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Blues Society Presents Trivia Night Thursday January 15 Fundraiser for Iowa Acts at the International Blues Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M V B S   
Friday, 09 January 2015 11:42

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society invites the public to attend a FUNraiser /Trivia Night on Thursday, January 15th at the River Music Experience, 129 Main Street, Davenport, IA. Doors for competitors and spectators open at 6:30pm, and competition begins at 7:00pm.  Proceeds from the event will go to defray expenses for two Quad-Cities groups chosen to attend the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN January 20-24:  The Mercury Brothers will represent the entire state of Iowa at the competition, and Sarah Hanson and Jesse Barger will participate in the International Youth Showcase.

Those wishing to test their music trivia knowledge can enter the competition by registering their team of 5 at the door for $75. Or, there is a $20 buy-in for each individual member that would like to attend. Individuals are encouraged to participate even if they do not have a team. Donations also will be accepted at the door. Paid admission will include trivia, prizes, live music, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

The 2015 International Blues Challenge, held in downtown Memphis in the Beale Street Historic District, marks 31 years of blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The world's largest gathering of blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its  affiliated organizations for blues bands, solo/duo blues acts, and youth ready to take their acts to the international stage.

As affiliates of the Blues Foundation, The Mississippi Valley Blues Society (Quad Cities) and Central Iowa Blues Society (Des Moines, IA) are proud to be sending Mercury Brothers to compete in the International Band challenge. They won both the preliminary round and the final round of the Iowa Blues Challenge in the Spring of 2014.   Sarah Hanson (17), and Jesse Barger (16) were chosen to represent the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in the International Youth Showcase by exhibiting exceptional artistry and dedication to playing the blues during the Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Competition.

Trivia questions will be selected from various versions of music history books, and will combine general music content with some exclusively blues subjects. Sample questions: “Which ‘King of the Blues’ came from Texas?”  “Which Chuck Berry tune did The Beach Boys steal for their worldwide hit ‘Surfin’ USA’?”

Trivia Night is fun competition and entertainment for the whole family.  If you are not a “Music Wisenheimer” you are still welcome to come to observe and cheer on your favorite team! All proceeds for the MVBS Trivia Night will go towards the Mercury Brothers and Sarah/Jesse for IBC expenses, and are tax deductible.

Any questions call: 563-349-0594.

Pulling Back the Shades An Evening with Dannah Gresh PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Friday, 09 January 2015 10:05

6:30 to 8:00 PM January 22nd, 2015

Bettendorf High School

Performing Arts Center

3333 - 18th Street

Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

Limited open seating.

(Doors open at 5:30 pm)

Register at: www.shadesqc.com

Registration fee is only $5.00!

90 minutes to inform, equip and empower all women

Do you know any women of faith who have read or are considering reading literature like the Fifty Shades of Grey series? This night is meant to start the conversation about God's plan for sex and intimacy and the real dangers that women face when we slip or stumble outside of that plan.

In a grey shaded world it is time for women to have an informed and compassionate conversation about God's purpose for sex and intimacy. Guest author Dannah Gresh will help us discover the longing of every woman's heart and God's plan for intimacy in our lives. 

Everyone registered by Jan. 15 will receive a free copy of the book

Pulling Back the Shades by Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery.

Registration cost is only $5.00

Register at: www.shadesqc.com

Open seating is limited.


Will reading Fifty Shades of Grey really affect my marriage?  Yes!

I haven't read the book. Should I come? Yes! It may be a daughter, aunt or friend you care about...

Register at: www.shadesqc.com

This Week in Downtown Davenport: 1/9 - 1/15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Downtown Davenport Partnership   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 16:49
Hear familiar songs and sounds not just once, but twice this week when River Music Experience hosts its Deja vu Rendezvous series. Tomorrow, hang out with the always popular Soul Storm, a group of funky musicians who cover everything from pop and rock to soul and R&B! Next Thursday, "Deadheads" can get their Grateful Dead fix with Terrapin Flyer. Be sure to support local band Deadroots at their final show on Saturday, too!

L&D 15 opens it's first monthly art exhibit on Saturday. Featuring a mixture of photographic collages, paintings, and mixed media sculptures, the Remnants of Earth exhibition by Tom Awad investigates both physical and emotional matters. Awad will also be in the shop on Sunday to give an artist talk during this week's Meet Your Maker event.

Venture School, a six week program for entrepreneurs, is coming to the Quad Cities! Ignite Quad Cities, the University of Iowa Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and EICC have partnered together to provide entrepreneurs a program designed to accelerate the startup process while increasing entrepreneurs' chances for success. Attend one of two informational sessions next Thursday at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce office downtown for more information.

Interested in setting both professional and personal goals? The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities hosts this month's Network at Noon right here in downtown Davenport. Gain insight into how to set and how to achieve your goals in this interactive lunch session on Tuesday over at the Radisson Quad Cities Plaza. For more 2015 networking events, check out their calendar of events here!

Icestravaganza 2015 is next Saturday, January 17! Head out to our new location at the  Freight House to watch award-winning ice sculptor, Dawson List, carve ice sculptures live on site. This event will offer FREE indoor kid's activities including a cookie decorating station, crafts, story time, and more. The Farmers Market will remain open until 4 p.m. so you can shop local, too! Don't forget to hop to River's Edge for public ice skating, as well.

Later that evening, come on back for a night of heavy hors d'oeuvres from Front Street Brewery, a live DJ set by Just Let Go, a cash bar with a vodka luge, and good company during the Icestravaganza After-Party. After-Party tickets are only $10 and can be purchased here!  The event is located on the second floor of the Freight House and its going to be a good time with a great river view!

See you downtown!  For more events, click here

Wings of Life display takes visitors through the life stages of eagles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michelle Opsahl   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 15:02

Bald Eagle Days exhibit presented by Modern Woodmen of America

From starting a family to adjusting to an empty nest, Modern Woodmen’s Wings of Life exhibit is designed to delight and inform eagle lovers of all ages. As guests interact with the activities, they’ll learn about eagle families and their similarities to human families.

The 1,400-square-foot exhibit includes family-friendly, interactive activities and giveaways for visitors. Modern Woodmen has sponsored Bald Eagle Days for over 25 years.

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 - 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 - 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 - 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island

Visual opportunities:

  • Children participating in activities while learning about the life stages of bald eagles.

  • Volunteers assisting children at eagle-themed mini golf, coloring and glider stations.

  • A portrait station where families can take their free “Wings of Life” photograph.

  • Vibrant bald eagle photos and trivia signs

Enter the Bacon Contest at the 2nd Annual BBB PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Wachal   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 13:34

Churches United of the Quad City Area is pleased to announce our second annual Big Bacon Bonanza to be held on Saturday, February 28th from 4 to 7pm at the River Center. With local food and restaurant venders we are having a wonderful event !!!  This year we have included the  the Dani Lynn Howe Band and Danielle Dimovski host of BBQ Crawl which airs on the Travel Channel and expert and chef of all things Barbeque!!!

NEW TO BBB THIS YEAR - The Bacon Challenge!!!!
You could win an opportunity to meet and or cook with Danielle at Big Bacon Bonanza by entering….The Bacon Challenge! To enter is simple: make something amazing that involves bacon. We know, bacon is already pretty amazing on its own - therein lies the challenge! Dress it up, build with it, and get creative with your porcine bounty. The challenge is to make something both original and bacon-related. If it’s about bacon, it’s eligible. Danielle will evaluate the recipes and choose two winners: one adult and one youth (17and under). Both will have an opportunity to meet her and help with the cooking demonstration of the winning bacon creation.

Submit a Step by Step recipe that demonstrates your creativity, skill, and facility with bacon. Be sure to document your project with lots of great photos and provide plenty of details so that others may enjoy the savory fruits of your labor. The challenge begins January 4th, 2015 and final submissions are due byJanuary 31st, 2015. All recipes will be included in the Inaugural BBB cookbook. 

Send entries to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail to BBB at 2535 Tech Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722. Please include NAME, AGE and CONTACT INFORMATION. Questions? Call us at 563-332-5002.  Complete rules are also available from any of the aforementioned contacts.

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