April 9 – April 15

ORGANICS COLLECTION PROGRAM: The Village of Mount Prospect is now accepting organics (yard waste), including fruits and vegetables. They will be collected in unlimited quantities for no additional charge (no sticker required),  but residents must use a rigid container or obtain one through the cart rental program. For more information on the organics program, contact Public Works at 847/870-5640 or email publicworksdept@mountprospect.org.

electronic recyclingELECTRONICS RECYCLING RESUMES: Beginning Wednesday (April 14) SWANCC member community residents can drop-off electronics from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items brought to the facility outside of designated hours will not be collected. For more information about acceptable items, contact Public Works at 847/870-5640. This service is available through the last Wednesday in October.

ACA EXTENDS ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: Eligible Illinoisans have more time to sign up for the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plans. President Biden has extended the deadline for the Special Enrollment Period in response to COVID-19 from May 15 to August 15. Starting April 1, consumers enrolling in ACA Marketplace coverage through www.getcoveredillinois.gov and www.HealthCare.gov were eligible to receive increased tax credits to reduce their insurance premiums. An estimated 130,500 uninsured Illinoisans are now eligible. For more information, visit www.getcoveredillinois.gov.

REGISTER FOR RUN: Plan for the Mt. Melas Adventure Run on Saturday (April 17) by registering now through Thursday, (April 15) for a cost of $35. Test your limits with this fun and challenging 5K run at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.). Timeslots are every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m. Registration prices increase to $40 on race day (April 17). Have fun with friends and family. Register online at www.mppd.org.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-SPRING STROLL: Take in the spring air and blooms on Sunday (April 11) beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave. NORTHBROOK). All ages are welcome; participants must wear masks and practice physical distancing. Registration  is  required  by calling 847/824-8360.

—-NIGHT OF COMEDY: Enjoy a “virtual” performance now through Saturday (April 24) at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, (111 W. Campbell St. AH.). Comics include Mike Toomey, Hari Rao and Tim Benker. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.metropolisarts.com

—-AH MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS: The Arlington Heights Memorial Day parade and ceremony have been cancelled because of COVID 19, organizers announced.

—-PARADE CANCELLED: For the second year, the City of Des Plaines has cancelled the July 4th parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place, the city will organize a patriotic decorating contest for residents, businesses and community groups. Winners will receive prizes and be  recognized on the city’s website and social media platforms. The Taste of Des Plaines plus the four Friday Nights Live! Events planned for the summer have  also been cancelled.

All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.