Riverside Theatre is proud to announce The 2009 Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival.  This summer's 10th annual festival will feature Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard III.  Both shows will run in rotation from June 12 through July 12.  Tickets will be on sale in April.

31 Jan 2009 9:00 P
Ribco!!! RocketparkIsland, Illinois
21 Feb 2009 10:00 P
Ribco RockIsland, Illinois
28 Feb 2009 9:00 P
Mound st. Davenport, Iowa
11 Apr 2009 9:00 P
18 Apr 2009 9:00 P
Mound st. Davenport, Iowa
30 May 2009 9:00 P
Uptown bar and grill Bettendorf, Iowa
11 Jul 2009 9:00 P
Uptown bar and grill Bettendorf, Iowa
24 Jul 2009 8:00 P
BHS Class of '89 Reunion Davenport, Iowa

Cold temps sould lead to fluctuating water levels; unstable ice. 

Springfield, IL - The Illinois Dept of Natural Resources is warning of potential weather-related dangers around the Hennepin Canal. The frigid weather is leading to water fluctuations on the canal in the Rock Falls area. This may lead to air pockets under the ice on the Heenepin Canal, creating ice bridges that may break out under pressure. IDNR Conservation Police recommended all visitors stay off the ice until water levels stabilize. Signs posted around the canal state that when snowmobiling is allowed, operating snowmobiles on the canal is "at your own risk."  Snowmobiling is only permitted on state property when at least four inches of snow cover is present. Visitors are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and stay off the ice.

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Alzheimer's is the 7th leading cause of death for people of all ages and 5th leading cause of death for people age 65 and older. One of the most important ways of dealing with the disease is early detection and treatment.  Starting in January, the Alzheimer's Association Greater Iowa Chapter will be hosting Beginning the Conversation programs in Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Counties in Iowa and Henry, Rock Island and Mercer Counties in Illinois.

The Beginning the Conversation program is designed to address the challenges confronting families of those newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Crucial information is presented, from disease progression to programs and services that can support caregiving and maintain quality of life. (Please note, this is for caregivers only; respite funds may be available for those suffering from the disease).

Programs for Scott and Rock Island County will be held the 4th Tuesday of the month from 3-4:30 pm at the Alzheimer's Association office, 736 Federal Street, Ste. 2318, Davenport, IA.

Programs for Clinton County will be held 1st Tuesday of the month in April, July and October from 3-4:30 pm at the Mercy Medical Center, South Campus Boardroom, 638 S. Bluff, Clinton, IA.

Programs for Muscatine County will be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month in March, June, September and December from 3-4:30 pm at Senior Resources, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 1808 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, IA.

Programs for Henry County will be held the 3rd Thursday of the month in February, May, August and November from 3-4:30 pm at Henry Seniors Upstairs Meeting Room, 219 W. 2nd Street, Kewanee, IL

Programs for Mercer County will be held the 4th Thursday of the month in January, April, July and October from 3-4:30 pm at the Mercer County Hospital, Conference Room A, 409 NW 9th Avenue, Aledo, IL.

Persons interested in signing up for the class may call 563-324-1022 or 800-272-3900 or email Jerry Schroeder at Jerry.Schroeder@alz.org.

The Alzheimer's Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's. For 25 years, the donor-supported, not-for-profit Alzheimer's Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes.


WQPT, Quad Cities PBS announces the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest for 2009.

      The contest is open to students in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade.  Every entrant will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by Reading Rainbow host, LeVar Burton.  Stories must be the original work of the child. They may write fact or fiction, prose or poetry. All entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 3, 2009, and sent to WQPT, 6600 34th Avenue, Moline, Illinois 61265 or delivered to WQPT in Building 2 at Black Hawk College in Moline. Sixteen winners (four selected from each grade) will receive local recognition on WQPT and win special prizes.  First place winners will compete for national prizes. Winning stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. Winners will be notified in late April, celebrated at a reception in their honor at Deere-Wiman House on May 17 and invited to appear in a Reading Rainbow promo on WQPT. Last year one of WQPT's local winners, Jayda Brunkan of the Ed White School, went on to be a 3rd place finisher in the national competition. There were 45,000 contest entrants nationwide and Jayda was one of only 12 national winners.  "Jayda was our first national winner. Wouldn't it be nice if one of our contestants would win again?" said Ana Kehoe, WQPT Education Outreach Director.

      The sponsors are also hosting workshops to help Kindergarten through 3rd grade students with their writing and illustrating skills. Participants are not required to enter the contest. Parents are also invited to learn how to assist children with writing and editing stories.  The 1 ½ hour workshops will be held:

° Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.: The Family Museum in Bettendorf, free with the cost of admission

° Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.: Rock Island Public Library, no fee

° Sat., Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.: Moline Public Library, no fee 

Please contact the museum and libraries to sign up for the workshop. 

      To find out more about entering the contest log on to www.wqpt.org.

      Funding and support for the project has been provided in part by the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, Figge Art Museum and Family Museum.

      WQPT is a broadcast service of Black Hawk College located in Moline, Illinois.

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The Quad City Sports Center
is proud to announce that they are currently running one of the most
successful OneGoal Hockey programs in the United States. Justin Nelson,
on-ice coordinator and Todd Finch, off-ice coordinator, have been extremely
overwhelmed with the attendance numbers they have achieved with children
throughout the Quad Cities. On average, every OneGoal Hockey session
has 70-90 players attending each 6-week period. Our OneGoal is to give
kids a cost effective opportunity to play a sport that is usually expensive.
Our OneGoal Hockey program is on Monday Nights from 6:15pm - 7:45pm
here at the QCSC, and our next session starts April 9th,
2009. Please contact Justin Nelson for more information or questions
concerning OneGoal Hockey at 563-322-5220 ext. or nellyspowerskating@Gmail.com.

On January 24th,  the friends-family to re-elect Bob Cervantes will hold a fund raiser at  P.K. Dugans Bar & Grill @ 1443 1st St, Silvis. The fund raiser will run from 5pm until 9pm. There is no charge. Come enjoy many big screen TVs, cold drinks and more - pizzas, 50/50 raffles - are all part of the event !

Bob is seeking a third term as Alderman in Silvis. Everyone is welcome. You don't have to live in Silvis to donate.


Ryan Peterman of Bettendorf has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Peterman will enter the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this fall.

"I'm proud to announce Ryan Peterman's acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy," Braley (D-Iowa) said. "With his excellent academic record and his history of community involvement, Ryan will be a valuable addition to the Naval Academy. I'm happy that Ryan will have the opportunity to further his education while continuing to serve his country at Navy."


Ryan Peterman will graduate from Bettendorf High School this spring, where he maintained a 3.9 grade point average while participating in student council, football and the Student Hunger Drive. Ryan is the son of George and Carolyn Peterman.

Each year Congressman Braley nominates students to the military service academies, including the U.S. Naval Academy. Nominees must demonstrate upstanding character, academic achievement, physical fitness, and leadership skills. A nominating committee comprised of community leaders reviews all applicants, with Congressman Braley recommending top candidates to the respective academies. Final acceptance decisions are made by the service academy. Students interested in applying to military service academies for enrollment in fall of 2010 should contact Congressman Braley's Waterloo office at (319) 287-3233.






Valparaiso University's premier concert band, The Chamber Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Jeff Doebler, is happy to have Davenport native Jason Davis among it's members.  Davis is a meteorology major and the sophomore is the son of Larry and Mary Davis.

Following the Annual Legislative Breakfast, the American Cancer Society will launch the 2009 Legislative Session by welcoming legislators back and detailing top policy priorities, including the latest on last year's landmark Iowa Smokefree Air Act.