February 7 – February 13

spin class bicyclePEDAL WITH A PURPOSE: Get fit and pay it forward on Saturday (Feb. 8) from 8 a.m. – Noon by joining the MPPD’s Spin-a-Thon for Lemons of Love at RecPlex (420 W. Dempster St.).  Bring your friends, family or co-workers to ride a spin bike for an hour to make a difference in the community. Not up for a ride? Come out and cheer on the participants or make a donation. Raffles, prizes and giveaways are all part of the fun. The cost is $20 per participant. For details, or to register, visit www.mppd.org. 

VALENTINE TEA: Ladies, enjoy an old-fashioned tea party with a guest on Saturday (Feb. 8) from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Rob Roy Golf Course (505 E. Camp McDonald Rd. PH.). Wear your party clothes and enjoy tea served in real china and an assortment of sandwiches and other goodies. Admission is $11 for children ages 2 to 15 and $15 for those ages 15 and older. For more information, visit www.rtpd.org. 

MARDI GRAS FAMILY NIGHT: Celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday (Feb. 8) from 4 – 8 p.m. at RecPlex (420 W. Dempster St.). You’ll enjoy an open swim, studio crafts, a bounce house, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and games galore! Get up close and personal with Bubba, the 14-foot alligator and take a photo between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Adults are admitted  free of charge. Children (R) are $6 and (NR) are $9. To register, visit www.mppd.org and use class code 38204. 

SECOND SUNDAY: Make something special for the love in your life this Valentine’s Day! Set aside Sunday (Feb. 9) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to make a craft at the Mount Prospect Historical Society (101-103 S. Maple St.). Visit the Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum while you are there. All ages are welcome and there is no charge to participate. 

MP VEHICLE STICKERS: Mount Prospect 2020-21 vehicle stickers, which must  be displayed by Friday (May 1) on all vehicles registered to residents or businesses in the village are now on sale. They can be purchased online at www.mountprospect.org/vehiclestickers, by mail or drop box, or in person at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). For specifics on fees or more information, call 847/392-6000 or visit the website above. 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: The District 214 Education Foundation is offering more than $50,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors this spring. The scholarships are for students pursuing a certificate in the trades, females pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) or law, students demonstrating leadership and involvement at specific schools, and more. Awards range from $500 to $8,000 in post-secondary funding. Seniors are encouraged to visit the Scholarship Portal at www.d214.smapply.io to complete a brief profile, which will alert them to all scholarships for which they are eligible. The scholarships can then be completed entirely online. The deadline for all applications is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday (March 7). 

GRAND OPENING FOR FLORIST: Busse’s Flowers & Gifts will host a formal grand opening at its new Rolling Meadows location on Monday (Feb. 10) from 4:30 – 6 p.m.at 3445 Kirchoff Rd. Busse’s moved in recent months from 100 E. Northwest Highway in Mount Prospect, amid redevelopment prospects for Block 56 in the village, coupled with lower rents in Rolling Meadows.  

GARDEN CLUB: Don’t let the cold temps deter your spring fever! Set aside Wednesday (Feb. 12) from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. to join the Garden Club of Mount Prospect program, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hydrangeas.”  The program is presented by Olga DeSio, Master Gardner, who takes part in maintaining community gardens in Maywood and Des Plaines. The event is held  at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP.). The schedule is as follows: Refreshments at 11:30 a.m., social hour and meeting at 12:15 p.m. and the program at 1 p.m.  

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s Office on  Wednesday (Feb. 12) 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 (Feb. 13) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This program is available for Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents. For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.  

NEARBY HAPPENINGS: 

—-HARPER WINS INNOVATION AWARD: Harper College and its Global Region of Focus Initiative has been recognized as a winner of the Institute of International Education Andrew Heiskell Award of Innovation in International Education.