GALENA, Ill. ? The 16th Annual Ladies Getaway weekend will take place in historic Galena in scenic northwest Illinois from Friday-Sunday, Sept. 11-13. This annual celebration of sisterhood will feature sales, contests, spa specials, a fashion show and more - and it's all just for the ladies.

A pre-registration fee of $15 includes a collector tote bag and a chance to win a fabulous shopping spree. A $25 pre-registration fee includes the tote bag, the chance to win a shopping spree, admission to the fashion show, with preferred seating, and admission to the Quartermania auction on Saturday night. For complete event info, including venues and fees, call the Galena Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-777-9050 or visit Pre-registration is also available online at

To plan a trip, contact the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau toll-free at 877-464-2536 or visit While in town, visit the CVB's Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. for on-site assistance and countywide information.
Make plans to explore the Annual Fall Flea Market, Antique and Collectible Show being held on Sunday, September 27th at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa, Iowa.

This show is Eastern Iowa's largest show, with over 150 exhibitors participating. Sellers will be located both inside the huge Pearson Center Civic Center and outside as well.

The hours of the show are from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Admission is only $2 and parking is free.  For buyers wanting to get an early start, early bird shoppers are welcome for an admission of $10 per person between the hours of 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM.

The Jackson County Fairgrounds is located at 1212 East Quarry Street on the far east side of Maquoketa.  For more information on the show, please call 319-462-0135.
Thunder Bay Grille host a Beer Dinner with special guest speaker Pat McHenry on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m.  He is a regional manager for Boulevard and has been with the brewery for nine years.  Boulevard has been named "Midwest's favorite craft brewery." Guests will enjoy a five-course meal, with each course paired off with Boulevard's hand-crafted brews. Executive Chef Andy Wildermuth will prepare dishes the highlight each brew's distinct flavors.

The cost per guest is $50; this includes tax and gratuity. If you have any questions or to make your reservation please call Thunder Bay Grille at (563) 386-2722 or visit for a full menu of the beer dinner.  Thunder Bay Grille is located at I-80 and Brady Street in Davenport, IA.

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MONTICELLO, IOWA - The 21st Annual Back-To-School Festival will be held at Camp Courageous Wednesday September 16 from 10:00 am to 2:00. Camp Courageous is a year- round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities. The Back-To-School Festival has become an annual celebrate of the new school year for dozens of special education classes throughout the area.

Special education classes are invited to attend this free event and enjoy Rock & Prevention, games, music, magician Rickie Rowray, prizes, hayrides, wobble buggies, swimming, miniature golf, a helicopter, face painting, health bounce, barsumo and more. The big attraction this year is rides on the camp's Tom & Nan Riley Train.

Lunch is provided for free to the students, teachers, volunteers, staff & campers. Camp Courageous traditionally expects about 1000 participants.

For more information contact Jeanne Muellerleile, E-mail: or Camp Courageous, Box 418, Monticello, Iowa 52310-0418. or (319) 465-5916 ext. 2300 or Fax: 319-465-5919

ACT-SO identifies student's unique talents, provides them with mentoring and coaching opportunities to perfect their talents and skills. It. allows them to test their skills against their peers in local and national competitions. Sponsored by the Davenport NAACP Branch with an objective to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students, allowing each person to showcase their talent. ACT-SO to start this month. Other upcoming events:

Friday, September 18, 2009 Press Conference with Ako Abdul Samad, State Representative - Des Moines. Time: 6:00 PM. at One Eleven Restaurant.


Saturday, September 19, 2009 The "N" Word - Panel and audience will share an open discussion on the language of hate, a pertinent dialogue. 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. One Eleven Restaurant.


Saturday, September 19, 2009 "NAACP 100 YEARS: BOLD DREAMS - BIG VICTORIES!" ANNUAL Freedom Fund Banquet at 6:00 PM

Speaker: Ako Abdul Samad

Guest: Miss Scott County

Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel


For more information, call 563-324-6347 or 563-333-3500

Join Churches United of the Quad City Area for the 38th annual QC CROP WALK/Run. This event is a Bi -State event that includes over 40 different faith groups who raise both money and awareness relating to hunger both here in the Quad Cities and around the world. This event is a 6mile/10K walk/run on Sunday afternoon beginning and ending at Modern Woodman Park.

Event: Quad City CROP WALK

When: Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Where: Modern Woodman Park, Davenport Iowa

Time: Rally and registration begins at 12:30pm with the walk/run beginning promptly at 2:00pm.

Musician performing: Lojo Russo

For more information contact: Anne Wachal, Program Manager with Churches United at 309-786-6494 or check our website at:

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - (September 8, 2009) - The semi-annual Goodwill® Sale event at Younkers will be held Wednesday, September 16 through Tuesday, September 29. The popular retail trade-in promotion is a successful collaboration between The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. and Goodwill Industries®. Consumers who donate clean, gently used clothing and home textiles at Younkers locations will receive a coupon for every single item they donate. The coupon will be good at Younkers for 20% off on apparel, shoes and accessories merchandise and 15% off on cosmetics, fragrances and home store merchandise. This year, with more job seekers coming for help than ever before, there is an increase in demand. Goodwill needs more donations to fund the services it provides and The Goodwill Sale generates millions of pounds of clothing donations, which are sold in more than 2,300 Goodwill stores. The revenue from the donations goes toward job training programs, employment placement services and other community programs for people who need it most in local communities.

Every customer who donates gently used apparel at Younkers during the Goodwill Sale event is contributing an "Act of Goodwill" to help others. Younkers is seeking a million people to support this mission by donating and registering their commitment on In exchange for their support, consumers will receive a 25% in-store coupon and a chance to instantly win a $100 shopping spree instantly. Now through September 29th, registered consumers will also be entered into the grand-prize sweepstakes for a trip for two to Los Angeles and a tour of Universal Studios.

"Bon-Ton Stores has a long history of supporting the communities in which we operate," said Bud Bergren, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. "The Goodwill Sale is not just a major sales event; it's an event that has the power to transform lives."

"By donating your gently used items to Younkers as part of the Goodwill Sale, you're doing your part to provide us with the necessary resources to fund our critical job training programs," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International®. "These job training programs help families in your local communities achieve economic stability. Through our valuable partnership with Younkers, shoppers are helping us to increase our job placement rate."


The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 279 stores, including 12 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates and, under the Parisian nameplate, stores in the Detroit, Michigan area. The stores offer a broad assortment of brand-name fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Goodwill Sale event is just one of the ongoing charitable partnerships that the company has developed on a local level. Look for more exciting cause-marketing promotions as Bon-Ton continues to be an active and positive participant in the communities that it serves. In addition to offering customers a great shopping experience, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. also supports its communities by promoting and raising money and awareness for non-profit organizations. Through these partnerships, Younkers touches customers in all of its communities as well as their friends and family members who benefit from these organizations. Visit for more information.

Goodwill® generates opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and vibrant communities by offering job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. One of North America's most recognized nonprofit organizations and a leading social services enterprise, Goodwill Industries International is a network of 183 community-based, independent agencies in the United States, Canada, and 14 other countries. To pay for its programs, Goodwill sells donated clothes and other household items in more than 2,300 retail stores and online at Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation and document imaging and shredding. In 2008, 1.5 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill's career services and more than 172,000 obtained job placement services. Goodwill channels 84 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services. To find your local Goodwill, use the online locator at or call (800) 664-6577.


MONTICELLO, IA - Camp Courageous Antique Market Show will be held on Sunday, November 1st at the Berndes Center on the fairgrounds in Monticello. Doors will be open from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.  Camp Courageous is seeking dealers and exhibitors to display quality antiques and collectibles.  Food and beverages are available for purchase throughout the day, including pie and ice cream.  This show is held each year in the spring and in the fall.

Camp Courageous of Iowa is a recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities of all ages.  It is run on donations, without government support, without paid fundraisers, and without formal sponsorship.

Admission for the public is $3.00 and parking is free. For inquiries or dealer information contact Sharon Roller at 319-465-5916 ext. 2200. All proceeds for this event will benefit over 5,000 campers with special needs who visit Camp Courageous of Iowa each year.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS & FALLS CHURCH, VA - WQPT launches MHz Worldview as the 24th nationwide affiliate.

MHz Worldview will be available initially to over-the-air viewers from 7 am - 11 pm, on channel 24.2. Area cable systems will be adding the service within the next few weeks. A complete program schedule can be found on or at

Known for its 'Programming for globally-minded people,' MHz Worldview serves as a liaison in bringing programs and understanding from around the world to American audiences.  MHz Worldview watchers will see a variety of news, public affairs and entertainment programming from around the world. News programs include "Euro News", "France 24 News", "RT News" from Russia and "Al Jazeera English News".  Sports fans can watch Australian Rules football. Entertainment programs include "BB's Presents: Best of the Blues", "Asian Variety Show", and "Bollywood Unlimited". Drama fans will see series such as the police/crime drama "The Octopus" and the French detective series "Maigret".

WQPT General Manager, Rick Best says, "The international scope of MHz Worldview will provide our globally-minded viewers with a wide array of new programs to supplement the programs from PBS and other public television sources that they are accustomed to watching on WQPT's main channel."

MHz Networks CEO, Frederick Thomas says, "WQPT brings the mission of global understanding to their viewers with the launch of MHz Worldview and we know the Quad Cities and surrounding areas will appreciate WQPT's addition of the globally-minded content."

WQPT is located on the campus of Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois.

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MHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international educational and arts programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.

MHz Worldview, MHz Networks flagship channel, brings programming to globally-minded audiences in the US though affiliates, including cable, satellite and online. A division of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation headquartered in Richmond, VA, MHz Networks is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. MHz has studio facilities in Falls Church, VA and at Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Contact for MHz Networks: Stephanie Misar, 8101 A Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-770-7100.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - Tickets for WQPT's 10th Annual Brew Ha Ha are available at a variety of locations, however, early bird ticket sales will end online at on Monday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m. Ticket sales will end at the WQPT offices on Friday, September 18 at 5:00 p.m. Other locations for ticket sales include Old Chicago in Bettendorf and Co-Op Records in Moline and Davenport. Tickets purchased prior to the event are $20 and $25 on the day of the event at LeClaire Park. Tickets sales at the gate are cash only. No checks or credit cards will be accepted.

WQPT Special Events Coordinator, Bea Brasel said that a number of changes for ticket sales have been implemented including an earlier cut off for web sales and the elimination of the Will Call line at the event. "There will not be a "Will Call" lane this year. Tickets will need to be purchased and picked up in advance or purchased at the gate," said Brasel.

Brew Ha Ha is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and will feature tastings, music by Minus Six and comedy by Dwayne Clark provided by Penguin's Comedy Club.

Sponsors for the event include Old Chicago, Rock 104.9, Rhythm City Casino, River Cities' Reader, Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Glazer's of Iowa, Wolfe Beverage, Vanguard Distributing, KWQC, Pratt Audio Visual & Video Corporation, Mediacom, Cabot Cheese, City of Davenport, Downtown Partnership, Hawkeye Ice, Iowa American Water, Midwest Originals Booking, Millennium Waste, Penguin's Comedy Club, Quad City Golf Cars, and Sunbelt Rentals.

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