|McKesson Lofts Project Gets Underway|
|News/Features - City Shorts|
|Wednesday, 05 December 2007 02:21|
Last week, the Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation broke ground on the long-anticipated McKesson Lofts at 110 19th Street. The $6.6-million mixed-use redevelopment project is in the heart of downtown Rock Island. Built in 1914, this 60,000-square-foot former warehouse has sat vacant for eight years. Redevelopment of the building has been on the drawing board for four years. The vision for McKesson Lofts is a mixed-use facility that incorporates environmentally friendly concepts suitable for residential living and high-tech commercial use. Completion of the first and second floors is anticipated in October 2008, with the entire project complete by September 2009.
The Rock Island Main Library, at 401 19th Street, offers regularly scheduled computer-training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays in its new lab. One-hour Internet workshops for intermediate users are every Tuesday at 10 a.m. One-hour word-processing tutorials for intermediate users are every Thursday at 10 a.m. The basic Internet session for beginners is offered at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. All workshops are free and open to the public. Patrons should come to the Main Library reference desk and inform the librarian that they're waiting for the workshop. The free workshops are offered on a walk-in basis. Patrons may also schedule private Internet workshops. For more details, contact the reference desk at (309) 732-7341.
The Davenport Public Library's two locations locations are offering a free "Guide to the 2008 Iowa Caucuses," as researched by the library's reference department. In this compact yet comprehensive brochure, you will find a list of all Democratic and Republican nominees, books they have written (with annotations), contact information, and general information about the Iowa caucuses. This guide is available through January 3. For more information, call (563) 326-7844.
WQPT, the Quad Cities' PBS station, is now accepting entries for consideration to be featured in a new program that will highlight local filmmakers. In order to have a film considered, entrants should go to (http://www.wqpt.org) and fill out the entry form to send along with a DVD copy of the film, or call (309) 796-2424 to request an entry form. DVDs will not be returned unless they arrive with a postage-paid envelope. WQPT will be accepting films until January 3.
The International Thespian Society, a division of the Educational Theatre Association, just completed the fifth year of its national community-service initiative, Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat. Thespian troupes from Camanche High School and Pleasant Valley High School collected 2,470 pounds of food for local charitable food programs. They joined more than 225 thespian troupes from across the United States to collect a total of 270,345 pounds of canned and nonperishable food in this year's campaign.
Fejervary Children's Zoo is now aglow with its annual drive-though lighting display. The public may come to view the lights through Tuesday, December 25, from 5 until 10 p.m.
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