Go nuts as you rally 'round the Redbirds or Brewers

ST. LOUIS -- October 11, 2011-- The Cardinals once again have made it a "Red October" in St. Louis. The Wild Card Redbirds welcome fans heading to town for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The "beer town" rivals bring heady excitement to Major League Baseball's version of Oktoberfest with games slated for October 12, 13 and 14 at the beautiful Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis.

Whether you've scored coveted NLCS tickets or not, you can still get in on the baseball action and fall events during a St. Louis visit. For information about St. Louis' red hot baseball sites, amazing dining and attraction options and to book a hotel room on-line, click on www.explorestlouis.com or call the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission at 1-800-916-0040.

St. Louis is known as the "Red Sea on the Mississippi" for the thousands of red-clad fans filling the seats during a game. Join the crowd. Participate in a baseball heaven dream trip by visiting some St. Louis major league sites:

1. The St. Louis Cardinals have been making magic on the field in St. Louis since 1892. Squirrel away some Major League history at Busch Stadium as you rally 'round the statues of St. Louis' Hall-of-Fame players that grace the entry to the Team Store at 7th and Clark streets.  The action-poised figures include Redbird stars Bob Gibson, Dizzy Dean, Red Schoendienst, Rogers Hornsby, Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock and more. The "meeting place" at the Stan Musial statue is now located at the Third Base entry along 7th Street.

2.  St. Louis' baseball greats also are honored along Delmar Boulevard in The Loop neighborhood along the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Brass star-shaped plaques embedded in the sidewalks honor famous St. Louisans who have made their mark in baseball and the arts, science and history. Baseball is duly represented with markers and biographic plaques for Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Joe Garagiola, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Cool Papa Bell, Dizzy Dean, Rogers Hornsby, Branch Rickey and Red Schoendienst. Honorees also include fabled baseball broadcasters known for their work in St. Louis:  Jack Buck, Harry Caray and Bob Costas.

3.  Baseball personalities Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola grew up on The Hill on the 5400 block of Elizabeth Avenue and Hall-of-Fame announcer Jack Buck lived there early in his radio career. The block's street sign now bears the name "Hall of Fame Place" in their honor. The Hill is St. Louis' Italian neighborhood that is filled with great Italian eateries, bakery shops, bocce clubs and even fireplugs painted in the Italian tri-color.

4.  Make your own Fredbird, the Cardinals' fluffy mascot, at the Build-a-Bear Workshop inside new Busch Stadium. The St. Louis-based company has mini-Fredbirds, special Cardinal teddy bears and other furry friends to make and deck out in Cardinals' uniforms complete with bats, gloves and hats.

5.  The Cardinals have been a sensational franchise. Experience a baseball-inspired taste sensation at the "never to be franchised" Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. The iconic refreshment stand on the St. Louis stretch of Route 66 dishes up a Cardinal Sin -  creamy vanilla custard topped with tart bing cherries and rich hot fudge. Or, purists may want to create their own Baseball Sundae served in a replica Cardinals baseball cap with the toppings of your choice.

6.  With more than a thousand one-of-a-kind restaurants, is there any wonder some dining hot spots serve up a sports theme along with tempting morsels?  Just a homerun-length from Busch Stadium, hungry baseball fans can find sustenance amidst baseball memorabilia at Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood and Al Hrabosky's Ballpark Saloon. Both restaurants are operated by former Cardinals players who now do play-by-play on Cardinals' radio and television broadcasts. West Port Plaza is home to the white-tablecloth Pujols 5. Downtown's Washington Avenue Loft District houses an establishment by Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Smith as well as former Cardinals' outfielder-extraordinaire Jim Edmonds' Fifteen restaurant. Trendy sports-themed dining experiences can be had at the two J. Buck's sites - one in toney Clayton and the other downtown near the ballpark. As the eponymous name implies, the restaurants are owned by the Jack Buck broadcasting clan - sports announcer Joe and his radio personality sister Julie and the name also pays homage to their late father, the great Hall-of-Famer Jack Buck. A fun collection of Cardinals' Mark McGwire and other Cardinals' memorabilia is on display on the pop culture-laden walls of Blueberry Hill in The Loop neighborhood.

7.  You can come out on top just like the Cardinals did in the National League Wild Card race with a trip to the top of the magnificent Gateway Arch. Get a bird's-eye view of new Busch Stadium from 630-feet high above the Mighty Mississippi. The Arch, officially named the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, honors President Thomas Jefferson, his dream of a continental United States and the thousands of men and women who helped open the American West. Beneath the Arch, in the Museum of Westward Expansion, the opening of the American West comes alive through displays that tell the story of explorers Lewis & Clark, pioneers, Native Americans and Buffalo Soldiers who shaped America as a nation "from sea to shining sea."

8.  There are cards and gaming excitement of a different sort at St. Louis-area casinos. Stake out a spot and meet up with Lady Luck at glitzy Lumiere Place on Laclede's Landing, within the classic riverboat gambler setting of the River City Casino, the Casino Queen and Alton Belle casinos across the Mississippi River in neighboring Illinois or the Missouri River-based gaming palaces at Harrah's in West St. Louis County and Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri.

9.  America's two great beer towns meet on the field at Busch Stadium this week. Take some time before the game for a complimentary tour of the original Anheuser-Busch Brewery.  Visitors can see the historic Brew House, the stained glass and brass décor of the Budweiser Clydesdale stables, the beechwood aging cellars and Bevo Packaging Plant. The tour concludes at the Hospitality Room where you can toast the Cardinals as you sample a freshly brewed glass of a product of the brewer's art in the Hospitality Room.

10.  Birds of every hue are on view at the world-famous Saint Louis Zoo. Stroll through the World's Fair Flight Cage, the world's largest walk-through aviary, located in the Bird Garden section of the free Zoo. The Flight Cage was the original Smithsonian Institution exhibit at the fabled "Meet Me in St. Louis" World's Fair and has been a favorite spot for bird-watchers ever since.

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Globetrotters Introduce Class of Newcomers, Highlighted by the Tallest Pro Basketball Player, the Shortest Globetrotter Ever, and the Team's
First Female in 19 Years

(PHOENIX, Oct. 11, 2011) - On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to i wireless Center in Moline on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets to see the world's most famous basketball team will go on sale on Monday, Oct. 17, at 10:00 a.m. Tickets start at $21.00 and are available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the i wireless Center box office, or by phone at 800.745.3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
The outstanding rookies include Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player at 7-8, Jonte "Too Tall" Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-2, and Fatima "TNT" Maddox of Temple University, the team's first female player since 1993 and ninth female in team history.
The new Globetrotters also feature the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, including the reigning champ Jacob "Hops" Tucker. At 5-10, Tucker sports a 50-inch vertical leap, and his YouTube videos have garnered well over four million views.  Tucker joins slam dunk runner-up John "Jet" Williams of UNC-Asheville and semifinalist Darnell "Spider" Wilks of the University of Cincinnati.
The 2012 rookie class has a total of three seven-footers including 7-4 Jermaine "Stretch" Middleton, the third-tallest player in team history, and 7-foot Anthony "Biggie" McClain. At 7-8, Sturgess becomes the tallest Globetrotter ever after a career at Mountain State University (W.Va.). He is the 19th internationally born player in team history, hailing from Loughborough, England.
"The Globetrotters are excited to welcome a new generation of stars to carry on the storied tradition of the world's most entertaining basketball team," said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. "This year's rookie class features some of the most talented and promising players from across the world."
Current Globetrotters stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Dizzy Grant, Scooter Christensen, and many others will team up with the world class rookies for nearly 270 games on the North American portion of the World Tour, bringing the Globetrotter magic to over 230 cities in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and five Canadian provinces.
Player rosters in each city will vary and are subject to change.
Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans?among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents?over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
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Tee Times are still available for this weekend!  Call NOW to book your tee time!

 

Thanks to the loyal support from you, our customers, Davenport Golf Courses remain tops in the Quad Cities!

 

As a thank you, we're offering a fantastic special for the remainder of the year. On our 18-hole courses, we're offering 18 for 9 hole green fee and cart fees, as well as 18 for 9 hole senior rates.  Twilight rate is available all day on all courses for unlimited golf.

 

There is still plenty of crisp, clear fall weather ahead - perfect for those last rounds of the season. So book your tee time now!

 

Fall Special Prices:

 

Emeis  = $24 with cart.

Emeis Sr = $20 with cart

Emeis Twilight = $27 with cart

Call 563-326-7825

 

Duck Creek = $22 with cart

Duck Creek Sr = $19 with cart

Duck Creek Twilight = $27 with cart

Call 563-326-7824

 

Red Hawk = $19 w/cart

Red Hawk Sr = $17 w/cart

Red Hawk Twilight = n/a

Call 563-386-0348

 

Thanks to the loyal support from you, our customers, Davenport Golf Courses remain tops in the Quad Cities!

 

As a thank you, we're offering a fantastic special for the remainder of the year. On our 18-hole courses, we're offering 18 for 9 hole green fee and cart fees, as well as 18 for 9 hole senior rates.  Twilight rate is available all day on all courses for unlimited golf.

 

There is still plenty of crisp, clear fall weather ahead - perfect for those last rounds of the season. So book your tee time now!

 

Fall Special Prices:

 

Emeis  = $24 with cart.

Emeis Sr = $20 with cart

Emeis Twilight = $27 with cart

Call 563-326-7825

 

Duck Creek = $22 with cart

Duck Creek Sr = $19 with cart

Duck Creek Twilight = $27 with cart

Call 563-326-7824

 

Red Hawk = $19 w/cart

Red Hawk Sr = $17 w/cart

Red Hawk Twilight = n/a

Call 563-386-0348

ANF Game Day Celebrates Farmers, Features Former Hawkeye Legends

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA - September 16, 2011 - Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) announced today that Farm Bureau members interested in attending the first America Needs Farmers (ANF) Game Day at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Oct. 15 can register to win tickets at www.iowafarmbureau.com.  The sold-out Big Ten Conference game against Northwestern includes autographs by former Hawkeye legends, including Tim Dwight, Jared DeVries and Marv Cook, along with other special surprises.

"ANF Game Day is an important event for farmers in Iowa.  It's a chance to show the nation and a whole new group of consumers just how important farming is today.  We know that in less than a generation, the world's population will need 100 percent more food than we grow today.  Since there is only so much land to grow that food, farmers will have to embrace progress and diversity," says IFBF President Craig Lang.

Each member who wins the ANF Game Day prize will receive free tickets to the game, ANF merchandise, admission to special tailgating activities and an opportunity for autographs of Hawkeye Legends.

ANF, initiated in 1985 by former Iowa Hawkeye football coach Hayden Fry during the Farm Crisis, is embraced today by Hawkeyes' current head coach, Kirk Ferentz.

"Farming has changed considerably since the 1980's," said Lang. "The way we grow and raise food and energy today has changed dramatically, but so has our need. Much of the nation's innovation in renewable energy, medicine, building materials and diagnostic tools come from what we grow. The list continues to grow and so does our population, but the goal remains unchanged - making sure consumers have safe, wholesome food choices at the grocery store."

For a listing of rules and to register, click on www.iowafarmbureau.com by October 3. Winners will be notified within that week.  You must be a current member to win. To join Iowa Farm Bureau, visit www.iowafarmbureau.com.

For more information about the Iowa Farm Bureau/U of I ANF partnership, click on www.americaneedsfarmers.org.

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The fifth annual urban deer hunt will begin in Davenport on September 10, 2011 and continue through January 29th 2012. This year the special deer management zone will include all areas of three acres or more inside Davenport city limits. Landowner permission is required to hunt on private or public property. The only legal deer license recognized within the Davenport city limits will be a special deer management zone permit. The hunt will be coordinated by Parks and Recreation employee, Mike Reis, who can be contacted at: 563-320-2315.

The City of Davenport has created a special antlerless management zone, for the purpose of controlling the deer population within the City of Davenport. This zone will include all public and private property with a minimum of three acres or more, within Davenport City Limits. To legally hunt deer within this management zone, a special deer management tag must be obtained.

To participate in this deer management zone hunt each hunter must have completed a DNR Hunter Education Course. For information concerning the time and date of this course, please contact: B & B Shooting Supplies, 2152 State Street, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722, Phone: (563) 355-4867. A yearly proficiency test will be required to purchase a deer management zone tag.  This test will be offered through B & B Shooting Supplies.

Deer tags may be purchased from:

  • B & B Shooting Supplies 2152 State Street, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
  • Farm and Fleet of Davenport 8535 Northwest Boulevard Davenport, Iowa
  • Gander Mountain 3940 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, Iowa

Rules and regulations that apply to the Deer Hunt are as follows:

  • To reduce arrow flight, it is mandatory that all shots are taken from an elevated position.
  • Portable tree stands (provided by the hunter) may be used.
  • Care must be taken to minimize damage to trees.
  • Harvested animals must be removed intact from the site.
  • Hunters agree to maintain a distance of 150 feet away from any occupied building, street, or paved trails.
  • To maximize safety, hunters are encouraged to take shots of 75 feet or less.
  • No baiting, driving, or stalking of deer is allowed.
  • Hunters will observe all regulations of Iowa DNR as pertaining to deer bow hunting.

More information can be found at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks.  Within 24 hours of harvest, hunters filling a special deer management tag must contact:

Hunt Coordinator:
Mike Reis
Parks & Recreation Department,
Red Hawk Golf Course
6364 Northwest Blvd
Phone: (563) 320-2315

RECREATION:

For all events and activities, go online at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks to register or call 328-PARK (7275) for more information. Fall/Winter catalogs are now available. Please check our website for classes on performing arts, sports leagues, volleyball camps and clinics, Japanese, tumbling, martial arts, adaptive and inclusive programs and more!                         


Fall Class Sessions begin September 12th. - REGISTER NOW

 

  • Friday Nature Family Fun Nights begins with a Nature Walk on Friday, September 2nd from 6pm-9pm at Sunderbruch Park. The cost is $2.50 per person pre-registered, 4.00 at the door and includes two slices of pizza and lemonade.
  • Family Movie Nights Friday, begins September 9th with the showing of Shrek (PG) at Davenport Junior Theater. Doors open at 6pm with the movie to start at 6:15 pm. The cost is $2.50/person if you register in advance or $4.00 at the door. The cost includes 2 slices of pizza and lemonade for each family member. Popcorn will be sold at the theater for $1.00 per bag.
  • Prairie Pals youth programs begins at Vander Veer Botanical Park, for all ages begins September 10th from 10am-11:30am. The fee is $5.00. Learn about Iowa's past prairies and find out how prairies grow, who lives in a prairie and plant your own backyard prairie. Games, crafts, and tons of FUN!
  • Adaptive Sports Expo - Saturday, September 10th, 6pm-8pm at Bettendorf Community Center, FREE! The public is invited to explore the way that people with disabilities can be an active participant in sports.
  • Mississippi GRIND Barge/Skate Park Expo: September 9th - 11th. Clinic Fri at 6:00pm at Skate Park, Qualifier Saturday, September 10th from  5pm Centennial Skate Park, and Sunday, September 11th from 12:00-3:00 see the special Skate Park Barge from LeClaire Park.
  • Fall Class Sessions begin September 12th. - REGISTER NOW - classes fill quickly. New classes offered are: Beginning Sign Language, Theater, Zumba, Dance, Quilting and many more!
  • Kindernature begins Tuesday, September 13th (runs 9/13-3/13, Tuesdays only) from 10am-11am at Vander Veer Conservatory for ages 3 to 5 years and the fee is $6. Registration is required.  Participants may register online or by phone at (563)328-7275. September's Theme: Migrating Monarachs.
  • Country Hoedown - Friday, September 16th from 6-8pm at Bettendorf-Veteran's Park. The cost is $4, payable at the door. Cost includes dinner. No rain date or location for this event.
  • Family Friday Nights: Friday Night Jam kicks off Friday, September 16th at Red Hawk Golf Course! The fun is for all ages and goes from 6pm-9pm (participants must arrive by 6:30 in order to order dinner). Fee is $2.50 per person for pre-registered person or $4 per person at the door. Fee includes 2 slices of pizza and lemonade for each person. Includes games, board games, karaoke and Wii games for every one!
  • Roosevelt Community Center 11th Anniversary: Come join us on Friday, September 16th from 6pm-8pm, as we celebrate the 11th Anniversary of the Roosevelt Community Center. Celebrate with an old fashioned family style and flair with activities and games for everyone!
  • Collage Theater begins Thursday, September 17th from 7pm-8pm at Annie Wittenmyer (runs 9/17-11/17) with a fee of $35. This is an introduction to theater specifically designed for teens and adults with disabilities. At the end, the class will perform for the public.
  • Sunderbruch Park Nature Walk- Saturday, September 17th from 9am-10:30am. - FREE!
  • NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition! Saturday. September 17th.  This exciting and FREE event allows the youth to compete for a chance to move on to a sectional competition and then on to compete at the home of an NFL team. Participants compete in Punt, Pass and Kick for distance and accuracy. Event will take place at Wharton Field House from 11am-2pm.
  • Health Families Day! Saturday, September 17th from 11am-2pm at Wharton Field House. PLAY with your family at this fun health fair for all ages! Games, crafts, booths with different health information for special diets, facts and programs available in the Quad Cities. The event is FREE! We will collect cans for the local food bank. Join us at Wharton Field House for the Quad Cities Wide Punt, Pass and Kick competition!
  • QC Family Fun & Kite Festival begins Saturday, September 24th from 10am- 4pm and runs through Sunday, September 25th from 11am-4pm at Centennial Park from kite making, education and viewing of a kite competition. Fee: FREE!
  • Birds of a Feather - Saturday, September 24th from 8:30am-10am at Credit Island Park. Fee: $8 per family.
  • Unity Fest! Sunday, September 25th from 12pm-5pm at the Putnam Museum "hill". This event is FREE!  Help us celebrate the diversity of our community with food, performances, movies and interactive activities. Davenport Parks & Recreation Mobile Playground will be there doing games for children and families!
  • Mobile Playground Schedule for September:    Saturday Sept 10th at Vineyard Family Fun Festival 11:00 - Friday, September 16th: Roosevelt Community Center 11thAnniversary Celebration; Saturday, September 17th: Healthy Families Day at Wharton Field House in Moline; Saturday, September 24th: QC Kite Festival at Centennial Park; Sunday, September 25th: Unity Fest at Putnam/IMAX.

RIVER'S EDGE- Located at 700 W. River Drive (Across from Modern Woodmen Park)

  • Check on line ice schedule for Drop-in Hockey and Stick N' Puck timeswww.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks
    • Standing Weekly Public Skate Sessions Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00am-1:00pm
    • Fee:  $5/skating            $3/skate rental
  • Indoor Soccer leagues begin right after Labor day for all ages U-10 through adults. Sign up Today!
    • Girls High School - Sundays
    • Boys High School - Fridays
    • Men's -  Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    • Women's - Thursdays
    • Youth - Saturdays
  • 3v3 High School Soccer Tournaments- Men's on September 3rd, Women's on September 4th.
  • 7-Week Learn To Skate Lessons - Whether you want to be a better figure skater or hockey player, there is a curriculum for you!
    • Thursdays at 5:15pm or 6:00pm- Starts Sept 8th
    • Saturdays at 8:00am or 8:45am - Starts Sept 10th
  • Quad City Hockey Association - Youth Registration Day - Sept. 10th - starts at noon.  Adult Hockey Leagues begin Week Of September 12th.  Call Ryan Devlin for details at 563-888-3108
  • Quad City Mallards Hockey Clinics on Sept. 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th. Spend 90 minutes on the ice with new Mallards Hockey Coach, John Bell.  Cost:  $20/person  Limited to the first 24 players
  • Creative and Active Kids Klub begins Sept. 10th following 8am Learn to Skate Lessons.  The Creative and Active Kids Klub meets Saturday mornings from 9am- Noon, immediately following the 8am  Learn To Skate Lessons. This program is designed for kids ages 6 - 12.   Kids will enjoy use of the climbing wall, create a unique art project, play interactive group games and participate in a food lesson such as making rice crispy treats; banana pudding, no bake brownies, homemade ice cream and more!  Each child will take home a treat to share.  *Fee:  $84
  • NFL 360 Flag Football league begins September 10th- for kids in 4th, 5th and 6th grade.
  • Coffee Club - Coffee and skating begins Sept. 12th.  Geared towards the more novice skater ages 50+, this program has a strong social component and includes a 15 minute lesson prior to accessing the ice for public skate between 11am - 1pm.
  • F Troop - Learn to Play Hockey for Adults begins Sept. 15th.  If you've ever wanted to learn to play hockey, this is a safe, fun and social environment to do so.  Call Ryan Devlin for details at 563-888-3108
  • Couples Dinner and Skate on September 30th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  MENU:  Pasta with marinara and/or Alfredo sauce, chicken slices, soft bread sticks, side salad with assorted dressings, soda, water and brownies.  Fee:  $17/person (includes skates and up to 1.5 - 2 hours of skating)  Reservations required 7 days in advance.
  • The turf is open for rental anytime it is free from programs! The River's Edge offers batting cages, lacrosse equipment, volleyball systems, and more!

 

GOLF:

  • All City Golf Courses - Annual greens aeration will be completed in September
  • Emeis Golf Course will be hosting a golf tournament on September 21st, to benefit the First Tee of the Quad Cities.
  • Duck Creek Golf Course will be constructing a new cart-path near the clubhouse on #1 and #9.
  • Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center is planning to install additional trees and shrubs along Pine St.
  • Visit www.golfdavenport.com for the 2011 Golf fees, latest updates and information

 

PARKS:

  • New fountains/aerators have been installed in the pond at Vander Veer Park.
  • Credit Island Disk Golf Course is officially open.  Visit Davenport Parks and Recreation's website for course information.

Make the hole - make a difference!  Rivermont Collegiate will host its annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 19th at Crow Valley Golf Club in Davenport. This exciting event will feature co-ed, men's, and women's divisions, as well as special hole events and raffle prizes.  A dinner with awards and trophies will follow.  This event is not limited to Rivermont families - anyone who would like to have a fantastic time while supporting the education of students in their community is encouraged to join us!  The tournament supports scholarships and special projects at Rivermont Collegiate, the Quad Cities' only private, independent, multicultural college preparatory school for students in preschool through twelfth grade.     

This year's tournament features the chance to win a vintage car from Veit's Vettes & Collector Cars!  Qualifying chip off dates for the opportunity to win the car will take place at Palmer Hills Golf Course in Bettendorf on Tuesday Sept. 6th, Wednesday Sept. 7th, and Thursday Sept. 8th.  Participants are invited to come multiple days and chip as many times as they like!  Participants whose ball makes it in the circle are eligible for the putt contest at the Rivermont Golf Tournament on Monday, September 19th.      

Cost to participate in the tournament is $150 and includes lunch, golf, and dinner.  Mulligans and raffle tickets for a Galena get-a-way (valued at $600!) are available for purchase.  Participants who would like to attend the dinner and after party only may do so for $25.  The tournament will begin with check-in at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch and shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.  The putt contest for the vintage car will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by the after party and awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m.      

For additional information and to register, please visit www.rvmt.org/golf and/or contact Drew Boster, Director of Development, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 306 or boster@rvmt.org.      

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, visit us online at www.rvmt.org!      

Crow Valley Golf Club, location of the tournament, is located at 4315 E. 60th St. in Davenport.      

Palmer Hills Golf Course, location of the qualifying chip off, is located at 2999 Middle Road in Bettendorf.      

Veit's Vettes & Collector Cars features 2 locations - 1838 State St. in Bettendorf and 221 E. 2nd St. in Davenport.  For more information, visitwww.vvncc.com.    

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MILWAUKEE, WI - Bicycling is a healthy way to experience the outdoors and incorporate physical activity into an individual's daily life.  It's a flexible activity - not limited to certain ages or intensity levels - that keeps people moving, helps with weight control, and provides enjoyment.  With summer in full swing, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers tips for safe cycling.  Whether you are a member of TOPS or not, use these ideas to stay fit and cycle sensibly.

1. Good fit makes you fit. When choosing a bike, make sure the frame is appropriate.  To find the right fit, straddle the bike and stand flatfooted.  There should be at least one inch of clearance between your groin and the top tube and two inches on a mountain bike.

2. Location, location, location. The handlebars and seat should be positioned correctly for a comfortable, optimal ride.  The seat should be located high or low enough so each knee is bent only slightly at the bottom of each rotation.   Seats are not "one size fits all" and should be appropriate to your build and riding situation.

3. You're not as hardheaded as you think. Always wear a helmet when you ride.  This simple rule protects you from head trauma and brain injury.  The helmet should have a bright, visible color and snug fit that covers as much of your head as possible.

4. Nighttime is not the right time. Avoid riding your bike at night.  Most cycling accidents occur between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. when light levels are low.  If you must ride in low-light conditions, wear brightly colored, reflective gear and install a bright headlight and blinking red taillight for better visibility.

5. Give your brakes a break. Gently and firmly pump brakes at the same time.  Don't squeeze the brakes too hard - and never squeeze the front brake first.

6. Know the rules of the road. Attach a rear-view mirror to your helmet, handlebar, or eyewear.  Ride with traffic, obey all traffic rules, and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other vehicles.  Observe your surroundings and communicate with drivers, using hand signals and eye contact.

7. What's your hurry? If you're out of shape or unaccustomed to riding, start slowly.  Thirty minutes on a flat terrain is a good way to start for the first few weeks.  Gradually work up to greater intensity and hillier terrain for better workouts.

8. Be kind to your body. Cycling should not involve stress or strain.  Keep your arms and shoulders relaxed and avoid locking your elbows.  Shift your hand and body positions frequently.

9. Share the ride. Riding with another person - or as part of a group - can motivate you to become a better cyclist and make the miles fly by more quickly.

10. Variety is the spice of life. Cycling should not be your only workout.  It is not a weight-bearing exercise, so be sure to vary your fitness routine with walking, weightlifting, and other activities.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss support and wellness education organization, was established more than 63 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success.  Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.

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It was 50 years ago that Arnold Palmer and Gary Player opened Davenport's Emeis Golf Course with an epic exhibition match.  That match may seem long ago to those who were lucky enough to see it.  But in those last 50 years, Emeis has developed into the City of Davenport's premier golf course, with a layout to challenge even the most experienced golfer of today.  

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic match, you can play Emeis golf course for the same price as the day it opened in 1961.  On Friday, August 19th only, you can play 18 holes at Emeis for $1.50!  That's right, 18 holes at Emeis for the 1961 price of just $1.50. 

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Call Emeis Golf Course now at 326-7825 to book your tee time.  Times will fill up fast, so call today and mention the $1.50 green fees for Friday, August 19th. 

What :  Emeis Anniversary 
When:  August 19, 2011 
Where: Emeis Golf Course   4500 W Central Park   Davenport IA

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