June 18 – June 24

BLUESMOBILE NIGHT: Check out and pose for photographs with the famous Mount Prospect Police Bluesmobile on Saturday (June 19) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the Metra East Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.). New this year: the Mount Prospect Junior Car Club will participate in their first Cruise Night. Show these young car enthusiasts some support with a good turnout. DJ Jose returns to show kids of all sizes a rockin’ good time!

FARMERS’ MARKET: Stop and shop on Sunday (June 20) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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 gourmet goodies. This is also a drop-off location for the Mountlots of fruits and vegetables - apples, grapes, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, lettuce, parsley, chili peppers, avocados, and more 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.

FIRE PREVENTION & READING: The Mount Prospect Fire Department has created a safety education program called Fire Prevention Boxes. The goal is to combine reading with safety tips. The boxes are filled with fire safety information, coloring books, bookmarks and other materials that are free for those who visit. Books can also be taken home, read and returned back to any of the three library boxes. The Fire Prevention Library Boxes are located in front of each of the Mount Prospect Department stations: Station 12 – 1601 W. Golf Rd., Station 13 – 111 E. Rand Rd., and Station 14 – 2000 Kensington Rd.

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 (June 18) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd. AH), Saturday (June 19) Redeeming Grace Church (304 W. Palatine Rd. PH), Sunday (June 20) St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH), Monday (June 21) First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights (302 N. Dunton (AH)., Tuesday (June 22) St. Simon’s Episcopal Church (717 W. Kirchoff Rd. AH), Wednesday (June 23) Congregational United Church of Christ (1001 W. Kirchoff Rd. AH), Thursday (June 24) The Orchard (1330 N. Douglas Ave. AH).

BLESSING OF ANIMALS: Have your four-legged family member(s) blessed on Saturday (June 19) 1 p.m. at The Buddy Foundation Shelter (65 W. Seegers Rd. AH). The Rev. Robert Heinz of St. Francis Church in Lake Zurich will officiate this multidenominational event. Have your pets leashed or in appropriate housing. Bring your own chair. For more info, visit www.buddyfoundation.org.

TREASURE HUNT: Pick up a treasure map to find unburied treasure on Sunday (June 20) 2 p.m. at River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave., NORTHBROOK). You will decode the clues along the trails with a map available at the welcome tent. Unvaccinated visitors must wear a mask indoors at all times and must wear a mask outdoors when physical distance (six feet from other people) is not possible. For more info, call 847/824-8360.

RULES OF THE ROAD CLASS: Looking for a refresher to pass your license renewal? This class will be held on Wednesday (June 23) 1:30 p.m. in the Farley Community Room Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Presented via WebEx, you must have email access to participate. Registration is required by calling 847/870-5680.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-AID FOR COVID-19 FUNERALS: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state of Illinois, and Cook County remind residents that financial assistance is available to those who have incurred coronavirus-related funeral expenses since Jan. 20, 2020. Residents can apply Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. by calling 844/684-6333. The death must have occurred in the U.S.; the death certificate must attribute the death to COVID-19; and the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or qualified alien. Reimbursement is a maximum of $9,000 per funeral. Visit www.fema.gov.

—-WHAT’S ON THE MENU?- Enjoy family fun on Saturday and Sunday (June 19 and 20) 3 p.m. at River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave. NORTHBROOK). Join at feeding time to learn about River Trail’s display animals and their unique habits. Please wear masks and practice physical distancing. For more information, call 847/824-8360.

—-MEET WITH A MASTER GARDENER: Get your plant questions answered on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Farmers’ Market (110 W. Fremont). The University of Illinois Extension Cook County Master Gardner’s will be on site.  Can’t  make  it? Email the Answer Desk at NorthCookMG@gmail.com. This service runs through Oct. 30.