FRIENDS BOOK SALE: Change up your home library collection by finding something new at the Fall Book Sale on Saturday (Oct. 19) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday (Oct. 20) from Noon – 4 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.). A special Friends Only book sale will take place on Friday (Oct. 18) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. As always, there will be a wide variety of genres in books, CDs and DVDs from which to choose.
CAPANNARI FEATURED FLAVOR: Give your taste buds a new sensation with Indonesian Vanilla on Friday (Oct. 18) from 3 – 10 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.).
FALL FEST: Make the most of this beautiful season by visiting the Randhurst Village Fall Fest on Saturday (Oct. 19) from 1 – 4 p.m. (intersection of Rand and Elmhurst). Cuteness overload alert: For those with fur babies, dress them in their Halloween Best for the Pet Costume Parade. Check-in is near the AMC Theater. The Parade begins at 1:20 p.m. and winners will be announced at 1:45 p.m. The remainder of the day includes horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, free pumpkin decorating, crafts, and live owls from Stillman Nature Center.
FOOD DRIVE: The Mount Prospect Fire Department and the Human Services Department are partnering to restock the village’s Emergency Food Pantry. Help your neighbor by bringing canned goods and paper necessities to the Fall Fest at Randhurst on Saturday (Oct. 19). Drop off your donation in the parking lot in front of Costco (999 N. Elmhurst Rd.). Most needed items include baby diapers (size 5 and 6), canned beef stew, chicken and dumplings, SPAM, canned tuna, meats and chicken, canned fruit and fruit cups, cereal, coffee/tea/cocoa, cookies, paper towels and toilet paper, pudding cups, tomato sauce, and peanut butter. Homemade food or items past their expiration dates cannot be accepted. Please do not bring cans over 32 ounces and packages over 5 pounds.
FARMERS’ MARKET FINALE: Stock up on autumn’s bounty of fruits and vegetables on the last day of the 2019 Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct. 20) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the East Metra Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). Thank you, Lions Club, for another wonderful season!
MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT: The enrollment period is now 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.
FOUNDATION FALL CLASSIC: Indulge your sweet tooth or that of someone else’s while benefiting the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation. From now through Sunday (Oct. 20), buy a few raffle tickets for a chance to win a specialty basket filled with seasonal treats, gourmet items, and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. The drawing takes place on Sunday (Oct. 20) and winners need not be present to win. Proceeds help raise funds for special programming and projects for the Library that would not be attainable with tax dollars.
LEAF COLLECTION: Mount Prospect’s fall loose leaf collection program starts Monday (Oct. 21) and runs through Friday (Dec. 6). Residents should rake leaves onto the pavement one foot from the curb line one day before the scheduled collection. Do not rake leaves into the street after the truck has passed your home. The collection program is for leaves only – piles will not be collected if they contain grass clippings or other yard material. Burning leaves is a violation of village code. For more information and yard waste guidelines, visit the village website at www.mountprospect.org.
MEET WITH A REP: Talk with a representative from Anne Gillespie’s Office on Tuesday (Oct. 22) 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 (Oct. 23) from 2 – 5 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. 24) from 5:30 – 7:30 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.
SENIOR HEALTH PROGRAM: Senior Health Month continues with the program “Using Herbs in Your Eco-Friendly Home” on Wednesday (Oct. 23) from 10 – 11 a.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Join the Village Nurse and learn how to make homemade soaps, deodorant, glass cleaners and other household products.
FALL SPOOKTACULAR: Enjoy great family fun on Saturday (Oct. 26) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the “Lost In Wonderland” party hosted by The Science Academy of Chicago (501 Midway Dr., MP). Games, food, and music are all part of the fun. Purchase tickets for games and the Haunted Hallway!
NSO PERFORMS: The Northwest Symphony Orchestra opens its 2019-20 season on Sunday (Oct. 27) 3 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd., AH.) Included in the concert is Symphony No. 88 by Franz Josef Haydn and Symphony No. 4 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students with ID. Children younger than 14 are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at www.northwestsymphony.org or by calling 847/965-7271. The concert is presented in partnership with District 214 Community Education.
LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND: As part of Senior Health Month, the Village of Mount Prospect’s Human Services Department invites those with visual impairments to explore a variety of low vision products available for purchase. The event takes place on Tuesday (Oct. 29) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). For more information or to register, call 847/870-5680.
PLAY AND LEARN: Have some fun with your toddlers and preschool-age children on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). Make crafts, dance to music, and listen to books. To learn more, call 847/506-4930.
DOWNTOWN TRICK-OR-TREAT: Mount Prospect businesses want to treat you! Dress up in your Halloween best on Tuesday (Oct. 29) and collect goodies from 4 – 6 p.m. Participating businesses will have an orange pumpkin on their door or window. Businesses with teal pumpkins will offer non-food treats. For a complete list of participating merchants, visit www.downtownmountprospect.com and click on Events.
TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS: Halloween is Thursday (Oct.31). In Mount Prospect, superheroes, witches, princesses and other creatures can fill their buckets with candy from 3 – 8 p.m.!
U OF I SHUTTLE: Students, faculty and staff can now travel between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses on buses beginning Thursday (Oct. 31). The daily three round trips between the two campuses will depart in the early morning, midday and late afternoon. The four 18-seat buses will be well-equipped with onboard WiFi, tables and a restroom.
—-DP RESOURCE FAIR: More than 20 community agencies that support students in Des Plaines will share information at a Resource Fair on Wednesday (Oct. 23) from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Jane L. Westerhold Early Learning Center (1375 S. 5th Ave., DP). “This is a great opportunity to connect with local and nearby organizations within and around the Des Plaines area,” said Margarite Beniaris, director of student services for Des Plaines Elementary School District 62. For more information, call 789-784-5782.
—-HALLOWEEN ZUMBA: Parents and kids can join instructors Kim Briski and Amanda Yve of Amanda Yve Dance Fitness for a Halloween Zumba Dance Party on Saturday (Oct. 26) from Noon – 5:30 p.m. at Move the Beat Dance Studio (691 Lee St., DP). Dress up in your favorite costume (but wear running shoes and bring a water bottle).What a great way to “pre-burn” all that candy you’ll indulge in!
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).
All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.