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CLUE comes to Vander Veer Botanical Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 30 May 2014 11:48
The Mystery of the Missing Plant


here has been a sudden disappearance of one of our most beloved and exotic specimen plants in the Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory!
Was it killed, stolen, misplaced, by who and with what?


Enjoy a fun-filled day of mystery, geocaching, and adventure at Vander Veer Botanical Park this summer! Check out a Detective Backpack in the Park Store and help us solve our Mystery of the Missing Plant using real GPS units, code wheels, and more!


Park Store Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm
Vander Veer Botanical Park
215 W. Central Park Ave.

 

CLUE takes place from June 1 through Labor Day.

For more information call Vander Veer Botanical Park Store at 563-326-7818.

 

Sponsored by The Friends of Vander Veer.

 
Footgolf Grand Opening Tourney PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 30 May 2014 10:32

Davenport Parks and Recreation is pleased to host the first Footgolf Course in the State of Iowa. This Grand opening Tournament is going to be a blast, and be the biggest party of the summer. We will take winners from many different brackets, and prizes will be given out on site. 18 holes of Footgolf will be played on the actual golf surface nine hole Red Hawk Golf Course. This event will also host a giant screen to watch the FIFA World Cup games all day and night! Concessions and Drinks will be for sale throughout.

Don't forget to wear your Footgolf attire!!! Hat, Polo, Shorts, Turf Shoes and awesome tall socks!! Awards for best dressed will accompany the tournament winners!

Resident Fee:   $10.00 per person     
Non-Resident Fee:   $10.00 per person

Date:  Saturday, 6/21/2014, 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location:   Red Hawk Golf Course,
6364 Northwest Blvd Davenport IA 52806

 
The City of Davenport British Soccer Camp!! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 30 May 2014 10:23

This Sunday, June 1, from 5-6pm at the 
Davenport Soccer Complex

Featuring Challenger Sports' British Coaching Staff!

This special free clinic is designed for your child to meet the British coaching staff that will be in town all next week, running the week long camp.

Anyone is welcome to attend - invite your friends and team mates! Clinic is for ages 3-16 years old.

PLEASE BRING A SOCCER BALL AND ARRIVE 10-15 MINUTES EARLY TO CHECK IN - 
NO PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Note: These wonderful coaches are conducting a Mon-Fri camp. If you haven't yet signed up, you can register at Sunday's clinic. Check payment preferred.

To view next week's camp - CLICK HERE

 
Volunteers Needed for Event Bringing 14,000 Athletes to Des Moines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristine Reeves   
Friday, 30 May 2014 09:31

DES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines Area Sports Commission, a division of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, is seeking an additional 1,500 volunteers for the AAU Junior Olympic Games, July 22 – August 2 in Greater Des Moines. Principal Financial Group, West Bank, Nationwide and Wells Fargo & Co. have committed to providing more than 500 volunteers towards the event. Areas of need include event assistance, awards assistance, registration and set-up/tear-down. Shifts are available for sign-up atcatchdesmoines.com/aaujo.

The 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games will include 14,000 athletes and 40,000 total visitors in Central Iowa over 12 days. Athletes range from ages 3 to 22 competing in 23 sports at eight Greater Des Moines facilities—including the Iowa Events Center and Drake Stadium. The Games are expected to generate $47 in economic impact for Greater Des Moines. Des Moines hosted the Games previously in 1995, 2004 and 2009.

“We’re proud to again host AAU athletes, coaches and fans this summer,” says Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission. “Our community’s support is vital as volunteer interaction greatly enhances the overall city experience for visitors.”

“The Junior Olympic Games provide thousands of youth with an opportunity to learn sportsmanship, physical fitness and teamwork,” says Suzie Glazer Burt, Honorary Chair of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games. “It takes volunteers from our community to educate and support these youth athletes, providing a positive and impactful experience they’ll always remember.”  

 

Signature Sponsors of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games include Principal Financial Group, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, Wells Fargo and Co. and Markey’s Rental and Staging. Champion Sponsors include MidAmerican Energy, Nationwide Insurance, Prairie Meadows, West Bank, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Alliance Technologies, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Adventureland Park. Supporting Sponsors include Classic Tents, ColorFX, Copy Systems, Electronic Engineering, Knapp Properties, NB Golf Cars, Scheel’s, Sigler, Greg and Suzie Glazer Burt, Vital Signs and Reynolds and Reynolds.

About the Amateur Athletic Union

Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest multi-sport, not-for-profit, volunteer organizations in the United States. It is dedicated to the development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs for youth and adults. The AAU Junior Olympic Games are the largest national multi-sport event for amateur youth conducted in the United States.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.

 
Wednesday Night: BANDITS' SPEED, BLASTS OVERPOWER SNAPPERS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 30 May 2014 08:53

McDonald and Mitchell hit home runs, team posts eight stolen bases for first time in more than a decade

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 28, 2014) Designated hitter Chase McDonald hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the fifth inning, and second baseman Chan-Jong Moon became the first Quad Cities player in more than 15 years to steal four bases in a game, leading the River Bandits to a 9-5 win over the Beloit Snappers in front of 1,465 at Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday night.

Led by Moon's four stolen bases – the best single-game mark by a Quad Cities player since at least 1998 – Quad Cities (26-26) stole eight bases, which was the highest single-game showing for the team since at least 2003. Moon stole one base in the first inning, two in the third inning and one in the sixth inning to raise his team-leading season total to 23. Catcher Brett Booth, left fielder Ronnie Mitchell, first baseman Jon Kemmer and shortstop Thomas Lindauer also each stole one base.

Beloit (23-29) jumped to an early lead against left-hander Chris Lee, as shortstop Melvin Mercedes hit a first-inning, one-out double, and designated hitter Jaycob Brugman hit thre first of his two home runs to right field for a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first inning, Snappers right-hander Bobby Wahl (0-4) allowed a leadoff walk to center fielder James Ramsay, and a wild pickoff throw sent Ramsay to third base. Moon drove in Ramsay with an infield single, stole second base, went to third base on a passed ball and scored the tying run on a single by right fielder Brett Phillips. Another wild pickoff by Wahl sent Phillips to third base, and McDonald lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in the go-ahead run. Lindauer added a fourth-inning RBI double to make it 4-2.

Lee worked around a baserunner in each of the second through fourth innings to keep Beloit off the scoreboard. In the fifth, Snappers catcher Jose Chavez hit a leadoff double, Mercedes drew a one-out walk, and Brugman went deep for the second time to give his team a 5-4 lead. Lee was removed after 4 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Right-hander Patrick Christensen (3-1) walked the first two batters he faced to load the bases before escaping the inning. Christensen went on to work 2 1/3 scoreless innings, yielding one hit and walking three batters while striking out two.

In the fifth inning against Wahl, Phillips led off with an infield single, and McDonald drove an 0-1 offering high down the left-field line for his second home run of the season and a 6-5 River Bandits lead. Kemmer followed with a single, stole second base and reached third on Chavez's throwing error, and scored on Mitchell's sacrifice fly off right-hander Stuart Pudenz, making it 7-5. Wahl was charged with seven runs – five earned – on nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. In the sixth inning, Pudenz walked Lindauer, allowed a single by Ramsay and bunt single by Moon to load the bases, and Phillips hit the team's third sacrifice fly for an 8-5 lead.

Moon and Mitchell tied for the game high with three hits, and the latter hit his fourth home run in the last eight games off right-hander Tyler Vail in the seventh inning for a 9-5 lead. Right-hander Andrew Walter held the score there with scoreless eighth and ninth innings.

Quad Cities continues the series against Beloit at 7 p.m. Thursday, when right-hander Michael Feliz (1-1) is scheduled to face Snappers right-hander Junior Mendez (2-2).

UP NEXT: All ladies age 18 and over receive $2 off ANY regular ticket to the Ladies Night game at 7 p.m. Thursday. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the team store will offer 10% off women's apparel. Ladies 21 and over receive 2-for-1 $2 drink vouchers on Thirst-Day Thursday, which features $2 drink specials presented by Rock 104-9 and the River Cities' Reader. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 110 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, followed by a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. Last season, the team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.

 
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