This Week in Mount Prospect

Image result for mount prospect central school houseFRIDAYS ON THE GREEN: Enjoy a concert under the stars on Friday (June 22) when Sushi Roll  (high energy pop & rock) performs from 6 – 8 p.m. on the Village Green in front of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Pack a picnic dinner, or bring something from one of Mount Prospect’s downtown restaurants. Remember to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

CENTRAL SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Join your neighbors on Saturday (June 23) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. as the Mount Prospect Historical Society holds an Open House and Dedication Ceremony at the restored 1896 schoolhouse (103 S. Maple St.) Central School is one of the remaining one-room frame schoolhouses in the state and is a prized landmark in Mount Prospect. Frank Corry, historical society president noted “The fifteen-year restoration costs nearly $500,000 which was generously donated by the community. We need to celebrate that.”  For more info, visit or call 847/392-9006.

PONY CAR NIGHT: The Mustangs and Camaro’s are strutting their stuff on Saturday (June 23) from 3 – 9 p.m. at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night Car Show. Check them out in the East Commuter Lot – on the east side of Emerson St. along Northwest Hwy. Music is provided by DJ Tony Flashback 50s.

HEAD TO THE FARM: Well, the Farmers’ Market, at least. Summer fruits and vegetables are cropping up every week from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the East Commuter Lot (Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.)  You’ll  also find gourmet cheeses, breads and gift items from local artisans.

BIKE RIDE: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (June 24) for an 8 – 10:30 a.m. ride departing from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy.) Meet up with some friends at 7:30 a.m. to grab a coffee before the ride. The Thursday (June 28) night ride covers 15 – 20 miles and departs 6:30 p.m.  sharp from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.)

LIFESOURCE REWARDS DONORS: Giving blood during the month of June will have multiple benefits – it saves a life and rewards the donor in the form of amusement park tickets and limited edition T-shirts, all while generating donations to Operation Support Our Troops. Donors must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years of age with parental consent,) prepare by eating well, be well-hydrated and provide proper ID. Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment by calling 877/543-3768, or by visiting

CENTRAL RD. RESURFACING: Starting Monday (June 25) the Illinois Department of Transportation will be resurfacing east bound and west bound lanes of Central Road from Arlington Heights Road to Rand Road.  Motorists should expect delays and consider alternative travel routes.  Construction will start at the east and west ends of the project limits to avoid working through the parade route prior to the Fourth of July.  Pedestrian access will remain open during the Village’s Downtown Block Party event on July 27 and 28. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT: The British Are Coming! That is the theme to kick off a week of music on Monday (June 25) 7:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.) The Mt. Prospect Community Band performs this free concert. No need to travel to Ravinia – enjoy dinner or snacks under the stars right here in town. In the event of rain, the concert moves indoors.

SUMMER SUPPERS: Those in need can enjoy a free meal provided by area churches now through the end of September. Meals will be served from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the following dates: Sunday (June 24) St. Paul United Church of Christ (401 E. Main St. BARRINGTON); Monday (June 25) Holy Family Catholic Community* (2515 Palatine Rd. INVERSNESS); Wednesday (June 27) Congregational Unity Church of Christ (1010 W. Kirchoff Rd. AH); Thursday (June 28) The Orchard of Arlington Heights (1330 N. Douglas Ave. AH.) Locations designated with an asterisk * provide showers.

DRIVERS REFRESHER CLASS: Seniors, do your driving skills need a “tune up”? Take advantage of the Secretary of State Rules of the Road refresher on Wednesday (June 27) from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) To register or for more information, contact Human Services at 847/870-5680.

JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet privately with a representative from the office of Ninth District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Wednesday (June 27) anytime between 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 at the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Ask your questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans’ benefits and other federal services and benefits. Representatives from the Congresswoman’s office visit every Wednesday at the same time and location.

THROWBACK THURSDAYS: Jump start your weekend on Thursday (June 28) with a concert featuring Billy Elton 7:30 p.m. when the Mt. Prospect Park District hosts at Veteran’s Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.) The event is free but concessions are available for purchase. As always, if it rains, the festivities move indoors.

CURBSIDE ORGANICS: Have you participated in Mount Prospect’s Public Works Department efforts to responsibly collect and recycle?  You can place a variety of organics and more at your curb for pickup as long as it is inside a rigid container (no plastic bags) Acceptable items include: fruits and vegetables, pasta, meat without bone, breads, crackers, cereal, coffee grounds, dairy cheese or yogurt (no liquids), grass clippings, brush, flowers and leaves. For a complete list of non-acceptable items, and for more information, visit Organics and Yard Waste Collection or call 847/870-5640.

RECYCLE MERCURY THERMOSTATS: It’s easy to responsibly dispose of  mercury thermometers and thermostats that pose health and environmental risks. Old thermometers contain up to 700 milligrams of mercury, 140 times more than a CFL. Drop them off  Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd.) For more information, call 847/870-5640.