This Week in Mount Prospect

HOLIDAY HOUSEWALK: The 31st Annual Holiday Housewalk, sponsored by the Mount Prospect Historical Society happens on Saturday (Dec. 1) from 3:30 – 9 p.m. This year the featured homes are located along Albert an Edward Streets, south of Central Road. Maps will be passed out at the event. Tickets are $28 before Nov. 30 and $30 on the day of the walk. To purchase tickets, visit www.mtphist.org.  Historical Society members can purchase tickets at the museum for $26.

teddy bearTEDDY BEAR WALK: This beloved tradition returns to Mount Prospect on Saturday (Dec. 1) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Bring your favorite Teddy Bear and sing along with Parents’ Choice Gold Winner Mark Dvorak as he brings some of your favorite tunes to life. Nationally known story-performer Chris Fascine will act out best-loved stories. Ted E. Bear will lead the march over to Village Hall to welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, escorted by the Mount Prospect Fire Department. To register, visit www.mppl.org, call 847/253-5675 or stop by the Library.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Join the Mt. Prospect Park District on Saturday (Dec. 1) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd. DP) for a day of musical performances, hayrides, crafts and face painting. Take pictures with Santa and live reindeer, buy a homegrown poinsettia, and enjoy all the holiday displays. For more info, visit www.mppl.org.

CRAFT BEER & WINE WALK: Sample and sip your way through the offerings of downtown Mount Prospect restaurants on Saturday (Dec. 1) from 2 – 5 p.m. in the Chase Building Parking Lot (111 E. Busse Ave.) For details, visit www.mountprospectchamber.org.

SANTA @ WILDBIRD SHACK: Experience another holiday event on Saturday (Dec. 1) from 2 – 4 p.m. when Santa visits The Wildbird Shack (854 E. Northwest Hwy.) Get your photo taken with Jolly Old St. Nick. Pets are welcome! For more info, visit www.wildbirdshack.com or call 847/873-0409.

NORTHWEST CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: Enjoy an afternoon of holiday music on Sunday (Dec. 2) 4 p.m. at St. Raymond de Penafort Church (corner of Elmhurst Ave. & Lincoln St.) The program, “Once, As I Remember: Old and New Music for Christmastime”, features the Midnight Mass for Christmas by Marc-Antoine Carpenter. The program ranges from 17th and 18th century carols settings to songs made popular by Elvis Presley, Indigo Girls, Mariah Carey, Pentatonix and more. Tickets are $25/adults; $20/students and seniors. Purchase them at www.nwchoralsociety.org or call 224/585-9127.

INTERSECTION STUDY OPEN HOUSE: The public is invited to an Open House on Monday (Dec. 3) from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) The study will focus on improving the transportation system through Rand Rd., Route 83 and Kensington Rd. Village representatives will be on hand to discuss the study, answer questions and listen to feedback. Additional questions can be directed to the Public Works Dept. at 847/870-5640 or by visiting https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/public-works

BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life during a blood drive on Thursday (Dec. 6) from 3 – 8 p.m. in the Village Hall Community Room (1st floor) of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Walk-ins are welcome.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-OAKTON’S EMPTY BOWLS: Enjoy a hot lunch on Saturday (Dec. 1) from 10:30 – 2 p.m. at the TenHoeve Center of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP) For a donation of $16, participants are invited to keep their favorite bowl from among 1500 handcrafted soup bowls made by local professional and student potters. Larger art pieces are also available via raffle and bargain purchase. Proceeds go to local food pantries. For more info, contact emptybowls@oakton.edu or call 847/635-1699.

—-TOYS FOR TOTS: Now through Sunday, (Dec. 9) the Arlington Heights Police Department (1500 W. Shure Dr.) and the Village Hall (33 S. Arlington Heights Rd.) will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots campaign. Toys must be new and sealed in the original package, no stuffed animals. Toys cannot be gift-wrapped. For information, contact Officer Romag at 847/368-5330 or email bromag@vah.com.

WINTER TIPS:

AVOIDING FROZEN PIPES: Frigid temperatures not only make navigating outside challenging, they can wreak havoc on the inside of your home as well. Plumbers recommend slowly running water in the house when it is very cold outside, usually when temps are in the 20s. Other tips include keeping the heat on in the house even when you are not at home, and opening cabinet doors under the bathroom and kitchen sinks allowing heat from the furnace to reach them. Overall, the best solution is to make sure your home has good insulation and no drafts.

STORM-DAMAGED TREES: If your trees and shrubs are encased in huge icicles, resist the urge to intervene, says Julie Janoski, manager of the Morton Arboretum’s Plant Clinic in Lisle. “Removing ice at this stage can do more harm than good,” she says. “It can break branches and all kinds of things.” A thaw is expected later this week and healthy branches can hold several times their own weight. Janoski also notes that it’s best to prune trees in winter when it’s dormant instead of in the spring.