Local Events
Augustana’s River Readings Welcomes Rising Writers PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Local Events
Written by Emily Timmons   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 08:35

Rock Island, IL/ Nov.27 2012 –Augustana College will continue its River Readings program on Thursday, Nov. 29 with fiction writer Peter Geye. Geye will introduce his newest book, The Lighthouse Road, and do a free reading followed by a reception and book signing. The event will be held at7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside Denkmann Hall (3520 7th Ave). Every reading is open to the public and the campus community alike.


“The River Readings series gives students and members of the Quad Cities community a chance to interact with both well-known and up-and-coming writers. It's not every day we get the opportunity to talk to someone whose work will appear in literature textbooks for generations to come.” –Dr. Kelly Daniels, River Readings coordinator.

Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, where he currently lives.  He received his BA from the University of Minnesota and his MFA from the University of New Orleans. At Western Michigan University, he received his PhD, edited Third Coast, and taught Creative Writing.  In the fall of 2010, he published his first book, Safe from the Sea (Unbridled Books), which won the 2010 Indie Lit Award for Fiction, as well as the 2010 Northeast Minnesota Book Award for Fiction.  Unbridled Books released Geye’s second book, The Lighthouse Road, in October of this year. A few copies of Geye’s books will be available for purchase after the reading.

For years Augustana has brought writers of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction to campus from all corners of the country to present their work in a free reading on campus.  In the past, Augustana,has invited Marvin Bell, Gerald Stern, Jill Essbaum, and Carl Phillips, to share their work.  Later in this academic year, Augustana will host fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock on Thursday, Apr. 18.



Advent Retreat at The Canticle sounds clarion call to “being life” PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Local Events
Written by Sallyann McCarthy   
Monday, 26 November 2012 15:28
“Unwrapping the Gift of Faith: Releasing the Energy of Love in Our World” is the theme of this year’s Advent Retreat at The Canticle, home of the Clinton Franciscan Sisters.  The retreat opens at 7 pm, Friday, Dec. 7, and closes Sunday, Dec. 9 at noon.

“This Advent retreat,” explained Clinton Franciscan Sister Mary Smith who will lead the weekend of reflection, “is a clarion call to spiritual adulthood; a call to wrestle with and grow our faith life not just as belief in something, but as a way of life, a way of being life.”

“Being life, we are integral to the whole,” said Sister Mary.  “Relationships constitute the very stuff of our natural and historical existence, both as individuals and as societies.  We are nurtured and affected by relationships and derive energy and meaning from them. This dynamic faith perspective is a call to engage life creatively by going beyond a mind that is already made up.  Such a faith presupposes that our minds serve something they cannot name or understand and are open to the new.”

Sister Mary, a certified spiritual director who has been engaged in retreat work in California, Portland, Ore., and in Clinton for over 20 years, will be joined by Clinton Franciscan Sister Hilary Mullany and Clinton Franciscan Sojourner Gabriela Egging in presenting the reflections, creative activity and contemplative prayer in The Canticle chapel.

“We live in a relational world,” explained Sister Mary.  “The tragic events of 9/11, the natural disasters that continue to occur around the world, as well as events unfolding in each of our own cities or towns, graphically reveal this truth.  In this retreat we will be talking, thinking and praying about what is central to our dynamic, ever-unfolding faith life—always journeying deeper into the One who is beyond all words, deeper into loving service as part of the community of life on this planet.”

“We will unwrap together,” she explained, “ the precious Gift of Faith as articulated by our rich faith traditions, especially the documents of Vatican II that have impacted ongoing renewal and are still reshaping our lives.  Since the days of Vatican II, we’ve grown as ‘people of God’ in terms of freedom, charisms, competencies, and irreplaceable roles in the church. We’ve experienced ourselves as authentic bearers of the Gospel.  Thus, a major focus of the weekend will be on the essential tools for nurturing ‘creative fidelity’ and rebuilding our own relationships with one another and within the church and the world in our time.”

Registration for the weekend retreat is limited.  For details, call Sisters of St. Francis, 563-242-7611, or visit www.ClintonFranciscans.com.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council Lay Ministry lecture at Clarke University PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Local Events
Written by Sallyann McCarthy   
Monday, 26 November 2012 15:25

“The Laity after Vatican II: Collaboration in Ministry,” a lecture by Dr. Zeni Fox on Sunday, December 2, 2012, will begin at 2:00 pm in Terence Donaghoe Hall, Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa.  Parking will be available in campus lots on Clarke Drive.  The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is the second in the series “Celebrating Vatican II: Sharing the Vision” sponsored by the Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi Valley as a gift to the Church in the Year of Faith.

The series, designed to review and renew understanding and appreciation of the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church which opened 50 years ago, examines four key themes of the Council – its history and structure, the role of the laity and lay ministry, liturgical reform, and the role of the church in the world.

Dr. Fox, Professor of Pastoral Theology at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, describes the call to an awareness of lay ministry as one of the great fruits of Vatican II. Her works include Called and Chosen: Toward a Spirituality for Lay Leaders, and New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church.

Widely regarded as an expert on lay ministry, Dr. Fox describes laypeople as “the disciples of Jesus who share responsibility for the mission of the church.”  Indeed, she has noted, without the laity, who comprise more than 99 percent of the church, the church’s mission could not be realized.

“It grew up like dandelions in the spring, just here, there, and everywhere,” says Fox of professional lay ministry. “This phenomenon has a grassroots dynamic.”

“Even before the Second Vatican Council,” Fox says is describing the role of the laity, “Pope John XIII said that we need to pay attention to the signs of the times and ask ourselves, ‘Where is it that God is moving among us at this time?’ ”

There is no registration or admission charge for the lecture series which explores the enduring significance of Vatican II, the most important event in Roman Catholicism in four centuries, and probes its implications for the present and future.  Hailed for its spirit of open-mindedness and change, Vatican II was referred to as a “bringing up to date” or aggiornamento of the Church in the modern world by Pope John XXIII in 1959. The term became a key word in describing the Council, which has been called “one of the most important religious events of the 20th century.”

Follow-up sessions to each of the lectures will be offered in the cities where the sponsoring congregations minister.

Future programs in the series will include:

* Dr. Massimo Faggioli speaking on “Liturgical Reform: the Crucial Impact and Legacy of Vatican II” at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hiawatha, Ia., on February 24, 2013.

Dr. Faggioli studied and taught in Europe before becoming Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Thomas University, St. Paul Minnesota.  Specializing in the history of Christianity, his most  recent books are “Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning,” and “True Reform:  Liturgy and Ecclesiology in the Sacrosanctum Concilium.” He will reflect on how the liturgical constitution is central to the achievements of Vatican II, to the core theology of the Council and to its impact on Catholicism throughout the world.

* Dr. Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA addressing “The Church in the Modern World: Vatican II’s Challenge for Our Time,” on April 21, 2013, at Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace Church, Clinton.

Dr. Weisenbeck, a Canon lawyer and past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, will describe Vatican II’s invitation to read the signs of the times and  to respond in dedicated service.  Panelists, including Most Rev. Daniel Turley, OSA, Bishop of the Diocese of Chulucanas, Peru, will reflect on ways the Church is called to solidarity with the people of God throughout the world.

“Celebrating Vatican II: Sharing the Vision” is sponsored by the Carmelite Nuns, Eldridge, Ia.; Congregation of the Humility of Mary, Davenport, Ia.; Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse, Wis.; Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sinsinawa, Wis.; Sisters of Mercy, West-Midwest Region, Omaha, Neb.;  Benedictine Sisters, Rock Island, Ill.; Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Ia.; and Sisters of Charity BVM, Sisters of the Presentation, Sisters of St, Francis, Sisters of the Visitation, and Trappistine Nuns, all of Dubuque, Ia.  The October program is hosted by St. Ambrose University. The December program is co-sponsored by Clarke University.

For details see www.facebook.com/catholicsisters

LeClaire Calendar of Events - December 2012 PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Local Events
Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Monday, 26 November 2012 15:13
ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 11/23/2012
November 23rd - Reusable Usables Black Friday Specials – 10am-6pm- Stuff a bag in our bulk room for $8/$5 for Green Bag Club Members. Drop in art all day 2 for $5.
November 23rd - Wide River Winery - Shop (& Sip) Black Friday – 10:00am-7:00pm.  Featuring Ms. Holly Day, Merry Berry, Harvest Hurrah for $7.99, *Black Friday only - Not valid with any other discounts or promotions. Enjoy a more relaxed approach to Black Friday!
Now through Jan. 6th – Enright’s LeClaire Super Car Wash – “Holiday Token Sale ”7 tokens for $20 – each token has a value of $6.00. Tokens Make Great Gifts! Stock up for Winter!
November 28th - LeClaire Community Library Monthly Adult Book Discussion Group Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the LeClaire Community Library 6:30 p.m.  Bookmarks listing the reading selections for 2012 are now available at the Circulation Desk or visit our website for details. www.leclairelibrary.org

November 29th – Reusable Usables will be featuring Mira Binzen of Chicago 's Global Family Yoga. Mira will do a Young Living Essential Oils Talk. 6:30 p.m. Appetizers and non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided. Feel free to byob and please rsvp by Wed, Nov 28.
November 29th – Faithful Pilot 5 Course Wine Dinner – 6:30p.m. Team Faithful Pilot brings you a 5 course wine dinner paired with d 'Arenberg Vineyard. For more details or reservation, please call 563-289-4156.
Through November 30th – LeClaire Community Library Silent Auctionbenefiting the Library (3rd and Wisconsin ) Stop by and place a bid on many great items! All proceeds support the library. www.leclairelibrary.org

Save the Date
December 7th and 8th First Friday and First Saturday in LeClaire. The Mississippi River Distilling Company will be celebrating First Friday AND First Saturday featuring their Spirited Chef Stephanie’s great food items, free signature cocktails, and for the first 100+ bottles sold on Friday, receive a festive Holiday pint glass!  For First Friday, Wide River Winery will have Appetizers and Samples of their Holiday Wine, "Merry Berry"! Other restaurants and shops open both nights!
December 7th-8th-9th - Christmas in LeClaire 2012!
Friday, 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
*LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Cookie Tin Sales, Live Nativity, Bazaar, Baked Goods, Crafts and Silent Auction
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*4-8 p.m. – Calvary Chapel 4-Square – Free Ornament Decorating
Saturday, 10:00 A. M. - 8:00 P.M.
*8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast with Santa
*10a.m.-noon- Expressions in Thread – Make Sock Snowmen - $3 lessons
*Noon – 3-4 p.m. Santa's Playhouse
*Noon – 4 p.m. Wide River Winery’s WINTER WONDERLAND
*LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Cookie Tin Sales, Bake Sale , Crafts and Silent Auction
*Strolling Santas
*Grasshoppers – Castle Ridge Wine Tasting Sat. afternoon - Christmas Music
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium – Live Music, Holiday Treats
* Calvary Chapel 4-Square – Free Ornament Decorating
Sunday, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
* LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Craft and Silent Auction (Bidding closes at 2p.m.)
*Strolling Santas
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*Noon – 4 p.m. Wide River Winery’s WINTER WONDERLAND
All Weekend - Local Stores Open with Great Shopping Opportunities!
Razzleberries - Free sequin flower ring with any $25 purchase!
December 8th: "Stampin’ Up” Class - LeClaire Library-10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the community room. There is a 10 person limit to the class and patrons must sign up at circulation desk. Persons signing up for class also must bring double sided sticky tape and a pair of scissors with them on day of event. www.leclairelibrary.org

December 15th: Holiday Party with Games and MusicThe LeClaire RecCenter, 429 N. 3rd Street (Corner of 3rd Street and Ferry) 5:30-8:00 P.M. Details coming soon!

The LeClaire Office of Tourism Board is accepting resumes’ for the Office of Tourism Manager’s position until December 14, 2012. The position is a contracted position. Responsibilities include but are not limited to training and staffing at the LeClaire Information Center , communicating tourism information, promoting LeClaire tourism and sales of advertising opportunities. Applicants should have good public relations skills, as well as organizational and media skills. Tourism background is helpful but not required. The contract is available for viewing on the City of LeClaire website at www.leclaireiowa.gov. For more information or to submit a resume’ please contact Ryan Burchett, Chairman-LeClaire Office of Tourism Board of Directors at (563) 271-0608.
Reusable Usables - Planet Green After School Program
Option #1 TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $36 per student
Option #2: TUESDAYS OR THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $25 per student
Option #3:  Planet Green Kits to GO! You can now purchase Planet Green Kits for $5.
Must preregister and prepay by 11/30 for December classes
The River Cities’ Reader has sent out the latest issue of the Quad Cities' Dining Guide. Contained in the guide, along with 700+ restaurant listings, is the annual Best of the QC Survey.  But this survey is different from ones in the past as this one focuses exclusively on food and drink. You can vote online at http://www.rcreader.com/best-of-qc/survey.php?sid=72 now to February 1, 2013. There are fifty questions, you only have to answer 15 or more to make your ballot count.  Results will be published in the Spring of 2013. Pass this link along and vote for your favorite area eating and drinking establishments!
Generations Café - A Low Cost Noon Meal-Service for Seniors is in need of a driver every other Friday to deliver lunch to homebound seniors. Mileage is reimbursable. Helping the less mobile enjoy a nourishing mid-day meal is so rewarding. If interested, please call Heide at 563-289-3646 They also serve Meals for Seniors at the First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire 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:
January 12th - LeClaire Community Library
February 9th Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship
April 6th - LeClaire Little League
April 27th - Civic Club
May 18th - American Legion
June 8th - Buffalo Bill Museum
LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!

LeClaire Park Board Special Events Calendar (clip and save)
Spring 2013 - Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt ( Hollyhock Park )
Spring 2013 – Cinco de Mayo
Spring 2013 - LeClaire Plant Exchange (downtown)
Spring 2013 – Spring/French Market Days
Summer 2013 - City-Wide Water Explosion ( Hollyhock Park )
Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating
Summer 2013 – Tug Fest
www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB - Mistletoe Ball grand finale PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Local Events
Written by Celestino Ruffini   
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:16

Festive dance and enticements top off this annual holiday celebration

GALENA, Ill. – This year’s annual Mistletoe Ball will be bittersweet, as it will be the last of a grand tradition begun 31 years ago. Sponsored by the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society, the Saturday, December 1 event will feature a dessert and dance at historic Turner Hall from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

“The Mistletoe Ball has seen many evolutions over the years,” said Nancy Breed, executive director of the Historical Society. “Recent year’s full orchestra, catered dinner events have seen a decline in attendance, so the committee decided it was time to bid a fond farewell to an old friend. December is always a difficult time to hold an event due to weather concerns. We are looking at some exciting new ideas for a more inclusive event next summer.”

As this year’s event does not include dinner, ball-goers are encouraged dine at one of several fine Galena restaurants which are partnering with the event: Fried Green Tomatoes and the Log Cabin (both offering a free shuttle to Turner Hall), One Eleven Main, Vinny Vanucchi’s and the Goldmoor Inn. Or you can park near the Old Train Depot and catch the free shuttle from there.

The popular Fever River String Band will have the honor of playing the last Mistletoe dance, filling the seasonally-decorated hall with a mix of contemporary and period dance music.

Scrumptious holiday desserts catered by Fried Green Tomatoes will be a welcome interlude to dancing. A cash bar will be available including a specialty concoction entitled ‘A Very Merry Martini.’

A live auction of several high-value items will create excitement during the festive evening. Wonderful offering such as a two-day Mississippi River Cruise on the Twilight and a gourmet Scandinavian dinner for eight are sure to be hotly contested. Absentee bids will be accepted at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, 211 S. Bench St., Galena, until Noon on December 1.

Two 40-minute sessions of period dance during the Ball will be aided by an optional afternoon dance lesson. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., also at Turner Hall, professional dance masters John and Elaine Masciale will provide instruction for simple dances that will be used during the Ball. Ball ticket holders will be charged $2 per person for the class; $5 to the public. No reservations are necessary for the afternoon instruction.

Tickets for the Mistletoe Ball dessert and dance are $35 per person and may be purchased on a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover by calling 815.777.9129, or by sending a check payable to the Galena Historical Society at 211 S. Bench St., Galena, IL 61036. Period dress and holiday attire are both appropriate. Reservations are encouraged.

For more details about the elegant grand finale of the Mistletoe Ball hosted by the Galena - Jo Daviess County Historical Society, visit www.galenahistorymuseum.org or call 815.777.9129.  Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.galena.org or by calling 877.464.2536. While in town, visit the CVB’s Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. (corner of Park Avenue) for on-site assistance and countywide information.

#   #   #

<< Start < Prev 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 Next > End >>

Page 183 of 306