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Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on “Phase Two” of WIU Riverfront Campus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:43

$42 Million in Capital Funding to Add New Classroom Building on the Moline Campus and Create Nearly 300 Construction Jobs

MOLINE – August 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas, Moline Mayor Don Welvaert, and several state and community leaders to break ground on Phase Two of the Western Illinois University (WIU) Riverfront Campus expansion. The new $42 million classroom building funded by the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program will create nearly 300 construction jobs and allow the university’s Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Fine Arts and Communication programs to relocate to the Riverfront Campus. Today’s groundbreaking is part of the governor’s commitment to put people back to work and strengthen Illinois’ infrastructure.

“Today is a milestone in the 100-year history of Western Illinois University’s Riverfront Campus,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “This investment will create jobs now and in the future by expanding education opportunities that will help our students compete in the 21st century economy.”

Construction on the 94,800-square-foot classroom building should be complete by summer 2014 to open in time for the 2014 fall semester. The Riverfront Campus expansion will allow WIU to serve more than 3,000 Quad Cities-area students. The campus currently serves more than 1,370 students at its 60th Street campus in Moline and at the Riverfront Campus.

The project is administered by the Capital Development Board, which oversees state-funded, non-road construction projects. Governor Quinn opened the $18.4 million Building One in January, which concluded the first phase of the state-funded construction work on the Moline campus. With today’s groundbreaking, the state has funded more than $60 million worth of work at the Riverfront Campus. Phases One and Two will create between 135 and 166 new permanent jobs, increase annual Riverfront Campus graduates by more than 300, and have an annual economic impact of between $20 and $24 million in the Quad Cities area.

“We are so thankful for our many partners. Because of these relationships and the support Western Illinois University has received from a variety of constituency groups, we have moved the expansion of Western Illinois University's Quad Cities campus forward to provide the region with outstanding public higher education opportunities,” said WIU President Jack Thomas.

“The presence of Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities helps define who we are. Knowledge is power. Raising the bar on the education level in the Quad Cities area identifies us as a community with a highly skilled workforce and an appreciation for higher education,” said Moline Mayor Don Welvaert.

Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! program includes $1.5 billion for higher education, including $788 million for public universities and $400 million for community colleges. The overall $31 billion program is creating and supporting an estimated 439,000 construction jobs and is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history.


Announcing the David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival on October 2nd! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Miller   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:27
The 2012 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival is set for October 2nd at the Davenport
River Center and promises a day full of literary adventures. This year’s festival features Cheryl
Harness, author of historical fiction, Rick Eugene magician extraordinaire, and 7 other
enthusiastic authors. All third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders from schools or home schools in
the Mississippi Valley area are invited to experience the magic of the written word from 8:45
a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on October 2nd at a cost of $5 each. There must be one adult supervisor for very
10 students. Scholarships are available for schools or students who are unable to pay. The
deadline for registrations is September 18th, but space is limited so register soon!

The featured presenter, Cheryl Harness, is an author and illustrator from central Missouri whose
impressive repertoire of over 40 ghost stories and historical books have titillated young
audiences for years. Funny and talented, she will demonstrate her process of researching,
writing, and illustrating the ideas the pop into her head. All students will get to experience
Harness’ enthusiastic presentation as well as magician Rick Eugene’s tricks and illusions.

Other presenters include Ryan Collins and Belinda Holbrook, both back by popular demand for
their interactive presentations that encourage students to engage with literature as both readers
and writers. A new group of presenters include non-fiction experts, poets, illustrators, and
science aficionados and features a winner of numerous national children’s literature awards, Jill
Esbaum. Other writers include Leone Castell Anderson, Eileen Boggess, Deb Bowen, and
Michael Graf. With such a wide array of professional interests, there will certainly be something
for everyone.

In addition to the presentations, children will have the opportunity to shop for their favorite
presenters’ books as well as others. All children will receive a free book along with other

Contact Joan Walton by phone at 563-391-2738 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for
information and registration materials for your school. More information along with a
registration form and Festival brochure are also available at www.midwestwritingcenter.org
under the “Events and Opportunities” tab.

The 2012 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival would not be possible without its
partners, the Davenport Public Library, Bi-State Literacy Council, and the Midwest Writing
Center; or it grantors, The Riverboat Development Authority, Scott County Regional Authority,
and The Moline Foundation.

Free Zumba Class to Heat up Figge Plaza PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:15

Davenport, IOWA (August 2012) The Figge Art Museum is please to announces a free evening of Zumba Fitness on the Figge plaza on Thursday, September 6. The Zumba Fitness class will be lead by Salsa Touch instructor Bettinna Bolger as part of the Figge’s ongoing Thursdays at the Figge series. Zumba Fitness combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. The class is free to the public and runs from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

This new program is offered in conjunction the Figge’s participation in the Let's Move! Museums & Gardens initiative launched by the First Lady Michelle Obama.  Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

“Zumba Fitness is a great way for the Figge to support First Lady Obama’s initiative, Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, which helps educate children and families about health and wellness,” said Melissa Hueting, interim director of education at the Figge. “We look forward to adapting existing programs and developing new ones to demonstrate our commitment to this initiative.”

After the Zumba dance party, participants are invited to take part in the 7pm NASA/ART Talk and Demo “Aeronautics and Aerodynamics” and “Robotics 101”. The Talk and Demo are free with membership or paid admission.

Thursdays at the Figge is offered every Thursday from 5 to 9pm.  Museum visitors are invited to explore the galleries, attend art talks, take part in guided museum activities, and enjoy dinner and drinks in the Figge Café.

To learn more about Let's Move! Museums & Gardens visit, http://www.imls.gov/about/letsmove.aspx.


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 9pm. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website, www.figgeartmuseum.org.


"What to eat or not to eat? That is the question ....." (apologies to Shakespere's Hamlet) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:50
Moline and Rock Island were on the cover article of the Business Day section of last weekend's New York Times featuring the push against obesity, a national affliction, now growing worldwide.
The excellent article covers the work of area dietitians Dawn Blocklinger in the Moline Hy-Vee and Chrissy Watters in the Rock Island Hy-Vee showing clients how to shop for foood and teaching them what to eat.
The rest of our parody, with due appologies to Shakespere, and a copy of the article will be available for you to take home.
Open Discussion on the methods used, effective or otherwise, in attempts to stem the growing problem.
Independent Scholars' Evenings
7.00 p.m.
1530 Fifth Avenue.
Moline, Illinois. 61265
Doors open at 6.30 p.m.
DRESS CODE: Business Casual.

Elevators are located through the 16th. Street entrance.
Independent Scholars' Evenings are sponsored byThe Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd. a 501(c)3 organization at State and Federal levels since 1996. Please visit:  www.qcinstitute.org

Quad City Phoenix Festival Rain Delay – New date to be announced later this week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula-Frazier-Millsap   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:06
Local Royal Neighbors of America chapters and the Semper Fidelis Club were to host the August 26 to shine a spotlight on domestic violence awareness and prevention. The festival was to feature live music, games, Zumba classes, product and food vendors, hip hop and belly dance instruction, martial arts demonstrations, clowns, a magician, free face painting, a bounce house, resource information and a silent auction to support area domestic violence shelters.

Paula Frazier-Millsap, Director of the Quad City Phoenix Festival will announce a new date and time later this week. According to Ms. Frazier-Millsap, “A little rain won’t dampen our spirits or our resolve. Like the mythical Phoenix, we will rise from this minor setback and present an even grander festival.”

Sponsored by Royal Neighbors of America, Semper Fidelis Club, Alcoa, Quad City Times, dci Print, Dispatch/Argus, River Drive Records and A.D. Huesing.

What: Quad City Phoenix Festival to raise awareness of domestic violence

When: To Be Announced

Where: To Be Announce

Cost: Free

Contact: Paula Frazier-Millsap, (563) 210-7145

For more information about Quad City Phoenix Festival, call (563) 210-7145, or visit www.qcphoenixfestival.com or http://www.facebook.com/events/379611102066034/.

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