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Written by Katie Mitchell   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 13:45

Springfield, Missouri—(May 24, 2013) Most of us can recall the memories of summer--long, lazy days; warm summer nights.  Do you remember going camping with the family?  When you made s’mores or slept under the stars—even if it was just in a tent in your own backyard? Or, all the super fun times you had at summer camp?  This summer, Bass Pro Shops offers you the chance to recapture some of those great summer memories –absolutely free!

The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features free activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures that will last a lifetime.  It all begins Saturday, June 8th and continues through Sunday, July 14th at 56 Bass Pro Shops located across the United States and Canada.

Saturdays and Sundays and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12Noon-2 pm, kids will enjoy free craft activities like designing their own compass, making Dad a bobber key chain, coloring their own slap bracelet, designing a lizard door hanger, creating a popsicle stick fish and painting a deer track—a different craft activity each week (while supplies last).

Free Family Summer Camp Workshops will occur hourly 12Noon-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 8th.  The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, archery and hunting.  Other workshops include bird watching, wildlife exploration, water safety, backyard exploration about plants and insects and outdoor discovery showing the importance of conservation.  All workshops are approximately 20 minutes in length and kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectable pin for every workshop completed (while supplies last).

Not all special activities will be available at all stores but activities could include catch and release ponds, casting targets, archery and Daisy BB gun ranges, or a carousel. You can even have a souvenir photo made Saturdays and Sundays only 12Noon-5pm, June 8-9 & 15-16! And, each Saturday, throughout the event, enjoy the great tradition of homemade ice cream sampling from 5-6pm. Special store activities will vary but you can visit beginning on May 29th and click on an individual store site for times.

And, you can celebrate Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Donation month at Bass Pro Shops during this time.  Visit the store, make a donation to QDMA and learn how to enter for a chance to win a $500 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card.

Also available at the Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp is a FREE Field & Stream Summer Fun Guide booklet full of different outdoor activities and tips, ideas and product checklists to help you make the most of your summer outdoor adventure.

While attending the Family Summer Camp events at your local store (U.S. store locations only) don’t forget to check out the exciting “Toyota Father’s Day Sweepstakes.” One lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a two-year lease on a 2014 Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab 4x2 truck valued at approximately $16,800 (Toyota lease includes 25,000 miles/year and is subject to standard Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.’s ((“TMS”) lease or agreement terms.  See store for more details and to register or visit beginning June 8th for more details and to register.)

If you are attending the Family Summer Camp events at the Bass Pro Shops stores in Canada, one lucky “Family Summer Camp Sweepstakes” GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a fishing trip for winner and one guest with Dave Mercer. The prize consists of round trip coach air transportation from the major commercial airport closest to winner’s residence and use of a rental car, hotel accommodations for 2 days/2 nights, the opportunity to fish with Dave Mercer for one day, and use of various fishing gear (to be determined). Approximate retail value of this prize is $5,500. (See store for more details and to register.)

Get together as a family this summer and make some great outdoor memories and traditions beginning with the Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops!

Contact:      Katie Mitchell, Communications Manager, 417-873-5618
Jenna Kendall, Communications Coordinator, 417-873-5059

About Bass Pro Shops®:
Bass Pro Shops® operates 77 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers in 26 states and Canada visited by over 116 million people annually.  Bass Pro Shops® also conducts an international catalog and internet retailing operation—the American Rod & Gun® wholesale division--which sells to more than 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide.  Outdoor World® Incentives also sells Bass Pro Shops® gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America.  The Bass Pro Shops® restaurant division has 28 locations.  The company’s Tracker Marine Group® ( manufactures and sells Tracker®, Nitro®, SunTracker®, Tahoe®, Grizzly® and Mako® boats through Bass Pro Shops® retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide.  The Resort Group ( includes Big Cedar Lodge® and other resort properties including restaurants and golf courses. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops® store locations, products or special events, please visit  To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.  Follow us on Facebook at

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Ron Summers   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:45

Friends of Vander Veer and Davenport Parks and Recreation will kick off their summer theme for Vander Veer Botanical Park and Conservatory at a grand opening event on Tuesday, May 28 at 1:30pm at the Enabling Garden at Vander Veer, 214 W Central Park, in Davenport.  The theme for 2013 will be “Candy Land”, featuring Hasbro’s Candy Land board game and all of the Candy Land characters.  This fun and educational summer exhibit will be at Vander Veer from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and is intended to provide children with a unique park experience, and help them develop an appreciation for aesthetics, nature, plants and science.

The “Candy Land” exhibits will feature interpretive signs, plant labels with candy related names, scents or colors, backpacks to check out filled with educational components linked to each “Candy Land” character and site, character cut-outs and display items, and special programs for families, children and adults.

Redesigned characters and components for the “Candy Land” theme were done by local artists and Central High School Art students who were recipients of a Quad City Arts ArtDollars Grant.  Character components relate to science, botany, nature, water ecosystems, color and senses.   Characters will be located throughout Vander Veer and paired with an educational component.

Additional programming offered throughout the summer based on the “Candy Land” theme will include:

• Gooey and Good- June 13th 5:30-6:30pm (Family class about making healthy snacks)
• Minty Concoctions- June 27th, 5:30-6:30pm (Adult class about making refreshing summer beverages using mint from the garden)
• Sweet Secrets of Modern Flavorings- July 11th, 5:30-6:30pm (A secondary youth class about the history and origin of spices and flavorings such as vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon)
• My Little Wheelbarrow- June 12th- July 24th, 10-11am (Youth program with nature, gardening, and science)

What: “Candy Land” Grand Opening

When: Tuesday, May 28, 1:30pm

Where: Vander Veer Botanical Park Enabling Garden  214 W Central Park, Davenport IA

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:33
Beloit scores winning runs in ninth inning for second straight day against Quad Cities

DAVENPORT, Iowa (MAY 19, 2013) – The Beloit Snappers scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning for a second straight game against the Quad Cities River Bandits in front of 2,961 at Modern Woodmen Park, as the visitors broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single by second baseman Christopher Bostick on the way to a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon.

In a game that included several tense moments in the late innings and the return of Moline High School graduate Dakota Bacus to pitch against Quad Cities, the River Bandits out-hit the Snappers, 10-8, but could not overcome four errors. Quad Cities (23-19) dropped a third straight game to Beloit (24-18) and fell one game behind the Snappers for second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Beloit took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Bostick's RBI single to bring in catcher Nick Rickles for the only run against River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor, who scattered five hits and one walk while striking out two batters through the first four innings. Quad Cities gave Minor a no-decision by tying the score in the fifth inning, as catcher Jobduan Morales drew a one-out walk, advanced to third base on a double by second baseman Austin Elkins and scored on an infield grounder by center fielder Teoscar Hernandez. Snappers right-hander Austin House allowed five hits, an earned run and three walks, while striking out two and benefitting from four double plays.

Right-hander Lance McCullers (0-4) started the sixth inning for the River Bandits, while Bacus (4-1) did the same for the Snappers. Each allowed one hit while working two scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh innings, and each worked himself in and out of trouble in the eighth inning.

McCullers walked Bostick to lead off the eighth and then moved the runner to second on a wild pickoff throw. When McCullers failed to cleanly field a bunt by designated hitter Bruce Maxwell, the Snappers had runners at first and third base with no outs. But McCullers got third baseman Renato Nunez on a popup before consecutive strikeouts of first baseman Matt Olson and right fielder John Wooten.

Bacus allowed consecutive singles by River Bandits shortstop Carlos Correa, who extended his 10-game hitting streak, and first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki. Bacus then retired left fielder Terrell Joyce on a flyout to left field, but a wild pitch moved Correa to third base. Correa tried to score on third baseman Rio Ruiz's high chopper to Olson at first base but the throw got Correa for the second out, and designated hitter Brian Blasik struck out swinging to end the inning.

In the Snappers' ninth inning, left fielder Ryan Mathews and center fielder Brett Vertigan drew back-to-back two-out walks against McCullers before Bostick's single, which right fielder Ariel Ovando misplayed, allowing Mathews and Vertigan to score. Trailing 3-1, Quad Cities rallied with a two-out walk by Elkins and consecutive singles by Hernandez and Correa to score one run. After Correa stole second base to put the tying and winning runs in scoring position, Bacus struck out Wierzbicki to seal Beloit's 3-2 victory.

The River Bandits will try to avoid being swept for the first time this season at 11 a.m. Monday, when a tandem of right-hander Mike Hauschild (2-0) and left-hander Colton Cain (1-4) faces Beloit right-hander Raul Alcantara (5-1).

UP NEXT: The final Book Buddies day at the ballpark is Monday, which is presented by 97X. 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 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.

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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Monday, 20 May 2013 14:49
Spash Bash! 
Water Family Fun Night -kids in pool Friday, May 24, 6pm to 8pm

Kick off the summer with the Splash Bash! Enjoy half price admission to Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center. Water games will be played and door prizes will be given away! Parks and Recreation instructors and camp counselors will be offering a sample of our summer programs. Come enjoy a night of family water fun!


Annie Wittenmyer Aquatic Center

2828 Eastern Avenue, Davenport



Hershey Track & Field

Saturday, May 18
9am - 11am
Bettendorf High School
Hershey's Track & Field Program was created to provide fun learning experiences for children 9 to 14 years old. This event is FREE to the youth participants. Thanks to sponsorships that support youth physical fitness! Join us as we help kids discover their potential, make new friends, and gain newfound self confidence. Every child is a winner with the Hershey's Track & Field Games!
Tennis Block Party
Saturday, May 18
9am - 1pm
West High School
Let's make some "Racquet" for the 11th annual Tennis Block Party. Come join the neighborhood and have fun playing and learning the sport of tennis. This grand event is brought to you in partnership by Davenport Parks and Recreation, United Neighbors, Davenports Schools, BI-State and Missouri Valley bring you this community event. The event will be held on the West High School courts. Event will move indoors in case of rain

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

 Candy Land

Grand Opening
Tuesday, May 28

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


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