This Week in Mount Prospect

Brown wooden bridge in the forestLIBRARY CLOSED: Both locations of Mount Prospect Public Library– Main (10 S. Emerson St) and the South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin Rd)– will be closed on Friday (Nov. 3) from 9 a.m.–10 p.m. for staff training. Although the buildings will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, renew items and place holds on our website. Need a book? Pick up an e-book or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time. The Main Branch will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday (Nov. 4).

FALL BACK: Daylight saving time is back. Remember to set your clocks BACK ONE HOUR at 2 a.m. on Sunday (Nov. 5). Here’s to more light in the morning!

ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT: If you need to change your health insurance coverage or get it for the first time, you can sign up through the Affordable Care Act now through Friday, Dec. 15 by clicking here. This year’s open enrollment period is shorter than 2017’s, and the site will be unavailable most Sunday mornings for scheduled maintenance.

OPEN ENROLLMENT MEDICARE PART D: From now until Thursday, Dec. 7, beneficiaries can choose to switch Medicare Part D prescription drug plans; switch Advantage plans, which offer health coverage through private insurers; or switch from traditional Medicare to Medicare Advantage. New Coverage starts January 1. 2018. For more info, click here.

PUMPKIN COLLECTION: Drop off your plain or acrylic-painted pumpkins for composting on Saturday (Nov. 4) from 9 a.m.–Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd). Any pumpkin decorations such as candles, yarn, stickers or other decorations should be removed prior to drop-off. For more info, call the Public Works Department at 847/870-5640 or click here.

SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS: Two documentaries, Capital C and The Startup Kids, featuring crowdfunding success and young entrepreneur-led tech startups respectively, will be shown on Monday (Nov. 6) from 6:30–9 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St). To register for this free event, call 847/253-5675, stop by the Main Branch of the Library, or click here.

FUTURE TRAILS DISTRICT 26: Join the conversation and share your dreams for the future of River Trails School District 26 at a Community Engagement Session on Monday (Nov. 6) from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at River Trails Middle School (1000 N. Wolf Rd– please enter through Door 10). Free childcare will be provided. For more info, email futuretrails@rtsd26.org. To reserve your spot, click here.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: Find out what is happening now in River Trails School District 26 when the school board meets on Tuesday (Nov. 7) at 7 p.m. at the Educational Resource Center (1900 E. Kensington Rd).

A WORLD GONE MAD: Historian Jim Gibbons will highlight significant events of World War I on Tuesday (Nov. 7) from 7–9 p.m. at the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St). Mr. Gibbons will guide you through the events that thrust the United States into this unwanted war in 1917. To register for this free event, call 847/253-5675, stop by the Main Branch of the Library, or click here.

GARDEN CLUB: Don’t let the chilly temps deter you from gardening! Attend the Mount Prospect Garden Club program “Milk Jug Seed Starting” on Wednesday (Nov. 8) at 1:00 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd., DP). The afternoon begins at 11:30 a.m. with a social hour and refreshments, followed by a 12:15 p.m. business meeting. For more info, call 847/368-9343 or click here.

ComEd KIDVID: Filmmakers in the fifth grade are invited to participate in the ComEd KidVid Contest and submit their entries by Friday (Nov. 10). They can write, direct, and star in their own 30-50 second video. They may choose one of four themes: Lights ON!, ComEd in the Community, Power Protectors, or It’s So Easy Being Green. Selected videos will be posted on the ComEd YouTube Channel for voting, and one winner will be chosen in each category. For details, click here.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:
—INTO THE WOODS: Enjoy Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods now through Saturday (Nov. 4) at Metropolis Performing Arts Center (111 W. Campbell St., AH). Tickets are $40. For performance times and more info, call 847/577-2121.

—ALADDIN JR.: Bring the family to a performance of Aladdin Jr. now through Sunday (Nov. 5) at Prairie Lake Community Center (515 E. Thacker St., DP). Tickets are $11-$14 in advance; $13-$16 at the door; group, child and senior prices are available. To purchase tickets, call 847/516-2298.

—FAIR TRADE GLOBAL MARKET: Find a unique gift, fair trade coffee, or food item on Saturday (Nov. 4) from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd., AH). Admission is free.

—ANNE FRANK’S BRAVERY: Hear lecturer Maria Anna Mariani, Ph.D. present “On the Posthumous Life of Anne Frank” on Thursday (Nov. 9) at 11 a.m. in Room A145-42 at Oakton Community College Skokie campus (7701 N. Lincoln Ave). The lecture is sponsored by Oakton’s Great Books Program and Jewish Studies.