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Student-Run Camp for Children Affected by Cancer Kicks Off Its Second Annual Session PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natali Bode   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:32

Camp Kesem is a free, week-long overnight summer camp for children ages 6-16 who have or had a parent with cancer.   Camp Kesem is organized by Augustana College student volunteers under the guidance of its Advisory Committee of local professionals with related expertise.  Augustana College students serve as counselors and undergo over forty hours of extensive training prior to camp.

Campers participate in a host of fun activities including sports, drama, arts & crafts, adventure, scavenger hunts, and talent shows.  In addition, each night before bed, the campers have “Cabin Chat,” a time for the campers to talk and open up to their peers and counselors.

“It gives both my child and myself a week to spread our wings separate from each other. He’s exactly where he wants to be, surrounded by kids in similar situations and the warmth and support of the counselors,” says a parent of camper, age 12.

Children who have a parent who has or had cancer often lack sufficient external support because they are neither physically ill nor visibly distinct from others.  The complexity of emotions they experience can easily go without attention.  It is often challenging for these children to find peers with whom they can relate, resulting in feelings of isolation and fear and putting the children at risk for depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.

Kesem advisor for Camp Kesem-Stanford, Dr. Michael Amylon, pediatric oncologist at Stanford Hospital emphasizes the importance of an experience like Kesem.  “These kids have their world knocked right out from under them, and often they have no where to turn to get help and support.  Camp Kesem provides a magical place of respite and play, and a group of other kids in the same situation who understand what it's all about and can offer unique and important peer understanding and friendship.”

Camp Kesem was founded one year ago at Augustana College. This past summer it held its first successful week of camp and was able to serve 35 children from the Quad Cities and greater Iowa area. Augustana College’s camp will welcome 60 kids to this year’s session. Applications for the 2013 camp session will be available in November on the Camp Kesem Augustana website.

More information on Camp Kesem can be found at www.campkesem.org/augustana.

 
Fall Courses start September 10! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:18
Don't Wait - Sign up now!
Fall Winter 2012 Catalog Cover Our Fall/Winter Catalog is now available and offers hundreds of courses for all ages and interests. Keep busy this Fall and Winter with Davenport Parks and Recreation!
Pick up a catalog at the River's Edge, Vander Veer Conservatory, Junior Theater or any of the three city golf courses.  Or browse our catalog online and register online by clicking on the link below:


Nothing kills a program quicker than everyone waiting until the last minute to register for it. Please register well in advance of September 10 to make sure the course you want runs!

A sample of our courses:
Learn to Skate
Learn basic skating skills and build confidence at The River's Edge! Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes.

First Session starts September 20th
(Thursday evenings or Saturday Mornings)
$105/7 Week Class
Wine Tasting
Learn the basics of wine tasting! After sampling over a dozen different types of wine, you'll be well on your way to being a sommelier!

 

September 27th & November 11th
$20.00
Gardening Basics
Explore the tools and techniques needed for a successful garden a midst the beauty of our brand-new Enabling Garden!

 

Course begins Tuesday, September 11th.
$35.00

 

Toddling on the Wild Side
Bring your 18-24 month old to experience hands on nature explorations in a safe and fun environment. Discover plants, animals, weather, insects and more!

 

Every Thursday in Fall.
$2.00

 

 
PORT BYRON 5K TO HOST AFTER-PARTY AT “IT’S ON THE RIVER!” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Larson   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:13

PORT BYRON, IL – It’s a party at “It’s on the River,” and it’s one you don’t want to miss!  The Nick Teddy Foundation is pleased to announce the location of the “Nick Teddy Fight Against Ewing’s Sarcoma 5k” after-party will be at “It’s on the River” in Port Byron, Ill.

Events start at 9:00 AM on Sat., September 15, 2012, with the Family Fun Run and Kid’s Dash. The 5k begins at 10:00 AM with the post-party starting at 11:00 AM. Admission to the after-party is included in race registration; however, non-participants can join the post-race fun with a $10.00 admission fee at the door.

Guests will enjoy free beer, pulled pork sandwiches, and live entertainment from Mommy’s Little Monster. Guests will bid on unique raffle items including Cubs tickets, a one-night stay at Fairmont Chicago, and a variety of generous gift baskets and certificates. Kids can burn energy at the Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, face painting and contests designed especially for them.

The Nick Teddy Foundation was established in memory of Nicholas Theodore Strub, 29, a native of Port Byron, Ill. Nick fought a courageous battle against the rare cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma, for more than 5-years.

Proceeds from the 5k and after-party will be used for Ewing’s Sarcoma research.

“Nick would love the celebration,” said Nick’s sister-in-law Holly Larson who is heading up the 5k efforts. “He loved to get people together for a good cause and a good party.”

Additional information can be found online at: http://www.NickTeddy.org, on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NickTeddyOrg) and on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/NickTeddyOrg) Race Director/Contact: Holly Larson 309-798-3081/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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This Week in Downtown Davenport - Aug 30 - Sept 6, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Downtown Davenport Partnership   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:04
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Hello!

The River Bandits wrap up their season this week, so enjoy our beautiful ballpark while you can!  Tonight is another Thirst-Day Thursday featuring $2 beer and soft drinks along with All Pro Custom Tattoo Night and Mustache Night.   Tomorrow's game is Super Duper Fan Appreciation Prize-A-Palooza featuring fireworks following the game.

 

Final Friday is back!  Come cool off from the "Dog Days of Summer" at the Bucktown Center for the Arts this weekend.  Enjoy some tasty summer treats while mingling with some of the area's finest artists.  Stop by LeClaire Park this weekend for the Festival of Praise and on Labor Day enjoy a Hog Roast at Rhythm City Casino on Monday.   

 

Drop by the Figge this week to check out the NASA | ART exhibit and museum tour.  This exhibit features pieces from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.  Also at the Figge, check out Tapestry Weaving, Art Talk, and When We Left Earth - The NASA Missions.

 

Rory Block dubbed "a living landmark" (Berkeley Express), "a national treasure" (Guitar Extra), and "one of the greatest living acoustic blues artist" (Blues Revue) will bring her act to River Music Experience tonight starting at 8:00 p.m.  Also don't miss out on live lunch, RME Guitar Circle and Acoustic Music Club.

 

DavinaDavina and the Vagabonds swing in to RME Friday night!  Hailing from the Twin Cities, the band's high energy original performances keep them the busiest band in town.  Don't miss this gig!  Cas Haley and Roster McCabe come to the Redstone Room on Wednesday. Additional RME shows include The David Mayfield Parade, Friday Live at 5, River Prairie Minstrels, and Blues Cafe.

 

At the RiverCenter this week, Erwin King & DJ Captain's Fourth Annual Old School Reunion Dance will take place Saturday.  Keep an eye out for information regarding East-West Riverfest next week, because September is packed with events!

 

See you downtown and Happy Labor Day!

 

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This Week's Events: August 30 - September 5


Thursday, August 30

$2,800 Bank It Blackjack Tournament

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Registration 5 p.m. Tournament 6 p.m.

Price: $20 entry fee

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Art Talk! "How Telescopes Work"

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Brady Street Pub Lunch Specials & Happy Hour

Where: Brady Street Pub

Time: Lunch specials every weekday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Time: Happy Hour specials every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Time: Sunday, drink specials all day

Prices: See website

Website

 

Competitor Coupon Craze

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Drop-In Hockey (Adult)

Where: River's Edge

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Kilkenny's Live Music

Where: Kilkenny's Pub

Time: 9 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Live Lunch with Ellis Kell

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Where: RiverCenter, Great Hall

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Price: $35 per person; $280 for a table of eight

Website

 

River Bandits v. Kane County Cougars - Thirst-Day Thursday

Where: Modern Woodmen Park

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

River's Edge Monthly Turf & Ice Schedule

Discover dozens of sporting events at River's Edge!  Follow the links below to see the complete ice and turf schedule for the month.

Ice Schedule

Turf Schedule

Website

 

Rory Block

Where: River Music Experience, Redstone Room

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price: $15 Advance, $18 Day of Show

Website

 

The David Mayfield Parade

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: $7

Website

 

Thursdays at the Figge

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Trivia Challenge - Win Gift Certificates!

Where: Brady Street Pub

Time: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Friday, August 31

Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 6:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m, and 8:00 p.m.

Price: N/A

Website

 

Cellarman's Series: Firkin Friday!

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: N/A

Website

 

Davina and The Vagabonds

Where: River Music Experience, Redstone Room

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Dog Days of Summer Final Friday

Where: Bucktown Center for the Arts

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Friday Live at 5 Featuring Jim the Mule Sponsored by Brian Burke/Tom Kellenberger of United Insurance & Investments

Where: River Music Experience Courtyard

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Kilkenny's Live Music

Where: Kilkenny's Pub

Time: 9 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Live Lunch with Ren Estrand

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

River Bandits v. Kane County Cougars - Super Duper Fan Appreciation Prize-A-Palooza

Where: Modern Woodmen Park

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and Up

Website

 

The Slough Buoys

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Saturday, September 1

$1 Deals

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: While hard beverages are served

Price: $1 drink specials

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Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery
Time: Noon, 1:00 p.m, 2:00 p.m, and 3:00 p.m.
Price: N/A

 

Drop-In Hockey (Adult)
Where: River's Edge
Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Price: $10
Website
Erwin King & DJ Captain's Fourth Annual Old School Reunion Dance
Where: RiverCenter, Great Hall
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Price: N/A

Exhibition: Exploring NASA

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: Sculpting with Fiber

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: Suds: History of Brewing

Where: German American Heritage Center

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($5), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: University of Iowa Space Pioneers: 54 Years of Exploration

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: Waxing Poetic: Exploring Expression in Art

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Family Gallery: Blast Off!

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Festival of Praise

Where: LeClaire Park

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Film Series: When We Left Earth - The NASA Missions

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Freight House Farmers Market

Where: Freight House Farmer's Market

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Kilkenny's Live Music

Where: Kilkenny's Pub

Time: 9 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Museum Tour: NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

RME Guitar Circle

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

River Prairie Minstrels

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Rock the Pit

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE
Website

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Stuart Matthews

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Sunday, September 2

 

$1 Deals

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: While hard beverages are served

Price: $1 drink specials

Website

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$3,000 Sunday Shake Up Slot Tournament

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Drop-In Hockey (Adult)

Where: River's Edge

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Film Series: When We Left Earth - The NASA Missions

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

Follow on Facebook and Twitter

 

Museum Tour: NASA | ART Exhibition

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bix Bistro

Where: Blackhawk Hotel

Time: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Price: Adults - $17.95 and Kids - $8.95

Website

 

Monday, September 3

 

Happy Hour

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Price: $1 Drink Specials

Website

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Just Your Style - It's a Beautiful Ride Car Giveaway

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Labor Day Hog Roast

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Lunch or Dinner

Price: $7 Lunch; $9 Dinner

Website

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Nifty 50's

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Rock Island Library Lines: Music, River & CCC Heritage, Movies and More! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by R.I. Public Library   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:47
Reminder: 

Due to the downtown cart races, the Main Library, 401 19th Street, will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1.

30/31 and Southwest Branches are open.

All locations are closed Monday for Labor Day. (You can always visit us online.)

Rock Island Libraries return to regular hours Tuesday, Sept. 4. Effective Saturday, Sept. 7, locations are open until 5:00 pm on Saturdays.

East West Riverfest Starts Next Week!

Mark your calendars for our library East West Riverfest events, including a preview event at our Main Library, "Songs and Stories of the River," on Wednesday, Sept. 5 @ 6:00 pm, with Chris Dunn and Roald Tweet. The event is a great time to pick up your East West Riverfest program of events!

 

During the actual East West Riverfest, Sept. 7-16, the Rock Island Library will feature two events:

 

RiverArts Show, Sept. 7 - 27, Rock Island Main Library, 2nd floor art gallery, 401 19th Street. Art exhibit of works celebrating rivers and waters. On display during library hours. Featuring photographs by Heidi Brandt, Dee Oberle, Twin Rivers Photography, Thomas Broadfoot, and Wally Grant, textile works by Jean Johnson, mixed media works by Amber Williams and Dee Schricker, and paintings by Charles White, Bill Marsoun, and Denise Fuhsinn.

 

Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Renewals and Reinventions: River Towns on the Mississippi River. Explore how river towns are renewing or reinventing their relationships with their rivers, with Professor Norm Moline, Edward Hamming Professor of Geography at Augustana College. Main Library. Made possible in part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

 

East West Riverfest is a collection of more than 300 events occurring Sept. 7-16. Pick up your free East West Riverfest guide at local libraries, or visit www.eastwestriverfest.com

Listen up if you're an audiobook lover!

If you love audiobooks, and want more downloadable choices, then you need to check out a new service just added at the Rock Island Library. OneClickdigital offers more than 3,500 downloadable eAudio books from Recorded Books. You can learn how to use this new service at a free demo at 6:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Rock Island Main Library.

More Programs for Adults

Independent Movie: "A Bad Day to Go Fishing," 6:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 6, Main LIbrary. This movie is not rated.

OverDrive eBook/eAudio Downloading Demo, 10:30 am, Thursday, Sept. 6, and 6:00 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 26, Southwest Branch.

Friends of the Library Big Book Sale, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 6, 30/31 Branch.

Alpha Book Club meets at 3:00 pm Monday, Sept. 10 at Main to discuss "Taming of the Shrew."

Want to know more about what's coming up at your library? Click News or Calendar on our website. You can also print a monthly events calendar. The links below will get you started.

Website calendar of events

Newsletters/MonthlyCalendar

Find our branches:

Map to Main

Map to 30/31

Map to Southwest

 
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