The Independent Scholars' Evening and Celtic Heritage Trail of the Quad Cities present the third of their four presentations this Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Moline Club in downtown Moline. This week's presentation starts with Celtic tunes performed on bagpipes by Dr. Kirk Witherspoon of Moline, Illinois. Dr. Witherspoon's performance will be followed by a presentation on Celtic Art by Black Hawk College Professor Emeritus and renowned Quad City artist, Bill Hannan of Moline, Illinois. Bill's presentation will include a discussion and views of early Celtic art with a foray into some contemporary examples. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Date: March 11, 2008 Contact: Holly Yates

Phone # 1/800/747-5401, ext. 257




APPOINTMENTS: To donate call Daniele Schlumpf at (563) 449-5000

ABOUT THE DRIVE: Donors who last gave blood on or before January 30, 2008 are eligible. ABOUT DONATING: Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that only takes about an hour. Donors must be at least 16 years old, in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds. A Blood Donor card or other photo I.D. is required to donate; 16-year-old donors must present a signed parental consent form, available from the Blood Center or for download from Controlled high blood pressure and diabetics are acceptable.

ABOUT MVRBC: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the exclusive blood provider to Trinity Medical Center - West, Trinity Medical Center - 7th Street Trinity Medical Center at Terrace Park, Genesis Medical Center - East Rusholme Street and Genesis Medical Center - West Central Park.

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The Independent Scholars' Evening and Celtic Heritage Trail of the Quad Cities present the second of their four presentations this Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Moline Club in downtown Moline. This week's presentation starts with Celtic stories by Heather Nobiling of Moline, Illinois. Following Heather will the River Cities Reader winner of "Person We'd Like Most to Elect to Public Office (please correct the titles, Mr/Ms Editor)" and President of the Celtic Heritage Trail, Bill Fisher, of Moline, Illinois. Bill will give a presentation entitled, "Scots-Irish: the Best of Both Worlds." Admission is free and open to the public.

Catt Foy, 1302 Scott Street, Davenport, IA, 52803, 563-323-0481,,,




March 9, 2008


Homeless and previously homeless individuals in Davenport are being offered a unique opportunity–to submit their creative writing and artwork for possible inclusion in a literary magazine called the Poetry Street Project.

The Poetry Street Project was created by Western Illinois University English graduate student Catt Foy, in response to a course she is taking on public writing.  Foy, who herself has experienced homelessness, wanted to bring the idea of creative works and homelessness together.  "I thought about writing about my own experiences at first, but then it occurred to me that it would be much better to offer an opportunity to others who are homeless, or who have been homeless, to showcase their talents," Foy said.  "There are many people of talent who never get a chance to shine because of their circumstances," she reported.  Foy believes that having one`s talents recognized is one potential source of hope for those experiencing the indignity of struggling with extreme poverty.

The Poetry Street Project magazine hopes to include poetry, essays, and short stories, as well as black and white artwork and photographs.  Foy, who is also a writer and artist, has designed the cover, and hopes to take photographs of some of the participants. 

Submissions will be taken until March 31, 2008 and the publication will be launched sometime in late April or early May.  Submission forms can be found at the Davenport Public Library`s Main Branch, or at the Midwest Writing Center, located on the third floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts, or by contacting Foy.  A panel of judges will select the submissions that will be included.  "It will be impossible to print every submission we receive, since we have limited space," said Foy. "But if this issue proves to be successful, perhaps there will be future issues."  Foy encourages everyone who has experienced homelessness to submit original creative work.  Contributors can remain anonymous, if they prefer, or they can use a nickname, pen name or street name.  Contributors will be entered into a drawing for a one-year membership to the Midwest Writing Center, where they can receive feedback on their work, work on computers located at the Center, and participate in other literary events.

"It is my hope that the artwork and writing in this magazine will help expose people of talent to possible venues for publication or to promote their art," said Foy.  "Maybe that one poem, or that one drawing will open up opportunities that the creator might not otherwise have ever had."

For more information on the Poetry Street Project, please contact Catt Foy at, or by calling 563-323-0481.  Regular blog postings will report the progress of the project at  Donations to support the project are also welcome.  Foy also welcomes interviews on the project. 




UFOlogist David Sereda hosts this video program that takes a look at previously-classified footage shot by NASA that shows unidentified flying objects up to 2-3 miles wide. The program is three hours long and will likely be broken into two 90 minute segments over two nights. The program is heavy on science, quantum physics and theory and is backed by indisputable evidence made by a federal government agency.

The free program meets on Thursday, Mar 20, 2008, 6:00 PM  at Atlantispa 235 W 35th St Ste 5B Davenport, IA Davenport, above Nick Tarpein Martial Arts. Sign-up at or call 563-445-7331.
The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd. Independent Scholars' Evenings in partnership with Celtic Heritage Trail of the Quad Cities presents A Glimpse of Celtic Culture every Thursday evening throughout the month of March. On March 6, 2008 a presentation on Cornwall by Gwen Foulkes of Rock Island, IL. Gwen will provide a brief foray into the life, lore, and history of Cornwall, a neglected nation. Fire in The Belly will kick off the presentation with Celtic fiddle tunes and songs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public, free of charge and takes place at The Moline Commercial Club at 513-16th Street, Moline, IL.

Benefit for Justin Hendershot


GOOD THINGS NOW with locations in Rock Island and Aledo is requesting donations of men's clothing, bedding, blankets and kitchen supplies such as pots, pans and dishes. We will also be running a 50% off sale on all winter merchandise the first 2 weeks of March.

Up to $100 will be reimbursed to area schools per bus to visit the Figge Art Museum. The Butterworth Trust is pleased to offer busing to the Figge Art Museum for your school to experience the exhibit "Birds of America: John James Audubon", Feb. 2 - May 11, 2008.

The Trust will cover up to $100.00 per bus.

To participate contact Gretchen Small, Program Director at 309-765-7971, or Funds are limited.

School visits to the Figge Art Museum must be arranged by contacting Heather at 563-326-7804 ext.2045 or

Museum admission fees for school groups are $3.00 per student, or $5.00 per student with art project. Teacher attends for free. Visits to the Figge can include a movie on Audubon for 5th grade through 12th grade.

Big Auction Planned for April 26, 2008

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