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Free "Exploring World Religions" class from UUCQC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Unitarian Universalists   
Monday, 05 January 2015 16:41

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities
3707 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, IA 52807

Unitarian Universalist of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807 is hosting a year-long “Exploring World Religions” class. The class is free and open to the public. Come as you can, miss when you need to. Each session will be 6:30-8 p.m. Schedule is as follows:

Monday, January 19 - Introduction & Hinduism, Part I

Monday, February 16 - Hinduism, Part II

Monday, March 16 - Judaism, Part I

Monday, April 20 - Judaism, Part II

Monday, May 18 - Asian & African

Monday, June 15 - Islam, Part I

Monday, July 20 - Islam, Part II

Monday, August 17 - Native American & Earth-based

Monday, September 21 - Buddhism, Part I

Monday, October 19 - Buddhism, Part II

Monday, November 16 - Christianity, Part I

Monday, December 21 - Christianity, Part II, and Conclusion

Please email the UUCQC office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call us at 563-359-0816 or visit our website, UUCQC.org for more information.

This Week in Downtown Davenport: 1/2 - 1/8 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Downtown Davenport Partnership   
Friday, 02 January 2015 16:11
This weekend marks the end of a set of blues workshops at River Music Experience. Enjoy the final show during Winter Blues Jam Saturday as participants demonstrate all they've learned during the sessions this past year. Bringing energy and originality with them, The Way Down Wanderers perform next Thursday in the Redstone Room. Prepare yourself for fast-paced, soulful tunes through the use of banjos, mandolins, and outstanding voices.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the Truce in the Trenches Exhibition over at the German American Heritage Center before it closes on Sunday. But alas, when one exhibition closes, another opens! Venture out Tuesday and peruse 58 quilts with a river theme in the Messipi Threads River Quilts Exhibition. GAHC also hosts an Open House weekend featuring a showing of The Monuments Men at the Figge on Saturday and a lecture on Lt. George Stout on Sunday.

Get in touch with your artsy side this week by spending an evening at Re-Cre8 Studio. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you'll enjoy spending time with friends while following step by step instructions to create your very own masterpiece. Take a look at their monthly calendar to find a day and painting that suits you best!

Winter weather has finally arrived, which means it's almost time for Icestravaganza 2015! This year's event takes place on January 17th at the Freight House. Watch ice sculptures come to be right before your eyes, let the kids participate in arts and crafts, and wander the Farmers Market for fresh and local goods. In the evening, come on back for a night of food, drink, live music, and good fun for the ticketed Icestravaganza After Party. Stay tuned for information regarding after party ticket sales!

And more... 

Join Rock Island Library for "APPy Hour" Next Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:00

Rock Island, IL: From tracking personal fitness to family budgets, and from games to new photo editors, it seems that there's a mobile app for just about everything.

A new monthly discussion group from the Rock Island Library can help you learn more about what's new and useful in these self-contained computer applications for smartphones and tablets. "APPy Hour" will meet at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th Street Rock Island.

The informal gathering gives smartphone and tablet owners to way to learn about new apps and to share their personal favorites with the group. The first meeting is January 14.

APPy Hours are free and open to the public, and will focus on apps of interest to adults and teens. Refreshments will be available for purchase from the coffeehouse.

Additional information about library events and services is available by visiting www.rockislandlibrary.org, following the library's Facebook and Twitter sites, or by calling 309-732-READ (7323.)


Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.

Join Fitness Xpress on Jan. 3 for World’s Largest Simultaneous Group Workout PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:48
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – According to a survey from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2.1 billion people – almost 30 percent of Earth’s population – are either overweight or obese. America’s population includes 78 million obese adults, and nearly 30 percent of U.S. children and teens are either overweight or obese.

“Obesity has become a global epidemic,” said Dana VanGilder, General Manager of Fitness Xpress, a locally owned fitness club with locations in Davenport, Moline, and Iowa City. “At Fitness Xpress, we offer the Project 10 Challenge to help people in our communities to develop healthier lifestyles and slim down.”

Visitors can register for the Project 10 Challenge at the Fitness Xpress website, www.fx247.com. This fitness and weight-loss program features an effective mix of exercise and eating right. Fitness Xpress has partnered with ViSalus Sciences, developers of Project 10, to provide clients with Vi-Shape, a high-protein shake mix which is integral to the program. ViSalus Sciences is a healthy lifestyle company which has developed a platform for achieving weight-loss and fitness results by encouraging participants to concentrate on losing just 10 pounds at a time.

Fitness Xpress will be part of ViSalus’ upcoming World’s Largest Simultaneous Group Workout. “We’re working on setting a Guinness World Record,” VanGilder said. “People in 11 countries will be participating.” The event will be held at 11:45 a.m., Saturday, January 3. Local sites for the event will be the three Fitness Xpress locations:

109 East 50th Street, Davenport, IA 52806, 563-386-2348
4200 24th Ave Moline IL 61265, 309-797-3150
1059 Hwy 6 E., Iowa City, IA 52240, 319-351-1729

For every person who participates in the Jan. 3 event, ViSalus will donate 30 kids’ meals through their Project 10 Kids program. Locally, the meals will go to the Project 10 In the Schools program, designed to help kids fighting childhood obesity, or the Backpacks for Kids program of the River Bend Foodbank.

“If 500 people participate at each location, that translates into 45,000 meals donated for local kids,” VanGilder said. No purchase or membership is required to participate. To find out more or to sign up, visit www.fx247.com.

Helping the Community
According to VanGilder, the Project 10 Challenge has proven to be especially effective – and, it helps the community.

“With every 10 pounds a client loses, he or she receives a month of free membership, if they continue using the Vi-Shape shake mix,” VanGilder said. “Another perk of the program is that ViSalus awards participants with ten chances to win $1,000 for every ten pounds they lose.”

She noted that ViSalus offers an additional benefit to help others. “ViSalus will send 30 meals to a community charity for every 10 pounds lost by a client through the program. An excellent example of such a charity is the Backpacks for Kids Program of the River Bend Foodbank.” The Backpacks for Kids Program, which is funded by John Deere, strives to make sure that children don’t go hungry over the weekend when there are no school meals available.

“Fitness Xpress plans to sponsor at least 1,000 kids in the Project 10 In The Schools Program, designed to educate local overweight students and their parents in exercise, proper meal planning, and nutrition,” VanGilder  said.  

VanGilder and the Fitness Xpress team invite more community members to take the Project 10 Challenge. “It’s a win-win deal,” she said. “It helps clients to lose weight, and it helps the community. Our goal is for at least 5,000 new people to try the program in the next six months. We want to become the Quad-Cities’ transformation location.”

The Fall Fashion and Gun Show
Later this year, Fitness Xpress will host their first Project 10 Fall Fashion & Gun Show. “In this case, the ‘guns’ are muscular arms!” Van Gilder said. “It will be a fundraising fashion show, and the models will be people who have lost weight through our plan. The models will get free outfits and makeovers. It will be held Sept. 3 at the Clarion Hotel in Davenport and will include dinner, a silent auction, and much more."

VanGilder noted that their plans for the community fit in well with the Fitness Xpress Mission, which reads: “To motivate our community towards a healthy lifestyle; to empower our members with ideas and techniques that produce results; to inspire our fitness family to discover the meaningful parts of life through the happiness of health. We change lives!”

To find out more about Fitness Xpress, visit www.fx247.com.

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce - Friday Announcements - 12/26/2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 26 December 2014 09:51

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 12/26/2014



Hope Church – 709 Wisconsin Street, founded in LeClaire in 1931.  Pastor Matthew Darnell and Children’s Pastor, Bridget Darnell, invite you to Wednesday Service 6pm and Sunday Service 10am. 563-289-4650 www.hope-church-le-claire.org

Everfield – Stephanie Hasakis.110 N. Cody Road, LeClaire. Everfield is a clean beauty and personal care boutique specializing in high quality cruelty free, organic, vegan, and natural products. View Our Product Lines at shopeverfield.com. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – phone 563-289-2523. Be kind, be beautiful.


The LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Steventon’s, LeClaire.

5:30-6:30 p.m. – Cocktails (Cash Bar) and Silent Auction

6:30 p.m. – Annual Awards

7:00 p.m. – Dinner

8:00 p.m. – Live Auction

6-10 p.m. – Live Music, Keep Off the Grass

RSVP by January 23, 2015 to First Central State Bank, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it $35 per person paid in advance.

Checks payable to:

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 35

LeClaire, IA

If you would like to donate items for the Silent or Live Auctions, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or take your items to First Central State Bank, LeClaire!


It is time to renew your membership for 2015! Membership forms have been mailed out, or you can renew your membership by going to www.leclairechamber.com and pay via Pay Pal. If you did not receive a letter and form by mail, please contact the Chamber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and they will be immediately sent to you!



Now – January 4th – Enright’s Super Wash Annual Holiday Promotion Automatic carwash tokens are now on sale - 5 for $20!  Each token a $6.50 value. Cash, check or credit cards accepted.  Stop in and see Henry or Dennis 8:30-10:00 Mon-Fri and 8:30-3:00 weekends, subject to weather. Sign up to win carwashes and more! Weekly winners will be posted on our reader board.  Our carwash tokens make Great Holiday Gifts!

December 26th – Wide River Winery - Annual Customer Appreciation Party! We are grateful to you for your continued support of the winery. Thank you for visiting the tasting rooms in Clinton & Le Claire and the Wide River Inn in Le Claire and all of the stores that carry our wine throughout IA and IL.  You are invited to join the party on Friday, December 26! Bring family and friends to our annual customer appreciation party in Clinton and enjoy complimentary wine tastings, savory pairings with samples of appetizers and desserts and live music with The Old 57's from 2-5pm. Take advantage of the secret sales and special giveaways. Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season! For more details call 563-519-9463 www.WideRiverWinery.com

December 28th – First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire We return to our study of The Story, chapter 13.

December 31st - New Year's Eve the Crane & Pelican Café Open for lunch and a special dinner on New Year’s Eve. 6pm & 8pm seatings, 3 course meal, $50/person. See the menu at   www.craneandpelican.com 563-289-8774.

December 31st – New Year’s Eve at Faithful Pilot Seating at 6:00 & 8:30 $75.00 per person to include 4 courses.  Option for $25.00 Wine Pairing or $25.00 Beer Pairing. *Please note a credit card is required to make reservation and will be charged $25.00 for a no show.  *Not valid with any other promotion, coupon, or discount. 563-289-4156

December 31st - New Year’s Eve at Steventon’s in LeClaire. It’s never too early to start planning your New Year’s Eve! Join us at Steventon’s for our Annual New Year’s Eve Event. Enjoy live music provided by Hap Hazard, drinks appetizers, and our Champagne toast at Midnight! Tickets are limited for this exclusive event. Order yours before they’re all gone! 563-289-3600

December 31st - New Year's Eve at Go Fish featuring live music by Malfunktion at 8pm playing 60's, 70's and 80's Classic Rock!

December 31st – First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire – New Year’s Eve Party! For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring snack and game to share. 8p.m.-12:15a.m.



January 1st – Faithful Pilot closed

January 2nd – First Friday in LeClaire! 5-8pm

Mississippi River Distilling Company Food and Spirit Tastings www.mrdistilling.com

Wide River Winery wine samples. www.wideriverwinery.com

Faithful Pilot - Live Music with Jordan Danielson beginning at 7:30p.m

Razzleberries – Booze cake while it lasts!

Aunt Hattie’s – Open late!

Restaurants and several shops will be open late!

January 7th – First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire - Halftime! Our Wednesday night program for children from Kindergarten thru 5th grade begins again at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to our time of dinner, games, lesson, song and snack. This program will meet nearly every Wednesday from 5:30-7pm. Children are invited to come occasionally or every week.


January 16th-19th – Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard! Look for the LeClaire specials at http://www.qcbeatourist.com/#city-LeClaire/alpha Bierstube, Blue Iguana, Steventon’s, Buffalo Bill Museum, Mississippi River Distilling Co. and more will have specials to enjoy. The Faithful Pilot Café and Spirits will be open Sunday, noon-5pm for lunch.


January 17th - Trivia Night at the LeClaire Civic Center. Doors open at 6:30pm; Trivia starts at 7pm. 8-person teams; $10 per person. Everyone will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Mulligans are 10 for $10. Each team may bring its own snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Call Debbie at 563-349-4403 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a table.


January 18th – Faithful Pilot - Dress for Success Charity Wine Tasting beginning at Noon bring in a gently used dress for women who need to “dress” up for job interviews and receive $5.00 off a wine tasting of a selection of our wines.  We will also be open until 5:00, and serving lunch.

January 19th – Economic Development Meeting City Hall – 8:00 a.m.

January 20th - Vino Van Gogh at Go Fish 6:00pm. Sign up on line at Vino Van Gogh on or after December 20, 2014.  We are painting Moonlit Blooms.


January 25th - Faithful Pilot Wine Tasting 15 wines for $15.00 and of course a selection of Chef Robert’s small bites.


January 31st, 2015 – LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner – Steventon’s.


First Central State Bank is pleased to announce they will be part of Ohnward Bancshares’ college leadership internship program for the summer of 2015.  There will be a total of five positions available for college students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years.   Actual positions will be available in each of Ohnwards’ member organizations including First Central State Bank with offices in DeWitt, Long Grove, LeClaire and Eldridge. These unique opportunities will combine having hands on experience with assignments in our banks as well as 1.5 days a week focused on leadership development.  Positions will be available for application beginning January 1 at www.ohnward.com, under employment opportunities.  If you have any questions, please contact First Central State Bank, or or call Ohnward Bancshares Human Resource department at 563-652-7822.

It is time again for the River Valley Optimist Club to offer their FREE basketball clinic to children grades 3-6 in the LeClaire/Bettendorf area. The clinic will be held Saturdays beginning January 31, 2015 and ending on March 7, 2015. The sessions are one hour in length and will teach basketball fundamentals while having FUN! Registration is limited so sign-up soon! Please contact Josselyn Smith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563-723-1877, or check out the RVOC Facebook page under River Valley Optimist Club for more information. We hope to see you there!

Ascentra Honored as 500th Branch in Regional Network of Branches. With access to over 5,000 locations, Ascentra Credit Union has joined forces with other credit unions in several states offering members more convenience by sharing locations. Shared branching is a national network of credit unions that have opened their branches to members of other credit unions.  Members can walk in and do their banking just like they would at their own credit union.  “To be the 500th shared branch of CUSN is an important milestone for Ascentra which speaks to the cooperative spirit of the credit union movement,” President and CEO Dale Owen said.  “Together all shared branching credit unions now have a footprint as prominent as the largest banks in the country.”

In honor of the holidays, Riverbend Signworks "updater" is a little different this time!http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Merry-Christmas----and-a-look-back-in-time-.html?soid=1111968629442&aid=1_k3cR3TZYw

Tired of dealing with messy entryways? Perhaps NOW is the time to put in a tiled floor that is both beautiful and easier to take care of. Call LeClaire Home Improvement and Construction at 563-381-7778 today to schedule a meeting to discuss ideas and solutions. We have an artisan tile layer on staff who will transform your entryway or any other room into a thing of beauty.

Faithful Pilot is open Sundays 12-5 - Wednesdays Half Priced Wine Night!


Stop by Steventon’s every Sunday to experience our breathtaking view of the Mississippi River while enjoying our brunch menu. Our brunch menu offers a variety of options to satisfy the whole family. Only $12.95 adults / $6.00 children 10 & under.


The Crane & Pelican will be featuring a special Sliders & Suds menu on Thursday nights from 5pm-9pm. Every Thursday night you can come get 3 gourmet sliders and hand-cut chips for $10 and 3 8oz sample pours of our delicious beers for $5.The menu will change monthly and will be posted at www.craneandpelican.com

Bierstube is open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, 7am-11am (we will reopen daily for breakfast in the Spring)

Big Dave and Holly’s hours and specials: Open 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday; closed on Sunday for the Winter. Weekday specials are: Monday - Meatloaf, Tuesday - Tacos, Wednesday - Sweet Apple Pork, Thursday - Jambalaya, and Friday - Open Faced Hot Roast Beef Sandwich. They also have fresh “Holly-Made” pies and soup daily and are available to cater your party. Holiday Hours: will close at 4pm on New Year’s Eve and will be closed New Year’s Day.

Blue Iguana’s Winter hours: closed on Mondays; open Tuesday - Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday and Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm

The Buffalo Bill Museum will be open winter hours, every day from 9am-4pm and Sunday from noon-4pm. Visit their gift shop for great gift ideas!


Visit the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce website www.leclairechamber.com and see us on Facebook!

If you would like to attend a Chamber Board Meeting in order to present a topic, please contact the Board in advance at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in order to be included an upcoming agenda. Board Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month, 8a.m. at LeClaire City Hall.


From the First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire to you and your family: May you and your family receive God’s deep blessing, Love, this year and throughout 2015! Please join us at the First Presbyterian Church in LeClaire, 200 S. 12th Street; across from Bridgeview Elementary School. We dress casually and welcome children of all ages. Noisy babies and children are welcome in worship (we consider their noise to be a joyful song to the Lord) or, if parents prefer, in our nursery, which is staffed by 2 loving adults.

First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire - Halftime! Our Wednesday night program for children from Kindergarten thru 5th grade begins again at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to our time of dinner, games, lesson, song and snack. This program will meet nearly every Wednesday from 5:30-7pm. Children are invited to come occasionally or every week.


First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire Men’s group Saturday at 7:30 am at church; there are donuts, coffee, discussion and Bible Study, plus really great guys! What more could you ask?

LeClaire Information Center Volunteers Needed! Contact Cindy Bruhn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-650-7963 to volunteer.


Commercial Property for Sale 510 N. Cody Road. Contact William Robertson (563) 940-1517 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For Rent 118 N. Cody Road, includes employee parking and trash service.  Contact Terri Applegate at 563 271-6800 or 563-289-2525.

Commercial Property for Sale 613-617 N Cody Road, LeClaire IA 52753. Contact Jeff R. Heuer, NAI Ruhl Commercial Company, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Office: 563-355-4000, Direct: 563-823-5107.

Commercial Property for Sale Cody Road, LeClaire IA 52753. Description: contact John G. Ruhl, NAI Ruhl Commercial Company, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Office: 563-355-4000, Direct: 563-823-5126.

Commercial Property Available Eagle Ridge Road, LeClaire, Iowa. Please call: Mike Burke - Mel Foster Co. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Mobile: 563-349-2705, Direct: 563-823-5272

Park Run Apartments/Newbury Living complex - 1, 2, & 3 Bedrooms Available - 1701 Iowa Drive, LeClaire, Iowa 52753. 1 BR, 2 BR or 3 BR unit. Call (563) 289-5159 more information today!

Do you have Residential or Commercial property available? Please contact the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with a property description, complete contact information including phone numbers and rental or purchase pricing.

LeClaire Events Coming Up!

January 16-19 – Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

January 31 – LeClaire Chamber Annual Awards Dinner – Steventon’s

Chamber Networking Events – Everyone Welcome!

Dates and Places to be Announced for 2015

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