IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – The 10th Annual Bettendorf Rotary Lobsterfest will offer an evening of community spirit and robust dining, including a New England-style feast of lobster, corn on the cob, and more. And, the benefits of this event will go w...
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IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – This June, hundreds of live lobsters will be flown from New England to the Quad-City International Airport. Then they will be rushed to the kitchens of the ...

IA/IL QUAD-CITIES - For 25 years, Royal Family KIDS, Inc. has helped make a difference in the lives of children suffering from neglect and other forms of child abuse. Based in Santa Ana, California, the charity operates 190 camps nationwide for ...

IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – The statistics are grim. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teenagers, ages 12 to 18, according to HealthResearchFunding.org. Every day in the United States, an estimated 5,400 young people attempt suicide.

IA/IL QUAD CITIES - Aiden Landman has joined Mickle Communications as Director of Brand Strategy. Previously, Landman served as Director of Young Professionals of the Quad Cities, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. "In my new position, I will bring clients a new way of looking at marketing and branding," said Landman.
Landman was born in Morrison, IL. He graduated from Augustana College with a degree in Political Science. He noted that during his time with Young Professionals of the Quad Cities, his greatest achievement was bringing Uber to the Quad-Cities. Landman lives in downtown Davenport with his partner Chelsea.
"We are happy that Aiden has joined our team," said Mike Mickle, President of Mickle Communications, a marketing and video production firm based in Davenport, IA. "He is known as an innovator and community leader in our area and we look forward to working with him."
Mickle Communications is also the parent company behind QC Family Focus, a Quad-Cities area family magazine, and I-80 Productions, which produces reality shows and other video projects.
For more information on Mickle Communications, call (563) 940-7875 or email mike@micklecommunications.com.
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES - October 9th and 10th mark the 25th anniversary of Abbey Carpet Gallery Flooring & Interiors, locally owned and operated by longtime business partners Bill Daley and Lee Zindel. "People have been stepping on our products for 25 years, and we couldn't be happier!" Daley said.

To thank the Quad-Cities community for its ongoing support, Abbey Carpet Gallery will hold a celebration that will take place 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 9, and 9 a.m to 4 p.m., October 10. Abbey Carpet Gallery is located in the Walnut Center at 4811 North Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa. 

"Lee and I have worked together since the early '90s, and we've known each other for much longer than that," said Daley. "I concentrate on sales and business organization, while Lee runs the warehouse and installs carpeting for clients."

"Most customers don't realize that one of the business owners is doing the installation," said Zindel. "Customers often tell Bill that he should give me a raise!"

According to Daley, product lines offered by Abbey Carpet Gallery include residential and commercial carpeting; area rugs; vinyl tile, plank and sheet goods; hardwood floors; tile in porcelain, ceramic and natural stone; and window treatments. "With every project, our team members focus on the look and feel of the clients' finished rooms," Daley said. "In most cases, the job doesn't end with the installation of carpeting. We're happy to offer advice regarding paint, lighting and other aesthetic selections. We collaborate with the client, advising on both design and functionality."

Dedicated to Green Practices
Many customers do not realize that Abbey Carpet Gallery is dedicated to green practices. Many of their products are made with recycled or recyclable materials. To save trees, bamboo and cork are used frequently: bamboo grows back rapidly and cork is harvested from living trees. "When old carpeting materials are removed from a site, they are recycled whenever possible," Daley said. "When there are efficiencies when ordering in bulk, materials are often donated to our local Habitat for Humanity."

Daley and Zindel enjoy working with their customers and look forward to many more years of business in the Quad-Cities. "I do plan on retiring someday," Daley said, "but until then, we have a lot more floors to cover."

For more information on Abbey Carpet Gallery Flooring & Interiors, call 563-391-2593 or visit davenport.abbeycarpet.com.
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES - Quad-Cities family members, from preschoolers to grandparents, can have fun and learn about healthy area products and services at Healthy, Happy Families Fun Day, a new event created to foster community health awareness. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL. The event is sponsored by the Healthy Happy Families Foundation, Mickle Communications, QC Family Focus, and Genesis Sports Rehabilitation.
"The mission of our foundation is to strengthen families with a pro-active approach, empowering children with good decision-making skills and parents with resources," said Mike Mickle, Founder of the Healthy, Happy Families Foundation. A variety of booth sponsors will be on hand at the event to share information on their health-related products and services. Admission is free and family members of every age are welcome.
A highlight of Healthy, Happy Families Fun Day will be a Fitness Challenge for area students, Mike noted. "High school teams of four will compete against each other in fun, athletic events," he said. Other features of the event will include :
- Food Tastings
- Health Screenings
- Bounce Houses for the Kids
- Sponsor Giveaways
- Car Seat Safety Checks
- Massage Chairs
- Fingernail Painting
- Face Painting
- And much more
"Businesses and community members who'd like to get involved should feel free to contact us," Mike said. "We expect a big turn-out and it's going to be a lot of fun!"
For more information on Healthy, Happy Families Fun Day, contact Mike Mickle at (563) 940-7875 or mike@micklecommunications.com.
IA/IL QUAD CITIES - Thank The SEALs Motorcycle Ride 2015 goes farther than thanking Robert O'Neill of SEAL Team 6, the man who killed Osama bin Laden and the same SEAL part of the team that eliminated the terrorists who took Captain Phillips, his ship and crew hostage. This ride will create awareness about the SEALs and Special Forces who protect and keep America free.
Thank The SEALs Motorcycle Ride 2015 will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park, 1645 23rd St., Bettendorf, IA. Participants will then ride across the country for four days to Texas. The opening ceremony will be led by the Mayor of Bettendorf and City Administrator and followed by a police escort.
In addition to generating awareness, the ride will also raise much-needed funds for Robert O'Neill's foundation, Your Grateful Nation, which was set up not for just Navy SEALs but for all special forces and their families. For more information on the event, or to donate, shop for gear, or get involved with this important cause, visit thanktheseals.com.
IOWA/ILLINOIS QUAD-CITIES - Medical advances are helping people live longer than ever before - but with this good news comes a healthcare concern. People are living well into their eighties and beyond, but 80% of those over age 80 experience some form of memory impairment. As more seniors develop such problems, the need to care for these problems must also be addressed.
Friendship Manor, a 5-Star Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), has been working to create an optimal living environment for residents with memory impairment. After consulting leading experts in the field, they have developed and opened New Friendships Memory Care. These individualized apartment homes focus on the comfort, convenience, safety and security of your loved one.
Located at 1209 21st Ave., Rock Island, IL, Friendship Manor is situated on fourteen acres and includes four interconnected apartment buildings, plus the nationally acclaimed Silver Cross Health and Rehabilitation Pavilion and their convenient, indoor "Main Street." Assisted and Independent Living apartment homes may be leased for a monthly rental fee.
New Friendships is managed by Latoya McMillin, LPN, Memory Care Manager and Certified Memory Care Specialist. Team members who have been instrumental in the development of New Friendships include Ted Pappas, Jr., Chief Executive Officer/President; Lori Steiner, Director of Nursing; and Jeff Condit, Director of Development/Strategic Planning. Every member of their staff is enthusiastic about their eighth service division and is deeply devoted to its success.
Residents of New Friendships are individuals who are experiencing memory-related issues but are still quite ambulatory, although all will need help with different activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, dressing, continence, grooming, and ambulation/transfers. Their goal is to help each resident enjoy their life longer while providing a stimulating environment to maintain their mental status as long as possible.
"This project has been evolving since the new millennium," said Pappas, "when we first considered how to integrate memory care into our continuum. Four years ago, we engaged the services of behavioral architect Dr. Margaret Calkins. She helped us prioritize how to go forward with memory care. She spent time with key staff members and provided a number of recommendations." Margaret, or Maggie as she is known to colleagues, is an architect and gerontologist with a background in psychology.
Pappas noted that Lori Steiner suggested looking at providing memory care in one of our current assisted living buildings. Thanks to that recommendation, the first floor of Building B is now New Friendships Memory Care.
Friendship Manor's extensive continuum of care makes them a Continuing Care Retirement Community, capable of serving residents with a wide range of needs. "We're the only CCRC in Illinois Quad-Cities," Pappas said. "New Friendships is our eighth service division."
The Daily Routine at New Friendships
New Friendships features 15 apartment homes and outside of each resident's quarters, by the door, is a locking memory box, in which special mementos and pictures of the resident can be kept. Residents enjoy a big-screen TV, an aquarium, a fireplace, a multi-stimulation craft room, and a beauty salon/barber shop. Comfort and safety are built into the unit: even the flooring, which looks like regular wood, is actually made from a softer, cushioned material with a gentle 'give' to it.
New Friendships staff are specifically trained to provide dementia care. This specialized training utilizes the practices that promote the principles of person-centered care. "We provide a trained director manager and trained staff," Pappas said. "We are proud to say that all our residents will have a place here, should they need memory care. If their life takes that path, we will be ready for them and they will not have to go elsewhere."
Therapy for the residents of New Friendships is designed to help slow down memory loss. "We use art, music, and even aroma to stimulate their mental processes," McMillin said. Residents interact with a recreation therapist and engage in a wide variety of activities, from cooking to getting the mail to using electronic tablets.
Residents in New Friendships are encouraged to make decisions and engage in activities. At meal-time, the residents dine family-style in Café MJ's. Servers present them with selections and residents choose what they want.
Residents also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in Friendship Courtyard, which features several fountains and a garden of forget-me-nots. "We are grateful to more than two-hundred donors who helped to make New Friendships a reality," said Condit. "The donations for the courtyard totaled $100,000. Plus, an additional half-million dollars of donated equity was provided for New Friendships, enabling the $2.5 million project to become a reality."
Friendship Manor is a faith-based, non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable Continuing Care Retirement Community founded by The International Order of The King's Daughters and Sons, Illinois Branch. For more information, call (309) 786-9667 or visit www.friendshipmanor.org.
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IA/IL QUAD-CITIES - To foster awareness of the 100th Anniversary of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) and raise funds to support its Music Education programs, the 100 Years, 100 Cellos program was initiated by the Volunteers for Symphony. The upcoming Cello-Bration at the Figge Museum is the grand finale of this epic promotion.
100 Years, 100 Cellos is an innovative program benefitting music education. One-hundred full-size cellos were transformed into beautiful works of art by artists from the Quad-Cities area and beyond. The Cello-Bration, featuring all 100 cellos, will be held 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Figge Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, IA. Attendees can meet with the cello artists and bid on the cellos during an auction (bidding ends at 9 p.m.). Community members who are unable to attend can bid online for the cellos at www.biddingforgood.com/100cellos.
"All funds raised from sponsorship and auctions of the cellos will benefit the QCSO and its education programs," said Benjamin Loeb, Executive Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. "We invite the community to come to the Cello-Bration and experience the visually stunning display of all 100 beautiful cellos in one place at the same time."
Attendees can enjoy a delicious array of vegetables, cheese, sausage, fruits, antipasto olives and peppers, assorted relishes, dip and crackers, as well as a cash bar. Musical entertainment will include both trumpets and cellos. Big River Brass will do a brass fanfare and Happy Birthday (with a cello cake), and a cello ensemble will also play. Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for students, and $20 for Volunteers for Symphony members.
The Figge Museum will have a free gallery preview of the cellos May 26-29 in the Figge Museum lobby during regular business hours. In addition, a glossy 110-page commemorative book displaying each artist's painted cello will be available for purchase for $35. The book was designed by the students of the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities under the direction of Clint Balsar.
The QCSO is the largest provider of instrumental music education engagement programs in the Quad-Cities area, reaching more than 10,000 students each year.
The 100 cellos used for the "100 Years, 100 Cellos" campaign arrived Feb. 6, 2015, at Asbury Methodist United Church in Bettendorf, IA, and from there they were distributed to the artists. Ninety of the final decorated cellos were displayed throughout the Quad Cities at indoor locations selected by their sponsors from March to mid-May. Each cello was labeled, stating its art title, the name of its artist, and sponsor.
The funds raised from this initiative will help support QCSO music education programs. These include School Engagement classroom visits, Symphony Day, Students@Symphony, Instruments for Kids, and the QC Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYEs). "Music education is a central part of the QCSO mission, and 100 Years, 100 Cellos will help us greatly expand our positive impact and eventually grow the audiences and patrons of the future," Loeb said.
For more information on the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, call (563) 322-7276 or visit www.qcso.org.
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