This Week in Mount Prospect

Image result for french americanFRENCH TRIVIA: Celebrate our French-American connection with Mount Prospect’s Sister City, Sevres, on Friday, (March 9) from 7 – 10 p.m.  at  Village  Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Test your French trivia knowledge and compete for prizes! Gather your friends for a fun night of trivia, while enjoying snacks and beverages. Tickets are $10 and proceeds support community activities and programs sponsored by the Sister Cities Commission. Limit 10 people per table. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit www.mountprospectsistercities.com/events.

BOOK CHAT AND WINE: Ladies, join a discussion focused on simpler times on Friday (March 9) from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Dietrich Friedrichs House (101 S. Maple St.) Share your thoughts on the book, Caroline: Little House, Revisited  by Sarah Miller. Ms. Miller’s book is told from the perspective of Laura Ingall Wilder’s mother, Caroline Quiner Ingalls. Enjoy wine, coffee and light desserts during the discussion. Attendance is limited to 20 people, and tickets are $15. For more info, visit www.mtphist.org or call 847/392-9006.

NIGHT OUT @ RTPD: Middle schoolers can chill with their friends on Friday (March 9) from 6 – 9 p.m. for a night of games, sports, music, food  and  crafts at The Zone (550 E. Business Center Drive.) The cost is $20/person.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (March 10) 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 meets the second Saturday of each month. For more info, call 847/392-6000.

SPRING FORWARD: Daylight Saving time begins Sunday, March 11. Remember to “Spring Forward” by setting your clock ahead one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Welcome the extra daylight at the end of the day!

REFERENDUM FORUM: The public is invited to attend a forum discussing three referendums on the March 20 ballot on Monday (March 12) from Noon – 1:45 p.m. at Outback Steakhouse (909 N. Elmhurst Rd.) Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Arlington Heights-Mount Prospect-Buffalo Grove Areas, the event is slated as a “Lunch and Learn” program. The Prospect Heights Fire District and the Mount Prospect School District 57 referendums will be discussed.  At 1 p.m. Cook County Commissioner Timothy Schneider will answer questions about the nonbinding referendum to legalize recreational marijuana in Cook County. The series is free and no ticket is necessary to attend. For more info on the forum, voter registration,  and polling information, visit www.lwvah.org.

POLLING LOCATIONS CHANGING: Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office has announced  several  suburban polling place location changes.  Among them is Wheeling  Precinct  18  moving  from Friedrichs  Funeral Home to Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.)

GARDEN CLUB: With spring just around the corner, it’s time to begin planning your garden. Join other enthusiasts on Wednesday (March 14) for the program, “From Glum to Gorgeous with Ground Covers” facilitated by Laura Christiansen of Design With Nature at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP.) The event begins with an 11:30 a.m. social hour, followed by a business meeting and concluding with the program.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-FINE ART & CRAFT SHOW: A sure sign of spring is the emergence of craft shows! Visit more than 170 booths on Saturday (March 10) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday (March 11) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd. AH.) Exhibitors from five states will display their work. For more info, call 847/301-8543.

—-ORCHID SHOW: “Asia in Bloom,” the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show is on exhibit now through Sunday (March 25) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Garden (1000 Lake-Cook Rd. GLENCOE.) For more info, visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

—-GLASS SLIPPER PROJECT: Help make a young woman experience her high school prom by donating gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories to Zengeler Cleaners, a company with several suburban locations that partners with the Glass Slipper Project. Last year Zengeler Cleaners’ eight stores collected 6,107 dresses, hundreds of pairs of shoes, as well as jewelry and other accessories valued at more than $4 million!  Over the past several years, the GSP has helped approximately 25,000 high school women experience the joy of prom. Shopping “boutiques” will be scheduled in late April and early May. All items are given free of charge.  For more info on the Glass Slipper Project, visit www.glassslipperproject.org. For info on Zengeler Cleaners, visit www.zengelercleaners.com or call Tom Zengeler at 847/272-6550 x. 14.