L’AMOUR DE LA FRANCE: Celebrate Mount Prospect’s relationship with Sister City, Sèvres, France, and our Centennial throughout Cultural Month. Enjoy sultry-voiced singer Claudia Hommel on Friday (Oct. 6) 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. as she presents a Parisian cabaret concert at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.). Accompanied by accordionist Patricia Spaeth, singer-pianist Bob Moreen, and bassist Jim Cox, the evening promises to transport you to the City of Lights! Refreshments will follow the performance. Register by calling 847/253-5675 or click here.
THE KID’S PANTRY GIVEAWAY: Families in need of clothing for newborns to juniors are invited to the semi-annual sale of this generous non-profit on Friday (Oct. 6) from 3 – 8 p.m. and Saturday (Oct. 7) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Christian Life Church (400 E. Gregory St.). Available items include clothing, shoes, toys and bikes, books, sporting equipment and even Halloween costumes! Please do not bring children or strollers during Friday’s giveaway. A photo ID is required for registration. A bake sale will also be held in support of the ministry. For more info, call 224/334-2074 or click here.
YOUTH OBSTACLE COURSE: Adventure seeking youth can test their physical prowess on Saturday (Oct. 7) from 9:30 a.m. – noon at the Trails Challenge Youth Obstacle Course Race at Woodland Trails Park (1500 E. Euclid Ave.). The 1.25 mile (2K) race will include 12-16 natural and man-made obstacles all within the park. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal, goodie bag and bragging rights. For more info, contact the River Trails Park District at 847/255-1200 or click here.
DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION AND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: A one-day shredding event for SWANNC residents will be held on Saturday (Oct. 7) from 9 a.m. – Noon at Rolling Meadows Public Works (3900 Berdnick St.). A limit of six paper bags or boxes (no plastic bags, please) per vehicle will be accepted. Please remove metal clips, plastic sleeves, binders and folders. Drop off unwanted or outdated electronics on Wednesday (Oct. 11) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items left outside of designated hours will not be collected. The last collection day for 2017 is Wednesday (Oct. 25.).
FABULOUS FALL FEST: Enjoy autumn at its best on Saturday (Oct. 7) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Lions Recreation Center (411 S. Maple St.). It’s fun for the whole family, and kids can enjoy a petting zoo, inflatables, hay rides, games, and prizes. Admission is $5 for kids ages 3 – 8. Adults accompanying them are admitted free of charge.
FARMERS’ MARKET: Apples, pumpkins, squash – get it all on Sunday (Oct. 8) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lions Club Farmers’ Market in the Metra Commuter Lot (intersection of Rt. 83 and Northwest Hwy.). You’ll also find gourmet food items and crafts for your upcoming gatherings. The 2017 season ends on Oct. 15.
THE HAMILTON AFFAIR: Step back into the time of the American Revolution on Monday (Oct. 9) 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson) as Barbara Rinella tells the tumultuous story of the affair between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. From their passionate and tender beginnings to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River, this promises to be another riveting performance by Ms. Rinella. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in person at the Registration Desk. For more info, call the Library at 847/253-5675.
GARDEN CLUB OF MP: Learn about small space gardening on Wednesday (Oct. 11) 1:00 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd. DP). Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine will discuss creative solutions for growing lush gardens in restricted areas. The event begins with a social hour at 11:30 a.m., a business meeting at 12:15 p.m., followed by the program. For a list of upcoming programs, click here.
HANDBAG AUCTION: The Power of the Purse Auction benefiting the Mount Prospect Historical Society returns Thursday (Oct. 12) 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Enjoy wine and desserts while you shop for a variety of new designer, vintage, quirky, and handmade purses for adults and children. Tickets are $10. This is a popular event and space is limited.
LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE: Wheeling Township seniors, ages 60 and over, and those receiving Social Security Disability and SSI benefits may now schedule appointments for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. For details, call 847/259-7730 or click here.
—HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR: The public is invited to tour the 1938 Paul Schweikher-Langsdorf Home and Studio on Saturday (Oct. 7) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the property (645 S. Meacham Rd. SCHAUMBURG). The modernist home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the top 150 architectural sites in Illinois. The cost is $25/person, paid in advance of the event with a maximum of 12 people per tour. To register, call 847/923-3866 or click here.
—BIG NOISE THEATRE: Enjoy a production of “The Last Five Years” Friday and Saturday (Oct. 6/7) 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (Oct. 8) 2 p.m. at Prairie Lakes Theater (515 E. Thacker St. DP). The play is a two person show that navigates the ins and outs – at the beginning and ending of a marriage. Tickets are $30/adults; $25/seniors and students; $16/children 12 and under. For more info, click here.