This Week in Mount Prospect

Image result for black history monthVEHICLE STICKERS ON SALE: Mount Prospect residents can plan ahead and purchase  vehicle  stickers now–they must be displayed by April 30. Those who purchased a sticker last year  should  have  already received a renewal application in the mail. Other payment options include visiting Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Monday  through  Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or online at http://www.mountprospect.org/how-do-i/pay/vehicle-stickers.

DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE: Dad’s  –  treat your little Valentine ( ages 3 – middle school) to an evening of dancing,  dessert, a photo booth and more on Saturday (Feb. 3) from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Fieldhouse of Prospect High School (801 W. Kensington Rd.) The event benefits the award-winning Prospect High School Choir.  Admission is $25 in advance for dad’s/father figures or $30 cash or check at the door; no credit cards. Visit www.phsfinearts.com to download a registration form.

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY: Enjoy an exhibit of “Sandra Bridges: Southern Roots – Revisited” now through Friday (March 16) in the Koehnline Museum of Art of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.) Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more info, call 847/635-2633 or visit www.oakton.edu/museum.

ICE SKATING: Get your outdoor exercise by visiting Northwest Lights Outdoor Skate Rink  (32 W. Busse Ave. Monday – Friday  from  4 – 10 p.m. and  Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Admission is $5; skate rental is $8.)

GOOD TASTE FUNDRAISER: Beat the winter blues on Saturday (Feb. 3) from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. when Hersey High School holds a beer and wine tasting event at the Metropolis Ballroom (111 W. Campbell St. AH.) Tickets are $50/person. Nonalcoholic tickets are available for $35. Attendees must be 21 and older. The evening also features samples of more than 50 global wines and artisan beers, along with an array of  hors d’oeuvres  and sweets. A cash bar serving spirits will also be available from 7:30 – 9 p.m.  Live jazz will be provided by Hersey Band alumni professional musicians. Dozens of raffle prizes, including four tickets to any regular season NHL game in any arena make for a fun event.

FRO-YO: The weather is always right for a yummy frozen treat! National Frozen Yogurt Day is Monday (Feb. 6.) Visit  Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (1027 N. Elmhurst Rd.) and enjoy a “Buy One Get One Free”  all day long.

COFFEE TALK & CONSTRUCTION: Are you planning a remodeling project or addition to your home in the near future? Discuss your plans  while  enjoying a cup of coffee with Mount Prospect Building Inspectors and Plan Reviewers on Thursday (Feb. 8) at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) from 7:30 – 9 a.m.  The meeting is free and no registration is required.  Questions?   Call 847/818-5289.

ONLINE TAX FEE ELIMINATED: Cook County residents will no longer be charged a $1 fee to pay property taxes online.  Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas announced that the office is eliminating the charge for property owners paying online with their bank accounts. The move is an effort to boost the number of property owners who make electronic payments.  Other features intended to make paying property taxes easier include e-billing to receive tax bills by email and the ability to download bills online. Property owners paying online with a credit card will still be charged a third-party processing fee. Tax bills are due March 1.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-100 YEARS OF HISTORY: A series of seminars  recounting a century of American History will take place beginning Friday (Feb. 2) at Lifelong Learning Institute of Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd. PAL)  at 10 a.m. with Chapter 1 “U.S. History and Today.” To register, call 847/925-6300. The registration fee for LLI members is $19; non-members fee is $38.

—-UNDERSTANDING ISLAM: A program, “Understanding Islam: An Insider’s View,” will be presented on Wednesday (Feb. 7) 12:30 p.m. at Oakton Community College (Room 1606) 1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.) Camille Harrison, distinguished professor of Arabic and French, will share her story of how Islam shaped her personality, her relationship to other faiths and people, and her ambition that shaped her life as a Muslim woman today.