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Arc’s Speak Out Announces 10th Anniversary Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maureen Dickinson   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 13:13

Speak Out, the self-advocacy organization affiliated with The Arc of Rock Island County, announces plans to celebrate the founding of the group ten years ago.  The event will be held Friday, January 22, 2010, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Speak Out Room at Arc Industries located at 610 37th Avenue in Rock Island.  The 10th Anniversary Party is free of charge and open to the public.

The celebration takes place the same week we honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his advancements in Civil Rights.  Members of Speak Out actively engage in educating the public on the personal needs and rights of individuals with intellectual disabilities; collaborating with state-wide organizations to create an even louder voice for choices; and advocating for expanded rights to our elected officials.  True to its motto, “Changing the words, changing minds,” Speak Out hosted a rally during Freedom Quest 2009 and joined forces with other local agencies, traveling to Springfield to advocate for a change in human services programming.

Founded in 1952, The Arc of Rock Island County serves more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities daily.  The mission of The Arc is living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop in Bettendorf is planning their annual Cruise wear debut Thursday, January 14th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Sons   
Monday, 11 January 2010 11:44

The Bettendorf Discovery Shop in Cumberland Square invites you to join them Thursday, January 14th as they debut their cruise wear clothing and accessories. From swimsuits and beach shoes, to colorful and fun accessories for your home, we have something that will brighten your day. If you are planning a vacation, a cruise, or are just plain tired of your winter clothing, join us for a chance to purchase a wonderful fresh spring wardrobe.

The shop welcomes donations of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, collectibles, and items for the home. Donations are accepted any time the shop is open and a tax receipt is always available.

The Discovery Shop is owned and operated by the American Cancer Society with the proceeds going for cancer research, education, patient services, and advocacy. The shop is an upscale resale shop selling gently used items all donated by the community. They are staffed with over 100 volunteers. All clothing is cleaned and ironed before it is sold. All dry cleaning is donated by Burke Dry Cleaners.

Regular shop hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.


ARC Taste of Galena celebrates 20 years PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janelle Keeffer   
Monday, 11 January 2010 11:01
GALENA, Ill. - It’s hard to believe that eating this well is actually all for a good cause. On Feb. 5, Galena’s finest – ranging from restaurateurs to winemakers to cheesecake bakers to caterers – will gather together at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa from 7-10 p.m. to “Treat your Taste Buds” for the Galena Art & Recreation Center.

Now in its 20th year, the ARC Taste of Galena has become a sought-after event that promises an evening of pleasure for your taste buds. Past years have presented delectable dishes such as: braised veal roast with apple ginger sauce, sliced duck with sour cherry chutney over molasses sweet potatoes, boeuf bourguignon, Crab Louis salad, Grecian pork tenderloin kabobs, Greek salad, spanakopita, candy bar cheesecake and locally produced wines. And there’s sure to be chocolate…and lots of it.

Your taste buds won’t be the only thing thanking you. Your feet will thank you, too, as they will be keeping rhythm to the catchy beat of the Rob Martin Quartet, a live jazz ensemble, who will perform throughout the evening.

For a complete and up-to-date listing of ARC Taste exhibitors and menus, click on the event’s useful website: The site also provides attendees with a quick and convenient way to purchase Taste tickets online. Tickets will be held and distributed at the door the evening of the event. In addition to online sales, tickets may also be purchased at the Galena Art & Recreation Center, 413 S. Bench St., and the Galena Territory Owners’ Club. Cost is $30 per person. Tickets are limited; advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.

“We are excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Taste of Galena with Galena’s finest establishments and appreciate their continued support. Every year I look forward to the diverse menu, and this year’s event is guaranteed to please!’” said Sarah Petersen, the ARC’s executive director. “There are many exciting things planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event, including a special digital presentation of photos through the years, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. I recommend purchasing your tickets early as this event has sold out in the past.”

The ARC Taste of Galena is a core fundraiser for the Galena Art & Recreation Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides programs for all ages. The funds raised at the ARC Taste are included in the ARC annual operating budget and will assist with the ongoing process of balancing the budget and achieving financial security.

For information about room availability, shopping, dining, attractions, events and more, please go to, the Web site of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, or call 877-464-2536 toll-free.

In 2009, the Galena Art & Recreation Center celebrated its 40th anniversary. Forty years strong…and still growing: visit

Rock Island Moose Celebrate 100th Birthday PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 January 2010 16:34

The Rock Island Moose Family Center will hold a 100 year Birthday Celebration on Saturday, January 16, 2010.  Festivities will be ongoing throughout the day.  Local city officials, along with Moose officials, will be recognized at 3 p.m.

The public is cordially invited to stop by the Family Center during the Birthday Celebration for a tour and to learn more about the Moose fraternity and the Women of the Moose.

The Loyal Order of Moose, also know as the Family Fraternity, is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888.  The Rock Island Lodge was instituted January 18, 1910.  There are nearly 800,000 men in roughly 1,500 lodges in all 50 states plus Great Britian, Canada and Bermuda.

Along with other units of Moose International, the Loyal Order of Moose supports the operation of Mooseheart Child City and school, a one thousand acre community for children and teens located outside of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 70 acre retirement village for its members near Jacksonville, Florida.  Additionally, Moose Lodges conduct approximately $50 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations and volunteer hours worked) annually.

Additionally, the Loyal Order of Moose conducts numerous sports and recreational programs in local lodges and Family Centers.

"We would really welcome seeing non-members come and join us at our celebration. We would enjoy the chance to show them our wonderful lodge and exactly what we have to offer them and their families," said Governor Ernie Weed.

Also, the Lodge is assembling a historical picture collection.  If any current or former Moose or Chapter members has any pictures they would llike to contribute, they may drop them off at the Lodge located at 4410 - 9th Street, Rock Island.  Birthday cards, either hand-made or purchased, will be greatly appreciated to help commemorate such a significant event.

For more information, please contact the Lodge at 309-793-1541.

Royal Neighbors of America is changing one life at a time with its Nation of NeighborsSM Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynette Meincke   
Monday, 07 December 2009 10:56

(ROCK ISLAND, IL) – Royal Neighbors of America is hosting a special presentation to deliver cash donations to area families.  The check presentations will take place at the Community Center, December 5, 1:00 p.m. in Durant, Iowa.

“It is as neighbors that we have the most direct and personal influence on each other’s lives,” said Cynthia Tidwell, President/CEO of Royal Neighbors of America.  “By using our insurance earnings to support these efforts, Royal Neighbors is changing one life at a time.”

In the past two years, Royal Neighbors has given over $650,000 to more than 500 individuals or families in need across the country. It is a tangible expression of neighbor-helping-neighbor, the philosophy the organization was founded on. Hundreds of nominations have been received from Royal Neighbors members and its independent insurance agents.

Royal Neighbors of America is a non-profit fraternal life insurance organization dedicated to helping women and their families for close to 115 years. It insures lives, supports women, and serves communities by offering insurance and annuity products. Its members receive valuable benefits and can participate in a variety of local volunteer activities.

Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, Royal Neighbors serves nearly 250,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Royal Neighbors of America, call (800) 627-4762, or visit


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