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You're invited to the Inside the Music Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Volunteers for Symphony   
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:21
Join us on Friday, October 4, at 12:00 noon for the Inside the Music Luncheon with Conductor Mark Russell Smith. This is your chance to get the backstory on this year's season opening Masterworks performance. This year's opening features a world-premiere from composer Michael Torke, Brahms' First Piano Concerto, and Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra with an original narration by Don Wooten.

Inside the Music is also your opportunity to meet composer Michael Torke and acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss.

Reservations for this lunch are $20 and can be made using the link below.

Inside the Music is hosted by Volunteers for Symphony. Click here to become a member.

October 4, 2013
from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Figge Art Museum
225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport

Niabi Zoo Uproar - Zoofari Edition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Niabi Zoo   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:08



Get your tickets today for Zoofari on Saturday night, October 12. The Australian-themed menu from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse has been set and outback decor is being built to transform the tent into an Australian paradise. Tickets are $150 for this fundraising gala that includes dinner and open bar. Look for the VIP seating option when you buy tickets.



Boo at the Zoo is two days of family fun with trick-or-treating in the daytime. See Niabi's scary black cat, the jaguar, and get spooked by snakes in the Reptile House. Regular admission rates apply and members always get in free. Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes and celebrate at Niabi's biggest event of the year. Watch for details about the zoo's pumpkin carving contest.


SUNDAY, OCT 20 -1:00 - 3:00 P.M.


Calling all teachers! To show our appreciation to the teachers of the Quad Cities, Niabi Zoo is offering FREE admission to teachers and reduced admission to their guests on Educators Day. Enjoy free gifts, fun opportunities and gather information about incorporating Niabi Zoo into your class curricula. This will be a prime week for fall leaves at the zoo!



Broadway Historic District Celebrating 25th Anniversary Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsay Hocker   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:57
ROCK ISLAND – The Broadway Historic District will mark its 25th anniversary with a free, public celebration on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on 22nd Street in Rock Island between 7th and 9th Avenues.

"It's a chance to celebrate the great success the neighborhood has achieved," said Barb Braun, Broadway Historic District president and planning committee chair. Braun has lived in the Broadway neighborhood for 18 years.

"This event will appeal to all ages. We'll have a variety of activities, plus food and drink and entertainment. History buffs will enjoy the guided walking tour of 22nd Street and the antique cars and tractors on display," Braun said.

Kids' activities will include face painting, boomerang demonstrations, rocket launching, kaleidoscopes, the opportunity to meet a Rock Island police officer, and being able to see adoptable pets from QC Paws.

Four musical groups will entertain attendees: Rose n' Thorns, Lynne Hart Jazz Quartet, Pam and Will Trotter Folk Duo, and The Treble with Men Barbershop Quartet.

About 20 local artists and artisans will display and sell their works at the event. Gendler's Wine & Spirits/Black Ram Restaurant will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza by the slice, and drinks. Kona Ice will sell tropical shaved ice.

A short presentation will happen at 12:50 p.m. on the steps of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 700 22nd St.

A partial Great Unveiling will be demonstrated throughout the afternoon at 735 22nd St. Great Unveilings are a signature event for the historic district where siding is removed from a home to reveal the original clapboard.

In conjunction with the event, Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) will have open houses at two of its homes for sale through GROWTH’s Homebuyer Program in Broadway: 847 22nd Street and 544 23rd Street. The homes will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m.

A few of the members on the planning committee have lived in Broadway long before it was called Broadway, including Diane Oestreich.

"Broadway was a stable, comfortable neighborhood when we moved here with small children 50 years ago and it remains so today," Oestreich said. "It is one of Rock Island's hidden treasures."

Planning committee member Steve Trainor, who has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years, will have a recording station set up in Karpeles during the event where he will interview anyone about why they enjoy the neighborhood and their Broadway memories.

"We'll give both long-time and new residents a chance to record their memories of their time here," Trainor said. The footage he gathers will be edited into a short DVD that will celebrate the neighborhood so many have called home from the 1800s to today.

This event is open to everyone. Parking will be available on neighborhood streets. For more information, contact Braun at (309) 912-2657 or barb@thecommunicationsolution.us, or visit the Broadway Historic District's website at www.broadwaydistrict.org.

Quad Cities Comic Book Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alan Morton   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 08:49
The Quad Cities Comic Book Convention will be held on Sunday October 6 at the Ramada Inn in Bettendorf, IA. The Ramada Inn is located at 3020 Utica Rd (I-74 @ Kimberly Rd / Spruce Hills Dr, IA Exit 2). It will be open to the public from 10 AM to 4 PM and admission for the public is free. Dealers from three states specializing in comic books new and old, toys and related. Or if you have old comics lying around that you no longer want bring them by dealers are buying. For further information contact Alan at (309) 657-1599 or visit www.epguides.com/comics.

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Written by Caryn Unsicker   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 08:45

The Progressive Action for the Common Good Peace Forum is holding its final Peace Vigil on Saturday, September 28th from 11 am to noon on the Slumberland corner of John Deere Road and 16th Street  by Southpark Mall.  The group has been gathering there pretty much every Saturday for the past eight years in heat and cold, rain and shine, exept for the past two winters when they wore matching "End the War" t- shirts and walked the mall.

Caryn Unsicker started the vigil to oppose the illegal, immoral, Iraq War, and the bungling of, and extension of, the Afghanistan War.  Her son served two tours of duty in each of those wars.  Many others joined her in the vigil, initially, but as the wars wound down, the numbers dwindled as well.  However, from the very first time eight years ago until now, a small but dedicated group has continued the vigil, while others have joined the group occasionally.  Even now, there are many people who honk in response to the "Honk for Peace" signs.  People are tired of the human and monetary costs of war. 
The group decided to rally some of the prior supporters and have one final Peace Vigil before suspending them.  Caryn states they are only suspended, not stopped, because the group reserves the right to start again at any time if circumstances change.  An example would be if negotiations fail and our government decides to attack Syria or any other country where the U.S. does not belong.
Any questions you may have can be directed to Caryn at 309-912-6632 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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