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Vander Veer Summer Theme: Candy Land ! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Monday, 20 May 2013 14:44

 Candy Land

Grand Opening
Tuesday, May 28
1:30pm

This summer follow the rainbow path to find King Kandy and all his friends at Vander Veer Botanical Park! Begin at the Park Store and locate the characters using our backpacks. Discover plants with candy names and all the colors of the rainbow. Beware of Lord Licorice who wll try to distract you from your mission with the lagoon creatures! Find King Kandy and return to the park store for a surprise.  The Adventure is all yours!  Sign up for our Candy Land programs:

"Minty Concoctions"

Vander Veer Logo

"Gooey and Good"

"The Sweet Secrets of Modern Flavorings"

 

Theme available Memorial Day - Labor Day

 

Conservatory Store hours:

Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:oopm. Closed on Monday.

 

Vander Veer Conservatory Friends of Vander Veer

214 W Central Park Ave

Davenport IA

563-326-7818

 
RIVER BANDITS TAKE TIGHT FINALE AT WISCONSIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 20 May 2013 14:41
Hauschild and Neely combine for 4 2/3 shutout innings to finish rubber match of awkward plays

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (MAY 16, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits only had a three-run fifth inning for their offensive output at Wisconsin Thursday afternoon, but left-hander Colton Cain, right-hander Mike Hauschild and right-hander John Neely combined to keep the home team to a single run in a 3-1 win in the deciding game of a three-game series at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

In a game with five errors, two unconventional double plays and other assorted oddities, the starting pitchers – Cain for Quad Cities and right-hander Austin Blaski (2-1) for Wisconsin began by matching each other with four scoreless innings. Quad Cities loaded the bases in the fourth inning on a walk, single and Blaski's first of two errors on bunt attempts. With the bases loaded and no outs, catcher Roberto Pena grounded to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who tagged out baserunner Jesse Wierzbicki going from second to third, and then tagged Miles Hamblin, who had only gone a short distance from third base. Quad Cities right fielder Ariel Ovando struck out swinging to end the inning still in a scoreless tie. The River Bandits (23-16) had their first quirky defensive play in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Timber Rattlers second baseman Chris McFarland grounded to second baseman Austin Elkins, who misfired over the head of Wierzbicki at first base, but Pena grabbed the carom from the first-base dugout screen and fired to Wierzbicki, who tagged out McFarland after he had turned toward second base.

In the fifth inning, Elkins drew a leadoff walk and moved to second base on a single by left fielder Jordan Scott. When center fielder Teoscar Hernandez put a bunt to the third-base side of the pitcher's mound, Blaski fielded the ball and threw it past third baseman Jose Sermo, which allowed Elkins to score and each runner to advance two bases. Shortstop Carlos Correa brought in Scott with a groundout, and Hamblin singled home Hernandez for a 3-0 advantage. Wisconsin answered in the fifth inning when Arcia hit a leadoff single against Cain, and left fielder Tyrone Taylor hit an RBI double to left-center field. After Cain retired right fielder Michael Reed on a groundout, manager Omar Lopez brought in Hauschild – the first second starter of a tandem to enter in the middle of an inning this season. Center fielder Mitch Haniger singled to put runners at first and third base before Hauschild induced an inning-ending double play, keeping it 3-1. Hauschild also escaped a second-and-third, one-out jam in the seventh by getting Reed to line out and Haniger to fly out.

Each team made the final out of its ninth inning by catching a baserunner going past third base. Right-hander Jono Armold induced a one-out ground ball by Hernandez that led to a force out at second, a late throw to first and a throw to get Ovando rounding third. Neely allowed two walks in the bottom half, before Haniger to hit a two-out grounder that caromed off third baseman Ryan Dineen into shallow left field, where Correa stopped it and threw to Dineen, who ran down Arcia and threw to Pena for the final out as Arcia left the basepath.

Thursday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Friday, May 17. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Friday, May 17. The River Bandits begin a four-game series with Beloit at 7 p.m. Friday, when Quad Cities left-hander Brian Holmes (3-2) and right-hander Jordan Jankowski (2-0) will face Snappers right-hander Seth Streich (3-2).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits begin their next home stand Friday, May 17, with Petrolpalooza Night – when berm tickets are 10 cents lower than the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline at BP, and bleacher tickets are 10 cents below the price of a premium unleaded gallon. Friday will also feature a Fireworks show presented by Eastern Iowa Toyota Dealers, WLLR and WQAD. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
RIVER BANDITS RALLY PAST TIMBER RATTLERS, 9-4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 20 May 2013 13:32

Teoscar Hernandez goes 4-for-5 with three runs as Quad Cities pounds out 14 hits in comeback win

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (MAY 15, 2013) – One night after losing a three-run lead to Wisconsin, the Quad Cities River Bandits fell behind, 4-1, after four innings but used four-run frames in the fifth and sixth innings, along with 14 hits, to overcome the Timber Rattlers for a 9-4 road win at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

The first four spots in the Quad Cities order went a combined 10-for-16 with five runs and six RBIs. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez went 4-for-5 with a game-high three runs scored. Shortstop Carlos Correa extended his hitting streak to six games with a 3-for-5 night, including a double, two runs and two RBIs. Designated hitter Miles Hamblin went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs, and three walks.

Hernandez started the offense by leading off the game with a single against right-hander Leonard Lorenzo. Two batters later, Hamblin hit a liner past first baseman Adam Giacalone into the right-field corner to bring in Hernandez. Quad Cities right-hander Lance McCullers worked a scoreless bottom of the first inning but was removed from the game with hip tightness.

Left-hander Mitchell Lambson started the bottom of the second inning and worked two scoreless frames before alowing the first five Wisconsin batters to reach base in the fourth on a walk, an error by shortstop Carlos Correa, a walk and consecutive RBI singles by third baseman Alfredo Rodriguez and catcher Brent Dean. Right-hander Michael Dimock (5-0) came on to allow two inherited runners to score before ending the inning with back-to-back strikeouts and a 4-1 deficit.

Quad Cities (22-16) responded quickly against Lorenzo in the top of the fifth, as catcher Roberto Pena drew a leadoff walk in front of four consecutive singles by left fielder Jordan Scott, Hernandez, Correa and Hamblin – with each of the last three bringing in runs for a 4-4 tie. Correa scored on a ground-ball double play by first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki against right-hander Taylor Mangum (1-3).

Dimock allowed a double, walk and hit batter to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth before striking out shortstop Orlando Arcia to preserve the one-run lead. The River Bandits added four runs against right-hander Damien Magnifico in the sixth, as second baseman Brian Blasik drew a leadoff walk and in one play stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by catcher Brent Dean. Pena doubled and scored on a wild pitch, and Hernandez singled and scored on a double by Correa, who scored on Wierzbicki's RBI single for a 9-4 advantage.

Right-hander Daniel Minor made the lead stand, allowing three hits in four shutout innings for his first professional save.

The River Bandits and Timber Rattlers (18-18) play the rubber match of their series at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, when Quad Cities left-hander Colton Cain (1-4) and right-hander Mike Hauschild (1-0) face Wisconsin right-handers Austin Blaski (2-0).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits begin their next home stand Friday, May 17, with Petrolpalooza Night – when berm tickets are 10 cents lower than the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline at BP, and bleacher tickets are 10 cents below the price of a premium unleaded gallon. Friday will also feature a Fireworks show presented by Eastern Iowa Toyota Dealers, WLLR and WQAD. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
4 MLB teams welcome FFA members, families, alumni, supporters to series of FFA Day at the Ballpark games this summer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Duane Brodt   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 12:45

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 15, 2013/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization has partnered with four Major League Baseball teams for FFA Day at the Ballpark events this summer.

FFA Day with the Kansas City Royals is Sunday, June 23, against Chicago. FFA Day with the Pittsburgh Pirates is Sunday, June 30, vs. Milwaukee. FFA Day with the St. Louis Cardinals is Sunday, Aug. 11, vs. the Chicago Cubs and FFA Day with the Cincinnati Reds is Sunday, Aug. 25, against Milwaukee.

All four MLB teams are offering FFA members, their families and friends, teachers, FFA alumni and FFA supporters specially discounted tickets to attend the game. Through attendance, local FFA members’ participation in stadium activities, special messaging at each game and appearances by National FFA Organization mascot Flyte the Owl, the National FFA Organization hopes to raise awareness about FFA to large and diverse audiences.

A portion of ticket proceeds sold for the Royals, Cardinals and Reds games will directly benefit Kansas FFA, Missouri FFA and Ohio FFA, respectively. In Pittsburgh, the team will offer a replica Roberto Clemente Pirates jersey or a replica Pirates hat to FFA members and supporters depending on their ticket selection.

“The support, level of engagement and willingness to share what today’s FFA is all about that we’ve received from the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds organizations has been outstanding,” said Duane Brodt, public relations manager at the National FFA Organization. “Combined, we have the opportunity to put FFA in front of more than 150,000 Major League Baseball fans this summer and raise awareness about FFA, have thousands of conversations about the importance of our organization to share what we do throughout the country and engage our members, their teachers and loved ones, our alumni and our supporters.”

FFA members and supporters who are Royals, Pirates, Cardinals and Reds fans can visit the MLB page on the National FFA Organization's website for more information about each of the FFA Day at the Ballpark games and buy specially discounted tickets.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

 
Color Me Rad 5K Announces First Quad Cities Race Opening PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlotte Doehler-Morrison   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:28

MOLINE, IL – May 13, 2013 – Runners in the Quad Cities are gearing up for color, and a whole lot of radness, as they participate in the Color Me Rad 5K on August 24, 2013.

As white-clad participants start and end the race at the i wireless Center in Moline, Illinois, they will be doused with multi-colored cornstarch along the race course.  The color tie-dyes their t-shirts and bodies while it brightens the runner’s outlook on life. This is an untimed event that is focused purely on fun, and fitness.

After completing the 3.1-mile course, runners will declare themselves rad as they toss their own bags of color into the air and create a display so colorful that it makes the Fourth of July jealous.  The color is FDA approved colored cornstarch, and almost 5,000 lbs. of it will be used for the run.

Waves of 1,000 people will take off every five minutes beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013.  Participants of all ages are welcome to run or walk. Registration is available online at www.colormerad.com.  Enter code QCSPORTS and a portion of each registration will be donated to the Quad Cities Sports Commission.  Registration is $35 per person if registered by May 31.  After that, registration is $40 until June 18; $45 if registered by August 2; $50 if registered by August 21.

The Quad Cities race is the seventy-fifth stop on this year’s nation-wide tour. Inspired by the Holi Festival of India, Color Me Rad is in its second year of turning runners into color revelers. Last year more than 200,000 runners were turned rad in 36 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

“We love to get people involved in fitness that may not come out to your typical 5K,” said race organizer Scott Crandall.  “Like your fifth birthday party, we want this event to be memorable, fun, and colorful.  This is all about fun, and unlike your birthday party, there are no scary clowns here, just lots of color.”

A portion of the proceeds of the race goes to Quad Cities Sports Commission when registrants use the code QCSPORTS when registering for the race.

“We have worked with great charities across the country, and there is nothing more rad than knowing all of this colorful mayhem is also for a good cause,” Crandall said.

In 2013 Color Me Rad™ will hold races across the US and Canada in more than 90 cities. For information and additional race locations, visit www.colormerad.com or check out what fans have to share on Facebook at www.facebook.com/colormerad5k.

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the cities of Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa.

 
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