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“The Loop will Provide Extra Service for St. Patrick's Celebrations” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Becky J. Passman   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:33

The Loop riverfront circulator will begin service 2 hours early on Saturday, March 16 to accommodate St. Patrick's Day festivities.  The service will run its regular route beginning at 3PM and will end with the last stop in Bettendorf  at 1:45AM.  Four buses will be in operation that evening -- two traveling in a clockwise direction and two running the route in a counter-clockwise direction each hour -- giving riders more frequent service and increased capacity for the busy night.  The extended service schedule is available at

The Loop riverfront circulator gives riders easy access to downtown attractions in Bettendorf, the Village of East Davenport, Davenport, The District in Rock Island, and Moline.  It is a safe and enjoyable way to travel among popular venues and enjoy local festivities.  The brightly colored orange retro-style buses are easy to spot and comfortable to ride.  Since buses may be boarded either at a designated "Loop Stop" or by flagging the bus down in "The Loop Zone" (anywhere along the route in the downtown areas), The Loop is a safe and convenient means of travel to Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day downtown events.

Cost: $1 per trip or $3 for a day-pass, 50 cents for those over 60, the disabled, and Medicare cardholders.  Additional information about The Loop, including printable St. Patrick's Saturday schedule and  2012-2013 Loop Rider's Guide, may be found at


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Written by Tim Heim   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:12

Historic Davenport Hotel Part of 55th Annual Awards

DAVENPORT, IOWA – Hotel Blackhawk management is pleased to announce its recognition today in Los Angeles, CA as a 2013 Recommended Property by the Forbes Travel Guide – one of 24 hotels to earn the title. The announcement is part of the guide’s 55th annual Star Awards for hospitality establishments worldwide.

The Forbes guide (originally known as the Mobil Travel Guide) was the originator of the prestigious Five Star ratings and certifications. It has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958.

This latest honor adds to other notable achievements such as its 2012 AAA Four Diamond Award-Lodgings, 2012 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award, the Bix Bistro’s 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence as well as 2011 and 2012 Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award recognition.

“Recognition by the Forbes Travel Guide is yet another example of how the team at Hotel Blackhawk strives to raise the bar for our guests every day,” said General Manager Tim Heim. “To be named by such a prestigious organization is to be part of what is considered the gold standard for hospitality excellence today.”

Hotel Blackhawk re-opened December 15th, 2010. The hotel retains its 98-year-old historic character while featuring modern conveniences throughout the 130 guestrooms and extended-stay suites, six meeting rooms and up to 300-person banquet capacity in the signature Gold Room.

Other features include wireless internet, a fitness center, business center, swimming pool, hot tub, Spa Luce (lu-CHAY), Milan Flower Shop, the Bix Bistro restaurant, the Beignet (been-YAY) Done That coffee shop and Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge. The hotel is part of the Summit Hotels & Resorts group ( and the Historic Hotels of America network (

For more, visit or find us on (Search: Hotel Blackhawk).


Chicago Zither Club Bus Trip PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:48

Join us as we travel to Chicago to see the farewell performance of the Chicago Zither Club at Donauschwaben Halle! This group was essential in the establishment of the Davenport Zither Ensemble at GAHC! We invite you to participate in this day trip to bid our Chicago Zither friends a memorable good bye!

The bus will leave at 11am sharp and head to Des Plaines for the concert at 3pm. A dessert buffet will follow and we will stop for dinner on our return, this cost is extra per person.

$70 Members/$80 Non-members

Sunday April 28, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM CDT
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Donauschwaben Halle
Des Plaines, IL

German For Travelers language classes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:21
Guten Tag! German for Travelers language classes at GAHC every Thursday in April, 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. Classes are from 5:30-6:30 taught by Eileen Williams-Jackson. Preregistration and payment due in advance, no refunds after first class. Registration due by April 1st! $40 members and $50 non-members
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For more information or to register over the phone, call Kelly at 563-322-8844!
Thursday April 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM CDT
Thursday April 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM CDT
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German American Heritage Center
712 W Second Street
Davenport, IA 52802

The City of Moline and the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County to adopt an Intergovernmental and Boundary Agreement to focus on future economic development activities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bruce Carter   
Friday, 15 February 2013 15:21
MOLINE – The City of Moline Committee of the Whole and the Quad City International Airport Authority

Board of Commissioners will consider a new Intergovernmental and Boundary Agreement at their

respective meetings on Tuesday, February 19th. The City of Moline and the Metropolitan Airport

Authority (Airport) recognize the mutual benefit of economic development around the Airport and south

of the Airport property. In addition to the Hampton Inn and other businesses currently located on Airport

property, development of a Holiday Inn Express has been proposed and is in negotiation.

The City and the Airport have had various agreements in effect over the past 15 years pertaining to

development, utilities and annexation. Included in said agreements is a 1998 Memorandum of

Understanding that transferred the Airport’s ownership of its entire water and sewer system to the City

and allowed the Airport and its tenants to pay in-City rates for water and sewer service, and a 2004

annexation agreement that permitted a certain portion of the Airport property to be annexed to allow for

the City’s growth south of the Airport. The City and the Airport have determined that these previous

agreements form the foundation of a strong relationship and will be strengthened and clarified by this

agreement and serve to foster further development on or near Airport property. This Agreement

addresses some unresolved issues as to development on the property, to establish a boundary around the

Airport to ensure that the Airport remains autonomous and unincorporated, to provide for cooperation in

continuing development of the southwest corner of the Airport property, and to continue cooperation

between the City and the Airport in the future. This Agreement includes provisions for the Airport’s

voluntary annexation of land containing the current Hampton Inn and the land on which the proposed

Holiday Inn Express is to be located, as well as a cost-sharing arrangement between the City and Rock

Island County for the hotel-motel tax revenues. The Agreement will also provide a framework for further

expansion of the Airport Industrial Park for non-aeronautical commercial and industrial uses.

“This agreement between the City and the Airport Authority, subject to formal approval of each governing

body, exemplifies the strong working relationship that has existed for many years, and solidifies this bond

for future economic development opportunities for many years to come,” said Lew Steinbrecher, City

Administrator for the City of Moline and Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation for the Quad City International


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