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Food for Thought Offers Tasty Ways to Support Rock Island Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:41

Rock Island, IL: The Rock Island Public Library's Main Branch at 401 19th Street, will be closed to the public starting at noon on Thursday, Nov. 13 in order to transform the library into a star-studded stage for "Lights, Camera . . . Literacy!"

The Food for Thought fundraiser is an annual event hosted by the Rock Island Public Library Foundation, as a means of both raising awareness of the Foundation and of raising funds for special projects and improvements at all three libraries in Rock Island. Lights, Camera . . . Literacy!" offers guests a walk down the red carpet with food from guest chefs, complimentary beverages, musical entertainment by the Edgar Crockett Duo and Lee Blackmon, just for fun magic, palm and tarot card readings by donation, and bidding on a variety of silent auction items. The event is from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

Guests get the Main Library to themselves for a night of socializing and dining around food stations on the first and second floors. The selections include dishes from:

  • Eudell Watts, III, of  Eudell's Specialty Foods - Thai Lettuce Wrap
  • Martha Cleveland of  Blue Cat Brew Pub - Cakes and other desserts
  • Annette Zapolis, of  Cool Beanz Coffee House-  Olives, flatbreads, cookie bars, brownies, coffee and more.
  • Kitchen Express, a program of the Thurgood Marshall Learning Center -  Hoisin Steak Rolls, Caramel Brownie Bites, and a Spicy Red Pepper Jelly/Lemon Goat Cheese Cracker
  • Chef Craig Joos, HyVee of Rock Island- Hot pasta dish
  • Chef Jose Zepeda of  QC Coffee & Pancake House - Chef Jose's #1 Seller, Homemade Corned Beef Hash. Special Recipe Hand-Made Sausage Links, Biscuits & Gravy and a Rock Island Favorite, Orange Grand Marnier Pancakes.
  • Main Street Catering (Rock Island Holiday Inn) - Mini desserts

Also on the menu are complimentary soda, water , coffee, wine tastings from wine retailer Thad Miller, and beer tastings from Dan Cleaveland, the brew master for Blue Cat Brew Pub. Food and complimentary beverages are included in admission. Just for fun tarot card and palm readings will be available on a donation basis by Lady Cassandra, advisor to the stars, with walk-around magic provided by the "Great Matthew."

A wide variety of silent auction items will also be available for bidding. Packages include auctions for a window cleaning service for up to 25 windows, a truckload of firewood to keep cozy all winter, an outdoor fire pit donated by Crawford Company, restaurant baskets, and handmade arts and crafts. Literary-themed baskets include a Christmas book and quilt from Joy Murphy, a book and DVD set of "The Roosevelts," "My Little Pony" graphic novels, and an Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar poster, board book, and hand-sewn felt caterpillar "food."

Guests who RSVP in advance receive preferred admission of $35 per person. To RSVP, please call 309-732-7326 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5:00 pm on Nov. 11. Walk-in admission without an advance RSVP is available at $40 per person. Admission is payable by cash, check or credit at the door.

While the Main Library will be closed after noon on Nov. 13, both the Rock Island 30/31 and Southwest Branches will be open for patrons with library needs, as will the library's online branch services at For more information, visit the library website or call 309-732-READ.


Discovery Shop for the American Cancer Society to hold annual Holiday Open House Sunday, November 23rd, Noon to 4 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Sons   
Friday, 07 November 2014 09:24

The Bettendorf Discovery Shop in Cumberland Square invites you to their Annual Holiday Open House Sunday, November 23rd from noon to 4 pm.

The shop will be bursting at the seams with all kinds of holiday clothing, ornaments, wreaths and wall décor, collectibles and many beautiful gift items.  Plan on stopping by and helping us to ring in the season as we unveil all of our wonderful holiday items. What a great way to help in the fight against cancer!  If you are looking for something for yourself or for someone on your list, this is a great place to start. Watch for a sneak peek on our Facebook page at

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop.  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research, patient services, education and advocacy.

The shop will be closed Saturday, November 22nd to prepare for this event.

If you have items that you would like to donate for this event, donations are accepted anytime the shop is open and a tax receipt is always available.  Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm., Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm. and Saturday from10 am to 4 pm.

QC Interfaith November 2014 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Quad City Interfaith   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:35

Make Your Reservations for QCI's
6th Annual Fundraising Breakfast !
Thursday, November 13th
7:30 am - 8:30 am 
Join QC Interfaith for our Individual Donor Breakfast at the Rogalski Center of St. Ambrose University in Davenport. This Year's theme is "We're Not  Flame, We're a Fire!"

On Thursday, November 13th, 2014 Quad Cities Interfaith will host its 6th Annual Individual Donor Breakfast from 7:30am to 8:30am in the Rogalski Center Ballroom at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. This one hour event will highlight the work of Quad Cities Interfaith and ask our Quad cities Community for support.

To reserve your spot, call 563-322-4910 or register at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

QCI to Honor Judith Morrell With Marvin Mottet Leadership Award at November 13th Fundraising Breakfast

QC Interfaith  will also be honoring Ms. Judith Morrell, former Director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission,  with the 2014 Marvin Mottet Leadership  Award. This award is named after long time Quad Cities Interfaith leader and co-founder Msgr. Marvin Mottet, and is given to a member of the community who has shown commitment to, and worked for, social justice in the Quad Cities area.

Also, Reverend Ron Stewart, long time pastor of Broadway Presbyterian Church in Rock Island, will be honored with the QC Interfaith President's Award for his significant contributions to Quad Cities Interfaith and to the community in his six years as  QCI President. Join us!

HCCTP at Black Hawk College  -Celebrating Success of Graduates 
& Beginning New Session Orientation in January 2015
Another session of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) starts at BlackHawk College Sept 22nd. Last school year's session had 24 graduates, with more than 70% success rate in finding work and acceptance into apprenticeship programs in labor. For more information on the March session, call BlackHawk College at 309-796-5716.

Grants Awarded: 
QCI Awarded $5,000.00 from Peoria Diocese Office of Social Action  for work on Jobs, Immigration. Thank you for the support! 

Leadership Actions and Events

Jobs Equity Task Force

100 Ready Workers task force is working to kick the new year off right with a jobs preparedness event January 2015. Watch this space for more details!

The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities Announces their 2014 Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:51

2014 Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:30pm

NorthPark Mall: JCPenney/Orange Julius Corner

near Armed Services Recruitment Office Entrance

    • Red Kettle Campaign Goal will be revealed by Mayors Bob Gallagher and Scott Raes.

    • Sunshine’s Show Choir, three children’s vocalist groups, will perform.

    • Salvation Army Advisory Board Chair Steve Garrington and Quad Cities Coordinator Major Gary Felton to host.

This campaign is a community-wide effort and The Salvation Army’s most important fund raiser of the year. 60% of the annual budget is raised during these six weeks.

To volunteer: please sign up at


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Written by Holly Larson   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 16:48

PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation, in partnership with First Wealth Financial Group of Clinton, IA, is pleased to announce proceeds results for its Third Annual “Nick Teddy 5k.” !

This year, the Port Byron-based foundation will donate $10,000 to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, to be used to fund Ewing’s sarcoma research. The rare pediatric bone cancer currently affects several area children and young adults. An additional $5,000 will be used to support these local patients and their families. !

The “Nick Teddy 5k” is an annual celebration of the life of Port Byron native Nicholas Theodore Strub, who died of Ewing’s sarcoma in November 2011 at age 29. The Nick Teddy Foundation was established in his memory, and works to raise money for Ewing’s sarcoma research, to increase awareness of the disease in the Quad City area, and to support local Ewing’s patients and their families. In three short years, the foundation has donated over $52,000 to Ewing’s sarcoma research. !!!!!!!!!

This year’s event was held in Port Byron, IL, on Saturday, September 13, and included a 1-mile family fun run/walk, a Teddy Trot for children 6 years of age and under, and the 5k run/walk. The festivities also included kids’ games, a silent auction and raffle, and an after party with food and live entertainment. !

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