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.org 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.