A citizen survey will be conducted starting this week in Rock Island. Residents may receive a phone call from PMR Personal Marketing Research asking questions about the community. Every two years Renaissance Rock Island conducts citizen phone surveys to learn more about community perceptions of the city, along with how to attract and retain residents, businesses, and visitors. Eight hundred Quad Cities-area residents will be surveyed, creating a margin of error of 3.5 percent at a 95-percent level of confidence.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (or LIHEAP) is available to all low-income households in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties. Assistance is scheduled to continue through May 31 but may end sooner if funding is no longer available. Eligibility requirements apply, and you must be at or below 150 percent of poverty-level income. For more information or an appointment, call (309)793-6391.
The Moline Public Library has won the Frommer's Travel Guides' 2009 Display Contest. The library transformed its library into a train station. Children were invited to play the Frommer's adventure hunt, in which they were given a stamp in their passports at each of the six Frommer's displays. For winning, the library will receive 50 Frommer's titles, as well as a visit from Arthur and/or Pauline Frommer in the coming year. For more information about the Moline Public Library, visit MolineLibrary.com.
The Midwest Writing Center is hosting a local-author book-signing and sale on Saturday, November 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at its office in the Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 East Second Street in Davenport. Authors include William Pepper, David Dorris, Connie Corcoran-Wilson, Lilly Setterdahl, Dan Bynum, and Julie McDonald. For more information, visit MidwestWritingCenter.org.
Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport is closing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, for an extensive remodel and will re-open to the public on Friday, November 13. The most noticeable change will be to the bar area in which a dining room will be removed to triple the current bar's space and to create a new lounge area named The Birch Bar. New furniture, flooring, lighting, and painting will also be completed. Thunder Bay is located at Interstate 80 and Brady Street in Davenport, and its newly designed Web site can be found at ThunderBayGrille.com.
On November 15, the brass and woodwind sections of the Quad City Wind Ensemble will break up into separate ensembles in a more intimate setting. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, 1450 30th Avenue in East Moline. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for people 65 and older, and free for students.
WQPT is bringing two new media services to eastern Iowa and western Illinois. WQPT has launched COVE (Comprehensive Online Video Ecosystem) at WQPT.org. COVE allows anyone to watch full-length PBS programs online, anytime. The offerings span all PBS genres and will eventually include feature-length films and documentaries, and live events and performances, with more content arriving weekly. WQPT is located in Moline, on the campus at Black Hawk College.
The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine has awarded a $579,000 supplemental grant to the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research for its clinical study on the relationship between back pain and possible abnormal function of the supportive muscles in the back. Quad Cities-area residents with low back pain who are interested in enrolling in this study can call (563)884-5188.
A RAGBRAI preparation forum will be held at 7 p.m. on December 1 at Front Street Brewery, 208 East River Drive in Davenport. The Quad Cities Bicycle Club will host the informal multimedia presentation featuring hundreds of photos from previous rides. The discussion will include the application process, training, luggage, logistics, and safety. The presentation is geared toward bicyclists interested in riding RAGBRAI for the first time. To make a reservation, contact Ken Urban at (563)326-3427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To celebrate the release of the New Moon movie, the Davenport Public Library is hosting a teens-only party on Wednesday, November 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 North Fairmount Street). Teens can make Twilight crafts, participate in Twilight games, and watch Twilight video clips. For more information on teen library events, visit http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens.