Bring your unwanted or outdated electronic waste (e-waste) and household hazardous materials to our FREE COLLECTION EVENTS.  Bring sensitive documents, too. Free shredding will be provided by Document Destruction and Recycling Services of Davenport.

Eldridge - Monday, April 20th from 2:00 pm until 6:15 pm at the Community Center, 400 South 16th Avenue.

ALCOA - Wednesday, April 22nd from 2:00 pm until 6:15 pm at the Main Parking Lot, 4879 State Street in Riverdale.

Hazardous Materials Guidelines: Containers cannot be returned. Label containers that are unmarked. Glass containers should be packed to prevent breakage. Keep items in original containers and never mix materials together.

Electronic Waste Guidelines: E-waste is anything with a circuit board or cathode ray tube. This does not include household or personal care appliances.

Shredding Guidelines: Bring documents in bags or cardboard boxes; containers cannot be returned. No binders or metal rings. Staples and paperclips are acceptable.

Please remain in your vehicle at all times and no smoking. No business waste, tires or applicances will be accepted. For more information call 563.381.1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.

Get your TVs, stereos, VCRs, computers, paints, pesticides, cleaners, fertilizers, etc. in the loop. Electronic waste processing provided courtesy of ALCOA. if we all pitch in, it works.

Prayer... America' Hope is the focus of the 17th Annual Quad Cities National Day of Prayer.  Join us from 6:30am - 8:00am on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at The Lodge, 900 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf.

The Master of Ceremonies is Mike Mickle; the Keynote Speaker will be John Bustle, Vice-President, John Deere Foundation; and special musical presentations by Scott Schaefer.

"May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you." Psalm 33:22.

Admission is $10 in advance, $12 after May 1st.  Students are $5 in advance, $6 after May 1st.  Visit any Quad Cities YMCA or email qcndp@quadcitiesymca.org.

Sponsored by: Quad Cities YMCAs - St. Ambrose University - Churches United of the Quad City Area - Augustana College.

Davenport, IA - Volunteers for Symphony is proud to announce its 2nd annual Derby Day, an evening of fun, food, and horse racing benefiting youth music education in the Quad Cities, on Saturday, May 2, at 4 PM. Derby Day is at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club and feels like it's at Churchill Downs. The party includes horse races, authentic Derby Cuisine, a Kentucky Bourbon tasting, live auction, generous raffles, and live music. All attending will take home a commemorative mint julep glass created especially for this year's event. Derby attire is optional and the afternoon's festivities include a hat contest.

This year's auction items include a trip to the 2010 Kentucky Derby, a little black dress designed by emeDesigns, exclusive lodging at condos near Estes Park in Colorado and along the beach in California, a titanium drusy necklace from Doland Jewelers, an authentic northern Italian meal for 8 prepared by Maestro Mark Russell Smith, a wine tasting party for twelve, a four-day get away for two, and many more. For more details on all the auction items and raffle prizes, visit www.QCSymphony.com.

Derby Day is presented by Volunteers for Symphony and supports the nationally-recognized music education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association, which reach more than 30,000 Quad City area students each year. Our VfS members contribute their time, talents, and resources year-round to support the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's missions. Proceeds from VfS fundraising projects such as Derby Day and the upcoming Second Fiddle Sale are directly invested in the operation of the Youth Ensembles and other music education programs.

Derby Day is just $75 and reservations can be made at 563-322-QCSO or online at www.QCSymphony.com.

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Youth Courses Sponsored by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Begin this Month - Offering Mix of Spiritual Growth and Rock Music

DAVENPORT, Iowa, April 14, 2009 - This summer, some of America's most popular hard rock and hip-hop Christian artists will Rock the River in Quad Cities - but the fun is already starting. This month, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is sponsoring a teen-oriented program called FM419 - two-days of music, fellowship and spiritual growth where young people tackle questions about their walk with God, how to deal with the challenges of life and how to share their faith with others.

WHAT: FM419 Youth Training - OPEN TO MEDIA

WHEN: April 24-25 (Add to Outlook Calendar)

WHERE: Harvest Bible Church
3800 E 53rd Street
Davenport, IA

Adults also have the opportunity to participate in preparations for this summer's Rock the River event with the Christian Life & Witness Course, which is kicking off this month at churches across the region. Click here for more information and the local Christian Life & Witness schedule.

Rock the River Tour is a new evangelistic summer concert series that features seven hours of high-voltage music plus brief, challenging messages by Franklin Graham. These one-day events will rock their way up the Mississippi River through Baton Rouge, St. Louis, Quad Cities and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Rock the River Tour comes to the Quad Cities on Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Milan, IL to Celebrate National Week of the Young Child

April 9, 2009 - Just Kids Early Care & Education Centers is asking Milan, IL to come together for children and families during the Week of the Young Child (April 19-25, 2009). As part of this special week celebrated across the country, Milan is honoring young children and collaborating to find new ways to make a difference in children's lives.

"All young children require and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life. Milan has a great opportunity to contribute to this need," said Vera Hinrichsen, Executive Director of Just Kids. "Week of the Young Child is a great time to bring Milan together to discuss how we can give all young children a positive start."

Just Kids and the Village Trustees will discuss how Milan can take further steps to meet the needs of its youngest citizens. This presentation is open to the public and will be held before the Village Board Meeting on Monday, April 20 at 5pm at the Milan Village Hall, 405 East First Street, Milan.  Just Kids teachers (and students) will be on hand to answer questions. In addition, Mayor Duane Dawson will also proclaim April 19-25, 2009 as "The Week of the Young Child in Milan" to encourage all citizens to work to make a good investment in young lives. All those interested in providing more opportunities for young children are encouraged to attend.

Just Kids, which has been providing services in Milan for over 30 years, has over 45 early childhood professionals working together to educate young children, build public support for high-quality programs, improve professional practice and support area families.

Week of the Young Child is a nation-wide event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age eight. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has more than 80,000 members and a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates. Just Kids is NAEYC accredited program.

For more information on Just Kids Early Care & Education Centers and NAEYC, please visit www.justkidsinc.org.

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Scott County Family Y Celebrates YMCA Healthy Kids® Day on April 18

DAVENPORT, IA - April 10, 2009 - On Saturday, April 18, the Scott County Family Y invites the Quad Cities to participate in YMCA Healthy Kids® Day, the nation's largest health day for children and families. YMCA Healthy Kids Day includes fun, engaging and creative activities for children and families and promotes year-long wellness and healthy living. YMCA Healthy Kids Day events are free and open to all.

"As families struggle to balance life's daily demands and persevere during an economic downturn, it is important that we reach beyond our YMCA facility to the entire community," says Deb Gustafson, Executive Director of YMCA Child Care and Family Services. "We've been doing this with the annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day event for more than 5 years. Through this event, the Scott County Family Y and our community partners have given our neighbors the opportunity to take their minds off daily stresses, and instead have fun and focus on positive sustainable healthy lifestyle changes together, as a family."

This year's event is from 8:30am-1pm, at the West Family YMCA, 3603 West Locust Street Davenport. It will feature a highly interactive concert with nationally recognized children's performer CJ. His children's music has been described as the "Wiggles meets "Justin Timberlake" and is designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. He will be performing from 11am to Noon and is being sponsored by the Davenport Community School District. Other activities taking place at the 2009 Healthy Kids Day event include : Family Body Vive; cheerleading clinic; youth obstacle course, family Zumba; healthy sneak creation and appearances by area mascots - Quad City Riverbandits Rascal, Scrubby Bear from the American Red Cross, Happy the Dog from Happy Joes and many more. Community agencies also participating in YMCA Healthy Kids Day are Medic EMS, Davenport Fire Department, Scott County Health Department, I Smile Program and many more.

For the past 150 years, the Scott County Family Y has supported families and individuals in good times and bad. During this period of uncertainty, the YMCA mission of providing opportunities for healthy spirit, mind and body for all, is more important than ever. "In tough economic times, it is imperative to keep focus on the important areas of our lives - the areas in which we have the power to make a positive difference?health and well-being, family and community," added Gustafson.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated across the country at more than 1,700 YMCAs. Last year, more than 700,000 attendees participated in YMCA Healthy Kids Day events nationwide.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is supported by the following national donors: Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney, Eli Lilly and Company, Huggies Little Swimmers Brand, Northwestern Mutual Foundation and Tropicana. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is also supported by the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

For more information about YMCA Healthy Kids Day, call the West Family YMCA at (563) 386-4414 or visit: www.ScottCountyFamilyY.org.

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The Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra concludes its 51st season with it's Spring Concert in Centennial Hall on Sunday, April 26, at 3 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, with Seniors entering for $6 and students for $3.

Highlighted on the program is music based on Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev (The Montagues and the Capulets from Romeo and Juliet), Tchaikovsky (Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy), and Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story Selections). Also on the schedule is the second movement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, The Kalendar Prince.

Featured on this final concert of the season is cellist Bridget Pasker performing Dvorak's Concerto in B Minor for Violoncello and Orchestra. Pasker is a senior at Hempstead High School in Dubuque. She began studying cello at the age of 4. She currently studies with Hans Jensen at Northwestern University and performs with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Hempstead High School Orchestra.

Finally, at the end of the program this year's annual scholarships will be announced. Nearly 30 deserving Youth Orchestra members will be recognized through the distribution of over $15,000 in scholarships.



Rock Island, Illinois - Saint Xavier University will host an information meeting on the Master of Arts in Teaching and Leadership degree program. This degree program is for practicing teachers who want to expand their teaching repertories and improve their students' achievement. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois. All information meeting attendees who enroll for the next term will receive a $100 discount on tuition. Teachers will be advised about group discounts.

Those who cannot attend may receive a packet of information on the program by calling the GradCenter at (309) 794-7376, toll free 888-331-4723 or by email QC@gradcenter.org.

The Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, through its member institutions, facilitates access to local graduate degree and certificate programs. Students are able to choose from a diverse selection of over 80 graduate degree programs and certificate programs offered in convenient locations during evening and weekend hours and via the Internet. For more information visit our website at www.gradcenter.org.



Rock Island, Illinois - Illinois State University will host an information meeting on the PhD program in Educational Administration. This program is designed for higher education faculty, staff, or agency personnel with master's degrees who are pursuing careers in higher education administration or research. The meeting will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois.

Those who cannot attend may receive a packet of information on the program by calling the GradCenter at (309) 794-7376, toll free 888-331-4723 or by email QC@gradcenter.org.

The Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, through its member institutions, facilitates access to local graduate degree and certificate programs. Students are able to choose from a diverse selection of over 80 graduate degree programs and certificate programs offered in convenient locations during evening and weekend hours and via the Internet. For more information visit our website at www.gradcenter.org.

Davenport, April 2009 -  Randy & Amy Johnson of Orion, IL know the heartaches and challenges of being parents to a child with a fatal disease firsthand: their son, Dillon, 15 yrs old, suffers from the devastating disease cystic fibrosis.  "Although to look at Dillon, one would see a very normal, active 15 year old, but the reality is that combating the effects of cystic fibrosis and keeping him healthy involves daily medications and time consuming treatments to break up the mucus in his lungs and fight infections as well as enzyme pills to help him digest his food properly." said Johnson.

CF is a genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and adults in the United States.  More than ten million Americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of one copy of the defective CF gene:  It takes two copies of the gene for a child to be born with CF. The defective gene causes the body to produce a faulty protein that leads to abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and results in life-threatening lung infections and respiratory problems. The mucus also obstructs the pancreas, causing inability in the body to absorb nutrients in food. The median life expectancy has improved from early childhood in the 1950s to the mid-30s today; however, most individuals with CF must battle lung disease for their entire lives.

"When Dillon was diagnosed with CF at 2 1/2 years, I started to campaign on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's GREAT STRIDES Walk in 1998.  I had set a goal of $1,500, but ended up raising over $3,000!  I was amazed at how our family and friends supported us then and continue to do so today.  Many people say that fundraising is hard," said Johnson, "but that's not how parents with a child who has a fatal illness see it.  While we're glad that CF research has increased the life expectancy of CF patients to the mid-thirties, that's not good enough for us!"

The GREAT STRIDES Walk raises millions of dollars nationally each year to fund vital cystic fibrosis (CF) research and care programs and is the CF Foundation's largest and fastest-growing event. The Quad Cities Walk will take place on April 25, 2009 at the Scott County Park - Whispering Pines Shelter.  Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10 a.m.  In addition to the walk, there will be food and music, kids activities, and a silent auction.

This year, GREAT STRIDES Quad Cities plans to raise over $40,000 at the Walk to fund the cutting-edge research that has the potential for making a profound impact on the lives of children and young adults with the disease.  More than 90 cents of every dollar raised is used to fund CF research and care programs.

"Although the CF Foundation is proud of its achievements in its 50-year history, lives continue to be lost every day to cystic fibrosis.  The need for financial support is more critical than ever, said Claire Scholl, Director of the Iowa Chapter.  "For the first time in the CF Foundation's history, scientific opportunities are coming at a pace that exceeds the ability to fund them. GREAT STRIDES is a community event, and the community is uniting now to keep the funds coming and the momentum of research advances going."

Call the Iowa Chapter at 515-252-1530 for more information, or visit our website at www.cff.org.

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