This Week in Mount Prospect

Navy buglerHONORING OUR VETERANS: Spend some time on Saturday (Nov. 11) at 10:30 a.m. to participate in the VFW’s Veterans Day ceremony held at Lions Memorial Park (411 S. Maple St). Local veterans will play “Taps,” fire a 21-gun salute, and answer questions from attendees. This event is sponsored by the Prospect V.F.W. 1337 and American Legion 525.

POST OFFICE CLOSED: In observance of Veterans Day, the post office will be closed and there will be no mail delivery on Saturday (Nov. 11).

FREE DENTAL CARE FOR VETS: The Illinois State Dental Society is sponsoring “Illinois Dentists Salute!” by offering military veterans free exams, cleanings, restorations, extractions, and other dental care in offices across the state on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 10 and 11). For more information, click here.

HOLIDAY HOUSEWALK TICKETS: Get your tickets now through Sunday (Dec. 3) for the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s Holiday Housewalk, held on Sunday (Dec. 3) from 12–5:30 p.m. The interiors of six private homes, built between the 1880s and 1915 will be featured on the tour this year. Non-refundable tickets will be sold for $28 each through Saturday (Dec. 2) at the following locations: The Huntington Bank (50 N. Main St); Mount Prospect State Bank (299 W. Central Rd); Busse Flowers and Gifts (100 E. Northwest Hwy); River Trails Weiss Center (1500 E. Euclid Ave); Lions Park Recreation Center (411 S. Maple St); Millie’s Hallmark (1024 S. Elmhurst Rd); and Dave’s Specialty Foods (105 W. Prospect Ave) and through Thursday (Nov. 30) at the Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum (101 S. Maple St). Tickets can also be purchased the day of the walk, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the museum campus for $30/person. For more information, call the Mount Prospect Historical Society at 847/392-9006 or click here.

LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION: Now that the leaves are falling in earnest, you can rake and set them at the curb once a week from now until Friday, Dec. 1; no collection takes place the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 20-24). Rake leaves onto the pavement one foot from the curb line the day prior to the scheduled collection day. Leaf piles will not be collected if the pile contains grass clippings or other organic/yard material. For more information, call 847/870-5640.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Chat informally with Village Department Heads and elected officials about anything concerning Mount Prospect on Saturday (Nov. 11) from 9–11 a.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St). Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. Questions? Call 847/392-6000.

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.

MEDICARE ASSISTANCE: Navigating Medicare plans can be daunting. Those needing help understanding and selecting options can get free assistance through SHIP– Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program. In Illinois, call 800/252-8966 or click here. The Medicare plan finder website and help line can be found at 800/633-4227 or by clicking here.

FALL FANTASY CONCERT: Enjoy the music of the season on Sunday (Nov. 12) 3:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (605 W. Golf Rd). The concert is performed by the Mt. Prospect Community Band under the direction of Monty Adams. Selections include Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Soprano soloist and 2016 Opera Idol winner Angela DeVenuto performs and the band salutes our veterans with patriotic selections. Advance tickets are available for $7 at RecPlex (420 Dempster St) or for $9 at the door.

SHINING STAR NOMINATIONS: From now until Monday (Nov. 27), nominate someone for the 2018 Shining Star Gala to be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Cotillion Banquets. Nominations can come from community leaders, business people, people who work here, and simply people who want to make Mount Prospect a better place to live. To obtain a nomination form, click here. You can also pick up a form at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St). Questions? Send an email to

RULES OF THE ROAD REVIEW: Need a refresher before taking the written exam for your driver’s license renewal? A review will be given on Wednesday (Nov. 15) at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St). Register by calling the Human Services Department at 847/870-5680.

—ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Find a unique holiday gift for yourself or someone else on Saturday (Nov. 11) from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday (Nov. 12) from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd, AH). Admission is $5; children ages 11 and under are admitted for free. Parking is free. This is the same show that is usually held at Harper College; still the same great options with over 200 booths– only the location has changed. For more information, call 847/301-8543 or click here.

—THE WALL THAT HEALS: A photo display from the Oakton Community College Art Department dedicated to Vietnam veterans will be on display now through Sunday (Nov. 12) at Des Plaines Public Library (1501 Ellinwood Ave, DP). For more information, click here.

—VETERANS BREAKFAST: Veterans are invited to a free breakfast on Friday (Nov. 10) from 7:45–9 a.m. in the Wojcik Dining Room of Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine). This year the breakfast will highlight Korean War veterans. To RSVP, call 847/925-6360 or email Erika Hartman at

—PATTON ELEMENTARY HONORS VETS: Veterans are invited to hear Major Melinda Latting speak and enjoy songs from the Arlingtones on Friday (Nov. 10) at 9:30 a.m. at a Patton Elementary School assembly (1616 Patton Ave. AH). RSVP by calling 847/398-4288.