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Niabi Zoo Announces Party for the Planet Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:18
Coal Valley, IL – April 17, 2013 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will be holding its annual Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, on Sunday, April 21. The event, which will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Zoo, will feature a variety of activities and information to help both kids and adults alike learn how they can make every day Earth Day.

This year’s Party for the Planet theme is “Habitats at Home,” and the event will focus on the many ways in which Quad City residents can help the countless wildlife habitats that surround them on a daily basis. Niabi Zoo will be distributing 150 conifer tree saplings for attendees to take home and plant, as well as 250 limited edition Niabi Zoo 50th Anniversary reusable grocery bags. The reusable bags can be used in place of disposable plastic bags which frequently end up in landfills. Zoo guests will also learn what they can do in their own backyards to create and sustain vital habitats for native wildlife.

Niabi Zoo will also be supporting the conservation of Monarch butterflies in a variety of ways. Zoo staff and volunteers will be distributing seeds from the milkweed plant, which is vital for the growth and development of Monarch butterflies. Event attendees will also have a chance to learn about the amazing Annual Great Migration of Monarch butterflies, in which millions of these beautiful creatures travel thousands of miles. Researchers have been tagging and tracking these butterflies in order to learn more about their incredible journey.

Niabi Zoo will be open from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Regular admission rates will apply.


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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:19
PORT BYRON, IL – To help protect local residents and business owners from identity theft, state Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) is hosting a free community shred day and electronics recycling drive on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds located at 4200 Archer Dr. in East Moline.

“Properly destroying documents that contain personal information is a smart way to protect against identity theft,” said Smiddy. “Aside from the inconvenience, identity theft can threaten the financial security of an entire family. This community shred event makes it easy to get rid of these documents safely to help prevent any unwanted invasion of privacy.”

Residents can bring old bank statements, tax returns, pay stubs, receipts, credit card applications, old bills and other documents that contain sensitive personal information to be safely shredded and disposed. All documents should be free of paperclips, staples and other bindings.

Electronics recycling is available courtesy of the Rock Island County Waste Management Agency and Bi-State Regional Commission. Most electronic items are accepted, but residents should not bring household appliances, curling irons, terminals or batteries. All items should have any batteries removed before being recycled.

“I encourage area residents to take advantage of this free service,” Smiddy said.

For more information, contact Smiddy’s office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (309) 848-9098, or toll free at (855) 243-4988.


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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 15:02
The Development Committee of Humility of Mary Housing invites everyone to an evening of trivia games, a chance to bid on some exciting silent auction items and, above all to help homeless children have a brighter future. Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is a supportive housing program for single parent families who have experienced homelessness.

The games start at 7 pm, Friday, April 26, at the Golden Leaf, 2903 E. Kimberly Rd, Davenport, doors open at 6 pm.

All trivia fans and potential trivia fans, come, join in the fun. Bring your team of eight or join others to form full teams. Ticket price is $10 per person. Bring your own snacks, but please, no beverages—a full cash bar is available.

Call 563-326-1330 to make your reservation NOW.

Silent auction baskets include: Happy Joe’s One pizza/month for a year; Mississippi River Distilling Company; Lilac Hill photography session; John Deere Battery-Operated Ground Force 12 volt tractor with trailer; Best Western Plus Steeple Gate one night’s stay in either Davenport or Dubuque; four tickets to the Iowa-Missouri football game September 7; gift cards to Steventons and Blue Iguana in LeClaire;

Rock Island Library Lines April 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:44
It's National Library Week: Celebrate Libraries with Us!

Communities Matter at Your Library" is the theme of National Library Week, April 14-20, and to celebrate, the Rock Island Public Library is bringing together varying interests, services, and communities of learners and readers.


Take a Pass! Two new cultural and attraction passes became available just this week for checkout at the Rock Island Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branch Libraries. You can now checkout a free family pass for:


  • The Figge Art Museum in Davenport - admits four
  • Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley - admits two adults and up to 4 children, and
  • The Quad City Botanical Center - admits 4

Passes check out for seven days, and must be picked up and returned in person at the issuing library branch. There is a $1 per day fee if passes are not returned on time.


A new awareness service from Prairie State Legal Services also started this 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 of the library 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.


Read on for more special events this week!


5:30 to 7:30 pm, Blues and Gospel film and discussion, Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. The scholar-led discussion on Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1, Feel Like Going Home and Say Amen,Somebody, is the first of three Rock Island Library programs in the America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway series.

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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, visit www.americasmusicqc.com


10:30 am, Special "How I Became a Pirate" storytime presented by Circa 21, Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Captain Braid Beard (Janos Horvath), from the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse's new musical adventure, will stop by to help read stories, talk like a pirate and help with pirate crafts for ages birth to five. The musical is based on the popular children's book of the same name, by Melinda Long.
  • 4:00 pm: Lego Time, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Make something fun for display at the library with Lego-brand building blocks.

Later in the week, on Friday, April 19, join us for a dinosaur storytime at 10:30 am at the Rock Island Main Library Children's Room. Free story and dinosaur activity, especially for ages birth to five.


Wednesday: Download eBooks and eAudiobooks

Free sessions on how to use the Library's OverDrive eBook subscription to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks for free to read on an electronic device:

Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 pm Southwest Branch.

Details online - click the OverDrive or OneClickdigital logos on the right side of our webpage.


Thursday, April 18: Teen Movie Night

Join us at 6:00 pm, on Thursday, April 18, for a Teen Movie Night at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.


The free movie screening, snacks and more fun is especially created for ages 12 to 18.


Saturday: Special El Dia Family Storytimes

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 20: Main Library Children's Room

Saturday, April 27: Main Library Children's Room


El Dia is an annual celebration of children's books and reading, created by author Pat Mora. Free!

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Annual Spring Flea Market, Antique, and Collectible Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Callahan   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:38
Make plans now to attend the Annual Spring Flea Market, Antique, and Collectible Show held on Sunday, April 28th at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa, Iowa.

The show has been in existence for 26 years and is one of Iowa's largest shows with over 150 sellers both inside the Pearson Memorial Center and outside on the fairgrounds.

The hours of the show are from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Admission is only $3, with anyone 10 years
and under free.  Parking is also free.  For buyers wanting to get an early start, early bird shoppers are welcome between the hours of 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM for an admission of $10 per person.

The Jackson County Fairgrounds is located at 1212 East Quarry Street on the far east side of
Maquoketa.  For more information on the show, please call 319-462-0135.

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