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Quad City Bags Classic team registration is now open! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Jepsen   
Friday, 27 July 2012 12:09
DAVENPORT, IA— Team registrations are now being accepted for the Quad City Bags Classic. Enjoy the great weather, a little bit of fun and competition and support two important youth organizations. The Quad City Bags Classic is sponsored by Tri State Windows, Siding and Roofing and the Quad Cities River Bandits and will be held on Saturday, September 8th at Modern Woodmen Park.

THIS ISN'T JUST ANY BAGS TOURNAMENT!!! This tournament is held ON the field at Modern Woodmen Park. A limited field of 144 teams will get the chance to test their skills as 72 custom-built, regulation-size bag sets are placed throughout the outfield of Modern Woodmen Park. Registration is $40 per team and each team is guaranteed at least 5 games throughout the day. Teams will first play within a pool of teams (guaranteed at least 4 games), following by two "flight" tournaments.

The beneficiaries of tournament entry fees and sponsorships are Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley and Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley.

To sign up a team or for more information, please call 563-323-8006 or 309-757-5777 or visit or


11th Annual ALS Walk4Life to Attract Thousands in Honor of those Affected by ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Beth Richman   
Friday, 27 July 2012 07:37
11th Annual ALS Walk4Life
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Check-in 9:30 a.m.; Walk start 11:00 a.m.
Solider Field, Chicago
Registration/More Info: or 847-679-3311

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Join the Les Turner ALS Foundation for the 11th Annual ALS Walk4Life on September 22nd.
This 2+ mile walk along Chicago’s lakefront is a celebration of hope, courage and community,
and is an ideal way to support for those affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Emceed by meteorologist Phil Schwarz of ABC7 and Kathy Hart of The Mix 101.9FM, the event
will include music, entertainment, food and children’s activities. The Walk4Life will occur rain or

Most participants walk as a team, honoring those living with ALS or in memory of someone
who has passed away from the disease. Teams have clever names such as “Hoofin’ for Helga”
and “Pat’s Warriors” and nearly every group designs their own colorful T-shirt.

The ALS Walk4Life is one of the world’s largest gatherings for the ALS community, and in
its 10-year history, the Walk4Life has raised more than $7 million. Registration is free, but
participants are encouraged to fundraise for the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron
disease (MND), causes motor neurons to stop working and die. The result is loss of voluntary
movement and muscle functions such as speaking, swallowing, and breathing. In the United
States, someone is diagnosed every 90 minutes, and 35,000 people are living with ALS.
Average lifespan is three to five years from diagnosis. Approximately 10 percent of all cases
are inherited, and a faulty protein pathway is known to play a role in all types of ALS. Though
treatment of symptoms often improves quality of life, there is no cure for ALS.

Les Turner ALS Foundation
Founded in 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation is recognized internationally and is the only
independent, publicly supported non-profit organization in the Chicago area dedicated solely

to the treatment and elimination of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Foundation is
affiliated with Northwestern Medicine where it supports two scientific research laboratories and
a large multi-disciplinary clinical program. Currently, the Foundation serves 90 percent of the
ALS population in the Chicago area with an array of patient services, such as support group
meetings, professional in-home consultation services, and respite care grants.

For more information, contact the Les Turner ALS Foundation at 847-679-3311 or visit

13th Annual Walk for the Future Walking for OUR children...and yours. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Patty Keeley   
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:26
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN:SIDS Foundation hosts the 13th Annual Walk for the Future & Adds two 5K Run Locations

The thirteenth annual Iowa SIDS Foundation Walk for the Future will be held Saturday, August 25, 2012 in seven cities
across Iowa. Participants can register on line or request a registration form or additional information at
or by calling 866-480-4741. Participants may also register in person on the day of the walk.

Walk locations across Iowa:
  • Ankeny Walk— Wagner Park Bandshell, 8:30 am
  • Cedar Rapids Walk—Noelridge Park Lagoon Pavilion, 8:00 a.m.
  • Mason City Walk—East Park Prairie Playground, 8:30 am
  • Quad Cities Walk & 5K Run—Crow Creek Park, 8 am
  • Sioux City Walk—Bacon Creek Park, Shelter #1, 8:30 a.m.
  • Washington Walk & 5K Run– Sunset Park, Run at 7 am, Walk at 8:30 am
  • What Cheer Walk– Keokuk County Fairgrounds, 8:30 am

The 2012 walk celebrates thirteen years of walking and fundraising to fight SIDS and SUID in Iowa. The purpose of the
walk is to raise awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and funds for the Iowa SIDS Foundation.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an otherwise healthy infant up to the
age of one year.

The annual walk is a family orientated event for SIDS and SUID families to celebrate and remember those babies that
were only with us for a very short time, and for community members to show their support.

This year’s walk sponsors include: Modern Woodmen of America, NCMIC, Jeneary Dental, Transamerica, LS2 Group,
Stairway to the Stars, TrueNorth, Corporate Farmer, Grinnell Mutual, Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, P.C., Children’s
Dental Center of Mason City, American Bank, Beaton Inc., Casey’s General Stores, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Dr. Tim &
Carol Dettmer, LeMars Sertoma Club, Mahaska Health Partnership, Major Erickson Funeral Home, Medicap Pharmacy-
Ankeny, Quality Construction Services, Inc., and Zany Janie Entertainment.

SIDS and Reducing the Risk
While great strides have been made in reducing SIDS deaths, SIDS remains the leading cause of death for infants from
one month to one year of age. For more information about the Iowa SIDS Foundation, the annual walk, or AAP’s safe
sleep risk reduction recommendations, visit or call the ISF office at 866-480-4741.

Iowa SIDS Foundation

The Iowa SIDS Foundation is a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer organization committed to helping families that
have experienced a SIDS or SUID death, educating the public about SIDS and funding research into the causes of SIDS.

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Written by Cathy Wonderlich   
Monday, 23 July 2012 13:53
The 40th Annual Barnes Family Bluegrass Music Festival will be held August 31, September 1 & 2, 3, 2012 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, Aledo, Illinois.

Shows start;
Friday at7:00 PM
Saturday; 12:30 and 7:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM

Admission for the weekend; Friday $15; Saturday $20; Sunday $15. Weekend Passes are $40.

Children under 16 are free with a parent.

Camping fee is $12 per day and electricity is available.

Bring your own lawn chairs. RAIN OR SHINE!!! There are shelters in case of rain.  Concessions on the grounds.

Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Therapy Center.

Lowe’s Heroes Day Project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:32

QUAD CITIES, USA – More than 15 volunteers from Lowe’s of Moline, IL will work along side Salvation Army staff in nearly 100-degree heat this Saturday from 10am to 3pm to completely restore the landscaping and renew the playground area at The Salvation Army’s Family Service Center. This homeless family shelter houses over 100 people every night, and another 70-100 people are fed at the Churches United/Salvation Army Meal Site Monday through Saturday evening.

“The stigma of being homeless is bad enough, so making the property as inviting as possible means a lot to the programs here at the Family Service Center. We cannot thank Lowe’s enough for partnering in our mission of changing lives,” states Brandon Luke, Social Services Director for The Salvation Army.

Lowe’s Heroes, a company-wide program from coast to coast, has a mission to provide impactful support to local communities, and was put into place in the late 1990s. The Lowe’s Moline Store employees will roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty as they reinforce Lowe’s culture of caring.

Shayne Cobine, the Lowe’s project organizer said that "We are very excited to help. I have been working at the shelter recently, and it has been an eye opening experience. It has been my pleasure to help make this day happen."

Lowe’s employees devised a plan to make the heavily-used yard a more function and maintainable space. The work will include mulching the existing playground area and adding benches for the parents; installing hearty plants around the perimeter of the new sod; and fencing and lighted fence posts.

A grant from Lowe’s and a grant from the Tri-City Garden Club have made this project possible.


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