FRIENDS BOOK SALE: Summer is the perfect time to stock up on beach reads, books on tape or favorite DVDs at bargain prices. A special Friends members-only preview sale will take place on Friday (July 19) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. followed by general public sales on Saturday (July 20) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (July 21) from Noon – 4 p.m. Funds raised will help the Friends support additional library programs, events and services. For more information on the Friends and how to become a member, visit www.mppl.org or call 847/253-5675.
COOLING CENTERS: With the temperatures reaching dangerous heat levels this week, the following is a list of area cooling centers. Call ahead for hours of operation.
Mount Prospect Village Hall: 50 S. Emerson St. (847) 870-5680
Mount Prospect Public Library: 10 S. Emerson St. (847) 253-5675
Community Connections Center: 1711 W. Algonquin Rd. (847) 506-4930
River Trails Park District: 1500 E. Euclid Rd. (847) 255-1200
RecPlex: 420 W. Dempster St. (847) 640-1000
Central Community Center: 1000 W. Central Rd. (847) 255-5380
St. Emily’s Church: 1400 E. Central Rd. (847) 824-5049
Arlington Heights Senior Center: 1801 W. Central Rd. (847) 253-5532
Elk Grove Township: 2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd., AH (847) 437-0300.
Wheeling Township: 1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH (847) 259-7730
Prairie Lakes: 515 E. Thacker Rd., DP (847) 391-5711
Salvation Army Community Center: 609 W. Dempster St., DP (847) 981-9111
PetsMart-Randhurst (for pets): 101 E. Euclid Ave. (847) 870-1636
SUMMER SUPPERS: Those needing a hot meal are invited to area churches from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on the following dates/locations:
Friday (July 19) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd., EGV)
Sunday (July 21) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH)
Monday (July 22) Holy Family Catholic Community* (2515 Palatine Rd., INVERNESS)
Wednesday (July 24) Congregational United Church of Christ (1001 W. Kirchoff Rd., AH)
Thursday (July 25) The Orchard (1330 N. Douglas Ave., AH)
Locations designated with an * have shower facilities.
SEE THE CLASSICS: Enjoy this week’s display of classic cars on Saturday (July 20) from 3 – 9 p.m. at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). Showing off this week is the snazzy Pontiac – accompanied by Cruisin’ Tigers Pontiac Club.
FARMERS’ MARKET: Make the Lion’s Club Farmers’ Market part of your weekend routine. Choose from a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, gourmet items and more on Sunday (July 21) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.).
NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY: Observe this fun day on Sunday (July 21) by indulging your sweet tooth at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.) What is your pleasure? Waffle cone or banana split? Beat the heat and enjoy. Capannari is open 7 days a week from Noon – 10 p.m.
RECITE THE PLEDGE: Kids 12 years and younger can earn a free kiddie cone if they recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday (July 22) from 4 – 6 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.).
MONDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Take in a concert under the stars on Monday (July 22) 7:30 p.m. when Mt. Prospect Community Band performs in the Veterans Memorial Band Shell at Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.). The evening’s theme is “Dancing With The Stars.” Bring a picnic dinner from home. Don’t forget the lawn chairs or blanket for a “mini Ravinia” experience.
ASKED & ANSWERED: Meet with a rep from Ann Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (July 23) from 3 – 6 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). A representative from Jan Shakowski’s office will be available on Wednesday (July 24) from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.
SOLARIZE CHICAGOLAND: Learn how you can cover up to 60% of the cost of going solar through state and federal incentives. Attend a CUB (Citizens Utility Board) sponsored program on Tuesday (July 23) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Solarize Chicagoland is a grassroots community education program. CUB aims to empower consumers to make informed choices regarding solar energy for their homes, and make solar more accessible. Learn more at http://www.growsolar.org/chicagoland/.
THE SCIENCE OF HISTORY: Children entering grades 3-5 are invited to a program about the first lunar landing on Thursday (July 25) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Mount Prospect Historical Society Central School (103 S. Maple St.). Discussion will cover exploring rockets, airplanes and the phases of the moon. Space is limited so register at www.mtphist.org or call 847/392-9006. Cost is $25 per child or $20 if signing up for more than one Historical Society event.
NORTH VS. SOUTH: Kids can learn what it was like growing up during the Civil War at a Historical Society event on Thursday (July 25) from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Central School (103 S. Maple St.). This program is designed for those entering grades 3-5. To register, call 847/392-9006 or visit www.mtphist.org. The cost is $25 per child or $20 if registering for more than one Historical Society event.
CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: If learning English is new to you, practice your conversational skills with a friendly group of Native English speakers. This event, open to Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents, takes place on Thursday (July 25) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). For more information, or to register, call 847/506-4930.
POOL PARTY WITH POLICE: Get to know the men and women who serve and protect us on Thursday (July 25) from 6:30 – 9 p.m. during a pool party filled with music, pool games, food and much more. The fun takes place at Woodland Trails Park (1500 E. Euclid Ave.). All ages are welcome and the event is free!
ABBA SALUTE: Enjoy the music of this Swedish pop group performed by the Mt. Prospect Community Band on Thursday (July 25) 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Band Shell (411 S. Maple St.). Concessions are available for purchase or bring your own picnic dinner. Don’t forget lawn chairs or a blanket. In the event of rain, the concert moves indoors.
All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.