LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Announcements Friday 02/07/2014 Print
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Friday, 07 February 2014 10:01

The LeClaire Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Award Winners for 2013, honored at the Annual Awards Dinner, February 1, 2014 at Davenport County Club:

Volunteer of the Year – Barry Long

Event of the Year – Tug Fest Iowa

Business Member of the Year – Mississippi River Distilling Company and Snap Fitness

Edward B. deSilva Leadership Award – Ryan Burchett and Terri Applegate

Pineapple Award for Outstanding Customer Service – Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium

Congratulations to all the Award Winners for 2013!!

We are also pleased to introduce the Chamber Board of Directors for 2014:

President – Mike Clingingsmith, PV Community Schools

Vice-President – Melody Oltmann, LeClaire First Presbyterian Church

Secretary – Dr. Crystal Buesing, Dr. Crystal’s Chiropractic Care

Treasurer – Andrew Arndt, Arndt Chiropractic Center, Inc.

Board Members:

KV Dahl – Dahl Ford Davenport

Dayle Hall – Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.

Jim Huiskamp – Blackhawk Bank and Trust

Debbie Mulvania – First Central State Bank

Vern Spring – Retired LeClaire Mayor

Time to Renew your LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Membership or Join for 2014! Go to www.leclairechamber.com to renew or join, or see the attached form to complete and return. Deadline to renew was February 1, 2014, so get your membership in! We are updating our Member Directory for the chamber website, the LeClaire Ap and the March Newsletter, and we want you on that list! Thank you for your membership!

The March 2014 Chamber Newsletter will soon be in production to be delivered to Every Business and Home within the 52753 zipcode area!! Advertising rates remain: 1/8 page: $75; ¼ page: $100; ½ page: $125; full page: $250. Just send your ad information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will forward it on to House of Print for you. No cost assistance in developing an advertisement is available through House of Print. If you would rather work with House of Print directly, send your ad to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and please copy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Deadline February 7th, 5:00 p.m. Chamber Members - Get the word out about your business or events and be ready for SPRING! See the attached form for a 10% discount!


Murfs Turf Derek Murphy, Owner. 23068 277th Ave., LeClaire, IA 52753 Rough and finish grading, sod and hydro-seeding, erosion control, landscaping, snow removal, light to medium dirt moving. 563-940-1501- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Barb Arland-Fye – Individual Membership – Welcome, Barb!



February 7th – First Friday in LeClaire – 5-8 p.m.

Mississippi River Distilling Company Releasing the latest in our "Still Crazy" series... SIX SHOOTER SMOKE! This is a rye whiskey with a cherry wood smoked 6 row barley added giving it a rich, sweet, smoky nose and finish. Food and Spirit Tastings, Pint Glass Giveaway! www.mrdistilling.com

Wide River Winery Wide River Winery is open until 8pm serving their award winning locally made wines. Live music from 5-8pm by Tony Hoeppner. Enjoy a chocolate treat from the Sweet Life paired with Pursuit of Happiness. Also featuring their Valentine's Day wine, Be Mine, for the special price of $9.99 per bottle. www.wideriverwinery.com

Faithful Pilot Café - Live Music with The Matriarchs - show begins at 7:30

Aunt Hattie’s – Come in for a red velvet cupcake!

Razzleberries – Booze cake while it lasts!

Restaurants and several shops will be open late!


February 8th – TugFest Trivia – LeClaire Fire Station Doors open at 6:00 pm and trivia will start at 7pm. Cost is $10 per person.  You don’t have to be good at trivia – come for the fun! To reserve a table, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


February 8th – Princeton Days Winterfest 2014 Boll’s Community Center. 4:30-7p.m. $6 Adults, $3 Children. Potato and Chicken Noodle Soup, Hot Dogs, Wine Tasting, Live Music.  Pro and Amateur Chili Cook-Off. Amateurs: Bring Crock Pot of Chili to Boll’s 3:30-4:15p.m. Pros: Bring 2 gallons chili to Boll’s 3:30-4p.m. Bean Bag Tournament at 8 p.m. - $10 per person/50% payout. Call Kevin Stutting 563-340-6091 for more information!


February 8th - 3rd Annual Quad Cities FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) regional qualifier will be held at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa.  24 Teams from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin are scheduled to participate. Winning teams will be invited to participate at the State of Iowa FTC Championship being held on February 21st and 22nd in Coralville/Iowa City. This event is free and open to the public.  People of all ages will enjoy this face-paced and exciting event which will showcase 7th-12th grade students’ ability to design, build and program robots, use teamwork to build alliances and cooperate with other teams, apply creative problem solving to real-world math and science concepts and earn a place in the Iowa State FTC Championship.Opening ceremonies will begin at 11:15 A.M., qualification matches will begin at 11:45 A.M. with semi-final and final matches beginning at approximately 4:30 P.M. A more detailed schedule of events, teams competing and more information can be found at our website, www.qcesc.org. For further information, please contact Pat Barnes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (563) 370-5513. FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.


February 10th – LeClaire Community Library - Crazy Colors! Winter got you feeling blue? How about purple, yellow, and green? Join us on Feb. 10th from 4-5pm for some stories, followed by hands-on, colorful experiments and crafts. This program is recommended for ages 3-6, and don’t forget to wear old clothes to this event—we expect to get a little messy!


February 11th – Chamber Networking Breakfast – Bier Stube, LeClaire – 8 a.m. Everyone Welcome!  The Bier Stube now serves breakfast, 7-10:30 a.m. Check out the menu at http://bier-stube.com/menus/leclaire-breakfast-menu/


February 11th – Faithful Pilot - New Menu Launch Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Be the first to see what Chef Robert and his team have created for this Winter/Winter menu!


February 12th – Edward Jones - Savvy Women, Smart Investors 11 a.m. at Faithful Pilot. Hosted by Amy Barnes of Edward Jones. Guest Speaker will be Ross Haeberle, Regional Manager with MFS Fund Distributors. Program will provide strategies and financial planning information pertinent to women.  Edward Jones will provide Lunch for all attendees, however, reservations must be made by February 4th and space is limited. Call 563-289-2243 to make reservations or for more information.


February 13th – LeClaire Community Library - STEM Club Love science, technology, engineering, and math? If so, join us from 4-5pm on Thursday, Feb. 13th for fun experiments with friends. This program meets the second Thursday of every month, and is recommended for grades 3rd-5th.


February 14th – LeClaire Community Library - Open Board Gaming School’s out on Feb. 14th, so head over to the library to play all your favorite board games. This all-ages program is from 1-3pm.


February 14th - Crane and Pelican Valentine’s Day Dinner – 3 seatings, 5pm - 7pm - 9pm $100 per couple. Call for Reservations: 563-289-8774


February 14th – Faithful Pilot Valentine’s Day DinnerBOOKED - 2 seatings, 6 and 8:30 p.m.  $60 per person, $35 wine pairing. No coupons or discounts.


February 14th – Go Fish Marina Bar and Grill – Cupid Can Kiss My (__) Party! 7 p.m. Drink specials and lots of fun!


February 15th – Go Fish Marina Bar and Grill – Love Party 7 p.m. - $15 Dinner Special.

10 oz. Smoked Prime Rib Dinner – includes mini-bakers and sautéed vegetables. Free bottle of Champagne with purchase of 2 Prime Rib Dinners! Drink Special – Chocolate Lovers Margarita! Live music by Chuck Murphy, 7-11 p.m.


February 15th – Faithful Pilot - 4 Course Menu $60.00 - no coupons or discounts. Seating available at 6:00 & 8:30 p.m.


February 19th – Charles Schwab - ETF's Explained Want to fill gaps in your portfolio? Discover how exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can help. 2:00pm. Charles Schwab, Eric Johannes, 5345 Elmore Avenue #300, Davenport, IA 52807. Please R.S.V.P 563-275-3663


February 20th – LeClaire Community Library - Elephant and Piggy Party! Celebrate Mo Willems lovable characters with themed crafts and activities from 4-5pm. This program is best for grades Pre-K to 2nd.


February 20th – Faithful Pilot Last seating at 6:30 then closed for a private event.


February 22nd – Trivia at LeClaire Civic Center to benefit LeClaire Little League. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Trivia will start at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, 8 people per table maximum. You don’t have to be a genius! To reserve a table, call Vicky, 563-639-4621.


February 23rd - Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Party! The Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire invites the public to celebrate William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody's birthday from noon – 4 p.m. Born in LeClaire, IA on February 26th, 1846, he was a frontiersman, US Army Scout, and later a celebrity touring throughout the world with his “Wild West Congress.” He remains a favorite among generations, world-wide. Free admission, light refreshments, children's activities, and a visit from “Buffalo Bill” himself! No RSVP required!


February 23rd – Faithful Pilot Wine Tasting $15.00 3:00-5:00p.m


February 26th – Faithful Pilot - VINO VASO $40.00 per wine glass, includes, paint, wine glass (which you take home), one glass of free wine, and cheese, fruit and cracker tray.  Make reservations on Vino Vaso's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/


February 27th – LeClaire Community Library - Spy Club Are you a master of disguise? Can you decode secret messages or enter a room undetected? Join us Feb. 27th from 4-5pm to sharpen you spy skills and learn some new tricks. This program is recommended for grades 3rd-5th.


February 28th through March1st - Buffalo Bill Museum Fundraiser YOUNKER'S Community Days 2014 Returns with more savings in the valuable coupon books! Available through the Buffalo Bill Museum (or online at www.communitydayevent.com). Each $5 booklet contains over $500 in coupon-savings, including a$10 coupon to use on an item of $10 or more; a shopping pass to save up to 25% off, shop online or at your local store; a30% off Early Bird Coupon valid BOTH DAYS until 1pm; and lots more!  To purchase a booklet, visit the Buffalo Bill Museum by March 1st!  Every $5 booklet purchased results in a $5 contribution to the museum, too! We appreciate your support!


February 28th – LeClaire Community Library - LEGO Club See what building challenge is in store for you on Friday, Feb. 28th from 3:30-4:30pm. This program meets the last Friday of every month and is recommended for ages 7 & up.


Save the Date

March 1st – Rock and Roll Bingo!  LeClaire Rec Center – Fund raiser for Freedom Rock. Songs will be played and you identify the songs on bingo cards. There will be 50/50 and other raffles.  Event will be hosted by Cody Tucker of B100!  More details to come!


March 7th - Buffalo BIll Museum Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting 5 p.m. Come celebrate the museum's expanded facility during an Open House (4-7pm) and the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce's Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 5pm.  It will be a great start of "First Friday" in LeClaire!



Faithful Pilot Café Lunches Wednesday-Saturday 12-2 - Sammie Of The Day, House made Soups, Salads, and Pasta!

Riverbend Signworks' most recent UPDATER was published this week.  This issue is related to branding.  It's also available on-line for a limited time here: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Alert--Brand-Improvement---it-can-be-simple.html?soid=1111968629442&aid=JiioarTN3rM

Chamber Member, Diane Nelson, is the New Associate of the Year 2013 with Ruhl and Ruhl Realtors!  She works from the Davenport office. Congratulations, Diane!

Beginning oil painting classes upstairs at the Crane and Pelican. They will begin on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18th, 25th, Mar. 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. Wednesday's beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 19th, 26th, Mar. 5th, 12th, 19th and the 26th. Classes will be small - cost $125.00 plus supplies. Please call Billie Davids, 563-349-3338

Riverbend Signworks is proud to have helped design and build a putt-putt golf hole for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters "Putt A Round" - and it won 1st place for "most difficult" golf hole!  We collaborated with Results Marketing and GalaxyOne on this project.  (yep, we do more than signs!) Also, only a few more days to take advantage of our design special! http://riverbendsignworks.com/winter-specials/

Winter Hours for the LeClaire Information Center Noon-3 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday. May be closed some days for inclement weather.


LeClaire Information Center Volunteers Needed! Please share your knowledge and love of LeClaire with our visitors! Contact Cindy Bruhn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-650-7963 to volunteer. The winter shifts are 1½ - 3 hours. You will be trained, and it is fun!


New hours for LeClaire Antiques & Appraisals - Wed - Sat 11-4 and by appointment!

Commercial Property Available - 1295 and 1297 Eagle Ridge Road, LeClaire, Iowa. There are two in-line units available consisting of 2,160 sq. ft. each or 4,320 sq. ft. combined and suitable for either retail or office user. The location provides plenty of parking just off Highway 67/Cody Road with an overview of the Great River Road. It has excellent visibility with an elevated monument sign, and is located close to the first Iowa exit on I-80. Current co-tenants include Slagle Foods, Subway, First Central State Bank, and Style with PM Interiors. Please call: Mike Burke - Mel Foster Co. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Mobile: 563-349-2705, Direct: 563-823-5272

Commercial Space for Rent – 204 Jones St. - Call 563-370-2386 for more information. Will show by appointment. Commercially zoned only. Lease with option to purchase.

Park Run Apartments/Newbury Living complex - 1, 2, & 3 Bedrooms Available - 1701 Iowa Drive, LeClaire, Iowa 52753. Washer & dryers in every unit along with all other appliances.  Each apartment has either a balcony or a patio.  Considerable storage in each 1 BR, 2 BR or 3 BR unit. Call (563) 289-5159 for a tour and more information today!

Do you have Residential or Commercial property available? If you own residential rental property or commercial property that is available for lease or sale in the greater LeClaire region, please contact the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with a property description, complete contact information including phone numbers and rental or purchase pricing. As a service to the community, we would like to have the information available so we can share the most up-to-date information on our website!
Visit the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce website www.leclairechamber.com and see us on Facebook!


First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire Meals for Seniors at the church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.


LeClaire Recreation Center Calendar - Join us for Family Nights!

4:00-6:30pm, $2 per person; 3 and under free. Concessions available.

February 8th - Open gym and movie "Casper"

March 8th - Open gym and movie "ET"

All movies start at 5:00 pm - www.leclairereccenter.com


LeClaire Events Coming Up!

May 2-3– French Market Days

May 3-4 – LeClaire Community Library Book Sale


LeClaire Community Library Events:

Children’s Events:

Storytime Hours: Every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm & Friday morning at 10:30am.

Just for Teens:

Service Hours: Looking for new opportunities to complete your service hour requirements? The library could always use some help! Students are invited to stop by the library as their schedule allows—no advance appointment is required—and we will put them to work!  We try and be as flexible as possible—student volunteers can stay as long or as little as they are able to or comfortable with.

TAG: In March, the library will be starting up our very first Teen Advisory Group (TAG)! Join us for our first meeting on March 20th, from 4-5pm to learn how YOU can help the library staff develop services for young adults. By attending you can earn credit towards your services hours, and we serve snacks!

Events for Adults:

LeClaire Writer’s Group: every 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-12pm. Join us in the fireplace room for peer review, to discuss writing, and meet other local authors!

Adult Book Discussion Group: For the month of February, we’ll be reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison. We’ll meet on Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 6:30 in the fireplace room to discuss. To see the rest of the Book Club picks for 2014, visit the Adult Events tab on our website here: http://www.leclaire.lib.ia.us/adultservices/programs

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