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VW Car Show at the GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:27

The German American Heritage Center will be showcasing a Volkswagen Auto Show on Saturday May 12th from 10am until 1pm. Fun for all ages, the show will be held in the parking lot of GAHC at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA!

Brats and sausages will be provided by Bier Stube as visitors enjoy the cars of local collectors and those of the Bi-State Volkswagen Club!

Free admission to the show, regular admission costs for the exhibitions. This show is in conjunction with the exhibit Beetle to Benz and is sponsored in part by Lujacks. Call 563-322-8844 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Former Davenport resident, Janet (Bargmann) Thompsen co-authors Lovable Linc, the story of a school’s mascot cat. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janet Thompsen   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:24
Janet (Bargmann) Thompsen, who grew up in Davenport and worked in the Davenport Children’s Library, has co-authored a children’s book. It tells the true story of a beloved cat named Linc, that served as the mascot of Lincoln Elementary School in Waterloo, Iowa for seven years. Thompsen and Lori Gross-Maynard wrote the story about the orphaned kitten who was adopted by Lincoln’s staff and impacted the lives of hundreds of students from 1994 to 2001. Doris Webber, a retired para-educator from the school, illustrated the book bringing Linc’s story to life. This tribute to the school’s feline friend will delight children and adults, and keep fond memories alive for cat lovers everywhere.

A book signing will be held May 5 from 12:00-3:00 at the Moline Book Rack 3937 41st Ave. Dr., Moline. Copies of the book are also available at the Bettendorf Book Rack Store.

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Written by Ron Summers   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:15

Davenport, Iowa, May 2, 2012 – This Sunday, May 6 over 200 volunteers will hit selected parks in Davenport to paint, mulch, clean, and pick up trash. The volunteers are from Bettendorf Christian Church and their volunteer effort is called the “Love Project”. Church members of all ages will be out from approximately 9:30am – 2:30pm to work on projects at Credit Island, Garfield Park and Marquette Park in Davenport. The volunteers will provide about 1,000 man hours in donated labor to Davenport Parks and Recreation.

Members of the church will forgo their regular service on Sunday morning for this annual volunteer project. “Church leaders contacted Davenport Parks and Recreation and asked if they could help out this year,” according to Ken Asta, Experience Manager for the department. Church members see the “Love Project” as a way for the church to give service to the Quad City community.

Davenport Parks and Recreation is always looking for other agencies or groups to volunteer for projects. Anyone interested in volunteering should call Ken Asta at 563-326-7859, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Independent Scholars' Evening PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 07:31
May 3rd. 2012 "Unveiling Your Authentic Self"
Independent Scholars' Evenings. 7.00 p.m.
Kambiz Naficy brings a lightness and joy to everything he touches. He combines
the ancient science of Kriya Yoga, the unveiling of subconscious beliefs, and
the loving support of community to bring balance and harmony to the evolution of
our consciousness. Each of his talks is illuminating in its own way as he offers
guidance into further understanding to our inner world and deeper love of self.
About the presenter:

Kambiz Naficy is a poet, meditation master, and spiritual healer who is
committed to helping individuals reach their full life potential through inner
development and growth.

This commitment evolved into his life-work, as he reached a pivotal moment of
change in his own life. Emerging from his strong belief in the power of an
inner-directed life, and a natural fusing of the Persian and Western cultures in
his background, Kambiz decided to leave a highly successful professional life to
take the leap toward the Soul.

Then, in his own words, he describes the beginnings of a remarkable shift…

“…I began to outgrow my old ways of life – like a shoe that does not fit no
matter how hard you try, my emerging self no longer fit into my old life. One
day, I looked around and found that all the leaders that I admired, were
themselves full of fear and worries. Their marriages were failing, their
children lacking love, and their sense of alienation from their fellow-man was
often anesthetized by drugs. No matter where I looked, I could not find a person
who was truly inner-directed, and creating success from the inside-out—that is
when my faith in the external order of things began to fade. I began to search

In the corn fields of Iowa at Fairfield University Kambiz began intensive study
of the Indian Vedantas and found striking parallels between the Vedas and
quantum physics. From ten years of that study, emerged The Joy of Life
Organization. Kambiz offers workshops and seminars in Sri Lanka, India, Europe,
and the U.S. His teachings reflect his unique ability to draw parallels between
ancient spiritual teachings and Western holistic sciences focused on
self-transformation and inner healing. His unique approach is the blend of
spirituality and psychology; both of which he feels must be addressed for true

Kambiz is in the process of carrying out his vision to bring these workshops
across oceans and cultures where many have already benefited from his teachings
of self-exploration, mental concentration, and inner-directed paths to
creativity and self-knowledge.

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

Please attend.

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

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

309-762-9202for 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.

A Royal Ball for All Planned for Milan, Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:57
5K, Fun Run and a Royal Ball round out planned event to promote autism awareness

Milan, IL - Organizers for an inaugural event to promote autism awareness have announced details regarding a Royal Ball-themed weekend of events June 22 –June 23 in Milan, Illinois.

The weekend will kick off with a “Royal Ball for All” at the Milan Community Center from 5pm – 8pm on Friday, June 22. The family-friendly and public event will feature royal-themed games, activities, food and of course, royal appearances by some well-known princes and princesses. (Children are encouraged to wear their most royal costumes).

At 7:30am the next morning, runners will lace up their glass slippers for a chip-timed Royal Ball Run presented by Jumer’s Casino & Hotel – a 5K course along the Rock River and through Milan, Illinois, followed by a Prince and Princess ¼ mile Fun Run.

According to Royal Ball volunteer, Anne Holtan, the event has been designed to encourage greater support for children and families with autism in our community. “Oftentimes, parents don’t know where to turn or how to access resources,” said Holtan. “Our goal is to hold a unique family event and top-notch 5K race, but to also encourage stronger acceptance of those with autism and better connect families with the resources they need.”

Jennifer Hartmann, event chair, has been overwhelmed by community support for the event. “I knew going into this that we were tapping into a real need. We now know that 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism and local businesses, volunteers and the Village of Milan have all enthusiastically stepped up to make this first-year event possible.

Funds raised during the Royal Ball weekend will be donated to the Quad City Autism Center and programs to support autism awareness in the Quad Cities Area. Individuals can register for the race or learn more by visiting www.royalballrun.com.

About the Quad City Autism Center

The Quad Cities Autism Center exists to provide education, guidance and resources to parents and children affected by Autism and to offer one to one instruction to develop and enhance the lives of our children by giving them New Hope and a brighter future.

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