February 14 – February 20

CELEBRATING THE 19TH AMENDMENT: The League of Women Voters Arlington Heights-Mount Prospect-Buffalo Grove will spend Friday (February 14) from 6:30 – 11 p.m. marking the love of voting with a fundraising gala at Metropolis Ballroom (6 S. Vail St. AH.). The event, “100 Years and Beyond,” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite and include dinner, dessert, dancing and life dueling pianos, plus the opportunity to win prizes. There is also an option to become a member of the League of Women Voters – regardless of gender. For more information, visit www.lwvah.org.

SKATE TO SAVE HISTORY: Enjoy an afternoon of inline skating on Monday (February 17) from Noon – 5 p.m. at Central Community Center (1000 W. Central Rd.). The event is a combined sponsorship with the Mount Prospect Historical Society and the Mt. Prospect Park District. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society programs and the overall goal of preserving our history. Admission is $5 and skates are available to rent for $5, or bring your own skates (subject to inspection by Park District staff.). For more information, visit www.mtphist.org or call 847/392-9006.

VILLAGE HALL CLOSED: In observance of Presidents’ Day, Mount Prospect Village Hall is closed on Monday (Feb. 17.).

MAIL DELIVERY PRESIDENTS’ DAY: The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail on Presidents’ Day, Monday (Feb. 17.) UPS will continue services. FedEx home delivery will be operational, but FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost will have modified service. Many banks will be closed as well.

MP TO ALLOW VIDEO GAMBLING SIGNS: Mount Prospect will allow bars and restaurants to put up a single window sign of up to 4 feet square in their establishments. The sign can be illuminated but cannot flash or have chasing lights.

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 (Feb. 18) 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. 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 (Feb. 19) 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 (Feb. 19) 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 (Feb. 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 (Feb. 20) 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:

—- NSO WELCOMES YOUNG SOLOIST: The Northwest Symphony Orchestra presents a concert on Sunday (Feb. 16) 3 p.m. in the Theater for the Performing Arts at Forest View Education Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd. AH.).  Soloist Claire Metcalf, age 15, will perform two works – the Violin Concerto by Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) and Symphony No. 1 by Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957.) Ms. Metcalf was the winner of the Paul Vermel Young Artist Award, an annual competition established in honor of the former music director of the Northwest Symphony. Tickets are $20/general admission, $15/seniors 65 and older, and $10/students with ID. Children younger than 14  are admitted  free with a paying adult. Purchase tickets online at www.northwestsymphony.org or by calling 847/965-7271.

—- OAKTON BLACK HISTORY MONTH: See a screening of “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am” on Thursday (Feb. 20) 2 p.m. in Room 1430 at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.). The screening is presented by the Women’s and Gender Studies program and Black History Month Committee. For more information, email Rick Daniels at sdaniels@oakton.edu.

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