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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:46

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS in partnership with the Child Abuse Council, Community Child Care Resource & Referral, Quad Cities Association for Education of Young Children, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency and the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education is offering a Ready To Learn Conference on April 21nd from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The conference organized for early childhood professionals in homes, churches, centers and schools will feature 18 different breakout sessions that include “Prop Box Bags” discussing outdoor learning fun, “Got Dirt” discussing how to grow healthy kids and “A Merry Musical Day” discussing music and movement.

The registration fee is $20.00 and includes 3 workshops, a light breakfast and a free children’s book.  At the conference all participants will receive a training certificate valued at 3 hours.  CEU and CPDU credits are available on the day of the conference for an additional $20 fee. Black Hawk College is also offering 1 college credit in conjunction with the conference. You must register for the course and pay separately by contacting Chris Bachelder at 309/796-5986.

To find out more about the conference or to download a registration form go to www.wqpt.org or phone 309-764-2400.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

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Churches United Announces Annual Delegate Assembly PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Monday, 19 March 2012 12:21

On Thursday, March 22nd at the First Covenant Church, Moline, located at 3303 - 41st Street in Moline, Churches United of the Quad City Area will host its annual delegate assembly and the entire community is invited to join us.  This will be the 51st annual Delegate Assembly and this year we will again look at the various ministries of this ecumenical group and review the budget for this current year.  This year we have invited three clergy women to talk about their experience working in the church but also working ecumenically.  One key mission for Churches United is to honor the diversity in the Church as well as within the larger faith community.  What are the challenges of working within one faith yet engaging others in a positive and inclusive manner?  The three members of the panel are:

  • Rev Katherine Mulhern, Pastor, Edwards Congregational, UCC, Davenport
  • Sister Marilyn Ring, Chaplain, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
  • Rev. Dawn H. Roucka, Director, Illinois Chapter of Church World Service
If you would like more information about this ecumenical gathering please contact Rev. Ronald C. Quay, Executive Director, Churches United at (563) 332-5002.

America’s Favorite Geek, the Kinetic King, to Appear at the Family Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:17

Bettendorf — Last summer, NBC’s America’s Got Talent introduced the nation to the self-proclaimed “greatest purveyor of chain reaction gadgets in this and the 17 known universes,” the Kinetic King. Viewers fell in love with the Minnesota charm (“you betcha” / “whoo hoo”) and the impressive chain reactions made from tongue depressors, ping pong balls, plastic cups, and more. View his debut appearance on YouTube. The King will be packing his gadgets and heading to the Quad Cities to build several super-cool kinetic structures at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. He will host daily detonations Tuesday, March 20 – Friday, March 23 at 4:00pm. He will conclude his visit with a final detonation on Saturday, March 24 at 11:00am.

The Kinetic King, aka Tim Fort, holds the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Stick Bomb” using 3,864 tongue depressors. It was detonated on June 20, 2010 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Fort creates displays all over the country (some successful and some not). Many of these attempts he posts to his YouTube page (user name LunaTim). The Kinetic King placed 13th overall in season 6 of America’s Got Talent.

“Oh wow!” –Howie Mandel, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

“Wow!” –Nick Cannon, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

“Do it again!” –Nick Cannon, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

“Weird, but interesting.” –Sharon Osbourne, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

“Whoo hoo!” –The Kinetic King, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

Find out what the buzz is about March 20-24 at the Family Museum. “It’s way beyond your grandma’s domino tumbling!” –The Kinetic King

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Walk For Epilepsy 2012 Set For March 31st in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Umphrey   
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:13


Local QCA chapter working toward “not another moment lost to seizures”

Davenport, IA – The Quad City Area chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska has set Saturday, March 31st as the date for the 2012 Walk For Epilepsy. The event will be held here at NorthPark Mall in front of Dillard’s.

This fundraising and awareness event is open to teams and individuals with awards for various levels of participation. A minimum level of $100.00 in pledges is requested with no additional registration fee. There are also team sponsorship opportunities available. For applications, registration or questions, contact David Umphrey, outreach services coordinator, at (309) 373-0377 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

On the day of the event, registration/check-in is from 9:00-10:00 AM; the walk will be from 10:00-11:00 AM with a closing ceremony of recognition set to begin immediately following the walk. The mall court in front of Dillard’s will be the site of registration/check-in and closing ceremonies.

“Epilepsy is a condition that continues to be initially misunderstood by those that deal with it as well as by the general public,” said Umphrey. “We assist anyone managing, or providing care for those living, each day with epilepsy.

“This event also helps educate anyone that has not dealt with the condition personally,” he added. “We show that people with epilepsy can live with not another moment lost to seizures.”


Jewish Cultural Series 2012 American/Israeli Poet, Michael Dickel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sheryl Hassell-Bennett,   
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:04

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