The Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees has announced the unanimous selection of Dennis Marchiori as chancellor of the school. His appointment will take effect December 15. Marchiori will succeed William Wilke, a Quad Cities-area businessman and a member of the Palmer board since 1998. In December 2008, following the departure of Chancellor Larry Patten, the board asked Wilke to serve until a thorough search could be conducted. An investiture ceremony is being planned for early next year.

United States Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker has tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama as United States attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, which includes Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine counties. Whitaker, who has served as United States attorney since June 2004, will leave office upon his successor being appointed. During his tenure, Whitaker emphasized cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement. Particular areas of focus have been gangs, child exploitation, and drug trafficking. Whitaker also established a staffed office in Council Bluffs. Upon stepping down from his post, Whitaker will join a Des Moines law firm as a partner.

Celebrate the Arts, a musical coffeehouse to support the arts at Thurgood Marshall school in Rock Island, will feature Ellis Kell, David Maxwell, Jim and David Severe, Tony Cavitt, Terry Hanson, Mark Ridolfi, Max Lipnick, and Fire in the Belly. It will be held Saturday, November 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the River Music Experience, 129 Main Street in Davenport. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

The latest information on the proposed arts/culture marketing collaboration discussed in August will be presented at noon on Friday, December 4, at the River Music Experience, 129 Main Street in Davenport. The cost of the deli buffet will be $10 per person for reservations made by December 1, $15 per person for reservations made after that date. Reservations may be made with Jessica Waytenick at (563)277-0937 extension 103 or

"Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R,'" a one-hour University of Northern Iowa graduate credit course, will be held at the Scott Area Recycling Center in Davenport as a two-part course in January and April of 2010. Visit for course details.

Home Instead Senior Care offices serving Iowa have scheduled a free Web conference for family caregivers on November 19 at 6 p.m. This educational session is designed to help family caregivers plan for their loved ones' care. To register, visit

The Quad City Wind Ensemble has announced the 22nd-annual Young Performer's Solo Competition. Auditions will be held Sunday, March 21, at St. Ambrose University. The winner will appear as guest soloist with the Quad City Wind Ensemble in its May 2 concert. Entry forms must be received by Friday, March 12. Performers must be high-school students currently enrolled in a school band program. For more information, contact Bob Fischer at

First Congregational Church UCC will host a community service of thanksgiving on Thurday, November 26, at 10 a.m. at 2201 Seventh Avenue in Moline. For more information, call (309)762-0787.

The City of Rock Island is offering free disposal of home health and medical waste on Monday, November 16, from 9 a.m to noon. Residents can bring expired or unused medications (liquid or pills) plus medical vials and syringes. Residents are asked to remove prescription labels from containers. Materials can be dropped off in the nurse's station in the basement. Participants must provide proof of Rock Island residence through a photo ID or official mail.

The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and the Moline Public Library welcome author, humanitarian, and retired Ambassador Asher Naim as he discusses "The Behind-the-Scenes Story of Operation Solomon: The Exodus of Ethiopian Jews to Israel." The talk will take place on Monday, November 23, at 7 p.m., in the Moline Public Library's Gold Meeting Room. Naim will speak about his work on behalf of Ethiopian Jews during his diplomatic career.

Some area residents banded together as a part of the Weight Watchers "Lose for Good" campaign to benefit the River Bend Foodbank and local families in need. Participants lost a total of 3,252.8 pounds during the program and donated 244.6 pounds of food to the local food bank.

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