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Learn to Skate Sessions begin February 14 and 16 Sign up before Feb 1 and receive $20 off! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:38

Learn to Skate Sessions begin February 14 and 16

Sign up before Feb 1 and receive $20 off!

Figure skating is a sport one can participate in individually or as a member of a team, for recreation or competitively, throughout one's life. It is fun, creative and challenging. It involves the development, practice and execution of skills that one progressively learns and builds on over time. Learning skills and mastering those skills is an especially important part of child development.

Class sessions are 45 minutes once a week for seven weeks at the River's Edge. Each session fee is $105 and includes skate rental. There are a variety of classes based on skill levels.  Classes are offered Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings.  Sign up before Feb 1 and only pay $85!

For a list of classes available, and to register online, click the link below:


Click here for classes available and to register online!

Troops in Afghanistan Gear Up for Superbowl XLVII PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danny Gonzalez   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:21

SUPERBOWL XLVII is less than two weeks away and MAF is bringing back our annual SUPERBOWL challenge to all of our pro-troops supporters. This year's Superbowl Championship will be played between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.

We want to see which team has more fans out there who are excited to donate and support our troops fighting in Afghanistan. The team who sponsors more care packages for the troops will win! 

Last year, the Superbowl was played between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. During last year's Superbowl challenge, we had more Giants fans sponsor care packages than Pats fans, and sure enough when game day came the Giants beat the Patriots in Superbowl XLVI. 

So who will win this year, the 49ers or the Ravens? Will your donations accurately predict the outcome of the game again?

To support your favorite team, click one of the links below and sponsor a care package for our troops in Afghanistan full of goodies that the troops will love!

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Written by Niabi Zoo   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:48


Applications for seasonal employment are being accepted. Friendly and responsible employees may work in the Gift Shop, admission gate, carrousel, petting zoo, Lorikeet Landing or do maintenance. Some nights and weekends may be required.

Click below for more information and to download the application. Join the Zoo Crew this summer and come to work at one of the largest and most popular attractions in the Quad Cities.



It's cold this week, but the animals at Niabi are warm and dry. Most animals that stay outdoors through the winter have an enclosed area where they can go to avoid snow and wind. The snow leopard loves the cold and he even wraps his tail around his body for more warmth.

Some animals, including the rainbow lorikeets that are native to Australia, take a winter vacation indoors and return outdoors around Memorial Day.



Calling all future zoologists and zoo pros ages 14-17! Complete your application to the Junior Zookeeper program. The JZK program provides an exciting opportunity to volunteer at the zoo with professional educators and animal handlers. Learn about zoos and animals, conservation and what it takes to succeed in a zoo career. Download an application below, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
or call (309) 799-3482 ext 222.



Our animals eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, even though they don't worry about keeping resolutions to loose weight.

Our two Asian elephants share about 25 pounds of produce a day, including bananas, apples, celery, potatoes and carrots. They also eat grains and hay to get fiber in their diets. Can you believe the elephants eat five bales of hay each day!

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Wendy’s Chili Golf Open is on for 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Summers   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:07
Davenport, Iowa, January 22, 2013 – It’s Chili Golf Open time! Bundle up and come participate in the 24th Annual Davenport Parks and Recreation Wendy’s Chili Golf Open hosted at Credit Island Park. This is a winter golfing tradition in the Quad Cities!

This “CHILI” winter golf event will be held Saturday, February 2nd ; tee times are from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm. Delicious Wendy’s chili will be available for golfers at the end of the tournament. What better way to celebrate winter golf!

Registration is now open at the Rivers Edge, 700 W. River Drive and is accepted on a first come basis. You must register in person in the tee time registration book. The registration fee is $15 per golfer / $60 per team, plus one non-perishable food item per participant to be donated to a local food pantry the day of the event. Tee times will be assigned every 7-8 minutes. Thanks to our sponsors for the event - Wendy’s Restaurants, Clear Channel Radio, and

For questions please contact, Davenport Parks and Recreation at 563-328-7275.

WHAT:  Wendy’s Chili Golf Open

WHEN:  Saturday, February 2, 2013, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Credit Island Lodge, 2200 W River Dr, Davenport

What Lance Armstrong Teaches Us About Real Heroes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:57
As a Cancer Survivor and U.S. Marine, I Once Looked Up to Him
By: Jay Platt

What is a hero? Webster's dictionary defines a hero as someone who's admired for his achievements and noble qualities, and one who shows great courage. Fortunately, today we have many examples of  real heroes. Look no further than the U.S. military, police and firefighters -- men and women who put their lives at risk for others.

A real hero also is the person who is fighting cancer or some other chronic illness, and does so with great dignity and grace. Though they may be in pain or discomfort, they somehow make those around them feel better, do better, and be better.

Which brings me to Lance Armstrong.

I was a supporter of his since his first Tour de France win. Coming back from cancer the way he did, and racing the way he did drug-free (supposedly), inspired me to no end. When others questioned how he was able to do the things he did without any help from performance-enhancing drugs, I defended him as if he were a personal friend.

As a cancer survivor myself, and someone who continues to battle the disease daily, he inspired me. He gave me strength when I felt like I had none. He even motivated me to challenge myself by attempting demanding physical feats, like hiking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail beginning to end. When I got tired and wanted to quit, I'd think to myself, “If Lance can do the things he does, I can do this, too.”

So, his recent revelations to Oprah Winfrey hit me like a 50-pound sledgehammer to the chest. When he admitted to lying about taking performance enhancing drugs, I felt like he had personally lied to me. And that's when I knew that he is nothing more than a fake hero.

Fake heroes have none of the qualities of a real hero. Rather, they lie, cheat, steal, and do whatever it takes to make themselves look good and heroic. Winning, to them, is the most important thing, and who they hurt in the process really doesn't matter. All of which, sadly, describes Lance Armstrong.

I know he still will have his defenders. I've already heard from people who have basically said, “Well, what about all the good he's done for cancer research?” While that is true, and I certainly hope that Livestrong is not negatively affected by Armstrong's admission, the fact is that the whole organization was started based on a lie.

He never would have had the millions of dollars, the fame, and the incredible story if it had not been for the lie that he told for so long. And, although it is uncomfortable to say so, how do we know that he did not get cancer because of his taking performance enhancing drugs? Would that have changed his story? I'm sure, for many, it would have.

And what of his admission now? Surely, that took courage? It was heroic, right? Hardly! First of all, look at to whom he chose to tell all of the details. Oprah Winfrey. I have no doubt that was a well-thought-out strategy on his part. He, undoubtedly, was advised to go where he would most likely garner sympathy and do it before an audience that probably knows little about cycling, and that is most likely to give him a pass on his transgressions.

Even with all that though, he still could have done the heroic thing. But he did not. He could have looked into the camera and said in the sincerest way he could muster that steroids are not the way. That he, in all likelihood, gave himself cancer in his quest for fame. Think of the kids who could have benefited from hearing such a thing. Instead, however, he defiantly said that since everyone else was supposedly doing it, he felt justified in doing it, too. Very hero like, huh?

About Jay Platt: Jay Platt was medically retired from the Marine Corps in 1998 after suffering complications from the cancer von Hippel Lindau (VHL), a genetic disease that resulted in brain and spinal tumors, kidney cancer, and the loss of his left eye. Told his future would be considerably dimmer than his past, Platt set out to rebuild himself physically, mentally and spiritually, and to challenge himself by setting demanding physical goals. He is one of fewer than 300 people to have hiked the 2,100-mile southbound Appalachian Trail; one of three to swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco with hands and feet tied; and the only person to swim across the Mississippi while blindfolded, handcuffed and shackled. Proceeds from his adventures and sales of his documentary benefit non-profits, including the VHL Family Alliance. For more information, visit:

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