November 15 – November 21, 2019

gold and brown leaf with snowflakes covering edgesAREA WARMING CENTERS: The polar temperatures have arrived sooner than expected (it is still officially fall!).Those needing a reprieve from the cold can stop in to the following locations. Call for hours.

Mount Prospect Public Library: 10 S. Emerson St. 847/253-5675
Mount Prospect Village Hall:  50 S. Emerson St. 847/392-6000
Community Connections Center:  1711 W. Algonquin Rd. 847/506-4930
River Trails Park District: 1500 E. Euclid Ave. 847/255-1200
RecPlex: 420 W. Dempster St. 847/640-1000
Central Community Center: 1000 W. Central Rd. 847/255-5380
St. Emily Church: 1400 E. Central Rd. 847/824-5049

2020 PICNIC PERMITS: Surviving this polar blast does has a silver lining, however. In-person permit sales for picnics and special events in Cook County forest preserves begin Friday (Nov. 15.) from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Residents can purchase them at Forest Preserves of Cook County General Headquarters (9536 N. Harlem Ave. RIVER FOREST) or at Dan Ryan Visitor Center (8700 S. Western Ave. CHICAGO).  In-person purchases require a valid federal/state issued identification card. Those wanting to purchase permits online must first set up an account at For assistance or questions, call 800/870-3666.

QUIET RUNWAY ROTATION: The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Interim Fly Quiet Runway Rotation (IFQ) plan is in effect now through May 17, 2020. The goals are to reduce impacts to the highest impacted communities, provide near-term relief and provide predictability. The IFQ features an eight-week runway rotation plan. For each week, a primary and secondary runway use configuration is  provided to accommodate potential changes in wind direction. The runway use configurations have been determined to balance noise exposure to the extent possible. More information is available at

MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT: The enrollment period is open through Saturday (Dec. 7). Those who need to enroll or change coverage in Part D can receive enrollment assistance through the Village of Mount Prospect Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP). Volunteers and staff can help determine which plan best meets the needs for the coming year. They will also assess whether participants are eligible for extra help with plan premiums and co-pays. To schedule an appointment (which fill up quickly), call the Mount Prospect Human Services Department at 847/870-5680.

NO MORE MUDDY PAWS: Mount Prospect Park District commissioners approved a bid to install artificial turf in Canine Commons to end a muddy dog paw problem. Director of Parks and Planning Scott Elman received complaints about how muddy the launch area of Canine Commons at Melas Park becomes, especially when it rains.
Canine Commons is shared by Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights Park Districts through an intergovernmental agreement (IGA).

MP HOUSWALK TICKETS: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Mount Prospect residents share their beautiful homes and holiday decorations with the rest of the community!  Six private homes built between 1950 – 2016 will open their doors along with a seventh home, built in 1950, which will be featured from the outside. The tour begins at a heated tent situated at the intersection of Council Trail and Wa-Pella Ave. Non-refundable tickets are $28 each through Thursday (Dec. 5). Ticket sales locations include Mount Prospect State Bank (299 W. Central Rd.); Busse Flowers and Gifts (100 E. Northwest Hwy.); River Trails Weiss Center (1500 E. Euclid Ave.); Lions Park Recreation Center (411 S. Maple St.); Millie’s Hallmark (1024 S. Elmhurst Rd.); and the Dietrich Friedrich’s House Museum (101 S. Maple St.) Online purchases can be made through PayPal at and be retrieved at a “will call” desk located at the headquarters. Day-of-the-Walk ticket purchases begin at 3 p.m. and cost $30.

DIST. 26 PROPOSAL: A Public Hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy increase for River Trails Elementary School District 26 will be held on Tuesday (Nov. 19) 7 p.m. at River Trails Middle School (1000 N. Wolf Rd.). Any person desiring to appear and present testimony should contact Dr. Nancy Wagner, Superintendent of Schools, at 847/297-4120.

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories or poetry? Perhaps you need some feedback on your novel. Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Nov. 19) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2A on the Second Floor of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). The group is open to all adult writers with all levels of writing experience, in all genres. Bring up to five double-spaced pages and copies to share (approximately 10) with group members. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis. The Writers Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Laird Larsen at

SEW BEE IT QUILTERS: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who share your interest on Wednesday (Nov. 20) from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). The group meets the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 847/392-9006.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Jan Schakowsky’s Office on Wednesday (Nov. 20) from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Staff from Mark Walker’s Office will be on hand Thursday (Nov. 21) from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

OCC HOSTS POET:  Kevin Coval, an alumnus of Glenbrook North High School will read selections from his collection of poetry on Wednesday (Nov. 20) 2 p.m. at Oakton Community College’s Student Center Room 1530, (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.). Admission is free. For more information, contact Tina Fakhrid-Deen at

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Nov. 21) from 5:30 – 7 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.