FISH FRY FRIDAY: Enjoy a meal of fried shrimp, fresh cod or cheese pizza on Friday (March 16) with either a dine-in or carryout option from 5 – 8 p.m. at St. Raymond De Penafort Catholic Church (301 S. Ioka.) Both meals come with a salad, rolls and dessert. Complimentary coffee, tea, water and lemonade will be available along with a cash bar for beer, wine and soda. The cost is $12/adults, $11/seniors and $7/children. In addition, Harrington’s Corned Beef and Cabbage will also be served. Entertainment will be provided by the Trinity Irish Dancers.
KNOTS OF LOVE: Bring comfort to a child fighting cancer by joining others to create blankets on Friday (March 16) from 4 – 9 p.m. during Lions Park Knots of Love event at Prospect High School (801 Kensington Rd.) This event was originally scheduled for February 9, but it was cancelled due to the heavy snowstorm. Knots of Love is in memory of Lauren Graver, a 10-year-old Lions Park Elementary School fourth grader who succumbed to the disease December 23 following a two-year battle. Participants should bring two pieces, 1-1/2 yards each, of coordinating fleece, fabric scissors and a ruler. The blankets will be individually washed by volunteers and sent to children battling cancer in the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s Pediatric Unit. Last year more than 600 blankets were made.
MARCH MADNESS: Experience an afternoon of world-renowned Marches on Sunday (March 18) 3:30 p.m. performed by the Mt. Prospect Community Band at Trinity United Methodist Church (605 W. Golf Rd.) Selections include Invictus ,King, Radetzky March, Strauss, Valdres – Hanssen, El Capitan, Sousa, Crown Imperial, Walton, and Colonel Bogey, Alford. Tickets are $8 in advance and can be purchased at RecPlex (420 W. Dempster St.) or $10 at the door. The Mt. Prospect Community Band is under the direction of Monty Adams.
VEHICLE 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 www.mountprospect.org.
SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM: Another sign of spring is the opening day of Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St.) Stop by on Saturday (March 17) at Noon. Get a sample; the shop is open until 10 p.m. that day!
CHANGE THOSE BATTERIES: Now that you’ve had time to adjust to Daylight Saving Time, it’s an excellent time to change the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors, says the Mount Prospect Fire Department. The fire department recommends that these devices be changed at least twice a year, and any time you hear the “chirp” warning of a low battery. A reminder as simple as “change your clocks, change your batteries” can mean the difference between life and death. For assistance with replacing smoke alarm batteries, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 847/818-5253.
EXEMPTION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Those applying for the Senior Citizen Exemption and the Senior Freeze Exemption have until Friday (March 30) to do so. The initial deadline was February 7. To qualify for the senior exemption, the property owner must have been born prior to or in 1952, owned the property or have a lease or contract which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes; and used the property as a principal place of residence. To qualify for the senior freeze, the property owner must have been born prior to or in 1952; a total household income of $65,000 or less for 2016; owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest; used the property as a principal place of residence and had been responsible for the payment of 2016 and 2017 property taxes.
TEA FOR TWO: Enjoy this classic film on Wednesday (March 21) 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s 1896 one-room schoolhouse (103 S. Maple St.) Set in the Roaring 20s, “Tea for Two” features Doris Day as Nanette Carter, a socialite with show business aspirations. The movie lasts approximately 1-1/2 hours. Light refreshments will be provided. While there is no cost to enjoy the movie, donations are accepted to support the many educational projects of the Historical Society.
WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories or have a novel in the works? Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (March 20) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2A at the Main Branch 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 email@example.com.SEW BEE IT: If sewing or quilting is your hobby, join others who enjoy the same on Wednesday (March 21) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) The Sew Bee It Quilting Group is an opportunity to make new friends and work on your projects. For more info, contact the Mount Prospect Historical Society at 847/392-5760.
JIM GILL PERFORMS: Preschool and kindergarten age children will enjoy this musician’s energetic banjo strumming on Wednesday (March 21) from 9:30 – 11 a.m. at St. Raymond School (300 S. Elmhurst Ave.)
—-PET EXPO: Explore more than 200 exhibits of pet products, services, rescues and more on Friday (March 16) from 1 – 9 p.m.; Saturday (March 17) from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday (March 18) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Arlington International Racecourse (2200 W. Euclid Ave. AH.) Admission is $10/adults; $5/kids ages 3-12 and kids under the age of 3 are admitted free of charge. Parking is $7. The event asks that you leave your pet at home. For more info, visit www.petchicago.com.
—-GIVE A PINT: Spend part of St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday (March 17) by visiting a LifeSource donation center to donate blood. The process takes about an hour and donors must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years of age with parental consent), and should have eaten well, be hydrated and arrive with proper identification. One of the community donation centers is at 25 W. Rand Rd. (AH.) For more locations or to make an appointment, visit www.LifeSource.org or call 877/543-3768. Walk-ins are also welcome.
—- SAP’S RISING: Walk in the sugar maple forest on Saturday (March 17) 1:30 p.m. to learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making at River Trails Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave. (NORTHBROOK) For more info, visit www.fpdcc.com/nature-centers/river-trail-nature-center or call 847/824-8360.
—-EGG HUT & MORE: Bring your little ones to a springtime tradition on Sunday (March 18) beginning at 10 a.m.at an EGGseLent Celebration at Southminster Presbyterian Church (916 E. Central Rd. AH.) Sign up at www.spcah.org.