Month: July 2021

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

July 30 – August 5

BLUESMOBILE CRUISIN’: The Thunderbirds roar into town on Saturday (July 31) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.) Make it a day of friends, classic cars, and music!

FARMERS’ MARKET: Stop and shop on Sunday (Aug. 1) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market. The Market is located 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. Parking is available at the West Commuter Lot, Emerson Street Parking Deck and on the south side of the tracks. For more info, visit www.mplions.org.

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: Sunday (Aug. 1) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH); Tuesday (Aug. 3) Kingswood United Methodist Church (401 W. Dundee Rd., BG); Wednesday (Aug. 4) Our Saviours Lutheran Church (1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH); Thursday (Aug. 5) OLBS/St. Julian Eymard Catholic Church (601 Biesterfield Rd. EGV.);  Friday (Aug. 6) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd. EGV.)

VIRTUAL PLAY & LEARN: Parents of children ages 2 – 5 are invited to meet virtually with other parents and their children for story time, music, and learning activities on Tuesday (Aug. 3) from 11:30 – Noon. To register, call 847/590-4090.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Join the Mount Prospect Police Department on Tuesday (Aug. 3), 6 p.m. at Centennial Green at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) for a picnic and movie night. The featured film is Raya and the Last Dragon. Check out police vehicles and meet officers from Mount Prospect’s six police beats.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (Aug. 4) 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. For details, call 847/870-5640.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: If you are learning English, practice your conversational skills virtually on Thursday (Aug. 5) from 1 – 2 p.m.  Enjoy interesting discussions from the comfort of your home while learning new skills. For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.

 

NEARBY HAPPENINGS

—-EGV JOB FAIR: Looking for a new job or career change? Set aside Friday (July 30) from Noon – 4 p.m. and stop by Elk Grove High School (500 W. Elk Grove Blvd.). Meet with more than 50 employers from a variety of industries, including Diemasters Manufacturing, Elk Grove Park District, and Jersey Jack Pinball. The event is free to attend. Get a swag bag and a complimentary lunch from Noon-2 p.m. Register at www.elkgrove.org/jobfair. Don’t forget your resume if you have one. Questions? Email Josh Grodzin at jgrodzin@elkgrove.org or call 847/357-4005. You can also contact Nick Radcliffe at nradcliffe@elkgrove.org or call him at 847/357-4013.

 

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

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July 16 – July 22

FRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Pack a picnic dinner on Friday (July 16) and enjoy your meal under the stars when The Hemispheres perform from 6 – 8 p.m. on Centennial Green at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Parking is available in the Emerson Street Garage between Village Hall and the Library. This free concert is sponsored by Experience Mount Prospect.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Settle in for a fun morning as author Talia Hibbert is interviewed by booktuber, blogger, and avid reader Ashley from The Bookish Realm. Ms. Hibbert is the author of Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Take a Hint, Dani Brown and Act Your Age, Eve Brown. Presented by the Mount Prospect Public Library using Zoom, participants must register and provide an email address to receive login information. Attendees will be entered into a giveaway for a signed copy of one of Hibbert’s novels.

CRUISE NIGHT: The Model “A” is the feature of the Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (July 17) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). Music will be provided by The Throwbacks (Brand New Oldies).

MEET ME @ THE MARKET: Stop and shop on Sunday (July 18) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market 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.

SEW BEE IT QUILTERS: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who share your interest on Wednesday (July 21) 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 to 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.

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 (July 16) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd., EGV), Saturday (July 17) Redeeming Grace Church (304 W. Palatine Rd.,PH.; Sunday (July 18) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH); Monday (July 19) First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights (302 N. Dunton, AH); Tuesday (July 20) First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights (1903 E. Euclid AH); Wednesday (July 21) St. James Catholic Church (820 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH); Thursday (July 22) The Orchard (1330 N. Douglas Ave. AH).

KIDS CLOTHING DRIVE: The Mount Prospect Fire Department, in collaboration with Mount Prospect Human Services Department is holding a children’s clothing drive through Oct. 1. Drop off new or gently used children’s clothing at any of the Mount Prospect fire stations. All sizes are welcomed and donations will be distributed to families that qualify for the Village’s toy drive. Donations can be dropped off at Fire Station 12 (1601 W. Golf Rd.); Fire Station 13 (111 E. Rand Rd. – vestibule off Rand Rd.); Fire Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington Rd.). For more information, visit www.mountprospect.org or call 847/870-5660.

THE FOUR C NOTES CONCERT: Enjoy the iconic songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed by The Midwest’s only Four Seasons tribute group on Sunday (July 18). The concert is from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.). The group will sing the songs that tell the rags-to-riches story that served as the basis for the smash hit musical, Jersey Boys.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE: Experience the music of Frank Sinatra through this award-winning revue playing Thursday (July 22 through Saturday (Aug. 28) at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (111 W. Campbell St. AH.). Tickets are $40. Visit www.metropolisarts.com. The show is rated PG.

—-VETERANS BACK TO WORK: Are you a Vet looking for a career transition? The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry want to help. Human Resources professionals from across the country will select twenty Veterans to participate in this “Boot Camp.” To apply, visit www.dpchamber.com and click on the Veteran tab. At the end of the program, each Veteran will receive a career gift package, valued at more than $8,000. The deadline to apply is Friday is July 30.

 

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

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July 9 – July 15

CRUISIN’: Gather family and friends for an afternoon of relaxation and music.  It’s “Mopar Night” on Saturday (July 10) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). Music is provided by DJ Jose. Bluesmobile Cruise Nights run through September.

FARMERS’ MARKET: This should be part of your Sunday routine by now! Stop by the Market on Sunday (July 11) 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 gourmet goodies. This is also a drop-off location for the Mount Prospect Food Pantry and a collection site for used eyeglasses and hearing aids.  For more information, visit www.mplions.org.

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: Saturday (July10) Sikh Religious Society (1280 Winnetka St. PAL.); Monday (July 12) St. Mark Lutheran Church (200 S. Wille MP); Tuesday (July 13) Faith Lutheran Church (431 S. Arlington Heights Rd. AH); Wednesday (July 14) All Saints Lutheran Church (630 S. Quentin Rd. PAL.); Thursday (July 15) Faith Lutheran Church (431 S. Arlington Heights Rd. AH.).

SECOND SUNDAYS: Join the Mount Prospect Historical Society on Sunday (July 11) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the Museum campus (101 S. Maple St.) for a patriotic craft event. Make red, white and blue paper windsocks (take-and-make kits will be available). You will meet in person, outdoors. The event will be canceled in the case of inclement weather. The buildings on campus will not be open. Questions? Please call 847/392-9006.

SUNDAY SONGBOOK SERIES: Join students from High School District 214 on Sunday (July 11) 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Bandshell (401 S. Maple St.). They will present “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical,” based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies featuring Disney characters and descendants of famous Disney villains. Presented by the Mount Prospect Park District, tickets are $20 per circle. For more information, visit www.mppd.org.

TWO LANE GEMS: Join award-winning author Theresa L. Goodrich for a great American road trip on Tuesday (July 13) via Zoom and presented by Mount Prospect Public Library. The travelogue will share tips on how to plan adventures, choose destinations and save money on the road. Participants must register and provide an email address to receive login information. Call 847/253-5675 for more info.

SENIOR HOUSING 101: Rick Graffagna, owner and operator of Senior Solutions, will examine different types of housing options through a Zoom program on Wednesday (July 14) 7 p.m. Presented by Mount Prospect Public Library, participants must register and provide an email address to receive login information. Call the Library at 847/253-5675 to register.

TROLLS WORLD TOUR: See this fun film under the stars on Wednesday (July 14) at dusk on Centennial Green at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.).

MILLENNIALS CONCERT: Enjoy classic rock from a new generation on Thursday (July 15) 7:30 – 9 p.m. from a female -fronted band covering songs from Pink, No Doubt, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen and more. Visit www.mppd.org for details.

 

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

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July 2 – July 8

LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library will be closed on Sunday (July 4). Although the buildings will be 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. Pick up an eBook or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Library will reopen on Monday (July 5).

FARM FRESH: Stop and shop on Sunday (July 4) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market 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.

I LOVE A PARADE: Cheer along and celebrate our nation’s independence while the parade passes by on Sunday (July 4). The fun begins at 1 p.m. at Emerson and Prospect, continuing to Melas Park along Prospect and Central.

4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL: The 82nd Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival returns to Melas Park (intersection of Central and Busse Rds.) now through Sunday (July 4). Start the day with the traditional Pancake Breakfast served from 7 – 11 a.m. The cost is $7/adults, $5/ages 6-12, free for those 5 years and younger. Enjoy a full day of carnival rides with discounted tickets from the following locations:

Keefer’s Pharmacy – 2012 E. Northwest Hwy.

Mount Prospect Public Works – 1700 W. Central Rd.

7-Eleven – 606 W. Northwest Hwy.

Mount Prospect Village Hall – 50 S. Emerson St. (CHECKS ONLY)

Mt. Prospect Park District/RecPlex – 420 Dempster St.

Mt. Prospect Park District/CCC – 1000 W. Central Rd.

Mount Prospect Farmers’ Market – NW Hwy. at Emerson St. – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

VIRTUAL PLAY AND LEARN: Parents and children ages 2 – 5 meet virtually on Tuesday (July 6) from 11:30 a.m. – Noon with other parents and their children for story time, music and learning activities. To register, call 847/590-4090.

BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life on Thursday (July 8) from 2 – 8 p.m. at Mount Prospect Fire Station 14 (2000 Kensington Rd.).

DVM SCAM ALERT:   This is the time of year when many motorists are purchasing license plate renewal stickers. Secretary of State Jesse White warns of an email/text scam from one particular website – IllinoisCarReg.com. This fraudulent website promotes online sticker renewal. Once the customer provides personal information, the sham company charges the customer a fee of $39.99 in addition to the sticker fee. White urges Illinois residents to make sure they are visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com before proceeding to renew their stickers online. Take these steps to protect your personal information:

Delete emails and texts that promise or offer access to driver’s license or state ID cards and do not click on any links contained in such emails or text messages, as they may place malware on your devices.

Hang up on any calls, including robocalls, which direct you to take immediate action or provide personally identifiable information, such as your Social Security number or bank account number.

Ask to use other types of identifiers besides your Social Security number.

Keep your software up-to-date, including your phone and computer operating systems and antivirus protection programs. Most phones, computers, and antivirus software can be set to update automatically when new software versions are released.

If you have questions about text message scams or identity theft, call the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 800/386-5438.

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 (July 2) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd., EGV), Sunday (July 4) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH); Tuesday (July 6) Kingswood United Methodist Church (401 W. Dundee Rd., BG); Wednesday (July 7) Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH); Thursday (July 8) Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (304 W. Palatine Rd. PH).

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE: It is never too early (or relevant this year) to promote this worthy cause. The Human Services Department of Mount Prospect will once again host the Drive for families who participate in the food pantry program or who have experienced financial hardship. Your donation provides children a backpack along with a gift card to be used for purchasing school supplies. You can donate via PayPal indicating School Supply Drive with your payment at www.mountprospect.org/donation.

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