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Preventing Lost Potential: It’s A Community Commitment Worth Celebrating PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Johansen Murray   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:57

Please take 2 minutes to watch this video about this movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j1llWo_l6M 

Quad Cities – The HAVlife™ Foundation is collaborating with local schools, city officials, nonprofit organizations, clubs and churches to obtain more than 10,000 pledges of commitment to prevent lost potential by September 19, 2013. This effort starts, what is being recognized as a movement to celebrate our youth’s potential for a future Quad Cities. Organizers believe with this movement, the community can secure the Quad Cities as the region that values and cares about youth the most in the nation.

Every day hundreds of organizations and individuals dedicate time, talents and treasure to the more than 78,000 youth in the community. The efforts behind Preventing Lost Potential Day are centered on making a commitment to youth and how, as a community, the Quad Cities will:  Educate, Protect, Encourage and Develop our future. “It’s time that we come together as a community and be proud of the ways we invest in our youth and prevent lost potential,” explains HAVlife™ Founder Mike Vondran.  “This is not about raising money for a cause, but rather encouraging the Quad Cities Community to adopt a stronger commitment to our youth.”

On September 19, the community is invited to a free youth celebration held at Schwiebert Riverfront Park as a part of the Rock Island Parks and Recreation’s Thursday Night Groove series. This event is open to the public and will include many youth centered activities. To learn more about this movement and to pledge commitment, visit HAVlife.org.

HAVlife™ Foundation was established in 2007 in honor of Hunter Aaron Vondran, his birthday is September 19. Hunter passed away at the young age of 13 due to injuries sustained in a tragic accident. The organization serves to prevent lost potential of youth through supporting schools and organizations with grants to encourage positive youth participation in the areas of music, arts and athletic programs. For more information visit www.havlife.org.

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Broadway Historic District's 25th Anniversary Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsay Hocker   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:58
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: 22nd Street between 7th and 9th Avenues, Rock Island, Illinois
A 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held by the Broadway Historic District, which was formed in 1988. The all-ages event will include live music (Rose 'N Thorns; Lynne Hart Jazz Quartet; Pam and Will Trotter Folk Duo; and The Treble with Men Barbershop Quartet), food vendors, an arts and crafts fair, children's activities, a recording room where attendees interested in sharing their Broadway stories will be interviewed, antique cars and tractors, a guided walking tour of 22nd Street, and a partial Great Unveiling. Great Unveilings are a signature event for the historic district where siding is removed from a home to reveal the original clapboard. The Broadway Historic District is a 19th century neighborhood in the heart of Rock Island. The event will be on 22nd Street in Rock Island, between 7th and 9th Avenues. Parking will be available on neighborhood streets. A short presentation will be held at 12:50 p.m. on the steps of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 700 22nd St.  Admission is free, and all are welcome. For more information, visit http://www.broadwaydistrict.org/ or call (309) 912-2657.

 
Davenport Iowa Is Proud To Announce Its Fall Awareness Workshop Day on September 24, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Arp   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:37

In Davenport, Iowa, Milestone Area Agency on Aging, the Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI), Quad City Times and St. Ambrose University encourage seniors to attend the Fall Awareness Workshop on Tuesday, September 24, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at CASI 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52806.  This workshop will give seniors a passport to attend four different workshops that will provide them with helpful information and instruction on how to live a Fall Free lifestyle.

The workshops consist of: 1) Balance & Mobility Testing, 2) Pharmacy Screenings which include blood pressure checks, medication review and educational information, 3) Vision & Home Modifications informational session and 4) Exercise & Physical Activities station demonstrating yoga, Tai Chi, and Zumba Gold.

Reservations are required for this event, please call or stop in at CASI (1035 W Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA—563-386-7477) to reserve your spot today. Space is limited.

Iowa is part of the national Falls Free® Initiative, which includes more than 40 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies across the country dedicated to reducing fall-related injuries and deaths among older adults.

This year’s theme, Preventing Falls—One Step at a Time, seeks to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.

Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department for a fall-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.  

“Falls are not a normal part of aging, and this day of awareness provides an opportunity to educate older adults and the community at large about how to reduce falls risks,” said (Bonita) Lynn Beattie, vice president of Injury Prevention with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), leader of the Falls Free® Initiative. “We ncourage seniors and their families to take proactive steps to prevent falls and stay independent for as long as possible.”

Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:

  1. A physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.
  2. Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
  3. Having medications reviewed periodically.
  4. Getting eyes checked annually.
  5. Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.
  6. New research also suggests hearing loss should be routinely assessed  


At senior centers and other community-based organizations across the United States, programs like A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, and Stepping On help older adults gain the strength, improved balance, and confidence to help them live healthier lives and preserve their independence.

For more information about Davenport Iowa’s Fall Awareness Workshop, please call CASI 563-386-7477.

For more information on the National Council on Aging and National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, please visit www.ncoa.org/FPAD.

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About the Falls Free® Initiative

Led by the National Council on Aging, the Falls Free®

organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies working collaboratively to bring education,

awareness, and evidence-based solutions to local communities. Falls Free®

thousands of older Americans with the resources and education needed to reduce their risk of injury. For more

information, please visit: www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeInitiative.

About NCOA  

The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington,

DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and

disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations,

businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA

works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their

health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit:

www.ncoa.org |www.facebook.com/NCOAging | www.twitter.com/NCOAging

Initiative includes more than 40 states and 70 national

seeks to provide hundreds of

 
Special Event : Friday 23rd. 2013 unveiling art installation: " Dying to Teach" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:28
The art installation " Dying to Teach"  was created by Myra Robinson to bring attention to the current impasse in our educational system due to demands of unethical conduct made of teachers by administration in changing student grades.  These demands are made for purposes of Federal funding, which can be lost if  student grades are too low.

The installation addresses the consequent harassment should the teachers not comply. This is now a growing occurrence with some estimate placing the occurrences to 80%

Significant for our area, this art installation, to be unveiled on Friday 23rd. 2013 at the Phoenix, was brought to the Phoenix art gallery, Moline, because Mary Eve Thorson, the center of this art installation, who died due to this coercion by administration, was  born and brought up in Moline, and her body was brought to Moline a few weeks ago.

Mary's parents will be present for the evening so will the teacher, Myra Robinson, who created the installation.   There will a general talk about installation and its focus: Mary's message, around 7:30 p.m. It will be a informal evening to discuss and review the art and it's message.

We have included the installation as part of the  extended show " Music Along the Mississippi River" . The current show is a visual art representation about the feelings and inspiration of music evoked  by our beloved Mississippi River.

The show will be open during the evening.

7:00 p.m.

At the Phoenix Art Gallery, 1530 Fifth Avenue, Moline. Illinois. 61265

Please call 309-762-8547 or 309-762-9202 for further information.  Or: Email: thephoenixegg@ gmail.com

The event is free and open to all.

 
11th Annual Antique Days PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aledo Main Street   
Monday, 19 August 2013 14:44
Activities in downtown Aledo on Saturday, Aug. 24th include: fireman's pancake breakfast 6-10 a.m.; antique appraisals; food; entertainment; antique market on the courthouse lawn; downtown mural project; pioneer demonstrations; antique tractor & engine show; huge car show; Knuckle Busters Car Club; and great downtown shopping. www.aledomainstreet.com

 
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