August 21 – August 27

ELECTION INFO VIA EMAIL: Cook County voters can receive important election information in their email inboxes directly from election authorities through a new tool established by the office of County Clerk Karen Yarbrough. Any registered Cook Country voter can sign up for notifications regarding general election information, polling place changes, election day details and more. Emailing official election mailers and polling place change postcards rather than using the U.S. Postal Service will save residents’ tax dollars. Visit www.cookcountyclerk.com/emailtoregister. After registering, voters simply have to choose which email updates they wish to receive.

farmers market produce - tomatoes, green peppers, zucchini, corn on the cob, and a watermelonFARMERS’ MARKET: Take advantage of the late-summer bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the Lions’ Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Aug. 23) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Parking Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northeast Hwy.). Other vendors sell gourmet items that add pizzazz to your summer entertaining. COVID-19 restrictions are in place and include the following: masks are required for both vendors and visitors under State Executive Order guidelines; food may be prepackaged to limit contact; limit your visit by coming alone if possible, do not congregate or use the market to socialize, and please leave your dog at home.

MP BIKE CLUB: If bicycle riding is your new favorite exercise in the time of COVID, consider a membership in the Mount Prospect Bike Club. The next ride is Sunday (Aug. 23) 8 a.m., and is approximately 20-30 miles. Cyclists meet at Starbucks (100 W. Northwest Hwy.) Coffee at 7:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 8 a.m. For more information (including COVID-19 rules) or questions, visit www.mpbikeclub.com.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills virtually with native English speakers on Thursday (Aug. 27) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. This program is available for Mount Prospect and Elk Grove Township residents. To register, call 847/506-4930.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

AMC THEATERS TO OPEN: AMC will reopen its first wave of suburban movie theaters on Thursday, Aug. 20, with more to follow in the next two weeks. On slate to open are AMC Streets of Woodfield, AMC Village Crossing 18, AMC Hawthorn 12, AMC South Barrington, AMC Oakbrook Center, AMC Yorktown, AMC Northbrook Court 14, AMC Naperville 16 and AMC Crestwood. AMC Randhurst has not announced a reopening yet.

OUTDOOR DINING & MUSIC: Enjoy a delicious meal on Saturday (Aug. 22) at Hey Nonny (10 S. Vail St. AH.) with musical entertainment by Burnt Biscuits performing from 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and Amy Lowe and Dave Katzman from 4:15 – 7:15 p.m. Please bring your mask in order to be seated. Masks must be worn by staff and guests when not eating or drinking. Dining tables are spaced six feet apart inside and outside and sanitized between each use. Windows in Hey Nonny are always open allowing for fresh air. To reserve your table and to see a calendar of events, visit www.HeyNonny.com. Or call 224/202-0750.

CELEBRATING 137 YEARS: On August 14, Maryville Academy, Des Plaines campus, celebrated 137 years of attending to the needs of youth in six service areas: Behavioral Health, Early Childhood, Educational, Family, Jovenes Adelante and Residential. Maryville continues its mission of healing children, strengthening families and building a better community.

HOSTA & SHADE PLANTS: The Northern Illinois Hosta Society (NIHS) will host an Online Auction and Plant Sale Wednesday through Sunday (Aug. 26 – 30) from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Categories include giant, large, medium, mini and companion varieties. There is also a “buy now” section for single-priced items. The auction website will be open for viewing on Tuesday (Aug. 25); find the website that day at www.northernillinoishostasociety.org. You will need to register as a bidder. Winning bidders are required to pay for items by Sept. 2 and will be able to choose their pickup site from one of four distribution locations: Libertyville, Woodridge, Batavia and Sleepy Hollow. Visit the website for bidding information or by call 224/622-1171.

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