February 21 – February 27

DISPLAY YOUR FANDOM: Get ready to “geek out” on Saturday (Feb. 22) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) annual “FanFest” event. Whether you wish you lived in a galaxy far, far away, or in a school for witchcraft and wizardry, come dressed as your favorite character. Enjoy a day of gaming, crafts, cosplay (costumes), virtual reality, trivia, cartooning workshop and more! No registration is necessary, but space is limited. Tickets may be picked up at the Patron Services Desk beginning at 9:30 a.m. Don’t  miss this “family-friendly” event sponsored by the Friends of the Library!

KNOTS OF LOVE: Honor the memory of 10-year-old Lauren Graver, a Lions Park Elementary School student who passed away from cancer in 2017 by making blankets for ill children. The annual Lions Park Knots of Love event takes place on Friday (Feb. 21) from 4 – 9 p.m. at Prospect High School (801 W. Kensington Rd.). Following the event, the blankets will be individually washed and sent to children battling cancer in the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Pediatric Unit. Participants should bring two pieces 1-1/2 yards each of coordinating fleece, fabric scissors and a ruler.

NEW PRINCIPALS NAMED: River Trails School District 26 has named a new principal to replace Lynn Fischer who is retiring. Starting July 1, William Timmins will serve as Indian Grove’s new principal. Timmins comes to the district from Elk Grove Township Elementary School District 59’s Friendship Junior High School in Des Plaines, where he had been principal for the past year and the last five years as an assistant principal. Amy Veytsman, currently the assistant principal at Indian Grove, will become the new kindergarten early learning facilitator for the center’s opening in fall 2021. The district is now seeking her replacement as assistant principal for next school year.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Ann Gillespie’s Office on Tuesday  (Feb. 25) from 3 – 6 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Staff from Jan Schakowsky’s Office will be on hand Wednesday (Feb. 26) from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

ROMEO AND JULIET: The Shakespeare Project of Chicago returns to the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) on Tuesday (Feb. 25) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. with their presentation of Romeo and Juliet. Following the play will be a post-show discussion and opportunity to interact with the actors and creative team. To register, call 847/253-5675, stop into the Library, or visit www.mppl.org.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Feb. 27) 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.

NEW POST FOR PHS LEADER: Prospect High School Associate Principal Scott McDermott will become the new principal at Wheaton Warrenville South High School for the 2020-21 school year. During his time at Prospect dating back to 2009, he held the position of associate principal for instruction and division head for special education.

LIBRARY BOARD SEEKS TRUSTEE: A seat on the Mount Prospect Library Board of Trustees has opened up after Trustee Jackie Hinabar stepped down due to personal reasons. The board is accepting applications from those who have experience in technology, finance, budgeting, marketing or public relations. You must be a Mount Prospect resident and a registered voter to apply. The term for this position ends in April 2021. To apply, submit a short statement of interest and resume to Executive Director Su Reynders email by Monday (March 2.)  sreynders@mppl.org. For more information or to review the candidate package, visit the Library website at www.mppl.org.

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