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Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tracy White   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:10

WHAT: Poetry Out Loud Regional Recitation Contest

WHEN: February, 21 at 2:00 PM

WHERE: Quad City Arts, 1715 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, IL

WHO:     High School Students from United Annawan and Orion

Quad City Arts announces a regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. On Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 pm students from Orion High School and Annawan will participate in the Poetry Out Loud regional contest at Quad City Arts. Attendance at this event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The winner of this competition will advance to Illinois’ State Poetry Out Loud Competition, being held Friday, March 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.  The State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed with $20,000 going to the champion!

The competition, presented in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is honored to provide travel support for regional and state finals of Poetry Out Loud in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


For further information call Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Tracy White 563-579-7630

Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau and WVIK Partner on Quad Cities Event Calendar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:47

Quad Cities – WVIK, Quad Cities NPR and the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration:  They will be combining their online event calendars. Both free, local events calendars, at VisitQuadCities.com and WVIK.org, will now all be fed by the same shared database. A submission to either calendar will show up on both. Additionally, Experience Quad Cities’ arts, culture, and heritage calendar at ExperienceQuadCities.com is fed by the same database in a more narrowly, focused manner.

“This is something everybody in the Quad Cities has been asking for and because of our position as a public institution we could lead the way,” said WVIK Station Manager Jay Pearce. “Every media outlet in town runs its own events calendar and it can be very frustrating for our listeners to figure out what’s going on.” One of the major benefits of this new collaboration is the broadcast component WVIK brings to the partnership. WVIK’s on-air event announcements will be fed by this calendar for all of WVIK’s listeners to hear. While all unpaid, on-air announcements will be made at the editorial discretion of the program producers with the interests of their listeners in mind, WVIK sees this as an improvement in their offerings now that the on-air calendars will directly reflect their online counterparts.

It is the QCCVB’s marketing & communications department that built the infrastructure that facilitated this merger. “For as long as I’ve been in marketing, the wide variety of local calendars has been one of the biggest challenges,” says Charlotte Doehler-Morrison, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at QCCVB.  “We were happy we could help make this happen.  It is a valuable partnership for all involved, and many of the events on the calendar will be promoted through the QCCVB’s monthly event emails and weekly emails to our QCCVB partners.  Our events calendar is the most visited page on our website.  We want to ensure visitors and residents are getting as much information as possible.”

It was the sharing of the QCCVB’s calendar with Experience Quad Cities that served as the model for this merger. “When Experience Quad Cities set out to create its website and new online events calendar, the last thing we wanted to do was create one more online calendar,” said Experience Quad Cities Board Chair, Carmen Darland. “As anybody in arts marketing knows, you can spend a substantial amount of time submitting events on dozens of local calendars or just searching to see what other events might conflict with your own. Sharing the categories that fit our niche audience with the QCCVB’s calendar just made sense. I hope to see the other media outlets in town follow WVIK’s lead in this endeavor.”

The joint calendar launched today and is now accepting submissions at VisitQuadCities.com, ExperienceQuadCities.com, or WVIK.org.

Teen programs get creative in late February PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:13

Rock Island, IL: Teen programming takes a turn for the creative at the Rock Island Public Library in late February.

Rock Island's Teen Science Cafe, 6:00 pm on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Main Library, will focus on helping teens make YouTube videos for the Quad City wide teen short film contest coming up in March. The library will supply flip video cameras for use that night, help with editing and provide details on how to enter. Videos are due March 3, and all entries will be shown at a free Premiere Party on March 12.  The Quad City-wide contest is open to ages 13 to 19, and is sponsored by the Putnam Museum.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Rock Island Library holds its monthly Teen Gaming Night at 5:45 pm at the Main Library, 401 19th Stree. Teens ages 12 to 18 can play  Xbox 360 and Wii video games, or with board games. Snacks will be provided.

A free teen movie set against a college-wide singing contest wraps up the month at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 28. The 2012 movie carries a PG-13 rating, and is very loosely adapted from "Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory," by Mickey Rapkin. Ages 13 to 18 will be admitted to the free showing.

For more upcoming library events, visit library locations or the website at www.rockislandlibrary.org, follow Rock Island Library on Facebook or Twitter or call 309-732-READ (7323).


Blues Festival Will Move to Labor Day Weekend; Blues Society Begins a Fundraising Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M V B S   
Monday, 16 February 2015 11:56
After weathering 3 floods and multiple rain days in the past 7 years over the 4th of July weekend, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society Board of Directors voted to move the date of the 2015 Blues Festival to the Labor Day weekend—Saturday and Sunday September 5 and 6.

After 30 years of being on the Independence Day weekend, the change to Labor Day is a momentous move to avoid the flooding of LeClaire Park with its consequent monetary outlays and still keep the Blues Festival on a holiday weekend that will provide a travel day for the 40% of attendees that come from out of town for the Festival.

“We understand the inconvenience that this move may cause our loyal attendees,” says MVBS President Scott Klarkowski, “but we hope that they will continue to support the Festival, which received recognition in 2014 as ‘one of the longest running, most prestigious blues festivals in the world’ by The Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN.”

Basically, the move to Labor Day reflects a choice of LeClaire Park over the dates of the Festival.  “LeClaire park, situated between the blues Highway 61, the railroad, and the Mississippi River, and with its historic Bandshell, presents the perfect ambience for the music originating farther south on the highway and the River,” says Klarkowski.

The move to Labor Day weekend is also designed to maintain the quality of the Blues Festival, because it will give more time for the MVBS to find funding for their coffers depleted by the moves to downtown Davenport due to flooding and rain in the past 7 years.  The date change will also open up new audiences such as high school and college students, which will help the MVBS maintain its mission of keeping the blues alive through education.

“The Festival is just part of what the MVBS does to Keep the Blues Alive,” says Klarkowski.  “We also have an active Blues in the Schools educational program, as well as our Legends Concert Series that brings live blues to the Quad Cities, our radio shows on KALA,  and our other events that include the preliminary round of the Iowa Blues Challenge.”

The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is the only major blues festival in the country that is produced by an all-volunteer blues society, without major corporate support.  It will take a total of over $200,000 to produce just a two-day festival in September.   “We rely on grants and sponsors to help us produce the Blues Festival,” says Klarkowski, “and now we need support from the public as well if we want to see the Festival continue.  We accept any donations—just go to our website at www.mvbs.org and donate what you can to help us keep the festival alive and high-quality.”

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Friday Announcements - 02/13/2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 13 February 2015 13:59

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 02/13/2015

CHAMBER NEWSLETTER - Deadline Today, February 13th, 5:00 p.m.!

The March 2015 Chamber Newsletter will soon be in production to be delivered to Every Business and Home within the 52753 zipcode area!! Advertising rates remain: 1/8 page: $75; ¼ page: $100; ½ page: $125; full page: $250. If you commit to all 4 quarterly issues, receive a 10% discount off each ad! Ads can be modified per issue. Just send your ad information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will forward it on to House of Print for you. No cost assistance in developing an advertisement is available through House of Print. If you would rather work with House of Print directly, send your ad to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and please copy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Chamber Members - Get the word out about your business or events and be ready for SPRING!



Latimer Bed & Breakfast 127 North Second Street, LeClaire, Iowa 52753. Located 1 block off Highway 67 in the center of town. For Reservations, call 563-289-5747. www.latimerbb.com


LeClaire Olive Oil Company 102 N. Cody Road - Specialty food retail store carrying ultra- premium olive oils, balsamic vinegars, stuffed olives, spices, seasonings, rubs, gourmet dip mixes, olive oil soaps, and gifts. 888-255-2867 www.leclaireoliveoilco.com


The Links at Pebble Creek - Located in beautiful LeClaire, Iowa, The Links at Pebble Creek is an affluent housing community just outside of the Quad Cities metro area. The beauty of living in this new home community is the quiet, rural setting. www.pebblecreekia.com/ Contact: The Links at Pebble Creek, 63 Cobblestone Lane, LeClaire, IA 52753. 563-289-7031.

Unique Recycled Creations & Gifts – Rhonda and Cole DeVrieze - 118 N. Cody Rd, LeClaire. Recycled chalk boards, doors, frames, signs with upcycled and handmade items, etc. 309-507-2929


WQAD-TV Channel 8 is the ABC-affiliated television station for the Quad Cities area of West-Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa that is licensed to Moline, Illinois. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 38 from a transmitter in Orion, Illinois. Owned by Tribune Broadcasting, WQAD has studios on Park 16th Street in Moline. wqad.com/



The LeClaire Chamber of Commerce was proud to recognize the following at the Annual Awards Dinner, Saturday January 31, at Steventon’s in LeClaire:

Volunteers of the Year 2014 – Joyce Kuehl and Diane Glispie, Christmas in LeClaire

Event of the Year 2014 – First Friday in LeClaire, Garrett and Ryan Burchett, Originators

Pineapple Award for Hospitality 2014 – Cindy Bruhn and Volunteers, LeClaire Information Center

Edward B. deSilva Award for Community Leadership 2014 – Vern Spring

Brick and Mortar Award for Opening or Expanding Business in LeClaire in 2014 –

Grasshopper’s Guest House


Isabel Bloom

Urban Classic Home

Wild Horse Canvas Prints


LeClaire Olive Oil Company

El Rio Spa and Wellness

Mindfire Communications

Snap Fitness

Jones Street Java House

Grace Marine

Antique Archeology

Comfort Inn & Suites

Buffalo Bill Museum

Expressions in Threads

LeClaire Farmers Market

Freedom Rock of Scott County

Fig Tree

The LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Board for 2015 was also introduced:

President - Mike Clingingsmith - CFO - Pleasant Valley Schools

Vice-President - Melody Oltmann – First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire

Secretary – Dr. Crystal Buesing – Dr. Crystal’s Chiropractic Care

Treasurer – Andrew Arndt – Arndt Chiropractic Center, Inc.                          

Debbie Mulvania – VP and Branch Manager - First Central State Bank, LeClaire

KV Dahl – President of Dahl Ford

Kathleen Anderson - Sr. Assistant to the President, St. Ambrose University

Dennis Gerard - Former Sr. VP of Northern Region - Kone

Carl Hoyt, Jr. – President, Captain's Quarter's and Grace Marine

Emily Hudson – General Manager – Faithful Pilot Café and Spirits

Kristen Underwood - Blackhawk Bank & Trust - Branch Manager, LeClaire

We would like to thank Vern Spring, Jim Huiskamp and Dayle Hall for their service on the Board. All retired as of December 31, 2014.

Thank you, too, to all the businesses and individuals who attended the Dinner, and to those who donated and bid on items for the Live and Silent Auctions. It is due to your generosity that the event is such a huge success!



February 6th-16th - Time to Celebrate at Isabel Bloom! Help them celebrate their Bloom legacy with exciting in-store activities and specials. Isabel Bloom signature mug FREE with purchase of $35 and more. Double “Hugs Points” with sculpture purchase. 15% discount on anything RED (one item only). View and pre-order new 2015 designs.


February 13th – LeClaire Community Library - Valentine’s Day Stretch-Tacular! Join us for a very special Valentine’s Day celebration with the library’s mascot, Stretch the Giraffe! This all-ages program will offer Valentine’s Day and Giraffe themed snacks and activities. 3-5pm

February 13th – Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits 6:00 & 8:30 Valentine’s seating $75.00 per person

February 14th – Bierstube - Valentine's Day $2 off our Apple Strudel, Black Forest Cake and Nutella Pretzel desserts all day!

February 14th - The Crane & Pelican Café Valentine’s Day Two seatings - 6pm & 8pm. Three courses for $55/person. 10% discount for groups of four or more. View the menu at: http://craneandpelican.com/events.html Call for Reservations: 563-289-8774.

February 14th – Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits Valentine’s Day 6:00 (booked) & 8:30 Valentine’s seating $75.00 per person. Call 563-289-4156 for reservations.

February 14th – Blue Iguana Valentine’s Day two for $20 meals. Choose from a Combination Platter (enchilada/tostada/rice and bean) or Combination Fajitas for two. Ask about their special Valentine’s Day cocktails! A flower for every couple joining us!

February 14th - The Shameless Chocoholic is taking preorders for chocolate covered strawberries (priced by weight) for Valentine’s Day! Call 563-289-1339 or order on Facebook, The Shameless Chocoholic

February 14th - Sweet Dreams Guest House has a great Winter Getaway Special including Valentine’s Day! $149 for a Friday or Saturday night reservation; includes a bottle of wine, a 1 pound box of chocolates, and a $10 coupon for Jones St. Java House next door! Call today to reserve your stay - 563-289-1339.

By February 15th - Wild Horse Canvas Prints is offering 20% off any Sports Themed Canvas! Orders must be placed by February 15. Call 844-399-6838 for more information.

February 15th – Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits Valentine’s Wine Tasting - Rose’s & Red’s for a special Valentine’s Day tasting! $15.00 for 15 wines from 3-5

February 19th – LeClaire Community Library - Chinese New Year Party Join us for a little history and a lot of fun as we celebrate Chinese culture and games with crafts! 6:30-7:30pm. For children in grades 1st-6th.


February 21st - Scott County Freedom Rock Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser at the Riverview Road House. Proceeds will help provide lights, a sign, maintenance, and paver installation for The Freedom Rock. So dust off your best chili recipe and bring your appetite. A perfect way to warm up and have some fun on a cold winter night!

February 21st - LeClaire Youth Baseball and Softball Trivia Night Fundraiser at the LeClaire Fire Station Jones and 15th Street. Doors open at 6:30pm. Trivia starts at 7pm. If you would like to reserve a table, donate items, or volunteer please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563-370-1650 for more information. www.leclaireyouthball.com

February 21st - Trivia Night at the LeClaire Civic Center to benefit the QC Cruisers 127 S. Cody Road. Doors open at 6:30pm; Trivia starts at 7pm. 8-person teams; $10 per person. Everyone will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Mulligans are 10 for $10. Each team may bring its own snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Pork roast dinner available for $7; carryout dinners available at 6pm. Call Debbie at 563-349-4403 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a table.

February 22nd - Come celebrate Buffalo Bill's Birthday! noon to 4pm at the Buffalo Bill Museum. Buffalo Bill himself will be there! Free admission.

February 23th – Economic Development Meeting City Hall – 8:00 a.m.


February 23rd – LeClaire Community Library - Alienology This month’s “ology” program will feature out-of-this-world activities, challenges, and crafts with a space-alien theme. 6:30-7:30pm. For children in grades 1st-6th.

February 24th Happy Hour Wine Tasting at 129! $15 per person. 5-7pm: Last Tuesday of every month. Please call to reserve your spot – 563-729-1035. Wines will be available to order at a discounted price.

February 25th – LeClaire Community Library - Book Club The LeClaire Library Book Club group for adults meets the 4th Wednesday of each month. Join us on February 25th to discuss Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen. Books are available at the library’s circulation counter at no cost.

February 26th -  Expressions In Threads is Hosting "The Quilts Of Downton Abbey" Lecture and Trunk Show at Comfort Inn & Suites, LeClaire 11am, 2pm and 6pm. Dennis Bevines from Andover Fabrics will bring quilts, garments and other items made using their Downton Abbey Collection of fabrics. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $5 and reservations are required – 563-289-1447.


Check out the Wide River Winery Inn for a fun winter get-away! They have a reduced winter rate of $119 during the months of January and February. It is located above their Tasting Room in LeClaire. The fully furnished apartment sleeps four adults. Why not plan a weekend to look for the Bald Eagles or enjoy the shopping and charm of LeClaire? For more information, contact Cecilia 954-242-6878.

Blue Iguana New $5 Winter Winter Meal Deals! Stop by Blue Iguana and sample our new $5 winter meal deals! Tuesday's special is our Taco Salad for $5. Wednesday's special is 3 enchiladas for $5.Two chicken tostadas and a side it our Thursday special for only $5!

Bierstube Lent Features available during Lent! Lemon Whiskey Shrimp, Shrimp PoBoy Sandwich, Shrimp Alfredo, Tilapia and Rainbow Trout.

Mississippi River Distilling Co. has kicked off the 2015 LeClaire Cocktail Cruise. From January to April, eight different bars and restaurants will have a showcase MRDC cocktail. You can try each one and get your cocktail "passport" stamped for chance to win monthly prizes. Plus, during First Friday, with any bottle sold, get a coupon for a free showcase cocktail! Get your Passport at The Crane & Pelican Café, Sneaky Pete’s Woodfire Grille, Steventon’s, Blue Iguana, 129, The Faithful Pilot Café and Spirits, Bierstube, or River Roadhouse today! www.LeClaireCocktails.com


Does your kitchen need an update?  Is your bathroom looking old and tired?  We can help with the design and remodeling to brighten any room in your house!  Give LeClaire Home Improvement and Construction a call at 563-381-7778 for a free in home consultation

LeClaire Community Library TAG (Teen Advisory Group): Teens are invited to attend TAG meetings the 3rd Thursday of each month from 4-5pm. This group helps improve Teen Services at the library AND attendees can earn one hour of service learning credits for school by participating. Plus, we bring snacks each month! It’s a win-win!

LeClaire Community Library Preschool Explorers: Explore a new science-based theme each month with a short storytime, followed by several hands-on, exploratory stations. This program takes place the 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30am OR 6:30pm. This month we’ll be learning about dinosaurs!

Visit the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce website www.leclairechamber.com and see us on Facebook!

If you would like to attend a Chamber Board Meeting in order to present a topic, please contact the Board in advance at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in order to be included an upcoming agenda. Board Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month, 8a.m. at LeClaire City Hall.


First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire We have a Wednesday evening program: Halftime! For kids, 5-11 years old. It's half way through the week - and it's a time of fun for the kids. We meet from 5:30-7pm, every Wednesday there is school, through May 6. We serve dinner, play games, have a lesson and a craft. Have your child join us for a week or two to see what we are doing. We are located across from Bridgeview Elementary School, at 200 South 12th street. For more information, call Pastor Melody at 563-381-7777.

LeClaire Information Center Volunteers Needed! Contact Cindy Bruhn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-650-7963 to volunteer.



Riverview Apartment for Rent - Downtown LeClaire. One Bedroom. $1250/month. Call 563-940-3742 for more information.

Commercial Property for Sale 510 N. Cody Road. Contact William Robertson (563) 940-1517 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Commercial Property for Sale 613-617 N Cody Road, LeClaire IA 52753. Contact Jeff R. Heuer, NAI Ruhl Commercial Company, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Office: 563-355-4000, Direct: 563-823-5107.

Commercial Property for Sale Cody Road, LeClaire IA 52753. Description: contact John G. Ruhl, NAI Ruhl Commercial Company, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Office: 563-355-4000, Direct: 563-823-5126.

Commercial Property Available Eagle Ridge Road, LeClaire, Iowa. Please call: Mike Burke - Mel Foster Co. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Mobile: 563-349-2705, Direct: 563-823-5272

Park Run Apartments/Newbury Living complex - 1, 2, & 3 Bedrooms Available - 1701 Iowa Drive, LeClaire, Iowa 52753. 1 BR, 2 BR or 3 BR unit. Call (563) 289-5159 more information today!

Do you have Residential or Commercial property available? Please contact the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with a property description, complete contact information including phone numbers and rental or purchase pricing.


March 6 – First Friday in LeClaire


March 10 - Faithful Pilot - Evening/5:30

April 14 –- El Rio – Lunch - noon

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