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Written by Ron Summers   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:23
Davenport, Iowa, May 23, 2012 – On Friday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. city officials and other guests will be on hand to break ground at the new Enabling Garden at Vander Veer Botanical Park. The site for the new Enabling Garden is located near the current entrance of the Conservatory at Vander Veer Park. The public and media are invited to attend.

The Enabling Garden is an accessible garden and features plantings that stimulate all the senses, and includes planting beds and containers raised for comfortable reach. This accessible garden can be used by persons of any age or ability and includes garden elements that appeal to all five senses. The gardens are designed to improve and maintain the physical mental and social health of everyone.

The Enabling Garden eliminates physical barriers to gardening, creating an area where people of all ages and abilities can garden together. Key features of the Vander Veer Enabling Garden are: accessible paths throughout, garden beds and containers at differing elevations, water feature, pergola, and a riot of color and textures.

In addition to being a beautiful place to visit the enabling garden will be host to a variety of Horticulture Therapy programs. Horticulture Therapy is defined by the American Horticulture Therapy Association "AHTA" as an engagement of a person in gardening activities, facilitated by a trained therapist to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals. The activities in this space will be varied according to our customer's abilities. The outdoor gardens will also be available for rental for fundraising events, wedding ceremonies and receptions and other events.

An artist’s conception of the completed Enabling Garden can be found on the Parks and Recreation’s website on the Vander Veer Botanical Park page. The web address is: www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks.

Construction is expected to be complete sometime in mid July. A new entrance to the Conservatory is also planned as part of the Enabling Garden construction, and may necessitate closing the Conservatory for a minimal amount of time. Patrons should check the Parks and Recreation website for any notice on closure during the construction period.

News Releases - Local Events
Written by Janine A. H. Parr   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:01

Taco Tuesday to benefit the Friends of Jordan Scholarship Fund will be held on Tuesday, May 29th at Mulligan’s, 310 W 1st Avenue, Coal Valley.

The event will run from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Please come and share a good time with friends and family! Rudy’s Tacos will be sold
for ‘donation’ only. Proceeds will provide scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year.


“Social Networking Etiquette” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 08:25
May 24th 2012
Independent Scholars' Evenings:
“Social Networking Etiquette”
Is Social Networking Rudeness on the Rise?


Mark McLaughlin
Public Relations Director at Results Marketing.

Mark McLaughlin will explore the transgressions of online etiquette in his
presentation. He will provide tips on how to avoid annoying or rude behavior. He
will also provide suggestions on how to nurture positive Internet relationships.
McLaughlin believes that annoying or inconsiderate social networking behavior
is, in part, a product of the fast times in which we live.
“Our culture is passing through a time of brisk technological development,” he
says. “Modern life is changing at a frantic pace – and that’s okay. But as the
world changes, sometimes people concentrate too much on their own objectives and
manners fly out the window – and that’s not okay.”
Because Facebook and other social networks are free, people sometimes feel that
“anything goes” -- but in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.
“Abusing a free service is almost doubly inconsiderate,” he said. “People should
be grateful for the service and treat its other users with respect.

Think about this social networking scenario: Suppose you are an author and some
of your Facebook friends are also authors. But since they write books in the
same genre as your works, they are also competitors. When those authors post ads
for their books on your Facebook page without asking you, are they being rude?

About the presenter :

Throughout his career, Mark McLaughlin has specialized in getting messages out
to business, industry and the general public. Over the years, his writings have
appeared in literally thousands of magazines, trade journals, business
publications, newspapers, anthologies, and websites.

When he is not at his desk at Results Marketing, writing advertising copy and
news releases, he is at home working on his latest book. His 20-plus books
include the supernatural suspense novel MONSTER BEHIND THE WHEEL (co-written
with Michael McCarty), the story collections MOTIVATIONAL SHRIEKER and PICKMAN'S
MOTEL, and the poetry collections THE GOSSAMER EYE (co-written with Rain Graves

Independent Scholars' Evenings are Free and open to the public.

Please attend.
7.00 p.m.

The Moline Commercial Club
1530 Fifth Avenue. Moline. Illinois.

second floor of The Moline Club building . Above the Phoenix Fine Arts Gallery.

309-762-9202 for The Institute.

light refreshments, wine and beverages are served.
doors open at 6.30

Independent Scholars' Evenings are sponsored by
The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd. a 501(c)3 at state and
federal level since 1996.

The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd.

News Releases - Local Events
Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 08:00

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is bringing the talking dog from “Martha Speaks” to the Quad Cities area between June 18th and June 22nd.  WQPT airs “Martha Speaks” each weekday at 6:30 am and 4 pm.  The alphabet eating canine who starts talking is a favorite of viewers young and old alike.  Martha will be visiting the following locations:

Monday, June 18th from 1 to 2 pm

Rock Island County Animal Care & Control

4001 78th Avenue, Moline


Tuesday, June 19th from 10 to 11:30 am

Moline Public Library

3210 41st Street, Moline


Thursday, June 21 from 2 to 3:30 pm

Humane Society of Scott County

2902 West Central Park Avenue, Davenport


Friday, June 22 from 1 to 2:30 pm

Geneseo Public Library

805 N. Chicago Street, Geneseo


When you donate one of the following products to help keep our local shelters clean and safe, you will receive a Martha Speaks book:

  • Bleach
  • Cat litter
  • Laundry Detergent (HE)
  • Antibacterial Hand and Dish Soap
  • Paper Towels


Martha will be at all events and children will have the opportunity for a Meet and Greet, learn about Pet Care, play children’s activities with Martha and take a tour of the Shelters. “We are delighted to have Martha visit and help children and parents understand the jobs our local animal shelters are doing and our responsibility as pet owners,” said Ana Kehoe, WQPT Outreach Director

The events are presents by WQPT, Modern Woodmen, Quad City International Airport and Moline Public Library. For more information log on to wqpt.org.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.


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Home Food Preservation 101 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vera Stokes   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:57
Home Food Preservation 101 will be offered on June 21, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Freight House, 421 W. River Drive in Davenport.

The workshop, taught by ISU Extension and Outreach specialist, Vera Stokes, is intended for those wanting to learn how to safely preserve food. It will also serve as a refresher for those who have experience preserving food.

Since 2006, there have been new canning recommendations that everyone should be aware of when canning at home. Participants will receive current Iowa State University Extension food preservation publications and learn about a new program, Preserve the Taste of Summer.

The workshop is $10.00 and participants need to register by June 15 by calling the Extension Office at 563-359-7577 so there are enough materials available.

“People are ‘rediscovering’ the joy and economies and fresh taste of home gardening and want to preserve that bounty to enjoy throughout the year by freezing, drying or canning those foods,” says Stokes. The program will touch on canning, both hot water bath and pressure canning, freezing, equipment needed and a review of resources available.

Food preservation information and answers to your questions are available by calling the Iowa State University toll free Answer Line 1-800-262-3804 or 1-800-735-2942 (Relay Iowa phone linkage for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals). The Answer Line is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 am – 12noon, 1 pm to 4 pm.


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