Tuesday, February 05, 2008FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rock Island, IL  Afro-American Heritage Center Announces First Annual Benefit  Members of the Afro-American Heritage Center, a 501 (c)3 organization founded in June of 2006, announces its first Annual Benefit, Saturday February 23, at 6:00 p.m. at the historic Watch Tower Lodge located at 1510 46th avenue, Rock Island, Illinois. The office of the AAHC is located in Rock Island.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rock Island, IL  Afro-American Heritage Center Announces First Annual Benefit  Members of the Afro-American Heritage Center, a 501 (c)3 organization founded in June of 2006, announces its first Annual Benefit, Saturday February 23, at 6:00 p.m. at the historic Watch Tower Lodge located at 1510 46th avenue, Rock Island, Illinois. The office of the AAHC is located in Rock Island.Image
The St. Margaret's Guild will host a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Luncheon on Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at Trinity Church, 19th St & 6th Ave in Rock Island.  The luncheon will run from 11am until 1:30pm.  Tickets are just $4 for adults, $2 for children and are available at the door.
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Cordova Antique Show

Mark your calendar for February 9th and 10th and plan to attend the Cordova Antique Show!  The show is held annually at the Codova Civic Center just off of IL Route 84 in Cordova, Illinois.  There is always something to interest every collector including: furniture, pottery, primitives, jewelry, perfumes, silver, antique glassware, china, postcards, toys, advertising, vintage textiles, and much more.

The show hours are Saturday, February 9th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Show admission is $2.00 and parking is free.

More information about the show is available by calling 309-788-0251.




For Immediate Release 

Contact:  Joe Boyle                                                                                                    
(563) 650-7102

Local Independent Film "Animate My Heart" Premiers at the Green Room Theatre

"It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive."  This quote by Henry David Thoreau is among the first lines of local filmmaker Joe Boyle's latest film "Animate My Heart," and it precisely sums up the theme.  A young child is struck with cancer at an early age, but even in the face of imminent tragedy, he maintains a vivid, lively imagination.

"All of us face trials in our everyday lives and I think it's important to be able to keep our minds thinking sharply and creatively in order to face those trials," says Boyle.  "In our society, the imagination has been greatly neglected and even discouraged.  That's one of the reasons this was an important film to make." 

Beyond exploring the devastation that can occur to the imagination, "Animate My Heart" explores the ruin that is visited upon an individual when such a horrendous disease touches them.

"This film was a very personal experience" says filmmaker Joe Boyle.  "My sister had cancer twice at a young age and still suffers ill effects from the disease.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her some much needed repose from her pain by giving us a family trip to Florida.  I want to be able to give that to another Wish Kid." 

The 50 minute film stars local performers Tracy Pelzer-Timm, Jonah Luebke, and Tom Morrow.  The musical score was composed and performed by local musician Leah Knudsen, with compositions by Jake Cowan and Aiden Landman.

"By screening this film to the public, I hope to remind people of the horrors of this disease.  I hope that the members of our community will get behind this cause," says Boyle.

"Animate My Heart" (which was scheduled to open late last year, but could not due to technical difficulties) will open Saturday, February 2nd at the Green Room Theatre, 1611 2nd Avenue, in the District of Rock Island at 8:00 PM.  Additionally, there will be special musical performances by the film's composer Leah Knudsen and also by the Jamey Cummins band.  Cost is only $5.00 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

This film is the latest from 22 year old local filmmaker Joe Boyle.  He has been writing and directing films for the past 10 years.  His films have screened and won several awards in various film festivals, ranging from local and regional events to festivals in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Canada.


If you would like more information about this event or are interested in setting up an interview, please call Joe Boyle at (563) 650-7102.  Digital production stills, flyer, teaser trailer, and filmmaker photos are available upon request.


Hundreds of antique John Deere tractor enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada will travel to the Quad Cities in March to attend the “Gathering of the Green” conference.


March 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2008, are the dates for the 5TH  “Gathering” to be held in Moline, Illinois at the Holiday Inn Moline Airport.  Back by popular demand, the convention-style conference will offer admirers of John Deere antique two-cylinder tractors and implements an opportunity to enjoy workshops and the shop the vendor area.  For those interested, there will be evening speakers, a fun auction, and many, many more activities.


Once again, members of the four sponsoring two-cylinder tractor clubs located in central and northern Illinois and eastern Iowa have worked for many months to put together another outstanding conference that will interest Quad Cities area residents as well as John Deere two-cylinder tractor fans from across the nation.


Forty-two technical workshops and eleven drop-in sessions will be presented over three days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday - and 70+ vendors will be available at the Holiday Inn Moline Airport for you to find that special treasure you’ve been looking for.  Vendors are offering services; new, used, and reproduction parts; manuals; books; tires; signs; JD decals; art; clothing; and memorabilia. 


Quad Cities area residents are invited to register for the full conference or are welcome to attend one or more of the days on a register and pay-at-the-door basis as follows:


Full Conference Fee (March 12, 13, 14 & 15)         $25 per person

Thursday, March 13                                                 $10 per person

Friday, March 14                                                      $10 per person

Saturday, March 15                                                   $7 per person


Location:  Holiday Inn Moline Airport, 6902 – 27th St., Moline, Il 61265


Workshop Times:        March 13 and 14         8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                                    March 15                     8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Vendor Hours:                        March 13 & 14            8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

                                    March 15                     8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


For the most up-to-date information about the “Gathering,” including workshops go to the web site:


If you have questions about the “Gathering,” call Gathering Information at

815-246-9944 or e-mail Ken Reese at:  kwreese@aol.com




    Poets, musicians, and visual artists compete for 50 dollar prize.  Sat, Feb 16 at the Coffee Dive 226 w 3rd st, Davenport, Ia. 7:30-11:00 p.m. 

In a world where every voice should count, there is still pockets of society that allows a small handful of individuals to control the livelyhoods of many. A good example of this is our own local Davenport Farmers Markets. Currently two farmers markets opperate on the Florian Keen parking lot, one being the Mississippi Valley Growers Association and the other being the Davenport River City Farmers Market Association.

The Life Fitness Center, 2222 Middle Road, Bettendorf is hosting a Wellness Fair Wednesday, January 30th from 10am-2pm. This free event is open to the public. There will be massages, screenings for blood sugar, body fat, spinal exams and more. Cholestrol screenings for $15 (need to fast for 6-8 hours prior). Informational booths on healthy back, stress reduction, heart health, cancer, nutrition, weight control and exercise. For further information contact Tracey Lopez at 563-344-4119.