November 29 – December 5, 2019

SHOP SMALL SATURDAY: The Village of Mount Prospect encourages the community to “Shop Small” on Saturday (Nov. 30) for Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting local businesses. Patronizing locally owned businesses, especially during the holiday season, makes a real difference in the community. When you shop local, you support schools, police and fire departments. Shopping local also raises property values, creates more choice, invests in entrepreneurship, and makes your community a destination. See you around town on Saturday!

autumn leavesLAST LEAF CALL: Mount Prospect Public Works announced that the week of December 2 is the final week for loose leaf collection. Residents should also be aware that burning leaves is a violation of Village code and is not allowed under any circumstances.

GARDEN CLUB OF MP: Join this group on Wednesday (Dec. 4) to find out how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas. The Garden Club meets at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd.,DP). Refreshments and a social hour begin at 11:30, a business meeting at 12:15, followed by the program at 1 p.m. All are welcome!

MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Office on  Wednesday (Dec. 4)  from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (Dec. 5) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 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.

BLOOD DRIVE: Help save a life by donating blood on Thursday (Dec. 5) from 3 – 7 p.m. at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Walk-ins are welcome.

MEDICARE DEADLINE: 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.

SCAM ALERT: More than likely, if you are on social media this time of year, you’ve seen the “Secret Sister” proposal: Send one gift valued at $10, and you could receive as many as 36 presents. Sound too good to be true? The Better Business Bureau is reminding people that these kind of “Secret Sister” gift exchanges are, for all intents, illegal pyramid schemes that could cost you money, expose you to penalties for mail fraud, and make you an easier mark for identify theft. Here’s how it works: Users recruit “sisters” via email or Facebook – with the promise they could receive dozens of gifts in return if they buy a $10 gift for a stranger on the internet, provide their name, address and email, and recruit six more friends to take part. But there is no guarantee those gifts will arrive. Like any pyramid scheme, those at the top reap the rewards, and those who join later receive little if any in return.

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