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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Monday, July 9, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:41

CHICAGO – July 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

Bill No.: HB 4548

An Act Concerning:  Public Health

Law distinguishes Alzheimer’s disease as the most prevalent type of dementia. Will improve treatment options by mandating that starting Jan. 1, 2014, the Illinois Department of Public Health, along with members of the General Assembly and stakeholders shall hold public hearings every three years with the goal of developing a state strategy and response for the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Plan.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date:  Jan. 1


RI Library Lines: Week 6 of Summer Fun! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:33
Rock Island Public Libraries - Main, 30/31 and Southwest
Hungry for More Details?
Ant biting into book illustrationPick up the summer program brochure at any Rock Island Library, or visit the library website. Reading logs and entry forms are available at the Rock Island Main Library, 30/31 Branch and Southwest Branch. You have until July 27 to turn in your reading logs and entry forms!
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Want to know more about what's coming up at your library? Click News or Calendar on our website. You can also print a monthly events calendar. The links below will get you started.


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Reading is So Delicious for Kids

Tasty events this week include:


Storytimes, 10:30 am at 30/31 Branch:Tuesday, July 10; Southwest Branch, Wednesday, July 11; and Main Library: Friday, July 13.


Math Munch Club with Elizabeth: Final week of  tasty math projects, 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm, Tuesday, July 10, Main Library Community Room.


Book Tasting/Book Talk: Ideas for delicious summer reading for kids. 3:00 pm, Wednesday, July 11, 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th Street.


Lego Club: Building fun for kids, right after the book talk. 4:00 pm, Wednesday, July 11, 30/31 Branch.


Reading is so Delicious puppet show posterReading Is So Delicious Puppet Show: Puppets and magic fun with Rob "Mr. E" Erdmann, 6:00 pm, Wednesday, July 11, at the Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


chicken run movie posterFriday Fest Movie: Chicken Run: Free animated movie for families, by Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Grommit. 1:00 pm, Friday, July 13, Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Gobble Up Those Books! The Reading is So Delicious summer reading menu includes incentives for reaching age-appropriate reading goals at three levels, and an extra chance to win special prize baskets. Logs are due back July 27, so keep reading!


All programs are free. No library card required. Questions, call the Children's Room at 309-732-7360,

Teens: Feed your Mind - READ!

IRead Chef slicing book illustrationThis week, teens can earn Summer Reading points and have fun attending three tasty events:


Teen Iron Chef: Show off your mad chef skills and earn a gift card! 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Monday, July 9, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.


Teen Game Night: 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 12, Main Library Community Room. Play Wii and board games. Snackage, too.


Ice Cream sundae model in Main Library display caseFood Craft Day; 3:00 to 4:30 pm, Friday, July 13, Rock Island 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th Street. Make a whole bunch of food-themed crafts!


Teens ages 12 to 18 turn in a reading card when they complete at least six hours of reading, or a program card for attending an event.

Keep reading! Each card stands for 6 hours of reading, and you can turn in as many cards as you can finish. You earn a program card every time you attend a teen program. The more you read, the more chances you have to win. You can enter multiple times, and earn more chances to win books, DVDs, gift cards, or the grand prize, an Amazon Kindle® eReader!

Books are Brain Food for Adults

Gobble up some delicious fun just for adults, with these free programs:

Fit for Life! 7:00 pm, Monday, July 9, Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. Confused about what to eat? Want more from your workout? Get free diet and fitness tips from personal trainers Mike and Michelle.


OverDrive eBooks demo: Have a Kindle, NOOK, etc.? Learn how to check out eBooks with the library's free service. 6:00 pm, Tuesday, July 10, Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


Recipe Club Cooking Demo: Bring a recipe to share and sample a delicious slow-cooker recipe demonstrated by chef Rachel. 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 11, Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


Remember to enter our Summer Reading Club contest for ages 18 and older! Just drop off an entry form for every book, eBook or audiobook you finish during the contest.

Entry forms and boxes at all Rock Island locations. Top prize is a new Sony® eReader. Entries due by July 27.
Like Audiobooks? Try OneClickdigital!

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Rock Island Library has added OneClickdigital, a new service that allows you to download thousands of audiobooks for enjoyment on a portable listening device. All books are iPod compatible. To learn how to use it, sign up for a free online webinar in July, or click the link on our website to create a user name and get started. Details:


OneClickdigital subscription made possible by funding from the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District.

Week 5 of Summer Reading

Wonder book illustrationSummer Reading is heating up at all Rock Island Libraries. With themes such as Reading is So Delicious, Feed Your Mind: READ and Books are Brain Food, the library is cooking up a summer stacked high with fun and reading.


Entire list of events: Summer @ Your Library" on the library website.


Summer Reading events and prizes sponsored by Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District (Southwest Branch events) and the Rock Island Public Library Foundation (summer art and drama.)

Rock Island, Illinois > 309.732.7323 (READ) > Rock Solid, Rock Island.

A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel opens July 26 at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:30
Amana – They’re servin it up again in the church basement kitchen of East Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie. A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel opens July 26 on the Main Stage in Amana.

The year is 1969 and among the Vietnam War protests, the world, Pastor Gunderson and the ladies, are a changin.’ Inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller Growing Up Lutheran, this all-new production will be sure to keep you laughing at the over-the-top antics and heartwarming humor that goes on in this rural Minnesota church basement kitchen.

The cast consists of Kamille Zbanek of Ely, Kay Francis of Naples, Florida, Deborah Kennedy of West Amana, Nikki Savitt of Arlington Heights, Ill and Sean McCall of Marengo. Written by Greta Gorsch with music and lyrics by Dennis Curley and Drew Jansen, A Second Helping is directed by Curt Wollen under the musical direction of Becky Barrett-Jones. The show is rated Theatre G and runs through Sept. 2.

Shows are on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Student rush tickets are available for $12. No reservations are accepted for rush tickets. Come to the box office no earlier than 30 minutes before a performance for this special rate. A student ID is required for rush tickets.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Nominations Open for 2012 Quad City Caring Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Fredericksen   
Friday, 06 July 2012 10:27
July 5, 2012

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Nonprofit organizations in Scott and Rock Island counties are invited to nominate their top volunteers for the 2012 Quad City Caring Awards. The awards are presented each year by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend to honor a select group of volunteers who have demonstrated their commitment to the betterment of our community.

This year, five volunteers will be honored. One of the awards will be given to a young volunteer under the age of 21.

“Nonprofits depend on volunteers,” said Susan Skora, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “These generous people give the community something very valuable – their time and hard work. Recognizing them for this gift is one of the happiest events of the year.”

Nonprofits are encouraged to submit their nominations. A citizen committee of community leaders will select the winners. Each nonprofit that nominates an award recipient will receive a $1,000 grant from the Community Foundation in honor of the winner.

Quad City Caring Award winners will be recognized at the Community Foundation’s Annual Celebration on September 25, 2012. The event will be held at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

Nomination forms are available at the Community Foundation office, or on the website Completed forms must be submitted by Aug. 10 to the Community Foundation, 852 Middle Road, Suite 100, Bettendorf, IA.

To learn more, call 563-326-2840 or visit


Final Week of 2012 Riverside Theatre in the Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 06:52

Iowa City, IA – Riverside Theatre in the Park is entering the final week of its 2012 summer season with 5 more performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice. The 17-performance summer season opened on June 15 and will close July 8.


As You Like It by William Shakespeare and directed by Theodore Swetz will be performed this Thursday, July 5 at 8 p.m., Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 8 at 7 p.m. In one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies our heroine and hero flee an oppressive court for the beautiful and healing Forest of Arden.

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and directed by Kristin Horton will be performed tonight, Tuesday, July 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. One of Shakespeare's less frequently produced plays, The Merchant of Venice introduces characters rich in complexity, humor and, most of all, flaws.

Post-performance Talkbacks will be held after both performances of The Merchant of Venice.

Don't miss your last chance of the summer to escape with an evening of live theatre under the stars at Riverside Theatre in the Park!

Tickets, reviews, photos, videos and more information on the plays is available at, or call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672 to order tickets.

Performances take place outdoors at the Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park.

Tickets range from $17-$39. To purchase tickets, call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672 or order online at Tickets can also be purchased at the Festival Stage Box Office starting 90 minutes before each performance.




Final Week Performance Calendar:

Tuesday, July 3 – The Merchant of Venice, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 5 – As You Like It, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 6 – As You Like It, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 7 – The Merchant of Venice, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 8 – As You Like It, 7 p.m.

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