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Written by Kenneth Asta   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:44
RECREATION PROGRAMS

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Come and get your free tree or shrub on Saturday, April 28 (Arbor Day 2012) at Vander Veer Botanical Park. Several Master Gardeners will be available to teach participants about proper planting and care techniques for the tree or shrub, along with information about supporting wildlife. Tree planting and care information for the public will be available. Limited quantity; first come, first served. We will begin to give away trees and shrubs at 10am and end by 11:30am or when trees are gone. Meet at the Drive way on the South side of Conservatory. Trees are donated by the  Living Lands and Waters (Plant a Million Trees Campaign).

LIMITED SUPPLIES FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!

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Cake Decorating, April 5

Learn all the basics of decorating special cakes with drop flowers, rosettes, pom pom flowers and leaves for your friends and family.  This will be a demonstration and hands-on class.  Supplies needed for the course will be discussed during the 1st class, a full reference book will be provided to each student.  6:30 - 8:30pm at the Collins House.

 

Crocheting/Knitting for Teens & Adults on April 5

This class is an introduction to pattern reading, materials and techniques, and includes training in the interpretation of directions.  Left-handers are our specialty.  Participants will progress at their own rate.

Crochet students bring a G or H size hook and light-colored 4-ply yarn to the first class meeting.  Knitting students bring a short pair of No. 8 needles and a 3 ox. skein of light colored 4-ply yarn. 6:30 - 8:30pm at Williams Jr. High.

 

Friday Nature Family Fun Nights- Bird Watching Fun

Come Join a Naturalist for a guided bird walk in Credit Island Natural and Historical Preserve on April 6 from 6 PM- 9 PM. Meet at the Lodge. We will look for migrating bird species found in the park. There will be pizza available for $2.50 a person which will include two slices and lemonade when a family pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 2 yrs old). $4.00 per person at the event.

 

Senior Coffee - Lily Show, April 11

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, and fragrance of the Conservatory at Vander Veer Botanical Park.  Your $1 admission fee includes entertainment, and refreshments. Entertainment will begin at 10:30 am.

 

Pitch, Hit and Run, April 14

Come join us for this FREE event that brings together everyone for the love of Baseball...softball players, too.  Feel free to bring out your team or come with a friend. This is an exciting skills competition that provides boys and girls the chance to advance through four levels of competition.  Don't let the competition run you off, everyone is welcome to play.  Bring your birth certificate if you plan on competing, otherwise just come play!

 

Family Fun Nights- Golf and Movie, April 20

Come Join a us at Red Hawk from 6 PM- 9 PM. You will enjoy the 3-par golf course, a bucket of balls to use at the range and to top that we have dinner and a movie.  There will be pizza available for $2.50 a person which will include two slices and lemonade when a family pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 4 yrs old). $4.00 per person at the event.

 

Adaptive Sports Expo, April 21

The public is invited to the Adaptive Sports Expo, which will highlight the many ways people with disabilities can be active participants in recreational activities and sporting events.  Prior experience is not required.  The Expo located at the Bettendorf Life Fitness Center from 6-8pm will feature:

Activities such as water-skiing, kayaking, sled hockey, aquatics, wheelchair basketball, tandem biking, tennis and seated volleyball.

Demonstrations by professionally trained facilitators and athletes with disabilities.

Informational exhibits and vendor.

For more information and/or to be a vendor contact Davenport Parks and Recreation at 563-888-2219.

 

Earth Week Fair, April 21

Come check out the City of Davenport Booth at the Earth Week Fair. Expo Center in Rock Island is the location and time is 10am to 4pm. Davenport Parks and Recreation and Public Works combine forces to bring creative ways to be "Green". This is part of the "Green Initiative" for the City of Davenport. This year's theme focuses on getting outside. This event is Free for the Public.

 

Wine 101

Learn the basics of wine at this fun tasting class.  We will sample a dozen different styles of wines from sweet to dry while discussing wine fundamentals including terminology; choosing, storing, and serving a wine; food parings and more.  Don't be intimidated.  This class is all about learning to trust your own taste buds.  Class includes cheese, crackers and other palate cleansers, so have a light dinner before class.

April 26, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Fee: $20

Class will be held at Camp McClellan Cellars - 2302 E. 11th Street, Davenport.

You must be 21 years old to participate.

 

Family Friday Nights from around the world - April 27

Are you looking for a low cost way to spend QUALITY time with your family?  Davenport Parks and Recreation heard this need and has responded in a way that is sure to appeal to ALL members of the family.  We have developed a rotating schedule of activities at our various facilities to offer families a night full of FUN!  April - August you can count on spending the night from 6:00-9:00 and we will take care of everything for $2.50 a person pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 2yrs old). $4.00 per person at the door.  This is FAMILY FRI, parents or guardians need to accompany their kids.

 

Family Friday Nights April 27, 6-9pm at Roosevelt Community Center

Join us the 4th Friday of each month at the Roosevelt Community Center as we travel around the world.  We will explore through games, arts/crafts, music, snacks, language, and literature activities a different country each month of the summer.  Pizza and lemonade will be served.

 

Family Friday Nights all spring and summer!

Are you looking for a low cost way to spend QUALITY time with your family?  Davenport Parks and Recreation heard this need and has responded in a way that is sure to appeal to ALL members of the family.  We have developed a rotating schedule of activities at our various facilities to offer families a night full of FUN!  April - August you can count on spending the night with us from 6:00-9:00 and we will take care of everything for $2.50 a person pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 2yrs old) $4.00 per person at the door.  This is FAMILY FRIDAY, parents or guardians need to accompany and participate with their kids.

  • First Friday of the Month is Environmental Exploration: Sites vary
  • Second Fri of the Month: Family Movie Night at Junior Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave
  • Third Fri of the Month is Golf at Red Hawk Event Center, 6364 Northwest Blvd
  • Fourth Fri of the Month:" Around the world" at Roosevelt Community Center, 1220 Minnie Ave

 

In April 2010, the Parks and Recreation staff adopted the current Strategic Plan 2020, with the intention of updating it annually. A copy of the current Strategic Plan is available on our website.

 

At this meeting, friends groups and the public will be able to meet the Parks and Recreation management staff, and give their input on recreational programs, facility management and development, service delivery, and other areas of the Parks and Recreation Department.

 
Lt. Governor Simon to visit suburban Chicago crisis center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:38

CHICAGO – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will visit counselors and educators at the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (CASA) on Monday to advocate for legislation that would restore funding to sexual assault prevention agencies.

 

Senate Bill 3348 would require all strip clubs that permit alcohol to collect a $5-per-patron entry fee. The revenue would be distributed to community-based sexual assault prevention and response organizations, such as Northwest CASA, which is facing a 10 percent state budget cut this year. Northwest CASA provides 24-hour crisis response and prevention education to more than 30 municipalities.

 

DATE: Monday, April 2

TIME: 2:30 p.m.

PLACE: Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault, 415 W. Golf Rd., Suite 47, Arlington Heights

 

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Schilling Announces Upcoming Mobile Office Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:56

Washington, DC — Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) has announced the schedule of upcoming mobile office hours. His staff will travel throughout the 17th Congressional District to meet with constituents and address any questions or concerns they may have. No appointments are necessary. A field representative will be available in the following locations at the following times:

 

April 4, 2012
Monmouth City Hall- Council Chambers
100 East Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462
9:00am - 12:00pm

Albany City Hall
102 S Main St.
Albany, IL 61230
1:00pm – 4:00pm

April 18, 2012
Oquawka Village Hall 
507 Schuyler St.
Oquawka, IL 61469
9:00am - 12:00pm

Aledo City Hall – Council Chambers
120 North College Ave
Aledo, IL 61231
9:00am – 1:00pm

April 25, 2012
Kewanee City Hall
401 East Third Street
Kewanee, IL  61443
9:00am – 4:00pm

Constituents are also encouraged to visit the Moline, Galesburg, Canton, and Rock Falls offices during normal office hours:

Moline District Office
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
3000 41st St., Suite B
Moline, IL 61265
P: (309) 757-7630

Galesburg District Office
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30am to 5:00pm
Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce
185 South Kellogg St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
P: (309) 343-2220

Canton District Office
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am - 5:00pm
8 South Main St., Suite 200
Canton, IL 61520
P: (309) 649-3307

Rock Falls District Office
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:00am – 4:00pm
1600 First Ave., Suite A
Rock Falls, IL 61071
P: (815) 548-9440

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TENTATIVE AGENDA SCOTT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Berge   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:40

April 2 - 6, 2012

Special Committee of the Whole - 5:30 pm
CHC, Administrative Offices, 120 N Ripley/Corner of Ripley & 2nd Street

1. Roll Call: Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack, Earnhardt

2. Discussion with the Community Health Care Board.

3. Other items of interest.

 
OLSON’S OBSERVATIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steven Olson   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:34

The Transportation Operations Budget and Administration & Regulations Budget passed the House last week. The Trans. Op Budget makes appropriations to the Road Use Tax Fund ($47.6 mil FY 2013) and Primary Road Fund ($303.2 mil FY 2013). The Admin/Reg. Budget provides for regulatory authority and appropriations for certain state departments, agencies, funds, and other entities. The House amendment appropriates ($49.6 mil from General Fund FY 2013) a decrease from last year, while the bill itself appropriates ($54.1 mil from other funds FY 2013) an increase from last year.

House File 2421, mental health and disability redesign, implements recommendations from the Judicial Branch and DHS Workgroup regarding improvements to mental health proceedings. The bill requires law enforcement to complete courses in mental health first aid, pre-assessment screening for involuntary commitment to determine their mental health needs no matter when they are  brought to court. This bill also establishes “Mental Health Professionals” as one consistent definition in Iowa code, as well as, establishing standards for mental health advocates and expanding service to Iowans with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse diagnosis.

I’ve received many emails concerning the Medicaid reimbursement issue and at this time I’m not sure of the fate of the  reimbursement. When I know something I’ll be informing you here. Thank you for keeping me informed of issues that matter to you.

The tuition set-aside policy, an issue that many at the capitol were unaware of, has led to negotiations with the Board of Regents which will provide full transparency with how student tuition payments are dealt with at each Board of Regents’ universities.

If you have concerns or questions I can be reached at the Capitol by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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