This past week we have begun our relocation to Milan, IL (in the former Milan Municipal Building at 321 W. 2ndAvenue).  Our long-term lease was up in East Moline, and that provided us with the opportunity to relocate to a more central location within the County.  Our new location greatly reduces our overhead costs so the savings can be put back into programming.  Our new Milan facility features two conference rooms, administrative offices and new kitchens.  Stop by and visit us soon - our remodeling is almost complete!  An open house is being planned for May, so watch for details. 


We have lots of exciting programs and events are happening this winter! 

YMCA Offers A Unique Way
To Put Some Distance Between You and Those Unwanted Pounds! 

At 2,360 miles, the Mississippi
River is the fourth longest river in the world.  So if you could, how
long would it take you to swim the entire thing?  The Scott County Family Y is
giving you the opportunity to answer that question with its Swim the Mississippi fitness


"Swim the Mississippi
is new twist on an old favorite - aquatic fitness," said Emily Jacobson,
Aquatics Director, Davenport Family YMCA.  "It gives participants a
visual image with a start and stopping point, which in turn gives them a goal
to reach and that helps keeps them on track and motivated."


So how does this work?  You don't actually get to swim the Mighty
Mississippi but for every one mile you swim in the pool, the Scott County
Family Y will count it as 40 miles of the Mississippi, which means your total mileage
will be 59 miles (2,124 laps or 4,248 lengths of a 25 meter pool).  Sound like
a lot?  Not so, you have until June 30 to take this amazing journey - one
that will benefit your spirit, mind and body.


is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise because involves the use of
almost all the muscles required for movement, without the weight of your body
pounding you with each move like when you are walking or running.  Regular
swimming builds your muscle strength, endurance, and cardio-vascular fitness.
The longer you swim, the more your endurance and speed will improve.

interested in participating in the Swim the Mississippi program can register at
the Davenport Family YMCA, 606 West Second Street.  Registration fee for this
program is $15 per person.  Mileage can be completed at any Scott County Family
Y branch location but the official record will be kept and charted at the Davenport branch.  All participants
completing the distance by Tuesday, June 30, will receive an official "I
Swam the Mississippi"
t-shirt and a certificate of completion.  For more information about this or other
health and wellness programs, visit
or contact any Scott County Family Y branch location.


A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Community Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2009 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, January 30, 2009.

Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

For more information and recent grants history, please refer to The Moline Foundation's web site at www.

An application should consist of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, financial statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for which any money received would be used including a project budget. The name, telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included. The requested materials should be mailed according to the above deadline. Other important information about grant submission is available at The Moline Foundation's web site.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.  The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has a current endowment of approximately $13 million


MILWAUKEE - With the balance of LA Weight Loss centers closing across the country, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nation's oldest weight-loss education and support organization, is inviting former LA Weight Loss members to attend a TOPS meeting free of charge. 

TOPS recently celebrated 60 years of weight-loss support and success.  Members of TOPS embrace its philosophy of healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings.  The fee for an annual membership is $26.  On joining TOPS, members receive a complimentary copy of "My Day One," a booklet which features a six-week plan to kick-off the weight loss journey.

"We feel for the people who have lost their investment to LA Weight Loss," said Barb Cady, TOPS Club President.  "At TOPS, we offer continual support and motivation to our members as they adopt healthier lifestyles.  We want to welcome and encourage those who have been affected by the closings.  They are not alone and can continue to successfully manage their weight with our program."

Through January 31, TOPS extends a $3 discount on the purchase of "The Choice is Mine" and "The Choice is Mine Workbook," our "ready-set-go" guide to better food choices and menu planning, fitness tips, and more to the former LA Weight Loss members and anyone else who may join.  In addition to our weekly meetings, membership also includes a one-year subscription to "TOPS News," a magazine that is published nine times per year and shares inspirational stories, healthy tips, and helpful advice.

To find a local chapter, visit or call (800) 932-8677 for more information.

(from the RCReader classifieds):

CREATE a NEW YOU in the NEW YEAR! TOPS® Chapter IA-177 meets Thursdays, 6:30pm at All Saints Lutheran Church, 5002 Jersey Ridge, Davenport. We offer a healthy, caring and supportive approach to weight control, at an affordable price. Nationally, we've been doing this since 1948. Stop in and Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

TOPS has nearly 180,000 members in almost 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, and several chapters in Europe.


Davenport, IA - What could be better on a cold mid-winter night than
a warm evening of Mozart! The Quad City Symphony celebrates the 253rd
birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with its annual Mid-Winter Chamber
Music concert at the Outing Club in Davenport on Saturday, January 17,
at 8 pm. The concert features Concertmaster Allen Ohmes, Associate
Concertmaster Dawn Marino-Ohmes, Principal Viola Deborah Dakin, new
Principal Cello Hannah Holman, and, for his first time performing cello
in the Quad Cities, new Music Director Mark Russell Smith. The evening
repertoire will include Mozart's Quartet in B-Flat Major and
Schuberts's String Quintet in C Major.

You can turn the evening into a feast for your taste-buds as well as
your ears with a pre-concert dinner at the Outing Club, available for
$30. The cash bar opens at 5:30, with dinner served at 6:30. The dinner
includes hearts of romaine with fresh mozzarella and roasted red
peppers with stone ground mustard vinaigrette, tenderloin of pork with
caramelized onions and Sonoma kiln-dried apricots, sweet carrot
reduction, wild mushroom risotto, broccolini, and cherry bon bon with
Grand Marnier crème anglaise.

Tickets for this concert can be purchased at or by calling 800.982.2787. Dinner reservations should be made directly through the Outing Club at 563.324.5284.

Body and Soul Personal Training is offering you a New Year's Solution to your lose weight, get healthy and get fit resolution.  Join with us as we train to WALK a half marathon.  Body and Soul offers the longest, most comprehensive training program to teach you everything you need to know to cross the finish line with a smile on your face.  You'll get nine months of weekly group walks and instruction, full training schedule, a training log and much more for $130.  Open to both women and men! Orientation is January 22 at 6:00 pm.  Call 563-370-2359 or email for more details.



Healthy people, 16 yrs old and older, are needed to donate blood at the Aledo Community Blood Drive on Saturday, January 24th from 7am unitl 11am at the Community Bible Fellowship, 1109 Southeast 3rd St in Aledo. A Blood Donor card or photo I.D. is required to donate.  Sixteen year olds must have a completed parental consent form, which is available at

For more information, or to arrange an appointment, please call Tammy Mizner at 309-371-6914.

Local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is holding a trivia night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Davenport.

ImageRude Punch is set to release their second CD in February. They have been working hard in the studio the past couple of months and the new record promoses to be some of their best work yet. From harder rock to melodic reggae ballads, the new release has a little something for everyone. Rude Punch is planning a midwest mini tour to support the release, starting with a huge CD release party at The Redstone Room in Davenport, IA on February 21. Their friends from Nebraska, Vibenhai will be sharing the stage with them in what will be the biggest party to hit the Redstone Room ever. Plan on attending and being a part of this incredible event. For details, please visit their websites, or or feel free to contact Jeff at We look forward to seeing you all there!

Press Release:

Children's Book:

Sammy & Robert's Animal Adventures

By: Darcie Mae


32 pages

ISBN# 1-60703-987-7

In this second book in the series, Sammy & Robert's Animal Adventures, there are two stories. The stories are written in the same fun, rhyming way as the first story. These stories are longer and there are more illustrations. Sammy & Robert Visit A Farm will teach children about farm animals, their babies, their pens, foods they eat, and sounds they make. Sammy & Robert Visit A Zoo will teach children about some mammals as well as herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Educators and caretakers of children, grandparents and parents, and even children themselves will enjoy hearing or reading the Sammy & Robert stories.

Darcie Mae lives happily with her husband in Solon, Maine. She continues to write and draw any time she can. She is also enjoying sharing and reading her books with children. Look not only for her Sammy & Robert children's books, but her Mother Mouse children's books as well.

Sammy & Robert (Book 1) ISBN# 1-60474-811-7

Mother Mouse (Book 1) ISBN# 978-0-9817521-8-1

All books are available on the web at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and on many other websites. You can also have your favorite book store order the books for you.

Darcie Mae Fortin Pen Name: Darcie Mae 47 West Road Solon, Maine 04979