October 2 – October 8

FARMERS’ MARKET: Take advantage of the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the Lions’ Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct.4) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Parking Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northeast Hwy.). COVID-19 restrictions are in place and include the following: masks are required for both vendors and visitors under State Executive Order guidelines; food may be prepackaged to limit contact; limit your visit by coming alone if possible, do not congregate or use the market to socialize, and please leave your dog at home. The Market runs through the end of October.

DANCE INTO FALL: Enjoy an afternoon of dance performances on Sunday (Oct. 4) from 2 – 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.). This free outdoor event requires registration. Audience members are asked to preregister for a circle which holds up to six people. Register with code 40265. Visit www.mppd.org for more information.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills virtually with native English speakers on Thursday (Oct. 8) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Residents of Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township are eligible. Pre-registration is required. For more info, call 847/506-4930.

VILLAGE TRICK-OR-TREATING GUIDELINES: While it is still a few weeks away, you may already be thinking of how your little ones should celebrate Halloween. The Village of Mount Prospect encourages families to take necessary precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Alternative trick-or-treating activities include the Downtown Merchants Association’s event from 4 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 28.) in downtown Mount Prospect. The MP Mini Library Mission will have a Contactless Trick-or-Treat by placing candy in Mini Libraries throughout the Village from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 31.). More activities will be reported at www.experiencemountprospect.org and throughout the Village’s social media accounts as information becomes available. It should be noted the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for Halloween states that door to door trick-or-treating is considered high risk.

nullCOOK COUNTY DISTRIBUTING MASKS: Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle announced that half a million cloth masks will be delivered within the next week to the county’s most vulnerable residents. “Science tells us that a mask – a simple mask – can literally save lives as we continue the battle against COVID19,” she said.

EG TOWNSHIP HOLDS FOOD DRIVE: The Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove is sponsoring a drive-through, non-perishable food and toiletry collection on Saturday (Oct. 3) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. There are two drop-off locations: Elk Grove Township Offices (600 Landmeier Rd.) and School District 59 Administration Building (1001 Leicester Rd.). Place your donations in your vehicle’s trunk and volunteers will do the rest. You do not need to leave your vehicle; volunteers will wear masks. All donations will benefit food pantries.

MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT: Medicare open enrollment for 2021 goes from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2020. During the Medicare open enrollment period, you can make changes to your Medicare health and drug coverage that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.