Rock Island, Illinois - Saint Xavier University will host an information meeting on the Master of Arts in Teaching and Leadership degree program. This degree program is for practicing teachers who want to expand their teaching repertories and improve their students' achievement. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 6 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois. All information meeting attendees who enroll for the next term will receive a $100 discount on tuition. Teachers will be advised about group discounts.
Those who cannot attend may receive a packet of information on the program by calling the GradCenter at (309) 794-7376, toll free 888-331-4723 or by email
The Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, through its member institutions, facilitates access to local graduate degree and certificate programs.  Students are able to choose from a diverse selection of over 80 graduate degree programs and certificate programs offered in convenient locations during evening and weekend hours and via the Internet. For more information visit our website at

Volksmarch and VW Auto Show


Saturday, 2 May 2009

At the German American Heritage Center

Hosted By:

The German American Heritage Center &

The Greater Des Moines Volkssports Association

Featuring the Davenport Farmer's Market & The Bi-State Volkswagon Club Classic Auto Show

Volksmarch Information:

5K (3.1 Mile) & 10 K (6.2 Mile)

Non-Competitive Walk

Start/Finish Point: German American Heritage Center,712 W. 2nd Street,Davenport, Iowa 52802

Start Times: 8:00 AM to Noon. Finish: by 4:00 PM.

Trail Rating: The trail is rated a "1+". The route will follow city sidewalks and the paved bike path along the Mississippi River. This year the walk features a classic VW Car Show on the GAHC grounds and the Davenport Farmer's Market! The market closes at noon, so be there early!

Pets: Pets must be leashed and under control at all times.  Pets are not allowed inside buildings.

Award: A GAHC "B" Award will be available.

Refreshments/Restrooms: Water will be available at the start/finish location. In warm weather, it is always a good idea to carry water.  Restrooms are available at the turn-around point.

Eligibility: This event is open to everyone and family participation is encouraged.  All events are noncompetitive.  You participate at your own pace.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Registration for this event takes place at the GAHC start location beginning at 8:00 a.m.  The fee for participants seeking only walk credit is $3.00.  A "B" award is available from the GAHC gift shop for $6. Those who desire neither award nor credit may walk for $2.00.  Every person must register and begin with a walk card. The event will be held regardless of the weather and there will be no refunds in case of bad weather.

Stipulations: With registration for this event the participants accept the guidelines for AVA Volkssports events and agree to observe the principles of good sportsmanship.  All walkers must sign a Waiver and Release of Liability.

Contact: Michael Hustedde

c/o GAHC

712 W. Second Street

Davenport, Iowa  52802



VW Auto Show Information:

The Bi-State Volkswagen Club is based in the Quad Cities area on the border of Illinois and Iowa.  We are a non-profit club formed to encourage and promote VW driving, restoration, and all around Volkswagen FUN.  Whatever your STYLE, be it stock, custom, or race-radical you will find others who know where you are coming from (or where to find the parts to get you there).  Ownership is NOT essential; ENTHUSIASM IS.  Club membership is open to anyone interested in VWs and is reasonably priced at $10.00 per year for a family membership.  Membership includes a monthly newsletter, a club window sticker, and discounted auto parts through FOREIGN CAR PARTS.  Club meetings are normally held on the second Sunday of each month.   Times and meeting places vary depending on the planned activity.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate at any and all meetings, events,functions, and activities.


Bi-State VW Club
Attn: Phil Vernon
237 W. 46th Street
Davenport, IA 52806

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is pleased to announce that Adam Schmidt, a broadcast student at Western Illinois University is the recipient of the WQPT 2009 Broadcast Scholarship. The $500 award can be applied to tuition, books and fees.

"Receiving this scholarship is an honor and will help me fulfill my dreams in the field of broadcasting," said Adam Schmidt upon learning of the award. WQPT General Manager, Rick Best said "It is always exciting to be able to help a local student. This is the third year we have offered the scholarship and all of the past recipients are busy pursuing their broadcast careers."

    Barak and Michelle are intentional about doing something meaningful every night at the dinner table with Malia and Shasha.

    They share a "Rose" (high for the day) and a "Thorn" (low for the day) to keep communication open with their daughters. National humorist, educator and Minister Rich Melheim is coming to town to add his own spin to this practice and, in the process, help strengthen local families during these tough times.

    Rev. Melheim, a Lutheran pastor and founder of Faith Inkubators (, will be in Davenport May 6th on one stop of a 75 city speaking tour at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1915 West Kimberly Road, Davenport Iowa.

    Host Pastor: Todd Hunter

    Melheim has counseled parents on CNN, WNBC, KTLA and 50 network news channels from coast to coast. He is using this tour to "help families laugh, learn and lighten loads" by launching a six-week national experiment in intentional parent/child communication.

    Melheim will be offering an afternoon seminar for church workers and key family ministry leaders, plus an evening of comedy, practical parenting advice and challenge for families. The afternoon seminar runs from 1 - 5, and will unveil practical methods, models and means churches may use to enlist parents as partners in intentional nightly family ministry. The evening session, free to the public, is titled "Working on the Dream." At each evening event, the comic minister will present five simple steps to keeping families closer during trying times.

    "It'll be ½ standup comedy, ½ practical parenting advice, 12% shouting, 9% pillow fight, and 100% just plain fun," says Melheim. "Our goal is to enlist 10,000 families coast to coast to invest five minutes a night for the next six weeks. That's 42 days of family purpose, active listening and intentional caring parenting! We believe these simple steps can help a family hold together in a world that could tear it apart!"

    The evening event is open to parents and kids of all faiths and runs from 7-8:30 pm.

    Faith Inkubators is a cross-denominational Christian education think tank dedicated to "incubating faith every night in every home." Find out more about the organization, the "Faith 5" communication technique, and national tour details at

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Galesburg - The Carl Sandburg College Automotive Club will host the 7th Annual Cruise-In on Sunday, May 3rd, in parking lot C on the main campus from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  All years of automobiles, trucks and motorcycles are welcome.

The Cruise-In will feature demonstrations on engine dynamometers, cylinder head flow benches, chassis dynamometers, color sanding and buffing, and a spray gun demonstration with audience participation.

Vendors will be set up in the automotive shop and the first 100 cars will receive dash plaques.  A food stand sponsored by the CSC Automotive Club and music by Intermix Audio will be on site.

For more information, please contact Larry Wright at (309) 341-5267.


On Wednesday, May 20, Mike Jackson, Chief Architect with the Illinois HIstoric Preservation Agency, will present a program on Reduce + Reuse = Green Preservation.  It will start at 7 pm on the third floor of Rock Island City Hall, 1528 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, and is sponsored by the Rock Island Preservation Society and the Rock Island Preservation Commission.  Everyone is invited to this free event.

Mike is in the forefront in relating green building practices to historic preservation - last year he was extensively quoted in an article in the National Trust's "Preservation" magazine.  Those who have heard him speak know that he's very entertaining as he imparts a wealth of information.  Historic preservation -- building reuse -- is rarely emphasized in contemporary green building standards.  Mike's presentation will examine green building rating systems and historic preservation approaches and relate them to the wider perspective of sustainable development.

The public is invited.  Everyone from dedicated preservationists to builders, contractors, homeowners and developers will learn more about the green aspect of building reuse.  Sustainability is something that affects everyone and will be even more important in the future.

Everyone is invited and no reservations are necessary.  If you have questions, call Diane Oestreich, 309-788-1845, or email

Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging (WIAAA) will be sponsoring an educational seminar on selling real estate in these unusual times. This seminar is designed for senior citizens, caregivers and any others who are interested.

Friday, May 1, 2009  -  Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging  -  729 34th Ave, Rock Island  -  9am until 11am  -  Materials will be available, refreshments will be served.

Mary Schricker, Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors, and Ruth Klouda, Mel Foster Real Estate, will provide advice on managing the financial and emotional aspects of selling the family home.

If possible, please call to reserve your space at this event.

Rivermont Collegiate enthusiastically announces that Dave Wessel will take over as head boys' basketball coach, following one year as a volunteer assistant.

Wessel has 409 wins in his high school coaching career, which has spanned 49 years, 38 of which were as head coach.  His Davenport West teams won state championships in 1971 and 1994.

Wessel was inducted into the Coe College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, the Iowa High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame in 2004, and will be inducted into the Quad City Sports Hall of Fame on April 29th of this year.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT is proud to announce the winners of the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. 282 children entered the contest and WQPT picked sixteen local winners (first, second, third and honorable mention) from kindergarten through third grade. Participants chose fact or fiction, prose or poetry.

Requirements included: original, single-authored stories with K - 1 students writing a minimum of 50 words and maximum of 200... and Grades 2 -3 writing a minimum of 100 words and maximum of 350. Each age group had to illustrate a minimum of 5 drawings.

Ten local readers, many retired teachers, picked their favorite stories which were then judged by five representatives from the sponsoring organizations. They selected the 16 local winners. "The judges had a difficult task picking the finalists because so many of the stories were fun and imaginative. The winning stories combined thoughtful storytelling with strong visuals to match," said WQPT Educational Outreach Director, Ana Kehoe. Sponsors for the contest were Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum and WQPT, Quad Cities PBS.

Local winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on May 17th at 3:00 p.m. at the Deere-Wiman House. The winning stories will be on display at the Butterworth Center in Moline, May 17 - 29, at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, June 1 - June 19 and at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, June 22 -July 6. First place winners will compete for prizes in the national Reading Rainbow competition. The winners will be announced in July. Last year Jayda Brunkan from Eldridge was a national third place winner.

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



?First Place

Baylor Verbrugge, Edward White Elementary, Eldridge.

?Second Place

Ilese Rodeffer, Avon Elementary, Avon, IL.

?Third Place

Stephanie Ruiz, Longfellow School, Rock Island.

?Honorable Mention

Qy Burke, Homeschooled, Bettendorf.


?First Place

Jayda Brunkan, Edward White Elementary, Eldridge.

?Second Place

Abby Devinney, Temple Christian School, Moline.

?Third Place

Ellie Huh, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf.

?Honorable Mention

Blake Hasson, Alwood Elementary, Alpha, IL.


?First Place

Grace Gugelmeyer, Longfellow School, Rock Island.

?Second Place

Mabel Losey, Alwood Elementary, Alpha, IL.

?Third Place

Nicholas Epplin, Winola Elementary, Viola, IL.

?Honorable Mention

Eunice Yoon, Prophetstown Elementary, Prophetstown, IL.


?First Place

Giavanna Mariani, Pleasant View School, Bettendorf.

?Second Place

Olivia Nelson, Cody Elementary, LeClaire.

?Third Place

Wyatt Mohr, Mediapolis Community School, Mediapolis, IA.

?Honorable Mention

Katherine Moore, Earl Hanson Elementary, Rock Island.

Rock Island, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Rock Island District has teamed with New Orleans District and other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices to design and construct the greater New Orleans area Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS). This $14.3 billion project is designed to reduce storm surge risk to the greater New Orleans area and be completed in 2011.

Rock Island District opened the doors to its Rock Island New Orleans Support (RINOS) Office and will celebrate the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 1 at 1 p.m. on Rock Island Arsenal, Building 68, third floor.

Congressman Phil Hare Joins Corps for May 1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  


The RINOS office is responsible for providing New Orleans District with project management, engineering, design, contracting, real estate and other support for four specific HSDRRS projects totaling nearly $1 billion of construction, and includes the world's largest interior drainage pumping station. The four projects are on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the greater New Orleans area. The Rock Island District plans to bolster its workforce by hiring more than 100 government employees and contractors in 2009, mostly engineers and scientists, to help complete the four projects and meet other increased workload requirements. Half of those will be working full-time in the RINOS office.


Recognizing that a tremendous amount of work must be completed in a very short timeframe, Corps leadership is leveraging the expertise of all six Corps Districts in the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) and other Corps and professional organizations to include the Engineer Research and Development Center, which has a major laboratory in Champaign, Illinois associated with the University of Illinois.


A top domestic priority for the nation, the HSDRRS incorporates 350 miles of levees and floodwalls designed to reduce the risk of flooding during a storm event that has a one percent chance of occurring any given year in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina, in August 2005, flooded approximately 80 percent of New Orleans. With post-Katrina design criteria and full federal funding, the Corps is on track to provide this level of risk reduction in 2011. The RINOS office is helping the Corps meet that objective.


Col. (Ret.) Tom Hodgini, formerly the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - St. Louis District, has been chosen to lead the RINOS team. Stanley Consultants of Muscatine, Iowa, is working with New Orleans District contractor ECM-GEC JV of Metairie, Louisiana, to provide engineering support to the RINOS Office.


"We are honored to be able to provide some of our expertise in this part of the Mississippi Valley and Midwest to assist the nation in accomplishing this important mission in New Orleans," said Col. Robert Sinkler, Rock Island District Commander. "We will still be able to accomplish the New Orleans mission, complete 2008 Midwest flood recovery efforts, and meet all of our other responsibilities within the five 300-mile river basins of the Midwestern state area we serve."

For more information about the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System visit the web @