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American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Bettendorf to hold annual Fur & Glitz Reveal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Sons   
Monday, 01 October 2012 09:12
The Bettendorf Discovery Shop in Cumberland Square is excited to announce that Thursday, October 11th from 10:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. we will be revealing our beautiful collection of fur coats and accessories, and our stunning special occasion dresses, tuxedos, jewelry, and accessories.

The Discovery Shop is ready to help you to sparkle and shine for a great cause!  Stop in on Thursday morning to be the first to see all of the lovely items that we have available.  We will help you to find just what you need for your upcoming special occasions, and you can help us to raise money to help in the fight against cancer.  Our donors have been very generous; we have a wonderful assortment of items for you to choose from.

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop selling gently used items all donated by the community it is owned and operated by the American Cancer Society with the proceeds going for cancer research, education, patient services, and advocacy.   The shop is run mainly by a staff of over 80 volunteers.  If you are interested in joining our volunteer group stop in the shop and join us in the fight against cancer.

If you have items that you would like to donate for this event or at any time, donations are gladly accepted during business hours and a tax receipt is always available.  The shop welcomes men’s, women’s and children’s gently used clothing, accessories, jewelry, collectibles and kitchen items.  For more information find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/QCDiscoveryShop or on Twitter at QCDiscoveryShop

Regular shop hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dickens’ Bicentennial Celebrated in Fall Frieze Lectures at Rock Island Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:59

The Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College are partnering to offer a four-week lecture series on the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Dickens.

The annual fall Frieze Lecture Series brings Augustana College professors into the Rock Island Main Library for thought-provoking college lectures with no grades or tests. This year’s theme is “What the Dickens?” with each lecture featuring a topic related to one of the best-known writers in the English language..

The lecture series is offered in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street, at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 23, 30, November 6 and 13. Coffee and conversation follow the lectures. Dates, presenters and topics include:

Tuesday, October 23: Dr. Karin Youngberg, Augustana College English department, will provide an overview of the life and work of Charles Dickens. Dr. Youngberg, who holds Augustana’s Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities, will set the table for the Series’ consideration of Dickens’ place in literature and history.

Tuesday, October 30: Dr. David Ellis, Augustana College history department, will speak on the world Dickens inhabited, considering the key themes and issues in British, European and global history at the time Dickens was active.

Tuesday, November 6: Dr. Catherine Goebel, Augustana College art history department, will offer a slide lecture on artists important to Dickens. Dr. Goebel, who holds Augustana’s Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, will discuss both those artists who were favorites of Dickens and those who found inspiration in his literary works.

Tuesday, November 13: Dr. Umme al-Wazedi, Augustana College English department, will provide a post-colonial view of the staunchly pro-colonial Dickens, and consider how his place in literature has changed in a world vastly different from the one in which he lived.

Presentations are free and open to the public. For more details about events at the Rock Island Library, call 309.732-7303 or check the online calendar at www.rockislandlibrary.org

Sign up Now for Intersession Workshops for Children at Rock Island Public Library Events for Teens and Adults, Too! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:39

Rock Island, IL: The Rock Island Library is offering a number of free events to keep children, teens and even adults occupied during the Rock Island/Milan schools intersession break in October.

Parents or caregivers can sign their children up for several free workshops from Oct. 10 to 17:

Art with Gloria Pop-up Book Workshop: Wednesday, October 10, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Participants will make a pop-up book in this workshop for children in 3rd through 8th grades. This workshop is sponsored by a donation from Artists Unlimited, and is taught by art instructor Gloria Burlingame.

Tech Tools: Animoto Workshop: Thursday, Oct. 11. Children in 3rd grades and up may sign up for either the 3:30 to 5:00 pm or the 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm workshop in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. Participants will create professional videos using their own pictures, video clips and music. Images, music and video should be brought in on a portable flash drive.

Magic Workshops with Rick Eugene. Participants have a choice of two dates and locations: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 pm, in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street or Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm, in the Rock Island Southwest Branch Community Room, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Children from second grades on up will learn how to do magic tricks with professional magician Rick Eugene.

To register for any of the above events, call the Rock Island Library Children’s Department at 309-732-7360.

In other events during intersession, the Children’s Department will offer day and evening storytimes, a free Friday movie, a weekday Lego time and a Saturday Lego time and science “STEMtiviity” event:

  • Evening Storytimes: 6:00 pm, Oct. 8 at the Rock Island 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th Street, and Oct. 15 at the Southwest Branch;
  • Morning Storytimes: 10:30 am, Oct. 9 at 30/31 Branch; Friday, Oct. 12 at the Main Library;
  • Friday Fest Family Movie, 1:00 pm, Friday, Oct. 12, Main Library;
  • Wednesday Lego Time: 4:00 pm, Oct. 17 at the 30/31 Branch;
  • Saturday Lego Time: 10:30 am, Southwest Branch
  • Saturday “STEMtivity:” 11:30 am, Southwest Branch. Why do things float? Explore this topic with a fun, hands-on project around concepts in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math.)

In events for other ages, the library’s Young Adult Department will offer Teen Trivia from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Oct. 9 at the Rock Island Southwest Branch. On Oct. 18, the library will celebrate the Teen Read Week theme of “It came from the library!” with a free murder mystery party for ages 12 to 18. The murder mystery party is from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Rock Island Main Library, and features chances to play a murder mystery game, enjoy snacks, and win prizes. Teen Read Week dares teens to “read for the fun of it,” from Oct. 14-20, 2012.

And in events for adults during the first part of October, the library will host the Knit for Peace group at 6:00 pm on Oct. 9 at the Main Library, offer a demo on downloading free eBooks from OverDrive at 6:00 pm on Oct. 10 at the Southwest Branch, hold a “Technology Basics” product showcase with tips on what to look for when buying tablets, eReaders, and cell phones at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Main Library, and present a computer genealogy workshop at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 17, also at the Main Library. No registration is required for any of these free events for adults.

For more information on the 35 events offered for all ages at the Rock Island Library in October, visit the library calendar at www.rockislandlandlibrary, call 309-732-7323 (READ), sign up for an email newsletter, or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.



Davenport Parks & Rec October newsletter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:26
Junior TheaterMainstage Show
Beauty and the Beast, by Vera Morris is the featured fall presentation in October: Cursed! A young prince is transformed into a Beast because of his selfishness and locked away in an enchanted castle, along with all who serve him.  To break the curse, he must learn to love more than just himself.  Beauty, a young girl from a nearby village, finds her way into the cursed castle.  Join us as the magic unfolds onstage.

@ 1:00 and 4:00 pm;

@ 2:00 pm.

Admission is $5 anyone 3 and up.


Recreation Programs

This weekend - Family Friday Nights

Join us tonight for Family Friday Night at Credit Island. A guided night hike will take place to look for wildlife and we'll investigate night creatures. 6pm - 9pm. Fee: $2.50

Every Friday night is a different activity for the whole family.  
October 5 - Nature:  Night Hike at Credit Island; 
October 12 - Junior Theatre: Jumanji; 
October 19 - Sports:  Red Hawk Golf and movie; 
October 26 - Friday Night Jam and Uno tournament at Roosevelt Community Center.
School Out Days

Need something for your kids to do when school is not in session?  We have school out days for all ages.  Elementary age students can attend either the River's Edge or Roosevelt Community Center.  Days will be filled with playing games, doing crafts, taking field trips and spending time with friends.  Intermediate age students will attend Collins House and days will be focused on exploring future career options and helping engage youth in volunteerism. Program will run from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.  Each student should bring a water bottle and sack lunch, wear socks and gym shoes, and bring warm clothes to skate!  Afternoon snacks will be provided. Fees range from $15 - $125. See page 29 of our Fall/Winter 2012 Thrive catalog for all available days and fees, or click here for our online catalog.

Healthiest State Walk

Residents of the Davenport and the greater Quad Cities will join with thousands of other Iowans in a one-kilometer Healthiest State Walk at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 3. Local walkers will meet at the River's Edge, 700 West River Drive.  We will walk from River Drive to Credit Island and back, with an option for those that would like to hike around the 2.3 miles island. Click here for more details.


Senior Coffee

Come enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrance of the Conservatory. The Fall Color show will be in bloom. Wednesday, October 10, 10 am to Noon. Fee is $1.00.

Changing of the Season Hike

Autumn color makes fall an enjoyable time.  A guided hike at Sunderbruch Park will be conducted to show how trees change color and how the plants and animals prepare for the upcoming cold months. 
Saturday, October 13, 10 am - 11:00 am,
Fee - $2.00


Toddling on the Wild Side

Come experience Fejervary Learning Center's toddling nature program and bring your 18-24 month old child to experience hands-on nature explorations.  Program starts at 10 am and will last for 30 minutes.  For only $2, children will discover programs exploring nature's many beautiful animals, reptiles, insects, plants and how weather impacts our amazing creatures.  Click here for dates and registration.

Golf DavenportFall Special
Enjoy these beautiful fall days at our Duck Creek and Emeis golf courses with our weekday fall special:
From now through October 7, play 18 holes for the price of 9, Monday through Friday at Duck Creek or Emeis golf course. Discount applies to green fees and carts. Take advantage today! You deserve a round of midweek golf before the season ends!
Need more?
If you have questions about anything in this newsletter, or about any Parks and Recreation facility or program, check out our website at:

Our website probably has the information you're looking for.
Or visit us in person at:
Davenport Parks and Recreation
700 W River Dr
Davenport, Iowa 52802
Our hours are 6am - 10pm, 7 days a week, except major holidays

Niabi Zoo’s Pints for Pachyderms is Sold Out PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Friday, 28 September 2012 15:32
Coal Valley, IL – September 27, 2012 – Niabi Zoo announced today that its Pints for Pachyderms beer and wine tasting event has sold out.

The event, which is scheduled to take place Friday, September 28th, has no more tickets available. Advance ticket sales were very strong, and in order to ensure an enjoyable event for those already with tickets, no more tickets will be available for purchase.

“We’re amazed with how well tickets have sold for this event, especially since it’s only our second year hosting it,” said Zoo Director Marc Heinzman. “While we’re sorry that we will have to limit how many people can come to this incredible event, we want to make sure that we’re able to provide the best experience possible to everyone who already has purchased tickets. We only have so much
beer, wine, and food for everyone to enjoy.”

According to Heinzman, over 750 tickets have been sold. In 2011, the first year for the event, about 550 people attended Pints for Pachyderms. Niabi Zoo hopes to plan an even larger event next year so that more people can come and enjoy this one of a kind event.


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