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Rock Island Plans Pub Crawl PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 06:20

Eight venues will participate in a spring pub crawl in The District of Rock Island to be held Friday, April 24, from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets to the event are $4. Participating bars include The Arena, Bennigan's Grill & Tavern, Daiquiri Factory, Del's in the District, ICONS, Malarkey's, 2nd Ave., and Steve's Old Time Tap. The pub crawl is part of a larger nighttime-economy plan being developed for downtown, and is a result of discussions that stemmed from the Responsible Hospitality Plan. For more information on the event, visit RIDistrict.com or call (309)788.6311.

Rounding out this year's River Readings at Augustana, Iowa poet Marvin Bell will read from his work on Thursday, May 7. After earning a BA from Alfred University and an MA from the University of Chicago, he graduated with an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he taught for 40 years. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Iowa's first poet laureate. Bell has published many books of poetry, the most recent being Mars Being Red. The reading is free and open to the public and takes place at 7 p.m. in Augustana College's Larson Hall, inside Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 Seventh Avenue in Rock Island).

Celebrity chief Rachael Ray will donate seven tons of her premium dog-food line to the Quad Cities Greyhound Adoption Center, 9525 New Liberty Road in Maysville, Iowa. For more information on the organization, visit QCGreyhoundAdoption.com.

The 35th Annual Bix 7 race will be held on Saturday, July 25, in the streets of Davenport. People can sign up for Bix 7 events through applications available at Bix7.com. In conjunction with its 35th anniversary, the Bix 7 race will be hosting an American National Championship for seven miles.

The Moline Public Library is the winner of the 2009 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The $3,000 grant, administered by the American Library Association's Public Awareness Committee, is awarded annually for the best public-awareness campaign in support of National Library Week, which runs April 12 through 18.

Local law-enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges for serving aprons and gourmet burgers at Red Robin restaurants for a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. During the fundraiser, law enforcement will collect tips from restaurant guests to benefit Special Olympics Iowa. Red Robin, Special Olympics Iowa, and local law enforcement are hoping to exceed a $7,500 goal with support from Iowa residents.

Quad City Arts has announced a partnership with U.S.Bank in Rock Island. Local artist Ken Urban is currently displaying photographs he made during the 2008 Quad City Criterium in the bank lobby at 3411 18th Avenue. The lobby is open to the public. Urban's photography will be on display through May. For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo at (309)793-1213 extension 108 or visit QuadCityArts.com.

Quad City Flutes Unlimited will perform its 26th-annual spring concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at the Butterworth Center, 1105 Eighth Street in Moline. Admission is free. The 18-member flute choir, directed by Rich Stodd, will dedicate this concert to Mary Kae Waytenick, who directed the group for many years. A special student scholarship will be presented to Carrie Duke, a senior flutist at United Township High School. Carrie will receive a $150 scholarship and will perform with members of the flute choir in "The Flower Duet from Lakme."

The sixth-annual Quad Cities Earth Week Fair will be held Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 Fourth Avenue in Rock Island. The fair is open to the public, and admission is free. The first 500 adults through the door receive a free reusable metal water bottle. The fair is a celebration of Earth Day (April 22) and educates attendees on environmental issues and ways they can be better stewards of our environment. The 2009 fair offers booths from various environmental organizations, businesses, and local governments. Booths provide hands-on activities for children, information and education for adults, and special activities for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts working toward environmental badges. For more information, visit QCEarthWeek.org.

 
History, by the Book: James W. Loewen Talks About “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” April 15-17 PDF Print E-mail
Literature
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Thursday, 09 April 2009 10:16

James W. LoewenThe cliché says that history is written by the winners, but that's not true when it comes to history textbooks.

For the most part, they're not even written by the "authors" whose names grace the covers. Instead, they're written by employees of or freelancers for publishing companies deathly afraid of controversy -- fearful that a passage offensive to virtually any constituency will result in their books not being adopted in schools.

James W. Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me -- first published in 1995, and revised and updated in 2007 -- documents how badly the most popular high-school textbooks teach American history. As part of the Quad City Arts Super Author program, Loewen will discuss his work at seven programs from April 15 to 17. (For a list of events, click here. To read about Chris Crutcher -- the other Super Author visiting our area next week -- see "Innocence, Ignorance, and Experience: Quad City Arts 'Super Author' Chris Crutcher Discusses His Controversial Young-Adult Literature.")

Loewen has also written Lies Across America (which tackles historic-site markers the same way he attacked history textbooks) and Sundown Towns, about communities with written or unwritten laws designed to keep them free of racial minorities. And he co-wrote a textbook on Mississippi history that gave him his first insight into the textbook-adoption process that avoids controversy at the expense of truth.

Accessible, passionate, detailed, and often startling, Lies My Teacher Told Me documents the errors, lies, and omissions that mar history textbooks -- opening with Helen Keller's ignored radicalism and expanding its scope from there, dealing extensively with society's treatment of Native Americans and blacks and also critiquing the presentation of more modern events, including the wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

Beyond the details that are wrong, the core narratives in these textbooks are problematic, Loewen said in a phone interview last week. He said history textbooks suggest "unrelenting, automatic progress," the idea that "we started out great and we've been getting better ever since."

 
Innocence, Ignorance, and Experience: Quad City Arts “Super Author” Chris Crutcher Discusses His Controversial Young-Adult Literature PDF Print E-mail
Literature
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 06:00

Chris CrutcherChris Crutcher, the author of more than a dozen books and short stories featuring teenage protagonists, has earned a bevy of awards and accolades over his 26-year writing career, with eight of his works named "Best Books for Young Adults" by the American Library Association, and Teen Book Review hailing 2007's Deadline as "a brilliant, well-written, thought-provoking, and, to put it simply, truly amazing novel."

So why do so many people seem so angry at him?

 
Demolition Ceremony Set for Rock Island Armory PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 05:45

The Rock Island Armory demolition ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at the 20th Street overlook (20th Street and the riverfront bike path).This is another significant step in the City of Rock Island's development of downtown's new riverfront park. The ceremony will be officiated by Mayor Mark Schwiebert. Valley Construction, the subcontractor for the Armory demolition, will swing the first wrecking ball. Souvenir postcards will be provided at the event, and the public is invited to attend. Armory history and more information will be provided at the event.

 
Rock Island County Election Results PDF Print E-mail
Local News
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2009 21:39

PROP - RI CO - OCCUPATION TAX, aka Local Option Sales Tax Referendum fails 57% to 43%.

In the first new mayor in two decades for Rock Island, Dennis Pauley leads David Levin by 15 votes with all precincts counted.

Official county wide results for every race available at: http://www.co.rock-island.il.us/Election-Results/results-1.htm

Ten o'clock news coverage from local broadcasters available for embedding online are below from WQAD CH8 and WHBF CH4.


 
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