This Week in Mount Prospect

Person giving fruit to anotherRT. 83 RESURFACING: The final lift of pavement surface on Rt. 83 will continue through Friday (Oct. 27) weather permitting. Drivers should expect delays when travelling on or across Rt. 83, from Northwest Hwy. to Palatine Rd. during the resurfacing process, but at least one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open at all times during construction.

FILL THE PANTRY:Help make the approaching holidays bountiful for those in need. The Mount Prospect Village Hall food pantry will be collecting donations on Saturday (Oct. 28) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. outside Costco at Randhurst Village (999 N. Elmhurst Rd). Non-perishable items needed include canned chicken and tuna, crackers, coffee, tea, cocoa, rice/pasta sides, and stuffing mix, as well as essentials like baby diapers sizes 4 and 6, and paper towels, napkins, and toilet paper. Mount Prospect families in need will receive three bags of groceries for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY: Responsibly and safely discard of unused or expired prescription drugs on Saturday (Oct. 28) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mount Prospect Police Department (112 E. Northwest Hwy.). Other participating police departments include Des Plaines, Glenview, Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove, Skokie, Winnetka, and Northfield. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is held annually.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Visit the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct. 29) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra Commuter Lot (intersection of Rt. 83 and Northwest Hwy.). Sunday is the last day of the 2017 season to pick up fresh fruits and veggies from this location. Thanks Lions Club for another healthy and bountiful year!

LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION: If your weekend to-do list includes raking leaves, you can set them at the curb once a week from now until Friday, Dec. 1; however no collection takes place the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 20-24). Rake leaves onto the pavement one foot from the curb line one day prior to the scheduled collection day. Leaf piles will not be collected if the pile contains grass clippings or other organic/yard material. Questions? Call 847/870-5640.

CULTURAL MONTH @ MPPL: Experience the sights, sounds, and beauty of France though the end of October by attending one or more event scheduled in the afternoon or evening at the Main Branch of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Register for programs by calling 847/253-5675, stopping by the Registration Desk in the Main Branch lobby, or by clicking here.

TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS: Minions and superheroes can collect their Halloween treats in Mount Prospect on Tuesday (Oct. 31) from 3 – 8 p.m. Here are a few tips that parents and caregivers can share with their trick-or-treaters: walk in groups, with a trusted adult and/or older sibling; stay on the sidewalk; fasten reflective tape to costumes to help drivers see those wearing dark costumes; make sure to only cross at corners, and look in all directions first; wear well-fitted masks, costumes and comfortable shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls; examine all treats before eating them, and make sure to eat only factory-wrapped treats– when in doubt, throw it out!

REMEMBERING ANNE FRANK: To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first publication of Anne Frank’s memoirs, a screening of the film, “The Diary of Anne Frank” followed by a discussion will be held on Wednesday (Nov. 1) at 3 p.m. in Room 1604 of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP). The discussion will be facilitated by Phyllis Lassner, Ph.D., an author and senior lecturer at Northwestern University. A celebration of Frank’s bravery continues with another lecture scheduled for Thursday (Nov. 9) at the college’s Skokie campus. Details to follow at a later date.

BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life by donating blood on Thursday (Nov. 2) from 3 – 8 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Walk-ins are welcome.

A GLOBAL FRIENDSHIP: Learn about Mount Prospect’s Sister City exchange programs with Sèvres, France, during an information night on Wednesday (Nov. 1) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Questions? Contact Liz Theiss at

—GHOST WALK: Get into the Halloween “spirit” on Friday (Oct. 27) during the Long Grove Historical Society’s Ghost Walk from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in downtown Long Grove. The event is family friendly! The cost is $10/adults and $5/children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your spot(s) click here.

—COME TO THE CABARET: Enjoy an evening with entertainer Diva Montell on Saturday (Oct. 28) 6:30 p.m. during Cabaret Night at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP). Tickets are $15/person ($20 at the door) and include a light buffet of appetizers and sweet treats. A cash bar will be available. Purchase tickets at the Mount Prospect Park District Community Center (1000 W. Central Rd.), RecPlex (420 Dempster St.), or at Friendship Park Conservatory. Proceeds benefit the Mount Prospect Parks Foundation Scholarship Program. For more info, call 847/255-5380.