This Week in Mount Prospect

Image result for joliet correctional center mount prospect historicalALCATRAZ OF THE MIDWEST: Join the Mount Prospect Historical Society on a day trip to the old Joliet Correctional Center on Saturday (May 11). The limestone, Gothic-style correctional facility held thousands of prisoners over 140 years. It was also featured at the beginning of the 1980 movie classic, The Blues Brothers.  Participants will also enjoy lunch on their own at one of several downtown Joliet restaurants, followed by a tour of the Joliet Area Historical Society. The bus will leave Mount Prospect at approximately 9 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. The cost is $60/per person. To purchase tickets via PayPal, log onto www.mtphist.org.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and Elected Officials on Saturday (May 11) from 9 – 11 a.m. at Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Enjoy a cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of the month.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: The National Association of Letter Carriers food drive will be held throughout the Northwest suburbs on Saturday (May 11). Residents are asked to donate non-perishable food items to be picked up by their letter carriers and community volunteers.  Consider “paying it forward” that day to collect and transport food in and around Des Plaines. For details, contact Debbie Walusiak at 847/337-1443 or Luis Rivas at 630/464-2397.

PARK DIST. REGISTRATION OPEN: Get a jump on summer programs offered at the Mt. Prospect Park District by registering now. Programs are available for all ages. Register at any Park District facility or online at www.mppd.org.

HANDS-ONLY CPR: Be prepared to save a life by learning CPR. The Mount Prospect Fire Department offers a Hands-Only class on Saturday (May 11) at three sessions: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). The classes are free, offered in English and Spanish, and are open to Mount Prospect residents. Registration is required. Call 847/506-4930 to register.

SECOND SUNDAY: Do something different this Mother’s Day (Sunday) May 12, by bringing mom, grandma, or your favorite other mom to the Mount Prospect Historical Society from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Take pictures in the beautiful gardens at the Society (101 and 103 S. Maple St.) and make your own paper flower to bring home. The Dietrich Friedrichs House will also be open for tours.

THE SHAKESPEARE PROJECT: Come see The Roaring Girl, performed by The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, on Tuesday (May 14) 7 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). A post-show discussion and opportunity to interact with the actors and creative team is also scheduled. To register, visit www.mppl.org, call 847/253-5675 or stop by the Library.

3162 BEAT MEETING: Residents and business owners/operators in Police Patrol Beat 3162 are invited to an information session on Wednesday (May 15) from 7 – 8 p.m. at John Jay Elementary School (1835 W. Pheasant Trail). Discussion will focus on crime trends and prevention tips. Attendees will have a chance to win police department t-shirts, coffee mugs and a “Ride to School in a Police Car” certificate.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Mount Prospect and Elk Grove Township residents can practice their conversational skills in a friendly group setting with native English speakers on Thursday (May 16) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.). For more information or to register, call 847/506-4930.

JOB FAIR: Refresh your resume, dress for success and meet with potential employers on Thursday (May 16) from 4:30 – 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of Wheeling High School (900 S. Elmhurst Rd.). Admission is free and open to the public.

LIBRARY CLOSED: The Main and South Branches of the Library (10 S. Emerson St.) and (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) will be closed on Friday (May 17) for Staff In-Service Training. While the buildings will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs and renew items and place holds at www.mppl.org. Check out an e-book or audiobook through OverDrive at any time. The Main Branch will reopen on Saturday (May 18) at 9 a.m.

Image result for flower sale FLOWER/PLANT SALES:

—-SPRING PLANT SALE: Enjoy the warmer temperatures by planning your garden! Set aside Saturday (May 11) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the spring plant sale at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd., DP). Choose from premium annuals, hardy perennials, hanging baskets, veggies and herbs – all at great prices. Master Gardeners will be onsite to answer questions. To skip the lines, visit www.mppd.org to learn more about the Mt. Prospect Parks Foundation Early Plant Sale Fundraiser.

—-SPRING FLOWER BULB SALE: The Mount Prospect Historical Society hosts an online Dutch Mills flower bulb fundraiser now through Saturday (June 1). The bulbs are guaranteed to bloom or you get a free replacement. The kits are $10 each and shipped directly to the purchaser. For more information or to order, visit their website.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-PLANT & CRAFT SALE: Surprise Mom with a beautiful hanging flower basket or a treasure from more than 30 crafters on Saturday (May 11) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  (3200 Central Rd., RM). The show will go on, rain or shine!

—-PUPPY LOVE: Become an Apprentice Trainer for a LLC (Lutheran Church Charities) K-9 Comfort Dog. Training classes are held in Northbrook and East Dundee. Lutheran Church Charities pays all food, supplies, and veterinary care expenses. Responsibilities include fostering, training, socializing, exercising, and weekly training classes. For more information about the volunteer commitment, email k9trainers@LutheranChurchCharities.org or call 866/455-6466 ext.112.