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LeClaire Calendar of Events - December 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Monday, 26 November 2012 15:13
ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 11/23/2012
CALENDAR
November 23rd - Reusable Usables Black Friday Specials – 10am-6pm- Stuff a bag in our bulk room for $8/$5 for Green Bag Club Members. Drop in art all day 2 for $5.
November 23rd - Wide River Winery - Shop (& Sip) Black Friday – 10:00am-7:00pm.  Featuring Ms. Holly Day, Merry Berry, Harvest Hurrah for $7.99, *Black Friday only - Not valid with any other discounts or promotions. Enjoy a more relaxed approach to Black Friday!
Now through Jan. 6th – Enright’s LeClaire Super Car Wash – “Holiday Token Sale ”7 tokens for $20 – each token has a value of $6.00. Tokens Make Great Gifts! Stock up for Winter!
November 28th - LeClaire Community Library Monthly Adult Book Discussion Group Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the LeClaire Community Library 6:30 p.m.  Bookmarks listing the reading selections for 2012 are now available at the Circulation Desk or visit our website for details. www.leclairelibrary.org

November 29th – Reusable Usables will be featuring Mira Binzen of Chicago 's Global Family Yoga. Mira will do a Young Living Essential Oils Talk. 6:30 p.m. Appetizers and non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided. Feel free to byob and please rsvp by Wed, Nov 28.
November 29th – Faithful Pilot 5 Course Wine Dinner – 6:30p.m. Team Faithful Pilot brings you a 5 course wine dinner paired with d 'Arenberg Vineyard. For more details or reservation, please call 563-289-4156.
Through November 30th – LeClaire Community Library Silent Auctionbenefiting the Library (3rd and Wisconsin ) Stop by and place a bid on many great items! All proceeds support the library. www.leclairelibrary.org

Save the Date
December 7th and 8th First Friday and First Saturday in LeClaire. The Mississippi River Distilling Company will be celebrating First Friday AND First Saturday featuring their Spirited Chef Stephanie’s great food items, free signature cocktails, and for the first 100+ bottles sold on Friday, receive a festive Holiday pint glass!  For First Friday, Wide River Winery will have Appetizers and Samples of their Holiday Wine, "Merry Berry"! Other restaurants and shops open both nights!
December 7th-8th-9th - Christmas in LeClaire 2012!
Friday, 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
*LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Cookie Tin Sales, Live Nativity, Bazaar, Baked Goods, Crafts and Silent Auction
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*4-8 p.m. – Calvary Chapel 4-Square – Free Ornament Decorating
Saturday, 10:00 A. M. - 8:00 P.M.
*8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast with Santa
*10a.m.-noon- Expressions in Thread – Make Sock Snowmen - $3 lessons
*Noon – 3-4 p.m. Santa's Playhouse
*Noon – 4 p.m. Wide River Winery’s WINTER WONDERLAND
*LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Cookie Tin Sales, Bake Sale , Crafts and Silent Auction
*Strolling Santas
*Grasshoppers – Castle Ridge Wine Tasting Sat. afternoon - Christmas Music
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium – Live Music, Holiday Treats
* Calvary Chapel 4-Square – Free Ornament Decorating
Sunday, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
* LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Craft and Silent Auction (Bidding closes at 2p.m.)
*Strolling Santas
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*Noon – 4 p.m. Wide River Winery’s WINTER WONDERLAND
All Weekend - Local Stores Open with Great Shopping Opportunities!
Razzleberries - Free sequin flower ring with any $25 purchase!
December 8th: "Stampin’ Up” Class - LeClaire Library-10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the community room. There is a 10 person limit to the class and patrons must sign up at circulation desk. Persons signing up for class also must bring double sided sticky tape and a pair of scissors with them on day of event. www.leclairelibrary.org

December 15th: Holiday Party with Games and MusicThe LeClaire RecCenter, 429 N. 3rd Street (Corner of 3rd Street and Ferry) 5:30-8:00 P.M. Details coming soon!

FYI
The LeClaire Office of Tourism Board is accepting resumes’ for the Office of Tourism Manager’s position until December 14, 2012. The position is a contracted position. Responsibilities include but are not limited to training and staffing at the LeClaire Information Center , communicating tourism information, promoting LeClaire tourism and sales of advertising opportunities. Applicants should have good public relations skills, as well as organizational and media skills. Tourism background is helpful but not required. The contract is available for viewing on the City of LeClaire website at www.leclaireiowa.gov. For more information or to submit a resume’ please contact Ryan Burchett, Chairman-LeClaire Office of Tourism Board of Directors at (563) 271-0608.
Reusable Usables - Planet Green After School Program
Option #1 TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $36 per student
Option #2: TUESDAYS OR THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $25 per student
Option #3:  Planet Green Kits to GO! You can now purchase Planet Green Kits for $5.
Must preregister and prepay by 11/30 for December classes
The River Cities’ Reader has sent out the latest issue of the Quad Cities' Dining Guide. Contained in the guide, along with 700+ restaurant listings, is the annual Best of the QC Survey.  But this survey is different from ones in the past as this one focuses exclusively on food and drink. You can vote online at http://www.rcreader.com/best-of-qc/survey.php?sid=72 now to February 1, 2013. There are fifty questions, you only have to answer 15 or more to make your ballot count.  Results will be published in the Spring of 2013. Pass this link along and vote for your favorite area eating and drinking establishments!
SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND BEYOND
Generations Café - A Low Cost Noon Meal-Service for Seniors is in need of a driver every other Friday to deliver lunch to homebound seniors. Mileage is reimbursable. Helping the less mobile enjoy a nourishing mid-day meal is so rewarding. If interested, please call Heide at 563-289-3646 They also serve Meals for Seniors at the First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire 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 advance.
Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center
2013 Trivia Nights:
January 12th - LeClaire Community Library
February 9th Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship
April 6th - LeClaire Little League
April 27th - Civic Club
May 18th - American Legion
June 8th - Buffalo Bill Museum
LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!

LeClaire Park Board Special Events Calendar (clip and save)
Spring 2013 - Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt ( Hollyhock Park )
Spring 2013 – Cinco de Mayo
Spring 2013 - LeClaire Plant Exchange (downtown)
Spring 2013 – Spring/French Market Days
Summer 2013 - City-Wide Water Explosion ( Hollyhock Park )
Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating
Summer 2013 – Tug Fest
www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

 
Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB - Mistletoe Ball grand finale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Celestino Ruffini   
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:16

Festive dance and enticements top off this annual holiday celebration

GALENA, Ill. – This year’s annual Mistletoe Ball will be bittersweet, as it will be the last of a grand tradition begun 31 years ago. Sponsored by the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society, the Saturday, December 1 event will feature a dessert and dance at historic Turner Hall from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

“The Mistletoe Ball has seen many evolutions over the years,” said Nancy Breed, executive director of the Historical Society. “Recent year’s full orchestra, catered dinner events have seen a decline in attendance, so the committee decided it was time to bid a fond farewell to an old friend. December is always a difficult time to hold an event due to weather concerns. We are looking at some exciting new ideas for a more inclusive event next summer.”

As this year’s event does not include dinner, ball-goers are encouraged dine at one of several fine Galena restaurants which are partnering with the event: Fried Green Tomatoes and the Log Cabin (both offering a free shuttle to Turner Hall), One Eleven Main, Vinny Vanucchi’s and the Goldmoor Inn. Or you can park near the Old Train Depot and catch the free shuttle from there.

The popular Fever River String Band will have the honor of playing the last Mistletoe dance, filling the seasonally-decorated hall with a mix of contemporary and period dance music.

Scrumptious holiday desserts catered by Fried Green Tomatoes will be a welcome interlude to dancing. A cash bar will be available including a specialty concoction entitled ‘A Very Merry Martini.’

A live auction of several high-value items will create excitement during the festive evening. Wonderful offering such as a two-day Mississippi River Cruise on the Twilight and a gourmet Scandinavian dinner for eight are sure to be hotly contested. Absentee bids will be accepted at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, 211 S. Bench St., Galena, until Noon on December 1.

Two 40-minute sessions of period dance during the Ball will be aided by an optional afternoon dance lesson. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., also at Turner Hall, professional dance masters John and Elaine Masciale will provide instruction for simple dances that will be used during the Ball. Ball ticket holders will be charged $2 per person for the class; $5 to the public. No reservations are necessary for the afternoon instruction.

Tickets for the Mistletoe Ball dessert and dance are $35 per person and may be purchased on a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover by calling 815.777.9129, or by sending a check payable to the Galena Historical Society at 211 S. Bench St., Galena, IL 61036. Period dress and holiday attire are both appropriate. Reservations are encouraged.

For more details about the elegant grand finale of the Mistletoe Ball hosted by the Galena - Jo Daviess County Historical Society, visit www.galenahistorymuseum.org or call 815.777.9129.  Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.galena.org or by calling 877.464.2536. While in town, visit the CVB’s Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. (corner of Park Avenue) for on-site assistance and countywide information.

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Downtown Davenport Weekly Events - Nov 22-28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Downtown Davenport Partnership   
Thursday, 22 November 2012 10:13
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Looking for a way to make more room for Thanksgiving dinner? Participate in the annual Scott County Family Y Turkey Trot this morning! Start off Thanksgiving with a 5-Mile Run/Walk, a 2-Person Relay, or a 1-Mile Family Run.

 

For those of you who haven't had a chance to make it to the Festival of Trees this season, be sure to make a trip before Sunday!  Junior High students will be showing during the Snowflake Stomp on Friday, and on Saturday, bring out the whole family for Family Day to enjoy special entertainment, raffles, silent auctions, and more.

 

ragged Support locally owned businesses this year and invest in unique gifts you won't find anywhere but downtown during Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!  Grab Black Friday deals at Ragged Records, Salon Luce, and Trash Can Annie's and take advantage of special sales on Saturday throughout Bucktown and The Ruby Slipper, too.  Of course, there are plenty of great local places to grab a bite to eat or drink downtown, as well!

 

shop local

More great deals can be found at SiS International, Gifts Greetings & Gourmet, Source Bookstore, Major Art & Hobby, Figge & GAHC Gift Shops, and Milan Floral.  Pick up a growler of beer at Front Street or Great River Brewery and snag a a gift card at Spa Luce or a rare antique at Riverbend Antiques or Neat Stuff.

 

Buy tickets for an upcoming Adler or RME show while you're nearby.  The list goes on and on of cool gifts that also happen to support local businesses downtown.  Click here for a map of our retailers or read our handy retail list.


eotoExpect heavy bass and beats on Wednesday when EOTO takes the stage at River Music Experience!  Head out Saturday for a chance to hear some folk and bluegrass tunes from The Oolong Gurus or see the live funk band Half Naked. Don't miss out on a chance to take part in the Community Drum Circle or RME Open Mic & Jam this week, as well.

 

Eat a nice Holiday Buffet this Thanksgiving at Rhythm City Casino and feast on traditional favorites including turkey and all the trimmings.  Be sure to make it to the casino Friday for a special Black Friday Bonus Drawing and a performance by the Tom Christopher Band. Don't forget about the Freight House Farmers Market throughout the winter, too.

 

See you downtown and have a happy Thanksgiving!

 

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This Week's Events: November 22 - November 28


Thursday, November 22

 

Competitor Coupon Craze

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Holiday Buffet
Where: Rhythm City Casino

Kilkenny's Open Mic with Karl

Where: Kilkenny's Pub

Time: 9 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees

Where: RiverCenter

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: Adults $8, Seniors (60+) $6, Children (2-10) $3

Website

 

River's Edge Monthly Turf & Ice Schedule

Discover dozens of sporting events at River's Edge!

Follow the links below to see the complete ice and turf schedule for the month.

Ice Schedule

Turf Schedule

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Scott County Family Y Turkey Trot

Where: YMCA

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Price: $37

Website

 

Thursdays at the Figge

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Trivia Challenge - Win Gift Certificates!

Where: Brady Street Pub

Time: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

Friday, November 23

 

Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 6:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m, and 8:00 p.m.

Price: N/A

Website

 

Drop-In Hockey (Adult)

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Harris Collection Thanksgiving Show

Where: Brady Street Pub

Time: 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Iowa vs. Nebraska Showing

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Price: $2 Domestic Drafts, $5 Pretzels or Wings, $2 Beef Tacos

Website

 

Kilkenny's Live Music - Matt Nanke

Where: Kilkenny's Pub

Time: 9 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees

Where: RiverCenter

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: Adults $8, Seniors (60+) $6, Children (2-10) $3

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees: Snowflake Stomp

Where: RiverCenter

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Record Store Day at Ragged Records Black Friday Edition

Where: Ragged Records

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Website

 

The Tom Christopher Band

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Website

 

Saturday, November 24

 

$20,000 Cash is King Drawing

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 11:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery
Time: Noon, 1:00 p.m, 2:00 p.m, and 3:00 p.m.
Price: N/A
Website

Community Drum Circle
Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Price: $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and under
Website

 

Denzel Washington Movie Marathon

Where: Junior Theater

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Drop-In Hockey (Adult)

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Exhibition: 2012 College Invitational

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition: Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition: Portrait of Maquoketa: The Dimensional View

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition: Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition: Sculpting with Fiber

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition: Grimm Brothers Fairytale Exhibit

Where: German American Heritage Center

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Kids)

Website

 

Freight House Farmers Market

Where: Freight House Farmer's Market

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Half Naked

Where: River Music Experience, Redstone Room

Time: Doors 9:00 p.m. / Show 10:00 p.m.

Price: $5

 

 

Kilkenny's Live Music -  Matt Nanke

Where: Kilkenny's Pub

Time: 9 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

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Musical Happy Hour featuring EmJay

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; 9:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees: Family Day

Where: RiverCenter

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: Tickets at discounted price, free food items

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Rock the Pit

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE
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Small Business Saturday

Where: Bucktown Center for the Arts

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Price: Save 10% at Select Galleries

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Stick n Puck

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Website

 

The Oolong Gurus

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

The Tom Christopher Band

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Website

 

Sunday, November 25

 

$3,000 Sunday Shake Up Slot Tournament

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Drop-In Hockey (Adult)
Where: River's Edge Ice
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Price: $10

Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Over 30 Hockey

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon; 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees

Where: RiverCenter

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: Adults $8, Seniors (60+) $6, Children (2-10) $3

Website

 

Stick n Puck

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Website

 

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bix Bistro

Where: Blackhawk Hotel

Time: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Price: Adults - $17.95 and Kids - $8.95

Website

 

Tour: Portrait of Maquoketa: The Dimensional View

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Monday, November 26

 

Mexican Monday

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Price: $3 Margaritas and $5 Tacos

Website

 

Nifty 50's

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

Follow on Facebook and Twitter

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

Tuesday, November 27

 

Acoustic Music Club

Where: River Music Experience, RME Cafe

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Competitor Coupon Craze

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

Follow on Facebook and Twitter

 

Drop-In Hockey (Adult)

Where: River's Edge

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Freight House Farmers Market
Where: Freight House Building and Parking Lot
Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: FREE

Website

 

It's Firkin Tuesday!

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Price: $3 Burger baskets

Website

 

Mandolin Junction

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Men's Soccer Competitive

Where: River's Edge Turf

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Website

 

Open Jam Session

Where: Brady Street Pub

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Wednesday, November 28

 

Attack of the Casks

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 5:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: N/A

 
Christian Care to Serve Thanksgiving Meal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:37

Rock Island, IL – Christian Care will offer a special Thanksgiving meal from noon to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the rescue mission, 2209 3rd Ave., Rock Island. A full menu of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, green bean casserole, corn casserole, desserts and salads will be served.

“Like every other day of the year, our doors are open to anyone who is hungry or alone,” said Elaine M. Winter, Christian Care’s executive director. “This can be a difficult time of year for people, and we welcome anyone who comes through our doors. Additionally we’re thankful for all the volunteers and community members who donate their time and resources to help us serve those who need us most.”

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men. It serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses.

Christian Care's community meal site is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays Monday through Friday, and for breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

If you know of someone in need, call C hristian Care’s crisis hotline any hour of the day at (309) 788-2273 or visit online at christiancareqc.org.

 
Palestinian/Israeli program at The Canticle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sallyann McCarthy   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:09

“How could one not be shocked …?” asked Jan Cebula OSF, former president of the Clinton Franciscans and convener of the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking, in describing her experience on an Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) delegation study tour of Palestine/Israel.

Just returned from the two-week journey through the conflict zone during the olive harvest, Sister Cebula will report on her experiences at a free, public presentation beginning at 6:30 pm, Thursday, November 29, 2012, at The Canticle, home of the Clinton Franciscans, 841-13th Avenue North Clinton, Iowa

Sister Cebula and the 21 other participants on this delegation had the unique opportunity to hear directly from Palestinians and Israelis regarding the role of the US government in promoting a resolution to the conflict in their homeland.  The delegation also focused on the Palestinian olive harvest which takes place each autumn and is an occasion of particular cultural and economic importance for Palestinian communities and a time when tensions between Israeli settlers and Palestinian residents of the West Bank run high.

Describing her reaction to the delegation, Sister Cebula wrote, “I was shocked by the pervasive, systematic discrimination and oppression of the Palestinian people and the impact on their daily lives. Travel restrictions, checkpoints, the wall separating Palestinians from one another and their olive groves, demolition and eviction orders, mushrooming illegal Jewish settlements strategically planned to prohibit expansion of Palestinian villages, highways upon which only Israelis can drive, harassment by settlers and soldiers, endless court battles, denial of permits to build, limited or no access to electricity and water.  All these horrors are obviously designed to send messages about inferior status and keeping people separated and fearful, and are used to try to force people from their land,” said Sister Cebula.

Sister Cebula also cited many positive elements of the situation in her online report to IFPB such as, “witnessing the resilience, courage and strength of the Palestinians and Israelis who are resisting the occupation, working for change, assisting with court challenges, engaging in nonviolent resistance, forming cooperatives, empowering youth and refusing to act as enemies by building bridges and relationships. They were truly inspiring. In them lies the hope despite the overwhelming reality of occupation and inequality,” she said.

In her presentation, Sister Cebula will explore various avenues that US citizens can take to forward the peace process in the region.  “We who were privileged to make this delegation are determined to tell the stories of our Palestinian brothers and sisters who feel abandoned by the international community,” she explained.

This Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) delegation was the 42nd such experience organized by IFPB since 2001 which have educated approximately 800 North American citizens about the Middle East and deepened their understanding of its conflicts through eye-witness experiences.

For more information on the November 29th presentation, contact sisters of St. Francis, 563-242-7611, or visit www.clintonfranciscans.com.

 
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