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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:56

DAVENPORT, Iowa (March 19, 2015) – Following a year in which the Quad Cities River Bandits set the all-time franchise record for per-game attendance, the Midwest League club is planning an action-packed promotional schedule – full of new giveaways, fireworks shows, charity events, theme nights and community celebrations – to take family fun and entertainment to a new level at Modern Woodmen Park in 2015.

The marathon of excitement has a running start with the third annual Bandits Race to Home 5K presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 11, to benefit the Bandit Scholars Program. Opening weekend continues with the next day’s home opener at 1:15 p.m., featuring the annual pregame Nintendo Wii-ster Egg Hunt presented by Video Games ETC!, a Mediacom Magnet Schedule and Pennant Giveaway, and a City of Davenport Day. It only breaks the seal on an entertainment extravaganza to include 15 fireworks shows, 26 giveaway dates - including seven "bobble" giveaways - and more than three dozen unique themes, featuring both new promotions and popular annual events across the 70-game home schedule.

“Our fans are showing unprecedented support for the River Bandits, and they inspire us to bring our promotions to a record level,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “They can count on a unique show for every game, and with more fireworks, more giveaways, more theme nights and new promotions packed into this season, our guests will find more fun and the best value ever for affordable, family-friendly entertainment at Modern Woodmen Park.”

Regular gate opening will be one hour before first pitch of each game. Below are the highlights of the promotions announced on Thursday:

“Bobbles” celebrate the Quad Cities: A collection of Quad Cities community and baseball figures form the lineup of seven "bobble" giveaways over a span of weekend home games May 23 to Aug. 29. Moline native and 2014 River Bandit Thomas Lindauer's bobblehead presented by Hebrew National (Saturday, May 23) will lead off a schedule to feature 2013 CNN Hero of the Year and East Moline native Chad Pregracke presented by MidAmerican Energy (Saturday, June 13) and longtime Quad-City Times staff member Bill Wundram (Saturday, June 20). River Bandits mascot Rascal will become a Harry Potter wizard-themed gnome presented by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (Saturday, July 11). The August bobblehead trio will include former River Bandit and current St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn presented by Ruhl & Ruhl Insurance, a division of Hub International (Saturday, Aug. 8), the River Bandits' first-ever Bobble Combine on Agriculture Night presented by the Illinois Farm Bureau (Friday, Aug. 28), and Houston Astros outfielder George Springer, who played three games with the River Bandits in August 2014, presented by EGS (Saturday, Aug. 29).

15 Fireworks shows in 2015: Every Friday home game will again have postgame fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities. This year's Independence Day Celebration will feature three straight nights of fireworks at Modern Woodmen Park. A show will follow each of the River Bandits' home games Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3, and the ballpark will be open with free admission for the Red, White and Boom Fireworks show Saturday, July 4. Special fireworks shows are also planned for Christmas in July (Saturday, July 18) and Make-A-Wish Night presented by Olympic Steel (Thursday, Sept. 3).

More Giveaways, Mega Giveaways: From the Opening Day Wii-ster Egg Hunt presented by Video Games ETC.! (Sunday, April 12) until Fan Appreciation Night presented by Bier Stube (Friday, Sept. 4), the River Bandits will have more giveaway prizes than ever. Gate giveaways for fans who arrive early (gates open one hour before first pitch) include Mediacom Magnet Schedules (Sunday, April 12; Monday, April 13; Tuesday, April 14), a Mystery Giveaway (April 25), Military Camo Hats presented by Western Illinois University-Quad Cities (Thursday, April 30), Duffel Bags presented by the Clarion Hotel (Saturday, May 9), Bowling Tickets on Salute to Bowling Night presented by Miller Time Bowling (Wednesday, May 27), Caps on Modern Woodmen Night (Thursday, June 11) and Modern Woodmen Half-Price Nights (Tuesday, July 7, and Thursday, Aug. 20), Pint Glasses (Saturday, Aug. 1), and Team Photos presented by Burlington Trailways (Wednesday, Aug. 5). Fans may also enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes at the annual Mega Mini Fridge Giveaway presented by Budweiser and 7G Distributing (Sunday, June 21), Astros Fantacular Giveaway (Thursday, July 2), and Reynolds Ford Used Car Giveaway (Thursday, Aug. 6). New enter-to-win promotions include the Rita de Mayo Mini Rita Grill Giveaway presented by Bud Light and 7G Distributing (Thursday, May 7), the Mega Blu-Ray/DVD Player Giveaway (Sunday, May 24), the Mega Fitbit Giveaway on Get Fit Night (Sunday, July 19), and the Mega Tablet Giveaway presented by Video Games ETC! on Addicting Digital App-preciation Night (Thursday, Aug. 27).

Entertainers: Among the special appearances by entertainers at the ballpark, the River Bandits will welcome a bagpiper for Irish Heritage Night presented by Bud Light and 7G Distributing (Saturday, April 18), the Ice Queen and Snow Princess on Frozen Princess Day (Sunday, April 19), the “Jersey Boys” from the touring Broadway musical on Jersey Boys Night (Monday, April 20), professional wrestler Sgt. Slaughter (Thursday, May 28), the Fur Circus (Friday, June 19), Batman and Spider-man on Superhero Night (Friday, July 10), and pirates and princesses on Pirates and Princesses Day (Sunday, Aug. 9).

Community Causes: The River Bandits' schedule of charity events and games has also grown. The Bandit Scholars Program fundraisers include the third annual Bandits Race to Home 5K presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics (Saturday, April 11), and the second annual River Bandits golf outing (Monday, July 27) at the Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, Ill. The scholarships will be awarded at the game Sunday, June 21. Among the other charitable highlights, the River Bandits will wear flag-themed jerseys for an auction presented by the Iowa National Guard (Friday, May 22), special uniforms for a Boy Scout Jersey Auction (Friday, June 19) and special caps for an Autism Awareness Cap Auction on Autism Awareness Night (Friday, Aug. 7). Fans may submit stories and photos of “Cancer Heroes” to be put in the River Bandits' uniform numbers for the coinciding Superhero Night and Stand Up 2 Cancer Photo Jersey Auction presented by Genesis Health System (Friday, July 10). Great Clips Charity Cuts will be offered at the ballpark at the home finale (Friday, Sept. 4).

Honoring service: The River Bandits and their fans will show appreciation for service men and women throughout the season, beginning with the new Military Mondays, when active or retired military member (and up to three guests per member) can show a military ID and purchase a $1 bleacher ticket at any Monday home game, beginning April 13. The River Bandits will also give away 1,000 Military Camo Caps courtesy of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities on College Night (Thursday, April 30), as well as host Military Appreciation Night presented by the Iowa National Guard (Friday, May 22), a Memorial Day game at 5:15 p.m. (Monday, May 25), AUSA Military Appreciation Night (Thursday, May 28), and Honor Flight Night presented by R.I.A. Federal Credit Union (Wednesday, Aug. 26).

Weekly Deals: The weekly promotions follow a schedule of familiar favorites. Every Sunday is Family Sunday, when River Bandits players will sign autographs on the field, fans can bring dogs to the game for Bark in the Park, and Kids Run the Bases presented by Prairie Farms after the game. Unique Family Sunday events will include the annual Little League Day (Sunday, April 26), Mega Candy Drop (Sunday, June 14), and Father's Day with postgame catch in the outfield (Sunday, June 21). Military Mondays are followed by Dew for Twosdays presented by Pepsi, with free 16-ounce Mountain Dews for fans who bring old Mountain Dew cans to the ballpark, and buy-one-get-one free pricing on all regular tickets. The buy-one-get-one ticket special continues into Wednesdays and Thursdays for IHMVCU members. Each Wednesday, the River Bandits will again Pay Your Bill – up to $100 for two lucky fans each game. Thirst-Day Thursdays offer $2 drink specials, Fridays bring Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, and Fan Appreciation Saturdays feature giveaways, face painters, balloon artists and more. Amusement rides are scheduled to open Thursday, May 7, and will operate for all home games, as well as every Saturday during the Farmer's Market and Saturday evenings. All-you-can-ride passes will be just $10 for games Wednesday, June 10, and Tuesday, Aug. 4. All other Tuesday games after the amusement opening will feature $15 pricing for all-you-can-ride amusements passes.

Thrilling Themes: The additional new theme nights include Neon Night presented by Fitness Xpress (Friday, May 8), Pitch-Perfect Sing-Off with a cappella groups on Ladies Night (Thursday, May 14), Country Western Night presented by the Broken Saddle (Saturday, May 23), Toy Story Day to celebrate the original movie's 20th anniversary (Sunday, May 24), Jurassic Park Night during the week of “Jurassic World” opening in theaters (Wednesday, June 10), Back to the Future Night during the year (2015) anticipated by the movie series that debuted 30 years ago (Saturday, June 20), the “Geek-end” Weekend Nights of Superheroes, Harry Potter and Star Wars (Friday, July 10, to Sunday, July 12), and the Americans with Disabilities Act 25th anniversary celebration (Monday, July 13). Returning theme nights also include Legends of Rock Night (Friday, April 24), Guaranteed Win Night (Wednesday, April 29), Mother's Day Celebration (Saturday, May 9), Vintage Baseball Night (Saturday, June 13), Halloween in July (Thursday, July 2), and Christmas in July (Saturday, July 18).

Schedule includes 15 fireworks shows, 26 giveaway dates, seven bobble items, three dozen theme nights

Group Gatherings: Partners, businesses, schools and groups from across the region will have special dates at the ballpark. Among them are the City of Davenport Nights (Sunday, April 12, and Friday, Aug. 28), Book Buddies Days with 11 a.m. start times (Tuesday, April 28; Tuesday, May 12; Wednesday, May 13), Total Turf & Landscape Night (Thursday, May 7), 18th Street Dairy Queen Sunday (June 14), Hy-Vee Family Sundays (June 14 and July 19), Senior Days and Camp Days with 1 p.m. start times (Monday, June 15, and Monday, July 20), Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association and Epic Stone Night (Wednesday, July 1), S.J. Smith Night (Friday, July 3), John Deere Night (Friday, July 31), and Faith and Fellowship Night presented by Chick-fil-A and Moody Radio (Sunday, Aug. 2).

“This promotional schedule was built from our fans' feedback, and we are excited for all that is in store for the Quad Cities this season,” said River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser. “From our classic highlights – fireworks, giveaways, jersey auctions, ticket and concession deals – to our many new promotions, everyone can find a reason to enjoy the entertainment and make lifelong memories at Modern Woodmen Park this season.”

The complete 2015 promotional schedule (all promotions are subject to change) is available at Ticket packages of 12 to 70 games – which include free parking, merchandise discounts, and guaranteed giveaways – are available by calling (563) 324-3000.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership in 2014 made one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 105 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, Space Camp opened June 20; the new Drop'N Twist debuted in July; and the newly expanded 300-foot long zip line also reopened.

SpringHill Christian Day Camp 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:52

Our mission:  To glorify God by creating life-impacting experiences that enable young people to know Jesus Christ and to grow in their relationship with Him.

Have your kids experience SpringHill Christian Day Camp this summer!

Where:  Heritage Church, Iowa

July 27-31, 2015
2700 Middle Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Who: Completed grades: K-4
When: Hours: 9am-4pm July 27-31, 2015

How much: Cost: $179

What happens: SpringHill Day Camps include small group Bible teaching, high-energy large group sessions, and adventure activities such as archery, bungee trampoline, camp songs, climbing wall, crafts, & more.

Parent’s guide to Day Camp

  • Day Camp activities are all hosted right onsite so your child will never leave the premises
  • SpringHill provides and runs the complete camp experience including fun activities, Bible-based curriculum, and highly-trained camp counselors
  • The week kicks off with Parent Orientation on Monday so you enter the week knowing exactly what to expect

Closing Day on Friday is when you come to see your kids receive individual recognition for their progress at camp

  • If you aren't able to pick up your child at the designated time, we offer an extended Day Camp option for $25 from 4-5:30pm

Registration link:

Iowa State Fair Parade Applications Available Now PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 23 March 2015 09:49

DES MOINES, IA (03/17/2015)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair invites all community and youth groups, special interest clubs and businesses to join the fun and enter the State Fair Parade, Iowa's largest parade and the kick-off to the Fair. The parade is set for Wednesday, August 12. Fair Tour 2015 embarks August 13-23.

Applications are available at or by contacting Tonya Cook at 515/262-3111 ext. 215 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . There is a $25 fee for each parade entry. Entries postmarked later than July 1 must include a $15 late fee. No entries will be accepted after July 15.

Entries will be judged and winners will receive plaques in each of the following categories: best use of Fair theme, best specialty group, most creative/original, Governor's Cup (best overall marching band), marching band (by class), best performance, best horses and best drum line.

The parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Des Moines. Spectators will be able to watch an estimated 200 floats, animals, vehicles, novelty and performing units. Staging will take place at the State Capitol Complex. Parade entrants will then travel west on Grand Avenue to 13th Street. Dispersion will take place between 13th and 18th Streets.

Highlights of the gala event will be re-broadcast on parade night throughout central Iowa on KDSM FOX 17 beginning at 10 p.m. To be considered for television coverage, the description information on the application must be completed and returned. Due to the length of the parade, it is not possible for all entries to be televised.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2015 Iowa State Fair, August 13-23. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Genesis Mallard Jersey Auction Raises $17,700 for Genesis Family Connects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 20 March 2015 08:17
MOLINE, Ill. (March 14, 2015) – The Quad City Mallards tonight teamed with the Genesis Health Services Foundation and KWQC TV6 to raise $17,700 for the Genesis Family Connects program through a game-worn jersey auction after the Mallards’ game against the Wichita Thunder at the iWireless Center.    

The special edition fan-designed jerseys worn by the Mallards tonight in their 3-1 win over the Thunder went up for bid in a live auction immediately following the contest.  The jersey of Mallards forward Kevin Baker went for the evening’s high bid of $1,100.  

Over the last 20 years, Mallards jersey auctions have raised over $800,000 to benefit Genesis Health System charities.  Tonight’s auction is the second of two the Mallards have held this season to raise a total of nearly $37,000 for Genesis Health System charities.  After the Mallards’January 31 meeting with the Brampton Beast, bidding on game-worn “old school” jerseys raised $19,275 for the Genesis Flu-Free QC program.

Genesis Family Connects ensures that within the first 3 weeks of babies leaving the hospital, specially trained Genesis Visiting Nurses will provide in-home health assessments of mothers and newborns, as well as discuss the social conditions affecting the family. Family Connects is open to all families regardless of income, status or number of children in the home.


The sweaters worn this evening by the Mallards were designed by Australian Heath Morrison, the winner of the team’s fan jersey design contest.  Tonight’s auction was conducted by Stenzel Auction Service, a family owned business that has been providing auction and appraisal services for over 50 years.  More information on Stenzel Auction Service and be found at

Tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including tomorrow’s contest- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The box office is open weekdays from10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28. 

About Genesis Health System

Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a full continuum of health care services.  Genesis Health System’s affiliates include: acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and Genesis Medical Center, Silvis and Aledo in Illinois; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with more than 170 primary care physicians and specialists; a Family Practice Residency program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment.  Partners include the Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley, Genesis Imaging Centers and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport. Genesis Health System serves a 10-county area of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.  Genesis also manages Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. For more information, visit

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are in the midst of their eighteenth season and their first in the ECHL.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007; in the International Hockey League in 2009-10; and in the Central Hockey League from 2010 through 2014.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The iWireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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The Professional Bull Riders to buck at the iWireless Center BlueDEF Velocity event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:17
June 13, 2015 - 7 pm
On Sale Friday, March 27 at 10 am

PUEBLO, Colo. - The Professional Bull Riders announced that Moline's iWireless Center will be the host for the BlueDEF Velocity event on June 13.

For one night only, the best up and coming bull riders in the world will face foes nearly 10 times their weight during the most thrilling 8 seconds in sports. Each rider will face one bull in Round 1 and then the Top 10 scoring riders of the night will come back for one more ride in the championship round. At the end of the competition, the rider with the highest combined score will be crowned the champion.

The action begins at 7 p.m. CT.

Tickets, ranging in price from $18 to $68, go on sale Friday, March 27 to the general public and are available at , the iWireless Center box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The Quad Cities will be the 16th stop of 24 on the 2015 PBR BlueDEF Velocity Tour. The tour kicked off in Clovis, New Mexico at the L.J. Jenkins Invitational on Oct. 31, 2014. As the last event of the BDVT season, the BDVT Finals will take place in Louisville, Kentucky two weeks prior to the PBR World Finals and offer a total purse of $100,000.

The overall winner of the BDVT season will be the rider who earns the most world points at the BDVT level. He will receive $50,000 and qualify to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.

Visit PBR LIVE for details about watching online streams of the 2015 BlueDEF Velocity Tour season.

The PBR's BlueDEF Velocity Tour is a collaboration between the PBR and AEG, the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world, which offers established and up-and-coming bull riders the opportunity to gain the valuable points needed to qualify for the PBR's elite Built Ford Tough Series.


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