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Written by Mary Schenck   
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:39

American Cancer Society plans unique fundraiser for dogs, owners

Davenport, Iowa) – The fight against cancer has gone to the dogs as the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life event takes place this September. Area pooches, with owners in tow, will take to the track to dig up a cure for cancer. Bark For Life adds a twist to the Society’s traditional Relay For Life event, serving as a fundraising activity to honor the care-giving qualities of canine companions while supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society.

This noncompetitive walk is planned for September 14, 2013 at Centennial Park, Davenport Iowa and will include an opening ceremony at 9:00am.  Our Honorary Dog K-9 Deker will lead our first lap followed by best dressed contests, vender booths and demos.

“Many pet owners consider their dogs a part of their family, especially those furry friends who lend a great amount of comfort and support during a loved one’s cancer battle,” said Mary Schenck. “Bark For Life is the canine counterpart to Relay For Life, a very family friendly movement that celebrates our canine caregivers, just as we honor other family members who support their loved ones who are fighting cancer during Relay For Life.”

Event organizers are still recruiting dogs and their owners to take part in this year’s Bark For Life. To register, contact Mary at 563-503-0068 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/BarkScottCountyIA.

A special thanks to the generosity of our 2013 presenting sponsors FOX 18 and Nestle’ Purina as well as the community support for this year’s event. Funds raised through Bark For Life support the American Cancer Society’s comprehensive cancer-fighting mission to help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, to help people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis, to find cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery, and to fight back against cancer by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Davenport NAACP Branch #4019 Freedom Fund Banquet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Frazier   
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:03

Davenport NAACP Branch #4019 announces its annual Freedom Fund Banquet fundraiser to promote civil rights initiatives and support scholarship programs in the Quad Cities.

The Freedom Fund Banquet will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Clarion Hotel, 5202 N. Brady, Davenport, Iowa. Evening attire is suggested. Tickets are $40 per person and includes a soul food dinner buffet and entertainment. Social hour begins at 6pm/Dinner at 7pm. The evening’s entertainment will include performances by the Imani! Dancers, under the direction of Dorian Byrd, and Pastor Stanley Moore of Progressive Baptist Church, Davenport, Iowa.

The theme of this year’s Freedom Fund Banquet is “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Addressing the theme will be this year’s guest speaker, Kameron Middlebrooks. Mr. Middlebrooks, at 24 years of age, is a dynamic young civil rights leader who currently holds the position of NAACP Region IV Director.

Kameron Middlebrooks joined the NAACP as a junior in high school in Des Moines, Iowa. After attending his first National Convention, he ran for and won a position on the National Board of Directors as Youth Representative of Region 4. Regarding his four years of service in that capacity, Mr. Middlebrooks says, “It was a great experience – being around civil rights icons of our time now. I learned so much.

Since June of 2012, Mr. Middlebrooks has served as Midwest Regional Director for the NAACP. As a Regional Director, he is determined to share the lessons he has learned with everyone he meets, but particularly with other young people. In addition to speaking at the Freedom Fund Banquet, Mr. Middlebrooks will preside over a free Youth Forum organized by the Davenport NAACP and St. Ambrose University on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at the Rogalski Center on the campus of St. Ambrose University. All middle school, high school and college students are invited. Pizza and soft drinks will be served free of charge to all attendees.

For more information visit: www.davenportnaacp.org

Tickets are $40 for Freedom Fund Banquet. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Davenport NAACP Branch #4019 website: www.davenportnaacp.org or by calling Vera Kelly at (563) 320-3310 or Shirleen Martin at (563) 386-1500 or (563) 340-0111. Youth Forum: Free

What: Davenport NAACP Branch #4019 Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 5pm to 9pm

Where: Clarion Hotel, 5202 N. Brady, Davenport, Iowa

Cost: $40 per person

Contact: Paula Frazier, (563) 210-7145, Community Coordinator, Davenport NAACP Branch #4019

ISU Extension Calendar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 06 September 2013 13:54
September 24, 2013 ISU Scott County Extension Council Meeting, Scott County Extension Office, 7:00 pm

October 4, 2013 Pesticide Applicator Testing, Scott County Extension Office, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

October 16, 2013 Roadside, Forest, and Aquatic Pest Management, Scott County Extension Office, 9:00 am-11:30 am

October 22, 2013 ISU Scott County Extension Council Meeting, Scott County Extension Office, 7:00 pm

October 24, 2013 Mosquito and Public Health Pest Management, Scott County Extension Office, 9 am-11:30 am

Visit our events calendar at our web site:   http://dbs.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/

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Written by Ashley Walding   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:42

Moline, IL, September 3, 2013 - Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one fun-filled ice production! Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure will take audiences on a sightseeing tour of the imagination. This ice spectacular visits the Quad Cities, November 14-17 for seven performances at the iWireless Center. Tickets are on-sale now.

Embark on the ultimate sightseeing holiday with all your favorite Disney characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure.  Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney's The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch.  You'll explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage under the sea with Ariel and all her aquatic friends; tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Never Land; and travel to Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch.

Upbeat music, loveable characters and exciting destinations make Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure a holiday you'll never forget. Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Audiences will be entranced as they experience this exciting excursion - one that will fill the arena with magic, music, and best of all, Mickey and Minnie!

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure are available at Ticketmaster.com, the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and by calling  1-800-745-3000. To learn more about Disney On Ice, visit www.disneyonice.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

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Walk through history, Enjoy Saturday stories, Learn More in September! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:18

Getting Started with the Internet, Tuesday, September 3rd. 2:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. This class will help you to use the Internet more effectively. Learn about some of the Library's databases, search engines, and how to move around online.  Reservation is required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference Desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Registration is required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference Desk, 309-732-7341, to register. No computer skills required.


Independent Movie Night, Thurs., Sept. 5, 6:00pm:

A young widow clinging to the memory of her late husband is profoundly affected by the arrival of a young photographer in her village.  97 minutes.Portuguese with English subtitles.


Movies (and popcorn) are free and open to the public. Movies are not rated; content may not be suitable for all.


Friends of the Rock Island Library host their monthly half-price book sale on Thursday, Sept. 5, 9:00am to 8:00pm, Rock Island 30/31 Branch Library, 3059 30th Street. Used book and material sale; benefits Rock Island Library programs.


Both events occur monthly on the first Thursday.


From a walking tour of Rock Island saints and sinners to a lecture program on how the early brewing industry affected the lives of women, local history is on tap at the Rock Island Library in September. The events are part of the library's partnership with Experience Quad Cities and its second-annual East West Riverfest focus on arts, culture and heritage from Sept. 6-22.  Rock Island Library events are free and open to the public.


Lace up your shoes for a walk among "Reformers and Reprobates." From local reformers such as Miss Ellen Gale and Minnie Potter to the reprobates of the John Looney era, Rock Island history is full of fascinating saints and sinners.


Hear their stories through a downtown walking tour sponsored by the Rock Island Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Local historian Jill Doak will lead a tour that encompasses several Looney-era sites, including Bill Gabel's "soft drinks" establishment, Anthony Bilburg's saloon, the Looney and Kelly office building, and the former sites of the Como and Sherman Hotels, as well as the sites of Rock Island reformers, including the Rock Island Argus building,  the Potter House, Dr. DeSilva's home, the YMCA, several historic churches, and of course, the Rock Island Library. The tour meets at 6:00 pm inside the Main Library, 401 19th Street, and then leaves the library to move around the downtown. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcomed.  Call 309-732-7303 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up, so we know not to leave you behind!


Learn About the WPA in the Quad Cities: The Rock Island Public Library will present Dr. Jeff Hancks from Western Illinois University for a program on The WPA in the Quad Cities on Monday, Sept. 16 at 2:00 pm in the Main Library, 401 19th Street. This free program will meet in the second-floor Community Room and is open to all ages.


The Works Project Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) were federal work relief programs begun under Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. As the largest and most ambitious of the Depression-era agencies, these programs employed millions to carry out construction, parks, and arts projects. Dr. Hancks will speak generally on the various relief projects carried out nationwide during the Great Depression and specifically on projects benefiting the Quad City area, such as the Rock Island Longview Park Greenhouse, Lock & Dam #15, the Moline Municipal Airport and Black Hawk State Park. Rock Island native Jeff Hancks is a special collections librarian at Western Illinois University in Macomb.


Proper Ladies & Painted Women: Women, Work, and Reform in a Wet City: Learn about the rich history of brewing in the Quad Cities, and how that industry affected the lives of local women, with a free lecture program by Augustana College professor Dr. Jane Simonsen on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The free program takes place in the Community Room of the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, and is open to the public.  Dr. Jane Simonsen is an associate professor of history at Augustana College, where she specializes in U.S. women's history, gender studies and Native American studies.


Additional events going on at the Rock Island Library during the East West Riverfest time period include free morning and evening children's storytimes,  three "Smart Start" Saturday storytimes, free Lego block construction times, the "Ripples of Inspiration" art exhibit at the Main Library, adult classes in how to use Email and Microsoft Word, and an eBook demo at the Southwest Branch. For more details about library events, visit the Rock Island Library website at www.rockislandlibrary.org, sign up for an email newsletter, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323 (READ.)


Free copies of the East West Riverfest guide are also available at all Rock Island Public Libraries. More than 300 events at 60 different community venues are posted on the East West Riverfest website at www.eastwestriverfest.com.

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