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Checkout a Family Pass to the Botanical Center at Rock Island Libraries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 28 January 2013 16:49
Enjoy Tropical Warmth on a Budget with Rock Island Library/Botanical Center Partnership

Rock Island, IL: If gray winter skies have left you feeling down, a new partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and the Quad City Botanical Center could lift your spirits with some free tropical warmth. Library cardholders can now check out a seven-day family Botanical Center membership at the Rock Island Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branch Libraries.

Each pass provides free admission to the Botanical Center’s tropical sun garden and other attractions for up to four people for seven days. The pass can be checked out with a valid library card at the Main Library Circulation and Children’s Room desks, and at the front desks of the 30/31 and Southwest Branch Libraries. Because the passes are not suitable for placement in the book drop or inter-library delivery, they must be picked up and returned in person to the library branch listed on the back.

There is no charge for the seven-day pass, and each pass may be used multiple times within the check-out period. Passes are non-renewable and have a $1 per day late fee.

For more news about Rock Island Public Library events or services, visit www.rockislandlibrary.org, call 309-732-7323 (READ) or follow the Rock Island Library on Facebook and Twitter. A monthly calendar of library events is available online and at Rock Island Library locations.


Driving Tips, Edible Books, Computer Skill Programs for Adults at Rock Island LIbrary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 28 January 2013 16:29

February Library Programs Combine Cars, Culinary Creativity and Computers

Rock Island, IL: Driving tips for car owners, culinary creativity and computer skills are among the things adults can learn about in February at the Rock Island Public Library.


Driving After 60: Keeping Your Most Important Accessory, Your Keys

2:00 to 3:00 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 12

Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street


This free program with tips on safer driving for retirees and seniors is presented by AARP Driver Safety program instructor Caryl Altemus. The program also includes an overview of what is included in the full AARP Driver Safety programs, with information about upcoming courses. No registration is required.

The library’s “driven to read” winter reading challenge for adults also continues in February. Adults may enter once for each book, eBook or audiobook they complete during the contest period, which ends Friday, March 1. Top prize in the random drawing is a Kindle Fire HD, along with drawings for Botanical Center passes, and restaurant/retail gift cards.


Book Lovers Edible Book Contest

11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 16

Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street


February is Book Lovers month, and what better way to celebrate that love than by eating your words? Local cooks are invited to enter a tasty edible book baked good to be judged in one of three categories: Best Tasting, Most Elaborate and Best Looking. The only requirements are that entries must be edible and must relate to a book in some fashion. For example, entries may look like a book or book cover, may refer to a character, or may play off a title or quote in a book.

Bakers should call 309-732-7330 by Wednesday, Feb. 13 to indicate that they will enter the contest. Completed works of edible book art should arrive at the library by 11:00 am on Saturday. Each item should be accompanied by an information card listing the title of the entry, the name of the book it is based on, author and creator’s name.  Prize in each category is a gift card to a cooking store.

Participation in the contest is not required to attend the event. Volunteer judges will be drawn from the list of attendees, with voting starting at 11:30 am. The event is open to the public.


Getting Started with Downloading eBooks

6:00 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 19, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road

2:30 pm, Thursday, Feb. 28, Main Library, 401 19th Street

Participants will learn how to use a library card and the OverDrive digital media service to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks to read and listen to on a wide variety of portable devices, including Android and Nook Color tablet, iPads and iPhones, computers, iPods and Mp3 players, Kindle, NOOK, Sony, and Kobo eReaders. The same content is presented at both sessions.


Getting Started with Email

2:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, Main Library, 401 19th Street


Attendees will learn how to create and use an email account, or become more comfortable with one they already have. Enrollment for this class is open from Feb. 5 to Feb. 16, with limited slots available. Registration is required to attend: Call 309-732-7341 on or after Feb. 5 to sign up.


The program is free and open to the public. For more news about Rock Island Public Library events, visit www.rockislandlibrary.org, call 309-732-7323 (READ) or follow the Rock Island Library on Facebook and Twitter. A monthly calendar of library events is available online and at Rock Island Library locations.


Acclaimed Business Leader Nina Vaca to Speak at Hispanic Chamber’s Gala Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:28
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – Acclaimed business leader Nina Vaca has been selected as the Keynote Speaker and Special Guest of the 2013 Annual Gala of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GQCHCC). Vaca serves as Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle; Director at both Kohl's Corporation and Comerica, Inc.; Founding Member of the Startup America Partnership; and Chairman of the Board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“Nina Vaca serves as a shining example of how a talented, determined minority individual can play a vital role in the international business community,” said Lee Vasquez, Executive Director of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “She is an inspiration to the Hispanic community, and to everyone who believes in the power of diversity. We are truly proud to have Nina as the keynote speaker at our Annual Gala.”
The GQCHCC board of directors and staff invites the community to the 2013 Annual Gala, to be held 5:30 pm., Sat., January 26, 2013, at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center,Bettendorf, IA.
The evening is a celebration of the organization's accomplishments, members, and supporters, and will feature entertainment, dinner, an award presentation, a silent auction, and networking opportunities for attendees. Admittance for the event is $60 for non-members, $50 for members, and $35 for students.
An Illustrious Career
Nina Vaca founded Pinnacle in 1996 as an information technology services provider to the Fortune 500. Pinnacle provides IT-enabled solutions in the growing area of vendor management via IT Staff Augmentation Services, Professional Staffing and Payrolling services. Under her leadership, Pinnacle has become the fifth fastest growing firm in a $20 billion dollar industry.
In 2005, Nina was featured in Fast Company magazine as one of the Top 25 Women Business Builders in the country. In addition, she has been featured in many other high-profile publications, including Vanidades, Ali, Entrepreneur, Kiplinger, Forbes, Hispanic, KERA CEO Review, and Latino Leaders.
Nina is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Technology and Communications for the Southwest Region. In 2010, she was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America by Latino Leaders. As an international leader, Nina has represented America in numerous transatlantic leadership forums.

News Releases - Local Events
Written by LeClaire Chamber   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:58
LeClaire is Among the Top 15 "America's Coolest Small Towns 2013"following the first round of voting last fall in the Budget Travel on-line contest, and we can be chosen as the COOLEST!!!!
To Vote Daily, go to: http://www.budgettravel.com/contest/americas-coolest-small-towns-2013,14/ or to the website for Budget Travel. LeClaire IS the Coolest, and We Can Win!! Tell everyone you know everywhere to vote for LeClaire!!!


Arndt Chiropractic Center, Inc. Dr. Lisa Arndt, 3359 Middle Road - Ste. 1, Bettendorf, IA 52722. www.arndtchiropractic.com Dr. Arndt is a National Board Certified Chiropractor and Registered Nurse, proud of providing “Gentle” chiropractic care for the QC community. Accepting new patients!563-332-2211 

Operation American Made – Darrin Lampman, CEO, PO Box 28, LeClaire, IA 52753. 563-729-1022www.operation-american-made.com Online auction of American made products, benefiting local vendors. 

Conceptual Designs – Michelle Blunk, Owner, 2117 State Street – Ste. 110, Bettendorf, IA 52722.  563-823-6123 www.conceptualdesignsinc.com Conceptual Designs is a full service design firm that specializes in commercial interior design and interior architecture, professionally licensed in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. We excel in providing unique design solutions for not only commercial interiors, but offices, retail spaces and healthcare facilities as well.

It is time again to join or to renew your membership with the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce! Please see the attached form to complete and return with your payment by January 31, 2013. Thank you for your current and past membership, and certainly let us know if you have any questions in regard to your membership or about the Chamber in general. Let’s have a Great 2013!  After all – “It is all there….In LeClaire!”


January 26th - Le Claire Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner –Steventon’s -1399 Eagle Ridge Road, LeClaire.
Hope  you made your reservations!  See you there!

6:00-6:30 pm - Cocktails (Cash Bar)/Silent Auction

6:30 pm – Awards

7:00 pm – Dinner

8:00 pm – Live Auction

6:00-10:00 pm – Music by Keep Off the Grass

January 27th – Beer Tasting! The Faithful Pilot 3:00-5:00p.m. $15 per person. 15 hand crafted beer selections paired with chef's small bites. Book your glass now! 563.289.4156


January 28th – Economic Development Meeting (Rescheduled due to holiday January 21st) Great River Financial – 8:00 a.m.

Save the Date

February 1st – First Friday - Downtown LeClaire – 5-8 p.m. Food and Beverage Samples at Mississippi River Distilling Company  www.mrdistilling.com Wine samples at Wide River Winery Serving dips paired with our award winning locally made wines. Recipes available andFREE samples. www.wideriverwinery.com Many restaurants and several shops will be open late!

February 3rd - Family Yoga – Reusable Usables Family Yoga - 3:30-4:30 p.m. $5 per person or $15 for up to four people.  Taught by yoga Jennifer Vondracek, Executive Director of Yoga.  Family Yoga will be held once a month for families with children ages 2 & up.   No experience necessary!  For schedule  for Women's Full Moon Yoga Circle 2013, or with questions, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-289-3946Reservations are appreciated but not required, via facebook or email. Cost: $8 Donation.Class held at Reusable Usables Creative Arts Center Studio 122, 328 N Cody/LeClaire, IA  52753   www.reusableusables.org

February 8th – Reusable Usables NEW Freezer Meal Workshop 6:30 PM.  Let’s get together and make enough meals to fill our freezers!  Bring your bags filled with designated “protein” and other groceries. Go home with 10 meals, each feeding a family of 4-6, ready to freeze - just thaw, cook and enjoy!   $73 (includes all Wildtree products, recipes and shipping). Contact Kate Ramsdell  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.mywildtree.com/katewildtree/ (This is an “Adults Only” event.)


February 9th - Trivia Night - LeClaire Civic Center benefiting the Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with trivia starting at 7 p.m. Participants may bring beer, wine, snacks and soda. Water and snacks will also be for sale. Up to eight people per table. $10 per person with a $50 table minimum. Everyone will be entered into a drawing for door prizes.Contact Chris at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-505-6703 for reservations or information. Don't have enough for a full table? Come anyway and we can put you on a table that needs people!


February 14th - Valentine's Day at Crane and Pelican - 3 Course Dinner - $45 per person ($90 per couple) Details and Menu atwww.craneandpelican.com


February 14th – Valentine’s Day at The Faithful Pilot - 2 seatings - 5:30 and 8:00p.m. $75 per person, 5 courses. 563.289.4156www.faithfulpilot.com


February 24th - The Buffalo Bill Museum will Celebrate Buffalo Bill's Birthday! 12 noon to 4 p.m. (closing). Refreshments, free admission, and a "Buffalo Bill & Annie Oakley Look-Alike Contest" for children (Judging at 2pm). Hope to see everyone there! www.buffalobillmuseumleclaire.com


Please note – the Chamber has a new email address - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The LeClaire Information Center is seeking volunteers to serve as “Ambassadors” introducing visitors to the attractions, shops, neighborhoods, and business opportunities in LeClaire. Training is provided; schedules are flexible. If you want to share the excitement of LeClaire, please consider this opportunity to serve your community. Call 563-289-4242 (ext 1135) or email Cindy Bruhn, Tourism Manager, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it If you would like to share information about events, promotions, news, etc., with Tourism, please send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Your information will be shared with Shopkeepers, the Chamber and the Tourism Board and will be promoted on Facebook and in monthly emails.


Billie Davids' Yellow House Studio is now in the upstairs at the Crane &Pelican! Stop by and meet the artist in person and see her amazing work, and buy a piece of art that will warm your heart & your home.


Reusable Usables Women's Full Moon Yoga Circle 2013 For schedule or with questions, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563-289-3946. Reservations are appreciated but not required via facebook or email. Cost: $8 Donation. Classes held at Reusable Usables Creative Arts Center Studio 122, 328 N Cody/LeClaire, IA  52753  www.reusableusables.org


Reusable Usables Planet Green After School Classes Planet Green After School Program for ages 5-12. Learn creative and fun ways to respect our planet with hands on eco-friendly art and educational activities based on the Iowa DNR Planet Patrol Series. Thanks to grant funding from Iowa DNR. Ask about our sibling discounts. Pre-register in advance by calling 563-289-3936 or at www.reusableusables.org Planet Green class options and fees: Option #1: Class two times per week - TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $36 per student per month Option #2: Class one time per week - TUESDAYS OR THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $25 per student per month



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:

February 9th - Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship

March 9th – Hosted by First Presbyterian Church - Hurricane Sandy Victims

April 6th - LeClaire Little League

May 4th - LeClaire Lions

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

Spring 2013 - Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt ( Hollyhock Park )

Spring 2013 – Cinco de Mayo

May 18, 2013 -French Market Days - Plant exchange, sale benefiting Parks Dept.

Summer 2013 - City-Wide Water Explosion ( Hollyhock Park )

Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating

August 9-11, 2013 – Tug Fest

October 13, 2013 – Apple Fest



www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!


Icestravaganza to Feature Winter Family Activities, Horse drawn carriage rides, ice carving and shopping PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Gilliland   
Friday, 25 January 2013 16:03

(Quad Cities) – The courtyard on 2nd Street between Brady and Main in downtown Davenport will be transformed into a winter wonderland on Sunday, January 27 during the first-ever Icestravaganza.


The free event will include horse-drawn carriages, an ice skating rink, live music, a “Diamond in the Ice” competition, children’s stories and art stations. Icestravaganza will also feature a new shopping experience with unique items from Handmade City and downtown Davenport vendors, showcased high above the Mississippi River in the sky bridge.


An “ice science” display will demonstrate the experimental unveiling of an ice-powered car; professional ice carvers will create works of art out of 400-pound blocks of ice and adults can register at Necker’s Jewelers for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree in the “Diamond on the Ice” competition. A limited number of ice skates will be available at no charge.


If you go:


Where: The courtyard on 2nd Street between Brady and Main Streets Downtown Davenport, in the River Music Experience, and the Skybridge. Free parking available in the Redstone parking ramp.

When: Sunday, January 27 from Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information visit www.DowntownDavenport.com


Icestravaganza  is presented by the Downtown Davenport Arts and Culture committee and is made possible through the support of sponsors: Necker’s Jewelers, Genesis Health System, Fox18, B100, Master DJ, Iowa American Water, One-Step and the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation Department.

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