On Wednesday, August 27, the LST-325, a World War II amphibious vessel, will dock in the Quad Cities around 10 a.m. Forty-five-minute self-guided tours of the ship will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday, August 28, to Tuesday, September 2. The ship will dock on the Mississippi River along Ben Butterworth Parkway at River Drive and 25th Street in Moline. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children six to 18, $20 for families, and free for children under six. For more information on the Ship, visit LSTMemorial.org.


Noted urban planner Jeff Speck - the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl & the Decline of the American Dream - will be visiting Davenport through August 14 and will present his ideas for revitalizing downtown Davenport on Thursday in the Deere Auditorium of the Figge Art Museum. The one-hour presentation will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a meet-and-greet. There is no charge to attend, and the Figge galleries will be open to lecture attendees. "In Thrall of Sprawl," an article about Speck, was published in the River Cities' Reader on July 3, 2007.


The Davenport Public Library is moving forward with plans for an Eastern Avenue Library, to be located at 60th Street and Eastern Avenue in the northeast section of the city. If you would like to share your thoughts, contact Library Director LaWanda Roudebush at (563) 326-7837 or email at (lroudebush@davenportlibrary.com).


Davenport has been awarded $2.3 million under the Department of Housing & Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships programs. The $1.7 million awarded to HOME will provide formula grants to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or ownership or provide direct assistance to low-income people. The $644,670 awarded to CDBG will be used develop viable communities by providing housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.


The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Davenport Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation. Of Iowa's 543 public libraries, 331 - including the Davenport Public Library - are accredited. The Davenport library has been recognized for its efforts in all areas of library administration, including governance and funding; staffing; library collection; services; public relations; and access and facilities. The accreditation is valid through June 30, 2011. Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through the State Library of Iowa's Enrich Iowa/Direct State Aid program.


On Wednesday, July 23, a team of cyclists participating in the "Journey of Hope" will arrive in Davenport as part of a nine-week, 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The team expects to arrive in the afternoon and then have dinner and a friendship visit, with details to be determined, at 4:30 p.m. The Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, which raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country. The team will cycle an average of 75 miles per day, beginning in San Francisco and ending in Washington, DC, on August 16. For more information about this event or more on Push America's summer programs, contact Adam Phillips at (704) 504-2400 extension 160 or visit (http://www.pushamerica.org).


U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) have announced that $451,290 has been secured for Scott Community College to construct a connector road from the south end of College Loop Drive to a second entrance at US 67. The funds will also be used to make intersection improvements to US 67. A second route is important to the college for safety as well as to reduce congestion.


The Mississippi Valley Blues Society has announced that it's taking the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival to the streets of downtown Davenport July 3 through 5. The festival is being relocated from its LeClaire Park "home location" because of flooding. Acts scheduled for the tent stage will perform at the Adler Theatre, and the main stage will be located at Second Street and Pershing Avenue. For more information, see the official festival guide inside this issue or visit (http://www.mvbs.org).


The Moline Foundation has announced an emergency grant of $50,000 to assist flood victims in Iowa and Illinois. The funds will be given to the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities to help in flood relief throughout Iowa and the Illinois counties bordering the Mississippi River. For more information, call (309) 736-3800 or visit (http://www.molinefoundation.org).


Renaissance Rock Island last week announced that its new president will be Brian Hollenback, who has previously been Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation's housing director and executive director. Renaissance Rock Island is an umbrella organization for the Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation, the Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, and the Development Association of Rock Island; as president, Hollenback will serve as the chief executive officer for all three groups. He said one of his priorities is the creation of a community-development entity to acquire and leverage New Markets Tax Credits for job-creation projects such as the Columbia Park plan.