Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport will re-create a southern summer favorite - Cajun Seafood Boil on Saturday, September 26th starting at 4pm!  Head Chef Andy Wildermuth invites guests to experience a Cajun boil that includes crawfish, shrimp, mussels, corn on the cob, Andoullie sausage and red potatoes all cooked in a Cajun bouillabaisse broth.  Guests will be seated at tables that are wrapped in butcher block paper and the chef will empty the Cajun seafood boil in the center of the table.  It is an event that friends and family can all enjoy!

Call 563-386-2722 to reserve your table, price is $14.99 per person and includes salad, the Cajun Seafood boil and dessert. Thunder Bay's full dinner menu is also available.  Thunder Bay Grille is located at I-80 and Brady Street in Davenport.


MOLINE, ILLNIOIS - The sun was shining. Minus Six was performing. The Iowa game was on the big screen television, and 1,800 people tasted a variety of beers and cheeses at the 10th Annual WQPT Brew Ha Ha on Saturday, September 19th.

At the end of the day, once the ballots had been tallied, Bend River Brewing Company and Blue Cat Brew Pub took home the trophies for Best Brews at Brew Ha Ha 2009..

First Place went to Bent River Brewing Co. for their brew, Uncommon Stout. They also won Second Place with Dry Hopped Ale and their trophies were picked up by Steve Ratcliff. Third Place went to Tucks Tenacious Trippel from Blue Cat Brew Pub with Melissa Wileke picking up the award.

WQPT's Brew Ha Ha was sponsored by Old Chicago Bettendorf, Rock 104-9 and Cumulus Broadcasting, Rhythm City Casino, River Cities' Reader, KWQC, Mediacom, Pratt Audio Visual & Video Corp., Penguin's Comedy Club, Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc., Glazer's Distributors of Iowa, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Cabot Cheese, Downtown Partnership, City of Davenport, Hawkeye Ice, Iowa American Water, Midwest Originals Booking, Millennium Waste, Quad City Golf Cars, and Sunbelt Rentals.

WQPT is the Quad Cities local public television station located on the campus of Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois.

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The hottest charity event in Iowa and a night you won't want to miss!

(Des Moines, IA) The third annual Bras for the Cause Gala and Auction will be held Saturday, October 3, 2009, at Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des
Moines. It will be a night packed with dinner, dancing, auctions and MORE:

7:00 pm  Appetizers, Cocktails and Silent Auction Opens
8:00 pm  Dinner and Live auction
9:00 pm  Dance

One of the hottest and most creative fundraising events in central Iowa, artists from all over the globe have created one-of-a-kind bras to be partnered with a
variety of other incredible items for the auction. Sponsored by Mercy Medical Center; The Iowa Clinic; Iowa Health - Des Moines; ABC 5; Bank of the West;
HyVee; Stacey's Bra & Lingerie and Sitehawk; the event allows the Bras for the Cause Iowa Foundation to continue to help Iowans in the fight against breast and cervical cancer.

In 2009 there will be an estimated 16,000* new cancer cases in the state of Iowa. Of those new cases, 7,800 will be women and 2,150 of those women will be affected by breast cancer. 100% of the funds raised by Bras for the Cause Iowa Foundation remain in Iowa to promote women's health.

Learn more about Bras for the Cause Iowa Foundation and how you can get involved by visiting

For More Information Contact:
Beth Cummings 515-490-9214


Momentum Accelerated Behind Initial 3-Hour Deplanement Standard

Senator Boxer and Representative Thompson Champion Passenger Rights

September 22, 2009, Washington, DC - and Business Travel Coalition (BTC) today conducted a Passenger Rights Stakeholder Hearing before a packed hearing room of airline passengers, travel professionals, Congressional staff and media in the Rayburn House Office Building. Experts, both for and against legislation to address a growing extended-tarmac-delay problem, were sharply questioned by aviation journalists and travel industry professionals . The clear outcome from the hearing is that legislation is urgently required to address a growing passenger health and safety problem that airlines are apparently unable or unwilling to fix themselves.

The hearing was sponsored by the Honorary Chairwomen Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) who have championed a 3-hour national standard for providing passengers the option of deplaning, should a captain decide it is safe to do so. Their bills, S.213 and HR 674, were strongly endorsed by airline passengers,, BTC, other travel groups at the hearing. Executive Director Kate Hanni testified , "The airline industry has been the voice of "NO" for too long. The system is broken and passengers have been paying a dear price with their health, lost productivity and missed family events. This hearing shone a bright light on the fallacious arguments put forward by those airlines that seek to continue stonewalling against reforms that will benefit passengers and all airline industry stakeholders."

"There is now a clear expectation that Congress will move to enact legislation to create a national standard beginning with the requirement that airlines provide passengers an option to deplane after 3 hours. Airlines will likely have several months to adjust operations before the law is effective," stated BTC Chairman Kevin Mitchell. "BTC further encourages Congress to phase-in a 2-hour standard 1 year after the initial 3-hour rule becomes effective. Congress should likewise make mandatory the U.S. Department of Transportation Tarmac Delay Task Force recommendations," added Mitchell. (BTC recently issued a report on passenger rights legislation .)


Take 'n' bake pizza giant named Platinum Award Winner in Restaurants & Institution's Consumers' Choice in Chains Survey; Among top 10 chains in highest overall scores

VANCOUVER, Wash. - September 22, 2009 - According to thousands of U.S. consumers, Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza is not only the "Best Pizza Chain in America" for the seventh straight year, but it's also one of the top 10 restaurant chains in the country. In the overall rankings among all restaurant categories, Papa Murphy's was one of only two quick service restaurants (QSR) in the top 10, joining other industry leaders such as P.F. Chang's China Bistro (NASDAQ: PFCB), Olive Garden and The Cheesecake Factory.

"The past year has been a great test," said John Barr, CEO at Papa Murphy's. "While many restaurant brands tried to save market share by reinventing themselves or their product offerings, Papa Murphy's has stuck to what we know our customers want - quality pizza with the freshest ingredients at a great value. It's what we've always stood for and our customers know they can count on us for that. We're honored that they consider Papa Murphy's not only the best pizza company in the country, but one of the best restaurants out there, period."
Earlier this year, more than 3,000 consumers rated over 200 chain restaurants on a variety of guest satisfaction attributes in Restaurants & Institution's Annual Consumers' Choice in Chains survey. Papa Murphy's received the highest possible accolade - the Platinum Award - in the pizza segment by a large margin, soaring 16% above the pizza category's second-place winner.  For full results of the survey, log onto

About Restaurants & Institutions
Restaurants & Institutions (R&I) ( is the leading source of vital information for the entire foodservice industry, online and offline, covering chains, independent restaurants, hotels and institutions. Published monthly, R&I magazine is the only source of complete industry coverage and reaches more than 120,000 commercial and noncommercial subscribers, including executives who operate independent and chain restaurants, hospitals, colleges, schools and hotels/resorts, as well as dealers/distributors and consultants in the foodservice industry. R&I is published by Reed Business Information.

About Papa Murphy's
Papa Murphy's is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and the pioneer and leader of the take 'n' bake pizza segment. Papa Murphy's operates over 1,150 franchised and corporate-owned locations in 32 states and Canada. The Vancouver, Wash.-based company offers custom-made pizzas featuring high-quality fresh toppings generously layered on pizza dough that is made fresh each morning in each store. By baking Papa Murphy's pizzas at home, customers get to experience the home-baked aroma of a convenient, delicious meal that the brand is known for. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of take 'n' bake items, including Cheesy Bread, Cinnamon Wheels, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Papa Murphy's has been voted "Best Pizza Chain in America" for seven consecutive years by consumers nationwide in the Restaurants and Institutions "Consumers' Choice in Chains" survey and is a four-time recipient of Pizza Today's Chain of the Year award, most recently in 2009. For more information, visit


As an outreach to the community from the Lindsay Park meeting last May, a Steering Committee was formed and has been meeting to make recommendations for the park. The committee will preview the recommendations and seek additional public input at a public forum prior to presenting to the city council.

7:00 PM on TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2009



Event Date:  September 26, 2009, 12:00pm-5:00pm at Schone's Friendship Farm, 15711 13th Street, Milan, IL.

We're rustlin' up all volunteers, riders, parents, and friends for the New Kingdom Trailriders' Western Jamboree Fall Festival and Fundraiser!  Help us raise some much-needed dollars while having fun with the whole family.  Admission is $2.00 and every paid admission is an entry into a great door prize drawing from Ascentra, this year's Platinum Sponsor.

This fundraiser will be chock-full o'fun and games for everyone in your posse.  There will be games for the little greenhorns, vittles for the hungry and of course, our cowboys and cowgirls will put on a fine show for ya'all.

Our Chuck wagon will be servin' up Texas chili and dogs, along with other tasty grub.  We'll have horse rides available for purchase to all who want to be a cowboy for the day.  Hold on to your hats folks, that ain't all!  We have a surprise for you- "It's a Pleasure" Precision Drill Team will be performing too (  Dust off your boots, we've also roped in "The Posse" for your country western dancin' and listenin' pleasure.  Bring your decorated pumpkin to enter the Pumpkin Design contest!

If that ain't enough for ya'all to flip your lids, we have invited some of our compadres to join us and have information available about their fine programs and products also.  All this fun is brought to you with the help of our good friends at Ascentra.  So grab the young'uns, the old'uns and everybody in-between for a hootin', hollerin' good time at the NKT Western Jamboree Fall Festival and Fundraiser!

New Kingdom Trailriders is the Quad Cities' only equine-assisted therapeutic riding program.  NKT is celebrating its 25th year of offering a quality recreational therapy program to specially challenged individuals.  Donors, local grants and fundraisers fund NKT.  You can donate to this program online at their website -  Click on the "Just Give" logo.


Committees are being set up NOW.  Please sign up as a worker or leader today or call the NKT office at 309.764.4220 or email Christina Chom, Director of Development at  We cannot do fun events like this without the help of our super volunteers!  Thank you for lending a hand and supporting New Kingdom Trailriders.

If you would like more information about this event or New Kingdom Trailriders (NKT), or if you need directions, please visit our website at or contact Barbara Clauson at (309) 764-4220, email NKT at  You can also stop by our office located in SouthPark Mall next to Dairy Queen/Orange Julius.




1862-2009: From Immigrant Hotel to Interactive Heritage Museum

Over the past 14 years, the German American Heritage Center building (pictured above over the years) was saved from demolition, restored, renovated and became listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This was accomplished through the efforts of volunteers who gave their time, labor and support to the vision of the center.

"The vision of the German American Heritage Center began with a humble start. A small group of passionate volunteers united to celebrate German-American heritage. Since then we have grown into a historic treasure that also reaches across cultural boundaries, finding commonalities amongst us all," said Executive Director Angela Hunt.

Since 2007, GAHC underwent a complete interior renovation and has increased exhibit space by six times the original layout. A ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off the grand opening weekend that takes place on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 4, 2009 from noon - 4 p.m. Admission is free during the grand opening weekend. The museum will debut the improvements and the new interactive, audio-visual permanent exhibit, "The German Immigrant Experience." The exhibit takes visitors on an exploration of what it was like to be an immigrant to this area in the 1800s.

A brief history: From immigrant hotel to heritage museum:

Built in the late 1860s, the GAHC location appears to have had its earliest history in the hostelry enterprise. Around 1876, the thirty-room hotel was a popular spot for many immigrants, visitors, and farmers who came to Davenport. Its German character as a "Gast Haus" lasted well into the early years of the twentieth century. Today the GAHC serves as a museum, genealogy research center, and educational/cultural resource. Learn more.


New interactive, audio-visual permanent exhibit, "The German Immigrant Experience"

The new exhibit space at the museum is 3,550 square feet and includes two additional traveling exhibit spaces. The permanent exhibit is highly interactive and includes a theater, audio-visual stations, artifacts and two restored hotel rooms. The creation of this exhibit area marks a major milestone at GAHC; achieving its goal of providing a premier educational, historical and recreational experience. The exhibit was designed by Morgan-Bailey Consulting of West Des Moines, Iowa.

New traveling and special exhibits:

GAHC now has two special/traveling exhibit spaces. These spaces will change throughout the year showcasing different exhibits. Current special exhibits include "Brewery Ephemera," that explores the history of local breweries established by German immigrants; and "A to Zither," a journey into the world of the sounds and tradition of the German zither instrument. Click here to learn more.

Expanded education and recreational programs and events:

With the newly expanded exhibits, we will create seven new education programs for schools, new field trips, outreach programs and education tours. The permanent exhibit is specifically designed so that all curriculum areas from geography and literature to science can be explored. Special new group tours, community programs, member-only events and trips will also be offered.

New facility rental space:

GAHC has a new rental space on fourth floor that boasts panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the City of Davenport. GAHC will use the space for programs and will also make it available for private and nonprofit groups to rent. Discount rates are available for GAHC members and nonprofit groups. The space holds up to 100 persons, includes a kitchenette, restrooms, tables/chairs, and audio-visual equipment.

GRAND OPENING WEEKEND:"The German Immigrant Experience"

Open to the public, Free admission during the grand opening weekend

Saturday, October 3 - 4, 2009; 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday, October 4, 2009; 12 - 4 pm

During grand opening festivities, the Center will unveil the new interactive permanent exhibit. Enjoy special performances by folk dancers from the Germany, zither music demonstrations, children's activities, and more. Visit or call 563-322-8844 for more information. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W 2nd Street, Davenport.

After the grand opening weekend, GAHC will offer new hours. The new hours, admission and membership rates are:


Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

-Quarterly issues of our newsletter, "Infoblatt"
-Free admission to many programs
-Free admission to the new permanent exhibit,
"The German-American Experience" (NEW)
-Special member-only exhibit preview events (NEW)
-Free admission and/or discounts to special exhibits
-10% discount at the gift shop
-Discounts on classes, events, and trips
-Discount to facility rental (NEW)






For more information please visit for photos, videos, programs, and events.

MONTICELLO, IA --The annual Camp Courageous of Iowa Pancake Breakfast and Open House is set for Sunday, September  27, 2009  from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00  P.M.  In the lodge, pancakes will be prepared on six pancake grills to get everyone through the line quickly. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12 for pancakes and sausage.

The Open House features include the New Olympic Training Floor in the pool, The Live Reenactment Train Robbery, at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:45 AM at the Lions Train Depot. In the Sill barn performing free will be Dixie-Notes-Plus at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12 PM. Plus live WMT Broadcast from the camp's main lodge by Honorary Board Member Leo Greco.

The Pancake Breakfast is also kick-off for sales of the Camp Courageous Fruitcakes. The fresh baked Fruitcakes are $10.00 each with no purchase limit.

Camp Courageous is celebrating their 35th anniversary. A DVD presentation about the camp, as well as new camp merchandise can be found in the camp's main office. The camp began serving individuals with disabilities during the summer of 1974 with campers totaling 211. Today the camp is open year-round and the campers number over 5,100!  Camp Courageous continues to run on donations, without government support, without paid fund raisers, and without formal sponsorship.

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As you may know, Churches United has the 27 food pantries that cover every single neighborhood in the Quad Cities on both sides of the river. Last year we provided meals for over 105,000 individuals. THIS year, because of the economy, some of our food pantries are experiencing a 75% increase. We also have 3 hot meal sites: The Churches United meal site @ Salvation Army in Davenport, the Churches United meal site @ Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist church in East Moline and the Hope UCC Meal Site in Moline. Every single night in the Quad Cities, a hot meal is served. Last year over 30,000 meals were served and so far in 2009 they're seeing increases of up to 50%! Additionally, Churches United has our Winnie's Place Woman's Shelter which serves women who are homeless or victims of domestic violence, with or without children. Just this year, Shelter has seen a 100% increase in clients in need.

With the economy the way it is, donations are down and usage at the food pantries, meal sites and the shelter is up. People who have never had to use a food pantry are having to do so. Same with the meal sites. So Churches United is trying to be creative in increasing it's financial support. This is where you come in!

  • Non-Gala - September 31, 2009 - No, it's not a typo. It's a non-event on a non-day. We had some supporters who suggested that instead of holding a Gala which requires them to buy a new dress or pay a babysitter, they'd rather just write out a check and know that 100% of the money goes to help feed and shelter. We have been encouraging businesses to have fundraising events at their places of employment - departments preparing food and selling it to the other departments, jean day, etc. and sometimes the company is matching the money earned by it's employees! And some people are holding "Non-Gala's" in their homes as just a fun way to have a get together with neighbors and friends and let them know how many people Churches United helps out week after week, year after year. We are hoping to raise $100,000 by the closing day which is another non-day - November 31, 2009.

  • Silent Auction: Great prizes that can be bid on beginning MONDAY! Go to our website at and see great things like a pair of AirTran tickets anywhere AirTran flies, Farm Day with Happy Joe, digital photography package, restaurant packages and many many more!

  • Trivia Night - Friday, October 16th is a very special Trivia night, held in October which is domestic violence awareness month and will benefit our Winnie's Place shelter. However, this is the first of it's kind...a Bi-State Trivia. One in Illinois (@ First UCC in Moline) and one in Iowa (@ St. John's UMC Davenport) at the same time! The top 3 from each state will do an extra round of questions to get the STATE WINNER! Mike Mickle will host the Iowa side and Jim Mertens the Illinois side. It's only $10 per person with 8 to a table. Dinner will be available along with mulligans, 50/50, Silent Auction, etc.

If you have any questions about our upcoming events, or Churches United in general, please give us a call at 309-786-6494. Thank you for your support!