ACA DEADLINE: If you need to change your health insurance or get it for the first time, you have until Friday (Dec. 15) to sign up at healthcare.gov. If you don’t act by this date, you can’t get 2018 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start Jan. 1, 2018.
MAGICAL ANIMATED LIGHT SHOW: From now through Saturday (Dec. 16) enjoy a 3-D display of animated elves, icicles, snow, and other holiday images projected onto a portion of the Hampton Inn & Suites (Center Court) of Randhurst Village (corner of Rand Rd. & Elmhurst Rd). The show runs every half hour on Saturday from 6 – 8 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by carriage on Saturday (Dec. 16) at 3 p.m. and will greet children through 5:30 p.m. There is also a food drive during Santa’s visit. For more info, call 847/259-0500 or click here.
TOY DRIVE: Support the Arlington Heights Police Department efforts with their Toys for Tots Drive on Saturday (Dec. 16) from 8:30–11:30 a.m. held in the parking lot of Target (1700 E. Rand Rd, AH). Donors are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys. Help make a child’s holiday a little brighter with your generosity.
SHINING STARS TICKETS: In the flurry of your holiday activities, don’t forget to purchase your tickets before Saturday, Jan. 20 for the 25th Annual Shining Stars Awards and Gala to be held on Friday, Feb. 3 from 6 p.m.–midnight at The Cotillion Banquets (360 S. Creekside Dr, PAL). The Shining Star Award recognizes community leaders, business people, and people who work to make Mount Prospect a better place to live. Tickets are $65/person before Jan. 20 and $75/person after. For more info, click here.
HOLIDAY CONCERT: Take some time to enjoy the sounds of the season on Sunday (Dec. 17) at 3 p.m. when the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band performs at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd, AH). While the concert is free, tickets are required. You can get them at Forest View on Friday (Dec. 15) from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. For more info, call 847/718-7702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories, poetry or another creative format? Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Dec. 19) from 7–9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2A at the Main Branch 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 third Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Laird Larsen at email@example.com.
SEW BEE IT: If your hobby is sewing or quilting, enjoy the camaraderie of the Sew Bee It group on Wednesday (Dec. 20) from 9–11 a.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St). The group meets the third Wednesday of every month. For more info, contact the Mount Prospect Historical Society at 847/392-9006.
—LONG GROVE VINTAGE HOLIDAYS: Enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride, see strolling costumed carolers, and Victorian buildings trimmed in lights on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 16/17) from 1–6 p.m. in historic downtown Long Grove (308 Old McHenry Rd). For more info, click here.
—CLOTHING DRIVE: From now until Friday, Dec. 22, give the gift of warmth by donating new and gently-used winter clothing, including coats, scarves, hats, and gloves to benefit those in Arlington Heights based Shelter, Inc. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at State Rep. Jonathan Carroll’s (D) District office (830 S. Buffalo Grove Rd, Suite 120, BG).