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Happy Holidays - and a Sneak Peak at 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by R. I. Public Library   
Monday, 23 December 2013 14:30
Happy Holidays from your Library!
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."  A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

The staff of Rock Island Public Library wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, filled with good reading, good tidings & good health.
New Info - Community Partnerships 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, 401 19th Street, on every Thursday, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Counselors from Genesis Health System will be on hand to help you sign up. 

Learn Something New in 2014!

Did you get a new eReader or tablet under the tree? Did you notice it didn't come with a manual? Your library can help with new classes for 2014!

red-bow.jpg Library How-To: Download Books,

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.

Friday, Dec. 27, 2:00 pm,
Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.


Library How-To: Download Magazines
Learn how to use the Library's downloading magazine service, Zinio, to download some of your favorite magazines to your computer or other personal device!
Tuesday, January 7th, 6:30 pm (Main Library)
Tuesday, February 4th, 6:30 pm (Main Library)

Using your iPad
Do you own an iPad and wish you knew more about it?  Looking for tips on what to use it for?  Head to the library for this session on using your iPad.  You must bring your device with you.  The Libray will not supply devices for use.
Thursday, January 9th, 2:30 pm (Main Library)

More Opportunities for Adults
Independent Movie Night for Adults - Thursday, Jan. 2 at 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Movie is "The Day I Saw Your Heart." In French with English subtitles. 

In 2014, the Friends of the Library Big Book Sale returns to an every other month schedule. The first discount book sale of the year is Thursday, Feb. 6, from 9;00 am to 8:00 pm, at the Rock Island 30/31 Branch Library, 3059 30th Street. 

Can't wait? You don't have to! The book sale room is open during regular branch hours. Stop by and pick up some great deals, anytime you are in the neighborhood.

Looking for something to do? Volunteers wanted! Stop by and talk to a Friends volunteer about helping out.
Begin Here for Fun from the Children's Library
Lego Block Club kicks off 2014 with a 4:00 pm program on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Main Library; Free building block fun for the kids! Sessions at 30/31 and Southwest Branch follow on the next two Wednesdays. 

2014 also brings a full schedule of children's morning, evening and Saturday storytimes, a new monthly "crafternoon," a Friday movie, and a big Midwinters Knight read party and reading contest. Stay tuned for more details!
Get the Scoop on Hometown Teams

Logo for Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service The second Community Meeting for Hometown Teams has been set, and you are invited. The Rock Island Library is seeking volunteers and partners to help implement the Hometown Teams national exhibit, and supporting programs and exhibits of local history, coming

to Rock Island in Sept. 2014.

To get involved, come to the meeting at the Rock Island Main Community Room on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014,  from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, or
call Project Coordinator Lisa Lockheart at 309-732-7303 or email her at the library.


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.


Link to full story.
Take an Art Break!
Artist Bryan Cotton's one-man show, runs December 3 
Cityscape by Bryan Cotton through January 3 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.


Brainfuse Online Tutoring

Rock Island Library now offers Brainfuse, an online tutoring service that provides learning tools for learners from kindergarten through college, as well as adult learning tools for career, job searching and skill building.


The free service requires a Rock Island Library card.


To get started, click here!



Rock Island, Illinois > 309.732.7323 (READ) > www.rockislandlibrary.org Rock Solid, Rock Island.

Ring In 2014 at Me & Billy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Me & Billy   
Monday, 23 December 2013 13:31

Other QC Events to keep you busy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Friday, 20 December 2013 14:47
Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

Center Ice at Bass Street Landing is a new outdoor public skating rink that opened at 1601 River Drive in downtown Moline, Illinois. It is a seasonal ice rink 65-foot-wide, 120-foot-long just installed from December through spring. There are skate rentals and concessions available.

Chocolate Festival Sun, Jan 5

Indulge yourself at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island on Sunday, Jan. 5 from 11 am-4 pm. Enjoy free samples from local bakeries and candy shops. Listen to presentations and watch cooking demonstrations. Meet Willy Wonka in the new kid's chocolate activity area. Local spas can help you relax with free facials, massages, and beauty tips.

Be a Tourist Weekend Fri, Jan 17 - Mon, Jan 20

Make a weekend out of it during the annual "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend" on Jan. 17-20. This year 50 Quad Cities businesses and organizations have issued coupons. You don't have to travel far or spend a lot of money to have a marvelous and affordable weekend getaway. Click here for the full list of discounts and specials.

Princess Diana Exhibit Ends Jan. 5

The award-winning exhibition Diana, A Celebration chronicles the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales, through 150 objects, including her famed royal wedding gown. The exhibit at the Putnam Museum in Davenport has nine galleries containing 150 objects-ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementoes, paintings and rare home movies and photos.

More Events

HangoverFest XIII - Cordova Dragway Park, Wed, Jan 1

Harlem Globetrotters - iWireless Center, Sat, Jan 4

Broadway's American Idiot - Adler Theatre, Wed, Jan 8

Elvis Tribute - Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Fri, Jan 10; Fri, Jan 17; Sun, Jan 19

Quad Cities Boat, RV & Vacation Show - RiverCenter, Fri, Jan 17 - Sun, Jan 19

Jason Aldean - iWireless Center, Sat, Jan 18 - Sun, Jan 19

Winter Wine Experience - River Music Experience, Sat, Jan 18

Bald Eagle Watch & Clock Tower Tour - Mississippi River Visitor Center, Sat, Jan 4 - Sun, Feb 9 (select weekends only)

Farm Equipment Show - Sun, Jan 19 - Tue, Jan 21

World's Toughest Rodeo - iWireless Center, Fri, Jan 24 - Sat, Jan 25

Buddy Holly Story - Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse

Of Mice and Men - Playcrafters Barn Theatre

The Speakeasy - Circa 21 Speakeasy

ComedySportz Quad Cities - The Establishment Theatre

Quad City Mallards Hockey - iWireless Center

John Deere Exhibit - Figge Art Museum

Jerusalem Movie - Putnam Museum

New Fox Hollow Exhibit - Family Museum

Christmas Baking Exhibit - German American Heritage Center

River Music Experience - Live music

Quad Cities Casinos

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Bald Eagle Days Fri, Jan 10 - Sun, Jan 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Friday, 20 December 2013 14:45

Plan a trip to see these majestic birds roosting in trees along the Mississippi River. Bald Eagle Days is January 10-12, 2014, at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island, Ill. Hours: Fri. 4-8 pm, Sat. 10 am-8 pm, and Sun. 10 am-5 pm. It is the largest event in the Midwest dedicated to the United States' national symbol of freedom. Thousands turn out for the annual event which includes: live eagle programs, Pella Wildlife Company Wolves, rock-climbing wall, exhibits, and activities.

Try an Eagle Spotting Safari

Bob Motz has been hosting bald eagle safaris for more than 20 years, and has welcomed people from across the globe. During the Eagle Safaris, high-powered spotting scopes, connected to the car window, provide excellent viewing. The spotting scopes are powerful enough to see the gold of the eagle's eye, the nostrils in its beak, and the black talons extending from its toes.

The tours are 2 to 3 hours in length and run a flat rate of $20.00 per hour whether its 1 or 4 people.  You can reserve a safari for family, friends with a maximum of four people. Larger groups come each winter in buses, for which the charge is $40.00 per hour. And, yes, he does guarantee eagle sightings or your money back! To make a reservation for an Eagle Safari, contact Bob Motz at (309) 788-8389 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bald Eagle Watching

In 2007 the bald eagle, America's national symbol, flew off the Endangered Species Act's "threatened" list. In the winter, the bald eagles flock to the Quad Cities from mid-December through mid-February. Why do eagles like the Quad Cities? The bald eagles migrate south along the Mississippi River each winter as waters freeze in the northern U.S. and Canada. Eagles feed mainly on fish and need open waters to feed. Waters below Locks and Dams do not completely freeze over in the winter and allow eagles prime feeding opportunities. Plus the Quad Cities has many wooded river bluffs that allow eagles a prime habitat for perching & evening roosts. Click here for good watching places and eagle etiquette.

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Announcements - 12/20/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 20 December 2013 09:50

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 12/20/2013

Now through December 23rd, all 2013 Chamber Members are eligible and invited to vote for Chamber Board Members for 2014, and for Nominees and Winners of the Annual Awards for 2013 to be announced at the Annual Dinner, Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Davenport Country Club.  Please see ballots for Board Members and for the Annual Awards at www.leclairechamber.com Thank you for your participation!

Time to Renew your LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Membership or Join for 2014! Go to www.leclairechamber.com to renew or join, or see the attached form to complete and return. Deadline to renew, February 1, 2014. Thank you for your membership!

Shops open late now - December 21st: From now thru Saturday, December 21st, several shops are staying open late on Thursday, Friday & Saturday: Artswork, Aunt Hattie's, Dwellings, Grasshoppers, LeClaire Antiques & Appraisals, Mississippi River Distilling Co., Razzleberries, The Shameless Chocoholic, and Wide River Winery are open until 8pm. Mississippi Cottage Antiques will be open until 7pm on December 20-21. Big Dave & Holly’s hours – 11am-8:30pm and open on Sundays.

Shop hours on Christmas Eve: Artswork 10am-3pm, Aunt Hattie’s 10am-3pm, Bierstube 10:30am-4pm & Christmas Day 5pm-2am (bar only), Buffalo Bill Museum 9-4pm, Dwellings 10am-3pm, Grasshoppers 10am-4pm, Mississippi Cottage Antiques 10am-6pm, Mississippi River Distilling Co. 10am-3pm, Wide River Winery 10am-3pm


Now thru Jan. 12th - Enright’s LeClaire Super Car Wash – Annual Holiday Token Sale - 8 tokens for $30. Each token has a value of $6.50. Stop in for tokens and to register for weekly winners drawings! Tokens Make Great Gifts! Stock up for winter!

December 13th-December 24th – Bier-Stube celebrating 12 days of Christmas specials! http://bier-stube.com/


December 31st - Riverview Roadhouse: New Year’s Eve - ringing in the New Year with DJ Klucker. New Year’s Day - open at 11am to watch all the football games. Scotch Doubles Pool Tournament starting at 2pm on New Year’s Day, $5.00 per person. 701 N. Cody Road, LeClaire, IA 563-289-9969


December 31st - The Faithful Pilot Café - New Year’s Eve - Seven courses includes champagne toast at the end of your meal. Seatings at 6pm & 8:30pm for $100 per person (no coupons or discounts) $50 for a wine pairing will include 5 glasses of wine per person. Phone: 563-289-4156 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 117 N. Cody Road, LeClaire, IA.


December 31st - Stevenson’s: New Year’s Eve - Open for regular dinning from 5-9 and a party from 10-1. The party is $75 plus tax and gratuity. It includes appetizer stations, open bar, live music, a dance floor, a photo booth and a shot ice luge. Also providing people with a ride home if they need it. Call for reservations: 563-289-3600. 1399 Eagle Ridge Road, Le Claire, IA.


December 31st - The Crane & Pelican Café – New Year’s Eve is offering two seatings for New Year’s Eve - 6pm & 8pm. The menu is on their website www.craneandpelican.com. Three delicious courses for $45. They are filling up fast so call today for your reservation 563-289-8774. 127 2nd Street South, LeClaire, IA


Save the Date

January 25th – Freedom Rock Trivia – LeClaire Fire Station Come help raise funds for the Freedom Rock, coming to the LeClaire levee as the chosen site for all of Scott County! Doors open at 6:00 pm and trivia will start at 7pm. Cost is $10 per person. All proceeds will go to the Freedom Rock fund. You don’t have to be good at trivia – come for the fun and to support this great cause! To reserve a table, email freedomrockscottcountyiowa@gmail.com or contact Barry Long - 563-949-6969.

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


February 8th – TugFest Trivia – LeClaire Fire Station Doors open at 6:00 pm and trivia will start at 7pm. Cost is $10 per person.  You don’t have to be good at trivia – come for the fun! To reserve a table, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 1st – Rock and Roll Bingo!  LeClaire Rec Center – Fund raiser for Freedom Rock. Songs will be played and you identify the songs on bingo cards. There will be 50/50 and other raffles.  Event will be hosted by Cody Tucker of B100!  More details to come!


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

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

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 expansion project.

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 2014 Networking Events – TBA

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