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TOMORROW: Loebsack, Braley to Tour Locks and Dams Along Mississippi PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Monday, 29 April 2013 15:04

Tour kickoffs in Rock Island; will be joined by Rep. Bustos

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Dave Loebsack and Bruce Braley will tour along the Mississippi River to meet with local officials and discuss the importance of locks and dams, as well as flooding issues, TOMORROW, April 30th. They will kick off the day in Rock Island, where they will be joined by Rep. Cheri Bustos for a press conference after they tour Lock and Dam #15.  Loebsack and Braley will continue down the river with stops in Muscatine, Burlington and Ft. Madison.

Mississippi River Lock and Dam Tour

10:15am- Rock Island

Press Conference with Reps. Bruce Braley and Cheri Bustos

Lock & Dam #15

1575 Rodman Ave., Building 328

Rock Island, Illinois

11:30am- Muscatine Tour

Riverview Center

110 Harbor Dr.



2:00pm- Burlington Tour

Burlington Memorial Auditorium

3510 Division St.



3:30pm- Fort Madison Tour

Sante Fe Depot

814 10th St.

Fort Madison



May 2nd. 2013 Post Indian Art Movement " Today's mixed Native American identity and expression." PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:17

Post Indian Art Movement, "Today's mixed Native American identity and expression."

By Todd Leisek, Artist

About the presenter:
Todd Leisek was born in Ogden, Utah and grew up in San Joaquin Valley in California.  Todd has a BA in Art History/Studio Arts from San Francisco State University, a MA in Studio Arts from University of Wisconsin Superior, and an MFA in Visual Arts (Contemporary Theory) from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Todd has taught collectively for nine years in fine arts in higher educational institutions and Fine Art organizations in California, Wisconsin, and Illinois.  He has also taught music and performed with the UWS orchestra and guitar ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Rio de Janeiro. 

Since San Francisco he had art exhibitions in California, Wisconsin, and Vermont.  Recently, he has been working on publishing his poetry through Vermont College of Fine Arts and in New York area.

Since his recent graduation from Vermont College of Fine Arts, he has been involved with connecting to art organizations in the Quad cities and maintaining my affiliation with artists and professors at the Chicago Art Institute.  He has always had a passion for sustaining the arts in the community and in higher education. 

Independent Scholars Evenings. 7.00 p.m.
Thursday, May 2.
1530 Fifth Avenue. Moline. Illinois 309-762-9202 or 762-8547
Doors open at 6.30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Dress code: business casual.
Elevators are located through the 16th Street entrance. Please call. The 16th street doors are closed after 7.00 p.m. for security reasons.

The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, LTD is a 501(c)3 at State and Federal level organization under US laws since 1996.

Please visit www.qcinstitute.orgto see our archives.

AMERICAN MIDWEST ART: Please visit the Phoenix Art Gallery, specializing in American Midwest Art. 

New show: art by LISA DAVIS  in the Phoenix and  Photography by DARREN MILLER in the Dragon, adjacent to the Phoenix.  The jewelry of  ELSA ROMERO is available at The Artisan Adventure in the corner: the old Fannie May store.

Artist showing at the Moline Commercial Club on the 2nd floor and in the Artisan
Adventure are:

ANNA ENGELBRECHT: Midwest scenes: photography, gauche on canvas.
AMBER WILLIAMS: : mixed media Midwest scenes
EKKEHARD STOEVESAND: The Mississippi river in our area. Tractors. Oil on canvas. Genre: German Expressionist Abstract. 

HUGH LIFSON: mixed media
ROBERT KAMECZURA: photography, ink and pencil on paper, and giclee.
The galleries will be open at 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Contributions may be sent  to: The Institute for Cultural and Healing
Traditions, Ltd. 1530 Fifth. Avenue. Moline. IL 61265

Over 1,000 people to attend anime convention in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Kopf   
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:02
Davenport, Iowa - April 27, 2013 - The Iowa Anime Convention, Anime-zing!, is expected to bring over 1,000 fans of anime, manga, cosplay, and alternative fashion styles together for a three-day convention at the Clarion Hotel in Davenport, Iowa from May 3-5, 2013. The convention features over 100 different events, discussions with famous guests of honor, and numerous video game and table-top gaming tournaments.
Costuming is a major part of the anime expo, and over fifty percent of attendees are expected to appear in costumes throughout the weekend. While some are store-bought, the majority are made at home, representing characters from popular shows, and sometimes original characters. Fans call this costuming "Cosplay," which is a portmanteau of "Costume" and "Roleplay."
These attendees participate in numerous social events, including an elevant formal ball filled with Waltzes and swing dance.
While many attendees come for the costuming and socializing aspects, others come for the guests of honor, many of whom are voice actors in popular shows that appear on Cartoon Network.
Featured guest Greg Ayres is one of the most prolific voice actors in the world, with his voice appearing on new and popular shows almost monthly as a leading character, recently taking the lead in FUNimation's Deadman Wonderland, which played on Cartoon Network this year.
Fellow guest Sonny Strait played as Lupin III from the self-titled show, and Krillin in Dragon Ball Z, which had played on Cartoon Network from 4pm to 5pm for several years. The complete guest list includes additional popular voice actors, and Samurai Martial Arts instructors, and can be found at http://qcanimezing.com/guests
Fans attending will have the opportunity to meet these guests, and get autographs for free. In addition, they will be featured in Q&A sessions throughout the weekend event.
Anime-zing! will be May 3-5, 2013 at the Clarion Hotel in Davenport, Iowa. Registration is $25 at the door for one day, or $35 for the entire weekend. More details are on the convention's website at http://qcanimezing.com/
Anime-zing! is a Japanese animation expo that centers around bringing fans of Japanese anime, manga, and culture together with the people involved in creating these shows. The convention lasts for three days and includes numerous discussion panels, dances, balls, concerts, costume contests, and social events.

American Cancer Society Bettendorf Discovery Shop to host Annual Spring Garden Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Sons   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:56
The Bettendorf Discovery Shop invites you to join them Monday, May 6th for our Garden event.  We are ready to welcome spring by filling the shop with all of the beautiful spring items that have been donated over the last year.  

The store will be bursting with lovely items for your home and garden.  Plants & flowers for inside and outside, pictures, dishes, yard decorations, birdhouses, the list goes on and on.  We will also have lots of beautiful flowered clothing and accessories to brighten your day.  There will be a lot of great things to see, so we hope that you can stop by and take part in the fun!
The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop that is celebrating 25 years of successful fundraising in Bettendorf.  Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Discovery Shop raises money by selling gently used items donated by individual donors and local businesses.  Helping to make the shop such a success is the staff of wonderful volunteers that donate their time, if you are interested in joining our volunteer team we are always happy to have extra hands to help.   All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research, education, patient services and advocacy.

Donations are accepted anytime the shop is open and a tax receipt is always available.  Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm., Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm. and Saturday from10 am to 4 pm.

We are thankful for all the wonderful donations and excited to have this fun event for our customers.

Find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/QCDiscoveryShop or on Twitter at QCDiscoveryShop

Discovery Shop hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.

Having cancer is hard.  Finding help shouldn't be.  
If you or a loved one has a question or concern about cancer, call your American Cancer Society anytime day or night for information, day-to-day help, or emotional support.  We are here for you at 1.800.223.2345 or www.cancer.org.

LeCLAIRE CHAMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 04/26/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:51

The June 2013 Chamber Newsletter will soon be in production to be delivered to Every Business and Home within the 52753 zipcode area!! Advertising rates remain: 1/8 page: $75; ¼ page: $100; ½ page: $125; full page: $250. Just send your ad information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will forward it on to House of Print for you. No cost assistance in developing an advertisement is available through House of Print. If you would rather work with House of Print directly, call 563-388-7701. You can send your ad to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or fax 563-388-7934 and please copy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Deadline May 15!


April 26th - The Crane & Pelican Cafe presents Dinner and Music featuring "Quartrio". View menu and details at www.craneandpelican.com

May 1st - All Ages Spelling Bee at the LeClaire Community Library. Registration and details at the front desk. www.leclairelibrary.org

May 3rd - First Friday, 5:00 - 8:00pm, Downtown LeClaire.

Food and Beverage Samples at Mississippi River Distilling Company www.mrdistilling.com 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Wide River Winery www.wideriverwinery.com Kentucky Derby theme-hat parade, samples of wine mint juleps paired with appetizers from Crane & Pelican

Aunt Hatties will have red velvet cupcakes!

Free appraisals at LeClaire Antiques and Appraisals until 7 p.m.

Restaurants and several other shops will be open late, too!

May 3rd – Expressions in Threads – “Civil War Quilts Lecture and Luncheon with Becki Wright”. Becky Wright of Mount Pleasant, IA, quilter, designer, owner of Orphans of War patterns.  Her love of the Civil War Era has led her to reseach and share her knowledge of this time in our country's history. She will give 2 lectures, the first starting at 11 am on Friday May 3rd at the Holiday Inn, Leclaire, Ia. Her first lecture is "The Importance of Civil War Quilts and Textiles". Starting with the facts of the history of textiles and sewing in the 1800's, she leads the audience to the beginning of the Civil War, how the textile industry was affected and the role it played in the war. At noon, lunch will be served by Big Dave and Holly's of Leclaire. After lunch, we will resume with the second lecture, "Christain Staffinger: A Soldier and His Quilts." This lecture tells the story of a young soldier who went to war and the quilts in his life. Lecture and Lunch- $45; www.expressionsinthreads.com Seating is limited, so don't delay. Call the shop or send a a check to insure your spot. www.expressionsinthreads.com Phone: 563-289-1447Phone: 563-289-1447

May 4th – Expressions in Threads Workshop – “Hardtack & Coffee” Becky Wright, quilter, designer, and owner of Orphans of War patterns, will present a workshop titled "Hardtack and Coffee" using her pattern by the same name. The workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn in Leclaire, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $50 cost includes the pattern. Kits will also be available from Expressions in Threads. Seating is limited, so don't delay. Call the shop or send a a check to insure your spot. www.expressionsinthreads.com Phone: 563-289-1447

May 4th - Trivia Night at the LeClaire Civic Center benefiting the LeClaire Lions Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with trivia starting at 7 p.m. Participants may bring beer, wine, snacks and soda. Water and snacks will also be for sale. Up to eight people per table. $10 per person with a $50 table minimum. Everyone will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Contact Chris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-505-6703 for reservations or information. Don't have enough for a full table? Come anyway and we can put you on a table that needs people!

May 5th - Cinco de Mayo in LeClaire Samples of "Wine-A-Ritas" at Wide River Winery's Tasting Room, 106 N. Cody Road www.wideriverwinery.com

May 11th - Silver Creek O.E.S. Annual Spring Country Breakfast Masonic Center -113 S. Cody Rd., LeClaire. Serving from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Breakfast includes, eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage, pancakes, juice, coffee, milk. Donation of $7.00 for adults - $3.00 for children 3-10 yrs. of age. Under 3 free. Sponsored by the Order of the Eastern Star.

May 12th - Mothers Day Brunch at the Bier Stube. 1001 Canal Shore Dr., LeClaire. Seating's begin on the hour. Price $13.99 for buffet or $19.99 per person with unlimited Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. 563-289-2121

May 12th – The Blackwatch Room Mother’s Day Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chef Beau will be offering a huge Holiday Brunch including his famous creme brulee french toast and personalized omelettes. Pork Tenderloin with cornbread stuffing, chopped salad and our homemade desserts and danishes plus much more.  Brunch is $21.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under ten.  First seating is at 9:00 a.m.  Please make your reservations early as seating is very limited and fills up quickly.  Please call Kelle at 563-332-5072 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 14th – Chamber Networking Event - Great River Financial – after hours gathering - 5-7 p.m.

May 17th-18th - French Market Days, 10:00am - 4:00pm LeClaire Passport Collecting - Pick up a LeClaire Passport from participating stores and the LeClaire Information Center. Each store will offer a different French stamp. A completed passport will qualify for one entry for a free drawing at the LeClaire Information Center (122 North Cody Road). Shoppers can collect stamps May 17th and 18th only. Other activities include a Jewelry Making Class, Wine Garden Event, Terrarium Class, Afternoon Tea, Glass Garden Crafts, Fashion Plate Pet Contest, Rue de Marche - Vendors on the Alley - furniture, crafters, antiques, Tour de LeClaire - Big Wheel races, Special Exhibit about Antoine LeClaire at the Buffalo Bill Museum, Parasol Art Contest, Plant Exchange, Library Book Sale, Build the Eiffel Tower and Market Bag Classes at Reusable Usables Creative Arts Center, and much more! *Activities subject to Change.

May 20th - Economic Development Meeting – Great River Financial – 8 a.m.

Save the Date

June 16th - Asbury Methodist Church "WORSHIP IN THE PARK" and  Potluck Service 10:30 a.m. It will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 1645 23rd Street, Bettendorf. More details will be available soon.

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 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.

* 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

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


Wide River Winery now open in their new location! On March 27, we opened the new tasting room in LeClaire, IA. After months of construction and renovation, the new room is transformed. We are located at 106 N. Cody Rd. (Hwy 67), a few blocks from Antique Archaeology, home of the American Pickers. Thank you to all of our neighbors and friends in LeClaire and to all of our loyal customers for the warm reception and continued support. Coming soon, the new wine garden. Whatever the occasion Wide River Winery is the perfect place to enjoy your special day. Bridal showers, birthday parties, graduation, Mother's Day and Father's Day - everybody has fun at the winery! Contact Martha O'Brien for details This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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! The Buffalo Bill Museum offers admission discounts for group tours!   School groups, 4-H, fraternal and civic clubs, family reunions, etc. Call 563-289-4603 for more information and schedule a guided tour! Reservations are required and can be made months in advance!

“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!

May 14 - Great River Financial – after hours – 5-7 p.m.                                 

June 6 - Black Watch Room - after hours - 5-8pm (1st Thursday)

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 - Faithful Pilot - after hours -5-8pm

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.

Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center -

2013 Trivia Nights:

May 4 - LeClaire Lions

June 8 - Buffalo Bill Museum

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.

May 5th - Cinco de Mayo

May 17th-18th French Market Days

June 7th-8th LeClaire City-Wide Garage Sales

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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