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Christian Care to Serve Thanksgiving Meal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:37

Rock Island, IL – Christian Care will offer a special Thanksgiving meal from noon to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the rescue mission, 2209 3rd Ave., Rock Island. A full menu of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, green bean casserole, corn casserole, desserts and salads will be served.

“Like every other day of the year, our doors are open to anyone who is hungry or alone,” said Elaine M. Winter, Christian Care’s executive director. “This can be a difficult time of year for people, and we welcome anyone who comes through our doors. Additionally we’re thankful for all the volunteers and community members who donate their time and resources to help us serve those who need us most.”

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men. It serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses.

Christian Care's community meal site is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays Monday through Friday, and for breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

If you know of someone in need, call C hristian Care’s crisis hotline any hour of the day at (309) 788-2273 or visit online at christiancareqc.org.

Palestinian/Israeli program at The Canticle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sallyann McCarthy   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:09

“How could one not be shocked …?” asked Jan Cebula OSF, former president of the Clinton Franciscans and convener of the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking, in describing her experience on an Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) delegation study tour of Palestine/Israel.

Just returned from the two-week journey through the conflict zone during the olive harvest, Sister Cebula will report on her experiences at a free, public presentation beginning at 6:30 pm, Thursday, November 29, 2012, at The Canticle, home of the Clinton Franciscans, 841-13th Avenue North Clinton, Iowa

Sister Cebula and the 21 other participants on this delegation had the unique opportunity to hear directly from Palestinians and Israelis regarding the role of the US government in promoting a resolution to the conflict in their homeland.  The delegation also focused on the Palestinian olive harvest which takes place each autumn and is an occasion of particular cultural and economic importance for Palestinian communities and a time when tensions between Israeli settlers and Palestinian residents of the West Bank run high.

Describing her reaction to the delegation, Sister Cebula wrote, “I was shocked by the pervasive, systematic discrimination and oppression of the Palestinian people and the impact on their daily lives. Travel restrictions, checkpoints, the wall separating Palestinians from one another and their olive groves, demolition and eviction orders, mushrooming illegal Jewish settlements strategically planned to prohibit expansion of Palestinian villages, highways upon which only Israelis can drive, harassment by settlers and soldiers, endless court battles, denial of permits to build, limited or no access to electricity and water.  All these horrors are obviously designed to send messages about inferior status and keeping people separated and fearful, and are used to try to force people from their land,” said Sister Cebula.

Sister Cebula also cited many positive elements of the situation in her online report to IFPB such as, “witnessing the resilience, courage and strength of the Palestinians and Israelis who are resisting the occupation, working for change, assisting with court challenges, engaging in nonviolent resistance, forming cooperatives, empowering youth and refusing to act as enemies by building bridges and relationships. They were truly inspiring. In them lies the hope despite the overwhelming reality of occupation and inequality,” she said.

In her presentation, Sister Cebula will explore various avenues that US citizens can take to forward the peace process in the region.  “We who were privileged to make this delegation are determined to tell the stories of our Palestinian brothers and sisters who feel abandoned by the international community,” she explained.

This Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) delegation was the 42nd such experience organized by IFPB since 2001 which have educated approximately 800 North American citizens about the Middle East and deepened their understanding of its conflicts through eye-witness experiences.

For more information on the November 29th presentation, contact sisters of St. Francis, 563-242-7611, or visit www.clintonfranciscans.com.

Italian Thanksgiving Dinner: RIver City Radio Hour on November the 23rd. 2012 at the Moline Commercial Club. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:06

River City Radio Hour


The Moline Commercial Clubs’ Chef Linda will be serving a magnificent dinner
prior to the show, by reservation only. Please call 309-762-8547 to make reservation.

Joshua Forbes, TenorSax/Flute
Jon Moss, Bass
Corey Kendrick, Piano
Glorie Iaccarino, MC/Oral Essay

October 19, 2012

1530 Fifth Avenue, Moline, IL
Social Hour @ 5:30p.m.
Dinner @ 6:30p.m. • Show @ 7:30p.m.

Elevator is at the16th Street entrance.

Tickets for Dinner & Show: $25.00/person
Tickets for the show: $5.00/person

*This event is open to the public and the audience can attend the show without dinner.
Priority seating is given to guests who make dinner reservations.

Local Historic Landmark Holiday Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Monday, 19 November 2012 14:05

November and December Library Programs at Rock Island Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:40

Looking for a Break from Holiday Cooking and Shopping? Look to Your Rock Island Library

If you’re ready for a short break from the annual holiday runaround, take advantage of free November and December programs at the Rock Island Library. From programs for job seekers to a celebration of the culture that originally gave us the first Thanksgiving, library programs offer entertainment and education for everyone in the family. Among the offerings are:

Free programs for job seekers:

  • POSTPONED. Getting that Job: Tips on Making the Cut: Tuesday, November 20, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Frustrated with your job search or just getting started? A panel of experts will provide tips on everything from filling out the application, what to avoid on your resume, and what to do (and not to do) during an interview. No registration is required.
  • Resume Tips: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 11:00 am, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Need some help putting together a resume? Library staff will help you work through the process. This is a hands-on class, so registration is required.  Please call 732-7341.

Entertaining events:

  • Native American Heritage Month celebration, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. The library celebrates Native American Heritage Month with an evening of storytelling, singing and sharing by the Thunder Medicine drum group.
  • Gift Guides: Thursday, November 29 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Looking for a special gift for a book lover or technology fan? Librarians will help attendees sort through the choices to find the perfect gift during the holiday season.
  • Lord of the Rings movie events: As part of a lead-up to the mid-December release of The Hobbit, the prequel to the Lord of the Rings saga by J.R. Tolkien, the Rock Island Public Library will show part 2 of the movie trilogy starting at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and part 3 staring at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. The early start is due to the extended running times of both movies. Participants are encouraged to show up whenever they can to catch up on both classic stories.

Special programs just for teens:

  • Teen Trivia Night, Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road. A millionaire-style trivia game, just for teens ages 12 to 18. Participants may play in teams or as individuals to answer questions about a variety of topics for a chance to win prizes.
  • Hobbit Party, Thursday, Dec. 13 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.  Fans of Lord of the Rings can celebrate the upcoming release of the movie based The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, with snacks, trivia, and a costume contest for those who choose to come in costume. (Costumes not required to attend.) Ages 12-18 only.
  • Teen Gaming Nights: Thursday, Nov. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 20, at 5:30 pm, at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Participants ages 12 to 18 can play Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii or old-school board games while enjoying snacks.

Help for the technology-perplexed:

If you’ve discovered that your new device didn’t come with a manual, or you simply want to start 2013 with a better grasp of technology, the Rock Island Library will offer an ongoing series of “getting started” demonstrations and classes on technology. Upcoming classes include:

  • Getting Started with eBooks and audiobooks: Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6:00 pm, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Free demonstration on how download eBooks and audiobooks for free, by using the library’s OverDrive and OneClickdigital services. Know someone who’s getting an eReader? Another session will be offered at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 2,, 2013 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.
  • Getting Started with Email Basics: Thursday, Dec. 20 at 1:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Are you looking to get started with Email or not sure how to use the Email you have? Library staff will help you learn the basics. This is a hands-on class, so registration is required. Please call 732-7341. More “Getting Started” classes will be offered in 2013. Details are available online at www.rockislandlibrary.org or at library locations.

Rock Island Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branch locations close early at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. All Rock Island Library locations will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 23. For more library events, pick up a winter program brochure or monthly events calendar at any Rock Island Library, check the library calendar or news sections at www.rockislandlibrary.org, or sign up for news by email. For questions, please call 309-732-7323 (READ).

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