This Week in Mount Prospect

LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main Branch of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.) and the South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) will be closed on Wednesday (July 4). While the buildings will not be open, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, renew items and place holds at www.mppl.org. Need a book? Pick up an e-book or e-audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time. The Main Branch of the Library will reopen on Thursday (July 5) at 9 a.m. and the South Branch will reopen at 11 a.m. 
 
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: Celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday (July 4) by following along the parade route beginning at 1 p.m. at the corner of Emerson St. and Prospect Ave. as it heads to Melas Park. This time-honored tradition brings civic, youth, neighborhood groups, businesses and elected officials together as they ride in cars and on floats. MPPL’s representatives will be wearing their 75th Anniversary T-shirts so don’t miss the opportunity to wave a flag and say hello!
 
LIONS CLUB FESTIVAL: One of the most popular events of the summer returns to Mount Prospect. Enjoy carnival rides, games, food, music and fireworks this Fourth of July at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.)  Here’s a rundown of the fun: Wednesday (July 4) from 1 – 11 p.m., Thursday and Friday (July 5-6) from 6 – 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday  (July 7-8)  from 1 – 11 p.m. Bring the family out for a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. on July 4. Fireworks fill the skies beginning at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 and 8. Admission is free. For more info, visit www.mplions.org.
 
SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: State Sen. Tom Rooney hosts a Senior Health Fair on Friday (June 29) from 9:30 a.m. – Noon at Lions Recreation Center (411 S. Maple St.) Free screenings, including hearing, blood pressure and blood sugar testing (which requires an eight-hour fast beforehand), will be available. Information on a number of topics, including nutrition, fire safety and transportation will be shared. A free Silver Sneaker Interactive class takes place at 10 a.m. Attendees are also encouraged to bring unused keys and eyeglasses for the Lions Club. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Sen. Tom Rooney’s office at (847) 776-1490.
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION: Safely dispose of household hazardous waste on Saturday (June 30) from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.) Keep your home toxin free – never toss hazardous waste in the trash, flush down the toilet or dump down a drain or storm sewer. This event is for Mount Prospect residents only. For more info, contact Public Works at (847) 870-5640.
 
PROPERTY TAX BILLS: The Cook County Treasurer normally mails the 2nd installment tax bills on or about July 1, with a due date around the first part of August. It is  recommended that you check your bill carefully reviewing the summary of tax bill calculation and relevant exemptions. In addition, If you were born in 1952 or earlier, you are entitled to a senior exemption, or possibly senior freeze exemption along with your homeowner exemption on your primary residence only. All senior exemptions must be renewed every year. If you live in Wheeling Township and have questions or need assistance, have your property tax index number (PIN) available and call (847) 259-1515. Those living in Elk Grove Township can call the Assessor’s Office at (847) 437-0300.
 
DONATIONS WELCOME: Maryville Academy (1150 N. River Rd. DP) is accepting donations for youth, ages 12-17. Items needed include toiletries, toothpaste, soaps, socks, underwear, backpacks, puzzles and small Lego sets. Items are accepted Monday – Friday before 5 p.m.
 
BLUESMOBILE CRUISE NIGHT: The Chrysler and Plymouth are on display Saturday (June 30) from 3 – 9 p.m. in the East Commuter Lot (Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.) Take in the sights and rock out to 103.9 The Fox – Cruisin’ Classics. Pick up a Rock Auto magnet too.
 
FARMERS’ MARKETNow that summer is officially here, make your way to the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (July 1)  from  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the East Commuter Lot (Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.) Choose from a variety of fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, breads and gourmet items. The Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday through October 14.
 
SUMMER SUPPERS: Those in need of a nutritional meal can enjoy one free of charge through the end of September. Meals will be served from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the following dates: Sunday (July 1) at St. Edna’s Catholic Church (2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd.), Monday (July 2) at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights (302 N. Dunton), and Thursday (July 5) at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church* (1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd.) Locations designated with an * also provide showers.
 
BIKE RIDE: Join the Mt. Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (July 1) from 8 – 10:30 a.m. departing from Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy.) The Thursday night ride departs at 6:30 p.m. sharp from Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.)
 
MONDAY IN THE PARK: Get into the spirit of Independence Day on Monday (July 2) at a 7:30 p.m. concert at Veterans’ Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.) The Mt. Prospect Community Band will play American favorites. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the concert under the stars. In the event of rain, the concert moves indoors.
 
THROWBACK THURSDAYS: The usual concert is on hiatus on Thursday (July 5) while the movies take over. Raiders of the Lost Ark is sure to keep you captivated beginning at dusk at Veteran’s Memorial Bandshell Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.) Bring your own seating – blankets or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase.
 
NEARBY HAPPENINGS:
 
—-ABILITIES EXPO: See new products and services, attend workshops, try an adaptive climbing wall and visit with service dogs. Friday and Saturday (June 29-30) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday (July 1) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at the Schaumburg Convention Center (1551 Thoreau Drive North.)
 
—-FRONTIER DAYS: This popular festival has something for everyone. Friday through Wednesday (June 29 – July 4) at Recreation Park (500 East Miner St. AH.)  A carnival including food, beer, wine and entertainment festivities kicks off on Friday (June 29) when Dennis Quaid and the Sharks performing at 9 p.m. Other headliners include Bodeans, Lonestart, Tonic and American English. A late addition to the lineup is a performance by The United States Air Force Academy Band on Friday (June 29) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to join in as they sing the National Anthem on the Main Stage. For specific performance times and more info, visit www.FrontierDays.orgAdmission is free.