This Week (and Next!) in Mount Prospect

LIBRARY CLOSED: Both locations of Mount Prospect Public Library– Main (10 S. Emerson St.) and the South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.)– will be closed on Thursday (Nov. 23) during regular hours in observance of Thanksgiving. Although the buildings will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, renew items, and place holds here. Need a book? Pick up an e- book or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time. The Main Branch will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 24); the South Branch will be closed.

REV. PFLEGER TO VISIT MP: Activist Chicago priest Rev. Michael Pfleger visits and celebrates Mass on Saturday (Nov. 18) at 6 p.m. at St. Thomas Becket Parish (1321 Burning Bush Lane). Mass will be followed by a question and answer period and refreshments. All are welcome. For more information, call 847/987-8188 or email

HOLIDAY GIFT & CRAFT SHOW: Find a unique gift for yourself or someone on your list on Sunday (Nov. 19) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Prospect High School (801 Kensington Rd). More than 130 vendors will showcase their handmade wares, custom jewelry, and home décor. Strolling musicians, kids’ crafts, lunch and concessions, a raffle, and more fill the agenda. Admission is $4. For more information, email

WRITERS GROUP: Do you enjoy writing short stories, poems or another creative format? Looking for constructive feedback on your work? Join the Mount Prospect Writers Group on Tuesday (Nov. 21) from 7–9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2A of the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St). The group is open to all adult writers with all levels of writing experience, in all genres. Bring up to five double-spaced pages and copies to share with approximately 10 group members. A modest fee is required on a quarterly basis. For more information, email Laird Larsen:

CONGRESSMAN’S OFFICE REPRESENTED: Meet with a staff member from the office of Tenth District Congressman Brad Schneider on Tuesday (Nov. 21) from 3–5 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 and benefits. No appointment necessary, just stop by.

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

SKATING RINK OPENS: The Mount Prospect Ice Arena is sponsoring an outdoor rink in downtown Mount Prospect Wednesday through Sunday (Nov. 22–March 4). Called Northwest Lights, the rink is near the intersection of Northwest Hwy and Wille St (32 W. Busse Ave). All ages are welcome to skate weekdays from 4–10 p.m. and weekends from 11a.m.–10 p.m. Open public skating costs $5, with skate rental available for $8. Free parking will be available in the Village Hall parking garage across Route 83 to the east or in the commuter parking lot to the south of Northwest Hwy. For more information, click here. Looking for a great holiday/birthday or corporate party venue? Email

CHRISTKINDLMARKET & TREE LIGHTING: Gather family and friends to welcome the holidays on Wednesday (Nov. 22) by visiting the Christkindlmarket from 4–7 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St). Local vendors will display their creative wares and gifts. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and carols at the 5 p.m. tree lighting ceremony. For more details on these events, click here and here.

COLLEGE ADMISSION PROCESS: Students and parents– do you need some help navigating the sometimes daunting college search process? Learn the ropes on Monday (Nov. 27) from 7–9 p.m. in Meeting Room A (154) at the Main Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St). Thomas J. Jaworski of Quest College Consulting will share his expertise on the admission process from start to finish. To register for this free event, call 847/253-5675, stop by the Main Branch of the Library, or click here.

—CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE: November is Native American Heritage Month. Learn about this rich and diverse culture, its traditions and history on Friday (Nov. 17) 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Center for the Arts (201 Schaumburg Ct. SCHAUMBURG). Grammy Award-winning artist Bill Miller will appear along with Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers. Tickets are $20/adults, $18/seniors and students, and can be purchased by calling 847/895-3600 or by clicking here.