided into two shifts – from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and from 4 – 8 p.m. Des Plaines residents pay $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth. Non-residents pay $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth. All children ages 2 and younger are admitted free of charge. For more info, visit www.dpparks.org/parks-facilities/mystic-waters or call 847/391-5740.

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

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