Kids "Cited" for Practicing Good Safety Habits -- Law enforcement on the lookout for children wearing helmets

Local Wendy's Restaurants will offer 50 free bicycle helmets on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to noon in conjunction with the I Got Caught! program. Area law enforcement officers will be on hand to help fit helmets and instruct children on bicycle safety habits. (See last page for list of participating Wendy's locations.)

In an effort to educate young Iowans, Iowa Health System, the state's largest health system, AAA Minnesota/Iowa, Wendy's Restaurants, and local law enforcement are partnering to encourage helmet usage through the I Got Caught! program. The mission of the program is to reward children, ages 2 to 13, for wearing helmets in an effort to prevent traumatic brain injuries on bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and scooters.

Participating law enforcement officials throughout Iowa have been instructed on injury prevention issues and are on the lookout for children demonstrating safe behaviors. Children "caught" in the act will receive a sticker, a coupon for a free Wendy's Frosty and a chance to win one of several bike giveaways.

Each year more than 800 bicyclists are killed and another 500,000 are injured in the United States. However, statistics have shown that, when used properly, helmets reduce the risk of a traumatic brain injury by as much as 88 percent.

"Wendy's is proud to be able to work with law enforcement, AAA Minnesota/Iowa, and the Iowa Health System to promote safe habits," said Franchisee, Jeff Ruppel. "The cost of a helmet is nothing compared to the possible cost of a child's life."

Bill Leaver, president and CEO of Iowa Health System, said he would prefer to have the health system help prevent injuries rather than treat them, and the I Got Caught! program is designed to do just that. "At Iowa Health System, we want to be sure to reach out and help children make smart decisions. We think this innovative program will help with that. At least that is our sincere hope."

Wendy's International, Inc. (NYSE: WEN) is one of the world's largest and most successful restaurant operating and franchising companies. More information about the Company is available at

Initially formed in 1995, Iowa Health System includes 11 hospitals in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island, Ill., along with a group of 369 staffed physicians and 128 clinics in 71 communities in Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois. Iowa Health System is the first and largest integrated health care system in Iowa with revenues of almost $2 billion and more than 19,000 employees.  Its hospitals serve almost one in every three patients in Iowa. For more information visit,

AAA Minnesota/Iowa, which includes more than 778,000 members, offers automotive, travel, insurance and financial services. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the largest affiliation of AAA clubs in the Midwest, with 4.1 million members in eight states. ACG clubs belong to the national AAA federation, a not-for-profit organization, with more than 51 million members in the United States and Canada. For more information visit,


We are seeking your support in helping get the word out to all veterans in the Quad Cities area.  Benefits they or their family members may need or be eligible for receiving are not being accessed by those who have earned them.  Post 9128 Officers and some speakers are available for in person and phone interviews about the Vet Fair and it's mission to assist veterans by empowering them with information. Please contact Post 9128 Post Chaplain and media coordinator Wen Torrey at her home at 563-441-0648, or email her at for interview and appearance requests.

Vet's Fair - Hosted by VFW Post 9128 Bettendorf, IA
Date: 05/30/09
Time: 10:00 am till 2:00pm
Where: United Steel Workers of America Local Hall
880 Devils Glen Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722

1st 75 Veterans will receive a FREE Iowa Lottery Veterans Scratch off ticket.

Guest Speakers:

Charles Lynch
OEF/OIF Outreach Specialist
Iowa City VA medical Center

Debbie Kimbell
Cardiac Health
Trinity Medical Center

David Woods
Veteran's Service Officer
Scott County, IA

Rick Boots, 2nd District Commander
VFW Benefits
State of Iowa Rep

Dinner at Post to follow Vet's Fair
Serving Time: 4:00 pm till 6:30pm
Dinner: Meatloaf, Scalloped potatoes, Baked beans
Cost: $7.00 (Benefit VFW Post 9128 and it's community projects)
Entertainment provided by Terry Huff, begins at 5:00pm 

"I remain assured in hard experience that neither by National guns nor by National gods will mankind be saved, but only by the genuine regard for all members of the human family."

May 11, 2009 -Quad Cities/Iowa-Illinois - The Greater Quad Cities Area PRIDE Fest '09 celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender ("LGBT") Pride with a variety of events during June PRIDE Month and PRIDE Week, Sunday, June 21 - Sunday, June 28. The international theme for PRIDE this year is "Your Rights, Our Rights, Human Rights."  Says QC PRIDE co-chair, Rev. Rich Hendricks, "We've expanded on that theme locally by playing on the reality of change in Iowa and the possibilities for change in Illinois law --and with a reminder of last years' quite windy PRIDE day in coming up with a QC PRIDE '09 theme of 'Winds of Change.'"

Events will take place highlighting LGBT contributions to the community throughout the month of June. There will be LGBT displays at nearly all of the local public libraries, special art exhibits, history exhibits, informational forums, music and poetry exhibitions. The Pride Month Kickoff Event, "Touched by the Hand of God: Michelangelo's Models," celebrates on of history's most famous gay artists and will be held at the Figge Art Museum on June 2 with a special reception at 6:30 p.m. A Pride Guide will be published soon when event details and sponsors have been confirmed.

Sunday, June 21 begins PRIDE Week, with an Interfaith Picnic of Affirming Churches and their allies at LeClaire Park from 2 - 3:30 pm with a brief Worship Service 3:30 - 4 pm. Everyone is then invited to gather at 4 pm at LeClaire Park for Colors-Across-the-River for Equality (CARE) in support of equal rights for LGBT persons. This will involve displaying 1,000 rainbow pride flags and over 500 people lining the Centennial Bridge over the Mississippi River! Some are calling it "Rainbows Across the River," but whatever you call it, it will be a historic event! Persons will be able to participate for free and can keep their own Pride Flag for just $5. Participants are asked to sign up on Facebook at

Gay comedian, Brian Bradley will be performing at Penguin's Comedy Club on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during PRIDE Week, and there will be a Freighthouse Pride Patio Party on Wednesday, June 24, followed by a dance at Club Fusion.

Culminating QC PRIDE Week will be the big festival on Saturday, June 27 at LeClaire Park on the Davenport riverfront.  The Saturday PrideFest will include live music, vendors, food and beverages.  Headlining the list of entertainers for the Bandshell will be Daphne Willis, Bumber Crop, Ronnie Niles and Funktastic Five. Last year nearly 900 people attended QC PrideFest '08, which featured 12 area nonprofit sponsors and numerous local business sponsors. "We had 45 vendors last year and plan to double that number this year, as well as to increase sponsorship by local businesses," says PRIDE Co-Chair, Jeff Simpson. Mary's on 2nd will host an "Over the Rainbow" Pride Party after the PrideFest.

Vendor booths of 10' X 10' are available for $50 ($60 if electricity is required) and include two free admissions. Admission to the Saturday PRIDE fest is $10 by advance ticket purchase or $15 at the gate. Contact Rich Hendricks at

Tickets will be available mid-April from area nonprofits, key downtown Davenport merchants or on-line now at A children's area with games and activities is also planned.

The lesbian rock group Halcyon will also be appearing at the Redstone Room in downtown Davenport on Sunday, June 28th to close out Pride Month activities.

QC PRIDE was started by Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities with support from many outstanding nonprofit organizations, who also benefit by raising funds at PrideFest and by getting their message out to the public, including: Quad Citians Affirming Diversity, AIDS Project Quad Cities, DeLaCerda House, OneIowa, Equality Illinois, Progressive Action for the Common Good, QC Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and the Davenport Civil Rights Commission.

PRIDE festivities throughout the United States commemorate three nights of civil unrest known as the Stonewall riots. These riots occurred in late June 1969 in response to official harassment by the New York Police Department and are considered the birth of the movement for equal rights and liberation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Sponsored in part by Genesis Health System, Mary's on 2nd, Lujack's Northpark Auto Plaza, The Freighthouse, Redstone Room, Wells Fargo Bank, Augie's on 20th and more.

IOWA: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain

Your Rights, Our Rights, Human Rights

Spring cleaning? Donate your gently used treasures to the Volunteers for Symphony's 26th Annual Second Fiddle Sale!

Donations of used merchandise are requested for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association's 2nd Fiddle Sale and will be accepted between May 23 and June 15 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from  8 AM to 4 PM and Mondays from 1 PM to 8 PM. 2nd Fiddle will not be open for drop-offs on Memorial Day, May 25. Donations can be made at the former Seasonal Concepts building, 3568 North Brady Street, Davenport, between BigLots and K-Mart. The sale accepts gently-used clothing, furniture, household items, linens, small appliances, books, children's clothing, sporting goods, toys, jewelry, antiques, collectibles and more! All donations are tax deductible and receipted at time of drop off.

The 2nd Fiddle Sale opens with a "first chance to buy" Opening Night on Thursday, June 18, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, with refreshments and live music. Tickets for this event are $8 and may be purchased in advance at the Symphony Office, 327 Brady Street, Davenport, (563) 322-QCSO (7276) or at the door on June 18. The sale continues with free admission on Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, from 7 AM - 6:00 PM.

Volunteers for Symphony organize and present this much anticipated annual sale of gently used items every year. Many volunteers are needed during the upcoming weeks for sorting merchandise, set-up, and selling during the Sale. Contact VfS by phone at (563) 322-0931, x12 or email at to help. All 2nd Fiddle Sale proceeds benefit the music education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association.


Geared for kids ages 12 and under, "Put A Smile On A Child" will be held in recognition of National Stand for Children Day. Children, and their parents or guardians, are invited to join us on Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at the PepsiCo Center on the campus of Augustana College, 1025 - 30th St, in Rock Island.

Enjoy several different children's activities along with a hot dog, chips and milk. Bring your youth group, school gorup, neighborhood, friends and family. All activities and food are free.

For more information, please contact Churches United of the Quad City Area at 309-786-6494.  Sponsored by Churches United, Swiss Valley Farms and the Rock Island Kiwanis.

Davenport, IA - As the Music of Led Zeppelin Spring Pops concert reaches "must-see" status in the Quad Cities, the QCSO is announcing another way to enjoy the weekend - the Spring Pops Pre-Party. From 5 to 7 on May 30, the parking lot behind the Adler, on Brady Street between 3rd and 4th Street, will be blocked off and set aside for a pre-concert party. Attending the party will be Music of Led Zeppelin conductor/arranger Brent Havens, lead singer Randy Jackson, and Greg Dwyer from the 97X morning show Dwyer and Michaels.

Admission to the party is free and vendors will be selling grilled food from Sunshine Concessions and locally brewed beer from Great River Brewery. Great River Brewery, the Quad Cities' newest, tapped its first keg this spring. Their products are available on tap at establishments throughout the area and are coming soon in 16-ounce cans. Beer from Great River Brewery will also be available inside the Adler during the concert.

Performing at the Spring Pops Pre-Party will be one of the most contagious bands in the Quad Cities - Deadroots. Every Deadroots show is a collage of Rock, Funk, R & B, Bluegrass, Jam, and Jazz. Since it's birth in 1999, the band has evolved into the core line-up of Steve Braddy, Josh Long, John Bechtel, and Jared Hughes. Over the years, Deadroots has gained a reputation for its incredibly catchy and well-crafted original tunes as well as its original takes on cover tunes.

Tickets for the Music of Led Zeppelin Spring Pops concert start at $16 and can be purchased at, 800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.


June 11, 2009 is the annual Spring Celebration at the Bettendorf Farmers' Market located at 2117 State Street. At the Spring Celebration, the Eastern Iowa Dairy Producers will be providing complimentary ice cream for everyone! The S.M.A.R.T. Bus will be there with free children's books. The Bettendorf Librarian will offer children's crafts and there will be balloons, face painting, puppets and more! Come join the fun and pick up fresh produce and baked goods for your family every Thursday from 2pm until 6pm. Its a great way to spend the afternoon and support local farmers.  Note: go to the stop light at State and 23rd streets and enter the parking lot there to avoid the traffic on State Street.

The Market offers locally grown annuals, perennials, herbs and fresh produce. You will find meats, eggs, jams, honey, fresh baked goods, arts & crafts, jewelry and a variety of hand-made items for your home. It is a great way to begin your weekend and stock your refrigerator with healthy, locally grown fresh foods.


June 8, 2009: At the Farmers' Market at Trinity (4500 Utica Ridge Rd) you will be able to talk to a representative from the Habitat ReStore. This is a fabulous store! If you have never been there, come out to the Farmers' Market from 3pm until 6pm on Monday and get an idea of what they are all about!  The Market offers locally grown annuals, perennials, herbs and fresh produce. You will find meats, eggs, jams, honey, fresh baked goods, arts & crafts, jewelry and a variety of hand-made items for your home. It is a great way to begin your weekend and stock your refrigerator with healthy, locally grown fresh foods.


May 30, 2009:  At the Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 30, the therapy dogs will be on hand to thrill and entertain you. You may learn more about where they go, where they have been and how you can contact the organizer. The Market opens at 8am in the NorthPark Mall parking lot between Sears and JCPenney every Saturday and Wednesday. The Market remains open until Noon. The Market offers locally grown annuals, perennials, herbs and fresh produce. You will find meats, eggs, jams, honey, fresh baked goods, arts & crafts, jewelry and a variety of hand-made items for your home. It is a great way to begin your weekend and stock your refrigerator with healthy, locally grown fresh foods.


Davenport, IA - The Quad City Symphony Orchestra's annual Listening Olympics was held on Friday, April 24, at Asbury United Methodist Church. Nearly 50 fifth grade students, in teams of three from Quad City area schools, competed for gold, silver and bronze medals at this friendly competition that challenges students' knowledge of classical music.

Schools participating in this year's competition included Butterworth, Hamilton, Franklin, and Jane Addams from Moline; Matherville from Sherrard, and Colorado and Madison from Muscatine.

This year's winners were:

Gold (Pictured left to right; click on photo for print quality version.):
Franklin School, Moline
Emily Johnson
Noah Fabiano
Alexis Willey
Classroom Teacher: Maureen Dittmer
Music Specialist: Emily Roberts

Butterworth Elementary, Moline
Quinn Daley
Michael Dombrock
Zane Nelson
Music Specialist: Valeree Pieper

Jane Addams Elementary, Moline
Chase Austin
Divya Badri
Megan Medinger
Music Specialist: Valeree Pieper

"Listening Olympics" is offered annually at no cost to schools and participants and is supported by funding from Volunteers for Symphony.