This Week in Mount Prospect

Image result for mppl booksaleFALL BOOK SALE: Grow your home library by shopping the Mount Prospect Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale this weekend. Find great bargains on books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Members Night is Friday (Oct. 19) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The General Public can browse and shop on Saturday (Oct. 20) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (Oct. 21) from Noon – 4 p.m. at the Main Branch (10 S. Emerson St.) Consider joining the Friends. The annual membership fee is $5 for individuals, $10 for a family, and $25 for a Good Friend. Stop by the Registration Desk (currently located in Youth Services during the Lobby renovation.) Funds raised through the sale help the Friends support additional Library programs, events, and services.

MONSTER’S BASH: Get into the Halloween spirit on Friday (Oct. 19) from 4 – 7 p.m. by donning your best costume for the annual Monster’s Bash at Weiss Community Center (1500 E. Euclid Ave.) Decorate pumpkins, trick-or-treat through the Halloween town and play carnival games. This is a free event for the whole family. For more info, call 847/255-1200 or visit https://www.rtpd.org/event/monsters-bash-free-event-2/

RANDHURST VILLAGE FALL FEST: ‘Tis the season for celebrating everything Autumn! Bring the family to this free event on Saturday (Oct. 20) from 1 – 4 p.m. at Randhurst Village (corner of Rand and Elmhurst Rds.) See real owls from the Stillman Nature Center, bring your pooch for a pet costume parade, and enjoy an afternoon of activities and crafts. Find it all in the Center Court along Randhurst Village Drive.

FOOD DRIVE: Help restock the Village’s Emergency Food Pantry on Saturday (Oct. 20) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. when the Mount Prospect Fire Department hosts a food drive in the parking lot in front of Costco in Randhurst Village. Residents can donate canned goods and paper necessities. Among the items needed are the following: canned tuna, meats and chicken, canned fruit and fruit cups, coffee, tea, cocoa, crackers, green beans, jams and jellies. For a complete list of needed items, visit https://www.mountprospect.org/Home/Components/News/News/7265/1042

BIKE RIDE: Fall foliage is brimming! See it atop your bike as you ride with the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (Oct. 21) from 8 – 10:30 a.m. Meet up at Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy.)

LAST CALL: Make the Mount Prospect Farmers’ Market one of your weekend stops on Sunday (Oct. 21) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Lot (Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy.) Pumpkins, crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables are yours for the choosing. This is the last day of the Market for 2018. Thank you, Lions Club, for another bountiful season!

EARLY VOTING: Midterm Elections are less than two weeks away on Tuesday (Nov. 6). You have the opportunity to vote early; visit Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) during the following dates and times:  Monday – Saturday (Oct. 22 – 27) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday (Oct. 28) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2) from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday (Nov. 3) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday (Nov. 4) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday (Nov. 5) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more suburban locations, visit https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/early-voting-locations

JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet privately with a representative from the office of Ninth District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Wednesday (Oct. 24) anytime between 2 – 5 p.m. at the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and other federal services. Representatives from the Congresswoman’s office visit every Wednesday. This meeting will be on the Second Floor in Study Room 2B for the month of October while the Lobby renovation is underway. A new location will be posted  for subsequent meetings.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off outdated electronics on Wednesday (Oct. 24) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works (1700 W. Central Rd.) Acceptable items include computers, computer cables, microwaves, MPs players, CDs, DVDS and more. Items left outside of designated hours will not be collected. This service ends for the season on October 31 and returns in April, 2019. For more info, contact the Public Works Department at 847/870-5640.

PINT SALE: Stock up on yummy Capannari Ice Cream during their annual “pint sale” Thursday through Sunday (Oct. 25 – 28) before the store closes for the season on Sunday (Oct. 28.) Capannari is located at 10 S. Pine St.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-ALL HALLOWS EVE: Head on over to Arlington Heights Historical Museum (110 W. Fremont) on Saturday (Oct. 20) from 4 – 8 p.m. for an experience with TNT Paranormal Investigators. Not feeling brave?  Join the Lights On events from 4 – 6 p.m. that include a storyteller, crafts, and a costume parade. Admission is $6 – $10. For more info, visit www.ahmuseum.org.

—-CAREER FAIR @ OCC: Current and prospective students are invited to “find their futures” at a Career Fair on Thursday (Oct. 25) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and an Open House from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Des Plaines campus (1600 E. Golf Rd.) At the Open House, attendees can talk with admission and financial aid representatives and tour the campus. To reserve a spot for that portion of the day, register online at https://www.oakton.edu/newsevents/events/major_career_oct25.php

—-ELECTION JUDGES NEEDED: Cook County is still searching for poll workers for the Nov. 6 election in the following towns: Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood and Elk Grove Village. There is a special need for workers who are bilingual to serve Spanish-speaking, Chinese, Korean and Southeast Asian voters. Judges earn $200 and equipment managers earn $340. For complete details on the training and work schedule, visit www.cookcountyclerk.com/work. You can also call 312/603-0965.