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Benefit For Anthony Constantino Sr. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelli Kumar   
Thursday, 07 February 2013 08:37

Lymphoma Cancer Benefit for

Anthony Constantino Sr.

Please Join Us

All money raised will help the family with medical bills and expenses.

February 24th 2013


Biscuits Bar Grill

600 Front Street

Buffalo, IA

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Written by Carol Slaughter   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:23

Davenport, IA – Technology continues to improve the safety and entertainment value of vehicles and Iowa Illinois Regional Auto Show attendees will get a first-hand look at these innovations Friday, February 8th through Sunday, February 10th at the River Center in Downtown Davenport. These technological advancements are currently available in select new model vehicles:

Inflatable Rear Seat Belts – When these new air bag seat belts deploy, they provide added protection for both children and adults in the back seat. (Currently available as an option in the Ford Explorer and Lincoln)

Accident Avoidance Sensors – State-of-the-art sensors monitor other vehicles around the car, as well as the driver’s reactions to preemptively prepare for collisions, and in some cases, prevent them. In addition, cars are now equipped with radar-guided cruise control to minimize rear-end accidents and chime alerts to wake sleepy drivers. (Currently available in select models from Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Hyundai, Infiniti, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Toyota and more.)

Pandora Internet Radio – Popular on computers and even mobile devices, this feature plays music similar to the song or artist suggestions entered. Pandora also allows users to create their ideal custom radio station and take it on the road. (Currently available in vehicles from BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, MINI, Toyota and Scion.)

Smartphone Applications – With smartphones quickly overtaking the mobile market, auto manufacturers have developed Apps to integrate with their product. Many of the Apps enable owners to lock/unlock doors, check tire pressure and even remotely start the vehicle. Some electric cars, like the Nissan LEAF™, enable drivers to check the car’s charge through the app as well. (Available in select vehicles from Buick, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Nissan and more.)

Parking Assist – Ideal for drivers who struggle with parallel parking, sensors maneuver the vehicle into a parking spot with the push of a button. (Currently available in several vehicles from BMW, Ford, Lexus, Toyota and more.)

Built-in WiFi – From inside a car, weather, navigation, show times, email and even gaming are just a click away. Passengers can surf the web from their laptops while the car is moving and drivers can access the web from the navigation screen while the vehicle is parked. (Currently available in several Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford and Mercedes-Benz vehicles.)

Streaming Bluetooth Audio – Music enthusiasts can now listen to MP3 players through Bluetooth. Streaming Bluetooth audio offers the ability to play stored MP3s without wires. This capability is available on the iPhone, Droid and any MP3 player equipped for streaming with an adapter. (Currently available in select models from Lexus, Subaru and Toyota.)

Pause Live Radio – This new technology allows the driver to pause the radio and record up to 20 minutes of live broadcasting, which can be played back later. (Currently available in several new vehicles from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.)

My Gig –Transferring CDs and MP3s is now a breeze. Once a CD is loaded, or an MP3 player connected, files can be transferred to the head unit’s hard drive and the music will remain available, even when the CD or MP3 player is removed. (Currently available in several Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles.)

Voice Controlled, Hands-Free Music in Ford and Lincoln SYNC – Allows users to search music collections by song, artist, genre, album or playlist with voice commands. Drivers can simply say “play track” and the name of a favorite song to hear the tune. To create a custom playlist, drivers simply tell the SYNC to “play similar” to hear an entire song playlist of the same genre. (Currently available in several Ford and Lincoln vehicles.)

BMW Connected – Drivers can use their iPhones to connect with their BMW. Connected uses the phone’s data connection to display news, Twitter feeds, Google searches and Pandora Internet Radio on the car’s screen. It also features an analyzer to help owners drive more efficiently. (Available on models from BMW.)

Engine Start-Stop Systems – To improve fuel economy, automakers are installing start-stop systems in many hybrid models, and they are catching on for non-hybrid models as well. The system automatically shuts down and then restarts the engine to minimize idling, improving fuel economy by anywhere from 5 to 15% and reducing emissions. (Currently available on select models from BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Toyota and Volvo.)

Many of these technology options can be found in vehicles displayed on the auto show floor. For more information on a specific vehicle or technology, please speak with a manufacturer representative at the show or visit a local new car dealer. See the all new 2014 GM C Sierra and the 2014 Chevy Silverado.

Six scholarships will be awarded at the premier event on February 7th. $25,000 will be awarded to college bound and tech school bound students. To date, the Auto Show has given $205,000 in total scholarships.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (62 and older), $3 for children 7-12. Children six and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Save time and money, purchase E-tickets in advance at www.QuadCityAutoShow.com and receive a $1 discount off regular adult admission. Attendees will receive a free one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine with each admission (a $12 value). 

Additional information, discount coupons and directions are also available at www.QuadAutoShow.com.

Saturday February 9, from 12p-3p the Quad City Animal Welfare Center will have cuddly adoptable pets at the show and Sunday February 10 is Family Day. Bring cameras to pose with SpongeBob SquarePants. The Kadel Petting Zoo with be there and the Niabi Zoo will have exotic animals. Balloon artists will be at the show Saturday and Sunday 12p-3p.


QC StorySLAM to Present Third Storytelling Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Suddarth   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:14
ROCK ISLAND, IL – February 4, 2013 – The third story-telling competition in the QC StorySLAM series will feature stories that offer a glimpse into hidden parts of our everyday world. Damascus Road QC and Theo’s Java Club present “Behind the Curtain: Stories From the Inside” on February 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The free event will be held at Theo’s Java Club at 213 17th Street in Rock Island.
The theme for the evening is “Behind the Curtain: Stories from the Inside.” You’ll hear stories that give a glimpse into something with which the general public is not familiar. It may be a story about what it's like to be on tour in a band or be a key grip for a movie or teach ballroom dance classes or build a theatrical set that barely holds together for the run of the show with crew members literally holding it up during the last performance.
QC StorySLAM is a storytelling competition. Anyone who attends can tell a story on the night’s theme. Potential storytellers put their names in a hat and up to ten storytellers are chosen at random to present on the stage. Each story is judged by the following criteria: the story must be true, be five minutes or less, be told without notes, be about the storyteller (not someone else’s story), and revolve around the night’s theme.
“Everyone has a story to tell,” said Kristin Meyer, host of the first two QC StorySLAM competitions. “StorySLAM is a great chance for people to share the story of their lives ” Meyer said, “and it’s a good time for the audience."
The QC StorySLAM champion wins a $25 gift card to Theo's Java Club and a custom-designed T-shirt that humbly declares their champion status. Music throughout the event will be provided by local band FRIEND AND FOE. More details and a guide to telling a good story may be found at www.facebook.com/QCStorySLAM.

About QC StorySLAM:
QC StorySLAM is a regular storytelling competition in the Quad Cities, inspired by the New York City club The MOTH. Contestants tell true stories without notes and are judged on sticking to the five-minute time limit, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks. QC StorySLAM is is sponsored by Damascus Road QC a nondenominational church dedicated to honesty, compassion and spiritual life.

Contact Information:
Tim Suddarth
(Director, QC StorySLAM / Minister, Damascus Road QC)
(309) 721-7064
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Davenport Cemetery to Commemorate Medal of Honor 150th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deborah Lynne Williams   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:12
Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 2:00PM

Davenport, Iowa – Next month, Oakdale Memorial Gardens will host a ceremony in remembrance
of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient John Vale. This event is endorsed by the Iowa Civil War
Sesquicentennial Committee. John Vale earned his Medal in a skirmish that took place on February 15, 1863.

Vale was born in London, England, and emigrated to Le Claire, Iowa as a young man.
He later moved to Minnesota, where he enlisted in Company H of the 2nd Minnesota
Volunteer Infantry. On the fateful day of February 15, 1863, he was one of a
detachment of sixteen men who defended a Union supply convoy against a Confederate
Calvary unit 125 strong. After the war, he settled in Davenport, where he worked in the
Post Office for many years. In 1897, he was one of eight other men from that group of
sixteen who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A ceremony to honor Mr. Vale will be held at his gravesite in Oakdale Memorial
Gardens, 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm.
The ceremony will include a reading of the official Medal of Honor citation as well as
the report of the skirmish by Brigadier General James Steedman, a wreath-laying by
Company “A” 49th Regiment Veteran Volunteer Infantry / SVR Honor Guard for the
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and military honors.

Oakdale Memorial Gardens, an independent non-profit cemetery, was established in 1856 with burials
beginning in 1857. Located on Eastern Avenue in the heart of Davenport, Oakdale Memorial Gardens is one of
the Quad Cities’ oldest and most beautiful cemeteries, boasting century-old oaks, gentle rolling hills and knolls,
and a beautiful reflecting pond near the cemetery entrance. Known as a rural or Victorian cemetery (though
burials still take place today), it is the final resting place for many historic Quad Cities figures, including Leon
“Bix” Beiderbecke, Mary Putnam (of the Putnam Museum), members of the Palmer family (the founders of
chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic) and over 288 veterans of the Civil War.

Wapsi River Environmental Education Center Events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael J. Granger   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 08:59

Winter Fun Day Planned

On Saturday, February 9th at 1:00 P.M. the Wapsi River Environmental
Education Center will be hosting a Winter Fun Day. Come to the Wapsi River
Center for a fun-filled day of winter activities. This is an event the whole family can
enjoy, so plan to come out and discover winter at its best. A limited number of skis
and snowshoes are available, so please call to reserve equipment; (563) 328-3286.
BYOM ~ Bring your own mug.

9:30 A.M. ~ Cross-country Ski Clinic ~ Participants will learn about proper skiing
techniques, safety and equipment. Participants may bring their own equipment.

12:30 P.M. ~ Snowshoe Nature Hike ~ We will be traveling the way of the Native
Americans and early pioneers, looking for signs of life in the still, winter woods.

2:00 P.M. ~ Winter Bird Feeding ~ Come learn how to identify winter birds; plus
how to attract and feed our feathered friends. Fun for all ages!

3:00 P.M. ~ Fabulous Furs ~ come join a Wapsi naturalist to learn about furbearers
that live in our area. Learn how they adapt and thrive during the cold winter months.
Explore the history of fur trapping, trading and how the animals were used.

4:30 P.M. ~ 7th Annual Chili Cook-off ~ The Friends of the Wapsi Center, Inc. will
be hosting this annual competition. Please bring your best chili creation to share, and
possibly win the coveted chili cup!!! Donations are accepted, and please bring your
own table setting.

5:30 P.M. ~ Frostbite Star Party ~ The winter it is a great time for astronomy! The
sky is never clearer than on cold, winter nights. The winter constellations center on
Orion, the Great Hunter. The St. Ambrose University's Menke Astronomical
Observatory is the location; park in lot A.


On Saturday, February 16th at 1:00 P.M. the Wapsi River Environmental Education
Center will be hosting a “Forcing Branches class” at 1:00 P.M. at the Wapsi River
Center. Join Horticultural Society members Carolee Stanley and Juanita Spears for an
extensive how-to program. Participants will learn how to force branches into flower
for indoor decorations. Please call to register for the class (563) 328-3286.

Maple-Syruping Demonstration Planned

On Saturday, February 23rd at 1:00 P.M. the Wapsi River Environmental
Education Center will be hosting a maple-syruping demonstration. Join Tom
Greene as he discusses the history and procedure of tapping trees for syrup. Handouts
and where to find tapping equipment will be provided to participants. Please call
(563) 328-3286, if you are interested in attending.

Maple-Syruping Demonstration Planned

On Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00 P.M. the Wapsi River Environmental
Education Center will be hosting a maple-syruping demonstration. Join Tom
Greene as he discusses the history and procedure of tapping trees for syrup. Handouts
and where to find tapping equipment will be provided to participants. Please call
(563) 328-3286, if you are interested in attending.

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center can be found 6 miles south of

Wheatland or 1 mile northwest of Dixon, Iowa by taking County Road Y4E. Then
turn north at 52nd Avenue and follow the signs for about 1 mile.

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