This Week in Mount Prospect

LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.) and (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) will be closed on Monday (May 27). While the buildings will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs and renew items and place holds at www.mppl.org. Check out an e-book or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time. The Main Branch will reopen on Tuesday (May 28) at 9 a.m. The South Branch will reopen at 11 a.m.

CHILD SAFETY-SEAT CHECK: Make sure your precious cargo are secured safely in your vehicle by attending a free event on Saturday (May 25) from 9 a.m. – Noon in the East Commuter Lot across from the public safety building (112 E. Northwest Hwy.). No appointment is needed. Questions? Call the police department at 847/870-5656.

BLUESMOBILE CRUISE NIGHTS: Get that summer feeling on Saturday (May 25) from 3 – 9 p.m. when classic cars are on display in the Metra Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). This Mount Prospect staple is held every Saturday through September 28.

Image result for memorial day parade mount prospectMEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Honor our fallen veterans at a Ceremony of Remembrance and parade on Monday (May 27). The parade will step off at 9:40 a.m. from Village Hall at the corner of South Emerson St. and East Busse Ave. It proceeds south on Emerson St. to East Lincoln St. and from there to the Mount Prospect Veterans Memorial at Lions Park where it concludes at about 10:30 a.m. Ceremonial wreaths and flowers will be placed in honor of deceased veterans highlighting the members of Post 525 and 1337 who passed away this year. Interspersed throughout will be performances of patriotic music by the Marching Knights and the Mount Prospect Community Band. In keeping with tradition, the ceremony will end with a 21-Gun Rifle Salute, bagpipe music and the playing of “Taps”.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Meet with a representative from Ann Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (May 28) from 3 – 6 p.m. and Jan Shakowsky’s office on Wednesday (May 29) 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.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Responsibly dispose of unwanted electronics on Wednesday (May 29) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items left outside of designated hours will not be collected. For more information, call 847/870-5640.

SPRING BULBS FOR A CAUSE: The Mount Prospect Historical Society hosts an online Dutch Mills flower bulb fundraiser now through Saturday (June 1). The bulbs are guaranteed to bloom or you get a free replacement. The kits are $10 each and shipped directly to the purchaser. For more information or to order, visit their website.

DIST. 214 LIBRARIES HONORED: Northwest Suburban High School District 214 is the recipient of the American Associations of School Librarians’ 2019 National School Library of the Year Award. “The decisive point for the committee was the depth and richness of the collaboration among administrators and school librarians,” said Rob Hilliker, award committee chair. The AASL award winners will be honored at the AASL Awards Ceremony on Saturday, (June 22). All are welcome to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers during this recognition event.

GENERATOR AWARENESS: If you are considering purchasing, installing and maintaining a generator for your home and have questions about the process, attend a free event on Wednesday (May 29) from 4 – 8 p.m. at Mount Prospect Fire Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington Rd.). Representatives from the Village’s Building and Inspection Services, Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team, as well as local electrical contractors will be on hand to answer questions. For more information or questions on this event, contact the Mount Prospect Fire Department at 847/818-5253.

DISCUSSING MENTAL HEALTH: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join the Human Services Department on Thursday (May 30) from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) to learn how to reduce the stigma around issues impacting adolescents, adults and seniors. The event will include a Resource Fair and Refreshments from 5 – 6 p.m. where local mental health providers will share information about their services. From 6 – 7:30 p.m., speakers from several agencies will make presentations followed by a Q & A Session.

Image result for john kattkeJAMMIN’ IN THE STACKS: Enjoy a performance by The Brother John Kattke Trio on Friday (May 31) from 7 – 9 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). A well-known musician around jazz and blues clubs, Kattke has played with Eric Clapton, Steve Miller and the Black Crowes, and has been a resident musician at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago for 25 years. Register at www.mppl.org, visit the Library, or call 847/253-5675.