December 6 – December 12, 2019

HOLIDAY HOUSEWALK: This beloved Mount Prospect tradition continues on Friday (Dec. 6) from 3 – 9 p.m. The Holiday Housewalk will feature a portion of the Prospect Park neighborhood and the interiors of four private homes built in the 1950s or very early 1960s, and two that were recently re-constructed and enlarged. Tickets can be purchased at various locations in town or online for $30 at www.mtphist.org. Historical Society members can purchase tickets at the museum (101 S. Maple St.) for $26.

cuddly teddy bear

TEDDY BEAR WALK: Don’t miss this beary good time as Mount Prospect Public Library celebrates the 39th annual Teddy Bear Walk on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Kids should bring their favorite teddy bear!  They will see performer Chris Fascione act out stories and sing along with Parents’ Choice Gold Winner Mark Dvorak as he brings favorite tunes to life. They will march along with Ted E. Bear to Village Hall and welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be escorted by the Mount Prospect Fire Department. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. To register, visit the Library, or call 847/253-5675.

CRAFT BEER & WINE WALK: Sample the beverage offerings from downtown Mount Prospect’s restaurants and businesses on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 2 – 5 p.m. Invite your friends or make new ones at this fun holiday outing. Tickets are $30. For more details, or to register, contact meghan@mountprospectchamber.org.

SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS: Celebrate the holiday season by enjoying a free concert performed by the Mt. Prospect Community Band on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 4 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (605 West Golf Rd.). Enjoy classic carols and contemporary selections. Santa himself will stop by! For more info, visit www.mppd.org.

gingerbread house with a chimney and covered in icing and candy decorationsSECOND SUNDAY: Stop by the Mount Prospect Historical Society (101 S. Maple St.) on Sunday (Dec. 8) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for the annual Gingerbread Open House. All ages are welcome to make-and-take a variety of holiday decorations at this free event. The Dietrich Friedrichs House will also be open for tours.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Office on  Wednesday (Dec. 11)  from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). 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. 12) 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.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

ham and potato soup with carrots in a pot on the stove—- EMPTY BOWLS AT OAKTON: Enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread in a beautifully handcrafted bowl on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the TenHoeve Center of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP). The donation is $16 per bowl, which is yours to keep. Proceeds benefit local food charities. For more information, call 847/635-1699 or visit www.oakton.edu/emptybowls.

—-JOB FAIR: Looking for a new job? Mariano’s (10 E. Golf Rd., DP) is hiring for all positions at a job fair on Saturday (Dec. 7) from Noon – 4 p.m. Just walk in or apply online at https://jobs.kroger.com/marianos/desplaines

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