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Living Lands & Waters Celebrates Thirteen Years with Barge Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:33

Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) will host its annual Barge Party at the Lake Davenport Sailing Club on River Drive and Oneida Avenue in Davenport on Thursday, August 12 from 5:30p.m.to 9:00 p.m.  Chad Pregracke and his Living Lands & Waters’ staff and crew will be on hand to celebrate thirteen years of river cleanups, environmental education workshops, river forest rest or ation projects, engaging communities in river stewardship.  During these thirteen years, Pregracke has been the recipient of many awards including the Jefferson Award, American Institute f or  Public Service; Heroes of Conservation Nomination, Field & Stream Magazine and The Alumni Award and Dedication of The Pregracke Center at Heartland Community College in Normal Illinois.   

Those in attendance will enjoy a true river feast with a fish fry & shrimp boil next to the beautiful  Mississippi River . The LL&W crew will give tours of the house and garbage barges and host a meet and greet where attendees can meet members of the LL&W crew.  There will also be a silent art auction, live music and a few words from Chad Pregracke and his crew to update you on the progress that has been made this year. “This event allows us to thank the Quad Cities and its residents for all that they do to help us in continuing to make the rivers a cleaner place.  It all makes a difference and everyone should be thanked and rewarded,” says Chad Pregracke, Founder & President of Living Lands & Waters. Tickets for the event are $35 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the office at (309) 496-9848 or going to their website at www.livinglandsandwaters.org

Chad Pregracke started Living Lands & Waters in 1998 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the beautification and restoration of   America  ’s major rivers and to the education of people about environmental issues. From his single boat beginning, LL&W has grown to an internationally known organization with a fleet of barges and workboats, engaging thousands of volunteers each year in river cleanups, hands-on environmental education workshops, the Great Mississippi River Cleanup, Adopt-a- River-Mile programs and the Million Trees Project. “This thank you and fundraiser is a perfect example of how much momentum and teamwork has helped this project progress.  We have supporters flying in from all over the country to celebrate what we have accomplished so far”, says Pregracke.      


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Meditation Workshop PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Monzyk   
Monday, 01 August 2011 12:01

Joy of Life Organization Is excited to announce to the arrival of

Kambiz Naficy
Poet, International Kriya Yoga Master, and Spiritual Healer

Kambiz Naficy will be offering a personal transformation and Kriya Yoga Meditation Workshop in Davenport, IA

At The Institute of Therapeutic Massage
August 12-14.
Contact: Ben Davis (563) 271-5359
Or Lori Monzyk (563) 508-5745

We are pleased to present 5 opportunities to experience Kambiz Naficy’s energy hear Kambiz speak on a variety of topics including: Kriya Yoga, the stages of personal transformation, authentic love and self-confidence. These talks are free and informational questions and answers are welcomed.

Wednesday August 10 at 11:30am
Body and Soul Wellness Center, Dubuque IA

Wednesday August 11 at 7:00pm
The Institute for Therapeutic Massage, Davenport

Thursday August 11 at 2:00pm
Unity Church, Moline, IL

Thursday August 11 at 6:00pm
The Om Gift Store, Iowa City

Friday August 12 at 10:00am
The Healing Heart Center, Bettendorf

Come and receive Kambiz’ energy and hear him speak in person. See for yourself.

You can also learn more about Kambiz Naficy or Joy of Life Organization at:

Facebook Page: Joy of Life Organization

Celebrate with your girlfriends in historic Galena PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB   
Monday, 01 August 2011 09:51

18th Annual   Galena   Girlfriends’ Getaway is Sept. 9-11  

  GALENA ,  Ill.   ─ The Galena Area Chamber of Commerce once again plans a special weekend for “girlfriends” of all ages from Friday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 11. This annual Galena Girlfriends’ Getaway will feature sales, contests, spa specials, Quartermania and more – just for  the  ladies – in beautiful, historic  Galena  in scenic northwest   Illinois  .

A pre-registration fee includes several gifts from local merchants and a chance to win a $200 shopping spree. You can also register for a belly dancing class, Quartermania auction, slipper party and Sunday brunch. Participants may register for as few or as many activities as they choose.

The ever-popular Quartermania auction will happen once again, this time Saturday night at   Galena   Convention Center   starting at 6 p.m. Ladies can buy a roll of quarters, bid on a variety of interesting items, and see who gets the great bargains. A Saturday night “Slipper Party” at the   Wal-Mart   Supercenter  beginning at 9:30 p.m. will feature games, refreshments, coupons and a gift card. 

Sunday’s finale at the DeSoto is a brunch with your “girlfriends” as the weekend will wrap up by announcing the winners of the shopping spree and gift baskets.

Throughout the entire weekend, there are more than 55 businesses throughout   Galena   and Jo Daviess County that are offering specials, drawings, and events to participants of the Galena Girlfriends’ Getaway.

For more event info, including venues and fees, call  the  Galena Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-777-9050 or visit galenachamber.com. Pre-registration is also available online at galenachamber.com. Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau by calling 877-Go   Galena   or at www.galena.org. While in town, visit the CVB’s  Old   Train   Depot   Visitor   Information   Center  at   101 Bouthillier St.   (corner of  Park Avenue ) for on-site assistance and countywide information. 

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Parks and Recreation August 2011 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Monday, 01 August 2011 09:37


For all events go online www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks to register or call 328-PARK (7275) for more information. Look this month to pick up the Fall/WINTER copy of THRIVE! and special events. Registrations begin August 10th for our Fall Session which starts Sept 12th!

  • - This extremely rare and exciting opportunity will be a blast for the whole family.  Please come and support these young students. Info on times and locations can be found @
  • Kindernature: Stars and the Moon. Tues August 9th, 10:00pm-11am at Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory. Cost $6.00. Bring your preschooler to learn about the night sky! Price includes an interactive program and snack.
  • Back to School Fiesta: Fri August 12th 1:00pm-7:00pm at Garfield Park. FREE! This is a family fiesta-that has games, activities, dunk tank, piñatas, etc... all to prepare for a fun back to school time!
  • 8th Annual Doggie Dig: Fri Aug 12th 6:00pm-7:30pm at Fejervary Aquatic Center. Cost $3.00 per dog, people get in free!
  • Central High School Jazz & Marching Bands: Wed August 17th at LeClaire Park-Music on the Levee Series. Cost: Free.
  • Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals Bus Trip to Wrigley Field! Fri August 19th, leaving The River's Edge at 9am. Return will be promptly after the game. Cost 95.00 per person, includes a ticket to the game.
  • City of Davenport Appreciation at the River Bandits! Sat August 20th. Cost-FREE, must pick up tickets at Davenport Parks and recreation and show proof of residency.
  • Iowa Prairie Heritage on display! Aug 20th-Oct 9th, in the Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory Park Store we will be hosting a special educational display. The displays will have huge panels that educate the public on the past, present and future of tall grass prairies in Iowa.
  • Wheelchair Basketball Clinic: Tues August 23rd, 5:00-6:30 location TBD. Call the parks office at 328-PARK (7275) for more information.


RIVER'S EDGE- Located at 700 W. River Drive (Across from Modern Woodmen Park)

  • The Rivers Edge Turf is hosting another fun month in August!
  • The Ultimate Sports Lock In: August 6th- Join us for an overnight stay packed with sports, sports and more sports! The fee is $40 and runs from 8PM to 8AM.
  • "Summer Showdown" Indoor Soccer Tournament: August 13th- A Coed bracket with a round robin style play leads to a champion! Team fee is $200.
  • Rage In The Cage Dodge ball Tournament: August 20th- Grab the bull by the horns and take home the trophy! Coed bracket, Team fee is $75.
  • Rivers Edge Community Flea Market: August 27th- Join us for one the QC Areas largest flea market. Admission is FREE, Vendor tables are $25 and you keep 100% of your profit. Market opens at 9 am.


  • 50yr Anniversary of Emeis Golf Course! August 19th marks the 50th Anniversary of Emeis Golf Course and the exhibition match played by Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Come and celebrate the wonderful history and current transformations that have made Emeis a success for 50 years.
  • Golf Gift Cards - great for any occasion, are always available at Davenport golf shops, Parks and Recreation desk at Rivers Edge, and now at Vander Veer Park Store.
  • Visit www.golfdavenport.com for the 2011 Golf fees, latest updates and information
  • Family Friday Nights at Red Hawk Golf and Learning Center - Start a new activity this summer fit for the whole family. (Must be 8 years of age to use the Driving Range Area) Golf clubs sets are available upon request. Age - Children K and up accompanied by an adult. $10 - per family of Four, $2 each additional person, 6pm - 9pm June 3d - Aug 5th (10 Fridays)         
    • Price includes:
    • Unlimited Use of Short Course (Par 3 course)
    • Medium Bucket of range balls - one per family
    • Putting Green Activities - putting course etc.
    • Clubhouse Host with Pizza and Beverage provided. 7:30-9pm

MRDC Releases Wide River Wheat at August First Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mississippi River Distilling Company   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:07

Le Claire, Iowa, July 19, 2011 – Mississippi River Distilling Company is excited to announce the release of their first seasonal product, a 100% wheat whiskey called Wide River Wheat.  Whiskey enthusiasts will be able to purchase the limited release product on Friday, August 5.  In total, there will be approximately 3,000 hand numbered 375 ml bottles for distribution.  This wheat spirit uses 100% organic wheat from farmer Tracy Doonan of Reynolds, Illinois. The spirit was aged in oak barrels and during the last month was transferred to oak used to age wine at Wide River Winery of Clinton, Iowa.  This leaves consumers with a light summertime sipper with a wonderful hint of red wine.

In conjunction with the wheat seasonal release is MRDC’s First Friday Fiesta on Friday, August 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  The “First Friday” feature event is open to the public and was started in May as a chance for anyone who can’t make it during regular business hours to come see what they’re all about, try the products, and have a little fun!  Features in August include unique twists on some standby favorites.  There will be free samples of margaritas made with River Baron Vodka and mojitos made with River Rose Gin.  MRDC’s “Spirited Chef” Stephanie will be sampling a Mexican shrimp and citrus dish called Caldo de Camerones.  Plus, there will be retail specials in the shop.  The rest of Le Claire is also joining in on the First Friday fun with an art stroll down Cody Road with artists and musicians in the street.  Shops and restaurants will be open for a fabulous night in Le Claire!

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age.



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