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Written by Kenneth Asta   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 13:07

Recreation Programs

Family Friday Nights all spring and summer

Are you looking for a low cost way to spend QUALITY time with your family?  Davenport Parks and Recreation heard this need and has responded in a way that is sure to appeal to ALL members of the family.  We have developed a rotating schedule of activities at our various facilities to offer families a night full of FUN!  April - August you can count on spending the night with us from 6:00-9:00 and we will take care of everything for $2.50 a person pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 2yrs old) $4.00 per person at the door.  This is FAMILY FRIDAY, parents or guardians need to accompany and participate with their kids.

  • First Friday of the Month:  Environmental Exploration, Sites vary
  • Second Friday of the Month:  Family Movie Night at Junior Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave
  • Third Friday of the Month:  Golf at Red Hawk Event Center, 6364 Northwest Blvd
  • Fourth Friday of the Month:  " Around the world" at Roosevelt Community Center, 1220 Minnie Ave

Robin HoodRobin Hood

Robin Hood and his merry band take the stage at Davenport Junior Theatre!  Join us for this timeless classic, as Robin battles the evil Sherriff of Nottingham and wins a maidens heart.

$5.00 for anyone 3 years and up, tickets sold at door

 

@ 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM /

@ 2:00 PM

Chocolate Candy Making Class

If you like chocolate, you will love learning to make delicious treats for yourself or for gifts.  We will cover holidays, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and school treats.  You will go home with the chocolates you create in class.  Please bring:  pencil, waxed pape, and a small bag.  Class will meet Thursday, May 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Fee is $18.  Register on-line at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks.

 

Garlic Mustard Challenge

Garlic Mustard is an invasive, noxious plant that threatens our native woodlands, natural areas & wildlife habitat. Help us control it in our community by participating in the Challenge!  Register your family and friends to help fight this plant. Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9 a.m. to noon.  Davenport Parks and Recreation will coordinate Sunderbruch Park pull.

 

Senior Coffee - Hydrangeas

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, and fragrance of the Conservatory at Vander Veer Botanical Park.  Your $1.00 admission fee includes entertainment, and refreshments.  Entertainment will begin at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, May 9.

 

Hershey's Track & Field Program

This 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! Hundreds of athletes make it to the grand finale.  This event will be at Brady St. stadium from on May 12, 10 am - 2 pm.

 

Urban Rain Garden Workshop

Discover the benefits of urban rain gardens! In addition to improving water quality and reducing flooding, Rain Gardens address drainage problems, reduce mowing, beautify properties and attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial insects.  This workshop will provide participants with all the information they need to plan, design and build a rain garden. Participants will also learn how Scott County Residents can receive free technical assistance and cost share funding for rain gardens through the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District. The $10 registration fee includes a Rain Garden Resource Packet with plant lists and other resources. The Workshop will be held on May 17th at 6pm in the Duck Creek Lodge.

 

Tennis Block Party

Let's make some "Raquet" for the 11th annual Tennis Block Party. Come join the neighboorhood and have fun playing and learning the sport of tennis. This grande 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 and indoors in case of rain.  Saturday, May 19, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

 

Splash Bash at Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center

SPLASH BASH is here!!! We will have fun and enjoy the sun, while sharing all the great things we do at Davenport Parks and Recreation with you. We will have our instructors and camp counselors at the event to offer a sampling of our summer offerings, and so that they can answer any questions you have and enable you to register on the spot.  Friday, May 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Cost is regular evening admission to the pool - $1.50 for youth; $2.00 for adults.

 

FREE Learn to Swim - try it day

Join us at Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center on

Saturday, May 26 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am for a FREE try it swim lesson day.  FREE try it sessions will begin at 10, 10:30 and 11:00.  Students will be given a basic swim skills assessment for 10 minutes and then divided into appropriate classes and taught swimming skills for 15 minutes.  A 5 minute free time will end each session.  This will be a great opportunity to see if your child is ready for swim lessons or to see what the appropriate swim level is for them.  Space is limited - register online!

 

Davenport Municipal Aquatic Facilities opening dates

for 2012 season:

Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center - Saturday, May 26

Fejervary Family Aquatic Center - Tuesday, May 29

Dohse Pool - Saturday, June 2

Centennial Park Spray Park - Saturday, May 26

 

MIDWEST BMX FEST

This FREE family event is to promote BMX and all types of cycling. We will have a vintage bike show, BMXX and cycling vendors, concessions and more. Race, freestyle, new and old, custom bikes and more are ALL invited. Ride your bike down to the skate park down town to check it out!

Saturday, May 26, 11am - 7pm, Centennial Park Skate Park

 

 

At The River's Edge

Parade of Nations Spring Skating Show

2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday May 6th doors open at 1:30pm

Tickets on sale at The River's Edge Front Desk

$10 for adults $5 students/seniors 3 and under free

 

Picadilly Circus

Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13

Saturday Shows at 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm

Sunday Shows at 1:00pm, 3:30pm, and 6:00pm

Advance tickets available at www.thefuncircus.com

 

Kick off Memorial Day weekend on the Ice!

Saturday May 26th Public Sessions from

1:30pm-3:30pm, 3:45pm-5:45pm, and 6:00pm-8:00pm
(The River's Edge will be closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 to allow our employees to spend holiday time with their families.)

Golf

Military Appreciation Week

Davenport Public Golf Courses will provide free green fees to anyone with a military ID from May 12 - 29, 2012, as a kickoff for Military Appreciation Week in the Quad Cities.  The free green fees apply to the three public courses in Davenport - Emeis, Duck  Creek, and Red Hawk.

"It's our way of honoring the service men and women of our country," said Troy Evans, Superintendent of Revenue Facilities for Davenport Parks and Recreation.  "We hope that the military members of the Quad Cities take full advantage of our three great golf courses".

No increase in golf fees for 2012
We've held the line with no increase in fees for 2012! That's right, green fees and cart fees for this year are the same as 2011. We've also improved our rain check policy for this season.

 

Davenport Parks and Recreation is dedicated to constantly improving our three courses and keeping costs down to create the best golfing experience for our customers. We've made some great improvements to our courses, added a Player Card and an indoor golf range. So get those clubs shiny and head out to your favorite course.

Player Card
Player Card
Our new Player Card works like a credit card, only with a 10% bonus! Money added in multiples of $100 to the card is good for green fees and cart fees. Minimum purchase is $100, but you'll get $110 to use on the card.

 

Purchase at the River's Edge, 700 W River Drive in downtown Davenport during normal business hours.  Hurry though, the 10% bonus may not last forever.

 

 
Consumer Advocates and Food Safety Inspectors Tell Christie Vilsack to Oppose Privatized Poultry Inspection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Ohloff   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:53

On Tuesday, May 1, a rally will be held outside the Ames campaign headquarters of Democratic Congressional Candidate Christie Vilsack to demand that she stands up for food safety and oppose the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed privatized poultry inspection program. The proposal has received widespread public criticism and national media attention including an April 18th ABC World News investigation that led the USDA to extend the public comment period until May 26.

Who: Food & Water Watch and the National Joint Council of Food Inspection Local Unions

What: Rally to oppose the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed privatized poultry inspection program.

Where: Outside Christie Vilsack’s campaign headquarters:  600 5th Street, Ames, Iowa 50010

When: Tuesday, May 1, at 9:00 a.m.

Speakers: Trent Berhow, Vice Chair of National Joint Council of Food Inspection Local Unions; Matt Ohloff, Iowa Organizer for Food & Water Watch; other speakers TBD.

Background:

Food & Water Watch released an analysis of the USDA’s HACCP-based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) that reveals large numbers of defects are routinely being missed when inspection tasks are performed by company employees instead of USDA inspectors.

The USDA has been running the pilot project with privatized inspection in two-dozen slaughter facilities since 1998. USDA is proposing an expansion of the pilot to all poultry slaughter plants, and forecasts that over three years this change will save $90 million through the elimination over 800 inspector positions. And, since most poultry plants will be able to increase their production line speeds to 175 birds per minute, the industry expects to save an estimated $256.6 million in production costs.

Poultry plants involved in the HIMP pilot have been granted line speed waivers. Some plants in the pilot have operated at line speeds upwards of 200 birds per minute, compared to 35 birds per minute for which each USDA inspector is responsible for in plants receiving conventional inspection.

More information on Food & Water Watch's analysis can be found here: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/pressreleases/privatized-meat-inspection-experiment-jeopardizes-food-safety/

Food & Water Watch is a non-profit organization working with grassroots organizations around the world to create an economically and environmentally viable future.  Through research, public and policymaker education, media, and lobbying, we advocate policies that guarantee safe, wholesome food produced in a humane and sustainable manner and public, rather than private, control of water resources including oceans, rivers, and groundwater. For more information, visit www.foodandwaterwatch.org.

 

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Grassley votes support small business PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:42

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley has earned a score of 100 percent in an interim report monitoring key small business votes during this session of the United States Senate.

The report was issued by the National Federation of Independent Business, the largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses in the United States.  Click here to see the report.

Grassley said that jobs and the economy are the number one issue nationwide, small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs, and Congress should act to improve the landscape for job creation.

“The priorities need to be giving employers and small business owners greater certainty with taxes and regulations.  The threat of higher taxes and overly burdensome regulations inhibit economic activity and job creation.  There also ought to be a much more active effort by the administration to expand international trade.  Manufacturers, farmers and the services industry need new markets for products created by U.S. workers, and the rest of the world is moving ahead and building trading relationships without us.  Affordable energy is a major economic issue, too, and much more needs to be done to increase domestic production of traditional and alternative energy sources, both for lower energy costs and job creation,” Grassley said.

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The Salvation Army & QC River Bandits Partnering for Paper Products Drive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:33
Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army’s 700 lb. red kettle will be placed outside Modern Woodmen Park for the April 26th baseball game: Quad Cities River Bandits against the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Baseball fans are encouraged to purchase toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, dinner napkins or baby wipes. Fans will receive $1 in Bandit Bucks for each item they donate, up to three items.

The paper product drive will help to stock the personal hygiene closet at the Family Service Center.

The Family Service center is the Quad Cities’ only fully intact family shelter in the Quad Cities, and houses 105 homeless people each night 65% of the residents are children. An additional 75-130 community members go to the Family Service Center each night for their evening meal, Monday through Saturday.

WHAT: Paper Products Drive

WHERE: Modern Woodmen Park, in front of the stadium

DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2012

TIME: 5:30pm – 7:00pm, game begins at 7pm

 
Samantha Kammerman Performs in Augustana's Bat Boy Production PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:35

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/23/2012)(readMedia)-- During the next two weekends, Augustana students will present the cult classic, Bat Boy: The Musical, described by The New York Times as "a jaggedly imaginative mix of skewering humor and energetic glee." The unusual storyline is based on a 1992 Weekly World News article about a half-boy, half-bat named Bat Boy.

Augustana's theatre arts department and Opera@Augustana have joined together to deliver six performances of Bat Boy: The Musical in Potter Theatre, inside Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave.) between April 27 and May 6.

Among those involved in the performance:

Samantha Kammerman, a first year from Milan, Ill., majoring in liberal studies, plays the role of Ron Taylor/Maggie/Clem Kammerman.

Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming wrote the story and book on which Bat Boy: The Musical is based, and Laurence O'Keefe wrote the music and lyrics. It was premiered at Actors Gang Theatre in 1997 and has become a cult classic. Off-Broadway productions around the world have increased its popularity.

Dramaturg Jacqui Schmidt, an Augustana senior English and theatre arts major from Algonquin, Ill., will give a pre-performance talk on Sunday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m., and Friday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m., in Larson Hall, inside Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts. A dramaturg typically explores the context of the story and assists with adapting it to the stage.

Bat Boy: The Musical often is seen as a fluff musical, without any academic context. The pre-performance talk will use William Shakespeare's play The Tempest as one way to bring academic context to the production. In addition to the similarities between characters, the talk will present the blurring distinctions between human and beast.

This musical contains offbeat, adult content and is recommended for high school students and older.

Showtimes and ticket information

Fri., April 27 & Sat., April 28 – 7:30 p.m.

Sun., April 28 – 1:30 p.m.

Fri., May 4 & Sat., May 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Sun., May 6 – 1:30 p.m.

General Admission – $14

Students & Seniors (60+) – $12

Purchase tickets online at augustana.edu/tickets or call (309) 794-7306

On the web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Samantha-Kammerman-Performs-in-Augustanas-Bat-Boy-Production/3824912.

 
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