LIBRARY CLOSING EARLY: The Main Branch of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.) will close at 5 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 27). The Library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 28).
BLOCK PARTY: The Village of Mount Prospect and the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce welcome residents and visitors downtown Friday and Saturday (Aug. 27-28). Live musical performances, delicious food and beverages return. The fun takes place at the corner of Emerson St. and Busse Ave. next to Village Hall on Centennial Green (50 S. Emerson St.). The festival runs from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday. Bring the kids both days for free rides, face painting and crafts from Noon – 6 p.m. Admission is FREE. On Friday, the entertainment line-up includes No Age Statement (4:30 p.m.), One of the Boyzz (6:30 p.m.), and 16 Candles (9 p.m.). Saturday’s bands include The Difference (12 p.m.), Six on Friday (2 p.m.), 7th Heaven (4 p.m.), Exit 147 (6:30 p.m.) and Underwater People (9 p.m.).
CELEBRATION OF CULTURES: Embrace diversity and learn about new cultures on Sunday (Aug. 29) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the corner of Emerson St. and Busse Ave. – the same location as the Downtown Block Party. You will find ethnic entertainment, fair trade crafts from 10,000 Villages and food from around the world. The Opening Ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. Scheduled entertainment is as follows: KalKrit Indian Dance Company (Indian – 11:30 a.m.); Yellin Drum and Dance Company (Korean – 12:00 p.m.); Na Kupuna Ukelele Club (Hawaiian/Pacific Islands – 12:45 p.m.); Mariachi Monumental De Mexico – Mexican 1:30 p.m.); Bulgarica Dance Company (Bulgarian – 2:30 p.m.); Maxwell Street Klezmer Band (Eastern European – 3:15 p.m.).
CRUISIN’: What were we driving in the 1980s? Check out the rides on Saturday (Aug. 28) from 3 – 9 p.m. at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night held in the Mount Prospect Metra East Lot at the SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). Cruisin’ Classics will provide the tunes. Are motorcycles more your style? Take a walk over to the vacant public safety building driveway (112 E. Northwest Hwy.) directly across from the Metra East Lot.
FARMERS’ MARKET: Visit this Sunday (Aug. 29) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the 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.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (Sept. 1) 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. This service runs through the end of October. For details, call 847/870-5640.
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. at the following location this week: Wednesday (Sept. 1) Our Saviours Lutheran Chuch (1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH.).
STREAMLING SERVICES: The Office of the Secretary of State wants to make it easier for drivers to complete their transactions at their facilities. The Driver Services Facility Appointment System allows you to schedule your visit in advance up to 10 business days at select Secretary of State facilities for Illinois driver’s license and state ID card services. You cannot schedule an appointment for vehicle transactions. For more information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
CONGRATS TO HERSEY STUDENT: Annie Lindgren of Hersey High School’s class of 2021 was recently named a second team All-American Water Polo Player by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. This is the first time a Northwest Suburban High School District 214 student has earned the award. The Varsity Girls Water Polo coach at Hersey, Megan Brownley, explained the significance of this achievement: “Chicago water polo is not on the map. It’s all California, a little bit of Florida, and Texas. The fact that she was on the second team means that she’s in the very top percentage of the entire country in high school water polo,” she said.
—-A SECOND BLOCK PARTY: After you spend time at our downtown Block Party, see how they do things in Prospect Heights! Their party is on Saturday (Aug. 28) from 3 – 10 p.m. on Elm Street and West Camp McDonald Rd. Enjoy food trucks, beer and wine garden, Kidz Zone, Got Talent contest, pet pageant, music and more. For info, visit www.phparks.org.