This Week in Mount Prospect 3/2 – 3/8

MINI GOLF FUNDRAISER: Gather family and friends for a fun day of 18-hole miniature golf on Saturday (March 3) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Golfers will putt throughout the Library, between the stacks, through the reading areas and down the stairs! The fee to play is $5/person or $20/family of 4 or more. There will be a 19th Hole entertainment area for players. This event raises funds for the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation which provides funds for special programs and projects that are otherwise unattainable with tax dollars.

TAX SCAM ALERT: Taxpayers are encouraged to complete their filing early to avoid being targeted by hackers this season. From fake IRS and robocalls to emails, scammers are obtaining W-2 forms, 1099s and other documents including tax transcripts. The thieves take that information and file a fraudulent return on the taxpayer’s behalf, stealing the refund. The IRS says taxpayers must be on high alert because of numerous database breaches in 2017, including the massive Equifax breach.

MOTHER & SON DINO NIGHT: Moms – set aside Friday (March 2) from 5:45 – 8 p.m. for a night of prehistoric games, activities and live entertainment in the Lions Gym (411 S. Maple St.) Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Tickets for a second child are $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents.

FREEZE FEST: Youth ages 16 and younger can enjoy games and entertainment on Friday (March 2) from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Zone (550 E. Business Center Drive) This event, sponsored by the River Trails Park District costs $2/person. For more info, visit https://www.rtpd.org/event/freezefest

EARLY VOTING AT VILLAGE HALL: The Illinois Primary Election is Tuesday (March 20.) You have the opportunity to cast your vote EARLY at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Included on the ballot are the offices for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, U.S. Representative, State Representative, Sheriff, Assessor and Judges. The voting schedule is as follows: Monday – Saturday (March 5 – 10) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday (March 11) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday (March 12 – 16) from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday (March 17) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday (March 18) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Monday (March 19) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Questions? Email Village Clerk Karen Agoranos at kagorano@mountprospect.org or call 847/818-5333.

DIST. 57 REFERENDUM FORUM: Mount Prospect residents are invited to a forum on Monday (March 5) 7 p.m. at Westbrook School (103 S. Busse Rd.) to discuss the proposal to impose an 85-cent increase in the tax rate. The increase translates to 3.60 per $100 of equalized assessed value. That would mean an additional $238 per year for $100,000 of home value but could be lower with exemptions. If voters do not approve the measure, officials say, the district will reduce in staffing, programs and maintenance budgets and hike student fees. Board members will provide information about district finances and the referendum and answer questions.

BOARD MEETING: The Mount Prospect Village Board meets on Tuesday (March 6) 7 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.)

MASTER GARDENER ON CALL: With spring just around the corner, it is never too early to have your planting questions answered! A Master Gardener from the University of Illinois mans the answer desk at The Friendship Park Conservatory on Wednesday through Saturday (March 31) from 9 a.m. – Noon, and Sunday through Monday (April 1 – Oct. 31) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – Noon and Saturdays from Noon – 3 p.m.

EARLY BIRD POOL PASS SAVINGS: Think warm weather and sunshine! Gets a jump on savings by purchasing your pool passes at any of the three Mount Prospect Park District locations beginning now through Tuesday (May 1.) For details, visit www.mppd.org.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-TASTE OF ROLLING MEADOWS: Sample and sip your way through thirteen restaurants on Saturday (March 3) from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Rolling Meadows Community Center (3705 Pleasant Drive.) Among the participating restaurants are The Stadium Sports Club, Buona Beef, Papa Saverio’s, and Gus’ Diner. Live music, a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar with soft drinks, wine and beer. Tickets are $15 available at the door or in advance at the community center.

—-KIDS EXPO: Expect family fun on Saturday (March 3) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday (March 4) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Schaumburg Convention Center (1551 Thoreau Drive N) More than 100 vendors will be on hand, plus surprise appearances and giveaways. Admission is $6/kids age 12 and under; $9/adults. Parking is free. For more info, visit www.chicagolandkidsexpo.com.

—-FORUM ON MEDICAL CANNABIS: Learn about the science, safety and application process for the Medical Cannabis Program in Illinois on Thursday (March 8) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lutheran Home Chapel of St. John (800 W. Oakton St. AH.) Kristen Valasco, Board member of the Illinois Women in Cannabis will facilitate the forum. The cost to attend is $5 and lunch is included. RSVP to Linda at 847/368-7404.

—-EXPLORING MUSLIM CULTURE: Join Oakton Community College’s student clubs and community members on Thursday (March 8) 6:30 p.m. in rooms P103-104 at the Skokie campus (7701 N. Lincoln Ave.) for an evening of music, dance, food and fun. Admission is $3. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free of charge.