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QC Raiders Meet and Greet Potluck PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Williams   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:26

Davenport, Iowa (July 2013) – The QC Raiders Minor League Football Team will be at Gilda’s Club for a Potluck on Thursday July 25th at 6:00 p.m. Folks can meet players and toss around the football. Please bring a dish to pass. Gilda’s Club is located at 1234 East River Drive, Davenport, Iowa

Call Gilda’s Club at 563-326-7504 to RSVP

Is Yasiel Puig’s All-Star Bid The End of Civilization As We Know It? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Levin   
Monday, 15 July 2013 14:19

If you don’t follow baseball, you may be unaware of the controversy simmering around Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig.  He came up from the minors less than two months ago, has played on a level comparable only to that of the early Joe DiMaggio, and has singlehandedly (okay, with both hands) lifted the Dodgers from the ignominy of overpaid underperformer status into credible pennant contenders.  Fans came within inches of writing him onto the All-Star team by online ballot.

Puig has played fewer than 40 games in the Major Leagues.  The Dodgers, who had a lot of money, now have a lot less, because they agreed to pay him $42 million over seven years.

Old school baseball players and their managers take offense to an All-Star designation for a player who has barely gotten his uniform sweaty.  But the people want Puig, and there’s still an outside chance that they’ll have him, when the All-Star Game takes place Tuesday in New York.

Baseball traditionalists believe that All-Star status is something one earns over time.  Casual fans couldn’t care less about a player’s body of work; they’re just interested in stars, which Puig, at least for the short term, now is.  Sports talk radio commentators recognize that baseball has a phenomenon in Puig and that the All-Star game is a marketing showcase.  Failing to include Puig, therefore, would be an unpardonable offense.

Puig had the good fortune to come of age in the age of American Idol, when you can become a star literally overnight.  You don’t have to spend years paying dues; you just go viral.   Consider the difference between yesterday’s Frank Sinatra and today’s Psy.  Sinatra toured with big bands for years before he hit; Psy, the Korean voice of Gangnam Style (two billion YouTube hits and counting) became a planetary legend with one video.  If extraterrestrials exist, they are probably on Alpha Centauri doing the horse dance and singing, “Hey, sexy lady!”

And so it is in sports.  LeBron got his $60 million deal with Nike before he stepped on an NBA court.  Andrew Luck signed to quarterback the Indianapolis Colts for $22 million prior to throwing a single NFL pass.  And now Yasiel Puig has parlayed eight undeniably great weeks into eight figures.

The veteran players may or may not begrudge Puig the money; they definitely resent his potential All-Star status.  That’s because they come from a world where what you do over a long period of time defines who you are.  Puig, baseball’s flavor of the month, leaves a sour taste in their mouths.

In baseball, hitters and pitchers “solve” one another.  Meaning that tendencies are analyzed and baseball experts do everything that can to drag outliers back to the mean.  In the sport’s language, the goal is to create a “book” on a player: identify his weaknesses and capitalize on them.  The fastball hitter may have trouble with a slider; a particular pitcher may struggle to keep the ball down.  Once word gets out, it’s much harder for a phenom to keep up that initial momentum.

This may or may not happen with Puig.  He could be the next Henry Aaron.  Or not.   He could also run into serious trouble.  If you listened to sports talk radio the week before the Dodgers elevated Puig to the majors, the topic was the fact that he had enormous trouble coping with authority.  Not quite “cancer in the clubhouse” material, but the verdict among baseball men was that he was too immature to handle the pressures of the big leagues.

So now they’re putting him front and center at the All-Star Game.

There’s something to be said for the old way of doing things, where you had to earn your stripes, pay your dues, work your way to the top.  That way allows people to make their mistakes in private, before all eyes are upon them.  Those of us who are a little older and come from that world are grateful that YouTube didn’t exist when we were in our twenties or Facebook when we were in our teens.  We’re very happy, thank you, that the mistakes we made in our callow years aren’t on our permanent technological record.

I have no problem with Puig playing in the All-Star Game; he’s definitely a star and baseball is the world’s worst sport at marketing itself.  We’ve just seen what happens to people, especially those in the public eye, who receive too much too soon.  From Aaron Hernandez (New England Patriot accused of homicide) to Lindsey Lohan (actress accused of everything), it often turns out that sudden success is no gift from the gods.

I wish Yasiel Puig the greatest of success, personally and professionally, not that he’s ever heard of me or cares about receiving my blessing.  I want him to stay on the baseball diamond and not the police blotter and enjoy his newfound celebrity.

It used to be that it took ten years to become an overnight success.  In today’s world, it can take ten years to get over having been one.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 15 July 2013 13:42

Quad Cities finishes three-game series with eight runs and 35 runners left on base

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JULY 12, 2013) – The Bowling Green Hot Rods took their first lead with a three-run fourth inning Friday night and held on to the lead over the Quad Cities River Bandits to complete a three-game sweep in front of 7,199 at Modern Woodmen Park.

Hot Rods starter Reinaldo Lopez (4-4) gave up two unearned runs in the fifth inning that closed his team's lead to 3-2, but the right-hander allowed just three hits and worked around two walks and two hit batters to record four strikeouts and pitch six innings for a third consecutive start. Left-hander Matt Spann worked 1 1/3 innings and right-hander Nick Sawyer got the final five outs for his seventh save.

Quad Cities starter Chris Devenski began his Midwest League debut by scattering three hits in three shutout innings. In the fourth, Devenski walked the leadoff hitter in Hot Rods catcher Justin O'Conner. The next batter, second baseman Tommy Coyle, grounded a ball back to Devenski, whose throw to second base pulled shortstop Carlos Correa off the bag and left the runners safe at first and second. Hot Rods third baseman Tyler Goeddel then lined a two-run triple to the left-center field gap and scored on a single by shortstop Leonardo Reginatto. With a 3-0 deficit, Devenski retired six of the next seven batters to finish five innings with three runs – two earned – on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

The River Bandits (12-8 second half, 50-38 overall) answered against Lopez in the fifth inning, as right fielder Dan Gulbransen drew a leadoff walk, and catcher Luis Alvarez singled for his first Midwest League hit. Second baseman Brian Blasik grounded into a fielder's choice to put runners at first and third bases. O'Conner then tried to pick Gulbransen off third, but the throw went down the left-field line to advance each runner. Goeddel then misplayed an infield chopper by Correa, allowing Blasik to score and Correa to reach second base. But left fielder Jesse Wierzbicki flied out to end the inning with a 3-2 deficit.

The Hot Rods added a seventh-inning run against right-hander Juri Perez, who allowed a leadoff double by right fielder Joey Rickard and a two-out RBI single by center fielder Andrew Toles. Perez allowed four hits and struck out two batters in the final four innings.

Correa hit a seventh-inning RBI single after Blasik hit a two-out single, stole second base and advanced to third on another Goeddel error. After Wierzbicki walked, Spann struck out third baseman Rio Ruiz with the bases loaded. Quad Cities left 10 runners on base.

The victory gave Bowling Green (15-7, 53-37) the first-ever regular season series sweep in the four-year history of the River Bandits and Hot Rods all-time series. The Hot Rods now have won seven of 12 all-time games between the clubs.

Quad Cities will open a three-game series with the Dayton Dragons Saturday night at 7 p.m. River Bandits right-hander Jordan Jankowski (3-1) will face Dragons right-hander Robert Stephenson (5-3) in the series opener.

UP NEXT: The first 2,000 fans through the gates at Modern Woodmen Park Saturday night will receive a Billy Wagner Bobblehead, courtesy of EmbroidMe and the Quad-City Times. The River Bandits host the Dayton Dragons for a 7 p.m. game. 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.

More July programs from Parks and Recreation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 12 July 2013 14:45
My Little Wheelbarrow Program

Join the fun this summer with our ""Candy Land" themed
preschool drop in program sponsored by The Friends of Vander Veer. Ages 2-5 will learn about the wonders of gardening with lots of hands on activities.
Wednesday July 17 & 24  
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Vander Veer Enabling Garden
Vander Veer Botanical Park
215 W Central Park Ave
Also, check out our Kindernature programs as well:

Pond Play (July 16)

Shell-shocking Turtles (July 23rd)

$6 per child.

Click here for more information or to register.


Bow Hunting Basics

Come join the fun, and learn the basics of bow hunting. Learn shooting skills, laws and ethics, and animal anatomy from a certified archery instructor. There will be a guest speaker from the DNR to present, and answer any questions. This class is for beginners in to this great sport. We hope to see you there. Meet on July 18th and 19th from 6pm- 8pm at the Sunderbruch Park shelter. Program is free for both days.


Description Day one:

*History of the bow and arrow

*Parts of the bow and what they do

*Go over safety and shoot arrows at close range to build confidence

*Talk about different arrow heads and types of arrows that can be used to hunt different types of game


Day two:

*Start off the day with shooting practice. Shoot at our round targets.

* Talk about rules and regulations/ hunters ethics

* Go over basic animal anatomy, and talk about where to shoot the animal

* What to do after you shoot the animal, basic tracking skills and processing the game.


LGBT Family Pool Party

Need a good way to cool down with friends and family this July? Davenport Parks and Recreation and QCAD - Quad Citians Affirming Diversity are partnering to hold a family and friends pool party for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Allied community.

The party is being hosted on Friday, July 19th at the Fejervary Family Aqautics Center at 1900 Telegraph Road, Davenport, IA 52802. The event will begin at 6 P.M. and will end at 8 P.M. Admission fee is $2 per person. This event is open to all residents of the Quad City area. All ages are welcome.

"We have had so many positive inquiries about this event!" said Marissa Osborne, an intern for Davenport Parks and Recreation. "So many people have shown support for diversity and we wanted to celebrate that!"

Davenport Parks and Recreation and QCAD have worked together in the past to host events for the local LGBT Teen population, and this is our first move into providing family activities for the LGBT community.  We are also planning a Family Ice Skating Event in December!

Happiness Is Family Fun at the Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 12 July 2013 14:44

DES MOINES, IA (07/12/2013)(readMedia)-- "Nothing Compares" to this year's line-up of family-friendly fun at the Iowa State Fair. From exciting new grounds attractions to educational exhibits, there's something for everyone at the 2013 Fair, set August 8-18.

Learn about the importance of Iowa's farming community with Certified LEGO Professional Sean Kenney in a special, agriculturally themed sculpture coordinated by the Iowa Food and Family Project. The piece, built entirely out of LEGO bricks, features key pieces of Iowa agriculture including farms, livestock and more. Visit the atrium of the Varied Industries Building to see the exhibit, participate in one of the daily LEGO building contests and learn about Iowa's agriculture first-hand.

Stop by Fun Forest for family-friendly stage entertainment throughout the day including performances by Mama Lou: American Strong Woman, educational presentations by the ReCycle Show with Richard Renner and acts provided by VSA Iowa, an organization striving to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.

Experience even more family-friendly fun at Expo Hill with daily performances by Team Rock extreme breaking experts and acrobatic circus duo Mango and Dango.

The Fair also boasts 11 days of entertainment specifically designed with young Fairgoers in mind. Stop by Kids' Zone, located north of the Animal Learning Center, to see feats of strength at the Timberworks Lumberjack Show, try your green thumb at Little Hands on the Farm or participate in hands-on crafts at the newly relocated Art Attack.

Kids can also enjoy special programming every weekday of the Fair with Blue Ribbon Kids, the Fair's special club for ages 10 and under. Kids' Club members get to be part of the action during special Fair-themed activities. All events will start at 10 a.m. at the kids' club tent in the Kids' Zone, and will last 30-60 minutes. Membership is free and children can sign up beginning 30 minutes prior to any club event or download a form from and bring it along.

Don't miss out on all your Fair favorites returning this year, including Hedrick's Petting Zoo, Bandaloni One Man Band, Silly Sally the Clown, chainsaw carvers A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan and Fair mascots Fairfield and Rosetta.

Visit for scheduling details on these events as well as the line-up of great free stage entertainment, livestock shows, contests and more.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. 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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