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Military Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 29 at Rock Island Arsenal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theresa Fitzgerald   
Monday, 03 October 2011 11:56
FORT McCOY, Wis. -- A Retiree Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Rock Island Arsenal. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their family members are eligible to attend. The event will run from 7 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. at the Post Restaurant, building 60.

Retiree Appreciation Day is an opportunity for all armed forces retirees, spouses, widows, and/or guests to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs.

Photo identification is required for all personnel to access the installation.

Registration is required. Forms are available at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Retirees/documents/HONORS_2011.pdf. Lunch is available for $11 per person; make checks payable to "Arsenal Club" and include with the registration. Mail registration form to: Retiree Appreciation Day, 916 Belmont Avenue, Davenport, Iowa 52804. For more information, call (563) 322-4823.

Milena Oda at German American Heritage Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Monday, 03 October 2011 10:45
Milena Oda from the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa will talk about her work and experiences both in Germany and in Iowa on Sunday, October 16, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, Iowa.

This program is free for members and free for nonmembers with a paid museum admission.

Milena Oda was born in Czechoslovakia and now works in Berlin as an editor, translator and journalist for Radio WDR, Der Freitag, Prager Zeitung, Literární noviny, and others. Her play Mehr als Meer was staged at the Central European Theatre Festival and at the 2009 Forum of Independent Theatre Groups in Alexandria.  Oda is the recipient of the 2007 Marguerite d’Or in Vienna, and was nominated for the 2007 Ingeborg-Bachmann award.

Her work, in German, Czech, and English, has been featured in the Top-22 Anthology, Ostragehege, Labyrint Revue, Lauter Niemand, Volltext, and Contact.  In 2010 she published her first novel, Ich heisse Diener [Call Me Servant]. She participates in the International Writers Program courtesy of the Max Kade Foundation.

Find out more about her at www.milenaoda.com.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Bettendorf to hold annual Fur & Glitz Reveal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Sons   
Monday, 03 October 2011 10:41
The Bettendorf Discovery Shop in Cumberland Square is excited to announce that Thursday, October 6th from 10:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. we will be revealing our beautiful collection of fur coats and accessories, and our stunning special occasion dresses, tuxedos, jewelry, and accessories.

The Discovery Shop is ready to help you to sparkle and shine for a great cause! Stop in on Thursday morning to be the first to see all of the lovely items that we have available. We will help you to find just what you need for your upcoming special occasions, and you can help us to raise money to help in the fight against cancer. Our donors have been very generous; we have a wonderful assortment of items for you to choose from.

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop selling gently used items all donated by the community it is owned and operated by the American Cancer Society with the proceeds going for cancer research, education, patient services, and advocacy. The shop is run mainly by a staff of over 80 volunteers. If you are interested in joining our volunteer group stop in the shop and join us in the fight against cancer.

If you have items that you would like to donate for this event or at any time, donations are gladly accepted during business hours and a tax receipt is always available. The shop welcomes men’s, women’s and children’s gently used clothing, accessories, jewelry, collectibles and kitchen items. For more information find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/QCDiscoveryShop or on Twitter at QCDiscoveryShop

Regular shop hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2011 David R. Collins Children's Literature Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Monday, 03 October 2011 08:08

Event Date: October 25, 2011



Reading is FUNdamental.  It's more than a slogan.  It's an established fact.  Success in school and success in life demands that children acquire solid reading skills.  The role of teachers is crucial, but the late Moline teacher and children's author David R. Collins hoped to help teachers inspire a love of reading and writing among children by exposing them to the writers and illustrators behind the books they read.  Thus was born the Children's Literature Festival.  Now, 30 years later, the Children's Literature Festival is still reaching out to area schools and their students.  The latest—and we hope greatest—chapter of the Festival unfolds on Tuesday, October 25, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the RiverCenter in Davenport.

Quad City children in grades 3rd through 6th are invited to the Children’s Literature Festival to learn from an all-star lineup of authors, illustrators, and storytellers. Included in this year’s cast of presenters are: Claire Vanderpool, 2011 Newbery Award-winning author of Moon Over Manifest; Belinda Holbrook,  a Davenport author who tells stories with string figures; local poet Ryan Collins; illustrator David Houk; Chris Turnipseed, a Davenport teacher-librarian and member of the Riverbend Storytelling Guild; Pavane Gorrepati and Ramya Prabhu, author and illustrator, respectively, of A Buzzy Bee Tale; Ann Hailey, author of the Fishscale Girl series; Lisa Riebe, author of the Pond Punkies series; Cara Fonteyne and Suzy Sanchez, writer and illustrator, respectively, of Cooper Moves In; and Ann Boaden and Karin Youngberg, Augustana College professors who write novels for young readers under the penname Ann Young. These festival authors, illustrators, and storytellers will meet with assigned groups to discuss their work, share ideas, and answer questions.

Adults would find such a lineup of talent impressive.  Children should find it educational and inspirational.  Each elementary school in the Mississippi Valley community is invited to share in the excitement! Homeschooled children are also encouraged to participate.

Registration forms are available through the Midwest Writing Center and Davenport Public Library. An “Adult Supervisor” (parent, teacher, librarian, or friend) must accompany every five students. Cost for each person is $5. Students should bring a box lunch.

Books and artwork by our lineup of authors and illustrators will be available for purchase and autographing. Proceeds from these sales will be used for future festivals.

Also included in the day is an interactive voyage on the ill-fated passenger liner Titanic with Captain Rick Sundin.

The David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival is made possible by grants from the Riverboat Development Authority, Scott County Regional Authority, Moline Foundation, and Bi-State Literacy Council. Other partners include the Midwest Writing Center and Davenport Public Library.

For more information about the festival, contact Tom Miller, Children’s Literature Festival Board President, at 563-332-8967.


The Read on WVIK: Fahrenheit 451 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colleen Sibthorp   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:42
Please join us on Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
Bettendorf Public Library
for the culmination of “The Read on WVIK,” an exploration
of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and all it entails.

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