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Library Lines April Events for Teens and Children PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Thursday, 28 March 2013 13:11
Storytimes & Lego Clubs

Children's Play Cube purchased with Friends funds Morning Storytimes for Birth to Five - 10:30 am these dates:

  • Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, at the 30/31 Branch Library, 3059 30th Street.
  • Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, at the Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road
  • Fridays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, at the Main Library Children's Room, 401 19th Street.

Evening Storytimes for All Ages - 6:30 pm on these dates:

  • Monday, April 1, Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, April 8, 30/31 Branch
  • Monday, April 15, Southwest Branch

Wednesday Lego Clubs - 4:00 pm on these dates:

  • April 3, Main Library Children's Room,
  • April 10, 30/31 Branch
  • April 17, Southwest Branch

Saturday Lego Time:

10:30 am, April 13, Southwest Branch,

STEM-tivity hands-on science program:

Fun with kites, 11:30 am. April 13, Southwest Branch


All of these events are free. Drop in for some fun at your library.

Kids' Read In
child reading on storytime rugDrop by two locations of the Rock Island Public Library on Thursday, April 4  for Kids' Read In Events. Bring a book you like or pick one from our shelves, and enjoy light refreshments while you read amongst our books.
1:00 pm, Southwest Branch Community Room
4:00 pm, Main Library Children's Room
El Dia Family Storytimes

Quetzacoatl imageStart your family's Saturday off right with tales from around the world for the whole family!  Each of the short storytimes start at 10:00 am, and include a fun activity:


Saturday, April 6: 30/31 Branch

Saturday, April 13: Southwest Branch

Saturday, April 20: Main Library Children's Room

Saturday, April 27: Main Library Children's Room


Part of the April "celebration of children's books," also known as El Dia. Free!

Fun for Teens, Too!

Teen chef preps his winning plateTeen Gaming Nights: Play Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii games, or board games. Two opportunities to get your game on this month:

  • April 2nd at 6:00 pm at Main
  • April 23rd at 6:00 pm at Southwest

Teen Iron Chef Contest:

  • Thursday, April 11th, 6:00 pm, Main Library Community Room.

Do you have what it takes to be our next Iron Chef? Compete against other chefs for a chance to win great prizes for your skills. Our judges will taste your culinary masterpieces and decide who will be the next Iron Chef!


Teen Movie:

  • April 18th at 6:00 pm, Main Library Community Room.  Enjoy a movie, snacks and fun.  Free!

All Teen events are for ages 12 to 18.

What's New?

Starting April 1, you can say "charge it" at Rock Island Public Libraries. All Rock Island Libraries will accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express as a payment option on DVD checkouts, fines, charges, and donations to the library.


Charges for DVD checkouts will no longer be placed on account.

Lincoln Documentary, Discussions at WIU-QC April 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:10
MOLINE, IL -- From 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities will present the free, public forum, "A Lincoln Symposium: Scholars from the Land of Lincoln." The event will feature a screening of the film, "Young Lincoln," a 30-minute documentary depicting how the joys and trials of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood years shaped his early political notions and molded his character. 

Three noted experts from Quad Cities' area educational institutions will lead discussions after the documentary screening. They include: Stephen Warren, associate professor of history at Augustana College and a Civil War expert who has been a featured scholar on the PBS series "American Experience"; William Hampes, a Black Hawk College psychology professor, noted for his use of humor during his Lincoln presentations; and Timothy Roberts, associate professor of history at Western, who organized "Abraham Lincoln: The Constitutional and Civil War," a traveling exhibition (made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities) that appeared at WIU-Macomb in 2010 (see www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=8375).

The documentary viewing and discussions are being coordinated with The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, which was established in 1964 to recognize the outstanding contributions made by Illinois Citizens toward the social, cultural and technological progress of mankind.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, the Lincoln Academy will conduct its 49th annual convocation at Augustana College (Rock Island), and six people with ties to the Quad Cities will receive the Order of Lincoln honor, which is bestowed by the State of Illinois and is the state's highest award.

For more information about the convocation at Augustana College, see www.augustana.edu/x55722.xml, or contact Keri Rursch at (309) 794-7721 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To find out more about the WIU-QC Public Forum, contact Tami Seitz at (309) 762-9481 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rock Island Library Lines Mar 25 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:25
Help your garden bloom with new ideas in "Liven Up Your Landscape" programs at the Main Library, 401 19th Street.


Starting a Rain Garden, Monday, April 1, 6:30 pm, Dan Mays, Scott County Master Gardener, will share some tips and tricks to getting started, and some recommendations you won't find anywhere else. Pick up an application for the City of Rock Island's Rain Garden  program at the end of the evening.

Flying Flowers in Your Garden, Monday, April 8, 6:30 pm, Roxie and Dallas DeShane, River Bend Wildland Stewards, will share what host plants each butterfly wants for their larvae. Learn what you can do to attract these "flying flowers" to your garden this spring. Handouts will be available.


Vegetable Gardening - A Feast For the Eyes and Palate, Monday, April 15, 6:30 pm, Make your vegetable garden the star of the neighborhood by choosing edible plants that are nutritious, tasty, and beautiful. Sandy Russell from Tastes of the Rainbow will show how using organic or heirloom seeds will add color and flavor to your vegetable garden.


Check our library website for dates!


Starting April 1, you can say "charge it" at Rock Island Public Libraries. All Rock Island Libraries will accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express. as a payment option on DVD checkouts, fines, charges, and donations to the library.


Charges for DVD checkouts will no longer be placed on account.


Spring Cleaning?

Mark your calendars for the library's annual drive-up-and-drop off event for shredding personal papers. The free Community Shred Collection Day is Thursday, April 25, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, in the alley outside the Main Library.  Please note that Thursday is correct; there was an error in the Township newsletter.


Representatives from Document Destruction & Recycling Services will be on hand to collect personal papers for secured bulk shredding at their monitored facility in Davenport. Additional shred days held at other libraries. Check the Money Smart website or call 309-732-7303.


America's Music Coming to the Library


From April 11 to May 23, the halls of local libraries and non-profits will resound with the beat of uniquely American musical genres, thanks to the grant-funded "America's Music" project.


Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, in collaboration with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, will host the six-week series, which features documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music and live performances.


"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" covers a wide span of musical interests, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n' roll, mambo, and hip hop. Upcoming events include:


Thursday, April 11: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Kick-off of the America's Music project, featuring a live performance by Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Candymakers, at RiverMusic Experience.


Tuesday, April 16: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Blues & Gospel Week, featuring a Blues & Gospel film and discussion of Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1 and Say Amen,Somebody: Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Or, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 309-524-2470.


"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music and has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional local funding from Riverboat Development Authority.

Quad City Area Toastmasters host Speech Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Wadleigh   
Friday, 22 March 2013 14:42
Event is free to the public

MOLINE IL, USA, 03/21/2013 — Toastmaster Clubs in the Quad Cities and Muscatine communities are sponsoring a Speech Contest at the Butterworth Education Center in Moline on Saturday, March 23, 2013 featuring the finest non-professional Speakers in the immediate area. These local Toastmasters Clubs invite residents and interested individuals to enjoy the competition featuring both prepared and impromptu speeches.

“Toastmasters International provides a supportive and positive learning environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” says Mitch Greer of Buffalo, Area coordinator for Toastmasters International in the Quad Cities area.

Prepared speeches by accomplished speakers selected by their Toastmasters Clubs will compete for the  area Championship and the opportunity to progress towards the ultimate title of World Champion of Public  speaking, a competition to be conducted by Toastmasters International in August 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A competition for the finest Impromptu Speaker will also be held as part of the program. This is a competition where selected Champions from Area clubs will be presented with a topic, and are given up to 2 minutes to develop a speech on that topic with no preparation.

“It is through competitions such as these and the support of fellow Toastmasters that I overcame my own decades-long struggle with severe stage fright,” said Kristin Bruchmann of Davenport, a member of Toastmasters who has achieved the title of Distinguished Toast Master (DTM), the highest achievement available within Toastmasters, and is now one of the leaders of Toastmasters in Iowa.

Area 93 and 94 Speech and Table Topics Contest
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Location: Butterworth Education Center, 7th St. at 12th Ave. Moline
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The winners of this event will proceed on to the Division Toastmasters Speech and Table Topics Contest to be
held in Muscatine, Iowa on April 20, 2013.

About Local Toastmasters Clubs
Local Toastmasters Clubs being represented in this Competition include: Moline Toastmasters,
www.2790.toastmastersclubs.org; QC Executive Toastmasters, www.qcspeak.com; QC Advanced
Toastmasters, www.1325.toastmastersclubs.org; Muscatine Toastmasters, www.685.toastmastersclubs.org

About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership
skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more
than 280,000 members in 13,500 clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter
million people of every ethnicity, education and profession build their competence in communication so they
can gain the confidence to lead others. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit
www.toastmasters.org. Follow Toastmasters International on Twitter @Toastmasters.

LeCLAIRE CHAMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 03/22/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 22 March 2013 13:47



Minuteman Press – Davenport, Sue Grant, Owner.  563-386-4566. http://www.davenport.minutemanpress.com/ Full service print shop, in business for 21 years.



March 23rd - Tug Fest Trivia Night - LeClaire Fire Station. Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia starts at 7 PM. $10 per person. 8 person max per team. Bring your own snacks and drinks. (alcoholic beverages are allowed but limited to beer and wine coolers only please) Contact Kari Long This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Barry Long This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details or to reserve your table.

March 26th - Civic Club Annual Corporation Meeting that was originally scheduled for Feb. 26th, is now rescheduled for March 26th at the LeClaire Civic Center. Pot Luck at 6:30 PM and Annual Meeting at 7:00PM. All Civic Club members and their guests are encouraged to attend. Also, anyone interested in joining the Civic Club may attend as my guests.

March 26th – Reusable Usables - Women's Full Moon Circle Yoga - 7:30-8:45 p.m. Full Moon Circle is our opportunity to explore and learn from each other, and yoga will be led by Jennifer Vondracek.  We look forward to this opportunity to learn from a wonderful group of women, and to celebrate our strength, wisdom & love. $8 or donation. Ongoing event and for more info you can visit our website at www.reusableusables.org or our facebook page or call 563-289-3946

March 30th - Wide River Winery Easter bonnet Contest! Be creative and have fun! Judging at 3:30p.m. Tasting room is open 11AM-7PM

March 31st – Bier Stube - Special Easter Sunday Brunch - 9am - 12pm. Seatings begin on the hour.  Price $13.99 for buffet or $19.99 per person with unlimited Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. Also taking reservations for Mothers Day Brunch (May 12th). 1001 Canal Shore Dr., LeClaire. 563-289-2121

Save the Date

April 3 - "Dinner with Mrs. Dawley" The museum's fundraiser at the Dawley Home (Crane & Pelican Café) is SOLD OUT! Dinner in a riverboat pilot's home, joined by the couple's friends and family. It will be an enjoyable evening!  If you would like to be contacted if any reservations are cancelled, please send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or message the museum on FaceBook:  Buffalo Bill Museum LeClaire IA (Please include your phone number, and number in party).

April 5th – First Friday in LeClaire!  5:00-8:00 p.m.

Food and Beverage Samples at Mississippi River Distilling Company www.mrdistilling.com 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Wine samples at Wide River Winery www.wideriverwinery.com

Karaoke at Sneaky Pete's Every Friday Night 9:00 P.M.-1:00 A.M. 207 North Cody Road Le Claire, IA (563) 289-4277.

Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium will be open late – go in for a free red velvet cupcake!

Razzleberries will be open late. Come in to shop and get free samples of booze cake (while it lasts)!

Restaurants and several other shops will be open late, too!


April 6th – Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton Announces – One Show Only!

Benefit Performance of "Johnny Cash and the Sun Rocket Railway: A Tribute to the Music of Sun Records 7:00 P.M. Enjoy AJ Haut performing the songs of Johnny Cash, as well as Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley accompanied by Tristan Tapscott and Kyle Jecklin. Tickets: $10 each, available at the door. Princeton Community Center, 428 S. River Dr. Princeton, Iowa. Doors open at 6:30 PM




Grace Marine and Captain’s Quarters, a 3rd Generation Family Tradition boat dealer, specializes in Crownline, Skeeter, Alumacraft, Manitou, Yamaha, and Mercury. We not only sell boats, but we also buy boats and repair boats. We now offer Pontoon, and Jet Ski rentals. We can be found at www.gracemarine.com, and also on Facebook.

The Buffalo Bill Museum offers admission discounts for group tours!   School groups, 4-H, fraternal and civic clubs, family reunions, etc. Call 563-289-4603 for more information and schedule a guided tour! Reservations are required and can be made months in advance! 


“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!


(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

Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

April 9 - Wide River Winery - after hours - 5-8pm (tentative)

May 14 - Great River Financial – after hours

June 6 - Black Watch Room - after hours - 5-8pm (1st Thursday)

July 9 -  Blue Iguana - Lunch -noon

August 13 - Big Dave and Holly's - lunch -noon

September 10 - Steventon's - after hours - 5-8pm

October 8 - Hungry Hobo - lunch - noon

November 12 - Faithful Pilot - after hours -5-8pm

December 10 - Happy Joes - lunch -noon

January 14, 2014 - Sneaky Pete's - lunch -noon



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 advance.

Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center

2013 Trivia Nights:

April 6 - LeClaire Little League

May 4 - LeClaire Lions

June 8 - Buffalo Bill Museum

July 13 - Hosted by First Presbyterian Church - Hurricane Sandy Victims

LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!


LeClaire 2013 Events Calendar

Spring - Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt (Hollyhock Park)

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo

May 17-18 - French Market Days

June 7-8 - LeClaire Garage Sale Days

June 21-22 - Girls’ Getaway Weekend – Details to come!!

Summer - City-Wide Water Explosion (Hollyhock Park)

Summer - Bike Parade & Decorating

August 8-10 - Tug Fest – www.tugfest.com

October 6 – Dogtoberfest (rain date – Oct. 13)

October 13 - Apple Fest

October 24 - Hallowine

October 26 - Witches’ Walk

December 6-8 - Christmas in LeClaire

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

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