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St Ambrose University Dance Marathon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sara Gleason   
Friday, 29 March 2013 08:14

St. Ambrose University, April 6, 2013- In college, Saturdays are usually spent lounging around without a care in the world; however, on April 6, 2013 the students of St. Ambrose University will be participating in their first full-length Dance Marathon.  Last year, in less than 10 weeks, a group of SAU students planned and held a four-hour preview event to gain interest from the student body.  More than 200 students attended the event and over $6,000 was raised.  This year, the club hopes to exceed its goal of $15,000.

“Dance Marathon is more than just one event—it’s a culture on campus now.  With over 350 dancers so passionate about helping some amazing Kiddos, we’ve created a culture of helping and service on campus.  And there’s no one better or more worthy of helping than kids battling every day for their health and happiness—especially since these kids are from the Quad Cities Area.  ‘FTK’ isn’t just three letters—it’s a way of life for a lot of us students now.  ‘For The Kids!’ is so much more than three little words!”  -Mark Brauweiler, SAU Dance Marathon President

This year SAU Dance Marathon is supporting 10 amazing Miracle Kids and their families as well as the families of 3 Kiddos who are Dancing in Our Hearts after losing their battles. Throughout the year, members of the organization have held events for the kids and their families, such as a movie night, trick-or-treating in the residence halls, and a carnival night.  The dedicated members of Executive Board and the 350+ registered dancers had the opportunity to get to know the Kiddos on a personal level throughout the year, which in return drives their passion to fundraise For The Kids (FTK!).

Dance Marathon is a culmination of a year of fundraising by dancers to celebrate the lives of the children and families that the money is supporting.   Dancers will stand the entire event to celebrate life and hope for the future. The money that is raised at St. Ambrose University Dance Marathon specifically benefits the children and families of the University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. These donations help fund many areas of hospital need such as enhancements, program support, and primary equipment. The results of these donations help improve the quality of life of the children and their families along with providing education and research of illnesses and treatments.

To learn more about St. Ambrose University Dance Marathon or to donate to this cause, please visit our website www.saudm.org .

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Library Lines April Events for Teens and Children PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Thursday, 28 March 2013 13:11
Storytimes & Lego Clubs

Children's Play Cube purchased with Friends funds Morning Storytimes for Birth to Five - 10:30 am these dates:

  • Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, at the 30/31 Branch Library, 3059 30th Street.
  • Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, at the Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road
  • Fridays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, at the Main Library Children's Room, 401 19th Street.

Evening Storytimes for All Ages - 6:30 pm on these dates:

  • Monday, April 1, Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, April 8, 30/31 Branch
  • Monday, April 15, Southwest Branch

Wednesday Lego Clubs - 4:00 pm on these dates:

  • April 3, Main Library Children's Room,
  • April 10, 30/31 Branch
  • April 17, Southwest Branch

Saturday Lego Time:

10:30 am, April 13, Southwest Branch,

STEM-tivity hands-on science program:

Fun with kites, 11:30 am. April 13, Southwest Branch


All of these events are free. Drop in for some fun at your library.

Kids' Read In
child reading on storytime rugDrop by two locations of the Rock Island Public Library on Thursday, April 4  for Kids' Read In Events. Bring a book you like or pick one from our shelves, and enjoy light refreshments while you read amongst our books.
1:00 pm, Southwest Branch Community Room
4:00 pm, Main Library Children's Room
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 6: 30/31 Branch

Saturday, April 13: Southwest Branch

Saturday, April 20: Main Library Children's Room

Saturday, April 27: Main Library Children's Room


Part of the April "celebration of children's books," also known as El Dia. Free!

Fun for Teens, Too!

Teen chef preps his winning plateTeen Gaming Nights: Play Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii games, or board games. Two opportunities to get your game on this month:

  • April 2nd at 6:00 pm at Main
  • April 23rd at 6:00 pm at Southwest

Teen Iron Chef Contest:

  • Thursday, April 11th, 6:00 pm, Main Library Community Room.

Do you have what it takes to be our next Iron Chef? Compete against other chefs for a chance to win great prizes for your skills. Our judges will taste your culinary masterpieces and decide who will be the next Iron Chef!


Teen Movie:

  • April 18th at 6:00 pm, Main Library Community Room.  Enjoy a movie, snacks and fun.  Free!

All Teen events are for ages 12 to 18.

What's New?

Starting April 1, you can say "charge it" at Rock Island Public Libraries. All Rock Island Libraries will accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express as a payment option on DVD checkouts, fines, charges, and donations to the library.


Charges for DVD checkouts will no longer be placed on account.

Lincoln Documentary, Discussions at WIU-QC April 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:10
MOLINE, IL -- From 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities will present the free, public forum, "A Lincoln Symposium: Scholars from the Land of Lincoln." The event will feature a screening of the film, "Young Lincoln," a 30-minute documentary depicting how the joys and trials of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood years shaped his early political notions and molded his character. 

Three noted experts from Quad Cities' area educational institutions will lead discussions after the documentary screening. They include: Stephen Warren, associate professor of history at Augustana College and a Civil War expert who has been a featured scholar on the PBS series "American Experience"; William Hampes, a Black Hawk College psychology professor, noted for his use of humor during his Lincoln presentations; and Timothy Roberts, associate professor of history at Western, who organized "Abraham Lincoln: The Constitutional and Civil War," a traveling exhibition (made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities) that appeared at WIU-Macomb in 2010 (see www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=8375).

The documentary viewing and discussions are being coordinated with The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, which was established in 1964 to recognize the outstanding contributions made by Illinois Citizens toward the social, cultural and technological progress of mankind.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, the Lincoln Academy will conduct its 49th annual convocation at Augustana College (Rock Island), and six people with ties to the Quad Cities will receive the Order of Lincoln honor, which is bestowed by the State of Illinois and is the state's highest award.

For more information about the convocation at Augustana College, see www.augustana.edu/x55722.xml, or contact Keri Rursch at (309) 794-7721 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To find out more about the WIU-QC Public Forum, contact Tami Seitz at (309) 762-9481 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rock Island Library Lines Mar 25 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:25
Help your garden bloom with new ideas in "Liven Up Your Landscape" programs at the Main Library, 401 19th Street.


Starting a Rain Garden, Monday, April 1, 6:30 pm, Dan Mays, Scott County Master Gardener, will share some tips and tricks to getting started, and some recommendations you won't find anywhere else. Pick up an application for the City of Rock Island's Rain Garden  program at the end of the evening.

Flying Flowers in Your Garden, Monday, April 8, 6:30 pm, Roxie and Dallas DeShane, River Bend Wildland Stewards, will share what host plants each butterfly wants for their larvae. Learn what you can do to attract these "flying flowers" to your garden this spring. Handouts will be available.


Vegetable Gardening - A Feast For the Eyes and Palate, Monday, April 15, 6:30 pm, Make your vegetable garden the star of the neighborhood by choosing edible plants that are nutritious, tasty, and beautiful. Sandy Russell from Tastes of the Rainbow will show how using organic or heirloom seeds will add color and flavor to your vegetable garden.


Check our library website for dates!


Starting April 1, you can say "charge it" at Rock Island Public Libraries. All Rock Island Libraries will accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express. as a payment option on DVD checkouts, fines, charges, and donations to the library.


Charges for DVD checkouts will no longer be placed on account.


Spring Cleaning?

Mark your calendars for the library's annual drive-up-and-drop off event for shredding personal papers. The free Community Shred Collection Day is Thursday, April 25, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, in the alley outside the Main Library.  Please note that Thursday is correct; there was an error in the Township newsletter.


Representatives from Document Destruction & Recycling Services will be on hand to collect personal papers for secured bulk shredding at their monitored facility in Davenport. Additional shred days held at other libraries. Check the Money Smart website or call 309-732-7303.


America's Music Coming to the Library


From April 11 to May 23, the halls of local libraries and non-profits will resound with the beat of uniquely American musical genres, thanks to the grant-funded "America's Music" project.


Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, in collaboration with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, will host the six-week series, which features documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music and live performances.


"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" covers a wide span of musical interests, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n' roll, mambo, and hip hop. Upcoming events include:


Thursday, April 11: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Kick-off of the America's Music project, featuring a live performance by Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Candymakers, at RiverMusic Experience.


Tuesday, April 16: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Blues & Gospel Week, featuring a Blues & Gospel film and discussion of Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1 and Say Amen,Somebody: Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Or, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 309-524-2470.


"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music and has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional local funding from Riverboat Development Authority.

Quad City Area Toastmasters host Speech Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Wadleigh   
Friday, 22 March 2013 14:42
Event is free to the public

MOLINE IL, USA, 03/21/2013 — Toastmaster Clubs in the Quad Cities and Muscatine communities are sponsoring a Speech Contest at the Butterworth Education Center in Moline on Saturday, March 23, 2013 featuring the finest non-professional Speakers in the immediate area. These local Toastmasters Clubs invite residents and interested individuals to enjoy the competition featuring both prepared and impromptu speeches.

“Toastmasters International provides a supportive and positive learning environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” says Mitch Greer of Buffalo, Area coordinator for Toastmasters International in the Quad Cities area.

Prepared speeches by accomplished speakers selected by their Toastmasters Clubs will compete for the  area Championship and the opportunity to progress towards the ultimate title of World Champion of Public  speaking, a competition to be conducted by Toastmasters International in August 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A competition for the finest Impromptu Speaker will also be held as part of the program. This is a competition where selected Champions from Area clubs will be presented with a topic, and are given up to 2 minutes to develop a speech on that topic with no preparation.

“It is through competitions such as these and the support of fellow Toastmasters that I overcame my own decades-long struggle with severe stage fright,” said Kristin Bruchmann of Davenport, a member of Toastmasters who has achieved the title of Distinguished Toast Master (DTM), the highest achievement available within Toastmasters, and is now one of the leaders of Toastmasters in Iowa.

Area 93 and 94 Speech and Table Topics Contest
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Location: Butterworth Education Center, 7th St. at 12th Ave. Moline
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The winners of this event will proceed on to the Division Toastmasters Speech and Table Topics Contest to be
held in Muscatine, Iowa on April 20, 2013.

About Local Toastmasters Clubs
Local Toastmasters Clubs being represented in this Competition include: Moline Toastmasters,
www.2790.toastmastersclubs.org; QC Executive Toastmasters, www.qcspeak.com; QC Advanced
Toastmasters, www.1325.toastmastersclubs.org; Muscatine Toastmasters, www.685.toastmastersclubs.org

About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership
skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more
than 280,000 members in 13,500 clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter
million people of every ethnicity, education and profession build their competence in communication so they
can gain the confidence to lead others. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit
www.toastmasters.org. Follow Toastmasters International on Twitter @Toastmasters.

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