This Week in Mount Prospect

Two lit jack-o-lanternsFALL BOOK SALE: Combat the approaching chilly temps with a good book or movie. Find bargain prices on both at the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale. Members Only Night is Friday (Oct. 20) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The General Public is welcome to browse and buy on Saturday (Oct. 21) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (Oct. 22) from Noon – 4 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Want first crack at the inventory? Join the Friends for an annual fee: $5/individuals; $10/family and $25/Good Friend. Stop by the Main Branch Registration Desk to complete a membership form. For more info, click here.

MONSTER’S BASH: Dress in costume to celebrate the Halloween season at this fun, free event on Friday (Oct. 20) from 4 – 7 p.m. at Weiss Community Center (1500 E. Euclid Ave.). Enjoy entertainment, Trick-or-Treat Town, a photo booth, games, crafts and more. All ages are welcome to this party sponsored by the River Trails Park District. For more info, call 847/255-1200 or click here.

HOLIDAY PORTRAITS AT THE MUSEUM: Gather your family (limit of five people) for a professional portrait on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 21/22) for a 15-minute session from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mount Prospect Historical Society (101 S. Maple St.). Images are by David Kay, Ltd., and photos can be used and printed anywhere. Reserve your $40 session by calling 847/392-9006.

HALLOWEEN FALL FEST: Get the full Halloween experience on Saturday (Oct. 21) from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Randhurst Village (intersection of Rand Rd. and Elmhurst Rd.). There will be a pet costume parade and contest, owls from the Stillman Nature Center, “scary” sand sculptures and fun activities for the kids. For more info, call 847/259-0500.

SPOOKFEST: The autumnal fun continues on Saturday (Oct. 21) from 4 – 7 p.m. at Spookfest held at the Prospect Heights Park District (110 W. Camp McDonald Rd. PH). Enjoy Trick or Treat Street, bounce house fun, spooky treats and drinks for purchase, costume contests for different age groups, and a haunted hayride. All ages are welcome and the cost is $5 (paid at the door). For more info, call 847/394-2848 or click here.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Only two weekends remain! Visit the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct. 22) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra Commuter Lot (intersection of Rt. 83 and Northwest Hwy.). You’ll find seasonal fruits and vegetables, plus gourmet items and crafts. The market closes out its 2017 season on Sunday, Oct. 29.

LOW VISION PRODUCTS: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, or diabetic retinopathy, learn about new products that can help, including CCTV reading machines, talking clocks and watches, independent living aids, and more on Tuesday (Oct. 24) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Chicago Lighthouse North (222 Waukegan Rd. GLENVIEW). For more details, call 800/919-3375.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (Oct. 25) 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. This is the final day for drop-offs. The service will resume in 2018. For details, call 847/870-5640.

SUBS FOR A CAUSE: Dine in or carry out a meal on Thursday (Oct. 26) from Submarine Express (2 W. Northwest Hwy.) and a portion of your purchase will support the educational programs at Mount Prospect Historical Society. Bring the whole family and come hungry!

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST: Mount Prospect’s Economic Development Commission hosts its annual breakfast on Thursday (Oct. 26) 7:30 a.m. at Victoria in the Park (1700 Elmhurst Rd.). Community Development Director Bill Cooney will present the 2017 Entrepreneurial Awards to Mount Prospect businesses, as well as discuss development efforts in the Village. Residents are invited, but reservations are required by contacting Jenna Moder at 847/818-5328 or jmoder@mountprospect.org.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—SENIOR FAIR: State Senator Laura Murphy (D-28th) hosts a senior fair on Monday (Oct. 23) from 2 – 4 p.m. in Meeting Rooms B and C at Des Plaines Public Library (1501 Ellinwood Ave.). Participating vendors include the Regional Transportation Authority with applications for reduced fares, the Illinois Attorney General’s office with information on fraud and identity theft, and Walgreen’s Pharmacy with free blood pressure screenings, among others. Additional vendors include AARP, Advocate Home Care, hospice and palliative services, and more. For more information, call 847/718-1110.

—ACTIVE SENIOR EXPO: Seniors are invited to a free expo offering products, services, health screenings, and giveaways on Wednesday (Oct. 25) from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Atlantis Banquets (1273 N. Rand Rd. AH). No registration is needed – just drop in. For more info, visit click here.