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Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend set for March 28-30, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Celestino Ruffini   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:54

GALENA, Ill. – Tickets are available online now, and selling quickly, for Galena’s extremely popular Grand Tastings during Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend. This year’s event is slated for March 28-30, with Grand Tastings being offered on Friday, March 28 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Dr., in Galena, Illinois. Make sure to purchase your tickets soon as Saturday’s Grand Tasting event has already sold out.

“This year’s Grand Tasting promises to be even more fun-filled, with dozens of new wines open to taste! From Albarino to Zinfandel, this tasting has it all,” said event sponsor Tim Althaus, owner, Family Beer & Liquor. “We do highly recommend early purchase for Grand Tasting tickets as we have sold out quickly in past years.”

After selling out three weeks before the event in 2009, the committee expanded to offering two Grand Tastings, both of which have also sold out in the past three years. Tickets are $35 in advance and may be purchased online at

Why are the Grand Tastings so popular? They provide epicureans of all levels the opportunity to choose from more than 300 varieties of hand-picked wines and spirits to sample. Admission also provides you with a keepsake wine glass and an opportunity to win a wine-themed trip to San Francisco (including round trip airfare for two through American Airlines in the continental 48 states). Additional trip chances may be purchased for $15 each. The wine silent auction includes items such as vintage wines, artwork, large format wine bottles and related items of interest.

Now in its ninth year running, Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend is a community-wide celebration of good wine, good food and good friends. Wine lovers of all sorts are invited to enjoy three event-filled days of fine wine, culinary delight, celebrity chefs, wine makers, pampering packages and all of the stops Galena can possibly pull out.

Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend is a spirited way to warm the winter and add romance whether it is for vino, gourmet cuisine or the love for a town with history and charm all of its own. Wine-inspired dinners, spirit tastings, spa experiences, history tours, cooking demonstrations and shopping welcome and enchant visitors.

Lodging specials and package deals fuel the passion. From dining packages to pampering in luxurious accommodations and the warmest of hospitality, Galena’s finest provide a variety of options to cater to every taste and budget. Visit for a detailed listing of extended-weekend activities, links to lodging, and an opportunity to purchase tickets online. For information about room availability, shopping, dining, attractions, events and more, please go to, the Web site of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, or call toll-free 877.464.2536.

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Community calendar announcement: Trip to Germany PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Roberts   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:58

September 13, 2014 - September 29, 2014

We have blocked seats on Lufthansa flying from Chicago to Dusseldorf.  Return flight is from Hamburg to Dusseldorf to Chicago.  Price is $1250.

Our group will be taking a Mosel River grape harvest cruise for one week.  We then will be going by train to Schleswig Holstein, having some free time before we attend the Low German Friendship Conference in Eckernforde on the Baltic Sea.  We have found that cabins are still available on the TUI Sonata.  The entire cost (including cruise) is approximately $4000.

Call either Mary Burchett at 563 355-6274 or call Erika Hansen at 563 355-6274 for further information.  We are holding the seats until Monday, March 3.

Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau Job Opening PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dan Gleason   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:09
Event Manager

The Event Manager serves as assistant to the Sales and Marketing Department.  This position is responsible for a variety of support services for the entire sales department.  Event management includes working directly with and between the CVB Sales Team, Client's Contact Person, Booked Property(s), and any other relevant personnel associated with the booked event.

Reports to:  VP, SALES

Detailed Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Assists Sales Manager by taking over sold event
    • Immediately introduced to client as point of contact for event needs and production
    • Initiates and leads local organizing committees (LOC) for events.
    • Schedules monthly (or as necessary) planning meetings for LOC.
    • Assists client with maximizing event attendance
    • Plan and execute events.  Including vendors, logistics, and municipal requests.
    • Assists with creating, maintaining and overseeing established budgets
    • Facilitates rebate process before hotels are listed, and keeps track for collection.
    • Maintains D3000 traces for event production
    • Coordinates servicing necessary for event.  Delegates to Servicing as appropriate.
    • Creates history of the event through requesting, submitting, retrieving, and filing of Evaluations and Room pickups.


  • Assists Sales Manager in sponsorship sales and grant writing for events. 
    • Creating sponsor activation proposals
    • Tracking and fulfilling sponsorships
  • Establishing a good relationship with sponsors through communication and follow up.


  • Liaison with CVB marketing staff
    • Generates ideas for marketing event
    • Works with marketing department to enhance attendance at events.


  • Prospects for new events that can produce revenue for the CVB

Please submit resumes to Dan Gleason, Director of Sales, by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or mail (1601 River Drive, Suite 110, Moline, IL  61265) by Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.
For questions regarding this job opening please contact:

Dan Gleason, CTIS
Director of Sales
Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline, IL  61265
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Extreme Weather Conditions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pamela Bennett   
Monday, 17 February 2014 12:59

Travel in rural Scott County is not recommended due to extremely limited visibility from blowing snow. If you must travel, use extreme caution, make sure you have a severe weather travel kit and that someone knows your travel route and estimated time of arrival.

Due to these travel conditions, help could be delayed in getting to your emergency.

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Written by Brian Jennings   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:11

DES MOINES – Today, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the Des Moines Airport Authority’s Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 11:

“We continue to feel that the proposed Pro-Tec contract will imperil the safety of airport customers. The Board’s agenda says they will vote on the proposed contract. Once again, we are encouraging concerned members of the public to attend the Authority Board meeting on Tuesday, February 11th at 9 am in the second floor boardroom at the airport terminal in order to express their opposition to the outsourcing plan.”


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