Come see the KAABA Shrine Circus at the Davenport RiverCenter February 5th thru 7th. Seven spectacular shows! See the show for only $10 by saving $5  if you purchase your tickets before February 5th.

  • Friday, February 5th shows at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 6th shows at 12 Noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 7th shows at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • (doors open 30 minutes prior to the shows.)

You can purchase discount tickets at all Quad Cities area HyVee store through February 4th. Tickets available online at www.kaabashrinecircus.com. Tickets also available at the KAABA office, 511 Veterans Parkway (East 65th Street), Davenport.

Ticket prices are $15 for General Admission and $25 for Premium Box Seats. Premium Box Seats available online or at the door only. General Admission ticket upgrades may be available at the door if space is available. Children under 3 admitted free.

Proceeds of the KAABA Shrine Circus benefit the KAABA Shriners and their wonderful programs. Tickets are not tax deductible.

The Davenport RiverCenter is located at 131 East 3rd Street in downtown Davenport.

 

On January 30th at 10:00 a.m., the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will host a snowshoe tracking program. Join Mike Granger, Wapsi River Center naturalist, as he takes participants on a stroll through the Wapsi woods. While making tracks of their own, via snowshoes, participants will have the opportunity to search for animal tracks and other signs of animal activity in this Winter wonderland. Pre-registration is required by calling (563) 328-3286. BYOM - bring your own mug!

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center can be found 6 miles south of Wheatland or 1 mile northwest of Dixon, Iowa, by taking County Road Y4E. Then turn north at 52nd Avenue and follow the signs for about 1 mile.

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Foreign language beginning in Kindergarten. Highest availablility of Advanced Placement classes in the state of Iowa. 100% graduation acceptance to four-year colleges and universities. Extraordinary things happen at Rivermont Collegiate! Explore our school during an Open House on Thursday, January 28th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

This casual event is designed to introduce local families to the Quad Cities' only private, nonsectarian, independent college prep school. Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, provides students with a comprehensive education in a safe, family-like learning environment.

From preschool through twelfth grade, Rivermont students develop a joy for learning, lead peers in community involvement, and take intellectual and artistic risks. Drop in to tour our campus and learn more about our philosophy, values and programs! Cindy Murray, Director of Admissions, will be on hand to answer questions and provide one-on-one discussion

The Rivermont campus is located directly off 18th Street in Bettendorf, behind K & K Hardware. Visit us online at www.rivermontcollegiate.org! This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Rivermont Collegiate or this Open House, contact Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366, ext 302, or murray@rvmt.org.

Take a stroll for body, mind, and soul--walk a labyrinth!

Peace Walks

 

Martin Luther King Center
630 Martin Luther King Drive (9th Street)
Rock Island, Illinois
Sat., February 6
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us for the monthly Peace Walk at the Martin Luther King Center in downtown Rock Island. This walk will feature the 11- circuit Chartres labyrinth. Continuous 5-minute introductions are available for first-time walkers by Certified Labyrinth Facilitator Pat McLaughlin.

For those who prefer a quiet environment, we have designated the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. as Contemplative Time. Families with children are welcome to walk between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Adults are also welcome during this time if they are not disturbed by playful activity on or around the labyrinth.

We invite you to discover the peacemaking path of the labyrinth at a Peace Walk. Dates, times, and locations for the Peace Walks are posted on our online Events Calendar at www.qclabyrinth.org. So stay tuned, and visit our Web site often! To host a Peace Walk in your neighborhood, contact Pat at qclabyrinth@aol.com.

Cost: Free! Donat ions are gratefully accepted.

Directions to Martin Luther King Center



Naturally dissolved air in the water causes cloudy effect but no health problem

DAVENPORT, IA (Jan. 22, 2010)   It's that time of the year when Iowa American Water experiences one of its most common customer inquiries, "Why does my tap water sometimes appear cloudy or milky looking?" Iowa American's water quality professionals are quick to explain that cloudy or milky-looking water is not a health concern. Tiny air bubbles in the water can create a cloudy or milky appearance as the water is drawn from the tap.

"Cloudy or milky-looking" water, caused by dissolved air (oxygen), is not a health problem.   The phenomenon of cloudy water from the tap is similar to bubbles being released from a carbonated beverage when the cap is removed and pressure released," said Brent Earley, water quality supervisor for Iowa American Water. He adds that Iowa American Water provides its customers with water that is better than all Iowa Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Act regulations. There are no water quality regulations pertaining to dissolved oxygen in water because it does not present a health risk to people.

Dissolved oxygen in water is most evident during winter months when the water temperature is the coldest. Cold water dissolves more air out of the atmosphere than warm water. During the winter months, the temperature of the Mississippi River, Iowa American Water's source of supply in its Quad Cities District, drops as low as 32.5 degrees.   The water temperature does not increase significantly as it passes through the water treatment process, and the network of underground water mains, known as the distribution system. Since the water temperature remains cold as it travels from the treatment plant to the customer, it remains saturated with dissolved oxygen until it enters the customer's home or business.

When that cold water is drawn into the internal plumbing system of a home or building, it warms up to room temperature during extended periods of non-use or overnight.   This warmer water physically cannot hold as much dissolved air, but because the water is under pressure within the plumbing system's pipes, the excess dissolved air cannot escape until the water flows from the faucet.   The result is cloudy water when the faucet is initially turned on. Hot water from the water heater is typically cloudier than cold water.

"Customers can observe dissolved air (oxygen) escaping from a glass of water by holding the cloudy water up to a bright light or sunlit window and watching the water clear from the bottom of the glass up as the tiny air bubbles rise to the surface. The glass of water should clear in a minute or two," Earley added.   If the cloudy/milky water does not clear up within 1-2 minutes, please call Iowa American Water toll-free at 1-866-641-2108.

Customers with questions or concerns about their water quality should contact Iowa American's water quality experts or visit the company's web site at www.iowaamwater.com for general company information or a copy of the company's latest water quality report.

Iowa American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 200,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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Clark Will Discuss Economic Opportunity and Innovation in Forestry at the Conference

EUGENE, Ore. - Over the past two years John Deere's Nate Clark has helped craft policies aimed at creating new and sustainable economic opportunities for the forestry industry. As keynote speaker for the Oregon Logging Conference, he will discuss public policies, economic opportunities and innovative ideas for the industry during his address on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8:30 a.m. in the Lane Events Center's Wheeler Pavilion in Eugene, Ore. The Oregon Logging Conference will be held at the Lane Events Center Thursday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, Feb. 27, and will focus on the theme, "Forest Biomass...Fuel for the Future?"

Clark, director of public affairs for John Deere's construction and forestry division and John Deere Power Systems, believes new innovation has the ability to inspire the industry to reach greater heights. "The logging industry must emphasize innovation as an essential core value, and innovation is at the very heart of the Oregon Logging Conference's theme this year," he says. "We see in forest biomass the promise of creating a resilient logging industry serving our nation's energy needs, national security, environmental interests and beyond."

"Inspiration is certainly in short supply right now as job losses continue in the logging industry," says Clark. "However, by meaningfully building the logging industry on innovation, the industry will not only grow economically but also in spirit."

Ed Hendrix, 2010 Oregon Logging Conference president, is excited to share Nate's message with conference attendees.

"Nate has worked on a number of public policies critical to the logging industry," says Hendrix. "I'm looking forward to his presentation on innovation and its inherent ability to inspire. We could all use some inspiration in this difficult economy."

About The Oregon Logging Conference

The 72nd Oregon Logging Conference will return to the Lane Events Center in Eugene, Ore., on Feb. 25 through Feb. 27. The conference, renowned for its high-quality education opportunities and networking events, is a great value to participants. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn nine professional logger credits and eight SAF-CFE credits; view logging, construction, trucking and heavy equipment; and to enjoy several networking opportunities over three days for just $85. To register for the conference or for more information, visit the Oregon Logging Conference Web site, www.oregonloggingconference.com, or call (541) 686-9191.

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AMES, Iowa (January 20, 2010) - More than 5,430 Iowa State University undergraduates have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2009 fall semester Dean's List.

Students named to the Dean's List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work.

HOMETOWN, STATE; NAME, MAJOR;

Bettendorf, IA
Kristin Alexa Allen, Environmental Science (AGLS); Lauren Paige Anderson, Psychology; Erich David Anthony, Kinesiology and Health; Andrea Lynne Baker, Architecture-Professional Degree; Ashley Marie Beck, Early Childhood Education; Maggie Elizabeth Beckman, Interior Design; Jennifer Marie Blaser, Microbiology; Stephanie Ann Blaser, Food Science (H SCI); Jessica Marie Blaum, English; Kaitlin Janaye Bohn, Kinesiology and Health; Kimberly Ann Booe, Chemical Engineering; Stephanie Suzanne Booe, Advertising; Benjamin Wayne Bramer, Mechanical Engineering; Elizabeth C. Brebner, Psychology; Benjamin Alexander Britz, Mechanical Engineering; Sarah Anne Buck, Psychology; Stephanie Diane Byers, Veterinary Medicine; Brittney Corrine Carpio, Political Science; Elizabeth Rose Coffman, English; Jill Catherine Dewit, Elementary Education; Emily Marcene Doerder, Music; William Scott Edwards, Chemical Engineering; Kevin Anthony Emard, Chemical Engineering; Jared Andrew Evans, Political Science; Daniel Lawrence Finnegan, Aerospace Engineering; Lauren A. Flahive, Open Option (LAS); Jennifer Ann Garter, Kinesiology and Health; Matthew Nicholas Gaul, Architecture-Professional Degree; Daniele Marie Gilbert, Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production; Pierre Luc Gilles, Mechanical Engineering; Valerie Sylvie Gilles, Biology; Jiyeon Han, Preprofessional Health Programs; Natalie S. Heiderscheit, Political Science; Jacob T. Hemberger, Chemical Engineering; Aaron Michael Hewitt, Integrated Studio Arts; Leah Elizabeth Hodgin, Elementary Education; Lindsay Jo Hoffman, Pre-Diet and Exercise (H SCI); Christopher John Huber, Materials Engineering; Bryce Phillip Johnson, Open Option (LAS); Carolyn Anne Johnson, Animal Science; Megan Michelle Johnson, Kinesiology and Health; Derek Matthew Keibler, Software Engineering; Deborah Nicole Kraft, Integrated Studio Arts; Kelsey Lynn Kraft, Engineering; Stephanie Lynne Kraft, Spanish; Matthew Douglas Krajewski, Aerospace Engineering; Jason Carl Kruse, Architecture-Professional Degree; Elizabeth Ilene Larsen, Psychology; Jessica Marlo Madsen, Integrated Studio Arts; Molly Christine Madsen, Spanish; Christopher P. Meadows, Mechanical Engineering; Spencer William Mesick, Biology; Holly Ann Mohr, Kinesiology and Health; Kyle Endicott Morris, Pre-Business; Andrew Joseph Morse, Mechanical Engineering; Scott Daniel Moseley, Marketing; Gordon Theodore Mueller, Mechanical Engineering; Luke Allen Peterson, Construction Engineering; Rachel Ann Potthoff, Construction Engineering; Abigail S. Pritz, Graphic Design; Carter L. Roberts, Nutritional Science (H SCI); Mindy Jolene Schlueter, Kinesiology and Health; Meredith Kim Sherrill, Veterinary Medicine; Sean Joseph Smith, Industrial Engineering; Amelia Joanne Stark, Elementary Education; Jana Kristine Stolze, Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management; Moira Marie Sullivan, Management; Gavin Mark Sutherland, English; Joseph A. Tisinger, Finance; Kelly Ann Wagner, Dietetics (H SCI); Karla S. Walsh, Journalism and Mass Communication; Zhiyi Xu, Management Information Systems;

Clinton, IA
Drew William Sikkeman, Chemical Engineering;

Davenport, IA
Derek Mitchell Adams, English; Derek Reid Attwood, Aerospace Engineering; Brian Victor Becker, Marketing; Steven Walton Beckert, Electrical Engineering; Cara Jo Blake, Child, Adult, and Family Services; Nicholas C. Borcherding, Pre-Diet and Exercise (H SCI); Matthew Allen Burmeister, Mechanical Engineering; Margaret Marie Carlin, Pre-Community and Regional Planning; Carolyn Anne Chrissotimos, Kinesiology and Health; Brion Niquan Coleman, Civil Engineering; Kalynn Dawn Doebel, Biology; Joshua M. Dunham, Electrical Engineering; Brett Christopher Ebert, Mechanical Engineering; Ashley Marie Fishburn, Sociology; Michael Francis Fosdick, Agronomy; Alexander Joseph Gowey, Finance; Bradley Carter Green, Aerospace Engineering; Anne Marie Harre, Psychology; John D. Hayes, Architecture-Professional Degree; Tony Hoang, Integrated Studio Arts; Kathleen Marie Hoil, Performing Arts; Kiel Dean Johnson, Industrial Technology; Emily Marie Kenneke, Elementary Education; Nicholas Aaron King, Landscape Architecture; Isaiah Donovan Klavitter, Mechanical Engineering; Laura Beth Klavitter, Horticulture; Laura Marie Kleinschmidt, Veterinary Medicine; Luke William Klenske, Art and Design; Pantelis Korovilas, Liberal Studies; Aubrey Erin Krug, Veterinary Medicine; Austin Miles Laugen, Computer Engineering; Alexandra Eleni Menard, Anthropology; Ryan Thomas Merritt, Kinesiology and Health; Jeffrey Michael Moritz, Chemistry; Anna Elizabeth Mullen, Anthropology; Elizabeth Marie Ohnemus, Dietetics (H SCI); Alison Margaret Perkins, Design Undeclared; Mohammed Ashiqur Rahim, Electrical Engineering; Kelsey B. Regan, Biological Systems Engineering; Aleah Nicole Salisbury, Management Information Systems; Colin Michael Schroeder, Civil Engineering; Marcus Paul Seden, Construction Engineering; Elizabeth Gwen Shorter, Early Childhood Education; Matthew J. Skoglund, Engineering; Brian Michael Smith, Journalism and Mass Communication; Brittany L. Springmeier, Food Science (AGLS); Blake Richard Stalder, Chemical Engineering; Amanda Michelle Trammell, Animal Science; Christopher A. Van Buer, Aerospace Engineering;

Moline, IL

Lisa Marie Harmon, Accounting; Daniel Joseph Siroky, Architecture-Professional Degree;

Riverdale, IA

Jeffrey Addabbo, Interdisciplinary Studies; Amy K. DCamp, Pre-Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration;

Rock Island, IL
Alyssa Renae Bush, Kinesiology and Health; Laura E. Debarr, Elementary Education; Taylor Marie Downing, Food Science (AGLS); Ryan Daniel Lepp, Interdisciplinary Studies; Eric Steven Schroder, Biology; Grant Aaron Vermeer, Computer Engineering;



Encourages Taxpayers to Take Advantage of Earned Income Tax Credit, Avoid Costly Refund Anticipation Loans

MARION - January 21, 2010. Governor Quinn today announced partnerships that will give Illinois' working families access to free tax preparation assistance, including help with filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Governor encouraged taxpayers to utilize the free assistance as they file their income tax returns, receive the tax credits they've earned, and avoid refund anticipation loans that can consume big chunks of hard-earned refund checks.

"The Earned Income Tax Credit is the best pro-job, pro-family and anti-poverty tax relief ever devised, and every eligible family in Illinois should receive the full credit," said Governor Quinn. "I am proud to announce free tax preparation assistance to help Illinois' working families get their full refunds quickly and painlessly."

State partnerships with the Center for Economic Progress' Tax Counseling Project and Ladder Up (formerly the Tax Assistance Program) will offer free tax preparation assistance and e-filing for families across Illinois. Services are free for families who earned under $50,000 and individuals who made less than $25,000.

Through the partnerships, volunteer tax counselors will provide free tax assistance and counseling at 55 sites throughout the state. Most sites will provide services from January 23 through April 15. Governor Quinn made today's announcement at the Man-Tra-Con Corporation in Marion, which will serve as a Center for Economic Progress site. (A full list of locations is attached.)

Taxpayers can walk in to any of the locations, without an appointment, and work with trained volunteers who will help fill out their returns and make sure they file for all the credits, deductions and other benefits to which they're entitled. Last year the Tax Counseling Project completed more than 33,300 tax returns with refunds totaling $52.2 million. Ladder Up helped with more than 9,000 returns totaling $15.5 million in refunds.

Families raising two or more children in their home can get up to $5,028 from the federal EITC with earnings of less than $45,295 (married, filing jointly). Illinois residents who claim the federal EITC may also receive the state EITC, which can save them up to $283.

Governor Quinn also encouraged residents to avoid the high cost of refund anticipation loans (RALs) offered by commercial tax preparation companies. According to a 2009 study by the Consumer Federation of America and the National Consumer Law Center, the price of a RAL for a typical loan of $3,000 can range from $62 to $110. In Illinois, the interest rate on a RAL can range from 40 percent for a loan of $9,999 to over 700 percent for a loan of $200.

Most Illinois taxpayers can file state taxes for free at www.tax.illinois.gov and receive a refund in about a week. Additionally, many can file their federal taxes online for free as well. Information about filing federal taxes online can be found at www.irs.gov.

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ROCK ISLAND, IL (01/21/2010)(readMedia)-- The artistic and musical talents of Augustana students will be the focus of the third annual Augustana Sights and Sounds at Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport) on Friday, January 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. The free event will feature distinctive student photography from both Augustana and Quad-City area high school students and a raffle fundraiser for the Fistula Foundation.

Augustana Photo Bureau students will display a series of photographs that highlight student life on the Rock Island campus, experiences in the Quad Cities or the world through international study programs. The event will incorporate the photography on display with several existing galleries and music. Three pieces of artwork will be raffled off by the Augustana Artisans to benefit the Fistula Foundation. These include two paintings from Augustana student Maria Ford and a photograph by Hunt Harris, a local businessman.

High school photographers who would like to be featured can submit their work in the categories of music, dreams, urban wilderness and portraits by January 18. Members of the Photo Bureau will judge the entries, and winners will receive scholarships to Augustana College.

Photo Bureau students featured in the show are Veronica Smith, Corynn Hanson, Dana Gustafson, Maren Mathisen, Mark Marogil, Matthew Peters, John Cairns and Grace Drenth. Smith, who serves as the Photo Bureau manager, assisted with planning the event. To view a students' work, click on each name to access a high-resolution photograph.

From your area this includes:

Mark Marogil, a sophomore from Moline, IL majoring business administration-advising.

Grace Drenth, a first year from Davenport, IA majoring liberal studies.

The Augustana Photo Bureau was established in 2005 to support the publications, events, news and online needs of the Office of Communication and Marketing. The bureau has grown to support other departments and special events on campus. Under the direction of their advisor, Marla Alvarado Neuerburg, the students have the opportunity to learn and apply photographic skills.

Midcoast Fine Arts is a non-profit agency created by artists to promote regional artists and cultural organizations that advance the quality of life and marketability within the Quad Cities. The Bucktown Center for the Arts opened in 2005 as a creative community for local artists.

The Augustana Artisans is a student organization created to appreciate, create and share the love of art. The club meets weekly to learn and create art and hold sales to raise money for charities such as the Fistula Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on the treatment and prevention of fistula worldwide. Fistula is a hole that can develop between a woman's birth passage and one or more surrounding organs over many days of obstructed labor or as a result of sexual violence. To learn more about the organization, visit www.fistulafoundation.org/index.html.

The Augustana Photo Bureau and the MidCoast Fine Arts are coordinating the event during Bucktown's monthly Final Friday art show. For further information about the event, contact Marla Alvarado Neuerburg at (309) 794-7632 or marlaalvarado@augustana.edu.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls nearly 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 60 majors and areas of study. Augustana employs 226 faculty and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

DAVENPORT - What do the Adler Planetarium, the Seattle Museum of Flight, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and the Putnam Museum all have in common? As of January 8, all of these institutions are part of the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliates program. The Putnam joins 159 other museums and cultural institutions across the United States in this partnership that was begun in 1996 by the Smithsonian to share America's artistic, scientific and historic heritage. Aaron Glavas, national outreach manager for the Smithsonian, was on hand Thursday to announce the partnership with the Putnam Museum.

"The Putnam is very honored to be selected by the Smithsonian Institute as an Affiliate," said Kim Findlay, president/CEO of the Putnam Museum. "This partnership allows us to bring national treasures from the Smithsonian to our community to create even more impactful exhibits and programs to the people of the Quad-Cities."

Smithsonian Affiliations is a unique outreach initiative that allows emerging and established museums to obtain Smithsonian collections for a prolonged period. The program's mission is to make the extensive Smithsonian collection more accessible to American people by sharing artifacts and other resources with museums and cultural institutions across the country. The Putnam Museum underwent a proposal process in 2009 and was officially approved as a Smithsonian Affiliate this month. The two nearest Affiliates are in Dubuque, Iowa, and Dixon, Illinois.

As an affiliate, the Putnam will have the privilege of securing long-term artifact loans from various Smithsonian Institution Museums to enhance our future exhibits and programs. In addition to the long-term loans, the Affiliate program also gives the Putnam the opportunity to incorporate outreach services they offer - from curriculum development in local schools to lectures, workshops, study tours and other programs.

The Putnam anticipates its first long-term loan will arrive in Spring 2011, and will be space-related to enhance a new discovery exhibition space. In the interim, six of the Putnam's most unique and relevant artifacts will be on display, including Miss Hokkaido (Japanese Friendship doll); a Winter Count from the 1700s (Native American hide tracking winters); slave shackles; an Abraham Lincoln political banner; Bix's coronet; and the original Blackhawk War Treaty.

The Putnam Museum and IMAX ®Theatre is a 501(c) (3) educational corporation, providing the greater Quad Cities region with quality of life experiences since 1867. The Museum is the primary repository for the area's unique treasures - over 170,000 artifacts and specimens that tell the stories of the region, the people who live here and their connections to the world. The IMAX® Theatre is equipped with 270-sloped, stadium-style seats; a screen six stories high and seven stories wide; a six-speaker, 10,000 watt digital sound system; and Academy Award®-winning IMAX® projection system. Visit the Putnam Museum and IMAX® Theatre at www.putnam.org. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.

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