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Rock Island Library, Augustana Consider the Swedish Crime Novel and What a Japanese-born Author Has to Say About English Culture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:42

Rock Island, IL - 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 Western artists perceive African art, and how African cultures use ceremonial objects and textiles to reinforce social lessons, spiritual connections and status.

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

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, visiting professor Dr. Benjamin Mier-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.

In the final Frieze Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Prof. Katie Hanson, from Augustana’s 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 have informed or 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, also nominated for the Mann Booker prize, was chosen by Augustana’s faculty as the common summer reader for this year’s entering class.

The annual adult program partnership between Rock Island Library and Augustana College is dedicated to the memory of late library board member Ruth Evelyn Katz, who created the Frieze Lectures in 1998  to recognize the Rock Island Public Library's 125th anniversary. The series takes its name from an architectural feature of Main Library building.

For more details about events at the Rock Island Library, call 309 732 -7323 or check the online calendar at www.rockislandlibrary.org.


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Written by Pastor Mark A. Baker   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:49

A Maddie Celebration

November 2nd, 2013  2:00pm until 4:00pm

Fundraiser and awareness:  Six year old Maddie has Alopecia, a disease that makes her hair to fall out.  This of course causes her to look different from her classmates and sometimes be teased.

Let's show Maddie that we care for her and she is a beautiful child!

The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise money and awareness of Alopecia in children. The funds will be used to purchase a couple of wigs for Maddie.  The remaining funds will be donated to the Children's Alopecia Project, a foudnation that educates the children and teachers at Maddie's school about Alopecia.

Please bring a cute hat for Maddie!  Donations welcome, too.

Maddie Celebration at Berean Baptist Church, 3103 West 13th Street (corner of 13th and Clark), Davenport, Iowa 52804

Five "Float Planes" to stop in LeClaire, Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhn   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:44


he five float planes are expected to arrive in LeClaire today around 2:15 - 2:30pm. There will be three docking in LeClaire on the Levee and two just upriver from the quarry. They will be staying overnight and flying out around 10am tomorrow morning.

Five “float planes” (Supercub, Cessna 172, 180, 182 and a vintage Twin Beech 18) are heading to Florida from Minneapolis. Weather permitting, 13 pilots and passengers will be making a stop in LeClaire, Iowa, on Thursday, October 31, 2013 and staying overnight. If they are delayed because of the weather, they will be arriving in LeClaire on Friday morning around 11am or noon. The Twin Beech 18 will be docked at the City dock on the Levee in LeClaire. The other four aircraft will be docked upriver just past Territorial Road.

Here is more information about the company that is leading the Florida migration:


Happy Joe’s Hosts 41st Annual Quad City Special Needs Children’s Party at iWireless Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristel Ersan   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:36

Bettendorf, IA – For the 41st consecutive year, Happy Joe’s will host special needs children from around the Quad Cities at the 2013 Quad City Special Needs Children’s Party to be held Friday, November 22nd at the iWireless Center. Parties will be held at 9:00 and 11:30am. Happy Joe Whitty, his faithful dog Happy, the Happy Dancers, as well as our infamous Santa will be on hand to spread holiday cheer and delight to these special needs children. All Quad City area Happy Joe’s stores will be participating including Bettendorf, Davenport, East Moline, Eldridge, Galesburg, Geneseo, Moline and Rock Island.

“We take the holiday season as an opportunity to reflect on the past and continue the tradition our father started 41 years ago,” says Kristel Whitty-Ersan, Director of Marketing. “Without the support of local partners like Pepsi, Quad City’s Optimist Clubs, and the iWireless Center, this wonderful event would not be possible. We would also like to thank all of our hard-working volunteers including Burke Corp., local Optimists clubs, city and state police volunteers, and others too numerous to mention. Thank you for helping us make this a bigger and better event each year.”

Before opening his first Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor in the Village of East Davenport, founder Joe Whitty was nearly fired from another pizza chain for sponsoring a party for a group of special needs children without first checking with his boss. In 1972, on the eve his first restaurant’s opening night , he invited a local priest to bless his business and promised that if he could make enough money to feed his family, he would give something back to the community. After just a few weeks in business, people were waiting out the door. True to his word, Joe shut down the restaurant for a few hours one day a year to have a party for those less fortunate, and has required his franchisees to do the same. Nearly 165,000 special needs children have benefited from the parties held throughout the chain over the past 41 years.

All media are welcome to join our team members at the iWireless Center on November 22nd at 9:00 and 11:30am.


Halloween in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Monday, 28 October 2013 13:55
Trick or Treating is Wednesday, October 30; 5-8 PM
Halloween Parade steps off in downtown Davenport, Thursday, October 31; 7PM
Designated ADA accessible viewing area on the Skybridge and at Third & Ripley Streets
Halloween Parade Route and Accessible Viewing Area (96 kb)

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