This Week in Mount Prospect

LogoHYDRANT FLUSHING: The Mount Prospect Public Works Department is conducting this operation now through Friday (April 19.) The annual program ensures that every hydrant throughout the Village operates properly and to clear the water distribution system of unwanted debris and sediment. After the hydrants have been flushed, residents are asked to check their tap water before using it for cooking, drinking or laundry as some rust or other stain producing particles may remain. The rusty tinge should disappear within a few moments if the tap is left running. For more info about the hydrant-flushing program, call Public Works at 847/870-5640.

RECYCLE COACH: The Village of Mount Prospect just made it easier for you to Go Green! A new app called Recycle Coach can be downloaded to your desktop computer, mobile devices or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The free platform makes it easy and provides the following: garbage and recycling schedule, receive weekly reminders for garbage and recycling collections, boosts your recycling knowledge and gives detailed information on where and how to recycle thousands of items. For more info, visit www.mountprospect.org/departments/recycle-coach.

EGG HUNT: Let your little ones get a jump on Easter festivities on Saturday (April 13) from 9:30 a.m. – Noon at RecPlex (420 Dempster St.) The annual event is held indoors where kids jump into piles of grass to hunt for treat-filed eggs. Bring a basket and get a photo taken with the Easter Bunny. The hunt is divided by age range: 3-4-year-olds will search from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m., 4-5-year-olds from 10:20 – 11 a.m. and 5 – 8-year-olds from 11:10 – 11:40 a.m. Tickets are $5 per child for the egg hunt and an additional $3 for a craft afterwards. For more info, visit www.mppd.org.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and Elected Officials on Saturday (April 13) from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. Questions? Call 847/392-6000.

RECYCLE INCENTIVE: Drop off your small appliances at a free recycling event on Saturday (April 13) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Home Depot (350 E. Kensington Rd.) Sponsored by the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, you will receive $25 for each item you drop off.

LEGO TRAIN CLUB: See an amazing display of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club as it travels through different worlds on Saturday (April 13) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday (April 14) from Noon – 5 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) No registration necessary – just drop in!

SEW BEE IT: If quilting or sewing is your hobby, join others who enjoy the same on Wednesday (April 17) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St,) Beginners to experts are welcome! The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories or poetry? Perhaps you’re working on a novel. Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (April 16) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2A on the Second Floor of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) The group is open to all adult writers with all levels of writing experience, in all genres. Bring up to five double-spaced pages and copies to share (approximately 10) with group members. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis. The Writers Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Laird Larsen at l-larsen@att.net.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (April 17) 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. For details, call 847/870-5640.

CELEBRATION OF CULTURES: The Village of Mount Prospect invites the community to the kick-off meeting for the second annual Celebration of Cultures on Wednesday (April 17) at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) This year’s event takes place on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Community members interested in volunteering, performing, or just learning more about the event are welcome. For more information, email hkleinst@mountprospect.org.

MEET OFFICIALS’ REPS: Meet with a representative from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s office on Wednesday (April 17) from 2 – 5 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits, and other federal services. A representative from Mark Walker’s office holds hours in the same location on Thursday (April 18) from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask questions pertaining to any state of Illinois issue, e.g. Illinois income tax, professional licensing, driver services etc.