July 2 – July 8

LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library will be closed on Sunday (July 4). Although the buildings will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, and renew items and place holds at www.mppl.org. Pick up an eBook or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Library will reopen on Monday (July 5).

FARM FRESH: Stop and shop on Sunday (July 4) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market in the East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). Support local producers and one-of-a-kind vendors by stocking up on fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, and other goodies. This is also a drop-off location for the Mount Prospect Food Pantry and a collection site for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. The Market is asking visitors to practice the three W’s – wear a face covering, watch your distance, and wash your hands.  For more information, visit www.mplions.org.

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I LOVE A PARADE: Cheer along and celebrate our nation’s independence while the parade passes by on Sunday (July 4). The fun begins at 1 p.m. at Emerson and Prospect, continuing to Melas Park along Prospect and Central.

4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL: The 82nd Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival returns to Melas Park (intersection of Central and Busse Rds.) now through Sunday (July 4). Start the day with the traditional Pancake Breakfast served from 7 – 11 a.m. The cost is $7/adults, $5/ages 6-12, free for those 5 years and younger. Enjoy a full day of carnival rides with discounted tickets from the following locations:

Keefer’s Pharmacy – 2012 E. Northwest Hwy.

Mount Prospect Public Works – 1700 W. Central Rd.

7-Eleven – 606 W. Northwest Hwy.

Mount Prospect Village Hall – 50 S. Emerson St. (CHECKS ONLY)

Mt. Prospect Park District/RecPlex – 420 Dempster St.

Mt. Prospect Park District/CCC – 1000 W. Central Rd.

Mount Prospect Farmers’ Market – NW Hwy. at Emerson St. – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

VIRTUAL PLAY AND LEARN: Parents and children ages 2 – 5 meet virtually on Tuesday (July 6) from 11:30 a.m. – Noon with other parents and their children for story time, music and learning activities. To register, call 847/590-4090.

BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life on Thursday (July 8) from 2 – 8 p.m. at Mount Prospect Fire Station 14 (2000 Kensington Rd.).

DVM SCAM ALERT:   This is the time of year when many motorists are purchasing license plate renewal stickers. Secretary of State Jesse White warns of an email/text scam from one particular website – IllinoisCarReg.com. This fraudulent website promotes online sticker renewal. Once the customer provides personal information, the sham company charges the customer a fee of $39.99 in addition to the sticker fee. White urges Illinois residents to make sure they are visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com before proceeding to renew their stickers online. Take these steps to protect your personal information:

Delete emails and texts that promise or offer access to driver’s license or state ID cards and do not click on any links contained in such emails or text messages, as they may place malware on your devices.

Hang up on any calls, including robocalls, which direct you to take immediate action or provide personally identifiable information, such as your Social Security number or bank account number.

Ask to use other types of identifiers besides your Social Security number.

Keep your software up-to-date, including your phone and computer operating systems and antivirus protection programs. Most phones, computers, and antivirus software can be set to update automatically when new software versions are released.

If you have questions about text message scams or identity theft, call the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 800/386-5438.

SUMMER SUPPERS: Those in need of a nutritious meal can find one offered by community churches. The free Drive-Thru Community Meals are available from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. the following dates and locations: Friday (July 2) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd., EGV), Sunday (July 4) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH); Tuesday (July 6) Kingswood United Methodist Church (401 W. Dundee Rd., BG); Wednesday (July 7) Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH); Thursday (July 8) Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (304 W. Palatine Rd. PH).

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE: It is never too early (or relevant this year) to promote this worthy cause. The Human Services Department of Mount Prospect will once again host the Drive for families who participate in the food pantry program or who have experienced financial hardship. Your donation provides children a backpack along with a gift card to be used for purchasing school supplies. You can donate via PayPal indicating School Supply Drive with your payment at www.mountprospect.org/donation.