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Written by Rev. Stacie Fidlar   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:21
Representatives from faith communities on both sides of the river met on Tuesday, January 20, to discuss a response to the picketing announced by Westboro Baptist Church in the Quad-Cities. The response was united:  Ignore them!

“We will not allow them to interrupt the most important thing we do on Sunday, and that is worship God,” said Melvin Grimes, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Moline, and current President of the board for Churches United.

Representatives of some of the faith communities being picketed were present or had already communicated their desire that the protesters be ignored.

“Doing nothing, in this case, is a positive response,” said Christine Isham, Senior Pastor at Edwards Congregation UCC, Davenport. “We are choosing to put water on a fire instead of fuel it.”

“The Quad Cities Association of Evangelicals (QCAE) encourages our members to pray that good would overcome evil, light would overcome darkness, truth would overcome lies, and that love would overcome hate in every part of our community,” commented Tom McGovern, president of QCAE.

Rabbi Henry Karp, Temple Immanuel, Davenport, explained that Westboro has two things that fuel their efforts: stirring up attention and the money they receive from suing counter protesters who are not as familiar with the law. He encouraged faith communities and others not to give Westboro the attention they seek.

“We do not want to become them by returning their hate,” said Rabbi Karp.

Showing this support for other faith communities makes it clear that this is a peaceful community, noted Imam Saad Baig, Islamic Center of the Quad Cities. “This response makes the strength of our relationships in this community solidly clear.”

Instead, local congregations are urged to include special prayers in this weekend’s worship services. If community members who are not part of a congregation are looking for a way to respond, they are encouraged to attend a service at a local house of worship in their community.


News Releases - Local Events
Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:28

Ballpark to host 500 free flu shots, youth activities, team's annual job fair, national anthem tryouts

DAVENPORT, Iowa (Jan. 20, 2015) – The Quad Cities River Bandits and Genesis Health System are inviting the Quad Cities community to join their team to protect the community from seasonal influenza, and to build a lineup that will make another memorable season for guests at Modern Woodmen Park. Community Day on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 31, will include 500 free vaccinations to protect against seasonal influenza, the River Bandits' annual job fair, and auditions for national anthem singers.

“We hope people who haven’t yet gotten a flu shots this year will take this pitch out of the park,” said Ken Croken, vice president of marketing and corporate communications, Genesis Health System. “We know it has already been an active flu season locally and nationally, but the only real protection is a flu shot, and it isn’t too late to get that protection. And at this event, it will be free.’’

The Genesis Flu-Free Quad Cities program – which the River Bandits and Main Street Amusements supported as part of a $50,000 donation to the Genesis Health Services Foundation in November – has provided flu shots to about 48,000 Quad Cities adults and children since the fall and protected thousands more indirectly. Nearly 9,000 elementary school children received free flu shots at their schools this fall.

“The River Bandits and Main Street Amusements have been proud to partner with Genesis Health System to make the family-friendly fun of Modern Woodmen Park become a positive and lasting impact for our community with programs such as Genesis Flu-Free Quad Cities,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “Community Day continues our strong partnership to provide fun, health and wellness to entire Quad Cities region.”

The doors will open for all Community Day events at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. All events will be on the suite level of Modern Woodmen Park. Information about each event are listed below.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

500 free flu shots and Genesis events

Complications from seasonal influenza can be fatal for as many as 30,000 nationally in a single year. The youngest, the oldest and those with chronic conditions are at highest risk for serious complications. Each person who receives seasonal influenza vaccinations is believed to protect five people around them, including higher-risk individuals.

Genesis will also host a throwing clinic to prevent injuries in young baseball and softball players; free blood pressure checks; and a jump analysis for kids.

9:00 a.m. - noon

2015 Modern Woodmen Park Job Fair

The Quad Cities River Bandits, Main Street Amusements and Professional Sports Catering, the food and beverage provider at Modern Woodmen Park, are seeking outgoing, hard-working, fun-loving, friendly people to assist fans and be a part of the team that will help make another memorable season for guests at the ballpark.

The River Bandits, Main Street Amusements and Professional Sports Catering will host a job fair on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon at Modern Woodmen Park to fill the ballpark's game day staff and food and beverage positions. Interested individuals can fill out an application and be interviewed on the suite level during the job fair.

Listed below are the positions that the River Bandits, Main Street Amusements and Professional Sports Catering need filled:


  • Amusements and kids zone workers (includes work on non-game days)

Box Office & Ticketing

  • Box Office Intern

  • Box Office Employees

  • Ticket Takers

Ballpark Hospitality

  • Ushers

  • Parking Attendant


  • Kitchen Staff

  • Gameday supervisors

  • Warehouse Employees

  • Seat Vendors

  • Attendants

  • Cooks

  • Cashiers

  • Bartenders

Field/Stadium Maintenance

  • Field/Grounds Crew

  • Custodial Host (Mornings)

  • Custodial Host (Game Ops)


  • Retail Store Employees


  • “Street Team” in-game entertainment staff

Video Production

  • Video production interns

The River Bandits, Main Street Amusements and Professional Sports Catering are equal opportunity employers; women, minorities and U.S. veterans are encouraged to apply.

9:00 a.m. - noon

2015 River Bandits National Anthem and Talent Auditions

The River Bandits will hold tryouts on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon for individuals and groups, including National Anthem singers, to perform and entertain fans with their talents prior to home games during the 2015 season.

National Anthem and other pre-game performance tryouts will take place in the Budweiser Champions Club at Modern Woodmen Park. Registration is first come, first served. Talents can range anywhere from singing, dancing, and comedy to miming, juggling or magic.

Everyone participating in the tryouts will perform their talent for a panel of River Bandits staff and local judges. Those talented enough to entertain crowds at River Bandits games this summer will be included in the show during the 2015 season.

9:00 a.m. - noon

Ticket plans, Kids Club and more on sale

Fans may learn about ticket plans and group outings, and purchase or renew ticket packages for the 2015 season. For children ages 14 and under, the River Bandits will offer another one-day special on 2015 Kids Club memberships. Normally $30 per child 14 and under, a membership will be $25 at Modern Woodmen Park on Saturday, Jan. 31. A Kids Club Membership includes a free bleacher ticket good for all River Bandits 2015 regular season home games, a membership card, a T-shirt, a 10 percent discount off purchases in the team store, an email newsletter with exclusive special offers and much more.

UP NEXT: Call today to reserve a Valentine's Day dinner at Modern Woodmen Park for Friday, Feb. 13, or Saturday, Feb. 14. Couples can enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner in a private luxury suite or take in the spectacular views of the ballpark, its Ferris wheel, the Centennial Bridge, Mississippi River and downtown Davenport from a table in the glass-enclosed, climate-controlled Budweiser Champions Club. Reservations are due Monday, Feb. 9, by calling 563-324-3000.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership in 2014 made one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 105 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, Space Camp opened June 20; the new Drop'N Twist debuted in July; and the newly expanded 300-foot long zip line also reopened.



Quad Cities Interfaith presents: Trivia Night Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Corrigan Goldsmith   
Monday, 19 January 2015 15:18

When?:  Saturday, February 21st – Doors open at 6:00pm & the game begins at 7:00pm

Where?:  Sacred Heart Parish Center, 422 East 10th Street, Davenport IA 52803

Cost?:  $10 per person or $80 for a table of 8

QCI will be providing snacks & drinks for purchase or bring your own food and beverages. 

We will have special categories highlighting movies & the Academy Awards but the usual categories, too!

Mulligans, 50/50 Raffle, & Raffle Baskets included!

Reserve your table now to support Quad Cities Interfaith, space is limited!  Call QCI at 563-322-4910 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

21st annual Eagles & Ivories weekend in Muscatine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Duffy De France   
Monday, 19 January 2015 15:00

On January 23, 24, and 25, Muscatine Arts Council will host the 21st annual Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Festival. This will be a weekend of world-class ragtime and stride, Dixieland jazz, boogie-woogie, spirituals, traditional jazz, and much more. Each evening concert is $15 and afternoon concerts are $10. A three-day concert package is $40. Children under 16 are free. Tickets are available at Flowers on the Avenue and at the door.
Free events include, Friday 9 am Kick-off concert at Sunny Brook, Saturday 9 am Eagle Watch at Pearl City Station, and Saturday 12 noon Silent Movie with live piano at the Art Center.
Ivory and Gold® features Jeff Barnhart, piano, and Anne Barnhart, flute, are praised by the L.A. Jazz Scene as a musical duo that can, “draw out the beauty in the rich melodies and play the music with taste, sensitivity, and a real affection for the idiom.” More on Ivory and Gold can be found at www.ivoryandgold.net. Ragtime Dr. Dave Majchrzak started playing the piano at age 6. Dave graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Dave plays with Red Lehr's St. Louis Rivermen and Powerhouse Five Traditional Jazz Bands and has been honored with the late Trebor Tichenor's spot in the St. Louis Ragtimers. Dave has appeared at the festival in Sedalia every year since and was named the 2007 Artist in Residence for the Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation.

Daniel Souvigny, who recently turned fourteen, lives in Hampshire, IL. He loves music and has a passion for ragtime. He has been playing since the age of five and began serious technique training at the age of ten. He is the youngest musician to win first place in the Junior World Championship of Old-Time Piano Playing Contest.
Mad Creek Mudcats are a Muscatine group playing music from the 1890-1930 time-period. This includes ragtime, traditional jazz and novelty tunes. They are regulars at Eagles and Ivories. They will play during the Friday evening Soup Supper.
Locust Street Boys from the Quad Cities Dixieland jazz band formed in 1990 as a group from St. Ambrose University. They will play during the Saturday evening Syncopation Supper.
The Weekend Schedule
Friday, January 23, 2015
 9:00 Free Sunnybrook Concert
o Ivory and Gold® with Jeff and Anne Barnhart
 5:00 – 7:00 Soup Supper
o Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue
o Music by Mad Creek Mudcats
 7:00 – Concert
o Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue
o Music by Ivory and Gold®, Ragtime Dr. Dave Majchrzak, Daniel Souvigny  10:00 After Hours, Francesca Vitale’s, 128 East 2nd Street
Saturday, January 24, 2015
 9:00 – 3:00 Free Eagle Watch
o Pearl City Station, 200 W. River Front (River Front Park)
o Corp of Engineers Park Rangers & Dave Bakke
 12:00 Silent Movies
o Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue
 2:00 Concert
o Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue
Music by Ragtime Dr. Dave Majchrzak
 5:00 – 7:00 Syncopation Supper
o Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue
o Music by the Locust Street Boys
 7:00 – Concert
o Wesley United Methodist Church , 400 Iowa Avenue
o Music by Ivory and Gold®, Ragtime Dr. Dave Majchrzak, Daniel Souvigny  10:00 After Hours, Francesca Vitale’s, 128 East 2nd Street
Sunday, January 26, 2013
 10:00 – Ragtime, Jazz, Gospel worship service
o Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue
 2:00 - Concert
o Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue
o Music by Ivory and Gold®

Bald Eagle presentation and eagle watching tips - this Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhn   
Friday, 16 January 2015 15:22
Sunday, January 18: Learn about the area’s bald eagles at the Medic EMS building, 107 N. Cody Road, LeClaire, Iowa. At 1:30pm, wildlife photographer, Burt Gearhart, will give an all-ages slide presentation and lecture that will reveal many interesting discoveries about Bald Eagles and their everyday lives in Iowa. See eagles diving for fish, eating while flying, flying with icicles on their toes and much more. Learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, and why they winter in the area. Attendees will learn about this incredible wildlife opportunity to view and photograph the annual winter gathering of Bald Eagles along the Mississippi River north and south of LeClaire.
At the conclusion of the presentation, at approximately 3pm, join Burt at Lock & Dam 14 to view and photograph the Eagles of LeClaire.
Burt’s prints that celebrate Bald Eagles, the Mississippi River, and the historic beauty of LeClaire will also be on display. This program is free and open to the public.
Also that day, The Faithful Pilot Café and Spirits will be open noon-5pm for lunch with a great view of the bald eagles soaring above. Isabel Bloom will have a drawing for a free Eagle sculpture. Bierstube’s Bald Eagle Day special on January 18 is 10% off your bill, excluding alcohol.

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