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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
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Riverside Theatre & MidwestOne Bank proudly present: Will Power Poetry Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:13

Iowa City, IA – Aspiring teenage poets are invited to write an original poem for Riverside Theatre’s annual Will Power Poetry Contest.

Words Out of the Box (Sonnet If You Want It) is open to area students in 7-12 grades, with submissions due April 10.

This year, Riverside Theatre is expanding its Will Power Poetry Contest to include poetry of all kinds—from hip-hop to punk rock, Shakespearean to Langston Hughes.

Whether it be slam-style, sonnets or Robert Frost, it all comes down to The Word! We want to hear what you have to say.

Contest winners – in both junior high and high school categories – will receive 2 free tickets to the special Will Power Performance of As You Like It on June 14 at the Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park, have their work printed in the summer playbill, and displayed at the Iowa City Public Library and MidwestOne Bank.

Entries are due April 10, 2012. Full contest details and entry forms are available at www.riversidetheatre.org.

All winners will be notified, and the winning entries will be listed on Riverside Theatre’s website www.riversidetheatre.org.

Will Power is an education outreach program of Riverside Theatre, sponsored by MidwestOne Bank with additional support from Rockwell Collins.


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Written by Ken Reese   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 08:10
(Davenport, Iowa) – The “Gathering of the Green” 2012 will be held at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport,IA on
March 14-17, 2012. Over the past 12 years, thousands of John Deere admirers have traveled to Moline, Illinois and
Davenport, Iowa for workshops and drop-in sessions presented over three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and 70+
vendors offering services; new, used, and reproduction parts; manuals; books; tires; signs; JD decals; art; clothing; and

RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801
March 15, 16 & 17
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Vendor Hours: March 15 & 16
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
March 17
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register at the door for the Full Conference or attend one or more of the days on a register and pay-at-the-door basis as

Thursday, March 15 - $10 per person
Friday, March 16 - $10 per person
Saturday, March 17 - $10 per person
Full Conference Fee (March 14, 15, 16 & 17) - $35 per person

For the most up-to-date information including a listing of workshops and vendors and directions, go to the web site:


or call Ken Reese at 815-578-8635

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