This Week in Mount Prospect

TEDDY BEAR WALK: Come back or join this beloved tradition for the first time on Saturday (Dec. 2) from 10 a.m.–Noon beginning at the Main Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St). Bring your favorite teddy bear and march over to Village Hall to welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, escorted by the Mount Prospect Fire Department! See nationally known story-performer Chris Fascione act out best loved stories, then sing along with Parents’ Choice Gold Winner Mark Dvorak as he brings your favorite tunes to life. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. To register for this free event, call 847/253-5675, stop by the Main Branch of the Library, or click here.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Enjoy an afternoon of musical performances, hay rides, crafts and more on Saturday (Dec. 2) from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. in the beautifully decorated Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd., DP). Santa will be on site waiting to hear what children hope to find under the Christmas tree. You’ll find home-grown poinsettias to purchase to add to your home décor or to give as a gift.

CRAFT BEER & WINE WALK: Those 21 and older can get into the holiday spirit with a walk “crafted” just for them! Mount Prospect businesses, restaurants, and shops will offer craft beer and wine samplings on Saturday (Dec. 2) from 2–5 p.m. The event includes a souvenir glass. The cost is $30 through the day of the walk. For details, preregistration and more information, click here.

HOUSEWALK: The Mount Prospect Historical Society’s 30th annual Holiday Housewalk takes place on Sunday (Dec. 3) from Noon–5:30 p.m. and features tours of six private homes, all of which date to before Mount Prospect’s 1917 incorporation. Each home will be decorated for the holidays by their owners with additional floral arrangements and décor provided by area florists. The cost is $28 if purchased at various locations in town or online or for $26 to Historical Society members.Tickets purchased on the day of the walk are $30.

GLOBAL HOLIDAY CONCERT: A celebration of carols from around the world will be performed by the Northwest Choral Society under the direction of Guest Conductor William Lea on Sunday (Dec. 3) at 4 p.m. at St. Raymond de Penafort Church (301 S. I Oka Ave). A bake sale will take place during intermission. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets by calling 224/585-9127 or click here.

DIST. 26 PUBLIC FORUM: Residents in River Trails School District 26 are invited to discuss its future plans on Monday (Dec. 4) from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at River Trails Middle School (1000 N. Wolf Rd). Topics will range from staffing to learning spaces. All ideas are welcome and will be considered. District 26 covers portions of Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights south of Camp McDonald Road and east of Elmhurst Road, including Randhurst Village, and Des Plaines north of Central Road. Free childcare will be provided. For more info, email futuretrails@rtsd26.org. To reserve your spot, click here.

COFFEE WITH THE COPS: Meet your Mount Prospect police officers from beat 3160 on Tuesday (Dec. 5) from 8–10 a.m.at Dunkin Donuts (1001 S. Busse Rd.) and enjoy an informal chat and cup of coffee. Officers from all three patrol shifts will be there to meet community members, share contact information, and answer questions. To find out which beat you live in, click here.

GARDEN CLUB: Relish a relaxing afternoon on Wednesday (Dec. 6) by attending the Garden Club of Mount Prospect at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd., DP). A social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a business meeting at noon. The program, “Happy Holly Days” will consist of members sharing tips, talents and tasties. For more information, click here.

DIABETIC SEMINAR: Learn the steps you can take to eliminate drugs and the clinical approach to reversing Type II Diabetes on Wednesday (Dec. 6) from 12:30–2 p.m. at Old Orchard Country Club (700 W. Rand Rd). A second session will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 12:30–2 p.m. at Northshore Country Club (1340 Glenview Rd., GLENVIEW). Reservations are required. Call 847/632-9919 to save your place.

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE: Help save a life by donating blood on Thursday (Dec. 7) from 3–8 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St). Parking is available in the adjacent garage.

GIFT OF READING: From now until Sunday (Dec. 10) bring an unwrapped new book for local children ages 6 and younger to the Main Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St). Donations of books in English and Spanish are appreciated for children in need. The “Gift of Reading” program is part of Mount Prospect’s Centennial Celebration. For more information, call 847/253-5675.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:
—KENNETH YOUNG CENTER SEEKS DRIVERS: Give the gift of time and friendship to homebound Mount Prospect seniors. Help deliver hot noontime meals Monday through Friday by volunteering a few hours of your time. Meal pick-up is at the Elk Grove Township Building (2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd., AH). The current need is for weekly, bimonthly, and substitute drivers. To learn more, contact Colette Young, Volunteer Coordinator at 847/524-8800 ext. 182 or click here.

—HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS: Visit nearby Harmony Park (Vail & Campbell Streets, AH) on Friday (Dec. 1) from 5–8 p.m. for horse-drawn sleigh rides, reindeer and their elves, a petting zoo, and a performance by Rolling Meadows High School Madrigal Singers & Arlingtones. This fun and free event is sponsored by the Village of Arlington Heights.

—EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER: Enjoy a hot bowl of soup on Saturday (Dec. 2) from 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. at the TenHoeve Center of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd., DP). This is a unique lunch as participants pay $15 to choose and keep a handcrafted soup bowl made by professional and student potters. There are more than 1,500 bowls from which to choose. Proceeds go to six local food pantries. Now in its 14th year, Empty Bowls at Oakton has raised more than $200,000 for area charities. Entertainment will be provided by Patchouli, an acoustic duo whose songs about harmony and healing inspire the human spirit. For more information, email emptybowls@oakton.edu, call 847/635-1699.