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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 14:55

Join SouthPark Mall and area 501C3 organizations for a Non-Profit Fair!

WHO: SouthPark Mall will be hosting a 501C3 non-profit fair.

WHAT:  Non-profit organizations in the Quad City area are invited to attend SouthPark Mall’s non-profit fair. Those organizations are asked to display and promote their local 501C3 business. Set up will include one table and two chairs. This event is free and will only be for the first 100 businesses. RSVP to Connie at 309.797.8450 before February 1, 2013.

WHEN:  February 9, 2013, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

WHERE:  Throughout the common area starting in Younkers Court


Macerich is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust,
which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of
regional malls throughout the United States. Additional information about Macerich can be
obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

The Power of Diversity: Acclaimed Business Leader Nina Vaca to Speak at Hispanic Chamber’s Gala Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 16:37
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – Acclaimed business leader Nina Vaca has been selected as the Keynote Speaker and Special Guest of the 2013 Annual Gala of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GQCHCC). Vaca serves as Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle; Director at both Kohl's Corporation and Comerica, Inc.; Founding Member of the Startup America Partnership; and Chairman of the Board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“Nina Vaca serves as a shining example of how a talented, determined minority individual can play a vital role in the international business community,” said Lee Vasquez, Executive Director of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “She is an inspiration to the Hispanic community, and to everyone who believes in the power of diversity. We are truly proud to have Nina as the keynote speaker at our Annual Gala.”
The GQCHCC board of directors and staff invites the community to the 2013 Annual Gala, to be held 5:30 pm., Sat., January 26, 2013, at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf, IA. The evening is a celebration of the organization's accomplishments, members, and supporters, and will feature entertainment, dinner, an award presentation, a silent auction, and networking opportunities for attendees.
Admittance for the event is $60 for non-members, $50 for members, and $35 for students. Online Registration for the event at www.gqchcc.com/2013_Annual.html closes Friday, January 18th. Sponsorships are available for tables.
An Illustrious Career
Nina Vaca founded Pinnacle in 1996 as an information technology services provider to the Fortune 500. Pinnacle provides IT-enabled solutions in the growing area of vendor management via IT Staff Augmentation Services, Professional Staffing and Payrolling services. Under her leadership, Pinnacle has become the fifth fastest growing firm in a $20 billion dollar industry.
In 2005, Nina was featured in Fast Company magazine as one of the Top 25 Women Business Builders in the country. In addition, she has been featured in many other high-profile publications, including Vanidades, Ali, Entrepreneur, Kiplinger, Forbes, Hispanic, KERA CEO Review, and Latino Leaders.
Nina is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Technology and Communications for the Southwest Region. In 2010, she was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America by Latino Leaders. As an international leader, Nina has represented America in numerous transatlantic leadership forums.
Nina is a graduate of Texas State University with a B.A. in Speech Communications and Business Administration. She has been honored as the youngest Distinguished Alumna in university history. She also holds a Doctor of Laws “Honoris Causa” from Northwood University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, Corporate Governance Executive Program.
For more information on the 2013 Annual Gala, or the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, visit www.gqchcc.com/2013_Annual.html or call (309) 797-8650.
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The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GQCHCC) is the only organization in the Quad Cities created to address the specific needs of the Hispanic business community. The GQCHCC serves the Quad Cities and surrounding areas in Illinois and Iowa, including Sterling, Rock Falls, Muscatine, and West Liberty.
The mission of the GQCHCC is to support, promote and enhance the growth and success of local businesses, and to leverage the community’s assets, contributions and unique Hispanic cultural identity to generate new business opportunities. The GQCHCC welcomes businesses, organizations, and individuals from any cultural background to join this community-minded organization.
In September 2012, the GQCHCC received national recognition as the winner of the 2012 Small Hispanic Chamber of the Year Award. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) celebrated three Hispanic chambers from across the nation for their accomplishments, contributions, and commitment to helping the Hispanic-owned businesses in their communities.

Jan 10th. Chinese artist: Ai Wei Wei in his movie " Never Sorry" Contemorary China and its most compelling prominent Artist. : I.S.E. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 16:36
Thursday January 10th. 2013

Independent Scholars' Evenings:  MOVIE: " NEVER SORRY"  director Alison Klayman.

Ai Weiwei: " Never Sorry:  examines the complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China's preeminent contemporary artist.

Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

7.00 p.m.

doors open at 6.30

light snacks and beverages are served.

1530 Fifth Avenue, Moline. IL 61265


The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd is a 501(c)3 organization at state and federal level since 1996.

Community Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Churches United leader Ron Quay scheduled for February 2, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Bolkcom   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 08:56

A public Interfaith Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Rev. Ron Quay, longtime Executive Director of Churches United of the Quad Cities, will be held on February 2, 2013 at 2 PM at the Unitarian Church of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Ave in Davenport.

Rev. Quay died suddenly after a brief illness on December 28 at Trinity West Hospital in Rock Island. A private funeral was held on December 31 and cremation rites followed.

According to Cathy Bolkcom, chaplain and friend of the family, his wife, Marcy Doyle and his sons want to give the public and the faith communities with whom Rev. Quay worked a chance to come together and celebrate his life and his work. “Ron Quay was a great leader for all of us in the Quad Cities. His faith propelled him to take action to make the community a more just place and he took a special interest in connecting and building bridges between the various faith communities in the Quad Cities,” said Bolkcom.

Rabbi Henry Karp, Cantor Gail Karp, Dr. Lisa Killinger from the Muslim Community, 1st Baptist ministers Debbi and Flint Miller, Metropolitan Community Church Pastor Rich Hendricks and Unitarian Minister Jay Wolin will all participate in the Celebration of Life.

All are welcome. Memorials in Rev. Quay’s name can be made to Churches United or to the family for a local memorial to be arranged.  Wheelan-Pressly in Rock Island is handling the arrangements for the family.

Scottish American Society presents the 36th annual Robert Burns dinner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gale Hoff   
Monday, 07 January 2013 12:47

The 36th annual Robert Burns dinner is January 26, 2013 at the Davenport Radisson beginning at 5:30. The event includes music featuring The Barley House Band, the Blackhawk Pipers pipe band, the traditional Scottish dish, haggis, vendors and a silent auction.

Meals range in price from $37.00 to $40.00. Reservations are required by January 24th. Contact John Hoff at 563-332-2421 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All are welcome!

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