WQPT, Quad Cities PBS announces the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest for 2009.

      The contest is open to students in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade.  Every entrant will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by Reading Rainbow host, LeVar Burton.  Stories must be the original work of the child. They may write fact or fiction, prose or poetry. All entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 3, 2009, and sent to WQPT, 6600 34th Avenue, Moline, Illinois 61265 or delivered to WQPT in Building 2 at Black Hawk College in Moline. Sixteen winners (four selected from each grade) will receive local recognition on WQPT and win special prizes.  First place winners will compete for national prizes. Winning stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. Winners will be notified in late April, celebrated at a reception in their honor at Deere-Wiman House on May 17 and invited to appear in a Reading Rainbow promo on WQPT. Last year one of WQPT's local winners, Jayda Brunkan of the Ed White School, went on to be a 3rd place finisher in the national competition. There were 45,000 contest entrants nationwide and Jayda was one of only 12 national winners.  "Jayda was our first national winner. Wouldn't it be nice if one of our contestants would win again?" said Ana Kehoe, WQPT Education Outreach Director.

      The sponsors are also hosting workshops to help Kindergarten through 3rd grade students with their writing and illustrating skills. Participants are not required to enter the contest. Parents are also invited to learn how to assist children with writing and editing stories.  The 1 ½ hour workshops will be held:

° Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.: The Family Museum in Bettendorf, free with the cost of admission

° Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.: Rock Island Public Library, no fee

° Sat., Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.: Moline Public Library, no fee 

Please contact the museum and libraries to sign up for the workshop. 

      To find out more about entering the contest log on to www.wqpt.org.

      Funding and support for the project has been provided in part by the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, Figge Art Museum and Family Museum.

      WQPT is a broadcast service of Black Hawk College located in Moline, Illinois.

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The Quad City Sports Center is proud to announce that they are currently running one of the most successful OneGoal Hockey programs in the United States. Justin Nelson, on-ice coordinator and Todd Finch, off-ice coordinator, have been extremely overwhelmed with the attendance numbers they have achieved with children throughout the Quad Cities. On average, every OneGoal Hockey session has 70-90 players attending each 6-week period. Our OneGoal is to give kids a cost effective opportunity to play a sport that is usually expensive. Our OneGoal Hockey program is on Monday Nights from 6:15pm - 7:45pm here at the QCSC, and our next session starts April 9th, 2009. Please contact Justin Nelson for more information or questions concerning OneGoal Hockey at 563-322-5220 ext. or nellyspowerskating@Gmail.com.

On January 24th,  the friends-family to re-elect Bob Cervantes will hold a fund raiser at  P.K. Dugans Bar & Grill @ 1443 1st St, Silvis. The fund raiser will run from 5pm until 9pm. There is no charge. Come enjoy many big screen TVs, cold drinks and more - pizzas, 50/50 raffles - are all part of the event !

Bob is seeking a third term as Alderman in Silvis. Everyone is welcome. You don't have to live in Silvis to donate.


Ryan Peterman of Bettendorf has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Peterman will enter the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this fall.

"I'm proud to announce Ryan Peterman's acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy," Braley (D-Iowa) said. "With his excellent academic record and his history of community involvement, Ryan will be a valuable addition to the Naval Academy. I'm happy that Ryan will have the opportunity to further his education while continuing to serve his country at Navy."


Ryan Peterman will graduate from Bettendorf High School this spring, where he maintained a 3.9 grade point average while participating in student council, football and the Student Hunger Drive. Ryan is the son of George and Carolyn Peterman.

Each year Congressman Braley nominates students to the military service academies, including the U.S. Naval Academy. Nominees must demonstrate upstanding character, academic achievement, physical fitness, and leadership skills. A nominating committee comprised of community leaders reviews all applicants, with Congressman Braley recommending top candidates to the respective academies. Final acceptance decisions are made by the service academy. Students interested in applying to military service academies for enrollment in fall of 2010 should contact Congressman Braley's Waterloo office at (319) 287-3233.






Valparaiso University's premier concert band, The Chamber Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Jeff Doebler, is happy to have Davenport native Jason Davis among it's members.  Davis is a meteorology major and the sophomore is the son of Larry and Mary Davis.
Following the Annual Legislative Breakfast, the American Cancer Society will launch the 2009 Legislative Session by welcoming legislators back and detailing top policy priorities, including the latest on last year's landmark Iowa Smokefree Air Act.

 This past week we have begun our relocation to Milan, IL (in the former Milan Municipal Building at 321 W. 2ndAvenue).  Our long-term lease was up in East Moline, and that provided us with the opportunity to relocate to a more central location within the County.  Our new location greatly reduces our overhead costs so the savings can be put back into programming.  Our new Milan facility features two conference rooms, administrative offices and new kitchens.  Stop by and visit us soon - our remodeling is almost complete!  An open house is being planned for May, so watch for details. 


We have lots of exciting programs and events are happening this winter! 

YMCA Offers A Unique Way To Put Some Distance Between You and Those Unwanted Pounds! 

At 2,360 miles, the Mississippi River is the fourth longest river in the world.  So if you could, how long would it take you to swim the entire thing?  The Scott County Family Y is giving you the opportunity to answer that question with its Swim the Mississippi fitness program.


"Swim the Mississippi is new twist on an old favorite - aquatic fitness," said Emily Jacobson, Aquatics Director, Davenport Family YMCA.  "It gives participants a visual image with a start and stopping point, which in turn gives them a goal to reach and that helps keeps them on track and motivated."


So how does this work?  You don't actually get to swim the Mighty Mississippi but for every one mile you swim in the pool, the Scott County Family Y will count it as 40 miles of the Mississippi, which means your total mileage will be 59 miles (2,124 laps or 4,248 lengths of a 25 meter pool).  Sound like a lot?  Not so, you have until June 30 to take this amazing journey - one that will benefit your spirit, mind and body.


Swimming is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise because involves the use of almost all the muscles required for movement, without the weight of your body pounding you with each move like when you are walking or running.  Regular swimming builds your muscle strength, endurance, and cardio-vascular fitness. The longer you swim, the more your endurance and speed will improve.

Anyone interested in participating in the Swim the Mississippi program can register at the Davenport Family YMCA, 606 West Second Street.  Registration fee for this program is $15 per person.  Mileage can be completed at any Scott County Family Y branch location but the official record will be kept and charted at the Davenport branch.  All participants completing the distance by Tuesday, June 30, will receive an official "I Swam the Mississippi" t-shirt and a certificate of completion.  For more information about this or other health and wellness programs, visit www.ScottCountyFamilyY.org or contact any Scott County Family Y branch location.


A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Community Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2009 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, January 30, 2009.

Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

For more information and recent grants history, please refer to The Moline Foundation's web site at www. molinefoundation.org.

An application should consist of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, financial statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for which any money received would be used including a project budget. The name, telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included. The requested materials should be mailed according to the above deadline. Other important information about grant submission is available at The Moline Foundation's web site.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.  The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has a current endowment of approximately $13 million


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 www.tops.org 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.