Evangelistic Concert Series Featuring Some of America's Top Christian Hard Rock and Hip-Hop Bands Wrapped up last Sunday in Minneapolis-St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 17, 2009 - The wind blew and the crowd rocked as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association wrapped up its first ever Rock the River Tour. On a blustery Sunday at St. Paul's Harriet Island Park, 23,000 people turned out for a day of rock and hip hop with a positive message.

The evangelistic summer concert tour started in July in Baton Rouge, La., and traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, into the Quad Cities (Davenport, Iowa), and Minneapolis-St. Paul. A total of 112,798 people attended the summer series.

"This all happened because God put a burden on my heart for young people-how can we reach kids of this generation? For so many their lives are upside down and in a mess and they don't even know why," said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and international relief organization Samaritan's Purse. "That's why I'm so excited that we've had this opportunity to share the message of God's love with all of these young people. It's a chance to change thousands of young lives."

Graham shared brief, challenging Gospel messages multiple times during each Rock the River Tour event. A total of 2,871 responded to Graham's invitation to follow Jesus Christ. Along with the music and messages from Franklin Graham, Rock the River Tour included skateboard and wakeboard exhibitions.

Music artists participating in the Rock the River Tour included Flyleaf, Kirk Franklin, Superchick, DecembeRadio, Flame, Canton Jones and Lecrae.

The Quad City Sports Center has started preparations for its 2010 Skate-A-Thon, which will be held on January 9th, 2010. This event is the not for profit facilities only major fundraiser. It is a collaboration of all of the facilities user groups to help raise funds for continued youth program development and enhancements.

The Skate-A-Thon will be held from 9AM-9PM on Saturday, January 9th, 2010. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the Quad City Sports Center and some special anniversary activities are being planned.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $250 (ice sponsor) to the $3,000 Platinum sponsorship level. A title sponsorship package is also available this year. General and In-Kind donations are accepted as well. We are always looking for new products to feature in our raffle & silent auction!

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Amanda Crosby at 563-322-5220 ext. 17.

The Skate-A-Thon is a 12 hour fundraiser featuring 10 hours of skating, hockey games, exhibitions & more! All funds raised at this event help support the continued development of youth programs here at the QCSC. A true asset to the community, the Quad City Sports Center is the only year round ice facility within a 60 mile radius of the Quad Cities. We strive daily to provide alternative winter recreational activities to the families and youth of the Quad Cities to help enhance their quality of life.


In this challenging economy, many people have curbed discretionary expenses like vacations, entertainment and shopping excursions. Unfortunately, many folks - even those with medical insurance - are also cutting back on healthcare services they can no longer afford, including preventive care, check-ups and medications for chronic conditions.

This short-term budgetary fix could have disastrous long-term effects, as easily treated or preventable conditions morph into much more serious - and expensive - illnesses.

While our government wrestles with solving the national healthcare crisis, here are a few suggestions for stretching your healthcare dollars and ensuring your family receives proper care:

Use your plan wisely. Most health insurers supply educational materials on preventive care such as quitting smoking, weight loss and chronic disease management (like diabetes and high cholesterol). Many even provide financial incentives for completing treatment programs, getting immunizations and using generic drugs, since these practices save money in the long run.

Check your carrier's website for details, or visit the HHS's "Prevention" site (www.hhs.gov/safety) for information and web links on such topics as fitness, nutrition, risky behavior modification and much more.

Free screenings. Many pharmacies, clinics and health organizations such the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org) and the American Academy of Dermatology (www.add.org) provide free screenings for illnesses such as kidney disease, skin cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Search "free screenings" at www.hhs.gov for nearby screenings.

Bargain with providers. Before going without needed care, speak to your doctor, dentist or hospital about your financial difficulties and see if they'll work with you to reduce fees or allow installment payments. They may also be able to suggest alternate treatments or connect you with programs that will help pay for your care.

For example, most pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs (PAPs) that provide uninsured and low-income people access to drugs they couldn't otherwise afford. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or clinic how to proceed, or visit Partnership for Prescription Assistance (www.pparx.org), which has enrollment information on over 475 public and private PAPs, including links to Medicaid programs.

Laid off? File for COBRA. Under the 2009 economic stimulus plan, the government will pay 65 percent of the cost of COBRA coverage for up to nine months for employees laid off between September 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009. Granted, coverage is still expensive, but far less so than if you were uninsured and incurred a serious accident or illness.

Use public resources. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) helps fund over 7,000 community health centers serving millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans. Patients pay based on what they can afford for services such as routine checkups, maternity care, immunizations, prescription drugs, and dental, mental health and substance abuse care.

To learn more about this program and find the closest HHS-supported center, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov. In addition, many university teaching hospitals and dental schools operate clinics on a sliding payment scale.

Medicaid. Many uninsured people not yet eligible for Medicare can obtain medical coverage through state-administered Medicaid programs. To learn more, visit www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicaidGenInfo.

Don't let financial worries cause you to ignore your family's health needs. Resources are available; you just need to seek them out.

550 Cities are asked to Participate in the Largest Organized Back-to-School Effort in U.S. History.

(Davenport) - "Education has become a matter of national security. Because we cannot control our schools, we cannot control our economy. And because we cannot control our economy, we cannot control and protect our quality of life in America," says Phillip Jackson, Executive Director of the Black Star Project, U.S.A. The Black Star Project is sponsoring the Million Father March 2009 on the first-day-of-school in nearly 300 cities across America.  The Million Father March has become a special day that fathers and men use to make a commitment to their children, their families, their communities and their country with their dynamic presence at a school.  This is a real Fathers Day!

The Million Father March 2009 will play-out at thousands of schools across America and in other parts of the world.  An estimated 600,000 men in 475 cities participated in 2008.  This year, an estimated 800,000 men from 550 cities are expected to participate.  The Million Father March also provides an escort of safety, support and encouragement to children of all ages on their first-day-of-school.  Jackson says, "Gang recruitment, bullying and random violence goes way down on any day that has a group of men at a school."

Participeants in the event include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, big brothers, cousins, significant male caregivers and friends of the family.  Although the event is created by Black men, women and men of all ethnicities are also encouraged to take their children to school on their first day.  Businesses are asked to give fathers and men two hours off that morning (with pay) to take their children to school.  Participating men will also be encouraged to volunteer at schools throughout the year.  A special effort will be make to coordinate Latino Fathers in La Marcha de Padres.

Since schools across America and the world start the new school year on different days and months, the March will be a rolling event that takes place on the first day of this school year in cities, villages and towns between August 3 and October 2, 2009.  The 2009 Million Father March is managed by The Black Star Project, U.S.A. and sponsored by the Schott Foundation for Public Information and United Neighbors, Inc. in partnership with the National PTA and the National Fatherhood Initiative.

You may email uneighbors@aol.com or call 563-322-7363 for more information.


The Rock Island-Milan School District's Building Excellence plan will be celebrating another grand opening on one of the construction projects.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Eugene Field Elementary School, 2099 - 31st Ave, Rock Island) on Thursday, August 20th at 4:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend and tour the school. Refreshments will be served.

Eugene Field broke ground in September 2008. The additions feature a new media center, cafeteria, six additional classrooms and a secure entry and administrative office area.

RIVERSIDE, IOWA -- Thanks to the generosity of Dollar Tree, Inc., Operation Homefront Iowa is providing backpacks filled with back-to-school supplies to military families in need, including active duty, active reserve, and National Guard personnel.

"We are delighted to have the support of Dollar Tree as we work to assist military families in need. School is important to children's long-term success in life, and these supplies can make a big difference in the lives of children as they prepare to return to school," said Chapter President Michelle Reuss.

In addition, Congressman Dave Loebsack will be at the American Legion facility in Swisher on August 14 from 4-5 pm to help prepare backpacks. He will be at the same lo

Military families interested in participating in the program must first register online at: https://www.operationhomefront.net/chapter_root/chapter_backpack_form.asp?Chapter_ID=25.

Additional sponsors for this program include Hanover Direct and General Dynamics. Operation Homefront extends a warm thank you for the generosity of these organizations.

About Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront provides emergency and morale assistance for our troops, the families they leave behind and for wounded warriors when they return home. A nonprofit 501(c)(3), Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide, and has met more than 105,000 needs of military families. Operation Homefront also hosts the Web community Operation Homefront Online. For more information, please visit www.operationhomefront.net and www.homefrontonline.com.

Immanuel Lutheran Church & Preschool is having their Annual Neighborhood Ice Cream Party on Sunday, August 23rd 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. There will be Ice Cream, Hot dogs, Chili dogs, Popcorn, Pop, and Lemonade; Live music, Games, and much much more for all our neighbors in the West end!

Live Music will be provided by the Band "Smile", wide variety of ice cream flavors to choose from, face painting, games for children & adults, and fun. All food items will be priced at $.50 each; upon registration everyone will receive 3 FREE tickets for the food items of your choice! Come and join your neighbors and friends for some great family fun! This event is outdoors; feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain event will be held indoors.

This is open to the public, and all are welcome to join us. For more information please contact the church office at 563-324-6431.

Penguins Comedy Club would like to extend an invitation to all veterans - be they active or retired - a complimentary admission to our comedy shows. They are welcome to bring a guest.  We just ask that they make a reservation and show military ID at the ticket window when they attend the show.

Questions?  Please call Penguins Comedy Club 563-324-5233.

As a fundraiser for the Mississippi River Eco-Tourism Center, the Clinton County Conservation Foundation is hosting a fishing tournament. The Rock Creek Catfish Classic wil be held on Saturday, August 30th at Rock Creek Marina near Camanche, Iowa.

Event registration and rules are available at: Rock Creek Marina, any Clinton County Conservation office location, or at  www.missecocenter.org.

The primary purpose of the Clinton County Conservation Foundation Board is to raise, procure and manage funds for the betterment of conxervation and environment education in collaboration with the Clinton County Conservation Board for the benefit of the citizens of the Clinton County area.


Rock Island/Milan School District #41 Head Start/Preschool program is now taking applications for the 2009/2010 school year. The program serves children ages 3, 4 and 5 who are not eligible for kindergarten and whose families reside in Rock Island/Milan school area.

Families are provided a comprehensive Early Childhood Program for their children as well as other support services. Transportation is provided. There is no cost to families for these services.

The Head Start program is funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The Preschool program is funded through the Illinois State Board of Education.

Applications are being taken from 7:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M., Mondays through Fridays at the Head Start/Preschool office, 2101 - 6th Avenue, Rock Island.  For more information, or to schedule a different time, call the Head Start/Preschool office at 309-793-5900, ext 272.