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18th Annual Fight Against Prostate Cancer Golf Outing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Quijas   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:13
Join us for the 18th Annual Rudy Quijas Fight Against Prostate Cancer Golf Outing Fundraiser on Saturday, June 21st. Call Kevin Quijas at 563-505-5055 for more details.

Iowa State Fair Sew-In Seeks Donations, Volunteers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 09 June 2014 10:49

DES MOINES, IA (06/09/2014)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Fabric and Threads Department is seeking fabric donations and volunteers for the fifth annual State Fair Sew-In. The free program offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sewing and quilting while providing warm blankets to local children in need. "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, set August 7-17.

Donations of five-inch wide strips (cut with the fabric) and two-yard cuts of fabric in all-cotton juvenile prints and patterns are needed for quilt fronts and backings. In addition, cash donations are needed to help cover the costs of quilt batting and materials. All donations can be dropped off at the Competitive Events Department in the Administration Building on the Fairgrounds or mailed to the Iowa State Fair Competitive Events Department: P.O. Box 57130, Des Moines, IA 50317-0003. All donations should be labeled for the Sew-In Project.

The Fair is also searching for sewing assistants to help Fairgoers make the simple strip quilts. Volunteers are asked to commit to four-hour shifts from Noon to 4 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m. A site supervisor will be on-hand to supply materials and help with machines. All sewing assistants will receive one parking pass and an admission ticket to the Fair.

Volunteers at last year's State Fair Sew-In completed 305 quilts as a part of the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild Education Committee. This year's quilts will be donated to the children at the Angel Tree Camps, Bidwell Riverside Center and families of deployed troops. Since the Sew-In began in 2009, volunteers have created 1,294 quilts for children at the University of Iowa, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Pediatric Oncology Clinic, Youth Emergency Shelter, Beloit Children's Services and Lutheran Social Services of Iowa.

The Sew-In will be open daily during the Fair from Noon to 5 p.m. in the south hallway of the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building. Fairgoers are invited to stop in and try their hand at quilting basics (no experience necessary). Each participant will receive a commemorative pin for their efforts.

If you are interested in donating, volunteering or receiving more information about the Sew-In, contact Sharon Meisenheimer by phone at 515/986-1145 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 09 June 2014 10:43
Quad Cities extends home win streak to eight, takes half-game lead over Burlington to half's final week
DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 8, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits used a pair of sixth-inning rallies to take leads they eventually held for 3-1 and 4-2 wins over the Peoria Chiefs in each game of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader, which resulted in the home team taking over second place in the Midwest League Western Division first-half race in front of 4,046 at Modern Woodmen Park.
With its first victorious sweep of a doubleheader this season, Quad Cities (33-29) extended its season-high home winning streak to eight games. With one week remaining in the first half, the River Bandits lead the race for second place and a playoff berth by one-half game over Burlington (32-29) – which picked up two wins over Beloit Sunday – and one game over Peoria (32-30). Wisconsin (31-31) is two games behind Quad Cities after sweeping a Sunday doubleheader over Clinton (29-32), which fell 3 ½ games back.
In Game 1, the River Bandits took a second-inning lead, as third baseman Tyler White brought in first baseman Chase McDonald with an RBI double to left field off left-hander Rob Kaminsky. River Bandits right-hander Kevin Comer kept the 1-0 lead through his 3 1/3 innings, in which he allowed two hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Right-hander Andrew Walter (3-2) stranded two runners on base to end the fourth inning and kept Peoria scoreless until the sixth, when he hit left fielder Kenny Peoples-Walls with a pitch and allowed designated hitter Ronnierd Garcia's game-tying RBI double to right field. Garcia was thrown out trying to reach third base, keeping the game tied, 1-1.
Chiefs right-hander Kevin Herget (3-3) began the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk to McDonald, who was lifted for the Midwest League debut of pinch runner Jose Fernandez. Herget got a strikeout and flyout before allowing two-out walks to left fielder Jon Kemmer and catcher Brett Booth to load the bases. Left-hander Steven Sabatino entered and had a 1-2 count on shortstop Thomas Lindauer before a sharp grounder took a hop off third base into left field, scoring two runs on Lindauer's double for a 3-1 Quad Cities lead. In the top of the seventh inning, right-hander Frederick Tiburcio retired all three batters in the seventh inning for his third save.
In Game 2, the Chiefs took a first-inning lead off right-hander Andrew Thurman (3-3), as center fielder C.J. McElroy Jr. drew a leadoff walk, went to second base on a single, to third on a groundout and scored on catcher Carson Kelly's sacrifice fly. In the fourth inning, Thurman allowed a leadoff double by shortstop Juan Herrera, who went to third base on a flyout and scored on a groundout for a 2-0 lead. It was the final run against Thurman in his career-high six innings, in which he allowed four hits, walked one batter and struck out two.
Quad Cities began a comeback against right-hander Blake McKnight (1-6) with Kemmer's fourth-inning, one-out triple and Fernandez's RBI single to left field for his first Midwest League hit. The Chiefs' 2-1 lead remained until the bottom of the sixth inning, when McKnight hit White, and left fielder Ronnie Mitchell reached on an error by second baseman Robelys Reyes. Right-hander Chris Perry entered to allow Kemmer's first sacrifice of the season to put runners at second and third bases. Fernandez lifted a go-ahead, two-run single to shallow right field to cap his 2-for-3, three-RBI game, and Lindauer finished a three-RBI doubleheader with an single to left field for a 4-2 lead. In the seventh, All-Star right-hander Tyler Brunnemann struck out the first two batters before a game-ending flyout for his second save.
In Monday's 7 p.m. series finale, River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (2-3) is scheduled to face Chiefs right-hander Arturo Reyes (3-3).
UP NEXT: The Cardinals Fantacular Giveaway – including a drawing for Cardinals-Cubs tickets – highlights Monday's 7 p.m. series finale between the River Bandits and Chiefs. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Hunger Games Night presented by EPIX with a headphone giveaway for the first 1,000 fans on Markdown Monday presented by 97X, with $2 bleacher and berm tickets, beer, soda, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos. An all-you-can ride amusements pass is just $10. Tickets are available at 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.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 06 June 2014 13:22

Quad Cities offense struggles for second consecutive game

BURLINGTON, Iowa (June 5, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits’ offense mustered just five hits in a 2-1 defeat to the Burlington Bees Thursday at Community Field.

The Bees took the lead when Kody Eaves led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run off of Quad Cities starter Michael Feliz.

Throughout the rest of his four-inning outing, Feliz battled control issues but was successfully able to strand eight Burlington baserunners, with the Bees leaving the bases loaded in both the second and fourth innings. Feliz scattered three hits and four walks with six strikeouts in his four frames.

The River Bandits were able to tie the game in the sixth. Tanner Mathis led off with an infield single. With Mathis running from first, Chan-Jong Moon punched a single to left., bringing Mathis around to third. Burlington outfielder Mike Fish bobbled the ball, which allowed Moon to reach second. After Brett Phillips struck out, Brian Holberton’s groundout to second scored Mathis from third and tied the game at one.

With the score still knotted in the bottom of the eighth, Angel Rosa reached second on an error by Quad Cities third baseman Austin Elkins. Rosa moved to third on Exicardo Cayones’ sacrifice bunt and then scored the game’s decisive run on a wild pitch by Quad Cities reliever Tyler Brunnemann. Brunnemann (0-2) worked two innings out of the bullpen, giving up the lone unearned run with a walk and strikeout to suffer the loss.

Burlington’s Trevor Foss (2-4) worked two shutout frames with two strikeouts and a hit allowed to pick up the win and Alan Busenitz tossed a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

The loss dropped the Bandits to 30-29, with Burlington’s 30-28 record bettering Quad Cities in the standings with 10 games to go in the first half of the season. The River Bandits will try to salvage the three-game set tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. CT.

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Craig Biggio Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Prairie Farms and FOX18 for the first 1,500 fans. Tickets are available at To order any of the 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.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 06 June 2014 11:41

WHO: Five River Bandits players and three members of the club’s field staff, including manager Omar Lopez, hitting coach Joel Chimelis, and athletic trainer Michael Rendon.

WHAT: A free event - “Learn To Be a Better Player with the Quad Cities River Bandits” - in which River Bandits players and coaches help teach boys and girls in grades K-8 how to work as a team with hands-on mini-lessons. There will also be an autograph and Q&A session. Students are asked to bring a bat and glove.

WHERE: Baseball Diamonds at DeWitt Aquatic Center, 1000 14th St., DeWitt, IA, 52742

WHEN: Monday, June 9, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

WHY: The River Bandits will work directly with students, teaching them how to stop bullying, and to build baseball, teamwork and sportsmanship skills.

**Any media interested in covering the event, please contact Director of Media Relations Marco LaNave at (563) 333-2727 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Director of Community Relations Brittany Carter at (563) 333-2736 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .**

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