This Week (and Next!) in Mount Prospect

LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main Branch of the Library (10 S. Emerson St) and the South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin Rd) will be closed on Sunday and Monday (Dec. 24 and 25). The South Branch will also be closed on Tuesday (Dec. 26). Regular hours will resume at the Main Branch on Tuesday (Dec. 26) and at the South Branch on Wednesday (Dec. 27). The buildings will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 1. Although the buildings will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, renew items and place holds at mppl.org. Need a book? Pick up an e-book or e-audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time.

VILLAGE HALL HOLIDAY HOURS: The Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St) will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 25 and 26) and Monday, Jan. 1. Village Hall will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m.

PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTION OPTION: Cook County property owners can receive a larger deduction on their 2017 federal income taxes if they prepay the first installment of their tax bill due Sunday, Dec. 31 by paying in person at any Chase bank or through their website.

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 3–8 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St). Giving blood takes only about thirty minutes and can make a huge difference to someone in need. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 847/392-6000.

WINTER MARKET: If your holiday gatherings extend into the new year, shop for all your culinary needs at Christus Victor Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd. EGV) on Wednesdays, Jan. 3 & 17, and the following Saturdays: Feb. 3 & 17, March 3 & 17, April 7 & 21. Vendors will sell meat, eggs, cheese, bread, honey, pasta, sauces, doughnuts, salsa, dog treats, and more!

FAMILY FITNESS OPEN HOUSE: Get the new year off to a healthy start on Saturday, Jan. 6 from 8 a.m.–Noon at the RecPlex (420 Dempster St), when you can check out free group fitness demos, tour the facilities, and get your blood pressure checked. For more information, click here.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:
—PRODUCTS DONATIONS: Help women affected by recent hurricanes and homelessness on Friday and Saturday (Dec. 22 and 23) by donating feminine hygiene products including pads, tampons, and wipes during a collection event in the Lobby of the Lee Center at the Main Campus of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP). Drop-off baskets will also be placed at the school’s Skokie Campus Main Lobby (7701 N. Lincoln Ave).

—TEEN RAVE: Fathers Helping Fathers, a Palatine-based nonprofit, hosts a winter break event for dads and their junior and high school age teens on Friday (Dec. 22) from 6–8:30 p.m. at Durty Nellie’s (180 N. Smith St. PAL). Great food and a DJ playing the latest music will create a fun and safe way for teens to hang out with their friends while bonding with their dads. Parents must be present at the event. Waivers will be signed at the door to account for all children on the premises. The cost is $15 for teens, $25 for dads in advance ($20 teens/$30 dads at the door). For more information, click here.

—HOLIDAY REVUE: Enjoy the antics of The Second City’s “Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue,” playing now through Sunday, Dec. 31 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (111 W. Campbell St. AH). The performance captures the magic and mayhem of the season with original songs, new sketches, and some classic favorites. Tickets are $30-$35; New Year’s Eve tickets cost $50-$60. For more information, click here.