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Griggs Music Commemorates 110th Anniversary with Celebration, Displays PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danielle Heller   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:51

DAVENPORT, IA – Griggs Music will recognize their 110th anniversary with a week-long celebration and displays beginning Dec 9. 

Historical memorabilia including vintage photos, celebrity autographs and the store’s antique cash register will be on display starting Monday. Patrons are encouraged to share photos, stories and to sign up for raffle prizes and participate in trivia contests throughout the week. A reception will be held at the store on Saturday, Dec 14, 11 am to 5 pm with refreshments and prizes.

Arthur P. Griggs opened A.P Griggs Piano Company in 1903 in downtown Davenport before the store changed its name to Griggs Music in 1946. The company originally concentrated on piano sales and service. Through the years Griggs Music has responded to the changing needs of the community adding guitars, band and orchestra instruments and even refrigerators and appliances to fill a need during The Great Depression. Griggs was also one of the first to sell stereo components in the Quad Cities.

Griggs Music president Steve Judge, who has been with the company for nearly 40 years said, “The best part about Griggs Music serving the Quad Cities music community is knowing how many musicians first learned about music within the walls of Griggs Music. Some of our customers are 3rd and 4th generation.” Judge added, “It’s so rewarding to be part of such a long tradition of serving musical families. We have always changed and adapted to the times and we continue that tradition while we look toward the next 110 years!”

Griggs Music which also has store locations in Cedar Rapids and Washington Iowa has been located at 3849 Brady Street since 1970.

For more information, contact Danielle Heller at (563) 391-9000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . ##

Local Historic Landmark - Holiday Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:57

Did you know? Bettendorf was named after 2 brothers when they brought their manufacturing business to the town in 1902. One of the brothers, Joseph Bettendorf, built a breathtaking Mansion overlooking the Mississippi, which still stands today and is open to the entire Quad City community while beautifully decorated for the holidays!

Help us spread the word to Quad City residents about this fantastic opportunity to tour a local historic landmark!

Rivermont Collegiate Holiday Open House 2013

Saturday, December 14th – 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Rivermont Collegiate campus – 1821 Sunset Drive – Bettendorf, IA 52722

(located directly off 18th Street, behind K&K Hardware)

Open to the entire Quad City community!

Citizenship Fair being held at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local No. 25 Hall in Rock Island, IL from 6-8 tonight. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dino Leone   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:20
The Quad City Alliance for Immigrants & Refugees (QCAIR) will be holding a Citizenship Fair December 3rd at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 25 meeting hall, 4600 46th Avenue, Rock Island, IL from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The workshop is designed to provide immigrants and refugees with information on the process of becoming United States citizens.
The Citizenship Fair is the result of an outreach grant to QCAIR from the New Americans Initiative to assist Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) in the state of Illinois and specifically in the Illinois Quad Cities achieve the necessary information to gain U.S. citizenship. Immigrants and refugees that are interested in naturalization will then be assisted by World Relief to complete the proper immigration paperwork, or referred to Black Hawk College for classes to prepare for the process. In the past several years, the Quad Cities has been attractive to immigrants and refugees from Africa and Asia because of affordable housing and job opportunities. Helping these immigrants and refugees obtain their citizenship is an important step in their becoming an important part of our community and our nation.
Topics to be covered in the Citizenship Fair include:
· The Benefits of Naturalization
· The Basic Requirements for Naturalization Eligibility
· The Application Process and Fee Waivers
· How to Handle Denials
· Bars to Naturalization
· Seeking a Disability Waiver
Presenters include representatives of QCAIR, World Relief and Black Hawk College. Free dinner will be provided and there will be Door Prize as well.

Intimate Conversations with Nicholas Sparks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Williams   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 09:12

Davenport, IA (December 2013) – Genesis Cancer Care Institute presents Nicholas Sparks to benefit Gilda’s Club Quad Cities. With 18 novels to his credit, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most popular writers. He has sold more than eighty million copies of his novels and his books have been translated into over 45 different languages. Many of his novels have been adapted for the big screen. A luncheon will take place on Friday, March 28th at noon at the River Center. A VIP wine and cheese reception will take place immediately following the luncheon. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person. Tables of 8 are available for $400. Meet and Greet tickets are $75 per person.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Gilda’s Club at 563-326-7504 or by visiting www.gildasclubqc.org

WANTED CHILI TEAMS...Hand In Hand's Chili Cook-off PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Smith   
Monday, 02 December 2013 15:25
Hand In Hand’s Annual Chili Cook-off is looking for chili teams who wish to complete for the title of Best Chili In The Quad Cities.  Both restaurants, area businesses and individuals with their own great chili will participate in this event every year.  If you think you make amazing chili, come and compete with the best in our community during this fun afternoon of chili tasting.  The Hand In Hand Chili Cook-off will take place on Saturday January 25, 2014 from 2:30 -7:00 PM at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
There are several chili judging categories including:  Judges Choice (celebrity judges) and People’s Choice (selected by ballot) for best individual and for best restaurant chili.  Last year over 12,000 chili samples were served by 21 teams to 1,350 participants.  Teams must bring 10 gallons of their fantastic chili. Prizes, plaques and bragging rights are all available. For more details please visit www.handinhandqc.org and click on chili cook-off or email Mark Smith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  This event benefits Hand In Hand programs for children and young adults, including those with disabilities and their families.
Thanks To Hand In Hand’s Chili Cook-Off Sponsors: Major Sponsors: Per Mar Security,   The Quad City Times,   Build To Suit,Group O, Hornbuckle Heating and Cooling RK Dixon &Dimensional Graphics
Sponsors:  Merrill Lynch (on behalf of Troy Lindaman), Modern Woodmen (on behalf of Doug Grenier) and Courtside Hair Styling

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