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Celebrate the Doctor with a Teen Doctor Who Party Dec. 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 10:54

Rock Island, IL: Teenage fans of a certain time-traveling doctor should set their TARDIS coordinates for 6:00 pm on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

The library will offer a Teen Doctor Who party with activities based on the popular BBC science-fiction television program. Since its beginnings in 1963, the show about a time-traveling humanoid alien Time Lord named "The Doctor" has acquired a cult television following. The Doctor, played by 12 different actors over the series, explores the universe in the TARDIS, which appears as a blue British police box, righting wrongs and fixing problems with creative thinking and his trusty sonic screwdriver. He often clashes with the Daleks, a race of unfeeling cyborgs bent on dominating other worlds.

Teens will watch a non-BBC movie based on the invading Daleks, create some TARDIS and Dalek crafts, play trivia for fun prizes, and enjoy snacks "fit for a Time Lord."  The event is free and open to anyone ages 12 to 18.

For more events at Rock Island Public Libraries, visit the library website atwww.rockislandlibrary.org, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-READ (7323.)

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Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.

 
Saturday Storytime Celebrates the Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:45

Rock Island, IL: Out shopping and need a quick family break? The Rock Island Public Library's Children's Department will offer a special 11:00 am storytime on Saturday, Dec. 13 in the Rock Island Main Library Children's Room, 401 19th Street.

The event will feature holiday stories, songs, games, Christmas tree and reindeer crafts for ages birth to five. The monthly Saturday story time meets the early learning needs of children under five, and the schedules of busy families.

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

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Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, providing community outreach efforts, online opportunities and resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.

 
NEW BUSINESSES AND ARTISTS FEATURED AT GALLERY HOP! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Micaela Booth   
Monday, 08 December 2014 12:12

(ROCK ISLAND, IL –December 1st ) – The District, MidCoast Fine Arts, The ARTery & Quad City Arts present Gallery Hop! on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. Gallery Hop! is a fun, festive and free open house unique to downtown Rock Island. More than 60 artists will be showcased in over 25 locations throughout downtown Rock Island during the event. The “Hop Stops” stretch all the way from 16th Street to 25th Street and from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue! These locations are not limited to art galleries; artists will exhibit in coffee shops, restaurants, retail shops, and entertainment venues.

Jewelry, photography, woodwork, glass, paintings, drawings, book signings, sculpture, and live music will all be featured. Gallery Hop! does not lack in variety, there is something for everyone! This is a perfect event to take care of some holiday shopping, all while supporting local businesses and artists.

There are many new and exciting things happening at this Gallery Hop! There are artists who have never participated in this event before; more than 10 of the artists are exhibiting for the very first time. New businesses to the downtown area will also be participating! A particularly exciting exhibit will be at SK Models where Kimberly Miller with Celestial by Design will be painting a beautiful masterpiece on a human canvas!

There will be game cards at each “Hop Stop” that will include BINGO, and the voting ballot for the “Best of the Hop” contest. To play Gallery Hop! BINGO just visit at least five locations, have the artist sign off, and make a straight line on your card! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite “Hop Stop” before you turn them in! Completed cards can be turned in at MidCoast Fine Arts/The ARTery or Quad City Arts. Winner gets a prize basket full of fun gifts, and art! The winner will be randomly drawn and notified the week of 12/15/14.

Keeping with the theme of all things new this year there will be an “AFTER the HOP” social gathering! With a few venues staying open late for Gallery Hop attendees! Immediately following Gallery Hop! Icons Martini will host a holiday popcorn bar from 9 to 10 p.m., The ARTery will host “Drink & Draw” at Blue Cat Brew Pub from 10 to 11 p.m., and The Establishment Theatre will provide a complimentary improve preview from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m.! It’s a chance to get to know the artists, see them in their element, and experience performing arts at no admission cost!

Visual arts, galleries & studios:

Quad City Arts: Naidine D’ Angelo (ink drawings) & Teresa Mesich (paintings)

The Art Place: Christina Fait (oil paintings) & Jill Rodts (acrylic/oil painting prints, prayer cards, holy cards, and prints of icons)

DeSoto Arts Center: Quad City Woodturners: live wood turning demonstrations by Steve & Anne Sinner and the wood turners. DeSoto Potters: pottery by Joel Knanishu, Jim Cronk, Amber Williams, and Maryan Wherry; jewelry by Alex Henry.

Rozz-Tox: Greg Dickinson (oil/acrylic on canvas)

MidCoast Gallery West: Linda Kelty (multimedia art), Carolyn Krueger (pottery) & Catherine Moneysmith (oil paintings)

The ARTery: Tony Seabolt (acrylics) & Karen Klingborg (jewelry & softies)

Small Wonders Photography: Anne & Quinn Kirkpatrick (original photography)

Quad City Botanical Center: Glen Marten (photography), Robert Tuftee (blacksmith metal art) & Bill Marsoun (paintings)

Performing arts, theaters, film studio, & live music venues:

Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse: “White Christmas” Reservations required.

The Establishment Theatre/ComedySportz: Live comedy improv show starting at 7 p.m. Rated “E” for everyone.
Rock Island Brewing Co: Scott H. Biram with Mikey Classic & His Lonesome Spur at 9:00 p.m. 21 and older, cover at door.

The Speakeasy: The Manny Lopez Big Band “Special Christmas Concert”. Doors at 5:00 p.m.

The District Theatre: “A Christmas Carol” Reservations may be required.

Alternative venues - restaurants, shops, and entertainment establishments:

The Shoppes on 2nd: Andrea Howard (original photography), Elaine Rexdale (abstract acrylic paintings), Rick Esbaum (stained glass stepping stones) & Mark Fowler (hot glass relief panels)

Be Well QC: Project Lydia, a non-profit for widowed and abandoned wives in Ghana Africa (African beaded jewelry, handbags, shea butter, and soaps), Dean Timmerman (multimedia art) & D Terra Essential Oils & Natural Supplements

Mad Roots Juicery: David Zahn (ceramic & bronze sculpture)

Skeleton Key Art & Antiques: John VandeWalle (metal sculpture) & 60+ local artists, craftspeople & antique dealers.

Blue Cat Brew Pub: Bryan Cotton (ink drawings)

Daiquiri Factory: Paul Herrera (calligraphy on paper & stone) & Jenny Woods (landscape painter)

Icons Martini: Brad Gottard (paintings & pencil drawings) & Ron Thomas (acrylic watercolor & pencil drawings)

M.D. Green’s: David James Genac (photographs on canvas and metal)

The Arena: Philip Force (metal sculpture)

Phnom Penh: Al Litscher (drawings, etchings, giclees) & Jesse Mumm (wheel thrown pottery)

Mama Compton’s: 3 Blind Mice Productions, Porcelinda (up-cycled dishes), Dasha Denger Photography, 3 Gems Jewelry, Shelly Lamb, Ravens Crest Studio, Pam Kaufman (Healing Hands Massage), Sisters Heartland (essential oils & products)

SK Models: Connie (Corcoran) Wilson (Christmas Cats author) & Kimberly Miller (Celestial Design, body paint)

Theo’s Java Club: Janette Harrington & Mariann Schroeder (concrete leaf castings) , Judy Heath & Teri Luke (watercolor & acrylics)

Steve’s OId Time Tap: Nick Meister (watercolor)

NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Foundation: Yoyo y Yo (acoustic music) & Joyce Ann Rivera (acrylic, photos, watercolors, sketches)

Teranga House of Africa: (incense, oils and gifts of diversity), Cynthia Huffman (SoulCollage & Chakradance)

Vivian’s Vintage Varieties: Various artists (antiques & jewelry)

Navarro Canoe Co: Bruce & Sue Peterson (Rock Island handcrafted works of art canoes).

Public art:

MidCoast Fine Arts - Art ‘N Alley installations, Quad City Arts’ sculpture program, and several murals.

Gallery Hop! is presented by The District, MidCoast Fine Arts, Quad City Arts, and The ARTery and sponsored by the Dispatch-Argus, WHBF/CBS4, and River Cities Reader.
The event is free. For more information and to print a map of participating locations, please visit www.ridistrict.com.

The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District (The District) is a 501(c) 6 not-for-profit organization established in 1992 by local downtown merchants. The District’s mission is to establish and manage downtown Rock Island as a creative and innovative experience by focusing on the development of the arts and quality special event management. It features retail shops, excellent restaurants, live entertainment, dinner theater, art galleries and several entertainment venues. Rock Island is located on the Mississippi River, three hours west of Chicago in an area known as the Quad-Cities which straddles the river and the Illinois/Iowa border. It is at the intersection of Interstate highways 74, 88 and 80 and is served by Quad City International Airport in Moline, IL.

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Announcements - LeClaire Chamber of Commerce - 12/05/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Monday, 08 December 2014 11:26

December 1st –20th LeClaire Community Library - Handmade Ornament Contest Bring your hand-made ornament to the library's circulation counter. All ornaments must be handmade (no store bought items, please!) and turned in before the end of the day, December 20th. Winner will be selected December 22nd. All participants are welcome to pick-up their ornament after the contest is over, or they may donate their item to the library so they can be displayed in the years to come.

 

December 5th-7th – Christmas in LeClaire!

Basket Weaver & Yarn Spinner Demonstrations – LeClaire Civic Center – 10a.m.-4p.m.

Cookie Tin and Crafts Sale – Masonic Lodge - 10a.m.-5p.m.

Crafts, Baked Goods, Silent Auction – LeClaire Civic Center – 10a.m.-8p.m.

Free Hot Coffee and Hot Chocolate, Family Activities – Riverside Church -10a.m.-8p.m.

Free Family Drop-in Art – Kiddie Karrasel – 10a.m.-8p.m.

$7 Schnitzel Sandwich, $10 German Nachos - Bierstube

Lighting of the Yule Tide Log – Mississippi Cottage Antiques – 4:30p.m.

First Friday in LeClaire! Family Fun! Great Dining and Shopping! 5-8p.m.

Saturday, December 6th

Breakfast with Santa! – Happy Joe’s – 8-10a.m.

Visit With Santa! – Happy Joe’s – 10-11:30a.m.

Santa’s Playhouse – LeClaire Medic Building - 12-3p.m.

Chainsaw Carver Demonstration - Civic Center Parking Lot - 10am-3pm – Carved Items Auctioned - 3p.m.

Wooden Shoe Maker Demonstration – LeClaire Civic Center -10a.m.-4p.m.

Cookie Tin Sale and Crafts Sale – Masonic Lodge - 10a.m.-5p.m.

Holiday Junk Fest – Kiddie Karrasel - 10a.m.-6p.m.

Crafts, Baked Goods, Silent Auction – LeClaire Civic Center – 10a.m.-8p.m.

Free Family Drop-in Art – Kiddie Karrasel – 10a.m.-8p.m.

Free Hot Coffee and Hot Chocolate, Family Activities – Riverside Church - 10a.m.-8p.m.

Free Trolley from Dave and Holly’s to the Bierstube with stops in between! - 11a.m.-7p.m.

Kids eat free with adult purchase. Kid decorate sugar cookies - Bierstube 1-3 pm.

Santas from Around the World will Stroll the Streets of LeClaire! 1-4p.m.

Balloon Maker and Face Painting – Granite Exact - afternoon

Kids “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” - Shop Santa’s Gift Shop! Civic Center Parking Lot – 3-6p.m.

Lighting of the Yule Tide Log – Mississippi Cottage Antiques – 4:30p.m.

First Saturday in LeClaire! Family Fun! Great Dining and Shopping! 5-8p.m.

Sunday, December 7th

Crafts, Baked Goods, Silent Auction – LeClaire Civic Center – 10a.m.-4p.m.

Rope Maker Demonstration – LeClaire Civic Center – 10a.m.-4p.m.

Free Family Drop-in Art – Kiddie Karrasel – 10a.m.-4.m.

Free Trolley from the Bierstube to Dave and Holly’s with stops in between! 12-4p.m.

$7 Bierhaus burger, $.50 Wings - Bierstube

Santas from Around the World will Stroll the Streets of LeClaire! 1-3p.m.

Kids “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” - Shop Santa’s Gift Shop! Civic Center Parking Lot – 12-3p.m.

Music of QC Flutes Unlimited – Buffalo Bill Museum – 2-3p.m.

 

December 6th – Faithful Pilot Open for Lunch – Christmas in LeClaire 12-3p.m.

 

December 6th - Star Gifts for Kids Trivia Night - Leclaire Fire Station Doors open at 6:00 pm

and trivia will start at 7pm. Cost is $10 per person. All proceeds will go to Star Gifts for Kids! You don’t have to be good at trivia – come for the fun, the raffles and to support this great cause! Could win a 42’ tv! Contact Barry Long to reserve a table - 563-949-6969 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

December 6th – LeClaire Community Library - Adult Craft-In: Make Your Own Ornament! 11am-1pm. No registration necessary, all supplies provided. This program will be restricted to adults and older teens due to the use of tools that could be potentially hazardous to younger children (e.g. hot glue guns).

 

December 9th – Chamber Networking Lunch – Subway Noon. Everyone Welcome!

 

December 10th - Close Encounters with the Eagles – LeClaire Community Library Join LeClaire photographer Burt Gearhart at 6:30 p.m. for an all-ages slide presentation and lecture that will reveal many interesting discoveries about Bald Eagles and how they go about their everyday lives in Iowa. Burt's prints will also be on display that celebrate Bald Eagles, the Mississippi River, and the historic beauty of LeClaire.

 

December 11th – Faithful Pilot Founders Beer Dinner - 20 glasses available, beginning at 6:00 p.m 3 courses with beer pairing for $45.00 – 563-289-4156

 

December 13th – Bierstube – Twelve Days of Christmas! Join us for 12 days of specials starting December 13th! New specialty items everyday leading up to Christmas!

 

December 16th - An Evening with Mrs. Claus - LeClaire Community Library 6:30p.m. Mrs. Claus will stop by Family Storytime to read stories and sing holiday songs. Treats will be provided, and Mrs. Claus will stay after storytime to chat with attendees and take pictures!

 

December 16th – Faithful Pilot - Sparkling & Desserts Tasting 20 glasses available, 8 different bubbles and specialty sweet treats to complement each sip for $15.00 event begins at 6:00. 563-289-4156

 

December 17th - Exchange Traded  Funds  Explained - Charles Schwab Davenport Branch, 5345 Elmore Avenue #300 Davenport, IA Presented by Eric Johannes CFP - 10 a.m. Reservations online schwab.com/davenport or call 563-275-3663.

 

December 21st - Zion Lutheran Church Sunday School Christmas Program – Princeton 4:00 p.m.  All are invited to attend and hear the children present the story of Christ’s birth in a way rarely seen.  Cookies and punch will be served afterwards.

 

December 21st –Faithful Pilot - Holiday Wine Tasting 3:00-5:00 15 wines for $15.00 only 40 glasses available, and of course Chef bites as well. 563-289-4156

 

December 24th – First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire – Christmas Eve Worship 11a.m.  with potluck lunch afterward. 7p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

 

December 24th - Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton - Christmas Eve Service 5:00 p.m.  All are invited to attend.

 

December 24th – Asbury Methodist Church – Christmas Eve and Candlelight Services - 5:00, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. 1809 Mississippi Blvd, Bettendorf.

 

December 24th-25th – Faithful Pilot closed

 

December 31st – New Year’s Eve at Faithful Pilot Seating at 6:00 & 8:30 $75.00 per person to include 4 courses.  Option for $25.00 Wine Pairing or $25.00 Beer Pairing. *Please note a credit card is required to make reservation and will be charged $25.00 for a no show.  *Not valid with any other promotion, coupon, or discount. 563-289-4156

 

December 31st - New Year’s Eve at Steventon’s in LeClaire. It’s never too early to start planning your New Year’s Eve! Join us at Steventon’s for our Annual New Year’s Eve Event. Enjoy live music provided by Hap Hazard, drinks appetizers, and our Champagne toast at Midnight! Tickets are limited for this exclusive event. Order yours before they’re all gone! 563-289-3600

 

December 31st – First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire – New Year’s Eve Party! For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring snack and game to share. 8p.m.-12:10a.m.

 

SAVE THE DATE

 

January 1st – Faithful Pilot closed

 

January 16th-19th – Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!

 

January 31st, 2015 – LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner – Steventon’s. Tickets and information available soon.

 

FYI

 

El Rio Spa & Wellness, the area’s first luxury spa and wellness experience, is now open! El Rio Spa & Wellness is over 9,000 square feet, overlooking the majestic Mississippi River, dedicated to guest’s mind and body. Guests are invited to embark on their fitness path and to indulge in relaxation, peace, and renewal in the spa. El Rio is fully equipped with a spa, nail room, group fitness classes, café, and a boutique, locker rooms, and a cardio room. Coming by the end of the year, an 18x25’ indoor pool. El Rio goes far beyond equipment, services, and amenities. With a hand-picked staff, their team has remarkable skills and a genuine passion to provide the highest level of service to ensure everyone receives a signature experience.

 

Dahl Ford is looking for local businesses to partner with them for the Holiday season. Dahl Ford is a large supporter of the shop local initiative and this year, we are revamping our search for Edsel the Elf. If you or your local, non-franchised business is interested, please contact Nichole Simms at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by phone at 563-391-2600. Happy Holidays from all of us at Dahl Ford!

 

Faithful Pilot is open Sundays 12-5 - Wednesdays Half Priced Wine Night!

 

Stop by Steventon’s every Sunday to experience our breathtaking view of the Mississippi River while enjoying our brunch menu. Our brunch menu offers a variety of options to satisfy the whole family. Only $12.95 adults / $6.00 children 10 & under.

 

The Crane & Pelican will be featuring a special Sliders & Suds menu on Thursday nights from 5pm-9pm. Every Thursday night you can come get 3 gourmet sliders and hand-cut chips for $10 and 3 8oz sample pours of our delicious beers for $5.The menu will change monthly and will be posted at www.craneandpelican.com

 

Starting December 1st, Bierstube will only be open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, 7am-11am (we will reopen daily for breakfast in the Spring)

 

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.

 

SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND BEYOND

 

First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire Men’s group Saturday at 7:30 am at church; there are donuts, coffee, discussion and Bible Study, plus really great guys! What more could you ask?

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.

 

PROPERTY LISTINGS

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

For Rent 118 N. Cody Road, includes employee parking and trash service.  Contact Terri Applegate at 563 271-6800 or 563-289-2525.

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.

LeClaire Events Coming Up!

December 5-7 – First Friday and First Saturday in LeClaire

December 5-7 - Christmas in LeClaire

January 31 – LeClaire Chamber Annual Awards Dinner – Steventon’s

 

Chamber Networking Events – Everyone Welcome!

December 9th - Subway – lunch - noon

 
COMMUNITY PULLS TOGETHER TO BRING CHRISTMAS TO AT-RISK GIRLS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Skuster   
Monday, 08 December 2014 11:22

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – More than 100 at-risk girls had Christmas brought to them early this year.

Ganson’s Neighborhood Bakery & Café and members from the Junior League of the Quad Cities have partnered with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to bring a holiday celebration to girls who otherwise may not have the opportunity.

The annual Christmas program was held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 3:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Girl Scouts’ Program Center, located at 2011 Second Ave., in Rock Island.

“Every child deserves to have Christmas,” said Senior Membership Outreach Manager at Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Missy Sweeney.

Sweeney has spent the past few weeks organizing the free event.

Girls decorated hundreds of sugar cookies, visited with Santa from 6 – 8 p.m., and unwrapped a gift donated by generous people in the community.

“It makes me teary-eyed just thinking about all the smiles on the girls’ faces. It’s amazing to see the community come together and bring Christmas to these girls,” said Sweeney.

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