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Art! Music! Grilling! Astroturf! on the Figge plaza PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:06

Davenport, Iowa (May 28, 2013) – Beginning at noon on Thursday, May 30 the plaza in front of the Figge Art Museum will be transformed into a green space, Astroturf and all,  for Project Greenspace: Street Art on the Plaza. This is a family-friendly free event for the public.

Aerosol artists Kevin Lonergan II and Gary White, who both have ties to the Quad Cities, will demonstrate their art form by creating a large mural using spray paint. Spectators will get to witness their creation while also having the chance to try their hand at “controlling the can” as the artists provide helpful tips.

“I jumped at the chance to showcase my talent at the Figge, I can’t wait to show people how to get down with a rattle can,” said Lonergan.

At 5 pm the party on the plaza begins. There will be live music by the band Fire Sale, food for purchase from the Figge grill as well as sides, cold beer, water, soda and wine. The evening will end with a projection of artwork projected ON the Figge by WIU art professor Bruce Walters.

The final version of the mural will be on display at the Figge beginning June 4th.

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.


Simon: Reserve your place for Moline listening post PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:03

Defense and Local Community listening post to hear from northwestern Illinois residents

SPRINGFIELD – May 27, 2013. The deadline to register for the Rock Island Arsenal Defense and Local Community Listening Post is just two days away, Lt Governor Sheila Simon announced today. All local residents, especially military families, civilian Department of Defense employees, veterans, employers and educators, are invited to register by the end of the day Wednesday to attend the listening post on Friday.

“This is an opportunity for all community members, businesses and Rock Island Arsenal families to speak out about economic challenges and opportunities within this unique region,” said Simon. “I look forward to engaging with these residents so we can better coordinate federal, state and local action to strengthen these communities.”

Simon will be joined by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos at the listening post where participants will take a brief survey and then discuss issues pertaining to business climate, education, workforce training and quality of life. Simon will present feedback from the listening posts to the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC), which she chairs. The IMBSEDC coordinates the state’s activities and communications relating to current and former military bases in Illinois, and provides advice and recommendations for base retention, realignment and reuse.

Simon is holding the Defense and Local Community Listening Post in partnership with the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. Simon and the Institute held similar listening posts last year in rural communities to survey residents about quality of life issues. Feedback from the meetings helped shape the Vision for Rural Illinois, a strategic plan that helped guide Simon’s work in expanding access to local food and strengthening emergency medical services in rural Illinois.

Simon held the first Defense and Local Community Listening Post near Scott Air Force Base earlier in May and will visit North Chicago, near Naval Station Great Lakes, on June 5. For up-to-date information and to RSVP to attend the listening posts, click here.


DATE: Friday, May 31

TIME: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

LOCATION: Western Illinois University – Riverfront Campus, Rooms 103/104, 3300 River Drive, Moline

NOTE: RSVP here by Wednesday, May 29.



Quad Cities Comic Book Convention June 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alan Morton   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 13:56

The Quad Cities Comic Book Convention will be held on Saturday June 8, 2013 at the Ramada Inn in Bettendorf, IA. The Ramada Inn is located at 3020 Utica Rd (I-74 @ Kimberly Rd / Spruce Hills Dr, IA Exit 2).

It will be open to the public from 10 AM to 4 PM and admission for the public is free.

Dealers from three states specializing in comic books new and old, toys and related.

Or if you have old comics lying around that you no longer want bring them by dealers are buying.

For further information contact Alan at (309) 657-1599 or visit www.epguides.com/comics.

Hilltop Campus Village Annual Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Tunnicliff   
Friday, 24 May 2013 14:47
The Hilltop Campus Village Main Street Iowa district is holding its annual meeting celebration on Wednesday May 29, 2013, from 6pm to 8pm at THE CENTER, 1411 Brady Street in the heart of the Village.
This year, the event will serve double duty as a fundraiser for the Hilltop Campus Village, with a spaghetti supper, raffling of gifts, and special guest speaker, U.S. Congressman David Loebsack.
The event is open to the public with a $6 charge for dinner. The program will include the election of new members to the board of directors, plus an overview of accomplishments over the past year, current projects and things to come.
The Hilltop Campus Village is a not for profit 501c3 corporation and is non-member based, It charges no dues and asks only that interested parties and volunteers support its mission, which in essence is to revitalize the commercial corridors of the Hilltop Campus Village, by encouraging redevelopment, reinvestment and restoration.
If you are supportive of the effort, curious about activities and/or would like to consider being a part of the Hilltop Campus Village project, please make plans to attend, and spread the word!
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Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Friday, 24 May 2013 14:25

Join the Davenport Public Library for a fun-filled action-packed carnival, kicking off the 2013 Summer Reading Program!  On Saturday, June 1, the Eastern Avenue Branch (6000 Eastern Avenue) will offer an afternoon of fun and adventure between noon and 4:00 p.m.!  The first stop will be to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, with this year’s “Dig Into Reading” theme.  We’ll have information about the program, and the grand prizes will be on display.  This year’s grand prizes include gift baskets and two 16” bicycles courtesy of Jerry & Sparky’s Cycling & Fitness.  After signing up, be sure to stay around and enjoy games, a dunk tank, and get your picture taken with Libby the Library Dog in all her glory as a 25’ balloon!

The Davenport Public Library would like to thank the following organizations for their donations to the Davenport Public Library Summer Reading Program:  FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library, Quad City Times, Jerry & Sparky’s Cycling & Fitness, HyVee, Monkey Joes, and Isabel Bloom.

The Summer Reading Program is a free fun-filled event for all ages, and we welcome patrons from all over to sign up and participate throughout the summer.  This year’s Summer Reading Program concludes on Thursday, August 1 with the 26th Annual Bix Porch Party!  For more information or a complete list of Summer Reading Program events, call (563) 326-7832 or visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

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