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Written by R. I. Public Library   
Monday, 04 November 2013 09:52
Explore the Swedish Novel, British Writing Nov. 5 & 12

In October sessions of the 16th Annual Frieze Lecture Series at Rock Island Library, Augustana College professors considered the generational impacts on how people perceive their ethnic identity and shown how African cultures use ceremonial objects and textiles to reinforce social lessons, spiritual connections and status.


Two remaining lectures in November will explore global connections in literature. Presentations begin at 2:00 pm in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street, and are free and open to the public.


On Tuesday, Nov. 5, visiting professor Dr. Benjamin
Mi  er-Cruz, of the Augustana College department of German and Scandinavian, will speak on the exploding popularity of the Swedish Crime Novel.
From works such as "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by the late Steig Larsson to the Wallander novels by Henning Mankell, what is behind the huge popularity of violent crime fiction in a relatively tranquil national culture? Novels by Camilla Läckberg, the Swedish author of "The Hidden Child" and "The Lost Boy" have been translated into 33 languages.


On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Prof. Katie Hanson, Augustana Education Department, will speak on one of Britain's foremost authors, Japanese-born Kazuo Ishiguro. Hanson will consider how the author's background as somewhat of a cultural outsider influenced his perceptions of the Western world. Ishiguro has become one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, receiving four Mann Booker writing prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel, The Remains of the Day. His 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go was the common summer reader for this year's entering class. Find out why!


This year's theme,  "It IS a Small World After All: Globalism's Impact on Literature, Art and Culture" was chosen to illustrate the global connections between the humanities.

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.)

Still Time to RSVP for Food for Thought!

The Rock Island Public Library Foundation will offer book-loving guests a tasty way to enjoy "A Night of Roaring Reads" with Food for Thought, a fundraising event from 5:00 pm. to 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 14 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island.


A Night of Roaring Reads transforms the historic library into a jazz-age night spot for dining, socializing and bidding on books signed by best-selling authors. Admission includes food stations from guest chefs, complimentary beverages, and jazz music by the Edgar Crockett Duo.

Guests also enjoy a night at the library, with dining at six food stations, including selections from Brad Scott of the SCC Culinary Arts Academy, Martha Cleaveland of Blue Cat Brew Pub, Eudell Watts, III, of Eudell's Specialty Foods, Chef Craig Joos of Rock Island Hy-Vee , Cool Beanz of Rock Island, Chef Kyle Verschoorre, of Doc's Inn in Silvis.


Complimentary beverages in the library 'speakeasy' include wine tasting selections personally selected by Thad Miller, craft brew samples from Dan Cleaveland of the Blue Cat Brew Pub, soft drinks and coffee. A silent auction includes bidding on more than 30 signed books, as well as unique gift items and packages from local businesses.


The Main Library will be open to Food for Thought guests only that night, with admission payable at the door by cash, check or credit. Guests who RSVP in advance receive preferred admission prices of $30 for one or $55 for two. Without an RSVP, walk-in admission is $35 at the door per person. RSVPS are requested by Nov. 6.  Walk-ins are allowed. The Main Library will be closed to the general public after noon on Nov. 14.


To RSVP, please call 309-732-7303 or 732-7305 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Donations to the 501c3 Rock Island Library Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Discovery shop/American Cancer Society PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Sons   
Friday, 01 November 2013 14:58

American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop to hold Annual Holiday Open House Sunday, November 17th

The Bettendorf Discovery Shop in Cumberland Square invites you to their Annual Holiday Open House Sunday, November 17th from noon to 4 pm.

Deck your halls and fill all of your stockings with all of the treasures that you will “Discover”.   The shop will be full of all kinds of holiday clothing, ornaments, trees and wreaths, collectibles, and many beautiful gift items for inside and outside your home.  What a great way to help in the fight against cancer!

If you are looking for something for yourself or for someone on your list, this is a great place to start. Get a sneak peek on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/QCdiscoveryshop

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop.  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research, patient services, education and advocacy.

The shop will be closed Saturday, November 16th to prepare for this event.

If you have items that you would like to donate for this event, 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.

Midwest Dueling Pianos Return for Annual Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Big Brothers Big Sisters Director   
Friday, 01 November 2013 14:13

Fundraising dinner supports Big Brothers Big Sisters and children facing adversity

October 29, 2013 Clinton, IA: One of the Midwest’s best lounge acts, the Midwest Dueling Pianos, returns to entertain the guests on November 23 during the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton’s annual fundraising dinner.

The Dueling Pianos fundraiser, in it’s 3rd year, helps raise funds to start something to change the life of an area child forever.  The event includes a buffet dinner featuring carved sirloin, pork loin and more; a 3 hour interactive and comedic dueling pianos show; plus a silent auction and dessert dash.   Some of the silent auction items include a getaway to Chicago, Walt Disney World tickets and even signed music paraphernalia from Charity Fundraising.  All the proceeds help Big Brothers Big Sisters provide children facing adversity in Clinton County and Fulton, IL with staff-supported, long-term, one-to-one mentoring friendships.

“After the success of last year’s event and all the great compliments I heard, it was easy inviting the Midwest Dueling Pianos team back for this year’s dinner,” said Kellie Hillis, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  “If you missed them last year, then you won’t want to miss out this year.  We’ve made improvements and additions, so it’s sure to be a fun evening.”

Tickets are $50 a person and are available for purchase at www.bbbsclinton.org, by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling Big Brothers Big Sisters at 563-243-4223.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton makes a difference in the lives of children and youth and empowers them to realize their highest potential by providing professionally guided one-to-one relationships with caring adults.  Through mentoring, we positively impact individuals, families, schools and communities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.  Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches in building safe, enduring relationships.  With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer or join a BFKS event near you at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.


LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Announcements - 11/01/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 01 November 2013 12:12

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 11/01/2013

The December 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, send your ad to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and please copy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Deadline November 7th, 5:00 p.m. Chamber Members - Get the word out about your business and be ready for the Holidays!!

The Shameless Chocoholic and Sweet Dreams Guest House 200 Jones St., LeClaire.  Specialty chocolates and confections - indulging never tasted so good! And, indulge in a great night’s sleep by reserving the Guest House! Call Jen or Rebecca, 563-289-1339. www.theshamelesschocoholic.com
Amy Barnes, Financial Advisor – Edward Jones 219 N Main St., PO Box 571, Port Byron, IL 61275.  Is it bizarre to believe your retirement concerns should be addressed by an actual human being, not a menu of options? Of course not. That’s why our more than 11,000 financial advisors are in neighborhoods like yours, not a call center in who-knows-where. So face-to-face attention is a given. Join the nearly 7 million investors who know. Face time and think time make sense. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 309-523-3093 

Tambi Rosendahl, Hair Stylist, Expressive Design 521 North Cody Road, LeClaire.  Specializing in micro-beading in Dream Catchers Hair extensions, color, highlights, hair cutting, waxing, facials, shellac, manicures, pedicures and protective color. 563-370-9263, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



November 1st – First Friday, 5:30 - 8:00 Downtown LeClaire

Mississippi River Distilling Company Food and Spirit Tastings www.mrdistilling.com With any bottle sold, get a free pint glass while supplies last!

Wide River Winery Wine Samples. Open until 8PM featuring "Merry Berry" and serving dips paired with our award winning locally made wines. Pieces of Candy in the courtyard!

Aunt Hatties – Come in for a red velvet cupcake!

Razzleberries – Booze cake while it lasts!

Restaurants and several shops will be open late!

November 1st – Launch of Lunch at The Faithful Pilot Lunch Runs Wednesday-Saturday 12-2. The bar will be open as well!

November 6th – River Valley Optimist Club Basketball Fun! Harlem Ambassadors vs The Optimist Slammers! (an eclectic group of local leaders and celebrities) 7p.m. Pleasant Valley High School Gym. Tickets $8 in advance/$10 at the door. Kids 12 and under admitted free with paying adult. Tickets can be purchased at Arndt Chiropractic Center or at LeClaire Antiques and Appraisals, or call 563-723-1877 for more information. Harlem-style comedy basketball featuring high-flying slam dunks, games with the kids, and hilarious comedy! Complimentary autograph session with theHarlem Ambassadors after the game. All proceeds go to the River Valley Optimist Club Youth Programs.


November 7th – LeClaire Community Library - STEM Club Love science, engineering, math, and technology? This is the club for you! Join us monthly for science experiments and more! Our first meeting will take place on November 7, 2013 from 4-5pm. Special guest, Dr. Neil Aschliman, from St. Ambrose University will be joining us to talk about the basics of DNA and we'll make our very own edible DNA models! Please note this program is recommended for those in 3rd-6th grades.


November 9th - Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton IA - Harvest Feast Dinner & Auction Everyone is invited to share in an evening of food, fellowship, fun auction items, and beautiful themed baskets, (the usual and unusual) plus wine tasting from 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Princeton Community Center  in Princeton.  The all homemade dinner features beef stew, apple sauce, relishes, bread, pies and a variety of desserts. The cost is $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children ages 5-10. Children under 5 are free. All proceeds benefit local and worldwide outreach.   Zion cooks use only locally grown Sawyer Beef from the Sawyer Farms in Princeton. Sawyer Beef has been raised with specific standards for over 30 years. The cattle receive no growth hormones or routine antibiotics.


November 9th – LeClaire Community Library - Stampin' Up Class for Kids! Join us from 10-11:30am and make 2 unique cards for the upcoming holidays. This is a free program, but we ask that participants register ahead of time due to limited space. Call the library at (563)289-4242 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to secure your spot! Also, don't forget to bring a pair of small scissors! This class is open to 9-13 year olds only.


November 10th – Faithful Pilot Wine Tasting 3-5 p.m. $15 for 15 wines and small bites.

By November 15th – Grace Marine needs your help! Grace Marine has applied for a $250,000 grant from Chase (the bank/credit card company) as part of a newly launched program, Mission Main Street Grants. In order to be eligible, we had to submit a grant application outlining our plan that would result in the growth of our business and how it would benefit our community. We also have to receive at least 250 votes on Facebook to be eligible to win. If you would, please click on the following link and vote for us before Nov. 15. And if you are willing, pass this along to any friends who may be willing to support us as well. https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/46890 If we can get the 250 votes we need, we’ll be considered for one of 12 grants they’ll award in January 2014. Thank you!


November 17th – Faithful Pilot Brunch 3 courses for $25.00 seating at 10:00 & 12:30


November 18th – Economic Development Meeting Great River Financial Services, 8:00a.m.


November 21st – LeClaire Community Library – Endowment Reception for the Green Tree Library Fund, a special endowment planted for the long-term benefit of the library and our community - 6:00-8:00 P.M. The Black Watch Room at Pebble Creek, 3851 Forest Grove Drive, LeClaire, Iowa. Enjoy live music from members of the Pleasant Valley Jazz Band and Orchestra, hors d'oevres and tastings from Wide River Winery and Mississippi River Distilling Company. RSVP Encouraged by November 7th, Walk-Ins Welcome; 563-505-6703 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Hosted by the Friends of the LeClaire Community Library.


November 23rd – Faithful Pilot Cooking Class Chef Robert will be doing a cooking class once a month!  Class is at noon and cost is $20.00 and you receive a complimentary glass of wine with the class!


November 29th – Faithful Pilot open until 4 for lunch for all the shoppers!


Save the Date

December 6th- First Friday in LeClaire! 5-8pm

Mississippi River Distilling Company Food and Spirit Tastings www.mrdistilling.com

Wide River Winery Wine Samples.

Faithful Pilot Live Music with Bobby Ray Bunch, a LeClairian as well!

Aunt Hatties – Come in for a red velvet cupcake!

Razzleberries – Booze cake while it lasts!

Restaurants and several shops will be open late!

December 6th-8th - Christmas in LeClaire 2013!

Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Crafts and Silent Auction at Civic Center

Free Trolley Rides

Cookie Tin Sales

Bazaars and Craft Fair

Baked Goods

Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa – 8-10 a.m.

Buffalo Bill Museum Tours

Santa’s Playhouse – 12-3 p.m.

Crafts and Silent Auction

Cookie Tin Sales

Bake Sale

Free Trolley Rides

Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free Trolley Rides

Buffalo Bill Museum Tours

Local Stores Open

Crafts and Silent Auction at Civic Center

For more information, contact Joyce 289-4205, Diane 370-3509, Vicki 289-3882

December 7th – First Saturday in LeClaire!

Mississippi River Distilling Company – open till 8 p.m.



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

Locals Love Us – Quad Cities has presented Aunt Hattie's an award for 2013/2014 Best Gift Shop! Aunt Hattie's is the winner of 4 out 18 voter groups: Education, zip code 51265, Household income of $40 K to $69,999, and gender - female. Congrats, Aunt Hattie’s!


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 Tapas menu to go along side.

"Something NEW” at the LeClaire Civic Club – BUNCO! Every third Tuesday from10:00 AM through 12:30PM!  Call Debbie for details - 563-289-4458.

The Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition has expanded to offer a total of $10,000 in scholarships to assist members planning to further their education starting the 2014 – 2015 school year.   There will now be a total of ten scholarships which will be awarded to students as follows: Five $1,000 scholarships for high school students planning to enter college. Five $1,000 scholarships for members age 19 or over, considered non-traditional or continuing education students. On behalf of our board of directors and staff we are very excited to announce the expansion of our Ascentra Scholarship Programs.  This is a great opportunity to help more of our members achieve their goals through furthering their education,” said President & CEO Dale Owen. The scholarship entrants will be judged on a 500 word essay on the topic, “Credit Unions were founded on the premise of people helping people.  If it were up to you, how would you let the world know of this founding philosophy?”  All entries are judged on their essay, resume, awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer services and work experience.  Deadline for the Ascentra Scholarship Competition is March 1, 2014.  Applications and official rules may be picked up at any of our branches or found online at www.ascentra.org/scholarships. Awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarships is another way Ascentra Credit Union recognizes that financial planning and education is essential to lifetime success for our members and community.

Last call to get your Business Artwork hanging in the LIC before the busy holiday shopping season! There is canvas artwork hanging on the walls of the LeClaire Information Center (LIC) of several businesses including Wide River Winery, Style with PM Interiors, Steventons, Blue Iguana, Grasshoppers, Mississippi Cottage Antiques, Mississippi River Distilling Co., First Central State Bank, Twilight Riverboat, The Shameless Chocoholic, Riverview Dental, and Bierstube. This opportunity is available to all LeClaire businesses that want to make arrangements with Margo Moffitt and pay a one-time fee of $125 to have the artwork produced. It also costs you $100 per year to have the artwork displayed in the LIC. This is an inexpensive way to showcase your business to everyone who comes into the LIC (we have had about 19,500 visitors in the LIC over the last 14 months). It also helps visitors find your business (especially if you aren't right downtown), and aids the volunteers when answering visitors' questions. If you are interested, please contact Margo before Nov.15 at 563-355-6400.

Street Level Commercial Space for Rent, 117 S. Cody Road, 700 sq.ft. (20'x35'). Contact Vince Ramsey, 563-289-3129.

Apartment is available over Artswork 223 1/2 N Cody. It is a lovely 1 BR with all the trimmings - garage, deck with a beautiful view, laundry, 2 full baths, contemporary kitchen. Call 563-940-3742 for more info.

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!


Primitive Cottage is collecting food for the Princeton Presbyterian Church's Food Pantry which is in great need of food donations. They have helped alot of people, and now they need our help.  Donations can be dropped off at Primitive Cottage in LeClaire. Please check the expiration date on items because anything that has expired can't be given away.

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 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

November – place, date and time tbd

December 10th - Hungry Hobo - lunch – noon

LeClaire 2013 Events Calendar:

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

December 6-8 - Christmas in LeClaire

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

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

River City Radio Hour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Thursday, 31 October 2013 07:40

River City Radio Hour



All American Thanksgiving:

The Music of
Jason Parchert


Brought to you by

The Milan Rifle Club


November 15th. 2013


The Moline Commercial Club

1530 Fifth Avenue, Moline, IL


Social Hour @ 5:30p.m.

Dinner @ 6:30p.m. • Show @ 7:30p.m.

The Moline Commercial Clubs’ Chef Linda will be serving a magnificent dinner

prior to the show, by reservation only.

Please call 309-762-8547 to make reservation.

Elevator is at the16th Street entrance.

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