October 11 – October 17, 2019

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK: The Mount Prospect Fire Department has teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote the campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” NFPA statistics show that in 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 deaths and 10,600 injuries. On average, seven people per day were killed in home fires during 2012 to 2016. For more information about planning your family’s escape and more fire prevention tips, visit https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/fire-department/fire-prevention-bureau. Fire Prevention Week ends on Friday (Oct. 11).

VANILLA TASTING: Before Capannari Ice Cream closes for the season, treat your taste buds to a new variety of vanilla. Papua New Guinea is the featured flavor on Friday (Oct. 11) from 3 – 10 p.m. at the shop (10 S. Pine St.).

nullOKTOBERFEST: Celebrate Mount Prospect’s heritage with an authentic German Oktoberfest on Friday (Oct. 11) from 4 – 11 p.m. and Saturday (Oct. 12) from 1 – 11 p.m. in downtown Mount Prospect (Emerson St. and Busse Ave.). Food vendors include Mrs. P and Me and Canta Napoli, who will serve German food. Beer options include Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest, local brewer Scorched Earth’s Fest Bier and Miller Lite. Entertainment includes Phenix German Band from 6 – 11 p.m. and Noch Einmahl, the German dance group, performing throughout the night.

ROAD CLOSURE: Friday and Saturday (Oct. 11 and 12) is Octoberfest/Fall Festival being held just south of the Library centered at Emerson Street and Busse Ave. Emerson Street will be closed south of the Library and the only way to access the parking garage and Library will be from Central Road on the north side of the Library. The streets will re-open by 10 a.m. on Sunday (Oct. 13) when access will return to normal.

FALL FESTIVAL:  Fun for the whole family can be had at this event on Saturday (Oct. 12) from 1 – 4 p.m. at the same location as Oktoberfest. Kids will enjoy pumpkin painting, a scarecrow contest, hayrides, games and crafts. Take part in the largest trick-or-treat line in town under one tent! Admission is free!

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (Oct. 12) from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. Questions? Call 847/392-6000.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Dive into hearty fall meal planning with fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits you’ll find at the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct. 13) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the East Metra Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.).The last day of the 2019 Market is next Sunday (Oct. 20).

PLAY AND LEARN: Parents and their 2- to 5-year-old children are invited to enjoy arts, crafts, exercise, stories, and music on Tuesday (Oct. 15) 11:30 a.m. at the South Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). Call 847/506-4930 to register.

MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT: This year the enrollment period runs from Tuesday (Oct. 15) 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.

BOARD MEETING: Learn what is happening in River Trails School District 26 at their board meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 15) 7 p.m. at River Trails Middle School (1000 N. Wolf Rd.).

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 (Oct. 15) 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 l-larsen@att.net.

SEW BEE IT QUILTERS: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who share your interest on Wednesday (Oct. 16) 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 (Oct. 16) 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 (Oct. 17) from 6 – 7 p.m. 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 (Oct. 17) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). This program is available for Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township residents. To register, or for more information, call 847/506-4930.

EXPLORE YOUR MIND: October is Senior Health Month. Seniors can learn memory cues and apply their knowledge to fun-filled activities on Thursday (Oct. 17) 2 p.m. at the Human Services Department of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). For more information, or to register, call 847/870-5680.

SENIOR NEWSLETTER: Looking for information on the latest activities and programs for seniors?  The Senior Sentinel Newsletter is now available online, visit https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/human-services/senior-sentinel-newsletter to view the latest issue. If you would like to pick up a paper copy, simply stop by the Village Hall Community Center (first floor) or the Human Services Department (second floor).

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-OAKTON ART EXHIBIT: From now through Friday (Oct. 25) visit the work of more than 60 women artists from around the globe at the exhibit “Fashioning the Self: You Are What You Wear?” at the college’s Koehnline Museum of Art (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP). This is an annual collaboration between Women’s and Gender Studies and the Koehnline Museum of Art. This year’s theme provides a commentary on what women wear and what it means. Museum hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 847/376-7044.

—-SECOND SUNDAY: Enjoy a beautiful fall activity on Sunday (Oct. 13) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Historical Society Central School (101/103 S. Maple St.). Make a mini paper pumpkin and learn how a seed grows into a pumpkin. This free event welcomes all ages. The Dietrich Friedrichs House will also be open for tours.

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