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July 3, 2012, Washington, DC—Although traditional fuel costs $3.60 per gallon, the U.S. Navy has opted to power its so-called "Green Fleet" with a biofuel blend that costs $26 per gallon. Apparently oblivious to staggering budget deficits, the Pentagon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:48
Coal Valley, IL – July 3, 2012 - Niabi Zoo has announced a naming contest for their female baby giraffe which was born on June 1, 2012.

Three finalist names have been chosen for zoo visitors to vote on and choose their favorite. The naming contest will run for the entire month of July, with the winning name announced on August 1st.

With this format, zoo visitors who vote will not just be choosing a name for the new giraffe, but will also be supporting the zoo. “We’re asking visitors to cast their vote with their pocket change,” says Zoo Director Marc Heinzman, “and the name with the highest dollar amount will win.” According to Heinzman, all proceeds raised from the naming contest will go toward Niabi Zoo’s efforts to build a new elephant enclosure.

The three finalist name choices and their meanings are Jabali (Strong as a Rock), Wally (a zookeeper favorite choice), and Kofi (Born on a Friday). The ballot boxes are located inside the giraffe building at Niabi Zoo, in front of the indoor giraffe viewing area.

Niabi Zoo is open seven days a week from 9:30 to 5:00 pm. The giraffes will be on display until approximately 4:00 pm each day.


July 7th USO Carnival in Celebration of 150th Anniversary of Rock Island Arsenal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Polito   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:44

USO Presents Carnival in Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Rock Island Arsenal, Sponsored by PepsiCo

The USO (United Service Organizations) of Illinois is bringing the USO Carnival to the Rock Island Arsenal on July 7th as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Arsenal. Sponsored by PepsiCo, the USO Carnival will bring Quad Cities military and civilian families together in support of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Arsenal.

Open to the public, the event will offer families a full day of fun. Included in the festivities is Cirque-tacular Entertainment, a unique act of high caliber circus, specialty, and novelty performers. The USO of Illinois’ own music program, Spirit of the USO Band, comprised of Chicago-based, professional musicians and entertainers will perform on the main stage. Especially for military kids, the USO Discovery Kids Arts & Crafts Tent will provide kids the opportunity to make crafts and special handmade projects. The Blackhawks Puck Shot Challenge will challenge festivalgoers to test their puck skills with the Stanley Cup Champs. The Military Family Resources Tent will feature booths dedicated to best-in-class military community resources including representatives in such areas as Career, Education, Financial and Legal Resources. The USO Carnival has been made possible in part by the Chicago Blackhawks, Chevrolet, Stern Beverage, Inc. and Modern Woodmen.

Global food and beverage leader PepsiCo, the event’s premier sponsor, is in its third year of partnership with the USO of Illinois through mentorship programs, wounded warrior transition empowerment and local community support. In celebration of this partnership, PepsiCo volunteers will also be on hand to give away “Pepsi Pack” care packages to the first 500 military kids attending the Carnival.

“We’re proud to sponsor this wonderful event that brings together the local military community,” notes Brett Lucas, national chair of the VALOR employee resource group at PepsiCo.  “From partnerships and outreach events, to mentoring programs and hiring initiatives, PepsiCo and VALOR are committed to supporting service members,veterans and their families in every way.”

The Rock Island Arsenal anchors the military community of the Quad Cities and touches the lives of all Quad Citians; it is a common thread that ties communities together in the Quad Cities. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military andcivilian communities throughout the state of Illinois. The USO Carnival is an opportunity for the USO and the Arsenal to join together in their bringing communities together in support of the military.

The Rock Island Arsenal has supported the U.S. military's warfighters in the field for 150 years through the continued accomplishment of its duty to America's warfighters in a relevant, ready and reliable manner.Today, the Rock Island Arsenal is a major military installation where 8,000military and civilian individuals are employed.

In honor of the Arsenal’s anniversary, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has launched, Hooah! Quad Cities, an ongoing military appreciation and community goodwill campaign created to support the military and their families, veterans and the Rock Island Arsenal. To learn more, visit http://www.hooahquadcities.com.

EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday, July 7, 2012

10:00 AM – 150th Anniversary Celebration Parade

11:00 AM – Opening Ceremony

11:30 AM – 4:30 PM Carnival Attractions

5:00 PM – Closing Ceremony


The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. The USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, not a government agency. We are supported solely by the generosity of the American people.

Davenport Parks and Recreation presents: PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 08:55

Two Rivers - One WorldFriends of Vander Veer

From the Amazon

to the Great Mississippi -

Fishscale Girl's Adventures
at Vander Veer Botanical Park

Explore the delicate balance of nature through a variety of exciting summer programs being held at Vander Veer Botanical Park. Sponsored by Davenport Parks and Recreation and The Friends of Vander Veer, learn through the eyes of Fishscale Girl, who discovers that her Amazon River and the Mississippi River face similar challenges with major environmental problems such as pollution and erosion.

Fishscale Girl, a small doll made from an actual fish scale, is the main character in a series of pictures books written and photographed by Quad-City author Ann Hailey. Fishscale Girl moves from her home in the Amazon to Davenport, Iowa, and learns about the similarities and differences of her new and old homes.
Kickoff Event
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Friday, July 6 2pm
at Vander Veer Conservatory

Join us in kicking off Two Rivers - One World! Ann Hailey, local author of the Fishscale Girl series, will read her books at this free event for the public. The Conservatory Display featuring Fishscale Girl will be open to the public, as well. Refreshments will be served. A nature walk will occur at 3:00 p.m.

Fishscale Girl and the Disaster
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Saturday, July 21 at Vander Veer Park

Come discover how Fishscale Girl learns how animals survive natural disasters and come back to a destroyed habitat. The Fishscale Girl and the Disaster by local author, Ann Hailey, will be read in English and Spanish. The program is for ages 5-12 and will start at 10am on July 21st. Be at the Vander Veer Conservatory for all the fun activities. There is a $2 fee for the program.


Click here to register

Fishscale Girl: The Amazon vs. Great Mississippi

Saturday, August 4 at Vander Veer Conservatory

Join Fishscale Girl and explore the difference between the Amazon River and the Great Mississippi River. Fishscale Girl tells of her origin and how she came to be. The program will have interactive activities about both rivers and how we can protect both. Come to the Vander Veer conservatory on August 4th at 10am. Ages 5 - 12. Come join the fun for a $2 fee. Register Now!!


Click here to register

Other programs featuring Fishscale Girl

Check out "Let's Go Outside" backpacks from The Conservatory at Vander Veer. These backpacks feature lessons that take visitors throughout the Park and Conservatory.


Enjoy The Conservatory display, featuring an Amazon Tropical Rainforest Birds display, as well as a Disaster Scene from the Fishscale Girl series.


Experience the popular park programs My Little Wheelbarrow on July 11 and 18 @ 10am at Vander Veer Playground, and Wild Walks in the Park on July 16 at 1pm. These programs will feature Fishscale Girl in their lessons.

July 5th. 2012 " Of Laughter and Fogetting: Purposeful Ambiguity: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: The limits of human possibilites" Milan Kundra I.S. E. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Monday, 02 July 2012 14:44
July 5th. 2012 : I.S.E.
" Of Laughter and Forgetting: Purposeful Ambiguity: the Unbearable Lightness of
Being: The limits of human possibilities. " 

Further insights into the concepts and message of Milan Kundra  

The theory of Nietzsche , the love story , the politics. 

Co- Presenters are Michael Rosenthal and Narveen Aryaputri. 

Michael Rosenthal has done  Graduate work on Nietzsche at the University of Iowa
during his extensive work in theology, philosophy and psychology at Western
Illinois University, and St. Paul Seminary and the University ofnIowas. 

Narveen Aryaputri has her M. A. in English Literature from Meerut University,

Reference will be made to the thesis by Miguel B Llora "MILAN KUNDERA: AN
INDICTMENT AGAINST LIGHTNESS" which he presented for his Master of Arts
requirements . 
Freely available on the net. 

Independent Scholars Evenings. 7.00 pm 
2nd fl of The Moline Commercial Club
1530 Fifth Avenue. Moline. Illinois. 61265
wine, beverages and light hors devours are provided. 

The Independent Scholars Evenings are sponsored by The Institute For Cultural
and Healing Tradition, Ltd. a 501(c)3 at State and Federal levels since 1996

The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd. 

whatsup juggling at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Monday, 02 July 2012 14:35

Come in out of the heat and enjoy the award-winning juggling act of “one of the hottest young performing jugglers in the country, Doug Sayers.”  Stop by the Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue) on Thursday, July 5 at 4:00 p.m. to be amazed!

For more information about this event call 563-326-7832, or for more information about whatsup juggling visit www.whatsupjuggling.com.

Registration is not required for this FREE event!

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