When she began dancing with CMBT two years ago, Erica Christensen found that the company was not well-known in the Quad Cities. "No one even knew there was a ballet company around," she said. At the time, CMBT: Quad Cities Professional Ballet Company had four dancers.
• Patrons of the Bettendorf Public Library checked out 52,202 items in July, including books, audio books, videos, DVDs, compact discs, music tapes, CD-ROMS, DVD-ROMs, and magazines. This is the highest monthly circulation in the library's 75-year history.
Much will undoubtedly be said about what a gifted and popular arts administrator Lloyd Schoeneman was, his many years of service to Quad City Arts, and his dedication to raising the profile of art in this community.
In their third year, the Celtic Highland Games of the Quad Cities have reached a certain stature. The one-day festival and competition, which will be held Saturday at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, has attracted top-flight performers rare for an event so young.
Say the word "scooter" to most people, admits Dean Wright, and "they picture you on a Honda moped." But that's not quite what Wright and his friends are into, and when they're on the road, they draw attention.
• On August 6, Illinois Governor George Ryan signed what's being called "Kelly's Law," which adds Ecstasy and other club drugs to the same category as cocaine, heroin, and LSD. Named for Kelly Baker, a 23-year-old Rolling Meadows woman who died of an Ecstasy overdose in 1999, the law becomes effective January 1 and amends the 1961 criminal code relating to the offenses of drug-induced homicide and drug-induced infliction of great bodily harm.

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Last week's announcement that the Vision Iowa board will contribute $20 million to Davenport's $113 million riverfront-revitalization project was, with good reason, greeted with smiles all around the Quad Cities.
• The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities will be conducting a study to assess the viability of a new power plant in Muscatine. The association hopes to build a $900 million coal-generating station capable of producing 700 megawatts.
When Mike and Amy Finders began playing music together four years ago, they were playing folk rock in the bars around Dubuque and Galena, where they lived. But they decided to change direction. "Let's not just try to be loud and entertaining to people who aren't exactly paying attention," Finder said of the thought process behind the decision.
• Construction of the Putnam Museum's IMAX Theatre has been moving steadily forward since breaking ground in January. Over the past several months, work has focused on earthwork and concrete foundations. Drilled caissons, concrete footings, and walls that establish the initial "footprint" for the entire building have been completed.