This Week in Mount Prospect

SECOND SUNDAY @ THE SOCIETY: Parents and caregivers, bring your kiddos to the Mount Prospect Historical Society on Sunday (Nov. 11) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to enjoy a make-and-take craft just in time for Thanksgiving. Kids of all ages can make a paper turkey to enhance your holiday centerpiece. Next month a Gingerbread Open House is on the agenda!

Image result for veterans dayVETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE: Honor our veterans, past and present, on Monday (Nov. 12) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. during a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.) D. Court Harris, whose military awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and more, will speak during the ceremony. From 2011-2012, he served at the NATO Command West headquarters in Herat, Afghanistan where he provided security and governance across four Afghan provinces. The event will also include a 21-gun salute by the VFW/American Legion Firing Detail. In addition, Korean War veteran Steve Chmea will play TAPS. This is a free event.

TAXES IN RETIREMENT: The new tax and financial rules have changed. Understand the potential impact taxes have in your retirement by attending an informational seminar on Tuesday (Nov. 13) from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Central Community Center (1000 W. Central Rd.) Attendees will learn the most up-to-date ways to efficiently harvest income – from Social Security, to 401(k)’s to IRA’s and other sources. To register, visit https://taxesinretirement567.com/event/central-community-center/. These programs fill up quickly, so reserve your spot now.

JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet privately with a representative from the office of Ninth District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Wednesday (Nov. 14) anytime between 2 – 5 p.m. at the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and other federal services. Representatives from the Congresswoman’s office visit every Wednesday. This meeting will be held in Room 130 on the first floor.

DRIVER REFRESHER CLASS: Calling all seniors who need to renew their licenses and tune-up their driving skills as we head into inclement weather! A Rules of the Road class will be held on Wednesday (Nov. 14) from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) To register for the class, or to obtain more information, contact Mount Prospect Human Services at 847/870-5680.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period for coverage in 2019 began on Oct. 15 and runs through Friday (Dec. 7.) During the annual enrollment period (AEP) you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage. These include: switching from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa; switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another. If you didn’t enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when you were first eligible, you can do so during the general open enrollment, although a late enrollment penalty may apply. For complete information on how to apply or make these changes, visit https://www.medicare.gov/

GARDEN CLUB OF MOUNT PROSPECT: The chilly temps shouldn’t deter your love of gardening! Attend this group’s next meeting on Wednesday (Nov. 14) beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP.) The program, “Prospect Heights Slough Restoration” will be presented by Agnes Wojnarski. For more info, visit www.gcmp.weebly.com or call 847/640-8332.

TOYS FOR KIDS: Help make a child’s holiday a little brighter this year by donating a toy or gift card during the 22nd annual Mount Prospect Toys for Kids program. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy now through Friday (Dec. 7) to any Mount Prospect Fire station:  Fire Station 12 (1601 W. Golf Rd.); Fire Station 13 (112 E. Northwest Hwy.); Fire Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington Rd.) Officials say toy donations are especially needed for children ages 7-13. Older children like gift cards to department stores. Children and their families are invited to Fire Station 14 on Saturday (Dec. 15) to pick up their toys and visit with Santa Claus. For more information, call 847/870-5660.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-CRAFT SHOW: Find a unique gift for someone on your holiday list among 200+ vendors on Saturday (Nov. 10) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday (Nov. 11) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd. AH.) Use the Robert Morris Entrance. Admission is $5. Children ages 11 and under are admitted free of charge. Parking is free.

—-DAILY HERALD JOB FAIR: Bring copies of your resume and meet face-to-face with the area’s top employers on Tuesday (Nov. 13) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago (1939 N. Meacham Rd. SCHAMUBURG.) Positions in the following fields are represented: Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, Customer Service and more.

—-COAT DRIVE: Help provide warmth to someone in need by donating a gently-used coat now through Monday (Nov. 12) to CD One Price Cleaners at the following locations: (960 E. Northwest Hwy. AR.); 1387 Lee St. DP.) 314 N. Northwest Hwy., PAL.) 38 E. Golf Rd., SCHAUMBURG) and 7306 N. Barrington Rd. HANOVER PARK.) For more information, visit www.cdonepricecleaners.com

—-OAKTON SPRING CLASSES: Registration for spring credit courses begin Wednesday (Nov. 14) at 8:30 a.m. with classes to begin on Tuesday (Jan. 22, 2019.) Oakton Community College campuses are located at 1600 E. Golf Rd. DP. and 7701 N. Lincoln Ave. SKOKIE.

—-PICNIC STATE OF MIND: We may be heading into winter, but you can secure your picnic permit for a group of 25 or more in the Cook County Forest Preserves beginning Thursday (Nov. 15.) In-person sales take place from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the forest district headquarters (536 N. Harlem Ave..RIVER FOREST.) or at the Dan Ryan Visitor Center (8700 S. Western Ave. CHICAGO.) A valid state identification card or driver’s license must be presented if purchasing in person. Accepted payment methods are cash, check, or credit card. Permits can also be obtained by email at ftd.permits@cookcountyil.gov or by fax at (708) 771-1071.