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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

 
Classes, Movies, Storytimes: Lots to Do in December! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by R. I. Public Library   
Monday, 02 December 2013 11:09
Get the Scoop on Hometown Teams

 Rock Island Public Library has been selected as one of only six locations in Illinois to host the newest Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Hometown Teams, and you can get involved. The library is seeking volunteers and partners to help implement the Hometown Teams exhibition, coming

to Rock Island in Sept. 2014.


To get involved, stop by the Rock Island Main Community Room on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Part of the exhibit will involve telling the stories of hometown teams from Rock Island and surrounding Illinois communities through local exhibits and free public programs. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in the project, or knowledge to share.

 

 

If you're interested in getting involved but can't make the meeting, call Project Coordinator Lisa Lockheart at 309-732-7303 or email her at the library.

 

Link to full story.

More on Monday
Artist Bryan Cotton sets up for his one-man show, running through Dec. 30 at the Rock Island Main Library. The 28-year-old Rock Islander specializes in ink and pen creations in architectural abstract illustrations, cityscapes, murals, cartoons, and still life perspectives. He primarily works in ink, but also creates in watercolors, marker, colored pencil and pastels. Stop by to see his work on the 2nd floor anytime during regular library hours. 

Alpha Book Club Discussion at Main Library: Meets 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Monday, Dec. 2, to discuss Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by S. Vreeland.  Free.Anyone who has read the book is welcome to join in.

 

Getting Started with Email class, Monday, December 2nd, 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Need help setting up an email account or learning how to use yours?  This class should help!  Learn how to send email, attach files, and more!  Registration is required - space is limited. Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.

Movies & More on Thursday
Independent Movie Night for Adults - Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Movie is "Teddy Bear," the story a shy bodybuilder who longs to find true love. Movie is not rated. Danish, Thai, English, with English subtitles. 

30/31 Big Book Sale - Monthly sale from the Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, first Thursday of each month. Thursday, Dec. 5, 9:00 am to 8 pm, Rock Island 30/31 Branch Library.
Community Partnership Programs at Your Library
Get Enrolled for Health Insurance! Walk-in one-on-one help sessions are available on the 2nd floor of the Rock Island Main Library from the Rock Island County Health Department on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and again on Tues., Dec. 10. Every Thursday, you can get help from Genesis Health System, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, also at the Rock Island Main Library. 

The library is also working with Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities to confirm dates for offering Spanish-language information on the temporary visitors driver's license program (TVLD) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More details coming next week! 

World AIDS Day Awareness Program. The library is partnering with the Project of the Quad Cities to host an HIV/AIDS Awareness Education & Testing program on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10:00 am to noon in the library Community Room. The test is a quick cheek swab. www.tpqc.org or 309-762-5433.
NEW: Online Magazines Now Available!

 

Rock Island Public Library, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books, is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries, the world's largest newsstand.

 

Through the library website, Rock Island Public Library cardholders will have free, unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, easily viewed on most Internet-enabled devices.  62 of the most popular magazine titles are available, including Popular Science, Smithsonian, The Food Network, EatingWell, National Geographic, O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone and Women's Day. Patrons can browse from the library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, no waiting lists, and no limit to the number of magazine downloads.

 

This service was made possible to patrons of the Rock Island Public Library by funding from the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District. Free Zinio Reader apps for a wide variety of devices are available for download at the Rock Island Library Zinio site.

 

For help with using Zinio. call 309-732-7323 (READ.)

Teen Fun in December

Teen Iron Chef contest: Monday, Dec. 16, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Teens ages 12 to 18 can take part in a monthly Iron Chef competition. Choose your ingredients and test your culinary skills against other teens for the next Iron Chef crown. Ages 12-18.

 

Dr. Who Party, Thurs, Dec. 19, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Come to the Main Library to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who! Play trivia, win prizes, and enjoy snacks fit for a Time Lord! Ages  12 to 18.

Begin Here to Learn Something New!

Getting Started with Microsoft Word, Monday, December 9th, 3:30 to 4:30pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Want to learn more about Microsoft Word?  Learn how to create letters, papers, and work on your resume. Registration is required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.

 

Library How-To: Download Books, Tuesday, December 10th, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Learn how to use the Library's eBook and eAudiobook service OverDrive, to download books to your personal devices and computer. Registration is not required - the library does not supply devices.

 

Library How-To: Download Music, Tuesday, December 17th. 2:00 -3:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Learn how to use the Library's music service, Freegal, to download music to your computer and personal devices. Must have a Rock Island, Bettendorf, Davenport, or Sherrard District Library card to use Freegal.  Registration is not required - the library does not supply devices.

 

Library How-To: Download Books, Friday, December 27th, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Learn how to use the Library's eBook and eAudiobook service OverDrive, to download books to your personal devices and computer. Registration is not required - the library does not supply devices.

 

 
This Week in Downtown Davenport: 11/27 - 12/4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Downtown Davenport Partnership   
Monday, 02 December 2013 10:59
Happy Thanksgiving! Let downtown do the cooking for you and feast on a Thanksgiving Family-Style Smorgasbord at Hotel Blackhawk, or hop to Rhythm City Casino for a Thanksgiving Buffet! Afterward, take the family to see the variety of trees and exhibits at the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees.  Need a little exercise to prepare for tons of food?  Head out Thanksgiving morning for the Scott County Family Y Turkey Trot!
Shop small this weekend and support local downtown businesses on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! On Friday, pamper yourself with discounts at Salon and Spa Luce or receive extra discounts on home and office decor, paintings and other specials in select galleries at Bucktown Center for the Arts' Final Friday/Black Friday Celebration. Catch even more deals at places like Ragged Records, SiS International Shop, Abernathy's, and more!
Welcome in December with beautiful holiday music and spectacular seasonal costumes at the Adler on Sunday. Celebrate by attending Jim McDonough's "Holiday Grande 2013 and enjoy an assortment of Christmas tunes and other all-time favorites.  There a tons of amazing Adler shows coming soon too including The Nutcracker, Green Day's American Idiot, Jim Gaffigan, A Christmas Story, The Adam's Family, Mama Mia, and more!  Tickets make great gifts!
FGC On Friday, jam out at River Music Experience with the always popular four piece Chicago band, Family Groove Company!   What better way to wind down your Black Friday than with a night full of dancing and good times?  Family Groove always puts on one heck of a show, and it's only $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  What would Janis do? 

Take in the soothing sounds of the season on Sunday at the German American Heritage Center. Hear music from GAHC's very own Davenport Zither Ensemble during the Holiday Zither Concert. While you're there, stop in the Christkindlmarkt to find unique holiday gifts ranging from one of a kind, handcrafted German works to traditional German cookies and treats.
Don't forget about the Downtown Davenport Holiday Shopping extravaganza next weekend. Grab your downtown passport and make sure you stop at all the local shops for gifts this holiday season. Find one of a kind gifts ranging from specialty chocolates, fair trade items, locally-brewed beer, handcrafted pieces of art, and more! Visit at least five businesses and have the retailers sign your passport for a chance to win gift cards to various downtown hot spots!
See you downtown!
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This Week's Events: November 28 - December 4


Thursday, November 28
Bucktown Center for the Arts
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Quad City Arts Festival of Trees
Where: RiverCenter
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: $8/Adults, $3/Children (2-10), $6/Senior (60+)

River's Edge Monthly Ice Schedule

Discover dozens of sporting events at River's Edge!

Follow the links below to see the complete ice and turf schedule for the month.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Where: Rhythm City Casino
Price: $17.99 plus tax
Thanksgiving Family-Style Smorgasbord
Where: Hotel Blackhawk
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $22.50/Adult, $11.25/Child 12 & under
Wine-tini Thursdays
Where: Barrel House 211
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Price: 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine and 1/2 Price Martinis

Friday, November 29

Black Friday Bonus

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Website

Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 6:00 p.m

Price: N/A

Website

Bucktown Center for the Arts Final Friday/Black Friday
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Family Groove Company
Where: River Music Experience, Redstone Room
Time: Doors 8:00 p.m. / Show 9:00 p.m.
Price; $10 in adv.; $12 day of show
Kitchen Gadgets "What's Cookin" Giveaway
Where: Rhythm City Casino
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Public Skate
Where: River's Edge
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Price: $5 and up
Quad City Arts Festival of Trees
Where: RiverCenter
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: $8/Adult, $3/Child (2-10), $6/Senior (60+)
Retro Ron
Where: Rhythm City Casino
Time: 8:00 p.m. - Midnight
Price: FREE
Website

The Blackest Friday (mini) Record Store Day
Where: Ragged Records
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Website
Saturday, November 30

Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery
Time: Noon, 1:00 p.m, 2:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Price: N/A

 

Bucktown Center for the Arts Small Business Saturday

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Class: Docent Candidate Training

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Price: $150

Website

 

Community Drum Circle

Where: River Music Experience, RME Admissions Area

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Price: $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and under

Website

 

Drop-In (Adult)

Where: River's Edge, Ice

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Price: $5

Website

 

Exhibition: 1934: A New Deal for Artists

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: A New Deal for Illinois: The Federal Art Project Collection of Western Illinois

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: College Invitational

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: Medieval Monsters

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7) or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: Jazz

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: Photography Contest

Where: German American Heritage Center

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; Noon - 4:00 p.m. Sun.

Price: Museum Admission or FREE with membership

Website

 

Exhibition: Walter Haskell Hinton: Image Maker for Deere

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Freight House Farmers Market

Where: Freight House Farmer's Market

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

Live Music: Chuck Murphy
Where: Barrel House 211
Time: 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Price: FREE

Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

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Night of 101 Winners
Where: Rhythm City Casino
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Public Skate
Where: River's Edge
Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Price: $5 and up
Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Family Day
Where: The RiverCenter
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: $8/adult; $3/Child (2-10); $6/Senior(60+); $1 off all Admission Tickets
River City 6
Where: Rhythm City Casino
Time: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Price: FREE

Rock the Pit

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE
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Tour: 1934: A New Deal for Artists

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Sunday, December 1

 

$3,000 Sunday Shake Up Slot Tournament

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Exhibition Closes: Jazz
Where: Figge Art Museum
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Price: Museum admission ($7), or FREE with membership
Holiday Zither Concert
Where: German American Heritage Center
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Price: Museum Admission ($5 or less), or FREE with membership
Jim McDonough "Holiday Grande 2013"
Where: Adler Theatre
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Price: $35 & $40 OR $30 & $35 for groups of 20+

Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Quad City Arts Festival of Trees

Where: The RiverCenter

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: $8/Adult; $3/Child (2-10); $6/Senior (60+)

Website

 

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bix Bistro

Where: Blackhawk Hotel

Time: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Price: Adults - $17.95 and Kids - $8.95

Website

 

Sunday Live Jazz

Where: Brady St. Chop House

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website


Monday, December 2

 

Merry Million Points

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Every Hour Between 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Website

 

Mexican Monday

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Price: $3 Margaritas and $5 Tacos

Website

 

Nifty 50's

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Public Skate

Where: River's Edge

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and Up

Website


Tuesday, December 3

 

Drop-In Hockey (Adult)

Where: River's Edge, Ice

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Freight House Farmers Market
Where: Freight House Building and Parking Lot
Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: FREE

 

It's Firkin Tuesday!

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Price: $3 Burger Baskets

Website


Open Jam Session

Where: Brady Street Pub

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and Up

Website

 

Wednesday, December 4

 

Attack of the Casks

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 5:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: N/A

Bucktown Center for the Arts
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Live Music: Danika Holmes
Where: Barrel House 211
Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: FREE

Midday Moolah Tournament

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: 100 points per entry; 10 entries max per guest

Website

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Nifty 50's
Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Public Skate

Where: River's Edge, Ice

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

RME Open Mic & Jam with Special Guest The Grahams

Where: River Music Experience, Redstone Room

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 
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