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Niabi Zoo Announces Holiday Lights at the Zoo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Venema   
Monday, 19 December 2011 15:08

Join Niabi Zoo as it is transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland for an all new experience, Zoo Lights. The zoo will be open from December 14th – December 17th from 4 – 8 p.m. for guests to enjoy the zoo as they have never seen it before.

The zoo grounds will be decked out in holiday-themed lights and decorations to ring in the holiday season and celebrate a successful 2011. The hope is to provide families with a break from hectic holiday schedules and enjoy some quality time strolling around Niabi Zoo. Admission is $4 per person (free for children under three) and free parking is available.

In addition to the lighting displays, guests will also be able to enjoy carolers, hot chocolate and take photos on the train that will be parked and decorated.

While Niabi Zoo and local volunteers have set up many of the lights, several businesses involved in the Business Friends of Niabi Zoo program have also taken over displays. The business program kicked off in September and has grown to include eight businesses: GCO Flooring, Tri-State Windows Siding & Roofing, RIA Federal Credit Union, Kimberly Car City, Courtesy Car City, Courtesy Ford, Pints Tavern  and Image Arts Etc. & McCory Photography. The participating businesses are working with the Niabi Zoological Society to help raise money for the new elephant house at the zoo.

Niabi Zoo is a division of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District and is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

“Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” will be shown at the Figge Art Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:06
On February at 4pm, the film, “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” will be shown at the Figge Art Museum in the John Deere Auditorium. The Figge is located at 225 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Admission for the film is $5 or free for students.

2005 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign language Film, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is the true story of Germanys most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose.

Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. -IMDB review

This film is shown in conjunction with the exhibit The White Rose at the German American Heritage Center located at 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Sponsored by GAHC, The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and the German Consulate of Chicago.

Bettendorf Elementary School Students Donate 300 Coats to AEA Coats for Kids Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Smith   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:51
Bettendorf, IA – Twelve fifth grade elementary students from the Bettendorf Elementary Schools have collected 300 coats for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Coats for Kids Program as part of a community service project developed through the Tomorrow’s Leaders program.  A representative from the AEA will be on hand accepting the coats tomorrow, December 9, at 7:30am at the Bettendorf Happy Joe’s.  

Tomorrow's Leaders is comprised of 12 fifth grade students, one boy and one girl, representing each of the elementary schools in Bettendorf.  The students are chosen by their teachers and principals and are leaders among their class.  Once a month, the group meets for breakfast at the Bettendorf Happy Joe’s, where they discuss leadership skills and social and society issues pertaining to school and the community. All of the students volunteer for the Special Needs Winter Holiday Party at the iWireless Center in December. Additionally, the students select a service project.  This year they chose to collect coats for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Coats for Kids Program.

“These students are the future leaders of tomorrow.  This program enables them to see that they have a voice and that being a leader is all about taking the initiative to mobilize themselves and others toward necessary action,” says program advisor Happy Joe Whitty. 


Milan Happy Joe’s Hosts Annual Special Needs Children’s Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Smith   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:43

Milan, IL – Milan Happy Joe’s team members will host a special needs party for children from 10am to noon on December 13th at Horace Mann Early Learning Center.  Santa will be on hand to spread holiday cheer and delight to special needs children throughout the Milan area.  Approximately 100 children from Horace Mann Early Learning Center are expected to attend the event.  The first special needs party began in 1972 when Happy Joe Whitty opened his first store in the Village of East Davenport.  Since that first event 39 years ago, nearly 155,000 special needs children have attended parties throughout the 59 store chain.

“We look forward to December and hosting the special needs party each and every year,” says Dave Vanderginst, Milan Happy Joe’s Franchise Owner.  “The party is an opportunity for us to reflect and be thankful for the past year while continuing a long standing tradition our founder, Happy Joe Whitty, started one holiday night in 1972.”
Before opening his first Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor in the Village of East Davenport, founder Joe Whitty was nearly fired from another pizza chain for sponsoring a party for a group of special needs children without first checking with his boss.  In 1972, on the eve his first restaurant’s opening night , he invited a local priest to bless his business and promised that if he could make enough money to feed his family, he would give something back to the community.  After just a few weeks in business, people were waiting out the door.  True to his word, Joe shut down the restaurant one day a year to have a party for those less fortunate, and required his franchisees to do the same.  Now, 39 years later, nearly 155,000 special needs children have benefited from the parties held throughout the chain over the holiday season.
All media are welcome to join our team members at Horace Mann Early Learning Center located at 3530 38th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201.
For more information, contact Johanna Smith at 760-458-1218 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Help Winnie's Place Women AND Have FUN!!! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Monday, 12 December 2011 14:58

During the holidays, it’s harder to get the women of Winnie’s Place adopted than the children so the Quad City Mallards is having a GIFT DRIVE at their game, Friday December 23rd.

Several have expressed interest in going as a Churches United/Winnie’s Place group and take advantage of the group rate.  If you are, let me know!

What a GREAT way to have some fun AND help the women of Winnie’s at the same time!   They REALLY need pajama pants for the mom’s but any gift item or gift certificate will help!

PLEASE share this with your e-mail lists and help spread the word.   The Mallards have been awesome to support us – a recent silent auction and food drive resulted in over a ton of food in cash and food items for our hunger ministry.    Now this help with Winnie’s!

You can drop off the gift item at the Mallards office OR at Winnie’s Wishes (902 E. River Drive, Davenport) to get your $5 off voucher.

Again, if you want to join OUR group, just give me a call. ---  Jo Cohrs @  309/738-9564

Winnie’s Place is a shelter for women who are homeless or victims of  domestic violence with or without children. They need your help . . .

Donate a new or gently used women’s gift (pajama pants or gift certificates preferred) and receive $5 off a ticket purchase for the game on:

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Puck drops at 7:05 PM
Quad City Mallards vs. Wichita

Donations can be dropped off & $5 vouchers received at:

Winnie’s Wishes
902 East River Drive
Davenport IA

Quad City
Mallards office
1201 River Drive
Moline IL

Quad City Mallards 1201 River Drive, Moline IL 61265
Elizabeth Phelps PH: 309.277.1384 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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