This Week in Mount Prospect

HOLIDAY BOOK SALE: Books are the perfect stocking stuffers and you have an opportunity to check that off your gift list on Saturday (Dec. 9) from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. by visiting the book sale at the Main Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St). In addition to books, you’ll find music CDs, movies, and games, all specially selected and reasonably priced. Funds raised help the Friends of the Library support additional programs, events, and services. For more information, call 847/253-5675, visit the Main Branch, or click here.

TOYS FOR KIDS: Donate a new, unwrapped toy by Friday (Dec. 8) to Innate Concepts Chiropractic (668 E. Northwest Hwy) and help make a local child’s holiday a little brighter. The program is a joint venture with the Mount Prospect Fire and Police Departments. For more information, call 847/577-2660.

COFFEE WITH COUNCIL: Discuss anything concerning Mount Prospect with Village Department Heads and elected officials on Saturday (Dec. 9) from 9–11 a.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St). Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you chat. Coffee with Council meets the second Saturday of each month. Questions? Call 847/392-6000.

GINGERBREAD OPEN HOUSE: Cookies, cakes, and houses are part of the German holiday tradition. Enjoy all of it on Saturday (Dec. 9) from 1–4:30 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Historical Society Dietrich Friedrichs House (101 S. Maple St). This is a fun event for the whole family. A $5 donation per family/ group is suggested. For more information, call 847/392-9006 or click here.

COLORS OF CHRISTMAS: Hear the Mt. Prospect Community Band play the sounds of the season on Saturday (Dec. 9) at 4 p.m. during a free concert at Trinity United Methodist Church (605 W. Golf Rd). Classic carols and contemporary selections are sure to put you in the holiday mood.

MAGICAL ANIMATED LIGHT SHOW: From now through Saturday, Dec. 16 watch Randhurst Village (corner of Rand Rd & Elmhurst Rd) come to life with a 3-D display of animated elves, icicles, snow, and other holiday images projected onto a portion of the Hampton Inn & Suites (Center Court). The show runs every half hour on Saturdays from 6–8 p.m., and Sunday through Friday from 6:30–8 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by carriage on Saturday (Dec. 9 & 16) at 3 p.m. and will greet children through 5:30 p.m. There is also a food and toy drive during Santa’s visit on Dec. 9 & 16. Local community choirs will perform on Saturday (Dec. 9) from 4:30–5:30 p.m. For more information, call 847/259-0500.

ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT: The deadline is approaching if you need to change your health insurance coverage or get it for the first time. You can sign up now through Friday, Dec. 15 here.

KEEFER’S PHARMACY MOVES: The mom-and-pop pharmacy that for nearly a century stood at 5 Prospect Ave in Mount Prospect recently moved to a larger strip mall in Arlington Heights (2012 E. Northwest Hwy). The state-of-the-art location is double the size of the original building with more room for pharmacists to make customized prescriptions, a better IT infrastructure, and additional offices and storage space. The retail space is smaller, but rest assured– the store’s trademark penny candy is still being sold!

MP SURVEY ON DIVERSITY: The Village of Mount Prospect seeks input from residents regarding how effectively they engage and serve its diverse population. The goal is to develop ways to improve access to services, understand how cultural differences influence learning and communication, and increase outreach through partnerships and events, among other objectives. The survey is available here. Paper copies with postage paid return envelopes are available at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St), the Community Connections Center (1711 W. Algonquin Rd), and at the Main Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St). The survey is available in English, Spanish, Polish and Korean.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE SET: The faithful will pay homage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe when they visit, celebrate Mass, and watch musical performances on the grounds of Maryville Academy (1170 N. River Rd) over a twenty-four hour period beginning 6 p.m. Monday (Dec. 11) to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 12). For nearly three decades, the local shrine draws approximately 300,000 pilgrims to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe of Tepeyac, Mexico. Remote parking lots will double as bus stops for a shuttle taking worshipers to and from the Maryville shrine. Stops will be located at Palwaukee Plaza (Milwaukee Ave & Palatine Rd, PH), Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd, DP), St. Emily Parish (1400 E. Central Rd, MP), and St. Chong Ha Sang Korean Catholic Mission (675 Dursey Ln, DP). Traffic patterns will change, so plan accordingly.

—FOOD PANTRY PROGRAM: Elk Grove Township is partnering with Meijer’s (1302 Meijer Dr, RM) “Simply Give” program, running now through Saturday, Dec. 30. Residents who shop at Meijer can purchase a “Simply Give” donation card in any amount. The donation is turned into a Meijer food-only gift card and donated directly to the Elk Grove Township food pantry. On Friday and Saturday (Dec. 8 & 9), Meijer will double match any size donation.