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LeClaire Chamber of Commerce News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Ernster   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:02
Special Announcement!
November 24th - SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!! The day is dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Whether you're a small business owner or a customer, everyone can help spread the word about Small Business Saturday. The more people and the more businesses that get involved, the bigger and more beneficial the day will be! Learn more about what you can do to help make this the biggest day of the year! https://www.shopsmall.com
ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 11/16/2012
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November 16th - Faithful Pilot - Thanksgiving Inspired Menu Chef and his team will be featuring a 3 Course Thanksgiving inspired menu starting Friday November 16th. Plan your evening out with friends or family with whom you won’t be able to spend the day of Thanksgiving. Reservations call 563-289-4156
November 16th-17th – Enright’s Super Car Wash – LeClaire - Annual Holiday Promotion This weekend we are offering $2.00 Automatic Car Washes or a Free Wash with a purchase of tokens. This event kicks off our “Holiday Token Sale”, now through Jan. 6th – 7 tokens for $20 – each token has a value of $6.00. Tokens Make Great Gifts! Stock up for Winter!
November 17th - Movie Night: "Polar Express"- LeClaire Rec Center 429 N. 3rd Street (Corner of 3rd Street and Ferry) 5:30-8:00 P.M. Open Gym from 5:30-6:30. Movie Starts at 6:30 P.M. $2 per person. Concessions available. Pizza $2 per slice. First slice includes a drink. Bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. Tickets can be pre-purchased from City Hall or email: leclairerecboard@yahoo.com
November 17th – Wide River Winery - 3rd annual Customer Appreciation Party Enjoy Travis Hosette, the "Sinatra Singer", from 2:00-5:00p.m. Wide River Winery, 1776 E. Deer Creek Rd. , Clinton , IA - 1 day only special offer - buy 3 bottles & receive 10% off. Wine pairing with appetizers & dessert with recipes. New holiday gift items available. www.wideriverwinery.com (563) 519-9463.
November 20th - 11:30 -12:30 – Presbyterian Church Free Lunch LeClaire Civic Center, 11:30-12:30 - The First Presbyterian Church ofLeClaire is offering a free lunch to anyone in LeClaire. Serving macaroni and cheese, fruit, hot dogs and cookies, lemonade, milk and coffee. Anyone, any age, regardless of need is invited. Please help pass the word!
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

Through November 30th – LeClaire Community Library Silent Auction benefiting 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
*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.)
*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!

FYI
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!
SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND BEYOND
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.
The LeClaire Tourism Manager, Donna Walley shares - “Consider volunteering at the new LeClaire Information Center .” She may be reached through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or “LeClaire Iowa ” on FaceBook. Join others who enjoy introducing visitors and newcomers to what LeClaire has to offer! Four hour shifts to suit your schedule! Great location!
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!

 
Niabi Zoo Announces Holiday Breakfast with the Animals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Friday, 16 November 2012 11:04

Coal Valley, IL – November 15, 2012 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will be hosting a holiday-themed Breakfast with the Animals event on Saturday, December 1st, which will be the last event of 2012 for the zoo.

The Holiday Breakfast with the Animals event will feature a delicious hot breakfast buffet and up-close encounters from Niabi Zoo’s celebrity program animals. Santa Claus will also be in attendance to pose for photos with attendees and a zoo animal. After breakfast has concluded, guests will have the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with Niabi Zoo’s Asian elephants, Babe and Sophie. While behind the scenes with the elephants, guests will enjoy a demonstration of the elephants’ love for creating paintings as artwork. During the event, Niabi Zoo will also be offering event attendees the chance to purchase one of a kind holiday gifts such as custom-ordered elephant paintings. A discount at the Wild Things Gift Shop will also be offered at that time.

Tickets for the event are $15 for zoo members and $20 for non-members. Advance purchase of tickets is required and availability is limited. Those interested in obtaining tickets should call Niabi Zoo at 309-799-3482 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The event begins at 8:30 am and will last until approximately 11:30 am.

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This week in Downtown Davenport - Thanksgiving edition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Downtown Davenport Association   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:17
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Kick off the holiday season Saturday with the Festival of Trees Holiday Parade! Enjoy the largest helium balloon parade in the Midwest boasting over 20 balloons, pageant queens, dance groups, bands, clowns, floats, tractors, antique cars, and more.  Click here for road closure and parking info. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and remember to have breakfast with Santa too before the big show.

 

FOT Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser for Quad City Arts and you can expect to find attractions ranging from art exhibits and designer displays to trees decorated  by children and teens.  Have some fun at the Silver Bell Social and spread the word that Military Day on Sunday offers discounted general admissions. The Teddy Bear TeaSizzlin' SoireeJingle JamCelebrity Lunch, and Sugar Plum Ball round out the fest with a little something for everyone, too.

 

Fiddler Broadway has made it's way to the Adler Theatre! Lujack Lexus presents the timeless classic Fiddler on the Roof this Sunday. Enjoy a variety of heartwarming scores including "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Tradition" in this Broadway musical full of magically woven music, dance, poignancy, and laughter.  Also, tickets to see Bill Cosby at the Adler go on sale soon, too!

 

FGC River Music Experience is busy with sure-fire crowd pleasing performances!  On Friday, plan to jam the night away with Chicago's Family Groove Company for just $10 and show up early to catch River Roots Live veteran Dick Prall in the Cafe for only $5, too! On Saturday, the Quad Cities' own  Three Years Hollow will perform hits from both of their acclaimed albums.  RME is also hosting Kidz Days, Jef Spradley Band, QC Rock Academy, 3rd Sunday Jazz featuring The Sax Offenders, Kings w/ the Easy Mark, and more.

 

Figge Rose Take advantage of FREE ADMISSION to the Figge Art Museum this Saturday after the parade! This allows for a perfect opportunity to experience the newest exhibition, Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture, on it's opening day. While you're there, check out the other exhibits including the 2012 College Invitational and Portrait of Maquoketa: The Dimensional View. The Portrait of Maquoketa exhibit is very cool and it's even interactive; go out of your way to see this nationally renowned exhibit while you can!

 

Yappy HourAre you an animal lover?  Help raise funds for the Quad City Animal Welfare Center by attending Yappy Hour at Duck City Bistro tonight!  Appetizers, a silent auction, wine pulls, and door prizes await those who donate to the cause.  Looking to support local beers?  Check out the MUGZ Brewing Club Scottish Ale Tapping at Great River Brewery.

 

Turkey Bowling

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, head out to the River's Edge on Saturday for a public skate featuring Turkey Bowling! Test your bowling skills on ice by taking part in this new QC tradition and plan to have a good time attempting to bowl a frozen turkey with any kind of accuracy.

 

Buy Local QC Mark your calendar now for next week's Scott County Family Y Turkey Trot and remember to SHOP AND EAT LOCAL downtown this year during Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! From Record Store Day Black Friday Edition to Bucktown original art, our newsletter next week will be highlighting tons of ways to support locally owned businesses that offer cool gifts you simply can't find anywhere but downtown. Stay tuned for details!

 

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This Week's Events: November 15 - November 21


Thursday, November 15

$2,800 Bank It Blackjack Tournament

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Registration 5 p.m. Tournament 6 p.m.

Price: $20 entry fee

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Art History Series: "History of Portraiture"

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Black Hawk College Jazz Band

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Class: Acrylic Painting (Int/Adv)

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Price: $75/member; $85/non-member

Website

 

Competitor Coupon Craze

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Drop-In Hockey (Adult)

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Jef Spradley Band

Where: River Music Experience

Time: Doors 6:30 p.m. / Show 7:00 p.m.

Price: $5

Website

 

Kilkenny's Open Mic with Karl

Where: Kilkenny's Pub

Time: 9 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Live Lunch with Chris Dunn

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Men's Rec Soccer

Where: River's Edge Turf

Time: 6:00 p.m. -11:15 p.m.

Website

 

River's Edge Monthly Turf & Ice Schedule

Discover dozens of sporting events at River's Edge!

Follow the links below to see the complete ice and turf schedule for the month.

Ice Schedule

Turf Schedule

Website

 

Santa's Special Stars

Where: The RiverCenter, Quad City Arts Festival of Trees

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Price: FREE

Website

 

Thursdays at the Figge

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

Website

 

Trivia Challenge - Win Gift Certificates!

Where: Brady Street Pub

Time: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Yappy Hour (A Human Party for our Furry Friends)

Where: Duck City Bistro

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Price: $20 donation

Website

 

Friday, November 16

 

Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 6:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m, and 8:00 p.m.

Price: N/A

Website

 

Dick Prall and Stolen Silver

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m. / Show: 7:30 p.m.

Price: $5

Website

 

Family Groove Company

Where: River Music Experience, Redstone Room

Time: Doors 8:00 p.m. / Show 9:30 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Kilkenny's Live Music - 3rd St. Villains

Where: Kilkenny's Pub

Time: 9 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Live Lunch with Mo Carter

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Grand Premier Party

Where: The RiverCenter

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Price: $60/ticket; $600/table (seats 8)

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Red Carpet Room

Where: The RiverCenter

Time: 6:00 p.m.

*Not open to public- private party to thank sponsors

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Silver Bell Social

Where: The RiverCenter

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

*For those over 60

Website

 

The Whoozdads

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Website

 

Saturday, November 17

 

$20,000 Cash is King Drawing

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 11:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery
Time: Noon, 1:00 p.m, 2:00 p.m, and 3:00 p.m.
Price: N/A

 

Exhibition: 2012 College Invitational

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition Opens: Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition: Portrait of Maquoketa: The Dimensional View

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition: Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition: Sculpting with Fiber

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Exhibition: Grimm Brothers Fairytale Exhibit

Where: German American Heritage Center

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Kids)

Website

 

Freight House Farmers Market

Where: Freight House Farmer's Market

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Iowa at Michigan Showing

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: TBA

Price: $2 Domestic Drafts, $5 Pretzels or Wings, $2 Beef Tacos

Website

 

Kidz Days at RME Featuring Lojo Russo

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Price: $5 for parent, accompanied children free

Website

 

Kilkenny's Live Music - 3rd St. Villains

Where: Kilkenny's Pub

Time: 9 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Kings with The Easy Mark, Snogulated Pig, and My Pal Trigger
Where: River Music Experience, RME Hall
Time: Doors 6:30 p.m. / Show 7:00 p.m.
Price: $5

Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

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Musical Happy Hour featuring Nick Vasquez

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Public Skate and Turkey Bowling

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time:  3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Price: $5 and up (bowling an additional $2)

Website

 

QC Rock Academy Concert

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees

Where: the RiverCenter

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: Adults $8, Seniors 60+ $6, Children (2-10) $3

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Breakfast with Santa

Where: The RiverCenter

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Price: $15/ticket; $180/table (seats 12)

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Holiday Parade

Where: The RiverCenter

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Holiday Pops

Where: The RiverCenter

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Website

 

Rock the Pit

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE
Website

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Three Years Hollow

Where: River Music Experience, Redstone Room

Time: Doors 6:30 p.m. / Show 7:30 p.m.

Price: $8

Website

 

Wee Scottish Ale Tapping

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Website

 

The Whoozdads

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Website

 

Workshop: Mosaics

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $25/member; $35/non-member; $15 materials fee payable to instructor

Website

 

Sunday, November 18

 

$3,000 Sunday Shake Up Slot Tournament

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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Adult Coed Soccer

Where: River's Edge Turf

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.

Website

 

Fiddler on the Roof

Where: Adler Theater

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: $32, $42, $52

Website

 

Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

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November Birthday Bash

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Website

 

Over 30 Hockey

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge Ice

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

 

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Military Day

 
Nov. 15th. 2012 " Theory of Personality" by Michael Rosenthal. I.S.E. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Monday, 12 November 2012 14:24

November 15th. 2012

 

Theory of Personality

Presented by

Michael Rosenthal.

Independent Scholar.


An attempt to state a "Grand Theory of Personality" that would unify the apparently opposed approaches to psychology of existential experience and systemic methodology - the "Grand Theory of Empirical Psychology."
The presentation will complement our previous consciousness studies as phenomenological fact is presupposed in the construct.
This is a classic example of the ability of philosophy to bring clarity to science by critically examining apparent contradictions through  the investigation of theoretical possibility.

About the presenter :

Michael Rosenthal has completed extensive graduate work in theology,
philosophy and psychology at the St. Paul Seminary and the University of Iowa
and Western Illinois University.
He has written many essays and articles in his area of  research.

PLEASE NOTE:  Printed copies of the presentations are available in the Moline Commercial Club's library.

Independent  Scholars Evenings. 7.00 p.m.

1530 Fifth Avenue.  Moline. Illinois 309-762-9202        Doors open at 6.30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Dress code: business casual.

Elevators are located through the 16th. Street entrance.

The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, LTD is a 501(c)3 at State and Federal level organization under US laws since 1996.

Please visit www.qcinstitute.org to see our archives.

 
40th and Foundation - Celebrate Happy Joe's PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristel Whitty-Ersan   
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:17
Happy Joe's is gearing up for a huge 40th anniversary celebration! The Happy Joe's company was founded November 16, 1972, and the first location opened in the Village of East Davenport. Founder of Happy Joe's, Lawrence Joseph Whitty, began his career as a baker. He later began working for a pizza chain and was convinced he could make improvements on their product. When they weren’t interested, Joe’s wife Sandie encouraged him to pursue his dreams of opening his own restaurant. Joe remembered seeing patrons at his previous job leave the restaurant and walk down the street for ice cream. That gave Joe the idea to combine pizza and ice cream into one restaurant concept. Joe’s daughter Julie came up with the now famous name of Happy Joe’s, and the rest is history. Joe never dreamed he would have more than one restaurant, but Happy Joe's now spans over 6 states with nearly 60 locations. Happy Joe's has become a family tradition and is well known by its two signature pizzas, The Happy Joe's Special (with Canadian bacon and sauerkraut which Joe invented in the kitchen of one of his relatives homes using leftovers), and the infamous Taco Pizza which Joe created in response to a franchisee’s request to add tacos to the menu.

Happy Joe's is not only known for its pizza and menu products, but for the good work they do in their communities. The company has a stellar reputation for giving back and Joe has dedicated the company to a variety of causes, mainly those that revolve around children with special needs.

In honor of the company’s 40th anniversary, Happy Joe's has launched the Happy Joe's Kids Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs, as well as their families and the groups that support them. This is a national foundation and the family hopes it will be a legacy to Joe’s passion for children with special needs.

Fundraising efforts have already kicked off with a variety of events. The biggest and most exciting are just around the corner. The Happy Joe's Special Needs party will host over 1,000 children November 14th at the iWireless Center. The children are invited at no cost and it is Happy Joe's gift to them. Joe Whitty stated, “We do this party every year, but for our 40th we are making it even bigger. It is my favorite day of the year and the best Christmas present I could ever get is seeing these kids and how much fun they have at our party.”

On November 16th Happy Joe's will host the inaugural Ladies Precious Luncheon at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. Doors open at 11am. There will be a jewelry show and renowned speaker Mary LoVerde will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $45 and proceeds will benefit the Happy Joe's Kids Foundation.

November 19th will be the Happy Joe's Tribute Dinner which will celebrate the lives of some very important people in the special needs community, as well as be a tribute to Happy Joe Whitty and his good works. Tickets are $100 per seat and doors open at 5pm. There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Happy Joe's Kids Foundation.

Finally, November 20th at the Blackhawk Hotel at 7:30 am there will be a Fully Roasted Cup of Joe breakfast. This is a full-on roast of Happy Joe Whitty. After 40 years in business, join us to kick the beans out of the big guy!

For information on any of these events or to purchase tickets, contact the Happy Joe's Support Center 563-332-8811. You can also register online www.happyjoeskids.org and click on the events tab.

What does Happy Joe have to say about all of this? “I would like to thank all of our loyal guests, franchisees, and team members for their dedication and commitment to Happy Joe's. There is no way we would have made it to 40 years without all of you! I’m amazed and proud how my staff has rallied to pull all of these events together. It is an exciting time and I’m proud that we have been able to launch a new foundation that I know will do a lot of good.”

If you would like more information, please contact Kristel Whitty-Ersan at 563.332.8811, Ext. 203, or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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