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Written by Joni Johnson   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:23

Participants Raise Critically Needed Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research

[Davenport, IA 52807] – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Quad-City residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The I Wireless in Moline, IL will be the site of Walk on Saturday, September 8th at 9:00 a.m.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for the thousand participants in the Quad-Cities who will learn about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services.  Each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. In addition to the 2.5 mile walk participants will enjoy vendors, hospitality and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Start or join a team today at alz.org/walk

“There has never been a greater need for the citizens of the Quad-Cities to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Joni Johnson, an Alzheimer’s Association Community Relations Coordinator. “Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 279,00 plus residents of Illinois & Iowa living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research.”

About the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s:

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

About the Alzheimer's Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.


MRDC Celebrates Wild West Weekend at First Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:52

Le Claire, Iowa, September 4, 2012 – It’s a Wild, Wild West Weekend in Le Claire and Mississippi River Distilling Company is celebrating the olden days during First Friday on September 7 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Also on hand for the evening will be the crew from Irish Dog Blood Mary Mix and Benny's Bloody Mary Beef Straws sampling out their local products.  MRDC will be doing a pint glass promotion.  With every bottle of spirits purchased or by combing any three of Irish Dog or Beef Straws, you’ll receive a free limited edition Bloody Mary pint glass, while supplies last.  There are only 100 glasses available, so make plans to come early!

In the bar we’ll be hanging on to the last days of summer and welcoming the fast approaching days of fall.  We’ll feature a Strawberry Lemon Drop Martini using MRDC Pride of the Wapsi Strawberry Vodka, sweet and sour mix, lemon juice and simple syrup.  Next up is the Butterscotch Baron with River Baron Artisan Spirit, 7Up and a splash of Butterscotch Schnapps.  Chef Stephanie is preparing her special rimming spice mix for Bloody Mary’s and will be serving samples of an Irish Dog crab dip and “Wild West Weenies” with River Baron BBQ sauce.

Mark your calendars now for several other big upcoming events at MRDC.  October’s First Friday, October 5, will mark the return of Iowa Coffee Company Coffee Liqueur.  This seasonal product is back by popular demand for fall and holiday celebrations.  There will also be a small release of the very popular Cody Road Whiskey in October, followed by a larger release of Cody Road Bourbon and our new Cody Road Rye Whiskey coming in November.

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age.


Student-Run Camp for Children Affected by Cancer Kicks Off Its Second Annual Session PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natali Bode   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:32

Camp Kesem is a free, week-long overnight summer camp for children ages 6-16 who have or had a parent with cancer.   Camp Kesem is organized by Augustana College student volunteers under the guidance of its Advisory Committee of local professionals with related expertise.  Augustana College students serve as counselors and undergo over forty hours of extensive training prior to camp.

Campers participate in a host of fun activities including sports, drama, arts & crafts, adventure, scavenger hunts, and talent shows.  In addition, each night before bed, the campers have “Cabin Chat,” a time for the campers to talk and open up to their peers and counselors.

“It gives both my child and myself a week to spread our wings separate from each other. He’s exactly where he wants to be, surrounded by kids in similar situations and the warmth and support of the counselors,” says a parent of camper, age 12.

Children who have a parent who has or had cancer often lack sufficient external support because they are neither physically ill nor visibly distinct from others.  The complexity of emotions they experience can easily go without attention.  It is often challenging for these children to find peers with whom they can relate, resulting in feelings of isolation and fear and putting the children at risk for depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.

Kesem advisor for Camp Kesem-Stanford, Dr. Michael Amylon, pediatric oncologist at Stanford Hospital emphasizes the importance of an experience like Kesem.  “These kids have their world knocked right out from under them, and often they have no where to turn to get help and support.  Camp Kesem provides a magical place of respite and play, and a group of other kids in the same situation who understand what it's all about and can offer unique and important peer understanding and friendship.”

Camp Kesem was founded one year ago at Augustana College. This past summer it held its first successful week of camp and was able to serve 35 children from the Quad Cities and greater Iowa area. Augustana College’s camp will welcome 60 kids to this year’s session. Applications for the 2013 camp session will be available in November on the Camp Kesem Augustana website.

More information on Camp Kesem can be found at www.campkesem.org/augustana.

Fall Courses start September 10! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:18
Don't Wait - Sign up now!
Fall Winter 2012 Catalog Cover Our Fall/Winter Catalog is now available and offers hundreds of courses for all ages and interests. Keep busy this Fall and Winter with Davenport Parks and Recreation!
Pick up a catalog at the River's Edge, Vander Veer Conservatory, Junior Theater or any of the three city golf courses.  Or browse our catalog online and register online by clicking on the link below:

Nothing kills a program quicker than everyone waiting until the last minute to register for it. Please register well in advance of September 10 to make sure the course you want runs!

A sample of our courses:
Learn to Skate
Learn basic skating skills and build confidence at The River's Edge! Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes.

First Session starts September 20th
(Thursday evenings or Saturday Mornings)
$105/7 Week Class
Wine Tasting
Learn the basics of wine tasting! After sampling over a dozen different types of wine, you'll be well on your way to being a sommelier!


September 27th & November 11th
Gardening Basics
Explore the tools and techniques needed for a successful garden a midst the beauty of our brand-new Enabling Garden!


Course begins Tuesday, September 11th.


Toddling on the Wild Side
Bring your 18-24 month old to experience hands on nature explorations in a safe and fun environment. Discover plants, animals, weather, insects and more!


Every Thursday in Fall.


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Written by Holly Larson   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:13

PORT BYRON, IL – It’s a party at “It’s on the River,” and it’s one you don’t want to miss!  The Nick Teddy Foundation is pleased to announce the location of the “Nick Teddy Fight Against Ewing’s Sarcoma 5k” after-party will be at “It’s on the River” in Port Byron, Ill.

Events start at 9:00 AM on Sat., September 15, 2012, with the Family Fun Run and Kid’s Dash. The 5k begins at 10:00 AM with the post-party starting at 11:00 AM. Admission to the after-party is included in race registration; however, non-participants can join the post-race fun with a $10.00 admission fee at the door.

Guests will enjoy free beer, pulled pork sandwiches, and live entertainment from Mommy’s Little Monster. Guests will bid on unique raffle items including Cubs tickets, a one-night stay at Fairmont Chicago, and a variety of generous gift baskets and certificates. Kids can burn energy at the Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, face painting and contests designed especially for them.

The Nick Teddy Foundation was established in memory of Nicholas Theodore Strub, 29, a native of Port Byron, Ill. Nick fought a courageous battle against the rare cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma, for more than 5-years.

Proceeds from the 5k and after-party will be used for Ewing’s Sarcoma research.

“Nick would love the celebration,” said Nick’s sister-in-law Holly Larson who is heading up the 5k efforts. “He loved to get people together for a good cause and a good party.”

Additional information can be found online at: http://www.NickTeddy.org, on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NickTeddyOrg) and on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/NickTeddyOrg) Race Director/Contact: Holly Larson 309-798-3081/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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