December 20 – December 26, 2019

LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library (10 S. Emerson St. and 1711 W. Algonquin Rd. respectively) will be closed on Tuesday (Dec. 24) and Wednesday (Dec. 25).  Although the buildings are closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, renew items and place holds at Pick up an e-book or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Main Branch will reopen on Thursday (Dec. 26) at 9 a.m.

VILLAGE HALL HOURS: Mount Prospect Village Hall will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 24/25). The building will reopen on Thursday (Dec. 26) from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

red stocking filled with presents and a candy caneSTOCKING DELIVERIES: Residents in the River Trails District can surprise their children, ages one year and above, with a stocking full of goodies delivered by Old Saint Nick himself on Saturday (Dec. 21) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Stockings are $16 for the first child and $10 for the second child. For more information, call 847/255-1200.

SHINING STAR TICKETS: The annual gala honoring Mount Prospect’s finest is Saturday (Feb. 1) from 6 p.m. – Midnight at The Cotillion Banquets (360 S. Creekside Dr., PAL).  Music is provided by Orchestra 33 Band and the evening includes dinner and an open bar. Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $65 per person through Sunday (Jan. 19) and $75 per person beginning Monday (Jan. 20) and after. All tickets  must  be purchased by Thursday (Jan. 30).

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Dec. 26) from 5:30 – 7 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.

27TH DISTRICT ESSAY CONTEST: Fourth through eighth graders can use some of their winter break time for this project: State Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-27th) and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are inviting middle school students to showcase their writing abilities and knowledge of American history. Fourth and fifth graders must answer the question, “What is Abraham Lincoln’s greatest accomplishment and how is it relevant today?” Seventh and eighth graders are asked to answer the question, “What lessons learned from Lincoln’s life and public service can be applied to government and politics today?” Essays can be submitted to Gillespie’s district office (120 W. Eastman St. Suite 207, AH) or electronically at All submissions should include the student’s name, school, home address and the best contact information for the parents. Winners will be announced on Lincoln’s 211th birthday on Feb. 12, 2020. The winning author from each age group will receive free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and more.


—-CHRISTMAS @ GREAT LAKES: Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights will host 35 sailor recruits from Naval Station Great Lakes on Christmas Day for dinner, treats, phone calls to their homes, video games and television. The public is invited to welcome the sailors on Christmas morning. To do so, arrive at CLA by 9 a.m. Dinner will be served at Noon and is open to the public; however, an RSVP is required. Call Bob Stack at 847/567-4318 to put your name on the list.

A Christmas Carol, Christmas lights, Oxford Street

—-A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Follow Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey as he learns to embrace the joy of the holiday season. Performances are held through Tuesday (Dec. 24) at various times at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (111 W. Campbell St., AH). Tickets are $30/adults and $15/students. For more information, visit


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