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Please Join Us For Our Fourth Annual New Orleans Jazz Brunch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 07:23

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., is celebrating 23 years of helping 742 homeless single parents and 1,463 chilcren successfully transition to self-sufficiency.

Join Us For Our Fourth Annual New Orleans Jazz Brunch on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 11am until 2pm at the Crow Valley Golf Club, 4315 E 60th St., Davenport.

And, yet again, featuring the jazz stylings of Sarah Marie from Chicago.

$60 per person includes a glass of champagne or mimosa. Cash bar available.

Kindly reply by Friday, September 20, 2013 to 563-326-1330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information on the families Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., has helped, go to www.humilityofmaryhousing.com

Davenport Iowa Is Proud To Announce Its Fall Awareness Workshop Day on September 24, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Arp   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 08:31


In Davenport, Iowa, Milestone Area Agency on Aging, the Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI), Quad City Times and St. Ambrose University encourage seniors to attend the Fall Awareness Workshop on Tuesday, September 24, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at CASI 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52806.  This workshop will give seniors a passport to attend four different workshops that will provide them with helpful information and instruction on how to live a Fall Free lifestyle.

The workshops consist of: 1) Balance & Mobility Testing, 2) Pharmacy Screenings which include blood pressure checks, medication review and educational information, 3) Vision & Home Modifications informational session and 4) Exercise & Physical Activities station demonstrating yoga, Tai Chi, and Zumba Gold.

Reservations are required for this event, please call or stop in at CASI (1035 W Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA—563-386-7477) to reserve your spot today. Space is limited. THERE’S ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO SIGN UP!

Iowa is part of the national Falls Free® Initiative, which includes more than 40 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies across the country dedicated to reducing fall-related injuries and deaths among older adults.

This year’s theme, Preventing Falls—One Step at a Time, seeks to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.

Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department for a fall-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.  

“Falls are not a normal part of aging, and this day of awareness provides an opportunity to educate older adults and the community at large about how to reduce falls risks,” said (Bonita) Lynn Beattie, vice president of Injury Prevention with the National Council on Aging(NCOA), leader of the Falls Free® Initiative. “We encourage seniors and their families to take proactive steps to prevent falls and stay independent for as long as possible.”

Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:

 A physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.

 Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.

 Having medications reviewed periodically.

 Getting eyes checked annually.

 Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.

 New research also suggests hearing loss should be routinely assessed  

At senior centers and other community-based organizations across the United States, programs like A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, and Stepping On help older adults gain the strength, improved balance, and confidence to help them live healthier lives and preserve their independence.

For more information about Davenport Iowa’s Fall Awareness Workshop, please call CASI For more information on the National Council on Aging and National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, please visit www.ncoa.org/FPAD.

About the Falls Free® Initiative

Led by the National Council on Aging, the Falls Free® organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies working collaboratively to bring education, awareness, and evidence-based solutions to local communities. Falls Free® thousands of older Americans with the resources and education needed to reduce their risk of injury. For more information, please visit: www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeInitiative.

About NCOA  

The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit:

www.ncoa.org | www.facebook.com /NCOAging | www.twitter.com/NCOAging

Rock Island Library Events for Adults Mix Learning, Culture, Illinois History PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 08:23

Rock Island, IL- Whatever your interest, there's probably an adult program for it this fall at the Rock Island Public Library. The list of free programs for late September and October ranges from genealogy education to the history of African-American miners in Illinois.

Researching Your Family Tree: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2:30 to 3:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street Curious to research your family history but not sure where to start? The Rock Island County Genealogical Society can help! The hour-long session will help participants get their research started. The event repeats on Oct. 8 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, also at the Main Library.

Irena Sendler: Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto. Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. As a Polish Catholic social worker during WWII, Irena Sendler risked her life to save others. With ingenuity, calmness and courage, she was responsible for rescuing 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Irena never thought of herself as hero, and said she simply did what needed to be done, and followed her heart. In this 60-minute performance and question and answer session, Actress Judy Winnick will portray this extraordinary woman. Event presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

Getting Started with Computers, Monday, Oct. 7, 11:00 am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. If you’ve never used a computer before or just not comfortable with one, this is the class for you! This one-hour class starts with the very basic lessons on computers and how to start using them. Registration is required – space is limited. Call the Rock Island Library’s Reference Desk, 732-7341, to sign up. No computer skills are required.

Uprisings: Illinois Miners Revolt! Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Illinois Road Scholar Rosemary Feurer will discuss the role of miners throughout the state, incorporating the lost history of African-American miners, and the first successful miners uprising in 1897-1898. Also, learn how downstate miners during 1894-1935 created an oppositional culture that led to an uprising against their union, mining corporations, and state and federal officials. This program is made possible in part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Library How-To: Download Music, Thursday, Oct. 10th, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Learn how to use the Library’s music service, to download music to your computer and personal devices. Participants must have a Rock Island, Bettendorf, Davenport, or Sherrard District Library card to use Freegal.

Getting Started with the Internet, Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 11:00 am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. This class will help you to use the Internet more effectively. Learn about some of the Library’s databases, search engines, and how to move around online. Reservation is required – space is limited. Call the Rock Island Library’s Reference Desk, 309-732-7341, to register. Keyboarding and mouse skills required.

All of the above events are free and open to the public.

For more events at Rock Island Library, visit the library website at www.rockislandlibrary.org, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323 (READ).



Library, Writing Center Celebrate the Freedom to Read Next Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 08:12

Rock Island, IL - Rock Island Public Library and the Midwest Writing Center will partner to celebrate the freedom to read with a Banned Books Week Reception and Reading next Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

The Rock Island Library event begins at 6:00 pm with a public reception. From 6:30 to 7:30 pm, readers will celebrate their First Amendment rights by offering public readings from their favorite banned or challenged works. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Content of some readings may not be suitable for all ears.

Attendees may also show their support for intellectual freedom by entering to win Banned Books merchandise, such as cups, bookmarks, pins, bags, t-shirts, and more.

Banned Books Week is an annual event, held this year from Sept. 22 to 28. Since 1982, Banned Books Week has rallied librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types to celebrate and defend the freedom to read. Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and from classrooms. The list of banned or challenged works includes classic novels of the 20th Century, such as The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, and To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. For a full list of Banned or Challenged Books, and more information on why books on the list were challenged, visit the Banned Books Week Web site at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks.

For more events at Rock Island Library, visit the library website at www.rockislandlibrary.org, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323 (READ).


City of Blue Grass Iowa Park Board Press Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Valerius Jr.   
Monday, 16 September 2013 13:46

The City of Blue Grass, Iowa Park Board is to hold it's third annual Pumpkin Dash. The registration is at the old Fire Station on Orphed Street near the water tower.

The event is on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Will have early registration.  The  cost for children  age 12 and under is $7.00 and includes a pumpkin and a meal lunch of a hot dog, chips and a drink.

The Pumpkin Dash is the annual fundraiser to help  benefit and improve Blue Grass City Public Parks. For more information can contact Park Board Chair Alice Benson at 563-381-3621 or Blue Grass City Hall at 563-381-4700.

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