This Week in Mount Prospect

teacups and heart-shaped cookies on a mint-colored trayMOMMY & ME VALENTINE TEA: Don your party clothes and enjoy the pageantry of high tea on Saturday (Feb. 9) from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Rob Roy Golf Course (505 E. Camp McDonald Rd. PH.) Tea will be served in real china with an assortment of sandwiches and goodies. The cost for residents ages 2-14 is $9 and $11 for non-residents. Tickets for participants ages 15 and up are $12 for residents and $14 for non-residents. For more info, visit www.rtpd.org or call 847/255-1200.

LEGISLATORS OPEN HOUSE: State Representative Mark Walker and State Senator Ann Gillespie will welcome residents, local organizations and businesses to their new district constituent service office on Saturday (Feb. 9) from Noon – 4 p.m. The office is located at 120 W. Eastman St. Suite 207. Regular office hours will be Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Walker’s staff can be reached at 847/749-1137 or contact@staterepwalker53.com. Gillespie’s staff is available at 847/749-1880 and info@senatoranngillespie.org.

YOUR FURRY VALENTINE: Bring your pooch to have their picture taken with Valerie Valentine on Saturday (Feb. 9) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Buddy Foundation (65 W. Seegers Rd. AH.) Proceeds benefit the non-profit, all volunteer, no-kill shelter. For more info, visit www.thebuddyfoundation.org.

SECOND SUNDAY @ MPHS: Bring the family to the Mount Prospect Historical Society on Sunday (Feb. 10) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (101/103 S. Maple St.) Be ready to make and take a Valentine’s Day craft. The Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum will also be open for tours. The Mount Prospect Historical Society hosts events on the second Sunday of each month. For more info, visit www.mtphist.org or call 847/392-9006.

BIG LITTLE LAWS: Join Chicago’s best legal minds as they sing, dance, and perform comedy on Sunday (Feb. 10) 2 p.m. at the Footlik Theater of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.) The Chicago Bar Association’s 95th Annual Holiday Spirits Revue – “Big Little Laws – A Whodunnit,” lampoons celebrities in politics and show business. The benefit performance supports student scholarships, innovation grants for academic and extracurricular initiatives and much more. Tickets are $50 and include a special Valentine’s Day wine and dessert post performance reception. To reserve a seat, call the Educational Foundation at 847/635-1893 or visit www.oakton.edu/giving.

EMPLOYMENT POWER WORKSHOP: Jump-start your job search by attending a workshop on Monday (Feb. 11) from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Experts from Illinois Worknet will guide you through resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills and networking. Lunch will be on your own. To sign up, visit www.mppl.org, stop by the Library, or call 847/253-5675.

THE SUCCESSFUL PARENT: Journalist and author Katherine Lewis will share her strategies and successful parenting tools at a presentation on Monday (Feb. 11) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center (2121 S. Goebbert Rd. AH.) This program is presented in partnership with District 214 Community Education. For more information, or to register, visit https://ce.d214.org or call 847/718-7700.

GARDEN CLUB: Put the polar vortex behind you and think plants, flowers and spring, oh my!  Get a taste of the tropics on Wednesday (Feb. 13) 11:30 a.m. when you join the Garden Club of Mount Prospect as they discuss “Tropicals to Perk Up Your Home.” The discussion will be facilitated by Barb Collins at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd. DP.) Ms. Collins will show guests where tropical indoor plants grow wild and explain how to adapt the many different species and their cultivars to your home and temperate climate. Members are invited to bring guests. The day will begin with refreshments at the 11:30 a.m. social hour, followed by a business meeting and then will conclude with the 1 – 2 p.m. program.

RECYCLING REMINDERS: The Mount Prospect Public Works Department offers guidelines for clean items placed in your BLUE recycling cart:

ACCEPTABLE RECYCLABLE ITEMS:
Paper and cardboard
Glass bottle and jars
Rigid plastic containers (#1-5 & 7)
Milk and juice cartons
Steel & aerosol cans
Aluminum cans, trays & clean foil

UNACCEPTABLE RECYCLABLE ITEMS:
Plastic bags, food scraps & pizza boxes
#6 plastic polystyrene foam
Yard waste, brush, garden hoses, shower rods
Paints, oils, household chemicals
Ceramics, ovenware, drinking glasses and Pyrex
Syringes and medical waste

For more info on responsible recycling, visit https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/public-works/solid-waste/recycling or call 847/870-5640

CALLING ALL CHOCOLATE LOVERS: Indulge your sweet tooth (or someone else’s ) by participating in the Unbelievable Chocolate Raffle sponsored by the Mount Prospect Library Foundation now through Thursday (Feb. 14) The event takes place in the Lobby of the Library and features themed baskets full of chocolate and other goodies. Raffle tickets are $2 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Winners need not be present. All proceeds benefit the foundation, which raises funds for special programming and events at the Library. For details, call 847/253-5675.