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Written by Richard Martin   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:20

What: Rivermont Collegiate 9/11 Commemoration – “Importance of Service in Our Community”


Captain Steve Knorrek, Bettendorf Fire Dept.

Chief Phil Redington, Bettendorf Police Dept.

When: Wed. 9/11/13

8:35 a.m. – Welcome from Todd Zachary, Rivermont Headmaster

8:45 a.m. – Moment of Silence, Pledge of Allegiance, Students Sing “America”

8:50 a.m. – Todd Zachary, Rivermont Headmaster, speaks

9:00 a.m. – Captain Steve Knorrek, Bettendorf Fire Dept., and Chief Phil Redington, Bettendorf Police Dept., speak

Where: Rivermont Collegiate Campus – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

(to be held outdoors near the flagpole in the courtyard of the historic Carriage House, part of the original Bettendorf Mansion estate)

Contact: Brittany Marietta – (563) 359-1366 ext. 308This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sept. 12th. 2013 " Investigating the Creative forces within Sustainable Living and Building" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:18
Independent Scholars' Evenings.
By Sarah Haas and Krystal Hamilton Case.
About the presenters:
Sarah Haas is a movement artist who lives, travels, creates work and performs in a mobile house/stage built from mostly reclaimed materials. She is the artistic Director of Raw Art, formed October 2010 to house her artwork, and co-founder of EcoDance, a grassroots organization that researches, designs, and builds mobile live/work spaces. She has been engaged in a traveling collaborative tour since August 2011, utilizing her stage as a gathering site for lectures, workshops, brainstorming sessions, rehearsals, performances and potlucks. During Independent Scholars Haas will share her experiences with both EcoDance and Raw Art Tour.
Mission statement: Within my artwork/life process is a desire to merge work and play, to navigate and record the body as a cultural landscape, and to become a self-sustained, eco-conscious, yet collaborative entity, while garnering a sense of freedom within a rapidly corporatized world.
Krystal Hamilton Case presented over a year ago at Independent Scholars to share her experiences as an intern at Earthships and her vision for a sustainable home.  She is coming back to present with Sarah Haas on their shared passion for intentional community, sustainability, movement therapy and building artistically with recycled materials.  Krystal is co-founder of moonCatlife suStainability with her husband Jerome Case.   Krystal and her family host interns through the WWOOF program to teach about sustainable building, permaculture, and natural health.  Krystal is a massage therapist, yoga instructor, nurse, and Touch for Health Kinesiology Instructor exploring what sustainability means in every facet of life.
At moonCatlife we believe that living intentionally, challenging accepted beliefs, and working toward integrating sustainable advancements can offer a simpler way of life. By focusing on providing for basic necessities (food, shelter, heat etc.) in a sustainable manner we believe that society can change for the better.
Independent Scholars Evenings. 7.00 pm at The Moline Commercial  Club.
Doors open at 6.30 pm.
1530 Fifth Avenue. Moline. Illinois. 61265.
wine, beverages and light hors devours are provided.
Dress code: business casual.
The event is free and open to all.
The Independent Scholars Evenings are sponsored by The Institute For Cultural and Healing Tradition, Ltd. a 501(c)3 at State and Federal levels since 1996

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Announcements - 09/06/13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:01

Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

September 10 – Great River Financial Services - After hours - 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP - ssuiter@greatriverfinancial.net or 563-370-2386

October 10 - Steventon's - 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Join us on the deck!

November – Faithful Pilot – date and time tbd

December 10 - Hungry Hobo - lunch – noon



Once again, LeClaire and our businesses are Winners!

Best Place to take out of town GuestsLeClaire!

These businesses won their category:

Best Gift Shop - Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium

Best Place for a kid's Birthday Party - Happy Joe's

Runners-up in their category:

Best Pizza - Happy Joe’s

Best Rueben - Bier Stube

Best Brewery - Mississippi River Distilling Company

These businesses were all Hononable Mentions in their category;

Best Chocolate - Grasshoppers

Best Fine Dining - Faithful Pilot and Steventon's

Best Locally Owned Restaurant and Best Meal - Crane and Pelican

Best Margaritas - Blue Iguana

Best Take-out - Hungry Hobo

Best live music - Wide River Winery

Best Summer Festival - TugFest

Best Accessories/Shoe Store - Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium

Best Home Furnishing - Dwellings

Best New Car Dealership - Dahl Ford

Congratulations to all, and thank you for making LeClaire a WINNER!!



September 6th – First Friday in LeClaire! 5-8 p.m.

Mississippi River Distilling Company – Signature cocktails and spirited food items! Limited release of the first of the ‘Still Crazy’ series with Mono Loco banana flavored whiskey!                      
Wide River Winery – Featured wine and Live Music by ‘The Old 57’s’ - 5-8pm
Aunt Hatties – Come in for a red velvet cupcake!

Razzleberries – Booze cake while it lasts!

Faithful Pilot - The Matriarchs, live music - 7:30-9:00pm

LeClaire Antiques and Appraisals - 'First Friday's Free Appraisals' 5-7 p.m.

Restaurants and many other shops open late!

September 6th-22nd - The 2nd Annual East West Riverfest A 17-day celebration of the arts, culture and heritage offerings that thrive in the Quad Cities and along the Mississippi River. Over 380 events will take place at various theaters, music venues, galleries, historic sites, parks, libraries, and attractions on both sides of the river in the Quad Cities. Enjoy visual, literary and performing arts.  Celebrate with world-class festivals and events. Visit exhibits, take a tour, ride on a riverboat, attend lectures, and participate in workshops. The entire East West Riverfest Event Guide can be viewed online at eastwestriverfest.com, or a printed guide is available at the LeClaire Information Center, 122. N. Cody Road, or can be requested through the website to be sent by mail or by calling the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800.

September 10th - Chamber After Hours Networking Event Great River Financial – 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Please RSVP - ssuiter@greatriverfinancial.net or 563-370-2386 - Everyone Welcome!

September 12th – Workshop - Straight Talk with Liz Ann Sonders 3:00pm. Eric Johannes, Charles Schwab, 5345 Elmore Ave #300, Davenport, IA 52807. Please R.S.V.P 563-275-3659.


September 13th - Live Music at Wide River Winery 5-8pm featuring Danika Holmes -106 N. Cody Road  www.wideriverwinery.com


September 14th - Silver Creek Order of the Eastern Star Swiss Steak Dinner Serving 4-7 p.m. SWISS STEAK DINNER WITH ALL THE FIXINGS, DESSERT AND BEVERAGE Adults - $7.00   Children 3-12 - $3.50 Serving at the Masonic Center dinning room at 113 S. Cody Rd., LeClaire. Everyone is welcome!


September 16th – Economic Development Meeting – Great River Financial Services – 8:00 a.m.

September 19th - LeClaire Information Center Celebrates One Year of Operation! Join us for our Open House & Volunteer Recognition! Since our Grand Opening on August 3rd 2012, the LeClaire Information Center has welcomed over 17,500 guests, including tourists, local residents, potential business owners and has provided information about local attractions, businesses, business opportunities, and other points of interest. Operated by the LeClaire Office of Tourism and located at 122. N. Cody Road, the Center is open Mon-Sat 10-4 and Sun noon-4. On Thursday, September 19th from 4-6pm, the public is invited to an Open House celebrating our “First Anniversary.” The event will include light refreshments and the opportunity to discover what the LIC offers residents and tourists.  The festivities will conclude with a short program honoring our volunteers. We are always looking for additional volunteers! Plus, Pleasant Valley High School students (accompanied by a parent) can apply their volunteer hours to the school's “service learning” requirement for graduation.  Training (for students and adults) only takes about an hour and volunteers are able to schedule hours through online scheduling software. Please contact Cindy Bruhn, LeClaire Tourism Manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-650-7963, or the LIC at 563-289-4242, ext. 1135, if you are interested in volunteering or for more information.


September 20th - Live Music at Wide River Winery 5-8pm featuring ‘Pieces of Candy’ - 106 N. Cody Road  www.wideriverwinery.com


Olathea Golf Course - 9 am. $60 dollars per person, 4 person best ball.  Food, prizes, and supporting a great Cause. Please Call Olathea to sign up @ 563-289-(golf) 4653


September 21st - Twilight Riverboat Dinner Cruise Sponsored by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce - Grandma Swain's Roast Beef Dinner - $40 per person - Cash Bar - Board at 4:30pm - Cruise from 5-8pm - Tickets available at First Central State Bank, Vern Spring, or Dayle Hall - 563-340-0862. Purchase tickets by September 12!


September 25th – Workshop - Reassessing Risk in Your Portfolio 12:00pm. Eric Johannes, Charles Schwab, 5345 Elmore Ave #300, Davenport, IA 52807. Please R.S.V.P 563-275-3659.


September 27th - Live Music at Wide River Winery 5-8pm featuring ‘Patchy Fog’ - 106 N. Cody Road  www.wideriverwinery.com


Save the Date


October 13th - LeClaire Lions Club presents "Apple Fest on the River" 11:00am-4:00pm. For vendor sign up and more information, email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Bonnie, 563-340-6332


October 15th - Asbury United Methodist Church is hosting a "Partnering to EmPOWER" fundraising event for Winnie's Place. ALL booth fees will go to Winnie's Place. Vendors will also agree to donate 9% of their sales to Winnies Place, which corresponds to the statistic that every 9 seconds, a woman is abused. Interested vendors are asked to contact Heidi Lubben at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

October 16th – Buffalo Bill Museum and River Pilot’s Pier – Fundraiser Dinner Crane and Pelican Café, 127 S. 2nd St., LeClaire.  5-6 pm Social Hour, 6:15 pm 3-course dinner. $40 per person. Ghost story told with each course! Reservations must be made by October 11. Call 563-289-5580 for reservations and more information. Feel free to wear Civil War era period attire!



The LeClaire Chamber Website and our Facebook page are currently being updated and revised. Watch for the new website to be up and running soon, visit us again soon on Facebook, and in the meantime, thank you for your patience! 


Buffalo Bill Museum is open until 5pm daily. Hours are 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!

“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!



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.

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


LeClaire 2013 Events Calendar:

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

October 6th - Dogtoberfest at Bier Stube

October 13th – AppleFest – vendors sign up now – see info above!

October 24th - HalloWine

October 26th - Witches Walk Costume Contest and Parade

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!


Oakdale Memorial Gardens to host Pet Memorial Day event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dustin Oliver   
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:59

Service animals to be honored, pet-related organizations will participate

What:  Oakdale Memorial Gardens is hosting Pet Memorial Day (www.oakdalememorialgardens.org/special-presentations/pet-memorial-day) on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at the Petland area of the cemetery, 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport.

Pet Memorial Day honors all service animals and allows the public the opportunity to talk to representatives of various service animal and pet rescue organizations. Everyone is welcome to attend the event. The event will open with a service animal memorial ceremony at 2:00 p.m.

Who:  The memorial ceremony will include an invocation / pet blessing by Rev. Richard Miller of First Presbyterian Church (Davenport) and the playing of Taps by bugler and Clinton County Sheriff's Reserve member Bill Hall.

Organizations that will be on hand with information and/or service animal demonstrations include the Bettendorf Police Department, Humane Society of Scott County, Quad Cities Greyhound Adoption, Trinity Caring Canines, Bettendorf Community School District, Emergency K-9 Operations and Clinton County Sheriff's Reserve.

Where:   Oakdale Memorial Gardens - Petland (turn left just inside the main entrance gates)

2501 Eastern Avenue

Davenport, IA 52803

When:  Sunday, September 8, 2013

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

RSVP:  Members of the media please contact office manager Deb Williams with any questions or requests.

Phone: 563-324-5121                  

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About Petland

The late Sandy Weerts had a vision to bring a feeling of peace to those who have lost a family pet and companion in death. Oakdale Memorial Gardens has honored her with a lovely garden to commemorate the lives of these dear family friends. It is called “Love of Animals” Petland. Among the flowers, oak trees and rare dwarf conifers, pets and service animals alike are buried with honor and dignity.

About Oakdale Memorial Gardens

Oakdale Memorial Gardens (www.oakdalememorialgardens.org) was established in 1857 and is an independent, non-profit cemetery located on 78+ acres along Eastern Avenue in the heart of Davenport, Iowa. It is one of the Quad Cities oldest and most beautiful cemeteries, boasting century-old Oaks, gently rolling hills and knolls, and a beautiful reflecting pond near the cemetery entrance.

From September 6 to 22, 2013, the Quad Cities hosts East West Riverfest, a community-wide, two-week celebration of the arts, culture and heritage thriving on this bend of the Mississippi River. Over 300 events will take place at almost 100 various theaters, music venues, galleries, historic sites, museums, parks, and attractions on both sides of the river in the Quad Cities. For more information, visit www.eastwestriverfest.com or the official Facebook page.

Another Great Saturday at the Market, don't miss it! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Freight House Farmers' Market   
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:50

Quad Cities Ballet Folkloric Performing Saturday.

The Hispanic children dancers that performed for us last year are back again this Saturday and will perform at 10:45 and 11:30 on the main stage.  Last year this troupe did a full presentation of their historic spanish dances complete with colorful dresses for the senoritas and handsome suites for the seniors.  Come early and enjoy the market, its likely to be a full house like last year.

You know we have great fruits and vegetables, but did you know, we have wonderful bakers in the market also? Take a look at these fresh and delicious loaves of bread.  You can find them from several vendors both inside and out.

The Market has some of the most discriminating shoppers in the Quad Cities.  Here is Executive Chef Jeremy Charles from Duck City Bistro selecting produce for his dinner service.  Chef Jeremy says he likes to attend the Market and select his produce personally to get the best quality for his customers.  Chef Jeremy takes great pride in his high quality culinary art and starting with high quality produce enhances his skill.

Eat healthy! Eat buffalo meat! How? Come to the market and talk to the producers.  We have all kinds of fresh meats, eggs, cheese, oils and of course produce.  You can try fresh grilled bratwurst and know what you are eating.

Shoppers get to chose from some  of the best products that the QCA has to offer and the money they spend stays right here in the community.  As a not for profit corporation, the Freight House Farmers Market, gives back to the community through educational programs, free entertainment, healthy living choices and by operating a clean, safe and fun Market.  Come and enjoy!

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