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Written by Chris Starman   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:37

Davenport, IA  Mar 6, 2012 – Iowa and Illinois comedians will raise money and awareness for the Eastern Iowa Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a night of standup comedy and competition in this year's Comedy For A Cause 3 - Last QC Comic Standing, April 13 at The Establishment Theatre.  Tickets for finals will cost $10, with all proceeds going to support the Eastern Iowa JDRF.


For the third year, DubStar has called upon area comedians to lend a helping hand to the Eastern Iowa branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Last QC Comic Standing is the area's only LOCALLY produced comedy competition.   This year, the event injects a new level of excitement with thirty-six of the best comedians in the Midwest competing in three preliminary rounds for ten spots in the finals.  Only one can be crowned Last QC Comic Standing and receive the cash and prizes.  The three preliminary rounds begin this week at Rozz-Tox, in Rock Island, March 9 beginning at 8:00pm.  The next two preliminary rounds will follow over the next two weeks, March 15 at The Pub in Davenport, and March 22 at Racer's Edge in East Moline.


The finals will be held Friday, April 13 at The Establishment Theater and will feature the top ten from the three preliminary rounds.  The top ten will perform for local judges Tony Tone from the Red Hot Brian Scott & Tony Tone in the Morning on B100, Entertainment Editor for the the Quad City Times – David Burke, Local headlining comedian – Jim Petersen, and local retailer and JDRF parent – Bob Boyer.  These judges will narrow the field from ten to three, and then name a champion.  Tickets for finals will cost $10, with all proceeds going to support the Eastern Iowa JDRF.


“This year's event was meant to showcase the amazing comedic talent in the Midwest, and specifically the Quad Cities.  Almost half of the comics are from right here in the QC,” says DubStar founder Tony Boyer.  “We also wanted to bring the local comedy community together by using venues that have supported comedy after the loss of Penguin's.  The Establishment, Rozz-Tox, Racer's Edge, The Pub, and others have been so helpful in cementing a home for local comedy.”



JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children and adults suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump.   According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 25.8 million people in the United States, 8.3% of the population, have diabetes, with 7 million going undiagnosed.


DubStar is an amateur fundraising group founded in 2008 by Tony Boyer and Chris Starman; both have histories related to helping diabetics. DubStar’s mission is to make a positive impact on deserving charities or groups, through fun and unique ways; “Party With A Purpose”.  In February, DubStar hosted Minute 2 Win It, a recreation of the popular TV game show that raised funds for the Quad Cities Autism Center.  Additional information can be found at the DubStar website, www.facebook.com/DubStarQC.



Flower and Garden Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCA Expo Center   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:13

The annual Flower and Garden Show will take place this weekend, Mar 23-25, at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island.  Hours are: 10am until 8pm on both Friday and Saturday and from 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

Admission is $7 at the door or $6 in advance with tickets purchased at local Hy-Vee Food Stores or at the QCCA Expo Center box office.  Senior citizens admission is $5 on Friday from 10am until 4pm.  Children ages 6 to 16 are $1.

Volunteers Needed to Wrap Trees for LL&W’s MillionTrees Project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:46

Chad Pregracke’s Quad Cities-based environmental group needs volunteers to help in a project to improve the future of area waterways.  Living Lands & Waters, an East Moline, Illinois non-profit organization is planning to distribute 150,000 free oak tree saplings in April as part of LL&W’s “MillionTrees Project.”  The goal of the project is to improve the health of rivers in the Midwest, by re-establishing hardwoods that have been depleted by over-harvesting, flooding and disease.

Volunteers, including families with children, are invited to take part in tree wrapping events being held throughout March and April. “Wrapping 100,000 trees takes a lot of work” said Chad Pregracke, founder and President of Living Lands & Waters.  Pregracke adds, “It’s a great venue to help the community and educate people on why trees are important.”

Trees provide shelter and nut-bearing hardwoods are a viable food source for wildlife and migratory birds.  Slow-growing hardwoods like oaks have a harder time re-establishing themselves without help, and are often crowded out by faster growing species, like cottonwoods, willow and silver maples. Re-establishing hardwoods helps increase biodiversity, reduce erosion and run-off and improve water and air quality.

Individual registration is not required, but strongly encouraged.  Groups of 10 or more should pre-register.   Volunteers can stay for an hour or all day.  Hard working volunteers will receive LL&W MillionTrees Project t-shirts. For questions or to register, please contact Ashley Stover at Ashley@livinglandsandwaters.org or at 309.737.5913.

Tree wrapping events will occur at the following places and locations:

QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island:

March 13, 9am-5pm      March 14, 9am-5pm      March 15, 9am-5pm

March 16, 9am-5pm      March 17, 9am-5pm      March 18, 9am-5pm

Volunteers should show up at the North Hall of the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island.

LL&W Headquarters @ (17624 Rte. 84 N, East Moline, IL)

March 5-10, 8am-5pm

March 26-31, 8am-5pm                           April 2-20(excluding Sundays), 8am-5pm

Volunteers will be asked to help with the following:  bundling trees in newspaper, dipping roots in water, placing trees in bags and/or tying. Participating children MUST be supervised.  Volunteers are asked to wear warm and comfortable clothes that can get dirty.

Trees will be distributed in April to individuals, families, schools, businesses and organizations throughout 8 states.  The saplings will also be distributed to the general public during the QCCA Lawn and Garden Show, March 23-25th on a first come, first serve basis. The goal of the MillionTrees Project is to grow and plant 1 MILLION trees.

Anyone interested in volunteering may contact MillionTrees Project Coordinator, Ashley Stover at Ashley@livinglandsandwaters.org or at 309.737.5913. More information on the MillionTrees Project can be found at http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/milliontrees/default.htm


Girls Get Away in LeClaire PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Donna Walley   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:23
Girls Get Away in LeClaire, Iowa. April 27 & 28.
$50.00 fee -
  • Mini Makeovers by Paul Mitchell,
  • Dinner at Steventon's,
  • Fashion Show,
  • What's HOT in home decor for 2012 by POSH HOME.
  • Music by John McLaughlin,
  • Improv Comedy by 2 Guys in Ties,
  • Mini Martini's, Wine Tasting where you will get a free etched wine glass from Wide River Winery,
  • Music on the porch & wine tastings at Grasshoppers.
  • Vodka Tastings Mississippi River Distillery.
  • Give aways, scavenger hunt and much more!!!
The first 20 women who sign up will receive a tiara in their goody bag. Go to www.visitleclaire.com for more information.

News Releases - Local Events
Written by Rebecca Wheeler   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:20
Christian Care will host its second annual Trivia Night at The Rock in Coal Valley on
Friday, March 23, 2012. Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the games will begin at
7:00 PM. The cost is $10 per person with eight individuals per team. The top two teams
will receive cash prizes for their trivia knowledge. Raffle items and a 50/50 drawing
will be held and Mulligans will be available for purchase. Sandwiches, drinks and water
will be for sale, as well as delicious baked goods from the ladies of Grace Evangelical
Free Church. Team members are also welcome to bring their own snacks. Seating is
limited; to reserve individual or team seating contact Mary Maland at 309/792-4102 or
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The proceeds from Trivia Night will help Christian Care continue to provide services in
the Quad Cities to a growing number of homeless men and abused women and children
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The organization’s vision is to transform lives. They
accomplish this by providing safe shelter, food, clothing, and personal care items, as
well as the counseling and guidance needed to help residents develop the skills needed
for a healthy new life.

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose vision is to transform lives.
Through its mission of providing safe shelter, support and resources, Christian Care
empowers both the homeless and survivors of domestic violence to make positive
changes in every aspect of their lives. Christian Care’s two facilities—a domestic
violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for men—serve homeless
individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of
prison, and those with mental illnesses. If you know someone in need, call the Christian
Care Crisis Hotline at any hour of the day or night at 309/788-2273.

For more information about Christian Care, please go to their web site at
christiancareqc.org or to Facebook at facebook.com/christiancareqc.

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