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Spring Ice Show at the River's Edge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:20

Exploring outer space is no flight of fantasy for the Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities as it brings "Out of This World" to the ice. The Spring Ice Show, set for Sunday, April 7, 2013 will feature figure skating programs themed around rockets, starships, sci-fi and much more.  Picture stormtroopers on skates or little purple people-eaters gliding on ice.  More than 75 local skaters, ranging from preschoolers to seniors, will showcase their themed artistic programs.  Individual, group and synchronized skating numbers will be performed.  A guest performance by U.S. senior level ice dance team, Kseniya Ponomaryova and Oleg Altukhov, rounds out the show.  The team, hailing from Naperville, Illinois recently competed at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships held in Omaha in January 2013.

This event will be taking place at The River's Edge in Davenport Iowa. It is sponsored in part by the Davenport Parks & Recreation Department and Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities. Like a walk on the moon, this is an exclusive ONE show ONLY event, on Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m.

Out of This World admission will be taken at the door on show day.  Admission:  Adults $10.00, Students/seniors $5.00 and Preschoolers and younger FREE. Seating is limited and available on first arrival basis.  Jackets are recommended for the coolest seats on this planet.  Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with the show starting at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on "Out of This World", go to Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities website.   Direct Inquiries: Sue Schwaegler, FSCQC Show Director, phone at 309-764-2738 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Event Date:          April 7, 2013 2:00 PM

Location:              The River's Edge, 700 W River Dr

Sign up for Spring Programs this weekend! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 22 March 2013 13:32
Registration for Spring and Summer programs are now open!  Click here to browse our online catalog. You can also register online as well! Our spring session begins April 1 so sign up today!
Catalogs are now available at the River's Edge, 700 W River Dr, and also at other selected Parks facilities.
There are programs for all interests and all ages. Take a look at what we offer:
Adaptive & Inclusive Programs
Adult Programs
Aquatics (Swim Lessons & Sailing)
Birthday Party Packages
Diversity and Outreach Programs
Nature and Garden
Junior Theatre
School of Dance
Ice Sports
Youth & Adult Sports
Wellness Programs
Nothing kills a program quicker than everyone waiting until the last minute to register for it. Register well in advance to secure your place, and to make sure the program runs. At some point, we must determine if enrollment is sufficient to hold the activity. By registering well ahead of the deadline, you help us and everyone!

Move It or Lose It: 5 Moves to Put Seniors Back in the Game PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 22 March 2013 13:30

For Americans 65 and older, falling down can be the worst thing to happen to them, according to statistics from the National Council on Aging:

• One in three seniors experiences a significant fall each year
• Every 18 seconds, a senior is admitted into an emergency room after losing balance and hitting the ground
• Every 35 minutes, an elderly person dies from a fall -- the leading cause of death for seniors

“The projected cost in health-care expenses for 2020 due to fall-related injuries in the United States is $55 billion,” says Karen Peterson, a therapist with multiple certifications, and author of “Move With Balance: Healthy Aging Activities for Brain and Body,” ( She’s also the founder and director of Giving Back, a nonprofit organization that grows and spreads programs that support senior health.

“It’s important for seniors to keep moving and learning, that’s what helps improve balance and coordination, and even helps build new neural pathways,” says Peterson, who emphasizes the cognitive importance to her workout programs. “But if you’re rather frail, or just very fearful of falling, you’re less likely to get up and move around.” These activities benefit all seniors, from 55 to 105.

Peterson says a fun, social program of games and activities that include exercises specifically designed for seniors helps them address multiple issues, including those that tend to keep seniors sedentary – which only lessens their strength and balance.

Last year, her program was independently evaluated from Hawaii’s Department of Heath, which found a statistically significant reduction in falls from seniors – 38 percent. It also won the MindAlert Award from the American Society on Aging.

“Seniors of all ages need to continually work on improving their balance, coordination, strength, vision and cognitive skills. When they do, they’re less likely to fall – and more able to enjoy life.”

Peterson suggests these moves, which address many different areas of the body:

• The cross-crawl: After various light warm-ups, begin with the basic cross-crawl, which focuses on the fundamentals of balance. March in place, lifting the knees high. At the same time, reach across and touch the lifted knee with the opposite hand or elbow; alternate and keep going. This can be done sitting, standing or lying down. Once any of these exercises are mastered, Peterson says, participants should continue to challenge themselves. For even greater balance work, and to exercise the vestibular system, close your eyes and count backwards from 100 by threes. “It’s not fun if you’re not conquering a challenge,” she says. Her book includes several challenges for each exercise.

• Forward toe-touch dancer: To improve motor skills, physical coordination and cognition, there are many dance exercises that are appropriate for seniors. If needed, use a chair for assistance. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Now, simultaneously extend your left foot and your right arm forward. Keep your left toes pointed down, touching the floor; or for more difficulty, maintain the toes a few inches off the floor. Repeat this move with your left arm and right foot. Hold each pose for several seconds, and increase holding time.

• Sensory integration – the arrow chart: Look at an arrow chart and call out the direction indicated by each individual symbol. Then, thrust your arms in that direction; in other words, say and do what the arrow indicates. For an additional challenge, do the opposite of what the arrow indicates.

• Side-step walk: Walk sidestepping – bring your right foot across the left and step down three to five inches away from the left foot, ankles crossed. The closer the feet, the harder it is to balance. Alternate crossing the foot in front and then behind the other foot as you move along; repeat several times, then do the same with opposite feet. As a bonus challenge, try a reading exercise from a vision card, designed for stimulating the brain/visual system, while sidestepping.

• The cat jump: This activity is practice in case of a fall; the muscle memory of the movement will be etched in your body. Bend your knees in a squat. Jump a little off the ground with both feet, and land softly, like a cat, without jarring your body. Repeat until you are confident in your ability to prevent a spill.

“Research shows that most falls are preventable,” Peterson says. “These and other exercises, performed regularly, are a great way to achieve safety and a revitalized lifestyle.”

About Karen Peterson

Karen Peterson is founder and director of Giving Back, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of elders through intergenerational mentoring. She has multiple certifications, including as a Brain Gym® instructor, educational kinesiologist, natural vision improvement instructor, Touch for Health instructor and a massage therapist. For 25 years, Peterson has been teaching these modalities to children, businesspeople, athletes, classroom teachers and adults of all ages and occupations.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 22 March 2013 13:18

Run and walk presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics will be Saturday, April 6, at 8 a.m.


DAVENPORT, Iowa (MARCH 21, 2013) – Opening Day is just three weeks from Thursday, but Modern Woodmen Park will have a unique debut for the 2013 season at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 6, when the Quad Cities River Bandits host the first-ever Bandits Race to Home 5K presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics, with all proceeds benefiting the Bandit Scholars Program.

The unique route of the five-kilometer run and walk will begin near Modern Woodmen Park at 8 a.m., cross the Centennial Bridge into Rock Island, Ill., and the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge back into Davenport before ending at home plate inside Modern Woodmen Park. A Fun Run for children 12 years and younger, with River Bandits mascot Rascal, will also take place at approximately 9 a.m. Every 5K registration includes a T-shirt, and every participant in the 5K and Fun Run will receive a free ticket to a 2013 River Bandits game. All registration is available at The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 3.

“The Quad Cities community will be able to warm up for baseball season with the truly amazing and fun experience of twice crossing state lines before coming to the finish line at home plate of Modern Woodmen Park for the Bandits Race to Home 5K presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics,” said team owner Dave Heller. “For one affordable price, each participant will have a unique race experience and a free River Bandits game while supporting the Bandit Scholars Program that pays for two Quad Cities-area students to attend college.”

The 5K registration fee of $27 includes a T-shirt and a ticket to a 2013 River Bandits game. Fun Run registration for children ages 12 and younger is $17, or $22 with a T-shirt. All proceeds benefit the Bandit Scholars Program, which annually awards the Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship and the Bandit Scholarship. Each scholarship pays the entire first-year college tuition for two Quad Cities-area students, and the application deadline for the 2013 scholarships is Friday, March 29.

Race participants may also register as a team of five to 10 individuals. The team whose top five finishers have the best total time will win a free suite rental for a River Bandits game. Individual prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, as well as to the top three males and females in each age group (ages 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 and above). All Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon.

Packet pick-up will be available at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Pre-race packet pick-up will be 6:30-7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6. A post-race party with results announcements and awards will include free adjustments from Palmer Chiropractic Clinics and free massages from Massage Envy, as well as snacks, $2 beers at the ballpark concession stands and bounce houses from the Jumpin’ Joey’s Kids Zone.

“The Bandits Race to Home 5K presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics will get the season off to a great start – with a day of family fun at Modern Woodmen Park,” said General Manager Harold Craw. “This race will be a unique event to benefit the Bandit Scholars Program and, with Opening Day just around the corner, celebrate the return of River Bandits baseball.”

Any questions about the race can be directed to Shane Huff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ryan Wright at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

UP NEXT: The River Bandits are welcoming fans back to Modern Woodmen Park for a free-entry Fan Fest Saturday, March 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Single-game tickets will go on sale, the team will offer special deals for ticket plans of 10 games or more, and the concession stands will offer $1 hot dogs, soda and hot chocolate, in addition to $2 drinks. To lock in your ticket plan for the 2013 season, call 563-324-3000 or visit to download the season ticket order form. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits will make one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is scheduled to open in early June, along with two new zip lines, a carousel, a Frog HopperTM, new bounce houses and many other fun attractions. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans will have a chance to see last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa. The Astros will also make the very first selection in the major league draft this June and could have another top pick end up in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, this season will be one every fan will not want to miss!


Easter Egg Scramble 5K Run PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:29

Come celebrate the 1st Annual Easter Egg Scramble 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 30th. The start/finish and family activities will be in The Historic Village of East Davenport where participants will run/walk through Scenic Parks that overlook the mighty Mississippi River. Not a runner? Just come for the entertainment, meet up with family and friends to hang out and relax while enjoying live music, food, and a FREE Easter Egg Hunt. The race begins at 9:00am and the Easter Egg Scramble begins at 10:15 am. There is a fee for the race. Awards and live music begin after the race.


To register or for more information click to visit (a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Handicapped Development Center).
Saturday, March 30
Race begins at 9:00am
Easter Egg Scramble begins at 10:15am
Lindsay Park, Village of East Davenport
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