December 13 – December 19, 2019

HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY: Did you know that Christmas trees account for approximately 200 fires each year, resulting in an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries and more than $16 million in property damage? The Mount Prospect Fire Department encourages you to follow these important tips: The tree should be at least 3 feet from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators or other heat sources; keep the basin filled with water at all times; do not rely on chemical coatings or sprays to fireproof trees; and lastly, never put lit candles on or near a tree. For more holiday and winter fire safety tips, contact the Mount Prospect Fire Prevention Bureau at 847/818-5253.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. Questions? Call 847/392-6000.

FRIENDS HOLIDAYBook Sale GIFT SALE: Are you still looking for that extra gift for someone on your list? Stop by the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. You will find a wide variety of quality used books, music, movies and games from every genre. Funds raised will help the Friends of the Library support additional programs, events and services. For more info, call 847/253-5675 or stop by the Library.

RECYCLE HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Have the holiday lights on your tree fizzled out already? Instead of tossing them in the trash, recycle them and any non-working extension cords at the Mount Prospect Public Works Department Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). For more information, call 847/870-5640.

black and white cat in a santa hat

PHOTOS & FUR BABIES: Bring your best friend (and your human kiddos) for a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to The Buddy Foundation (65 W Seegers Rd., AH). The $8 donation per picture benefits Buddy’s animals. While you are there, visit the Holiday Boutique Shoppe and the bake sale. The Buddy Foundation is an all volunteer, no-kill animal shelter. For more, info, visit www.thebuddyfoundation.org.

YULE FIX & TOY DRIVE: Hear great local teen and adult bands and help benefit Mooseheart Orphanage on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 11 a.m. – midnight. Headlining the music event is local band 2 Weeks Notice. The day begins with a visit from Santa at the Moose Lodge (601 N. Main St.). He returns at 4 p.m. for his milk and cookie break and a visit with the children. You can brighten the holiday with gifts appropriate for teens residing at the Orphanage. Beauty and grooming products are suggested.

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories or poetry? Perhaps you need some feedback on your novel. Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Dec. 17) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2A on the Second Floor of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). The group is open to all adult writers with all levels of writing experience, in all genres. Bring up to five double-spaced pages and copies to share (approximately 10) with group members. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis. The Writers Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Laird Larsen at l-larsen@att.net.

SEW BEE IT QUILTERS: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who share your interest on Wednesday (Dec. 18) from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). The group meets the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 847/392-9006.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s Office on Wednesday (Dec. 18) from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Staff from Mark Walker’s Office will be on hand Thursday (Dec. 19) from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Dec. 19) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This class is available to Mount Prospect and Elk Grove Village residents. For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-SPEECH, SPEECH!: Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Harper College Toastmasters meet on Thursday (Dec. 19) from 7 – 9 p.m. in Building D, Room 142 at the College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd., PAL). For more information, visit www.harpercollege.toastmastersclubs.org.

—-NWSRA RECEIVES GRANT: Special Leisure Services Foundation, the fundraising arm of Northwest Special Recreation Association, received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation. The grant will be used toward NWSRA’s accessible transportation. The funds will offset expenses incurred for gasoline, maintenance and the acquisition of a new 14-passenger, wheelchair accessible vehicle.

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