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The Salvation Army Announces Food Box Packing Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Friday, 13 December 2013 10:04


Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities will hold its Fourth Annual “Pack All Night” Event on Friday, December 13th.

Fifty volunteers made up of groups from the Quad City Wolf Pack, John Deere, and Girl Scouts will pack 2,100 food boxes filled with a Christmas dinner.

TIME: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

DATE: Friday, December 13

PLACE: The Salvation Army Corps Community Center

2200 – 5th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265

The food boxes are part of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance Program where Quad Cities families and individuals will receive large boxes of food and toys for their children. 2,000 families signed up for Christmas Assistance which takes place December 17th and 18th.

Please call Holly for information, directions, etc.

Thank you. 563-271-7933



Upcoming Events Courtesy of the QCCVB PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Friday, 13 December 2013 09:25

Lucia Nights

Bishop Hill invites you to join in the Lucia Nights celebration on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 from 6-9 p.m. Attractions include free musical performances in various locations in town. Businesses and museums will have a Lucia girl serving cookies. Around the village, each building will have a single candle in each window, and sidewalks will be illuminated.   On Friday, December 13, the Lucia Nights begin at 6 p.m. with the Lighting of the Park Christmas tree.  On Saturday, December 14, there will be an Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School beginning at 7 p.m. The Rusty Pickup Band will be performing.  Admission is $5 per person, and beginners are welcome. No partner is necessary. Both Friday and Saturday night, the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will host the annual Soup and Chili Supper beginning at 4:30 p.m. until they run out. www.bishophill.com

The Nutcracker

Join Ballet Quad Cities for a magical holiday adventure as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the evil Rat King, journey through an icy winter wonderland and are treated like royalty in the Kingdom of the Sweets.  You won't find a more entertaining Nutcracker anywhere. Continue a family tradition or begin a new one this year at a performance of The Nutcracker featuring live music by Orchestra Iowa! Performances are Saturday, December 14 at 1:30pm & 7:30pm and Sunday, December 15 at 1:30pm at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St. in Davenport. Tickets are available in person at the Adler Theatre Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Prior to the matinee performances of The Nutcracker, join Clara at 11:30 a.m. and hear the story of The Nutcracker and how she has confidence and courage to overcome adversity in the face of the evil Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince!  Enjoy a light lunch and cupcakes, storyteller, meet some of the professional dancers and take advantage of photo opportunities. Call Ballet Quad Cities at 309-786-3779 for $15 tickets.

Sausage Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 14th, enjoy samples from Jerry's Market from Moline! From now until Dec. 22, the German American Heritage Center in Davenport will have products from Bavaria Sausage Company in Madison, WI. While you are here, shop our Christkindlmarkt for great gifts for the entire family! www.gahc.org

Holiday Bazaar

Create a handmade gift and card to give to someone special on Saturday, December 14th from 10 am-noon and 1-3 pm at the Family Museum in Bettendorf. www.familymuseum.org

Posada Navidena

The Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave. in Rock Island, Ill., hosts Posada Navideña, a traditional Mexican Holiday Celebration, on Sunday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m.  This free event is open to all.  Enjoy free customary food, hot chocolate, music and the breaking of Piñatas sponsored by Hola America English/Spanish newspaper.  www.qcgardens.com

River Bandits FREE Frost Fest

The QC River Bandits invite fans, families & friends inside for a day of holiday savings and fun activities at the sixth annual indoor Frost Fest, a free open house on Sunday, December 15th from 11 am-2 pm.  The family fun will include games, arts, and crafts, holiday cooking, a movie showing, and a visit from Rascal the River Bandit.  Admission is free to the indoor Frost Fest, although the River Bandits encourage donations, all of which benefit the Bandit Scholars Program, which pays the entire first year of college tuition for two QC area students. www.riverbandits.com
Sunday Advent Tour

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport will be offering Advent Tours on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. through December 22. Each week a different docent will be giving a themed tour of specially selected artworks from the permanent collection related to Advent. No reservations are required and the tours are free with paid admission or membership. www.figgeartmuseum.org

It's a Wonderful Life

A beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast on Sunday, December 15th in The Historic Gold Room at Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St. in Davenport.  Enjoy brunch at 12:30 p.m. with the show at 2 p.m.  Cost is $40 for adults * $28 Children 12 and under *pricing includes tax and gratuity.  Reservations:  (563) 484.5905 or www.hotelblackhawk.com

Pet Photo Night with Santa

Fido, Princess and Fluffy want a memorable photo this holiday season! Dress them up in holiday outfits for photos with Santa on Monday, December 16th from 6-9 p.m. at NorthPark Mall in Davenport. Santa's pet friendly outlook is the perfect combination for fun and festive photos. Santa's winter home is located in Von Maur Court. All pets are welcome, but we ask that they are potty trained prior to taking photos.

2 Broadway Shows at the Adler Theatre

Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Tickets on sale now for the December 17 show at 7:30 p.m.  AND With the mantra "Retro never sounded so now," the dreamy voices of the four lead singers of pop quartet, Under The Streetlamp breathe fresh new life into the world of music and prove that great music is timeless. Tickets ($29.50, $39.50 & $49.50) are on sale now for the December 19 show at  7:30 p.m. www.adlertheatre.com
Polar Express Pajama Party
The event will take place on December 20 and 21 between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and will feature a screening of The Polar Express 3D on the Putnam's GIANT Screen, hot chocolate, a lights-out-visit to exhibits, face painting and other Holiday activities. The event price is $12 for youth and $9 for adults. To purchase tickets call 563-324-1933. ext 242. (Visitors can choose from either a 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. showing each day. Please note - Diana: A Celebration will not be available for the lights-out-visit to exhibits.) www.putnam.org

Final Friday Party at Bucktown

Final Friday at Bucktown Center for the Arts on Friday, December 20th from 6-9 p.m.  Get some great last minute shopping specials. Free Gift Wrapping! www.bucktownarts.com

Mallards Game on Saturday

On Saturday, December 21st at 7:05 p.m., the Quad City Mallards take on the St. Charles Chill.  To keep away the chill, the first 1,000 fans through the doors at the iWireless Center in Moline will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and Bierstube. www.myqcmallards.com

A Christmas Story Movie Showing

A special 30th anniversary screening of "A Christmas Story" will be featured at the Adler Theatre on Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Don't miss the chance to see this holiday classic on the big screen.  The film will be hosted by Ian Petrella.  Ian Petrella protrayed Randy Parker, Ralphie's little brother in the 1983 film.  Petrella will be available for a question and answer session, meet & greet opportunity and autograph signing following both screenings.  In addition, he will provide a cast commentary during the 7:30 p.m. showing. Reserved seat tickets are now on sale for the December 21 showing.  Tickets are available at the Adler Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and Ticketmaster outlets.  Tickets are $5.00 for children 14 years old and younger. Adult tickets are $10.00.

Theatre - A Christmas Story

Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island will present the area premiere of a current Broadway hit, Tony Award nominee for Best Musical, and an adaptation of a beloved holiday movie - all in one show! A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL will be playing at Circa '21 now through January 5th. For reservations, contact the Circa '21 ticket office at 1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island or by calling (309)786-7733.  Reservations may also be made online by going to www.circa21.com and clicking on "order tickets now."

No More Silence: Local Moms to Honor Newtown Anniversary This Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Katz   
Friday, 13 December 2013 08:53

EVENT: Saturday, DECEMBER 14, 2013, at 11:00 am

On Saturday, December 14, Moms will gather at over 50 events in more than 35 states to honor the victims of the tragedy in Newtown and the thousands of Americans lost to gun violence every year. All events will include a communal bell-ringing to remember the victims and to show our resolve to never again be silent about gun violence. These events are co-sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

In Des Moines, we’ll hear from Rev. David P. Sickelka, Rev. Cheryl Thomas, Calvetta Berry of Mother’s Against Violence, Rick Miller of OFA and Mayor Frank Cownie about the need to reduce gun violence. Our local sponsors, with whom we share a common goal of gun violence prevention, include The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Organizing for Action, American Friends Service Committee, Mother's Against Violence, The Ecumenical Peace Committee, The Methodist Federation for Social Action and Iowans for Gun Safety.  We’ll ring bells loudly, honoring the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy with a promise to continue making noise on gun reform until change comes.

More information is available here: http://momsdemandaction.org/no-more-silence/


•    Rev. Cheryl Thomas, Chapter Leader, Moms Demand Action for gun Sense in America

•    Calvetta Berry, President, Mother’s Against Violence

•    Mayor Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines, Mayors Against Illegal Guns

•    Rick Miller, Gun Issue Lead, OFA – Organizing for Action

•    Rev. David P. Sickelka, Board member, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa


WHERE: Ding Darling Indoor Shelter at Birdland Park/Union Park, 2100 Saylor Rd in Des Moines, Iowa

WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013, 11:00 am

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America or on Twitter @MomsDemand.

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 1,000 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country.  The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation’s mayors around these common goals: protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns.  Learn more at www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org

Rock Island Library Offers Events To Entertain Teens in December and January PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 09 December 2013 10:20

Rock Island, IL: Winter cold got you down? Is your teen getting cabin fever? Warm up at your Rock Island Library with free events for teens in December and January.

The Rock Island Library will offer a Teen Iron Chef Contest and a Dr. Who Party in December. The monthly Teen Iron Chef contest is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Teens choose from a selection of wildly diverse ingredients and make a plated dish to test their culinary skills against other teens for the next Iron Chef crown. The event is offered again at 6:30 pm on Monday, Jan. 13, so if your dish doesn't make the cut one month, there's always another chance.

With so many regenerations, Dr. Who doesn't look a day over 35, but the series just marked its 50th anniversary. On Thurs., Dec. 19, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the library will celebrate the anniversary with a Dr. Who Party with trivia, prizes, and snacks fit for a Time Lord. Hop in your personal TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) machine and come to the Main Library to celebrate!

In January, teens can break through cabin fever with a Teen Gaming Night with Xbox 360 and Wii games at 6:00 pm on Jan. 23, and a party that celebrates all things Sherlock on Thurs, Jan. 30, both at the Main Library. The Sherlock Holmes party includes a mystery to solve, snacks for the Great Detective and Watson, trivia, and prizes.


All teen events are for ages 12 to 18.

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 309-732-7323.

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.



LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Announcements - 12/6/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 06 December 2013 12:07

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 12/6/2013


December 15th – McKnight/Griebel Benefit – LeClaire Civic Center – 11 am – 7 pm.  Come help a young family who is experiencing tough times. 3 tacos, rice, beans and a drink, just $6. For more information, call Annette Black – 563-370-7735
Enjoy extended shopping hours until 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at many LeClaire stores starting Friday, November 29th and going until Saturday, December 21st. And, many stores will be open until at least 3pm on Christmas Eve for that last minute gift or stocking stuffer!


December 6th - First Friday in LeClaire! 5-8pm

Mississippi River Distilling Company Food Samples, Spirit Tastings and come in for Stone Fence Apple Cider Whiskey!


Wide River Winery Wine Samples and come in for Merry Berry and Ms. Holly Day! Tony Hoeppner from The Whoozdads? will be playing 5 - 8 PM.


Faithful Pilot Live Music, 8:00p.m., with LeClaire’s very own Bobby Ray Bunch!


Aunt Hattie’s – Red Velvet Cupcakes, and Kateeya Brown will be singing Christmas Songs!


Razzleberries – Booze cake while it lasts!


Restaurants and several shops will be open late!

December 6th-8th - Christmas in LeClaire 2013! Fun for the Whole Family!

Our Unique Local Stores Open late Friday and Saturday night!

Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Crafts and Silent Auction at Civic Center

Cookie Tin Sales, Bazaars and Craft Fair, Baked Goods at Civic Center and Snow Lodge

Free Trolley Rides – 11 am – 7 pm

Strolling Santas from Around the World!

Reusable Useables - Free Family Drop-in Art – 10 am – 8 pm

Razzleberries – Book signing, Constance Corcoran Wilson "The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats" – 5:30-8pm

First Friday in LeClaire – 5-8 pm


Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa – Happy Joe’s - 8-10 a.m. – Children $4.50/Adults $750

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

Strolling Santas from Around the World!

Crafts and Silent Auction at Civic Center

Cookie Tin Sales, Bazaars and Craft Fair, Baked Goods at Civic Center and Snow Lodge

Free Trolley Rides - 11 am – 7 pm

Reusable Useables - Free Family Drop-in Art and Holiday Junk Fest – 10 am -8 pm

Star Gifts for Kids and Elderly Angels Truck – in front of Aunt Hattie’s (details below)

Santa will be at Bierstube – 1-4 pm – bring Star Gifts for Kids (details below)

Star Gifts for Kids Trivia Night – LeClaire Fire Station – doors open at 6 pm.  (details below)

First Saturday in LeClaire! Many businesses celebrating first Saturday in the tradition of First Friday!


Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free Trolley Rides – noon – 5 pm

Strolling Santas from Around the World!

Reusable Useables - Free Family Drop-in Art – 10 am -4 pm

Crafts and Silent Auction at Civic Center


December 7th-15th - Aunt Hattie’s, Zaruba’s and Happy Joe’s are teaming up with Star Gifts for Kids & Elderly Angels. Please Help US FILL A TRUCK!

You would be helping local children and senior citizens. Beginning Saturday Dec. 7th, and until Dec. 15th, you can give a NEW, UNWRAPPED gift for a child or a senior citizen. (Types of items needed: Coats, hats, gloves, socks, Slagle's and other gift cards, toys, etc.) You can drop your gift off to our marked "STAR GIFTS FOR KIDS” TRUCK in front of Hattie’s and Zaruba’s on Dec. 7th during Christmas in LeClaire! If you can't come by during Christmas in LeClaire on Dec. 7th, you can drop off gift items to Aunt Hattie's, Zaruba's or Happy Joe’s until Dec. 15th. Help us Fill a Truck!


December 7th - Star Gifts for Kids Trivia Night - The 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! 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 7th - Santa will be at the LeClaire Bierstube 1-4pm. Bring a gift to be donated to Star Gifts for Kids and receive a free kid's meal! http://bier-stube.com/


December 7th – Christmas at the Center - The Princeton Community Center – 5-8 p.m.  Get into the spirit of the holiday season!  This special event hosted by the Princeton Community Center Board and the Princeton Players will feature delicious beverages and cookies in a holiday atmosphere. Christmas music and entertainment will be provided by our local theater group, and we even anticipate a visit from Santa Claus! (Santa will be available for photos and visits with the children from 6-7pm)  The halls of the Center will be decked with holly.  This time for fellowship, entertainment, and good cheer is certain to make your December warmer and brighter!  Admission is free – this is Princeton's holiday gift to you and your family.


December 8th – Faithful Pilot - 392 Caffe from Clinton Coffee TakeOver! The Faithful Pilot will be open for lunch 11-2 as well!


December 10th – LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch - Hungry Hobo, noon. Everyone welcome!


December 13th – Bier-Stube starts celebrating 12 days of Christmas specials! http://bier-stube.com/


December 13th – Visit With Santa at First Central State Bank! 4-5:30 pm


December 14th – Go Fish Bar and Marina Holiday Party - The Fry Daddies are playing from 7-11 p.m. – Princeton.


December 15th – McKnight/Griebel Benefit – LeClaire Civic Center – 11 am – 7 pm.  Come help a young family who is experiencing tough times. 3 tacos, rice, beans and a drink, just $6. For more information, call Annette Black – 563-370-7735.


December 15th - Faithful Pilot Wine Tasting 3:00-5:00p.m $15.00 for 15 wines.  All wines purchased will be here for your Christmas Dinner Table!


December 16th – Economic Development Meeting – 204 Jones St. 8:00 a.m.


December 19th - Market Snapshot with Liz Ann Sonders 3:00pm – Eric Johannes, Charles Schwab - 5345 Elmore Ave #300 - Davenport, IA  52807. Please RSVP 563-275-3659


December 19th - Civic Club Christmas Party starting at 6:00 pm with a potluck.  Meat will be provided (pulled pork and brisket). Everyone should bring a covered dish to share and a white elephant present if you want to participate in gift giving.  Please wear an old ugly Christmas sweater or sweatshirt (decorate it yourself) and win a fun prize.  Bring a friend. Call Vicky Haynes, cell phone 563-639-4621, or Annette Black, 289-3498, for details.


December 31st – Faithful Pilot - New Years Eve - 7 courses includes champagne toast at the end of your meal.  Seatings at 6:00 & 8:30 for $100.00 per person (no coupons or discounts) $50.00 for a wine pairing will include 5 glasses of wine per person. Call 563-289-4156 for reservations.


December 31st – Steventon’s – New Years Eve - Open for regular dinning from 5-9 and a party from 10-1. The party is 75 dollars plus tax and gratuity. It includes appetizer stations, open bar, live music, a dance floor, a photo booth and a shot ice luge. We are also providing people with a ride home if they need it.


Save the Date

February 1st, 2014 – LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner - Davenport Country Club – more details to come!



Visit the NEW LeClaire Chamber of Commerce website www.leclairechamber.com and see our updated Facebook page!

Lunch Menu at Blue Iguana - all lunch entree options are 9 dollars.


LeClaire Tourism Manager The LeClaire Tourism Board is now accepting proposals for the tourism management services contract with the City of LeClaire. Anyone interested can view the contract on the city's website at www.leclaireiowa.gov for review. Proposals must be submitted to the Tourism Board before their December 2, 2013 regular meeting.


LeClaire Antiques and Appraisals current hours are Friday through Mondays 12-4pm or by appointment until Dec. 23.


Faithful Pilot - Every Wednesday 1/2 priced wine night with Chef’s Tapas menu to go along side. Don't forget to book all of your holiday parties with The Faithful Pilot or bring Chef Robert into your home and let us cater your holiday event! Now open for lunch, 12-2, Wed-Sat.

Buffalo Bill Museum Expansion “It's an exciting time in the museum's almost 57 year history,” said Robert Schiffke, Executive Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum & River Pilots' Pier, “as we start another expansion of our facility.”  The women who were members of the LeClaire Women's Club, who founded the museum in 1957, wouldn't recognize the building today, but they would see many of the items first exhibited in its original location at 114 North Cody Road, LeClaire. Included will be an Archival Workroom allowing careful access to the museum's extensive print and photograph collection, a ”hands on” classroom for children visiting the museum, and exhibits that highlight LeClaire's role in the region's economic growth through its shipyards, button factories, and river pilots who opened the region to river commerce.  An architectural drawing of the expansion is available for public view at the museum during regular hours, and donations towards the expansion are being accepted. “We appreciate the support of the community in this project, and donations of artifacts and funds are always welcome.  We are truly a community institution, and volunteers have grown the museum into the LeClaire landmark that it is today” said Connie Curlott, President of the Board of Directors.  The museum is open 9am – 4pm, Mon.-Saturday; 12noon – 4pm, Sundays. Call 563-289-5580 for more information or to donate to the

Commercial space for rent – 204 Jones St. - $1,200 per month plus utilities - effective Dec. lst.  Call 563-370-2386. Will show by appointment. Commercially zoned only.

Park Run Apartments/Newbury Living complex - 1, 2, & 3 Bedrooms Available - 1701 Iowa Drive, LeClaire, Iowa 52753. Washer & dryers in every unit along with all other appliances.  Each apartment has either a balcony or a patio.  Considerable storage in each 1 BR, 2 BR or 3 BR unit. Call (563) 289-5159 for a tour and more information today!

Do you have Residential or Commercial property available? If you own residential rental property or commercial property that is available for lease or sale in the greater LeClaire region, 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. As a service to the community, we would like to have the information available so we can share the most up-to-date information on our website!



First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire Meals for Seniors at the church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.


Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

December 10th - Hungry Hobo - lunch – noon

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