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Herbert Hoover Presentation at CASI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Arp   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:40
Archivist Craig Wright from the Hoover Library in West Branch Iowa travels to the Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI) today to share about the lives of Lou and Herbert Hoover from 12:00-1:30 p.m. He will also talk about the Presidential Library.

Come learn more about one of our outstanding presidents! Members are free and non-members are just $2.00! We’ll see you and your friends at 12:00 p.m. today!

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Derby Day is Racing Down the Track PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:21

Reserve your table for Derby Day today

On May 4 you can experience the grace and excitement of Churchill Downs right here in the Quad Cities. You'll love the horse races, the buffet loaded with authentic Derby favorites, the live auction, elegant hats, mint juleps, and happy winners - all to benefit youth music education!

This afternoon of food, fun, and live music at the Arsenal Island Golf Club begins at 2:30 p.m. and includes a bourbon tasting, entry into three horse race contests, a commemorative Derby Day mint julep glass, and a buffet overflowing with traditional Derby cuisine like hot browns and Derby pie.

This year's party also features a blue grass band led by Ben Lorentzen and featuring members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and the Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestras performing side-by-side.


Reservations can be made today by clicking here.

April 25th. 2013 The Art of Bill Marsoun: Closing Event. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:20
The Art of Bill Marsoun.

Closing event.

Bill will be present to close his show at The Phoenix for this current year.

He will address the group at 7.00 for a short time...

On : 
His Art.  What Art means to him.
Bill will discuss the following topics:

  • Which artists influence him the most today, and which artists have influenced him the most over this most formative years in his art career.
  • Technique.  How he learnt his technique.*
  • His painting habits and routine.
  • American  Midwest art as a genre. Its importance and reach.
  • His message to other artists.
  • The places and galleries he has shown, and how he feels about them.

At the Phoenix Fine Art Gallery:
1530 Fifth Avenue. Moline. Illinois 309-762-9202 or 762-8547

Cocktails and Hor’s Devours

Doors open at 6.00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Dress code: business casual.

The Phoenix Fine Art Gallery specializes in



CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL CONTINUATION IN AMERICAN MIDWEST ART: Please visit the Phoenix Art Gallery on line gallery:  www.atthephoenix.com


Please stop by to see the work of  the artists represented by The Phoenix Fine Art Gallery:

Photography by DARREN MILLER at the Dragon, adjacent to the Phoenix. 

Artist showing at the Moline Commercial Club on the 2nd floor and in the Artisan Adventure are:
ANNA ENGELBRECHT: Midwest scenes: photography, gauche on canvas.
AMBER WILLIAMS: mixed media Midwest scenes
EKKEHARD STOEVESAND: The Mississippi river in our area. Tractors. Oil on canvas. Genre: German Expressionist Abstract.

ELSA ROMERO :  Bolero Unique jewelry.
HUGH LIFSON: mixed media
ROBERT KAMECZURA: photography, ink and pencil on paper, and giclee.

The galleries will be open at 6.00 p.m. to 9. 00 p.m.

The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, LTD is a 501(c)3 at State and Federal level organization under US laws since 1996. Please visit
www.qcinstitute.org to see our archives.

Contributions may be sent  to:
The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd.
1530 Fifth. Avenue. Moline. IL 61265

Contributions are tax deductible up to the limits of  the law.

Rock Island Library Line April 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 22 April 2013 15:15
Money Snart Shred Day is Thurs, April 25

Money Smart Week logo 2013 Have some personal documents you want securely shredded?


Bring them to the Rock Island Library Community Shred Day, Thursday, April 25. The drive-up and drop-off event is outside the Main Library downtown, 401 19th Street, along the south (alley) side of the library. Drop off items from 3:30 to 5:30 pm with representatives of Document Destruction & Recycling Services, a certified shredder. Items will be shredded in bulk at the monitored DDRS plant in Davenport. The service is free and open to anyone.

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday With Us!

The commonly accepted birthday for William Shakespeare is Willam Shakespeare with birthday hat April 23, but we're hedging our bets by celebrating twice! Join us for two fascinating programs next week on works of the great Bard:


Who is Macbeth? Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Don Wooten and the Genesius Guild celebrate the bard's birthday with a look at this fascinatingly complex character and play.Who was MacBeth really? What do we know about him?


Shakespeare's The Tempest: Thursday, April 25, 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Believed to be the last play Shakespeare wrote alone, The Tempest continues to fascinate actors and audiences. Find out why, as we watch a scene presented by Rockridge High School actors, followed by a discussion from the Prenzie Players.

More for May

Foreign Letters cover low resolution Independent Movie. Foreign Letters: Thursday, May 2 at 6:00 pm, Main Library. Ellie, a 12-year-old immigrant girl from Israel, is lonely and homesick. Life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Based on the filmmaker's own experience, Foreign Letters is a story about prejudice, poverty, shame, and the power of friendship to heal us. Movie is in English, Hebrew, and Vietnamese with English subtitles.


Also on May 2 - Monthly half-price Friends book sale at 30/31. Sale open during library hours, 9 am to closing time. Display of quilts also opens at Main Library art gallery.


Bike Touring and Book Writing, Monday, May 13, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library - 401 - 19th Street. Chuck Oestreich will informally discuss his novel, "Bicycle Moon," and lead a discussion about practical tips for touring on a bike.


Andersonville of the North? Rock Island Civil War Prison film/discussion: 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 23. Heritage Documentaries screens a 33 minute on the Rock Island Civil War prison camp on Arsenal Island, with discussion afterward by members of Heritage Documentaries, who made the film.


America's Music Rocks the House May 7 and  9
  • America';s Music Logo GraphicMaybe you remember that electric moment when Bob Dylan amped up his guitar, maybe you don't. But the history of classic rock is filled with game-changing moments, some of which we'll explore at our May "America's Music" programs at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street:  
    • Rock 'n' Roll film and discussion:5:30-7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 7. Film: History of Rock n' Roll: Plugging In.
    • Rock Music Performance, featuring Meet the Press. 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 9. First formed in 1984 with Robbie Bahr, John Resch, Dan Allen and Steve Law, Meet the Press reformed in 2012 with Bahr, Resch and Law. The band had local radio hits in 1985 and 1986, and toured with Edgar Winter, Foghat and Head Start.

America's Music is a grant-funded series of film viewings, discussions and performance events at Rock Island, Moline, Bettendorf and Davenport Public Libraries, River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. For more events in the series, or to add your own musical memories to the Quad Cities Music oral history project,  visit www.americasmusicqc.com

PrairieState Legal Services at Main Twice a Week

A new awareness service from Prairie State Legal Services is available twice a week at the Main Library, 401 19th Street.


Trained volunteers from Prairie State Legal Services will be available from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays on the 2nd floor to offer information and assistance with navigating public benefits for food, cash, medical assistance, disability and township assistance.

Prairie State Legal Services volunteers cannot offer legal advice.


Last International Storytime Next Week

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 27: Main Library Children's Room

LeCLAIRE CHAMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 04/19/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Monday, 22 April 2013 15:11


Staged Right Photography, LLC - Roger Anderson, 22760 282nd Avenue,  Le Claire, Iowa  52753, 563-468-7536. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.srp-leclaire.smugmug.com Staged Right Photography, LLC provides photography services for events, portraits, weddings, commercial projects, and special projects.


April 26th - The Crane & Pelican Cafe presents Dinner and Music featuring "Quartrio" View menu and details at www.craneandpelican.com


May 1st - All Ages Spelling Bee at the LeClaire Community Library. Registration and details at the front desk. www.leclairelibrary.org


May 3rd - First Friday, 5:00 - 8:00pm, Downtown LeClaire.

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

Wide River Winery www.wideriverwinery.com Kentucky Derby theme-hat parade, samples of wine mint juleps paired with appetizers from Crane & Pelican

Free appraisals at LeClaire Antiques and Appraisals until 7 p.m.

Aunt Hattie's will have red velvet cupcakes!

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

May 3rd – Expressions in Threads – “Civil War Quilts Lecture and Luncheon with Becki Wright”. Becky Wright of Mount Pleasant, IA, quilter, designer, owner of Orphans of War patterns.  Her love of the Civil War Era has led her to reseach and share her knowledge of this time in our country's history. She will give 2 lectures, the first starting at 11 am on Friday May 3rd at the Holiday Inn, Leclaire, Ia. Her first lecture is "The Importance of Civil War Quilts and Textiles". Starting with the facts of the history of textiles and sewing in the 1800's, she leads the audience to the beginning of the Civil War, how the textile industry was affected and the role it played in the war. At noon, lunch will be served by Big Dave and Holly's of Leclaire. After lunch, we will resume with the second lecture, "Christain Staffinger: A Soldier and His Quilts." This lecture tells the story of a young soldier who went to war and the quilts in his life. Lecture and Lunch- $45; www.expressionsinthreads.com Seating is limited, so don't delay. Call the shop or send a a check to insure your spot. www.expressionsinthreads.com Phone: 563-289-1447Phone: 563-289-1447

May 4th – Expressions in Threads -  Workshop – “Hardtack & Coffee” Becky Wright, quilter, designer, and owner of Orphans of War patterns, will present a workshop titled "Hardtack and Coffee" using her pattern by the same name. The workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn in Leclaire, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $50 cost includes the pattern. Kits will also be available from Expressions in Threads. Seating is limited, so don't delay. Call the shop or send a a check to insure your spot. www.expressionsinthreads.com Phone: 563-289-1447

May 4th - Trivia Night at the LeClaire Civic Center benefiting the LeClaire Lions 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!

May 5th - Cinco de Mayo in LeClaire Details Pending

May 12th - Mothers Day Brunch at the Bier Stube. 1001 Canal Shore Dr., LeClaire. Seating's begin on the hour. Price $13.99 for buffet or $19.99 per person with unlimited Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. 563-289-2121

May 12th – The Blackwatch Room Mother’s Day Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chef Beau will be offering a huge Holiday Brunch including his famous creme brulee french toast and personalized omelettes. Pork Tenderloin with cornbread stuffing, chopped salad and our homemade desserts and danishes plus much more.  Brunch is $21.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under ten.  First seating is at 9:00 a.m.  Please make your reservations early as seating is very limited and fills up quickly.  Please call Kelle at 563-332-5072 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 14th – Chamber Networking Event - Great River Financial – after hours.

May 17th-18th - French Market Days, 10:00am - 4:00pm LeClaire Passport Collecting - Pick up a LeClaire Passport from participating stores and the LeClaire Information Center. Each store will offer a different French stamp. A completed passport will qualify for one entry for a free drawing at the LeClaire Information Center (122 North Cody Road). Shoppers can collect stamps May 17th and 18th only. Other activities include a Jewelry Making Class, Wine Garden Event, Terrarium Class, Afternoon Tea, Glass Garden Crafts, Fashion Plate Pet Contest, Rue de Marche - Vendors on the Alley - furniture, crafters, antiques, Tour de LeClaire - Big Wheel races, Special Exhibit about Antoine LeClaire at the Buffalo Bill Museum, Parasol Art Contest, Plant Exchange, Library Book Sale, Build the Eiffel Tower and Market Bag Classes at Reusable Usables Creative Arts Center, and much more! *Activities subject to Change.

May 20th - Economic Development Meeting – Great River Financial – 8 a.m.


Save the Date

June 16th - Asbury Methodist Church "WORSHIP IN THE PARK" and  Potluck Service 10:30 a.m. It will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 1645 23rd Street, Bettendorf. More details will be available soon.


June 21st – 22nd THE LeCLAIRE GIRLS’ GET AWAY WEEKEND! On the evening of Friday, June 21, and all day Saturday, June 22, 2013, TUGFEST hosts the Girls’s Getaway Weekend in LeClaire, Iowa! Sign up today for this amazing event featuring give aways, coupons, music, games and delicious food. MEET Anthony Ryan Auld the Winner of this year's "Project Runway All Stars" at the Girls Get Away Fashion Show & Cocktail Party on Saturday evening. No other contestant has had more wins beating the best designers in a single season of the show. Anthony Ryan will be speaking about his journey to becoming a top fashion designer and winning Project Runway All Stars. KWQC's anchor and on-air reporter Bailey Deitz will be the mistress of ceremonies for this special event. The LeClaire Girls’ Get Away will start on Friday evening, June 21, at the Wide River Winery, where you will taste award-winning wines and pick up your GIRLS GET AWAY passport to LeClaire with your goody bags.

On Saturday, June 22, LECLAIRE GIRLS' GET AWAY events include:

* Grasshoppers will host music and wine tasting on their beautiful lawn.

* Win Prizes every hour on the hour at Aunt Hattie's Fanciful Emporium.

* Dwellings will be hosting Margarita Man.

* Zaruba's will host mini make overs.

* Free Tours at the Mississippi River Distilling Company.

* Expert Tammy Allen will teach a FREE Class in "Punch Needle" at Primitive  Cottage.

* The Buffalo Bill Museum will offer a Quilt Making Class.

Cost to participate in the LeClaire Girls Get Away are $65 per person. Go to Leclairegirlgetaway.com


July 1st - Friends of the LeClaire Community Library is planning an Open House to celebrate our 9th anniversary! Details are forthcoming!



Wide River Winery now open in their new location! On March 27, we opened the new tasting room in LeClaire, IA. After months of construction and renovation, the new room is transformed. We are located at 106 N. Cody Rd. (Hwy 67), a few blocks from Antique Archaeology, home of the American Pickers. Thank you to all of our neighbors and friends in LeClaire and to all of our loyal customers for the warm reception and continued support. Coming soon, the new wine garden. Whatever the occasion Wide River Winery is the perfect place to enjoy your special day. Bridal showers, birthday parties, graduation, Mother's Day and Father's Day - everybody has fun at the winery! Contact Martha O'Brien for details This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Buffalo Bill Museum is now open until 5pm daily. As of April 1st, the museum is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays 12noon to 5pm.  A reminder: group discounts are available for tour groups, clubs/reunions, and school groups.  Call the museum at 563-289-5580 for details! 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!


Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

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



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:

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

First Fridays each month 5:00-8:00 P.M.

May 5th - Cinco de Mayo

May 17th-18th French Market Days

June 7th-8th LeClaire City-Wide Garage Sales

June 21st-22nd – Girls’ Getaway Weekend

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

Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating

August 8th-10th Tugfest

October 6th - Dogtoberfest at Bier Stube

October 13th - AppleFest

October 24th - HalloWine

October 26th - Witches Walk Costume Contest and Parade

December 6-8, 2013: Christmas in LeClaire

Family Nights at the LeClaire Rec Center: Details at www.leclairereccenter.com

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

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