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Benefit for Desmond Cunningham PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Casey Milem   
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:06

Davenport, IA – Desmond Cunningham is not like most 28 year olds. 

Desmond moved to the Quad Cities from Maywood, Illinois to attend Augustana College where he played on the football team.  Shortly after college he joined the staff at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Rock Island where he has worked for the past 6 years as the Teen-Outreach Coordinator.  He is a dedicated role model to the under-privileged children and often described as someone who consistently goes above and beyond his job duties.  But he doesn’t stop there.

Desmond also works for New Choices Inc., a human service provider in Eastern Iowa.  There he supports adults with intellectual disabilities so they are able to live independently.  Despite working with individuals with challenging behavior, Desmond always maintains his composure and treats clients with the utmost respect.  He has even been known to take individuals home for Christmas to ensure they have a family to spend the holidays with and gifts to open. The service recipients’ fondness for Desmond is vividly illustrated in their eagerness for his return to work.

Desmond has dedicated his life in helping others and now it’s time for others to return the love.  A year ago Desmond was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma (a rare cancer found in the bile ducts).  He is currently undergoing chemotherapy to buy him time but there is no known cure.  Friends and family are hosting a benefit to help support him mentally and financially.

Whether you know Desmond or not, we encourage you to attend the event on Saturday November 8th starting at 2 o’clock p.m. at Carriage Haus in Davenport.  There will be a tournament, silent auction, and raffle, along with Koozies and bracelets for sale.  All proceeds are going to help with medical bills.

Snow Leopard Day at Niabi Zoo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Friday, 17 October 2014 15:06
Coal Valley, IL – October 16, 2014 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will be
featuring its pair of snow leopards during a special event on Saturday, October
18. The event is titled Snow Leopard Day and will feature games, special staff
talks, and a raffle.
Snow Leopard Day is designed to put a focus on Niabi Zoo’s pair of snow
leopards, Niko and Kira, in order to educate zoo guests about this endangered
species. Fun games, exclusive staff talks, and unique merchandise will be
available during the event. “We are very excited to highlight this incredible
species with its own special day,” said Zoo Director Marc Heinzman. “Snow
leopards are one of the most beautiful and fascinating species of big cats in the
world, and they truly deserve special attention.”
All of the activities for Snow Leopard Day are including with the regular
admission rates. Niabi Zoo will also be selling $5.00 raffle tickets for a chance to
win a snow leopard paw print or an exclusive Big Cat Encounter behind-thescenes
experience. All proceeds raised from the raffle will be donated to the
International Snow Leopard Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to
protecting snow leopards in the wild and their Asian mountain habitats. All
activities will take place from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Niabi Zoo will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with the last admission at 3:00
PM. Regular admission rates will apply.
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Weekend Events at the GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 17 October 2014 14:34
We have a variety of great offerings for you and your family or friends this weekend! We hope you will join us for one (or all!) of these events!
Friday, Oct 17- 3pm & 7pm
Turner presentation at the Butterworth Center, Moline- FREE!

World-Class Physical Culture on a One Dollar Investment


Presented by Dr. Ed Thomas


The Quad-Cities led the way during the Golden Era of physical training from around 1885-1920, including the Turners Society and the Turnvereine or gymnastic unions. The methods, materials, and motivators of classical physical training systems from that period are being rediscovered nationwide, and this visual presentation will explore unique opportunities for the Quad Cities to once again lead the way in physical culture.


This program has been facilitated with the assistance of the German American Heritage Center, Davenport.

Sat. Oct. 18th 9:30-3:30
Free Teacher's Workshop from the Goethe Institute!


There is still room to sign up for this free workshop for Educators & Educators to be!

The workshop will focus on those in the fields of social studies, history, sociology, environmental studies, pre-engineering, sports and German language teachers.

A certificate for 6 hours of attendance credit is available from WIU for this event. The presenter and materials are furnished to us by the Goethe Institute, which is funded as a cultural arm of the German government and is high quality.

The workshop will include information on how you may qualify for a free, all-expense study trip to Germany. A 2012 recipient of this award came from the North Scott School District, and it would be exciting to see another area educator take part in the next round!

Snacks and Lunch Provided -Call 563-322-8844 to register!

Sat. Oct. 18th 6pm-8pm
SUDS II Beer Tasting!


Raise your Glass to Support the German American Heritage Center at this year's beer tasting!

SUDS II is the third annual beer tasting at GAHC with the MUGZ home brewers. Our friends at MUGZ will be brewing up German style beers while Jerry's Market will be on hand with German sausages and potato salad. Come enjoy this fun atmosphere of great beer, food, and more as we support the educational programs and exhibitions at GAHC.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Must be 21 and over.
For tickets or more info contact Kelly at
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Honoring Our Heroes Past, Present, & Future PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Trish Burnett   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:19
The Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI) and Ridgecrest Village will be hosting "Honoring Our Heroes – Past, Present, & Future" on Monday, November 10, 2014 at CASI. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and a free breakfast will be served starting at 7:45 a.m. to veterans, active duty military, and ROTC. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call CASI for tickets at 563-386-7477. Tickets for non-military are available for $5.00.

Bob Morrison of Ridgecrest Village and Honor Flight of the Quad Cities and KWQC-TV6's Gary Metivier will speak at the breakfast. Bob has been the driving force behind the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities working tirelessly to get our Quad City veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring their sacrifices. Gary is an award-winning author and journalist most recently publishing "Saluting Grandpa" inspired by a true story, with a forward by NBC's Tom Brokaw, this book is a wonderful celebration of our veterans. Gary will have his book available at the event and proceeds benefit the Honor Flight.

Seating is limited to 150 and reservations are required. The event is free to veterans, active duty military, and ROTC. Call CASI at 563-386-7477 to make a reservation. Tickets for non-military are available for $5.00.
Please join us to honor and celebrate the heroes that have served our Country.

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Written by Niabi Zoo   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:15
Niabi's snow leopards are excited that winter is coming. Get out to the zoo this weekend before the zoo closes for the season and enjoy fun activities to celebrate these elusive big cats.
Kira and Niko will be the stars of Keeper Chats, free educational talks by a Niabi zookeeper that will give you all kinds of interesting animal facts.
There's more fun with games, a raffleand you can sign up for your chance to win a behind the scenes tour with the snow leopards. 
Click here to download a coloringsheet and your artwork will be on display until the zoo closes for the season.
Sign up this Saturday to become a snow leopard ADOPTparent for only $50 and get great perks:
A snow leopard plush in a Niabi Zoo green reusable bag
Certificate of ADOPTION
Info sheet and photo of a snow leopard
Bonus info sheets from the Snow Leopard Trust

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