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.

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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

ImageIONS-QC presentation series continues at the Bettendorf Library, Thursday, January 8th, 6:30 PM. The program will explore the primary leaders in history who understood the power of water as a curative agent. A new theory of physics leading to new inventions and a clean planet will be discussed. Michael Grady will facilitate.
including 3 on Christmas Eve and one at 9:30am on Christmas Day. The Christmas Eve services will be held at 4pm (geared more towards the children, youth and families), 7pm (traditional service) and 11pm (annual candlelight service).  You are all welcome to come join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Musser Public Library presents  6 FREE programs during the month of January: 

  • Jan. 2: Sign-up begins for our adult winter reading program "Hot Reads for Cold Nights" 
  • Jan. 3: 10a.m. - "Musser Scrappers" meet. Bring your scrapbooking projects and join us for tips and fun. 
  • Jan. 3: "First Saturday" book discussion. Alice Roosevelt Longworth: From White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy Cordery. Join us at 10 a.m. at Muscatine Books & More. 
  • Jan. 5: Our adult winter reading program begins: "Hot Reads for Cold Nights". 
  • Jan. 6: "Fitness & Weight Loss" program at 6:30 p.m. Please join us as Mel Steckel from the YMCA gives us guidance on what we can do to become more fit, perhaps with a few exercises thrown in. 
  • Jan. 13: "Fitness Equipment". Our series on fitness continues this week as we learn what equipment works best for you.