This Week in Mount Prospect

 ANNIVERSARY ART EXHIBIT: Celebrate the Library’s 75th year this weekend with a host of activities highlighting the artistic talents of local Mount Prospect students. The fun begins on Friday (Feb. 23) from 7 – 9 p.m. with an Opening Reception in Meeting Room B at the Main Branch (10 S. Emerson St.) Artwork will be on display on Friday (Feb. 23) from 7 – 9 p.m.; Saturday (Feb. 24) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Sunday (Feb. 25) from Noon – 5 p.m. Register in person for a tour of the Library’s Public Art on Saturday (Feb. 24) at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Then unleash your own creativity with projects like sticker mosaic, paper marbling, a family craft program and a Library card design contest. This event is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.

TRIVIA NIGHT: Get a team together and show off your pop culture knowledge on Friday (Feb. 23) beginning at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Teams consist of 8 – 10 people, $250 per team, bring your own food/snacks/beverages, choose a team name/theme, bring your own decorations and take it over the top by wearing a costume! Raffle prizes add to the fun. For details and event registration contact Meghan@mountprospectchamber.org or call 847/398-6616.

BICKELL ON BULLYING: Students at Fairview Elementary School will hear Ex-Blackhawk Brian Bickell speak about bullying and how he overcame the obstacles professionally and personally at an assembly on Friday (Feb. 23.)

JAZZ IN THE MEADOWS: Come back or visit for the first time! The largest high school jazz event/competition in the Midwest brings high school and junior high bands together on Saturday (Feb. 24) beginning at 8 a.m. at Rolling Meadows High School (2901 Central Rd.) More than 100 performances are on tap, scheduled every half hour. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/students and seniors, and are good for the entire day. Proceeds benefit the school’s music programs. For more info, call 847/718-5752.

STATE CANDIDATE FORUM: The League of Women Voters host a forum on Sunday (Feb. 25) from 1 – 3 p.m. at Northwest Community Hospital Auditorium (800 W. Central Rd. AH.) The first hour will feature Democrats Ann Gillespie of Arlington Heights and Joe Sonnerfeldt  of  Mount Prospect who are running for the 27th Senate District seat. The winner will face Republican Sen. Tom Rooney of Rolling Meadows . At 2 p.m., Republican candidates for the 53rd House District Seat, Eddie Corrigan of Arlington Heights and Katie Miller of Mount Prospect will get the floor. The winner of their primary is expected to fact Democrat Mark Walker of Arlington Heights.

SMALL BUSINESS & NEW TAX BILL: Business owners are invited to attend a seminar sponsored by the Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative on Wednesday (Feb. 28) from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) The discussion will focus on the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how it will affect businesses large and small. The event is facilitated by Trisha Chokshi, partner at Chokshi Fillppone Law LLC, a boutique law firm specializing in areas of immigration, real estate, estate planning, injury and small business. Admission is free, but registration is recommended. For more info, visit http://www.mountprospectchamber.org/ or call 847/398-6616.

BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life on Thursday (March 1) from 3 – 8 p.m. during the Community Blood Drive at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Walk-ins are welcome.  Donating blood takes only 30 minutes of your time and can mean the difference between life and death for someone in need.

FISHING LICENSES ON SALE: Organize your tackle box  and get your fishing license beginning March 1.  Licenses for Illinois residents cost $15 and are good until March 31, 2019. Money from the license fees supports fishing programs, habitat enhancement and production of sport fish at state hatcheries . Those under age 16 are not required to have a license. Prices are discounted for those age 65 and older and qualifying resident veterans. There is also free fishing for the blind and disabled. For more information on obtaining a license, visit https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/lpr/pages/fishinglicensesfees.aspx

HARASSMENT HOTLINE HELP: The Illinois Department of Human Rights has a hotline for victims of sexual harassment. Callers can report incidents through a toll-free number and receive information on counseling and legal services. The Call Center can be reached from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 877/236-7703. All communications are considered strictly confidential and aren’t subject to open-records laws. For more info, visit www.illinois.gov/sexualharassment.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-BATTLE OF THE BIDS: A great opportunity for small, minority and women-owned businesses  to network with government and transportation stakeholders is scheduled for Friday (Feb. 23) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Rd. ROSEMENT.) Learn how prime contractors mentor and teach small business owners how to successfully compete for transportation industry contracting opportunities. Admission is free. For more info, visit www.IllinoisTransportationSymposium.com

MLK LEGACY: Close out Black History Month by enjoying a production of “Last Night as King: The Final 24 Hours of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr.” on Saturday (Feb. 24) 6:30 p.m. at The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts (201 Schaumburg Court SCHAUMBURG.) Tickets are $10 and available at www.bsideproduction.com.

CULTURAL EVENT: Author Carol Konvalinka, an American,  taught in the Kingdom of Bahrain and lived with a family in the Egyptian Nile. Hear her presentation, “Opening Doors to Arabic Culture and Islam” on Wednesday (Feb. 28) 12:30 p.m. in Rooms A-145-152 at  the Skokie campus of Oakton Community College ( 7701 N. Lincoln Ave.)