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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 www.royalneighbors.org.

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The Arc Puts Group Home Up For Adoption PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maureen Dickinson   
Friday, 04 December 2009 14:27

The Arc of Rock Island County is pleased to announce the expansion of residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities.  This month The Arc will add one new Rock Island group home to its options for community integrated living arrangements (CILAs).   For the past several months contractors have worked diligently towards the goal of having the eight residents situated in their new home by the holidays.  Area businesses, service clubs and organizations are offered the opportunity to “adopt” The Arc’s new group home.

Executive Director Kyle Rick explains there is a history of the community’s adoption of group homes.  Rick states, “Right now we have an active relationship between UnitedHealthcare employees and one of our Moline group homes.  They seem to know just what the individuals need, whether it’s a home-cooked meal for Thanksgiving or a special occasion, cookouts, decorations for holidays, or birthday cards and cakes.”  The rewards are

two-way.  The people adopting the group home become a second “family” by visiting the individuals, and the value of this friendship is priceless.  The loving gratitude the UnitedHealthcare employees receive in return warms the heart.

With the opening of a newly renovated group home there are many immediate opportunities to volunteer as well.  The Arc welcomes volunteers available during the day and willing to pull off wallpaper, prep for painting, paint, and move in furnishings.  The driving force is having the individuals celebrate Christmas 2009 in their new home.

For more information about adopting The Arc’s new group home in Rock Island or volunteering for these final preparations, contact Stacey Cary, associate executive director of administrative services, at 309-786-6474 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Founded in 1952, The Arc of Rock Island County serves more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities daily.  The Arc owns and operates intermediate care facilities and group homes in both Rock Island and Moline.  The mission of The Arc is living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

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MOLINE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES DEADLINE FOR GRANTS APPLICATIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Thursday, 03 December 2009 08:58
A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Community Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2010 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, January 29, 2010.

Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

For more information, please refer to The Moline Foundation’s web site at www. molinefoundation.org

An application should consist of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, financial statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for which any money received would be used including a project budget.  The name, telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included.  The requested materials should be mailed according to the above deadline.  Other important information about grant submission is available at The Moline Foundation’s web site.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.  The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.

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“Iowa’s Own Pianist” Jim McDonough Kicks-Off Annual Holiday Concert Tour to Benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Monday, 30 November 2009 08:53
MONTICELLO, IA (November 27, 2009) — Once again this year, Iowans can ring in the Christmas season with “Iowa’s Own Pianist” Jim McDonough and his orchestra and singers. Tickets for his annual “Holiday Grande” concert tour for Camp Courageous of Iowa are on sale now.

The spectacular holiday stage production -- all-new for 2009 -- includes McDonough at the concert grand piano, his 15-piece orchestra, a cast of singers and dancers, elaborate sets and costumes and the true spirit of the season.

The tour will deliver the message of Christmas in a sincere, rich and meaningful production perfect for the entire family. “We’ve put together the grandest ‘Holiday Grande’ yet,” McDonough says. “It’s elegant, it’s exciting, it’s touching, and it benefits a wonderful organization.”

For the fifth consecutive year, the tour will benefit Camp Courageous in Iowa, a year-round respite care and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp is run on donations, without formal sponsorships, without government assistance, and without any paid fund-raisers.  Tour stops include:

Des Moines – Saturday, December 5, at 2:30 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place. Tickets: $28 - $33. Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office.

Marion – Sunday, December 6, at 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at Linn-Mar High School Auditorium. Tickets: $28 - $33. Charge by phone at (800) 375-7095, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dubuque – Saturday, December 12, at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater. Tickets: $28 - $33. Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Five Flags Box Office.

Cedar Falls – Sunday, December 13, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $28 - $33. Charge by phone at (800) 549-SHOW (7469), visit www.unitix.uni.edu, or in person at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Box Office.

Jim McDonough’s 11 CDs – including his brand new album Rat Pack Remembered – are available at gift shops across the country and via his Web site, www.pianofavorites.com.

ABOUT JIM McDONOUGH
After stints as a high school band director, cruise ship entertainer and air-traffic controller, Jim McDonough began selling his distinctive brand of soothing piano music in gift shops in eastern Iowa. Today, his CDs are available in nearly 1,000 stores across the country and via his Web site, www.pianofavorites.com. Jim’s independent record label, Jim McDonough Productions, Inc., has already sold more than 125,000 of his CDs.

The road to success, though, has been paved with detours. In eighth grade, an accident nearly ended his musical career. A falling piano crushed three fingers on his right hand – and nearly crushed his dreams in the process. Jim emerged from two hours of surgery with pins in his fingers and tiny fractures across his hand. But throughout more than a year of physical therapy, Jim kept playing – with a cast on his right hand – and concentrated on improving his performance with his left hand. “Playing the piano defined me,” McDonough says. “It was my life, and I was determined to play again.” He devoted nearly every spare moment to working to get back the dexterity in his right hand, and the rigorous rehearsing paid off. In ninth grade, instead of a car, Jim bought a Steinway grand piano to celebrate how far he’d come.

His debut CD Requests, released in 2002, features timeless solo piano music, including favorites such as My Heart Will Go On (from Titanic), Time to Say Goodbye, and All I Ask of You (from Phantom of the Opera). Jim’s original holiday CD, Home for Christmas, is filled with classic Christmas favorites including O Holy Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Christmas Time is Here (from A Charlie Brown Christmas) and The Prayer. His collection of movie themes, Projections: Songs from the Silver Screen, features familiar music from films, including Theme from On Golden Pond, Brian’s Song and Through The Eyes Of Love (from Ice Castles). An Ivory Christmas is a taste of Jim’s live holiday show, and features a combination of solo piano pieces and holiday tunes with vocals and full orchestrations, including We Need a Little Christmas, My Favorite Things and Ave Maria. Music of the Night is a collection of sophisticated, relaxing and romantic evening-inspired melodies including Some Enchanted Evening, Moon River and Somewhere Out There. Simple Gifts features 14 songs of faith and inspiration, including On Eagle’s Wings, You Raise Me Up and How Great Thou Art. With Love is filled with timeless, most-often-requested love songs, including Unchained Melody, Unforgettable, and Somewhere My Love. Homeward Bound features melodies designed to accompany us on the many stages of our journeys through life, including You’ll Never Walk Alone, Climb Ev’ry Mountain and Danny Boy. New in 2008, Country Dreaming, features 16 classic country melodies, including Crazy, Always on My Mind and Tennessee Waltz. A follow-up to his original holiday release, A Christmas to Remember, is filled with seasonal favorites, including Mary Did You Know?, Silver Bells and Joy to the World. And his most recent release, Rat Pack Remembered, is filled with Jim’s distinctive arrangements of the most beloved hits from the trio of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.

For more information, visit Jim McDonough’s web site at www.pianofavorites.com or call (800) 375-7095. For additional information about Camp Courageous go to www.campcourageous.org or call (319) 465-5916.

 
Vander Veer Botanical Park and Park Store Open House Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kenmeth Asta   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 08:26

Vander Veer Conservatory

Saturday and Sunday, December 5th & 6th, 2009

Free admission for all

Special events include:

Northwoods Christmas Conservatory and Pointsettia Display

Christmas Fern and Orchid Display

Saturday, Dec 5th from 10am-2pm "Canine Christmas"

Enjoy a free photography sitting with your family and/or pet in the Conservatory. Photos may be purchased through Studio D Photography for your holiday gift giving.

Sunday, Dec 6th from 2pm-4pm "Snowflake Making Demonstration"

"Mr. Snowflake" Keith Bonnstetter demonstrates that art of paper snowflake cutting. Enjoy his snowflake art in our Northwoods Christmas Display.

Sunday, Dec 6th from 2pm-6pm "Illowa Orchid Society - Orchid Clinic"

Stop in and enjoy the Orchid Display and ask the experts your Orchid questions.

 
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