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Unique Glimpse Into History PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 14:32
Please Join Us!


Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 10, 2011
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Rivermont campus is home to the Joseph Bettendorf Mansion, a local landmark
included in the National Register of Historic Places. Joseph Bettendorf, head of the
Bettendorf Company, built his English manor style home in 1915. The Holiday Open
House is a chance for the community to view the Bettendorf Mansion in all its
splendor, beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Drop in for light refreshments & tours of this local gem!

This event is open to the public.

1821 Sunset Drive - Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 359-1366 - www.rvmt.org

(located directly off 18th Street, behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf)

News Releases - Local Events
Written by Jason Holtgrewe   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:11
On December 10th, 2011, photographers from across the world will use their photography skills to give back to their local community. It’s a movement called Help-Portrait, and local photographer Jesse Inskeep is joining the movement to serve the Quad Cities.

Help-Portrait’s purpose is quite simple: grab your camera, find people in need, and take their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered.

“I have very few photographs from when I was growing up as my family simply didn’t have the time or money to make it a priority,” says Inskeep. “Now that I’m older and especially now that I have a daughter, it makes me sad that she’s not able to see portraits of what I looked like when I was her age. My hope is that those who come to Help-Portrait will leave with something they’ll treasure for generations.”

Inskeep will be working with a team of other volunteer photographers, hairstylists, and makeup artists to make sure each person getting their picture taken looks their best.

Help-Portrait will be hosted by Connection, a church in Bettendorf. Connection has helped Inskeep spread the word about this event, including telling those who attend Connection’s Food Pantry and reaching out to local shelters and families who could use the encouragement a professionally-done portrait can give. “Our goal in hosting Help-Portrait is help those who are going through a tough time this holiday season feel beautiful and valuable,” says Jason Holtgrewe, one of Connection’s pastors.

Those interested in coming to Help-Portrait can reserve their time-slot by calling 309.524.5024.

Help-Portrait takes place at Connection on December 10th from 1-4pm. Connection is located at 4374 State Street, Suite 2, Bettendorf, IA 52722 and can be contacted by calling 563.209.6384 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Davenport Parks and Recreation December 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Rec   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:02


For all events and activities, go online at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks to register or call 328-PARK (7275) for more information. Fall/Winter catalogs are now available.


Tuesday or Wednesday - Smart
Wednesday - Sudlow
Games played 6:30-10pm
Early bird: $140 per team till 12/26
After 12/26: $160 per team   Register Today at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks

Sign up for the league that best fits your team. Check the rules for full description of leagues. Leagues are broken down by skill level. The leagues are briefly described as follows: B1/B2: Advanced players, B3: Competitive players and B4 Competitive Rec. players.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call our offices at (563) 328-PARK (7275).



Chill's and thrills are what you will find at Centennial Park and Rivers Edge on January 8th from 2pm-4pm.  So put your parka and mittens on and grab your families for inside and outside fun! Join us for snow sports, hot chocolate, ice skating, children activities and so much more! Silver skates speed skating will take place at the Rivers Edge during this great event so get pre-registered.


Dinner Theater at Comedy Sportz

Join us for good food and laughter at our interactive dinner party.

No scholarships are available. 12/5  Fee: $10  Time: 6-10 pm


30-Hour Play Fest: Performances- 12/11/2011

That's right!  Junior Theatre students will only have 30 hours to prepare a Holiday Classic story!  Students will arrive the night before, prepare a full production in only 30-hours, and then perform for you!  Local professionals will help guide the students to success.  Come see how the holiday project turns out!  $3.00 for anyone 3 years and up, tickets sold at door, Sunday, Dec 11 @ 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM


Kindernature- Winter Animals

Kindernature is a nature program for young children ages 3 to 5 which enriches awareness and appreciation for nature. Each class focuses on an environmental theme includes a story, hands-on activity, craft and themed snack. Class fee is $6 per child.  An adult must accompany the child. Registration is required and class size is limited to 20 children. Each class begins at 10am in the Vander Veer Conservatory.

What do animals do in the winter? Where do they go? Come find out the mystery of these questions.


Bowling Tournament

December 6, 2011:  1:00pm  People 1st Bowling Tournament @ Miller Time Bowl-Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places.  Pre-registration is required.  Admission is $10.00. Fee includes bowling and shoe rental.


Holiday Organizing

Do the holidays get you down? Do you feel rushed, hurried, and disorganized at Christmas? Or maybe the Festival of Trees has put you in the holiday mood! Join Professional Organizer Mona Brantley from Organize That as she gives you all the tools and information needed for a fun, relaxing, and festive holiday season. This three hour course will cover the planning and preparation stages to cover meals, gifts, cards, parties, scheduling, and all your holiday needs.  Preregister to receive your detailed paper holiday planner especially designed and created for class participants. $40 with a limit of 12.

This class will be held at the Collins House - 1234 E. 29th Street, Davenport (Corner of Bridge and 29th Street, North of Genesis East)


Ooey Gooey Treats

Measure and mix your way to some of your favorite gooey concoctions!  Each week participants will be guided in how to follow directions to reach their final goal...a delicious treat.  No Scholarships are available for this class. 11/29-12/20  Fee:$35 Duck Creek Lodge


Toddling on the Wild Side at the Libraries

Come to your local library with you 18 month to 4 year olds and experience nature first hand. Program starts at 2pm and last for 30 minutes. Fairmount December 1st and 15th. Eastern Ave Library December 10th. Free program.


Senior Coffee 12/14 10am to Noon

Come and enjoy the Conservatory Display ( Holiday Show) at Vander Veer Botanical Park . your admission fee includes entertainment and refreshments ($1).


Holiday Safety Seminar

On December 8th at 10am, Officer Hank of the Davenport Police Department will be giving a Holiday Safety presentation at Roosevelt Community Center on Minnie Avenue, just off South Concord.  The talk will be about Holiday scams and how to handle donation you wish to give. Come join us for the free presentation and coffee.



Located at 700 W. River Drive (Across from Modern Woodmen Park)

Skate with Santa at The River's Edge!

Come for Public Skate and visit with Santa!

Santa will make an appearance at 3pm

Public Skate Fees Apply

Date/Time: Sunday, December 4th from 2:45pm-4:45pm


Toys for Tots at The River's Edge!

Bring a toy or book to donate to Toys for Tots and skate *free!

*Skate rental is $3/person

Date/Time: Saturday, December 17th 2:45pm-4:15pm


First Shot Program

Adults! Come learn to play hockey at The River's Edge

Hockey Equipment Required

Program runs for 10 weeks $170 per player

Starts Jan 5th 2012

Runs every Thursday night from 9:30 - 10:30pm


Adult Hockey League at The River's Edge

"C/D" level players only

January 5th - March 11th

$200 per player/$150 for goalies

Games are Sunday nights at 9:30pm and 10:45pm


U12 Stick and Puck at The River's Edge

Sunday December 4th 5:00-6:00pm

Full equipment required

$10 per player


Gear up for winter at The River's Edge!

Holiday Public Skate times start December 19th

See www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks for

Schedules and pricing



Youth team winners receive an automatic bid to the National Indoor Soccer Championships in Kansas City this Spring!!!

U-10 December 27 and 28

U-12 December 29 and 30

U-14 December 31

Coed Adult 3v3 January 1



Duck Creek Golf Course will remain OPEN as weather permits through the winter season. Call proshop 326-7824 for daily conditions.


Indoor Golf Practice Range will open in December at The Rivers' Edge, 700 West River Drive. Call 328-PARK (7275) or click www.golfdavenport.com for daily schedule and availability.


Logon to www.golfdavenport.com to see the latest announcements for 2012 season that include: re-loadable player cards and new rain-check policy.


Call Your Davenport Golf Professional for Fall/Winter specials on merchandise an apparel. Ron Thrapp (Emeis Golf) 326-7825, Matt Hasley (Duck Creek Golf) 326-7824.


Golf Gift Certificates - The perfect Christmas gift for the golf enthusiast in your family!  Purchase at any golf course or at the River's Edge.  Available in any denomination in multiples of $5.


Red Hawk Lodge

This clubhouse gathering and meeting space is now available for rental for your holiday parties!.  Call 563-328-PARK (7275) for availability and prices.

Credit Island Lodge and Red Hawk Lodge are both now open for indoor winter rentals!  Both lodges have kitchens and are great for your holiday parties. Call 563-328-PARK (7275) for availability.

Niabi Zoo Announces Holiday Lights at the Zoo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ryan   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 12:39
Coal Valley, IL – November 23, 2011 – Join Niabi Zoo as it is transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland for an all-new experience, Zoo Lights. December 12th-17th, Niabi Zoo will be open for guests to enjoy the zoo as they never have before.

Families will be able to enjoy Niabi Zoo during the evening hours from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The zoo grounds will be decked out in holiday-themed lights and decorations to ring in the holiday season like only Niabi Zoo can do.

Niabi Zoo Director Mark Ryan says the event will be a great time for the Quad Cities to celebrate the season. “We’ve wrapped up another great season at Niabi Zoo,” says Ryan, “but before we leave 2011 behind, we’re inviting everyone back out to the zoo one for one last week.” Ryan says that even though Niabi Zoo has never attempted an event like this before, he hopes it will provide families with a break from their hectic holiday schedules. “This time of year can get so busy for everyone, so hopefully they will be able to take a couple hours to enjoy a stroll around Niabi Zoo and take in the sights of the zoo grounds decorated with all sorts of lights and decorations.”

Admission will be $4 per person. Free parking is available at the zoo.


RI Library Lines: Learn to use the new catalog and more! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 12:38

The new RiverShare catalog is now available to library patrons, and to help introduce the host of new features, the Rock Island Public Library will offer a series of free classes at the following times and locations:


6:00 pm, Monday, November 28, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road


2:30 pm, Wednesday, November 30, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street


1:00 pm, Wednesday, December 7, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road


3:00 pm, Tuesday, December 13, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street


Classes will be offered in the Community Rooms of both library locations. Registration is not required.


For questions, call the Rock Island Library Reference Desk at 309-732-7341.

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