This Week in Mount Prospect

Image result for free comic book dayFREE COMICS DAY: Pick up a free comic book on Saturday (May 4) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (one per person while supplies last) at the Fiction/AV/Teen Desk on the second floor of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Enjoy creative activities as well as a drawing to win a gift card to Comix Revolution (generous donors of the free comics). For more info,call the Library at 847/253-5675 or visit www.mppl.org.

FRIENDS BOOK SALE:  Bulk up your home library by shopping Mount Prospect Public Library Friends Book Sale Saturday and Sunday (May 4-5) at the Main Branch (10 S. Emerson St.). Along with books, you will find DVDs, CDs and audio books – all at bargain prices. Browse and shop on Saturday (May 4) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (May 5) from Noon – 4 p.m. For more info, call the Library at 847/253-5675 or visit www.mppl.org.

DERBY DE MAYO: Registration is now open for the Derby de Mayo Pub Crawl on Saturday (May 4) beginning at 3 p.m. Check-in starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Village Green, Mount Prospect’s Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Participating venues in the Pub Crawl include Emerson’s Ale House, Mrs. P & Me, Sam’s Place, Station 34 and Trezero’s. Registration is $15. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Walk-ups on the day of the event are welcome. To register online, visit http://mpdowntown.com/events/spring-pub-crawl/

MEET OFFICIALS’ REPS: Meet with a representative from Illinois State Senator Ann Gillespie’s office on Tuesday (May 7) from 3 – 6 p.m. in Room 130 of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). A representative of Congresswoman Jan Shakowsky’s office holds hours in the same location on Wednesday (May 8) from 2 – 5 p.m. Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits, and other federal services.

ELECTED OFFICIALS RECEPTION: The community is invited to meet the incoming and outgoing Mount Prospect Village Trustees on Tuesday (May 7) from 5:30 – 6:55 p.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson Street.) Stay for the swearing-in ceremonies immediately following the reception.

BE BUSINESS READY: If you are an existing or aspiring entrepreneur, learn how you can maximize your impact by attending an MPEI (Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative) workshop on Tuesday (May 7) 9 a.m. in Meeting Room A of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). The panel includes Stephen Konkle (Economic Development Specialist with the Illinois District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration), Gloria Jimenez (State of IL Workers’ Compensation Commission), Aaron Buchler (CRPC with Edward Jones), and information on legal best practices for business with Chokshi Filliphone Law, LLC and Knee Law Firm, LTD. This is a free event.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop off unwanted electronics on Wednesday (May 8) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items left outside of designated hours will not be collected. For details, call 847/870-5640.

GENERATION STARTUP: Set aside Wednesday (May 8) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to view this Spotlight on Success film in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Generation Startup, directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, captures the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Enjoy light refreshments and casual conversation about the film after its 90-minute show. The film is open to all – no business experience required.

FOUND MONEY: Cook County taxpayers can search for $86 million in available refunds by visiting www.cookcountytreasurer.com. Simply enter your address or your PIN (Property Index Number.) You have money waiting!

GARDEN CLUB: Join the Garden Club of Mount Prospect for their program “An Enchanted Garden” on Wednesday (May 8) for their annual Spring Salad Luncheon and Fundraiser at Rob Roy Clubhouse (505 E. Camp McDonald Rd., PH). For more information, call 847/640-8332. The Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September through June.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (May 9) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.).