This Week in Mount Prospect

FALL FEST: Bring the family to Fall Fest on Saturday (Oct. 13) from 1 – 3 p.m. at the intersection of Emerson St. and Busse Ave. This free event features authentic German food and beer vendors Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest, local brewer Scorched Earth’s Fest Bier and Miller Lite. Little ones will enjoy hayrides, pony rides, bounce houses, balloons and the never ending trick-or-treat candy line. The Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association is looking for old clothes for the Fall Fest’s “Make your own Scarecrow” craft. Drop them off at The Wildbird Shack (854 E. Northwest Hwy.)

OKTOBERFEST: On Friday (Oct. 12) from 4 – 11 p.m. adults can enjoy Oktoberfest with the same delicious food and beer from Fall Fest, as well as entertainment by the German band, Penix who performs from 6 – 11 p.m. Other entertainment includes Chicago Rheinischer Verein Corps and Edelweiss Munchen dancers. Parking is available in the Village Hall Parking Garage (50 S. Emerson St.)

BLACKSMITH DEMO: Get a sneak peak of this trade on Saturday (Oct. 13) from Noon – 4 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Historical Society (101 S. Maple St.) Blacksmith Justin Stech will give the demonstration and explain the process. The Historical Society is working towards establishing a blacksmith shop exhibit in honor of the community’s former long-time blacksmith John Meyn. Enjoy this fascinating event which will dispel some common misconceptions – one being that blacksmiths made horseshoes and attached them to the horses’ hooves.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Shop for apples, vegetables, gourmet delicacies, and fall décor on Sunday (Oct. 14) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lions Club Farmers’ Market in the East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.) This is the second to last market of the season. The Market closes on Oct. 21.

BIKE RIDE: Enjoy the brisk breezes and spy some fall colors on Sunday (Oct. 14) by riding with the Mount Prospect Bike Club from 8 – 10:30 a.m. Meet at Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy.)

2ND SUNDAYS @ THE SOCIETY: Carve out some time on Sunday (Oct. 14) for family fun from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Historical Society (101 S. Maple St.) This week’s activity is creating mini paper pumpkins.

LEAF COLLECTION: Beginning Monday (Oct. 15) and continuing through Friday (Nov. 30) Mount Prospect residents may rake loose leaves to the curb for pick up by Public Works crews. Leaves should be one foot from the curb line one day prior to the scheduled collection day. The loose-leaf collection program is for leaves only; leaf piles will not be collected if the pile contains grass clippings or other yard material. Additionally, residents should be aware that burning leaves in Mount Prospect is a violation of village code and is not allowed under any circumstances.

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories, poetry or another creative format? Are you looking for constructive criticism in a friendly environment among others who share your passion? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Oct. 17) from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in Study 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 third Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Larid Larsen at l-larsen@att.net.

BIRD CONDO: Create a place for our feathered friends on Friday (Oct. 17) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Reserve your spot today at The Wild Birdshack (3443 E. Northwest Hwy.) For $40 per person, you will receive a kit including tools, paint and decorations to build your own birdhouse and enjoy wine and bites throughout the evening. To register, call 847/873-0409 or visit online http://store.wildbirdshack.com.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-OAKTON’S FINEST: Enjoy work from local artists, students and faculty from Oakton Community College at an annual exhibit, “Oakton’s Finest: Art for Education’s Sake” on Friday (Oct. 12) 6 p.m. in the Acorn Rooms Lobby (7701 N. Lincoln Ave.)  The event will include a silent auction, live music, and refreshments. For more information, call 847/635-1893.

—-DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION EVENT: Safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted and sensitive documents on Saturday (Oct. 13) from 9 a.m. – Noon at Arlington Park (2200 W. Euclid Ave.) Enter the event area from the Euclid Ave. entrance. Residents of a SWANCC community may bring up to six file-size boxes or paper bags. Please remove any metal clips or metal/plastic binders and do not put paper in plastic bags. For more info, call SWANCC at 847/724-9205 or Arlington Heights Village Hall at 847/368-5760.