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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 07:05

The Figge Art Museum will open the "Frank Lloyd Wright: The Art of Living" gallery on Saturday, November 21. The gallery provides a chronological overview of Wright's decorative arts and furniture designs. In addition to being a notable architect, Wright was also an innovative designer of art glass, domestic interiors, and furnishings, an aspect of his career that is less well-known to the general public. This gallery presents in a museum setting Wright's decorative objects and leaded glass, which would normally only be viewable by visiting his many buildings. For more information, visit

The U.S. Census Bureau will recruit nearly 3.8 million applicants for 2010 Census field operations. Of these applicants, the Census Bureau will hire about 1.4 million temporary employees. Some of these employees will be using GPS-equipped hand-held computers to update maps and ensure there is an accurate address list for the mailing of the census questionnaires. The Census Bureau will be testing on the following dates and times for upcoming 2010 Census positions: Tuesday, November 17, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Hauberg Civic Center, 1300 24th Street in Rock Island); Wednesday, November 18, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street); Thursday, November 19, at 9:30 a.m. (Martin Luther King Center, 630 Ninth Street in Rock Island); and Friday, November 20, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Moline Public Library). Call (866)861-2010 or visit for further information.

At the invitation of Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt, Quad City International Airport Director of Aviation Bruce Carter joined other aviation-industry leaders last week in Washington, DC, for a day of discussions on critical aviation issues. Carter was among several airport leaders in attendance at the invitation-only Department of Transportation Aviation Forum, convened to facilitate high-level discussions among industry stakeholders on the state of U.S. aviation.

The fifth-annual Warm Winter concert -- featuring Hersong, the Quad Cities' Women's Chorus -- will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 4501 Seventh Avenue in Rock Island. Admission is any donation of cash or new blankets to be distributed by Churches United to the community. For more information or to donate, contact Brooke Wilson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (309)737-9898.

For the eighth consecutive year, Quad Cities' health-care consumers have chosen Genesis for the Consumer Choice Award. The Consumer Choice Award winners, announced in an October edition of Modern Healthcare, were determined by response to a sampling of more than 250,000 households representing more than 450,000 consumers in the United States. This year, Genesis has been recognized among the nation's Top 100 and Top 50 health systems for clinical quality and efficiency.

Augustana Political Science Professor Christopher Whitt will be at Davenport's Main Street Library (321 Main Street) on Thursday, December 3, at 6 p.m. to discuss "Diversity in Iowa." This program corresponds with the unveiling of the "Diversity in Iowa" display, provided by the African American Museum of Iowa. For more information about the African American Museum of Iowa, visit For more information about library partnerships, visit

Financial assistance is available to people who cannot afford educational offerings at the River Music Experience. Inquiries should be made to Ellis Kell at (563)326-1333 extension 113 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The River Music Experience is currently taking applications for private instrumental and voice lessons, Winter Blues, and its Sound Lab classes. For more information, visit

St. Ambrose University will hold its 2009 Winter Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, at the River Center, 136 East Third Street in Davenport. A total of 307 degrees, including 198 bachelor's degrees, 74 master's degrees, and 35 doctoral degrees, will be conferred during the ceremony. Seating is open with no tickets required, but guests are encouraged to arrive early. St. Ambrose Professor of Theatre Corinne Johnson will deliver the commencement address.

A free class on the importance of Vitamin D will be held at Hampton Health & Wellness (510 State Avenue #3 in Hampton) on Thursday, December 10, at 6:30 p.m. Reservations for the event -- which includes a free dinner -- are required and can be made by calling (309)751-9790.

Christian Care, a not-for-profit organization in Rock Island committed to ending homelessness and violence, has received $10,000 in emergency funding from the United Way. The grant will assist with unbudgeted costs associated with the increased numbers served at the community meal site this year. The organization is projected to serve more than 50,000 meals in 2009.

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