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What's Happening At The Putnam Sept 19th Edition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 15:59




Theater Throwbacks:
The Muppet Movie

Friday, September 20
6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 21
4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.

jewish film series
The Other Son
Sunday, September 22
4:00 p.m.

Kaddish For A Friend
Sunday, September 29
4:00 p.m.

Classic Film Series:
Roman Holiday

60th Anniversary
Tuesday, September 24
1 p.m., 4p.m., 7p.m.

Theater Throwbacks:
Sixteen Candles

Friday, September 27
6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 28
4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.

Putnam Museum
1717 W 12th St
Davenport, Iowa 52804

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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:58

MOLINE, IL – WQPT's annual Brew Ha Ha tasting event kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in LeClaire Park in Downtown Davenport.

"Each year we try to provide something new for our guests," said Bea Brasel, special project coordinator. "This year, we are introducing special limited tastes and a new vendor.”

Times and location for the specialty tastings are:

2 p.m., Booth 14, Boulevard’s Tank 7

3p.m., Booth 19, August Schell’s Octoberfest

3:30 p.m., Booth 14, Boulevard’s Harvest Dance White Wine Ale

Johnson Brothers of Iowa, who has been added to this year's vendor lineup, will showcase nine breweries and 25 beers.

Music for the four-hour event will be provided by Jim the Mule, with comedy from the Blacklist Improv Troupe. The traditional games will be back at this year's event, along with cheese-tasting with samples from Cabot Cheese Cooperative.

Advance tickets ($25) are available at  Old Chicago in Bettendorf or CO-OP in either Davenport or Moline. There is a $2 surcharge for purchases at CO-OP. Tickets the day of the event, if available, are $30 (WQPT caps attendance).

Funds from the event support local programming on WQPT, a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline.


October Classes, Trivia, New Services & More from Your Library! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:57
Research Your Family Tree

Researching Your Family Tree: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2:30 to Library of Congress, immigrants waiting for ferry 3:30 pm or Oct. 8, from 6:00 to 7:00 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.

Meet "the Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto" Oct. 1

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, Judy Winnick will portray this extraordinary woman.


Event presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

Join us Thursday for a Movie, A Book Sale or Both!

Independent Movie Night, Thurs., Oct. 3, 6:00 pm.

A father and daughter pose as refugees to find a home with a well-off family in Jerusalem. Hebrew with English subtitles. 89 minutes.

Movies (and popcorn) are free and open to the public. Movies are not rated; content may not be suitable for all.


Friends of the Rock Island Library host their monthly half-price book sale on Thursday, Oct. 3, 9:00am to 8:00pm, Rock Island 30/31 Branch Library, 3059 30th Street. Used book and material sale; benefits Rock Island Library programs.


We want to know what you think!

Revised Library Logo The Rock Island Public Library has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension on an opinion study aimed at gathering public input on library services, usage patterns, and perceptions.


Library users have until October 5, 2013 to complete an online survey that will provide the library with input on why they do or do not use libraries, the services they find most beneficial, and their feelings about the role of the library in their community. To take the survey, click this link:


A printed copy of the survey may also be picked up and completed at the Rock Island Main, 30/31 or Southwest Branch Libraries.Development of the survey was funded by a grant from the Rock Island Community Foundation.


Explore Illinois Mining History

Uprisings: Illinois Miners Revolt! Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 6:30 to 7:30pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. IllinoisRoad 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 a 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.Illinois Humanities Logo

More Ways to Learn at Your Library!

Getting Started with Computers, Monday, Oct. 7th, 11:00 am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. 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.


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.


Getting Started with Email, Monday, Oct. 21st, 11:00am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Need help setting up an email account or learning how to use yours?  This class should help!  Learn how to send email, attach files, and more!  Registration required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Getting Started with Microsoft Word, Monday, Oct. 28th, 11:00am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Want to learn more about Microsoft Word?  Learn how to create letters, papers, and work on your resume.  Registration is required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Library How-To: Download Books, Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Southwest Branch, Learn how to use the Library's ebook and eaudiobook service OverDrive, to download books to your personal devices and computer.

The Imagination of Edgar Allen Poe

E. A. POE: Edgar Allan Poe's Imagination!, a one-man show on the work of Edgar Allen Poe with Dan Haughey  will be presented Monday, Oct. 14, 6:00 pm at the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Actor Dan Haughey becomes a modern literary critic for a prominent newspaper as he interprets excerpts from some of Poe's most entertaining and creative works. In this 45-minute drama some of Poe's greatest poems, short stories, and satires, including   The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Bells, and The Tell Tale Heart  Haughey both performs and critiques Poe's work in the guise of a skeptical critic.


The program is free and open to the public.

Trivia for a Good (Library) Cause

Books for Kids Trivia Night, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island. Event is an annual fundraiser for the Rock Island Library Foundation's Lorene Evans Watts fund for children's books, materials and supplies at the Rock Island Public Library.  $10 per per player; teams of eight. Light snacks may be brought in; beverages must be purchased at cash bar. To sign up for a table, call the library at 309-732-7305 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Two More Events for Teens

Teen Gaming Night, Thur., Oct. 10, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Teens can play Xbox 360 and Wii Games on the library's big screen, try out some board games, and enjoy snacks, For ages 12 to 18 only.


Teen Iron Chef contest: Tues, Oct. 15, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Teens ages 12 to 18 can take part in a monthly Iron Chef competition. Choose your ingredients and test your culinary skills against other teens for the next Iron Chef crown. Ages 12-18 only.


Teen Allegiant Party, Tues, Oct. 22, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Celebrate the release of the final book in the popular "Divergent" teen book trilogy by Veronica Roth. Snacks, trivia, plus a movie, for ages 12 to 18.


Teen Halloween Party, Thurs., Oct. 31, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Celebrate Halloween at the Rock Island Public Library. Snacks, scary movie, costume contest & games for ages 12 to 18.

Art by Dee Schricker at Main Library

Works by Dee Schricker will be on display at the Main Library from Oct. 2-31.


Entitled "Unique Techniques," the show is open for viewing during regular library hours.  Works include paint, raku clay work, fabric and metal. Ms. Schricker is a partner in the Boho Chic Fine Arts gallery at Bucktown Center for the Arts,  225 E 2nd Street, Davenport.


"Creating, whether it is clay, painting, fabric art or even a new glaze recipe, is my daily passion.  To make something beautiful out of a lump of clay, a blank canvas, odd pieces of cloth or found objects, gives a satisfaction I cannot find anywhere else.  When someone purchases a piece of my art to display in their home, to me it is an honor like no other," Dee Schricker.



Frieze Lectures Explore Global Connections

Lectures on "It IS a Small World After All: Globalism's Impact on Literature, Art and Culture" will be offered in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street, at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, October 22, 29, November 5 and 12.

Join us in October for:


Tuesday, October 22: Dr. Peter Kivisto, who holds Augustana's Richard A. Swanson Chair in Social Thought and was this year named Distinguished Professor at Finland's University of Turku, will speak on the role of ethnicity in the 21st century, setting the stage for a series that explores the gradual erosion of racial and societal dividing lines.


Tuesday, October 29: Dr. Margaret Morse, a member of Augustana's Department of Art History, will provide an overview of African Art from the College's collection, examining these works in their original contexts while discussing how Western perceptions of African masks and sculpture have influenced traditional and current artistic production on the continent.


The fall partnership has brought Augustana College professors into the Rock Island Main Library since 1998 for college-level lectures on literature, art, music and the sciences with no tests or grades. This year's series is dedicated to the memory of late library board member Ruth Evelyn Katz, who created the series as part of the Library's 125th anniversary. (The name refers to an architectural feature surrounding the top of the Main Library building.)

Final Days to get Tickets for Brews and Blues Cruise Sunday Sept. 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:28

Get on the Party Bus!

Brews & Blues Cruise Sunday September 22

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is sponsoring a Brews and Blues Cruise on Sunday September 22, 2013.

We will start at Martini’s On The Rock (4619 34th Street in Rock Island), where the party bus will leave at 1:00 p.m.  First we’ll head to Bent River in Rock Island, then to Great River and Front Street in Davenport.  At each stop, two free samples and $1.00 off pints will be available.

Everyone will receive a commemorative glass. Door prizes will be drawn between each of the microbreweries including, but not limited to, fest tickets and MVBS merchandise.  We will return to Martini’s On The Rock around 5:00 for blues music by the Candymakers, and $4.00 blues burgers.

All this for only $25.00!!  Tickets are available at the Blues Society office (Harrison and River Drive in Davenport, next to Union Station) Tuesday or Thursday 11:30-5:30.   (Call first:  563-32-BLUES.)  Or you can call the office to use a credit card.

The bus only holds 34 people, so don’t delay in getting your seat reserved!!

For more information, contact Andrea Vallejo at 309-737-6863.

Plan to attend the Night at the Shelter- SleepOut Benefiting the Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melanie Jones   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:08

The Humility of Mary Shelter’s annual Night at the Shelter SleepOut will be held October 4-5, 2013 at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.  The Night at the Shelter SleepOut is designed to bring awareness about homelessness in the Quad City community and raise funds to help provide beds and support for homeless persons served at the Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc.  

Gather your family and friends and join us for a fun-filled and enlightening experience to help fight homelessness in the QC area.  The event kicks off at 4:00 pm on Friday October 4th with an evening packed with fun for the whole family.  Activities throughout the evening will include: live music, a performance by Comedy Sportz, bags and kickball tournaments, food vendors, Jumpin Joeys bounce houses, an outdoor movie on the Modern Woodmen Park jumbo screen, and a homelessness learning opportunity: “Trading Places, A Homeless Experience”.  Plus you can participate in the “Build Your Own Shelter” contest and stay the night in what you build.  

The event concludes on Saturday, October 5th.

Admission to this event is $10 per person, although we hope you will help us raise additional funds by asking everyone you know to sponsor your efforts to help the homeless. No amount is too small and a $10 donation will support a bed for one night. The top three fundraisers will receive a Faithful Quilt Award and their name on next year’s event T-shirt. Your participation in this event will help ensure the continuation of shelter services to homeless men and women in the QC area well into the future. Visit www.humilityofmaryshelter.com for more information and to print off your Donation Tracking Packet.

Proud sponsors of this event include: Alcoa, ComedySportz Quad Cities, CURSILLO, Iowa Finance Authority, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, Quad Cities River Bandits, Quad City Times, and Stecker Graphics.

Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. provides emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supporting housing programs that offer opportunities for men and women experiencing homelessness to become emotionally, mentally, and physically more stable.  The shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has proudly served the Quad City community since 2008.

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