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More Free Summer Fun at the Rock Island Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:49
Learn How to Use Your Apple iPad


Apple computer logo Using Your Apple iPad: 6:30 pm Tuesday, July 2, Main Library, 401 19th Street. Want to learn more about what you can do with your Apple iPad tablet? Pick up some free tips and tricks, at a free hands-on how-to session at our Main Library.   (Please note: Main Library is the correct location. There was a misprint on the printed calendar.)


Make sure you bring your device! For Apple devices only.
Scrapbooking Session for Kids Continue in July
Compass Rose illustration with globe in middle

Have photos from your family travels? Learn how to keep your memories together with:


Kids' Scrapbooking Mondays: Free for 2nd grades and up. Materials supplied! 3:00 to 4:00 pm, July 1 at Main Library Children's Room, July 8 at 30/31 Branch, and July 15 at Southwest Branch.


Want some more free family fun next week? Check out:


Storytimes for ages birth to five at 10:30 am on Tuesday, at 30/31 Branch and Wednesday at Southwest.


Global Math Club: 3:30 pm, Tuesdays, June 11-16, Main Library. Fun with math, from tutor Elizabeth Russell.

To see all your traveling options, pick up a brochure or calendar today! Or visit our website.

Teen Events Go Beneath the Surface

Teens ages 12 to 18 are invited to practice a little "Cake Archeology" Tuesday, July 2, from noon to 1:00 pm at our Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


Go Beneath the Surface to learn a little bit about cake decorating. And the best part, this is archeology you can eat! Free, open to ages 12 to 18.


Bring your bingo card summer reading form - you can knock off a square for attending a program!

And coming up next week, July 8-12
Join us for these special summer events: 

For adults/general audiences:
Native American drum Native American History of Rock Island, 6:30 pm, July 8 at Main Library,
401 19th Street. Learn about the early Native American tribes who called this area home, and about the archeological evidence that is still telling their story. Presented by Ferrel Anderson of the Quad City Archeological Society. 

eBook demo, 6:00 pm, July 10, at Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Learn how to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks for free from your library with our OverDrive Media service. 

For children & families:
Boa constrictorSerengeti Steve reptile show: 3:30 pm, July 11, Main Library Community Room. Serengeti Steve brings his show of snakes, spiders, lizards and other crawly things to the library. You may have seen him on America's Got Talent, but you'll see him up close at the library. Find out what a snake feels like!  

For teens:
Library Mini-Golf: 6:00 pm, July 11, Main Library. Try your luck at a mini-golf course around the library. Complete our course with the best score to win great prizes. Ages 12-18.
New Service for Music Lovers!

Now you can download music from the Rock Island Library - and what's more, you can keep it.


Freegal Music serviceRegistered cardholders of the Rock Island Public Library with accounts in good standing can download three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each month via the library website. Downloaded tunes become part of your personal music library - they do not disappear or need to be returned after a set period.  Sorry, this service is not available to patrons of non-subscribing libraries.


Full instructions  on the Rock Island Library website under "Download This."


Senior Star at Elmore Place Hosts an Evening with General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kaylan Hamerlinck   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:24
Public invited to hear guest speaker and best selling author who served two terms in Vietnam


DAVENPORT, IA (June 27, 2013) – Senior Star at Elmore Place is pleased to host an evening with General Anthony Zinni, USMC (ret.), on Wednesday, July 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on its campus at 4500 Elmore Avenue, Davenport.  Appetizers will be provided.

General Zinni’s military service has taken him to more than 70 countries and includes deployments to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Western Pacific, Northern Europe and Korea.  His operational experience included two tours in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded.  He held numerous command and staff assignments that included platoon, company, battalion, regimental, Marine Expeditionary Unit and Marine Expeditionary Force command.  General Zinni received 23 personal military awards and holds 37 unit, service and campaign awards.

Since his retirement from the United States Marine Corps in 2000, General Zinni has continued to serve his country as the U.S. Peace Envoy in the Middle East and as the Special Envoy to the Henri Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (Indonesian, Philippines and Sudan peace effort).  He also serves on the boards of several corporations, universities and other organizations, offering insight gained from his 40 years of experience as a proven and decorated leader in the United States military.

Beyond his military service and corporate leadership roles, General Zinni has authored three best selling books including one he co-authored with Tom Clancy, entitled Battle Ready.

“We are excited to continue offering interesting speakers and topics for residents who live in the greater Davenport community,” said Kaylan Hamerlinck, assistant executive director of Senior Star at Elmore Place.  “General Zinni is an inspiration to patriotism.  Hosting him at Elmore Place will not only be a treat for our residents, especially our veterans, but also another way of supporting and enhancing our involvement as a member of this wonderful community in which we are surrounded.  We hope many people will join us at Elmore Place on July 10.”

Registration is requested by July 9.  To reserve space, please call 563.359.0100.  The first 20 people who RSVP will receive a free signed copy of one of General Zinni’s books.  

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place or to schedule a visit, call 563.359.0100 or visit the website at www.seniorstar.com.

About Senior Star at Elmore Place

Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Senior Star community, features 236 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 20 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents in three distinctive living experiences:  independent living, assisted living and memory care.  For more information visit www.seniorstar.com.


Dodgeball Tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:00

Come & Dodge High Fares, and play Dodgeball- with the Quad City International Airport & Allegiant!

When: Friday July 19th, from 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: Augustana’s Pepsico Rec Center, near Westerlin Dorms, 30th St., Rock Island

Time: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.   Registered teams should arrive by 5:15 p.m. for sign-in and team photos

First 100 participants & spectators through the door receive a goodie bag with fun items inside!

Registration & Rules can be found at qcairport.com/dodgeball
Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams!
PLUS….1st place team selects one of three local charities to receive 50% of the entry fees collected. (Teams 2 & 3 share the remaining 50%, or 25% each, to the remaining two charities. Everyone wins!)

Teams need to register by no later than Monday, July 15th (for pre-planning purposes at the facility) by logging on to  www.qcairport.com/dodegeball

Just want to watch? Light duty volunteer opportunities available! E-mail Cathie at the Quad City International Airport: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Written by Courtney Boothe   
Friday, 21 June 2013 13:31

DAVENPORT, IA/ June 21, 2013 – The Marine Corps League, Illowa Detachment #102 is hosting their Annual S.O.S. Dinner and Auction on June 29th. The chipped beef on toast, affectionately known as S.O.S., will be donated by Mo Brady’s Steakhouse.

The dinner and silent auction will take place from 5:30p to 7:30p the night of June 29th at the American Legion #26 on 702 W. 35th Street in Davenport, Iowa. For a $7.00 donation the public is invited to enjoy the traditional Marine Corps meal consisting of chipped beef on toast, hash browns, salad, orange marmalade and brownies.

Mike Osborn, Owner of Mo Brady’s, has close ties to this organization and is looking forward to being able to provide the S.O.S. for the event. “These veterans have served our Country and continue to do so many wonderful things to help out our community.  I’m happy to help them in their efforts where I can.”

The Marine Corps League’s Illowa Detachment, most known for their assistance to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, hosts their Annual S.O.S. Dinner to help provide scholarship funding for Marine families and financial support for veteran and community outreach programs. The organization is made up of men and women who have served or are serving in the United States Marine Corps or as Navy Corpsmen attached to the Marines. They serve to preserve the traditions of the Corps, assist Marines in need and maintain the high standards associated with America’s Corps of Marines.

About Mo Brady’s: Mo Brady’s is the Quad Cities’ hometown steakhouse. For more than 10 years, Mo Brady’s has brought fresh food, excellent service and enjoyment to thousands of Quad Cities families. At Mo’s, the chef never scrimps on quality ingredients, fresh from the source. Whole fish and steaks are flown in and hand-cut by our chef. And everything on your plate is made with care in our kitchen, from salad dressing and croutons to special sauces and hand-breaded tenderloins, chicken and catfish.


LeClaire Chamber Announcements - Friday 06/21/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 21 June 2013 13:20


June 21st – 22nd THE LeCLAIRE GIRLS’ GET AWAY WEEKEND! On the evening of Friday, June 21, and all day Saturday, June 22, 2013, TUGFEST hosts the Girls’s Getaway Weekend in LeClaire, Iowa! Sign up today for this amazing event featuring give aways, coupons, music, games and delicious food. MEET Anthony Ryan Auld the Winner of this year's "Project Runway All Stars" at the Girls Get Away Fashion Show & Cocktail Party on Saturday evening. No other contestant has had more wins beating the best designers in a single season of the show. Anthony Ryan will be speaking about his journey to becoming a top fashion designer and winning Project Runway All Stars. KWQC's anchor and on-air reporter Bailey Deitz will be the mistress of ceremonies for this special event. The LeClaire Girls’ Get Away will start on Friday evening, June 21, at the Wide River Winery, where you will taste award-winning wines, enjoy the music of Pieces of Candy in the Wine Garden, and pick up your GIRLS GET AWAY passport to LeClaire with your goody bags.

On Saturday, June 22, LECLAIRE GIRLS GET AWAY events include:

* Grasshoppers will host music and wine tasting on their beautiful lawn.

* Win Prizes every hour on the hour at Aunt Hattie's Fanciful Emporium.

* Dwellings will be hosting Margarita Man.

* Robert Day of the Faithful Pilot, and the winner of the Quad Cities Top Chef competition, will demonstrate some of his secret cooking techniques.

* Zaruba's will host mini make overs.

* Free Tours at the Mississippi River Distilling Company.

* Expert Tammy Allen will teach a FREE Class in "Punch Needle" at Primitive Cottage.

* The Buffalo Bill Museum will offer a Quilt Making Class.

Cost to participate in the LeClaire Girls Get Away are $65 per person. Go to Leclairegirlgetaway.com

June 22nd - Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits Open for Lunch 11am-2pm 3 different sandwiches and chips for $5 www.faithfulpilot.com

June 24th - Le Claire Library is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 10:00am-2:00pm.  For an appointment please direct donors to call 289-6002.

June 25th – First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire - Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia What to do and say, what to not to do and say, living with and helping family and friends, with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Dessert and coffee at 1:30, program and discussion to follow. No cost; please call 563-381-7777 to pre-register.

June 27th - Mississippi River Distilling Company Takes Over the Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits Bar 5:30-7:30 P.M. The men from MRDC take over the Faithful Pilot with signature drinks and Pilot appetizers for $25 per person www.faithfulpilot.com

June 29th - Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits Open for Lunch 11am-2pm 3 different sandwiches and chips for $5 www.faithfulpilot.com

June 30th- Wine Tasting at the Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits 3:00-5:00 P.M.  $15 per person Taste 14 wines and heavy appetizers from The Faithful Pilot www.faithfulpilot.com

Save the Date

July 1st - Friends of the LeClaire Community Library is planning an Open House to celebrate our 9th anniversary! Details are forthcoming!

July 5th – First Friday in LeClaire – 5-8 p.m.

Food and Beverage Samples at Mississippi River Distilling Company www.mrdistilling.com

Wine samples and live music at Wide River Winery www.wideriverwinery.com Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium Come in for a free red velvet cupcake!

Razzleberries Come in to shop and get free samples of booze cake (while it lasts)!

LeClaire Antiques and Appraisals - 'First Friday's Free Appraisals' until 7 p.m.

Other shops and restaurants will be open late!

July 13th – Trivia Night – LeClaire Civic Center hosted by LeFirst Presbyterian Church of LeClaire. Doors open at 6:30; game starts at 7 pm. Cost $10 per person; call 563-381-7777 to pre-register individuals or a table. We are raising money for the Hurricane Sandy Victims. Bring your own snacks and drinks or purchase something there.

July 15th - 19th – LeClaire Baptist Church - “Colossal Coaster World” VBX Week For kids age 4 up through kids going INTO 6th grade! Cost: FREE! Time:  9:00 AM – Noon Location:  1326 Wisconsin Street LeClaire, Iowa  52753 Family program:  SUNDAY, July 21 at 10:30 a.m. followed by our “Burger Bash” lunch! For more information or registration: phone:  (563) 289-4191 e-mail:  leclairebaptist@leclairebaptist.org or REGISTER ONLINE at www.leclairebaptist.org (under ministries and kids vbx link)

July 18th – First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire - Funeral Planning At the time of death, decisions can be difficult. This program will help you plan your own funeral or help you think about decisions when planning another’s funeral. Lunch at 11:30, program and discussion to follow. No cost; please call 563-381-7777 to pre-register.


First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire FREE LUNCH at the Civic Center, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Third Tuesday of the month: July 16 and August 20: Come to eat and stay for the conversation!

LeClaire Antiques is hosting an on going Plant Sale benefiting LeClaire Parks. Go by and see the beautiful plants for sale – great prices!

Programs, performers & activities for all ages. Registration materials for Children (B-5th G) available at the library starting May 20th.Program information & Activity Calendar available at the library & online @

Please volunteer or help recruit volunteers for the LeClaire Information Center! We get a lot of great comments about the LIC, and we help promote all of LeClaire:

1. Through telling visitors about our great attractions, shops, restaurants, parks, schools, housing developments, etc.,

2. By mailing out information to individuals, small groups and bus tours who want to come find out what LeClaire is all about, and

3. Through providing nice, convenient public restrooms to shoppers, diners, people checking out our attractions, families, LeClaire residents who are just out for a walk - everyone appreciates the restrooms!

Almost everyone knows at least one person who loves to talk and meet new people - a retired neighbor or stay-at-home mom, a relative, a friend, a person from church, a person from your civic club, a person from exercise class... Please contact Cindy at 563-650-7963 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Volunteers are trained and there is lots of brochures and information to share with visitors.

Let's make downtown LeClaire and the LeClaire Information Center the best it can possibly be!

Buffalo Bill Museum is now open until 5pm daily. As of April 1st, the museum is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays 12noon to 5pm. A reminder: group discounts are available for tour groups, clubs/reunions, and school groups. Call the museum at 563-289-5580 for details!

Reusable Usables - Planet Green recycled art after school classes on Tuesday and Thursdays.RSVP 563-289-3946 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“LIKE” the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce on FaceBook Visit the chamber’s Face Book page and discover a great source of news, business announcements, events, and other information that is updated frequently. It’s a useful source of updated information for all members and non-members!

Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

July 9 - Blue Iguana - Lunch -noon

August 13 - Big Dave and Holly's - lunch -noon

September 10 - Steventon's - after hours - 5-8pm

October 8 - Hungry Hobo - lunch - noon

November 12 - TBD

December 10 - Happy Joes - lunch –noon


Meet and greet Pastor Melody any Wednesday from 1-3 pm at Happy Joe's.

Pastor Melody from First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire, will be at Happy Joe's in LeClaire, every Wednesday, from 1-3 pm, sipping on a soda, reading and waiting to visit with you and your friends. Stop by and say hi. Or, if you have a prayer request or a question, just let her know. 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.

Asbury United Methodist Church is hosting a "Partnering to EmPOWER" fundraising event for Winnie's Place on Tuesday, October 15th.  The team putting together the event is looking for vendors who would be interested in participating in this worthy cause. Booth fees are $15 for sales people and $25 for those providing a service (ALL booth fees will go to Winnie's Place). Vendors will also agree to donate 9% of their sales to Winnies Place, which corresponds to the statistic that every 9 seconds, a woman is abused. Interested vendors are asked to contact Heidi Lubben at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details. Marketing packets for vendors will be available June 15th. The deadline for returning a signed vendor agreement is August 20th.

Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center -

2013 Trivia Nights:

July 13 - Hosted by First Presbyterian Church - Hurricane Sandy Victims

LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!

LeClaire 2013 Events Calendar:

First Fridays each month 5:00-8:00 P.M.

June 21st-22nd – Girls’ Getaway Weekend

Summer 2013 - City-Wide Water Explosion (Hollyhock Park)

Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating

August 8th-10th Tugfest

October 6th - Dogtoberfest at Bier Stube

October 13th - AppleFest

October 24th - HalloWine

October 26th - Witches Walk Costume Contest and Parade

December 6-8, 2013: Christmas in LeClaire

Family Nights at the LeClaire Rec Center: Details at www.leclairereccenter.com

www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

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