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LeClaire Comes Alive With Christmas in LeClaire! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhn   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:23
LECLAIRE, Iowa -Christmas in LeClaire, December 5-7, 2014: Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 -10am-8pm and Sunday, December 7 - 10am-4pm.
Be sure and attend Christmas in LeClaire, the annual event offering fun for the whole family.  There will be baked goods, handmade crafts from local crafters, silent auction, and more at the LeClaire Civic Center (127 S. Cody Road). The Snow Lodge No. 44 (113 S. Cody Road) will be offering cookie tins with your choice of homemade cookies and bars, crafts, and lunch on Friday and Saturday.
Stop in at Reusable Usables (322 N. Cody Road) Friday from 10am-8pm and Saturday 10am-6pm for Free Family Drop-in Art and shop the “Holiday Junk Fest” on Saturday. Kids can have Breakfast with Santa at Happy Joe’s (119 N. Cody Road) on Saturday from 8-10am (Kids $4.50/Adults $7.50) and visit with Santa until 11:30am. Then join him at Santa’s Playhouse (in the Medic EMS Building at 107 N. Cody Road) for fun activities from noon to 3pm.
Other activities include First Friday and First Saturday celebrations from 5:30-8pm at the Mississippi River Distilling Co. and other participating shops and restaurants. Watch for the Strolling Santas from Around the World as they mingle in the downtown.  All the local shops will be offering a wide array of items for your shopping pleasure.  You’re sure to find the perfect gifts for the Holiday Season.
Enjoy riding the Trolley from 11am to 7pm on Saturday and from Noon to 4pm on Sunday with stops throughout the town, and so much more!
Be sure to pick up the Christmas in LeClaire brochure at the LeClaire Civic Center, area shops, or LeClaire Information Center (122 N. Cody Road) for a list of participants and complete schedule of events.  For more information, call Joyce: (563) 289-4205 or Diane (563) 370-3509.
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Detailed List of Christmas in LeClaire Activities follows:
December 5th-7th – Christmas in LeClaire!
Friday, December 5th
Basket Weaver & Yarn Spinner Demonstrations – LeClaire Civic Center – 10am-4pm
Cookie Tin and Crafts Sale – Masonic Lodge - 10am-5pm
Crafts, Baked Goods, Silent Auction – LeClaire Civic Center – 10am-8pm
Free Hot Coffee and Hot Chocolate, Family Activities – Riverside Church -10am-8pm
Free Family Drop-in Art – Kiddie Karrasel – 10am-8pm
Lighting of the Yule Tide Log – Mississippi Cottage Antiques – 4:30pm
First Friday in LeClaire, Great Dining and Shopping. 5:30-8pm
Saturday, December 6th
Breakfast with Santa – Happy Joe’s – 8-10am; $4.50 for children; $7.50 for adults
Visit With Santa – Happy Joe’s – 10-11:30am
Santa’s Playhouse – LeClaire Medic Building - 12-3pm
Chainsaw Carver Demonstration - Civic Center Parking Lot - 10am-3pm
Carved Items Auctioned - 3pm
Wooden Shoe Maker Demonstration – LeClaire Civic Center -10am-4pm
Cookie Tin Sale and Crafts Sale – Masonic Lodge - 10am-5pm
Holiday Junk Fest – Kiddie Karrasel - 10am-6pm
Crafts, Baked Goods, Silent Auction – LeClaire Civic Center – 10am-8pm
Free Family Drop-in Art – Kiddie Karrasel – 10am-8pm
Free Hot Coffee and Hot Chocolate, Family Activities – Riverside Church - 10am-8pm
Free Trolley from Dave and Holly’s to the Bierstube with stops in between - 11am-7pm
Santas from Around the World will Stroll the Streets of LeClaire. 1-4pm
Balloon Maker and Face Painting – Granite Exact - afternoon
Kids’ “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” - Shop Santa’s Gift Shop. Civic Center Parking Lot – 3-6pm
Lighting of the Yule Tide Log – Mississippi Cottage Antiques – 4:30pm
First Saturday in LeClaire, Great Dining and Shopping. 5:30-8pm
Sunday, December 7th
Crafts, Baked Goods, Silent Auction – LeClaire Civic Center – 10am-4pm
Rope Maker Demonstration – LeClaire Civic Center – 10am-4pm
Free Family Drop-in Art – Kiddie Karrasel – 10am-4pm
Free Trolley from the Bierstube to Dave and Holly’s with stops in between – 12-4pm
Santas from Around the World will Stroll the Streets of LeClaire. 1-3pm
Kids’ “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” - Shop Santa’s Gift Shop, Civic Center Parking Lot – Noon-3pm
Music of QC Flutes Unlimited – Buffalo Bill Museum – 2-3pm
For more information, contact Diane at 563-370-3509.
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HOLIDAY TRAIN IT’S ALMOST HERE! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Monday, 01 December 2014 15:00

We, at Churches United of the Quad City Area are excited to remind you that the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is just 4 days away, so please mark your calendar!

When: Friday, December 5th, 12:00 – 2:30 (train arrives at 1:45, but come early for hot cocoa, cookies, local entertainment, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and goody bags for the first 250 children!)

Where: Modern Woodman Park

Why: To support Churches United’s 26 food pantries

Cost: Non-perishable food item or cash donation

Entertainer on train:  Canadian award-winning country music artist Kira Isabella

For more information on this event, please contact Anne Wachal or Thea Hansen at Churches United, 563-332-5002.

 
"The World's First Electronic Dollar: The Currency Of Ecuador." By Diego Naverro: Independent Scholars' Evenings. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:35
The World's First Electronic  Dollar: currency of Ecuador.
Discussion on the Electronic Currency being used, in Equador.
Visibility on how this approach is being used by Ecuador, which has adopted the US dollar since 2000
This conversion to the Digital Dollar was done as soon as the oil pieces dropped.
The discussion will be lead
By
Diego Naverro
PowerPoint presentation to highlight main points
And insights.
The opinions and insights from Ecuador will be included.
Please join in.
Public input in the discussion  is requested
7.00.p.m.
Independent Scholars Evenings*
1530 Fifth Avenue. Moline
At
The Moline Commercial Club
Above The Phoenix Art Gallery.
About the presenter:Retired John Deere, where he worked for more than half of his life, far from his country of birth, Diego still travels to Ecuador three to four times a year.

 
“CANS FOR PETS” RECYCLING INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Kate Ranii   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:19

On Friday November 28, at the Humane Society of Scott County’s Black Friday event, Alcoa Foundation and the Pennsylvania Resources Council will kick off the Cans for Pets program!  Cans for Pets aims to increase aluminum pet food can recycling by donating 5 cents per can collected locally to the Humane Society of Scott County.

Quad City pet lovers can help homeless animals by participating in the Humane Society of Scott County’s Black Friday event, which offers $10 adoption fees for black or mostly black animals, and by getting involved with the Cans for Pets program.  Both programs will help animals like Josie, who sometimes have trouble finding homes due to their coloring.

“We are thrilled to launch Cans for Pets in Davenport,” said Justin Stockdale, PRC’s Western Regional Director.  “The program has been extremely successful in Pittsburgh since its launch in 2012.  Since then we’ve expanded the campaign to include shelters in Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas.  We expect to see the same great success at the Humane Society of Scott County.  The program encourages residents to recycle their aluminum pet food cans, and, in return, Alcoa Foundation generously donates 5 cents per can to a local animal shelter.”

Beginning on November 28 at the Cans for Pets launch and continuing throughout the months ahead, individuals can drop off clean, empty aluminum pet food cans at the Humane Society of Scott County, 2802 West Central Park Avenue, Davenport, during operating hours.  Alcoa Foundation will donate 5 cents per can collected to the organization.

 

“Cans for Pets is an easy way for community members to help the animals here at the shelter, while benefiting the global environment,” said Pamela Arndt, Executive Director for the Humane Society of Scott County.  “These resources will help us find forever homes for all our dogs, cats, and other pets.”

According to an industry survey, the recycling rates for aluminum pet food cans is significantly less than that of aluminum beverage cans: A 20% rate for pet food cans vs. a 65% rate for beverage cans.  The Cans for Pets program aims to increase the recycling of the typically ignored aluminum pet food can.

“There is no limit to how many times aluminum cans may be recycled and it takes about 95% less energy to make a can from recycled aluminum rather than from raw materials.  Our goal is to increase the volume of pet food containers recycled and to raise funds for the important work of our partners at the Humane Society of Scott County,” said Stockdale. “Thanks to Alcoa Foundation, we can all help better our environment, while helping homeless animals.”

Since its launch in November 2012, Cans for Pets has facilitated the recycling of more than 180,000 aluminum pet food cans across the United States.

For information, visit www.prc.org/petcan or call the Humane Society of Scott County at 563-388-6655.

THE PENNSYLVANIA RESOURCES COUNCIL, established in 1939, is the Commonwealth's oldest grassroots non-profit environmental organization.  PRC is recognized as a state and national leader in waste reduction and recycling. www.prc.org 

 

ALCOA FOUNDATION is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S. and contributes to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow's leaders. www.alcoafoundation.com

 

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY provides humane care for all lost, abandoned, and unwanted pets in Scott County, adopts these pets to caring, life-long homes, and educates the community about responsible pet ownership. www.hssc.us

 
Meditation Retreat in Davenport, Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Gauthier, Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:21

Davenport, IA:   We all want to be happy, but how do we do this?  Happiness is a State of Mind therefore we need to train our mind to develop and maintain positive states of mind in order to feel happy.  Meditation is the main method for training the mind.  Lamirm Kadampa Buddhist Center will present a guided Meditation Retreat in Davenport Iowa, Saturday December 6th- Thursday, December 11th.  This Meditation Retreat will be based on Kadam Lamrim meditations presented in How to Understand The Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

In this Meditation Retreat learn simple yet profound meditations and bring real benefit to yourself and others.  There will be an introduction to the Retreat on Saturday, December 6th at 10am. Then four to six one-hour guided meditation sessions each day through Thursday, December 11th.  People can attend one session, one day or the entire retreat.

“Meditation increases our peace of mind and provides practical methods to overcome negativity and to solve our daily problems,” state Joe Gauthier, Resident Teacher at Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center, who will be guiding the Retreat. “Meditating on the virtuous objects found in Kadam Lamrim leads to a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.

 

Each Meditation session presents practical ways to keep our mind positive and energized while engaging in daily activities.   During the breaks between sessions you are welcome to stay and enjoy the peaceful environment and have tea, coffee and light snacks in the community room.  You may wish to bring a packed lunch/dinner. Lamrim Center is within walking distance of the Mississippi River Walk and many local eateries and a vegetarian coffee house.

This is an ideal first retreat for beginners and as well as experienced practitioners.

The Meditation Retreat is open to everyone and is suitable for both beginners and advanced meditators.  Both chairs and cushions will be available for use during the meditation sessions. Everyone is welcome to attend this retreat! Drop-In, no registration needed.

Date:  Saturday December 6th- Thursday December 11th.

Cost:                     $3/session, $10/day, or $30/entire retreat, (Free with Monthly Class Meditation Card)

Location:             Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center, 502 ½ W. 3rd Street, Davenport, IA

(Entrance on Scott Street)
For more information or to register call 563-322-1600 or www.meditateiniowa.org

Meditation Retreat SCHEDULE

Saturday December 6, 2104
Introduction 10am-11am
Session 1:   12-1pm,      Session 2: 3-4pm,

Session 3:   5-6 pm        Session 4:    8-9pm

Sunday December 7, 2104
Session 1:  8-9am,   Session 2: 10-11am,   Session 3: 1-2pm

Session 4:    3-4pm,  Session 5: 6-7pm,  Session 6:  8-9pm

Monday December 8, 2104
Session 1:  8-9am,   Session 2: 10-11am,   Session 3:  1-2pm

Session 4: 3-4pm,  Session 5:  6-7pm,  Session 6:  8-9pm

Tuesday  December 9, 2104
Session 1: 8-9am          Session 2:   10-11am

Session 3:    1-2pm           Session 4: 3-4pm

Wednesday December 10, 2104
Session 1: 8-9am          Session 2:   10-11am

Session 3:    1-2pm           Session 4: 3-4pm

Thursday December 11, 2104
Session 1: 8-9am          Session 2:   10-11am

Session 3:    1-2pm           Session 4: 3-4pm

About Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center:

Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center was founded in 2005 under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso; Internationally renowned Buddhist meditation master and scholar.  Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition-International Kadampa Buddhist Union, a worldwide network of Buddhist Centers that are located in over 40 different countries.

The purpose of Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center is to help people learn practical methods on how to solve their daily problems and to live a happy and meaningful life. Lamrim Center offers meditation classes, day courses, retreats, chanted prayers and a chance to learn more about the Buddhist way of life. The classes and courses are designed to help those who wish to deepen their understanding of basic Buddhist thought and practice, as well as for those who simply wish to start a meditation practice or to meditate in a group setting.

About the Day Course Teacher:

Joe Gauthier is a Buddhist teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition. He is currently the Resident Teacher at Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center in Davenport, Iowa.  Gauthier has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for over 20 years under the compassionate guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Before coming to Iowa, he studied and taught in several locations throughout the world, including Manjushri Centre in England and at Buddhist Centers in Taiwan, Holland and Madison, Wisconsin.

 
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