This Week in Mount Prospect

Boy Playing in Fall Leaves OutdoorsFALL FESTIVAL & OKTOBERFEST: Enjoy the full experience of autumn this weekend in downtown Mount Prospect at Emerson St. and Busse Ave. Pumpkin decorating, hayrides, live music, and food fill the two-day event. Oktoberfest runs Friday and Saturday (Oct. 13/14) from 4 – 11 p.m. and the Family Fall Fest is on Saturday (Oct. 14) from 1 – 4 p.m. The annual event is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association. For more details, call 847/506-4948 or click here.

FOUNDATION FALL CLASSIC RAFFLE: You have until Sunday (Oct. 15) to participate in the Mount Prospect Library Foundation tradition, now in its 9th year! Visit the display of baskets in the lobby of the Main Library, featuring seasonal treats and gourmet items as well as gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win whatever strikes your fancy. You do not need to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Foundation, which raises funds for special programming.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (Oct. 14) from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council is held the second Saturday of each month. For more info, call 847/392-6000.

CENTENNIAL TIME CAPSULE BURIAL: The Mount Prospect Centennial Commission invites residents to the dedication of permanent memorials to the founding families on Saturday (Oct. 14) 11 a.m. at Centennial Green at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). This is a free event.

DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION AND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: A one-day shredding event for SWANCC residents will be held on Saturday (Oct. 14) from 9 a.m. – Noon at Arlington Park Racetrack (2200 W. Euclid Ave. AH). A limit of six paper bags or boxes (no plastic bags, please) per vehicle will be accepted. Remove metal clips, plastic sleeves, binders and folders. Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (Oct. 18) 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. The last collection day for 2017 is Wednesday, Oct. 25.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Visit the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct. 15) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra Commuter Lot (intersection of Rt. 83 and Northwest Hwy.). Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. Toss in a few gourmet items and crafts for your upcoming gatherings too. The 2017 season will end on Sunday, Oct. 29.

SENATOR HOSTS TOWN HALL: Illinois Republican State Sen. Tom Rooney will host a town hall meeting on Monday (Oct. 16) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the boardroom of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Rooney, of the 27th District, will talk about issues facing Illinois and the Northwest suburbs.

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 (Oct. 17) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2A 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

SEW BEE IT: If your hobby is sewing or quilting, enjoy the camaraderie of the Sew Bee It group on Wednesday (Oct. 18) 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.

MEET THE CANDIDATES: Meet the Democrats challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner in the March primary on Wednesday (Oct. 18) from 7 – 10 a.m. at Victoria in the Park (1700 S. Elmhurst Rd. MP). Candidates confirmed to attend include J.B. Pritzker, Daniel Bliss, Bob Daiber, Alexander Paterakis, Chris Kennedy, and Tio Hardiman. Admission to the event is $25 and includes breakfast and networking. To sign up, click here.

SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: Seniors can get flu shots, glucose testing, hearing screening and more on Thursday (Oct. 19) from 9 a.m. – Noon in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). More than thirty local agencies will be on hand for the event sponsored by State Representative David Harris. For more info, contact Mount Prospect Human Services at 847/870-5680.

MP WOMAN’S CLUB AFTER HOURS: Ladies, join this innovative group on Thursday (Oct. 19) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Central Schoolhouse (103 S. Maple St.). A new branch of the Woman’s Club, you’ll meet for activities and projects during the evening or on weekends. RSVP to Jodi at

—PET BLESSING: Bring your best pal for a blessing on Saturday (Oct. 14) 11 a.m. at West Park (651 S. Wolf Rd. DP).

—HYMN FESTIVAL: Hear the choirs of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, and guest organist Joel Martinson on Sunday (Oct. 15) 4 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (1234 Arlington Heights Rd. AH).

—TAX APPEAL SEMINAR: Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will conduct a free property tax appeal seminar on Wednesday (Oct. 18) from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Elk Grove Township Office (2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd. AH). Attendees will work with staff from the Board of Review to address their specific questions and concerns, and should bring a copy of their most recent tax bill. Elk Grove Township is open for appeal at the Board of Review through Tuesday (Oct. 24).