In keeping with its motto of "Service Above Self,' the Rotary Club of Rock Island has undertaken another initiative to enhance the lives of children in Rock Island with its adoption of Earl Hanson Elementary School.

Paul-Thomas Ferguson will sign copies of his novel, A Life in Chiaroscuro, at the St. Ambrose University Bookstore, Harrison Street, Davenport, on Wednesday, December 3rd, from 3pm to 5pm.

 

 

A Life in Chiaroscuro is a work of historical fiction, featuring narrator Benjamin Andrews.  When Andrews moved to Milwaukee in 1904 to become editor of a major newspaper, he could not have imagined the path his life would take.  Now, writing from an insane asylum ten years later, Andrews tries to explain, for the final time, his role in a year full of societal intrigue, enduring love, calculated revenge, political scandal, and cold-blooded murder.

 

Paul-Thomas Ferguson works as an archivist for Vista International Operations and also teaches part-time at St. Ambrose University.  A playwright, poet, and musician, Dr. Ferguson holds a B.A. in European History from Western Illinois University, as well as an M.A. in Medieval History and a Ph.D. in American, Urban, and Middle Eastern History from Marquette University.  A Life in Chiaroscuro is his first novel.

 

The HeART Of It" wine and cheese art show on Tues., Dec. 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Administrative Office, 338 6th Street in Moline. The artwork on display is created by Club members ages 6-18. "'The HeART Of It' gives the community an opportunity to purchase unique, one-of-a-kind artwork from aspiring artists and support Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley," said Shannon Hans, Director of Development. Tickets are $25 per person.  All proceeds will benefit the nearly 3,000 Club members and ensure they have a safe and positive place to go after school.  To purchase tickets, please call Shannon Hans at 309-757-5777 ext 204. 

About Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley

At the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, our goal is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  With a total membership of nearly 3,000 youth, our six Club locations open daily after school and during the summer to offer hope and opportunity to youth ages 6-18 years of age for $12 a year. For more information about becoming a member, please call 309-757-5777. 

The Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa announce their twenty-seventh Annual Cent-A-Gallon Day on Wednesday, November 26, 2008.  One-cent out of every gallon of petroleum product, sold on the day before Thanksgiving, by participating marketers, will go to Camp Courageous. 

Camp Courageous of Iowa is a year-round recreation and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities.  Run on donations, over 5,000 campers are served annually.

Figge Art Museum members are invited on Saturday, November 22, 2008 to the Festival of Trees Watch Party where they can watch the Festival of Trees Holiday Parade from the Art's Café at the Figge. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.


Members can purchase party guest passes for friends and family at the Figge admission desk from November 10 through the day of the event. Guest passes are: $8 ($5 for kids 12 and under) and includes admission to the museum or $2 and does not include admission to the museum.

 

The holiday membership sale will also start on November 22 and runs through December 30. Gift memberships are a great way to share the Figge with a
friend, family member or colleague. Figge members enjoy special benefits
all year, including:

  • Unlimited free admission
  • Discount on classes and trips
  • Invitations to members-only events, including member previews, watch parties and brunches
  • Newsletters and museum mailings with information about upcoming
  • exhibitions and events

Gift Membership Rates
Household $50
Individual $35
Senior/Student/Educator $25

For more information call us at 563.326.7804-2007 or email shoran@figgeartmuseum.org.

About the Figge Art Museum
The Figge Art Museum actively serves the public by promoting appreciation and creation of visual art through education, and by collecting, conserving and exhibiting art. The museum collection includes more than 3,500 paintings, photographs, sculpture, and works on paper from the 16th century to the present.

 

During your visit to the museum, we encourage you to explore our expansive galleries, special exhibitions, and the Family Activity Center. For an in-depth experience, we offer a variety of art classes, gallery talks and lectures. Each year, several special events--from film presentations to family days?are held at the museum and expand on the themes of the exhibitions. 


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The tours focus on paintings on the birth of the Christ Child. The tour follows this familiar story from the announcement to Mary that she will bear a Son, to the young boy in His mother's arms.

A tour guide will meet visitors in the main lobby. Holiday cookies and hot beverages will be served after the tour. For more information call 563-326-7804 or visit figgeartmuseum.org.

Free with the price of paid admission or membership.
ADMISSION: $7 adults, $6 seniors (60+), students, educators, $4 Youth (12 & under)

About the Figge Art Museum
The Figge Art Museum actively serves the public by promoting appreciation and creation of visual art through education, and by collecting, conserving and exhibiting art. The museum collection includes more than 3,500 paintings, photographs, sculpture, and works on paper from the 16th century to the present.

During your visit to the museum, we encourage you to explore our expansive galleries, special exhibitions, and the Family Activity Center. For an in-depth experience, we offer a variety of art classes, gallery talks and lectures. Each year, several special events--from film presentations to family days?are held at the museum and expand on the themes of the exhibitions. 

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Eldridge now has an online gameroom that provides another entertainment source. Located at the Buzz Coffeeshop and Art Gallery, 116 W Davenport St, the "Red Room" is open during regular business hours.  Call 563-285-2554 for more information.

Gilda's Club Quad Cities will be holding an Open House on Novemeber 20th, 2008 from noon-5pm to celebrate 10 years of helping families live with cancer.

Hor's d'oeuvres will be served

Gilda's Club Quad Cities

1234 East River Drive

Davenport, IA  52803

 

For more information contact Erin at 563-326-7504 or erin@gildasclubqc.org

 

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Saturday November 29th
9:00 pm $5.00
@ Rock Island Brewing Company
1815 2nd Ave Rock Island, IL
http://www.ribco.com

Music by:
Chrash (record release)
Meth and Goats
Id Pyramid (featuring Centaur Noir)

<a href="http://www.myspace.com/chrashmusic">Chrash</a>
Chrash is constantly at work banging out riffs in their practice space
right next door to Future Appletree Studio One (home of local heroes Daytrotter).
Maybe that is why they just put another new full length album.  November 29th at
RIBCO will be Chrash's local record release show for their new LP "The Name They Change".

Also performing that night will be <a href="http://www.myspace.com/methspace">Meth and Goats</a>
Meth and Goats hail from Moline they will bring
their spastic beats and heavy poundings to your ears.
This is their first local show since June

Opening the evening is a special performance by
<a href="http://www.myspace.com/idpyramid">Id Pyramid</a> (featuring <a href="http://www.myspace.com/centaurnoir">Centaur Noir</a>).
Two seperate music projects from Dennis and Jon of Meth and Goats combine in audio bliss
to form one musical force.  Jon will play on Dennis' songs and Dennis will play on Jon's songs
with some special guest performers.  Should be a real treat.

Contact: Alexson Kane, Communications Manager

Phone: 515-270-6341

Fax: 515-270-0337

Email: alexson.kane@nmss.org

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Premier Wine Event Raises Funds for National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyA Taste of Generosity, presented by Radiology Group Imaging Center LLCFriday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m.Davenport Country Club, Pleasant Valley, Iowa 

DAVENPORT, IA - On Friday evening, November 14, 2008, over two hundred wine enthusiasts will gather at the Davenport Country Club to sample fine wines and food from around the world and raise money to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.   A Taste of Generosity, presented by EMD Serono, is considered by many in the Quad Cities to be the premier wine event of the year.  The evening features a silent and live auction of wines, gift packages and vacations.

 

"This event has been growing by leaps and bounds each year, "says area director for the National MS Society, Mark Davis. "We are expecting to raise around $63,000 this year to benefit the 400,000 Americans who live with multiple sclerosis."

 

Davis has been working with a committee of volunteers from the Quad Cities.  Local doctors and community leaders have served on the planning committee for several years - many since the event began. 

 

"After attending A Taste of Generosity several years ago, I knew I wanted to be involved and create a world free of MS by raising money for the treatment of MS and, eventually, its cure," commented Dr. Linda DeLessio, who sits on the planning committee.  "My mother, sister-in-law and two friends live with the disease. I personally know the impact it's had not only in their lives, but those of their families and friends. I'm happy to be a part of an organization that's so dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for anyone affected by this disease."

 

Dr. John Wright, of Neurology Consultants, LLC in Davenport and chair of the 2008 planning committee also became involved with the event to help those he knows who live with MS.  "In my line of work, we see so many people who have to overcome the psychological, physical and financial obstacles that come with a diagnosis of MS. Helping our patients and families meet those challenges is what's kept me motivated year after year to help grow this event and keep it moving forward."

 

At 5:30 p.m., A Taste of Generosity begins with an educational panel with local doctors.  This is a great opportunity to learn how proceeds from the event will further benefit MS research sponsored by the Society.  At 6:30, the wine tasting, h'or dourves and silent auction begin.  A variety of wines can be enjoyed from some of the best and newest wine regions from around the world.  For the first time, a tasting of premium tequilas will also be available. The wines and spirits are expertly paired with local foods to bring out their true flavors.  While sampling the wines, guests will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of distinctive silent auction items. 

 

The live auction will begin at 8:30 p.m., with over 30 different lots of rare wines and other exciting items.  To wrap the evening up, guests may purchase additional tickets to A Taste of Indulgence, which offers rich desserts and a port tasting. 

 

Reservations begin at $70 for an individual seat or $560 for a table of eight.  Reservations may be made online at tasteofgenerosity.org or by calling 1-800-344-4867. 

 About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

 About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2007 alone, through our home office and 50 state network of chapters, we devoted over $136 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested over $50 million to support 440 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS NOW. Join the movement at nationalmssociety.org.

 Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867.###

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