November 22 – November 28, 2019

autumn gourds, sunflowers, corn, and leavesLIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library (10 S. Emerson St. and 1711 W. Algonquin Rd. respectively) will be closed on Thursday (Nov. 28). Although the buildings are closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, renew items, and place holds at www.mppl.org. Pick up an e-book or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Main Branch will reopen on Friday (Nov. 29) at 9 a.m.

VILLAGE HALL CLOSED: Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) will be closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 28 and 29). The building will reopen on Monday (Dec. 2) at 8:30 a.m.

DONATIONS NEEDED:  Help spread cheer to local families this holiday season.  Mount Prospect Human Services Department is collecting non-perishable food items including canned fruit/fruit cups, canned ravioli & spaghetti, cookies, crackers, jam & jelly, instant mashed potatoes, canned meats & tuna, and sugar free items. Please do not donate cans larger than 32 oz. or packages larger than 5 lbs. or expired items. Bring your donations to the Human Services Department, 2nd floor of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Department social workers or case workers meet with residents to determine the family’s eligibility for the program.

2019 SENIOR EXEMPTION LAW CHANGED: House Bill 833 was signed into law in August. Under the new law, seniors in Cook County who currently receive the senior exemption will no longer need to file each year. There is no need to complete a form as done in previous years. The exemption will be reflected on the second installment bill in July, 2020.

EXPIRED PRESCRIPTIONS: If you missed disposing of expired, unwanted, or unused prescriptions on National Take Back Day, Oct. 26, no worries. There are locations in Wheeling Township where you can safely dispose of medications year-round. In Mount Prospect, drop them off at Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd.). The hours are Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WIN MICKEY OR MINNIE: Visit Central Continental Bakery (101 S. Main St.) or Mount Prospect Park District (1000 W. Central Rd.) and register to win a large cuddly Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse stuffed animal.

SCAM ALERT: If you use Facebook, you may have seen a promotion from Costco promising $75 coupons to celebrate the big-box store’s 50th anniversary. To receive the coupon, users were asked to answer questions such as, “Do you like shopping?”  In a “Costco coupon scam alert,” the Identify Theft Resource Center said scammers could be collecting email addresses and access to social media friends in order to sell the information. For more, visit http://bit.ly/2CJ0wwe

PROSPECT HS CRAFT SHOW:  Find that special gift for someone or a treat for yourself at Prospect High School Holiday Craft & Gift Boutique on Sunday (Nov. 24) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the school (801 Kensington Rd.). Custom jewelry, designer home décor, couture ornaments, and more will be showcased. You will also find concessions and raffle tickets. Admission is $4; children age 11 and younger and current Prospect High students are admitted free of charge. Proceeds benefit student groups, organizations and senior scholarships.

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Anne Gillespie’s Office on Tuesday (Nov. 26) from 3 – 6 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Staff from Jan Schakowsky’s Office will be on hand Wednesday from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

MP CHRISTKINDLMARKET & TREE LIGHTING: Support local creatives on Wednesday (Nov. 27) by shopping the Christkindlmarket from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Farley Community Room in Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.).  Step outside at 5 p.m. for the tree lighting ceremony. These family-friendly events bring the whole community together! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and carols outside when the tree is  lit.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D ends on Saturday (Dec. 7). Take advantage of this time to review or change your prescription drug plan for 2020. Assistance in the enrollment process is available through the Village. Call 847/870-5680 for more information.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—- TURKEY TROT: Lose some calories before you indulge on Thursday (Nov.28) by running in this fun event at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL.). Choose from a 2-mile run (8:30 a.m.), 5-mile run (9 a.m.), or Drumstick Dash (10 a.m.). Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. Register online at www.palatineparks.org. The cost is $30.

—-HELP ADOPT-A-SAILOR: American Legion Post 690 is seeking donations for their Adopt-A-Sailor Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday (Nov. 28) when sailors from Great Lakes Naval Station come to the American Legion Hall in Palatine. In addition to a traditional dinner, there will be activities, and phone calls home for as long as they desire. Checks can be made payable to the American Legion with the notation Adopt-A-Sailor and mailed to American Legion, Attention: Adopt-A-Sailor, 122 W. Palatine Rd. Palatine, IL 60067. For details, call 847/359-1606.

—-VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR SENIOR TAX PREP: AARP Tax-Aide is looking for those with good computer skills who can commit to four to five weekday training classes in January to assist seniors during tax season. Successfully completing a test to become an IRS-certified tax preparer is required. Volunteers must also commit to three-five hours once a week during tax season – February – April 2020. If interested, complete the online application at www.aarp.org/taxvolunteer.

All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.