Contest Open to Fans 12 and Under

MOLINE, Ill. (October 23, 2013) - The Quad City Mallards will host a Halloween costume contest for fans 12 and under this Saturday night when the Mallards take on the St. Charles Chill at 7:05 p.m. at the iWireless Center, the Mallards announced today.

Young fans attending Saturday night's game- the Mallards' final tilt at the iWireless Center before Halloween- are encouraged to deck themselves out in the most frightening or funny or downright outlandish Halloween costumes they can come up with.  The most outstanding costumes will be selected to enter the first intermission contest from which the overall winner will be selected.  The winning contestant will receive a Mallard prize package.

Tickets for Saturday's game and all other Mallards regular season home games are now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

Mallards ticket packages- including the affordable and convenient 10-Game Flex Pack- are also still available.  The Mallards offer packages to meet virtually any budget and schedule.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are in the midst of their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  The Mallards' proud history has seen them capture the UHL's Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league's Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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Friends of Vander Veer and Davenport Parks and Recreation will kick off their summer theme for Vander Veer Botanical Park and Conservatory at a grand opening event on Tuesday, May 28 at 1:30pm at the Enabling Garden at Vander Veer, 214 W Central Park, in Davenport.  The theme for 2013 will be "Candy Land", featuring Hasbro's Candy Land board game and all of the Candy Land characters.  This fun and educational summer exhibit will be at Vander Veer from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and is intended to provide children with a unique park experience, and help them develop an appreciation for aesthetics, nature, plants and science.

The "Candy Land" exhibits will feature interpretive signs, plant labels with candy related names, scents or colors, backpacks to check out filled with educational components linked to each "Candy Land" character and site, character cut-outs and display items, and special programs for families, children and adults.

Redesigned characters and components for the "Candy Land" theme were done by local artists and Central High School Art students who were recipients of a Quad City Arts ArtDollars Grant.  Character components relate to science, botany, nature, water ecosystems, color and senses.   Characters will be located throughout Vander Veer and paired with an educational component.

Additional programming offered throughout the summer based on the "Candy Land" theme will include :

• Gooey and Good- June 13th 5:30-6:30pm (Family class about making healthy snacks)
• Minty Concoctions- June 27th, 5:30-6:30pm (Adult class about making refreshing summer beverages using mint from the garden)
• Sweet Secrets of Modern Flavorings- July 11th, 5:30-6:30pm (A secondary youth class about the history and origin of spices and flavorings such as vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon)
• My Little Wheelbarrow- June 12th- July 24th, 10-11am (Youth program with nature, gardening, and science)

What: "Candy Land" Grand Opening

When: Tuesday, May 28, 1:30pm

Where: Vander Veer Botanical Park Enabling Garden  214 W Central Park, Davenport IA

Davenport, Iowa, March 18, 2013 - Community Action of Eastern Iowa and Davenport Parks and Recreation are partnering to provide need based scholarships for summer activities for Iowa youth. Community Action of Eastern Iowa has setup a scholarship fund of $10,000 for low income families provided by the Iowa Department of Human Rights, through the Community Services Block Grant.

Scholarships are being provided to Iowa families with households at or below 125% of the Federal poverty line. These scholarships will provide healthy, active, engaging recreational activities to youth from families that would be unable to afford such opportunities on their own. Youth from our community will have the opportunity to explore nature, dance, athletics, and theatre regardless of income.

Davenport Parks and Recreation offers a wide range of quality programming which maximizes the range of opportunities available to match the interests of children. Because Davenport Parks and Recreation was willing to provide a discount for these families, and because the two organizations worked together to streamline the process, the funding will reach more families than would otherwise be the case. A child enrolling in a ten week course will receive a summertime full of learning and memories.

"Initially Community Action of Eastern Iowa approached Davenport Junior Theatre about setting up a potential scholarship," according to Daniel Sheridan, Performing Arts Director for Davenport Parks and Recreation. "We soon shifted the idea to span the whole scope of Davenport Parks and Recreation, realizing that this would allow kids more opportunities. The goal is to keep kids learning and playing all summer long to help combat
summer learning loss. So more options seemed like a good thing."

The process to obtain the scholarship is by voucher. All applicants must apply in person at the office of Community Action of Eastern Iowa (500 East 59th Street, Davenport) and bring the most recent tax return or 90 days proof of income. Social Security Cards for all household members are also required. Community Action of Eastern Iowa will determine income eligibility of the household utilizing 125% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL), in accordance with the rules of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). All applicants must have Iowa household residency.

Community Action of Eastern Iowa will complete the Scholarship Voucher for qualifying households and will give the voucher to the qualifying parent. The qualifying parent will take the completed voucher to Davenport Parks and Recreation at their River's Edge office, 700 West River Drive, to enroll in one approved multi-week course up to the amount indicated on the voucher. The voucher is only good for multi-week summer course offerings.

Funding is limited. When all funds are exhausted the program will end.
Davenport, Iowa, November 30, 2012 - Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory's annual Holiday Floral Show will open tomorrow, Saturday, December 1. The traditional display will feature thousands of poinsettias and many lighted evergreens in the historic and popular conservatory. Show dates are December 1st through January 12th. The conservatory is open Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm, Saturday: 10am - 8pm, and Sunday: 10am - 4pm, closed on Mondays. Admission is only $1 and is free for kids 16 and under. Other sponsors for the show are Friends of Vander Veer, Green Thumbers, and Menards.

The Holiday Floral Show has been a tradition in the Quad Cities for generations. Many parents that will take their children to the Conservatory this holiday season have photos of themselves as children at earlier shows. The festive display is a traditional way for others to kick off the holiday season.

Since its establishment in 1885, gardens and floral displays have been a tradition at this beautiful 33 acre park, inviting visitors to stroll from the Conservatory to the Stone Fountain. The park grounds are home to an extensive collection of gardens and trees, including many planted during the early 1890's New at the park this year is the Enabling Garden. The Enabling Garden is an accessible garden and features plantings that stimulate all the senses, and includes planting beds and containers raised for comfortable reach. This accessible garden can be used by persons of any age or ability and includes garden elements that appeal to all five senses. The gardens are designed to improve and maintain the physical mental and social health of everyone.

Vander Veer Botanical Park is located at 215 W Central Park in Davenport.
Vander Veer Holiday Show

Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory presents it's annual Holiday Floral Show! With thousands of poinsettias and many lighted evergreens it's sure to get you in the holiday mood. It's also a great setting for a Christmas family photo too!  While there check out all the new merchandise is our Conservatory store!

Show Dates: December 1st through January 12th

The conservatory is open

Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm

Saturday: 10am -  8pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Admission is only $1, free for kids 16 and under

Vander Veer Botanical Park 215 W Central Park

Thanks to our sponsors:

At The River's Edge

Public Skate times this weekend at The River's Edge:
Friday, November 30
11:00am - 1:00pm &
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, December 1
2:45pm - 4:45pm
Don't forget our indoor golf range is now open! A large bucket of balls is only
$5, and hours are generally:
Mon - Fri, 7:00am - 3:00pm
Call The River's Edge at 563-328-PARK (7275) for more information.

Holiday Soccer Tournament

The Indoor Youth Soccer Tournament will be a round robin format and the top two point scorers play the Championship Game!  Maximum of 15 players per team.  4 games guaranteed.

Sunday, December 30
Fee: $225.00
Times TBD
The River's Edge
Click here for more information or to register your team []

Roosevelt Holiday
Fun Day

The Roosevelt Community Partnership is excited to bring back their FREE holiday event! Join us for an afternoon of fun ending with a visit with Santa and a holiday focused movie. The holiday fun will take place on:

Saturday, December 15th
10 am - 2 pm
Roosevelt Community Center,
1220 Minnie Ave., Davenport

Senior Coffee

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, and fragrance of the Conservatory at Vander Veer Botanical Park.  Our theme this month is Poinsettia & Lights.

Fee: $1.00
Wednesday, December 12
10:00am - 12:00pm
Vander Veer Conservatory

Winter Session
Be sure to sign-up for all the great Parks and Recreation winter programs!  Our Winter Session begins the week of January 7.  Don't delay, enroll today!

Click here to access our online catalog and registration []

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Skate with Santa

Enjoy some festive fun and skate with jolly ole' Saint Nick.  Standard Public Session rates apply - Photos just $1.00!  Free cookies and hot cocoa for all skaters.  Photos taken during the 30 minutes prior to and after the skate.

Saturday, 12/22, 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Photo Fee: $1.00, Skate Admission: $5.00, Skate Rental: $3.00

The River's Edge, 700 W River Drive

Great Gift Ideas
Looking for a unique recreational gift? We have Golf Gift Cards and Parks and Recreation Gift Cards available at the River's Edge. We're open 6am - 10pm seven days a week for your shopping convenience.
Our Golf Card is available in any denomination and good at Duck Creek, Emeis or Red Hawk.
Our Parks and Recreation Gift Card can be used for any of our many recreationa programs including:

* Performing Arts
* Nature and Garden
* Camps
* Aquatics
* Sports or wellness
* Youth programs
* Lifelong learning course
* And more!

Family Friday Nights

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with the whole family on Friday Nights? Well Davenport  Parks and Recreation has the answer for you.  Our Family Friday Night series includes pizza, lemonade and activities (Popcorn also included at Movie Night)!  Best of all, if you register early it is only $2.50 per person ($4.00 per person at the door).

6:00pm - 9:00pm : Fridays

Click here to pre-register []

December 7 - Snowshoe Hike : Vander Veer Conservatory

December 14 - Movie Night "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (live version) : Davenport Junior Theatre

December 21 - Ice Skating : The River's Edge

December 28 - Friday Night Jam : Roosevelt Community Center

School Out Days
Need something FUN for your kids to do when school is not in session? We have school out days for all ages. Elementary age students can attend either the River's Edge or Roosevelt  Community Center. Days will be filled with playing games, doing crafts,
taking field trips and spending time with friends. Intermediate age students will attend Collins House and days will be focused on exploring future career options and helping engage youth in volunteerism. Program will run from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. Each student should bring a water bottle and sack lunch, wear socks and gym shoes, and bring warm clothes to skate! Afternoon snacks will be provided.

Click here for more information and to register []

School Out Days coming up: December 26, 27, 28, 31.  January 2, 3, 4, 7, 21.

Advisory Board Vacancy

Davenport Parks and  Recreation Advisory Board seeks to fill vacant board positions. We are requesting applications to  fill three Board vacancies. Applicants that possess one or more of the following  qualifications will be strongly considered:


·Possesses interest and commitment  to help shape the vision for the future of the City of Davenport

·Can represent their assigned ward,  or residential area

Board member applications are  evaluated by current board members and applicants will be notified of their  decision by January 15, 2012. Newly selected Board members will serve two-year  terms. The Parks and  Recreation Board members meet bi-weekly
for one hour.

Members of ice-sports, soccer,  ethnic and youth groups are highly encouraged to apply.

Please contact the Advisory Board  Liaison Manisha Paudel at 563-888-3107 or email to apply or for questions regarding  the vacancy. This membership is voluntary.

Davenport Junior Theater & School of Dance

DJT is one of our most popular programs!  Don't wait until January to register or your class will be full!  We have Dance and Theatre classes for kids ages 3 - 18. Theatre classes include Acting, Improv, Broadway, Creative Theatre Fun (3-4 year olds), and more!  Dance classes include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Poms Dance Team and Lyrical.  Classes begin the week of January, 7.  For more information, visit the DJT website at

or call 563-326-7862 or 563-328-PARK (7275).

Adaptive and Inclusive Programs
The programs below provide recreation opportunities for person with special needs, including those with physical, mental or emotional disabilities.  Adaptive and Inclusive programs are offered in structured, success-oriented environments in the areas of
sports and fitness, arts, independent living skills, social activities and special events.
Bowling Tournament

Come put on your bowling shoes and show off your skills at the People 1st Bowling Tournament on December 11, 2012 at 1:00pm at Miller Time Bowling!  Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Pre-registration is required.  Fee includes bowling and shoe rental.

12/11   Fee: $10.00   Tues. 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Miller Time Bowling New Year's Bash

Come ring in the New Years with Davenport Parks and Recreation for their New Year's Party!  Dancing, hats and noisemakers will be provided and will be required for our own dropping of the New Year's ball!  Light refreshments will be provided. No Scholarships available.

12/28   Fee: $4.00   Fri 11:00am - 1:00pm
Credit Island Lodge

Dinner Theater at Comedy Sportz

Join us for good food and laughter at our interactive dinner party on Monday December 10th at The Establishment Theatre 220 19th Street Rock Island, IL. Dinner will be served at 6 pm the show will follow. There is a $10 fee, no scholarships are available.

- Goals: Continue momentum, build on successful 2011 event -

Davenport, Iowa - Residents of the Davenport and the greater Quad Cities will join with thousands of other Iowans in a one-kilometer Healthiest State Walk at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 3. Local walkers will meet at the River's Edge, 700 West River Drive. We will walk from River Drive to Credit Island and back, with an option for those that would like to hike around the 2.3 miles island.

State organizers hope to involve even more than the 291,000-plus Iowans who participated in the Healthiest State Initiative's "Start Somewhere" walk in 2011. A kilometer is about 7.5 city blocks, a 12-minute stroll for the average walker. Walkers can sign up for the event at

"Iowans showed their extraordinary support of the Healthiest State Initiative with last year's walk," said Theresa Hauman, local coordinator. "By itself, of course, a one-kilometer walk is not enough to change the health of the state, but we're encouraging even more residents of the Davenport and greater Quad City area to join in this year's event and maintain our momentum toward becoming the healthiest state."

In 2011, Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced the plan to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation within five years as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®. In 2011, Iowa ranked 16th compared to all other states, up from the 19th position in 2010.

"The intent of the Healthiest State Walk is to encourage Iowans to take their own steps that will help us improve our state's well-being rank," Branstad said when announcing the 2012 walk date. "The Healthiest State Initiative this year will continue to champion existing well-being programs with special emphasis on encouraging local walk groups, workplace well-being, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and smoking cessation. Progress in these areas will translate to a healthier Iowa and better quality of life for all its residents."

The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately led, public effort that engages Iowans and their communities throughout the state. It involves individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector in a broad-based community-focused effort. For more information, visit


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Vander Veer Botanical Park


Join us for Los Macambos

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Near the Stone Fountain

Join us for a great evening of Live Music in the Park!

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show. Free to the public!

Thanks to event sponsor Family Credit Union!

Thanks to Davenport Parks and Recreation,
The Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Davenport, and

RAVE Motion Pictures for partnering to create a perfect evening out for our community members!


Event raindate will be Thursday, August 23rd.

Free Concerts feature Local Performers

Don't miss The Friends of Vander Veer Summer Concert Series, presented by The Family Credit Union. This series of three concerts are FREE to the public, and feature live music from artists in the community.

The first concert will be Thursday, June 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Concerts are held on the lawn at Vander Veer. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music!

Future concerts are scheduled for: Thursday, July 12, and Thursday, August 9. The raindate is Thursday, August 23. Each concert is from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The first concert on June 14th features The Fast Clydes. One of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, rockabilly found its roots in the south during the mid 1950s. The Fast Clydes mix elements of rock, jump blues, boogie woogie and western swing to form driving, danceable rhythms. This style of music was made popular by artists such as Carl Perkins, Johnny Burnette, Gene Vincent, Wanda Jackson and a young Elvis Presley.

The Friends of Vander Veer non-profit organization is pleased to partner with The Family Credit Union and Davenport Parks and Recreation to offer these concerts free-of-charge.

For more information, visit or call 563-323-3298. Visit The Friends of Vander Veer on Facebook for concert information, as well.

Davenport, Iowa, May 31, 2012 - Beginning June 4, the store at Vander Veer Conservatory will close temporarily for the Enabling Garden construction project. The Conservatory will remain open for regular hours. The closing is necessary for work on a new
entrance as part of the Enabling Garden project.

The Enabling Garden is an accessible garden and features plantings that stimulate all the senses, and includes planting beds and containers raised for comfortable reach. This accessible garden can be used by persons of any age or ability and includes garden elements that appeal to all five senses. The gardens are designed to improve and maintain the physical mental and social health of everyone.

An artist's conception of the completed Enabling Garden can be found on the Parks and Recreation's website on the Vander Veer Botanical Park page. The web address is:

Construction is expected to be complete sometime in August. Patrons should check the

Parks and Recreation website for any notice on closure during the construction period.

Davenport, Iowa, May 23, 2012 - On Friday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. city officials and other guests will be on hand to break ground at the new Enabling Garden at Vander Veer Botanical Park. The site for the new Enabling Garden is located near the current entrance of the Conservatory at Vander Veer Park. The public and media are invited to attend.

The Enabling Garden is an accessible garden and features plantings that stimulate all the senses, and includes planting beds and containers raised for comfortable reach. This accessible garden can be used by persons of any age or ability and includes garden elements that appeal to all five senses. The gardens are designed to improve and maintain the physical mental and social health of everyone.

The Enabling Garden eliminates physical barriers to gardening, creating an area where people of all ages and abilities can garden together. Key features of the Vander Veer Enabling Garden are: accessible paths throughout, garden beds and containers at differing elevations, water feature, pergola, and a riot of color and textures.

In addition to being a beautiful place to visit the enabling garden will be host to a variety of Horticulture Therapy programs. Horticulture Therapy is defined by the American Horticulture Therapy Association "AHTA" as an engagement of a person in gardening activities, facilitated by a trained therapist to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals. The activities in this space will be varied according to our customer's abilities. The outdoor gardens will also be available for rental for fundraising events, wedding ceremonies and receptions and other events.

An artist's conception of the completed Enabling Garden can be found on the Parks and Recreation's website on the Vander Veer Botanical Park page. The web address is:

Construction is expected to be complete sometime in mid July. A new entrance to the Conservatory is also planned as part of the Enabling Garden construction, and may necessitate closing the Conservatory for a minimal amount of time. Patrons should check the Parks and Recreation website for any notice on closure during the construction period.