2011 "4 Times the Fun" World Tour primed to astound fans at i wireless Center in Moline on January 8

Hot on the heels of the most successful year in franchise history, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 85th consecutive season when their dazzling 2011 "4 Times the Fun" World Tour stops in Moline, showcasing the wholesome family entertainment that has provided lifetime memories for generations of fans.

The Harlem Globetrotters will take the court at i wireless Center on January 8, 2011 at 7:00p.m. Tickets, starting at $16.00, will go on sale on Monday, November 1, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at www.harlemglobetrotters.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.

"Our 85th season promises to be a landmark year, with never before seen innovations in the game," says Michael Kenney, the Globetrotters' senior vice president, live event marketing. "You'll want to get your tickets now to witness firsthand what we have in store for our wonderful fans around the world."

The North American leg of the 2011 "4 Times the Fun" World Tour will tip-off on Dec. 26, 2010, and runs until mid-April.  The team will play over 270 games in more than 220 cities in 45 states and six Canadian provinces.

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Howard Johnson Hotels, America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, Greyhound Lines, and Spalding, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have played in 120 countries and territories on six continents, entertaining over 132 million fans and breaking down barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life, earning induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.


DAVENPORT, IA–October 1, 2010–A remembrance honoring late community advocate John Kiley is planned for Saturday, October 16th with an unofficial "fun run" on Arsenal Island and a gathering at the Blue Cat Brew Pub in Rock Island.

An invitation is extended to all Quad-Citians who knew Kiley, an accomplished runner, volunteer and supporter of social justice causes, who died suddenly February 15, 2009 at his home in Davenport.

There is no cost or registration for the three-mile fun run that begins on the Arsenal at 5 p.m.  A photo ID is required to enter the island.  Participants are invited to walk, jog or run a three-mile course around the island.  A celebration "In Honor of John" will follow upstairs at the Blue Cat Brew Pub in Rock Island.

Organizers hope to gain local support for establishing an annual "5Kiley" celebration in the Quad-Cities.

"We want to honor a man who loved the Quad-Cities," says Kathy Weiss, one of several organizers.  "We would also like to support those organizations and projects that were near and dear to John, such as Café on Vine." Kiley helped establish the Davenport soup kitchen while serving as Social Action Director for the Catholic Diocese of Davenport, a position he held until his death.

"He also supported local arts and the music scene," Weiss said.  "He played basketball at St. Ambrose and ran countless Bixes and marathons.  He touched so many lives here and we feel it's important to celebrate this rare gem, who was a friend to all."

For more information or to volunteer, please email kileyrun@gmail.com.



John Hancock Observatory Announces Plans for State-of-the-Art "Ice" Rink More Than 1000 Feet Up

CHICAGO (Sep. 9, 2010) - Against a fairytale background of endless sky and water, officials of John Hancock Observatory today announced plans for the world's highest skating rink to open in January 2011 on the 94th floor of one of Chicago's most legendary landmarks.  The rink, which will be approximately 50 feet by 20 feet and constructed of a state-of-the-art synthetic substance called XTRAICE, will be more than 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile, and will overlook sky-high views of the city's lakefront skyline and bustling Lake Shore Drive.

"Our guests already feel like they're floating on air, so now they can literally glide around the sky," said Daniel Thomas, General Manager.  "We are constantly looking for ways to innovate, for new ways to entertain our guests and give them a unique story to share with their friends and family.  This rink is going to provide our visitors with an opportunity you just cannot get anywhere else in Chicago, or the world."

Thomas was joined in his announcement by skating stars of Disney On Ice, currently in town with its Princess Classics production, and local children-many of whom sported World Champion Chicago Blackhawk jerseys-who enjoyed the inaugural sky-high skate on a temporary replica of the rink that will be open to the public from January 1, 2011 thru March.  Thomas also announced that tickets for the Princess Classics and future Disney On Ice shows will now be sold at the Observatory's concierge desk.

"Chicago has a rich tradition of public skating rinks and now more than ever families are enjoying the fun of being on the ice," said Thomas.  "Who knows, maybe a future Stanley Cup or Olympic Gold Medal Champion will lace up his or her skates right here."  The Observatory will rent skates at the rink and will also offer private skating parties (for inquiries call Andrew Apa at (312) 654-5021).  Bleachers will be constructed to allow families and friends to watch skaters against the skyline background of Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive.

About John Hancock Observatory

Located inside the iconic John Hancock Center, John Hancock Observatory is open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and, at 875 North Michigan Avenue, stands in the heart of the Magnificent Mile next to hundreds of shops, restaurants, attractions and entertainment venues. Highlights include spectacular 360° views spanning 80 miles and four states and the city's only open-air Sky Walk, all accessed by the fastest elevators in the country. John Hancock Center and John Hancock Observatory are owned and operated by affiliates of Golub & Company. More information at www.hancockobservatory.com

Wiegand dominates gearbox; Lawson scores 4-wins; Udell and DeLaO win twice in their first Rock Island Grand Prix

ROCK ISLAND, IL. - Ohio's Gary Lawson notched four more wins to run his win total at Rock Island to an amazing 20 victories, while Kyle Wiegand won his third King of the Streets title at this year's Rock Island Grand Prix, presented by AT&T.

Wiegand started the day off right by winning the coveted King of the Streets stock moto title over a tough field including reigning King Jordon Musser. Wiegand benefited from some attrition behind him as Derek Crockett got into the barriers. Nick Lucido also bounced off the plastic barriers and ended up sideways and collected Musser in a nasty crash. This left Wiegand just having to avoid lapped traffic and mechanical failures as he cruised to win the 30-lap race over Jake French. Canadian Max Gamble finished third, but was removed by a technical DQ giving the third spot to Cole Mathewson.

For his efforts, the Top Kart driver won a $1,000 check, a special KartRaiser Electric Kart Stand valued at approximately $890 supplied by Michael Polizzi and Full Bore Karting, and the coveted Rock trophy. "After all these years, I finally don't have to lift the kart onto the stand any more," said father and tuner John Wiegand.

The race was sponsored by the 42 area McDonald's restaurants and Ronald McDonald placed the traditional cape and crown on the winner. Wiegand had previously won the King's title in 2004 and 2005. With the two first-place paychecks, Wiegand surpassed Alan Rudolph as the all-time money winner at Rock Island with $19,535.

Meanwhile, Gary Lawson carved his way through the streets of the city to win the 2-cycle Senior Sportsman Medium and Heavy classes sponsored by CBS4, as well as 4-cycle Animal Heavy and the Rumble at The Rock Animal Medium classes sponsored by AT&T.

"I had really good starts today and that's what made the difference. Getting out in front and not having to deal with too much traffic kept it clean," said Lawson.

This was the first year that the Rock Island Grand Prix co-promoted four classes with Championship Karting International and the blending of the organizations seemed to work well. Wiegand also won the CKI North American Street Championship for KZ2.

"Rock Island has such a rich history of bringing all levels of karting together for this unique event, that CKI could not pass up the opportunity to be a part of this tradition," said Kevin Williams, CKI's General Manager. "There was fantastic racing in all categories and everyone at CKI is thrilled with the results of the weekend."

Texan Alec Udell won the Rotax Junior race sponsored by Kids Racing for Kids, over Cameron Smock and Drake Woodard. He was challenged early by Austin Self but he ended up in the barriers at Turn 2. Arizona's Phi De Lao O won the Rotax Senior and Leopard events. Each of the four CKI classes also brought with it a $500 certificate to the Bob Bondurant School of Performance Driving besides a check and a Rock.

"After I got in the lead, I just put my head down and focused. There was no real excitement except for what I put on myself to hit my marks and not trick myself," said DeLaO.

Udell (Top Kart/Rotax) also added a hard-fought win by just .069 of a second over Texas teammate Bristol Gunderson (Top Kart/Rotax) in TAG Junior sponsored by Kids Racing For Kids. Hers was the top finish by a female driver for the weekend. Indiana's Alan Berry was third.

The biggest field of the weekend was in TAG Senior sponsored by AT&T where Sam Beasley (Arrow/Motori 7) bested Nevin Nelson (Energy/Rotax) and Eric Schumacher (Kosmic/Rotax). Alabama's Mack McCormack (Arrow/Motori 7) won the 23-kart TAG Masters race over fellow veterans Scott Hamble (Margay/Motori 7) and John Dixon (Tony Kart/Sonik).

The 2-cycle Pipe Heavy class sponsored by Lafarge North America was a battle between a number of Rock Island-area drivers with Tim Goettsch taking the checkered flag, but losing the win when he came in light at the scales. This gave the win to Drake Ostrom with Michael Dittmer second and Garrett Bouchard third.

Minnesota's Chris Enderlein found himself in a duel to the finish with Lance Lane before winning the 125cc shifter Masters race sponsored by CBS 4. Graham Wilcock was third. After competing at Rock Island for eight years, Enderlein finally won his Rock.

"It was the first time I didn't look behind me. I just drove. I've been here so many times before and been in front and thought I was going to win and crashed out or hit the walls," he said. He originally hadn't planned to race, but changed his mind at the last minute.

The new 4-cycle International (clone) exhibition race sponsored by Schurr Power Racing was won by Travis DeVriendt of nearby Sherrard, Illinois over a field of 22 drivers. Indiana's Scott Hamble was second and Mark Luna of Illinois third.

The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world's largest karting street race, draws entries from throughout the United States and Canada, competing for one of karting's largest purses. It has also hosted racers from Italy, France, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Argentina, Bermuda, the Philippines and Mexico. It includes 15 feature races in 4-cycle, 2-cycle, TAG and shifter classes.

Complete results can be found at: http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=588926

The next Rock Island Grand Prix will be 3-4 September 2011.

Flying Elbows And Rat Rods of Derby!

(Davenport, Iowa) The Quad City Rollers had such a great time at the Flying Eyeball Reunion that they decided to keep the fun going inside the RiverCenter as they present "Flying Elbows" Saturday, September 18. The opposing team will be the Old Capital City Rollers from Iowa City.

The night starts off with the Fresh Meat Grinder mixer featuring the newest skaters from the QC Rollers and Iowa City as well as from the Peoria Push Derby Dames and Farm Fresh Roller Girls. After the grinder the main bout will get rolling and if you have ever seen these two teams battle it out, you know that the track side seating will be the place to be!

"I am so excited for the girls who have been working hard to get to skate in what is, for many, their first bout." said mixer team Captain Cheetara Daal (Tricia Willis). "It will be so fun to have all the girls from some very new teams and girls that are just new to derby come out and show what they have been working so hard for".

The QC Rollers were established in 2006 with a "by the skaters, for the skaters" mantra and have since grown to bout with teams from across the MidWest. Based on a mission of inclusion for women of all shapes, sizes and ages the QC Rollers want to promote an active and empowering lifestyle for women through a sport structured around endurance and calculated aggression. What comes as a surprise to many outside the sport is that the skaters do not get paid, at all, for participating; in fact they all pay monthly dues and purchase their own gear to be members of the league. The skaters are also primary owners, managers, and operators of the league. A portion of all bout ticket sales is given back to a local non-profit organization chosen by a skater.

"Giving back is something that is simply part of the sport, like knee-socks and mouth-guards," says QC Rollers Vice President El Efino (Ellonyia Yenney). "We are very blessed to be able to come out and have our fans be there for us and we have to be there for our community."

Balloon animals for the kids, beer and "Rat Rods" for the adults -- combine all of that with the excitement of roller derby and intermission music by the Afterdarks and the entire family will have an amazing night.

"We have an outstanding team of athletes," beams President and Captain of the QC Rollers, Sugar N' Slice (Leigh Ann Hodges). "As we are going into our 3rd home season I am beyond amazement at how far we've come as a league and a sport. This is going to be the biggest and best season yet!"

RiverCenter doors open at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $12 or $9 in advance (kids 12 and under are free). Snag your tickets from a Quad City Roller, RiverCenter box office or other Ticketmaster outlet. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the QCA Adaptive Sports Association.

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The Sixth Annual Disc'n For Dogs Ace Race is now bigger and better with a new title sponsor and an amazing grand prize: a new 2009 Honda Metropolitan 50cc scooter. Set for Saturday, Sept. 11, the ace race will take place at Camden Park, Milan, Ill. All proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.

The Disc'n For Dogs Ace Race is for anyone who can throw a disc golf disc and wants a shot at our top prize. Camden Park's original disc golf course's elevation changes and wooded areas are used to their fullest with 26 shortened holes, increasing the hole-in-one opportunities. Most holes average 100 feet or less. Unlimited mulligans, sold for $1 each, will increase the odds of qualifying for the final round.

Registration for the Ace Race opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9 a.m. at the south picnic shelter near Camden's first hole. The entry fee is $20. The first 40 entrants will receive a player's pack containing a Disc'n For Dogs t-shirt, a soft-sided cooler courtesy of Stern Beverage, plus other items. All players are welcome regardless of ability. A basic disc golf putter is optimal, but a standard backyard flying disc could be used.

The annual Disc'n For Dogs Ace Race disc golf tournament assists animals locally who have been orphaned and are homeless. To date, more than $7,000 has been raised. This event is brought to you in partnership with the Quad-City Animal Welfare Center. All proceeds go directly to the Quad-City Animal Welfare Center which is privately funded and the Quad City's first no-kill animal shelter

Fun Mart Cycle Center presents Sixth Annual Disc'n For Dogs Ace Race

Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010

Sign up: 8 a.m.
Player's Meeting: about 9 a.m.
Tee off: about 10 a.m.
Fee: $20

Two qualifying rounds of 26 holes
1 point for hitting metal
3 points for hitting chains
5 points for an ACE!

Mulligans will be sold for $1 each. Unlimited mulligans allowed during first two rounds. No mulligans allowed during final round.

5 points earns an entry into third and final round. For every 5 points you earn in the qualifying rounds, you will receive a throw at each hole in the final round (10 points equals two throws, 15 points equals 3 throws, etc.).

Final round is played sudden death in a 9-hole loop until an ace claims the top prize.


Players pack includes a tournament t-shirt, soft-sided cooler courtesy of Stern Beverage and other items. Raffles tickets will be sold all day and lunch will be available between rounds.

ROCK ISLAND, IL - Aug. 31, 2010 - Because of extensive financial difficulties, the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison is assuming ownership and operation of the private Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club under its Army Recreation Program. The goal is to retain all members, Military or private, who desire to continue their affiliation with the Club.

Rock Island Arsenal is also seeking support from Quad City Mayors and the Quad Cities Chamber so the Garrison can provide the general public access to the course. By opening the golf course to the public, the Garrison will be able to maximize the use of this world-class course and also generate funds tosupport critical Military and Family programs. Opening to the general public will also benefit the Quad Cities as the Arsenal continues to build on the strong relationships established over the years.

Arsenal officials envision a bright future for the course as an Army recreational facility. Further information on rates, memberships and other club programs are forthcoming.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces the auxiliary lock at Locks and Dam #14 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa will expand its hours of operation this late summer to accommodate pleasure boats negotiating the river. The expanded hours will be on Saturdays and Sundays only for the following dates and times: September 11-12, September 18-19, and September 25- 26 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. There will be no expanded Friday hours of operation.

To learn more about the Mississippi River, you are encouraged to visit www.missriver.org. For further information on these expanded hours of lock operation, please call Locks and Dam #14 at (309)794-4357.


Chicago Blackhawks' Championship Trophy to be Displayed at Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD - August 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed the 2010 National Hockey League (NHL) Champion Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup and team owner Rocky Wirtz to Springfield as the Cup continues its victory tour of Illinois in honor of the Chicago Blackhawks' historic NHL Championship win.

"The Blackhawks' overtime win against the Flyers was celebrated in every corner of our great state, so it is fitting that the Stanley Cup is traveling all over Illinois to see the fans," said Governor Quinn. "I want to thank the Hawks for bringing the Stanley Cup to Springfield. I hope everyone puts on their Blackhawk red and black to come out and celebrate."

After a brunch at the Executive Mansion with members of the United Service Organizations (USO) and the Wirtz family, the Cup arrived at the 2010 Illinois State Fair for an official unveiling in advance of its public display on Saturday.

"We are excited about this unique public viewing opportunity at the Illinois State Fair with Governor Quinn and our great partner the USO," said Jay Blunk, the Blackhawks Senior Vice President of Business Operations. "This allows us to give back to the people of Illinois, while also building awareness for those who protect our freedom, both past and present."

The Cup will then head to the State Capitol where it will be on display briefly in the Rotunda on Friday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. The renowned trophy will spend the night at the Executive Mansion under the care of Mike Bolt, the NHL's official guardian of the Cup.

The public will then be able to view the Cup and pose for photos when it returns to the fair on Saturday. It will be located at the corner of Main Street and Illinois Avenue, just outside the carnival midway from 11. a.m. until 4 p.m. Fairgoers can stop and celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks thrilling victory over the Philadelphia Flyers with one of most recognizable awards in the world of sports.

The Stanley Cup was first presented to the champions of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada in 1893. In 1926, the NHL assumed official control of the Cup and, over the years, the names of players who have won the league's championship have been engraved on the base. It currently measures almost three feet tall and weighs about 35 pounds.


The World Kum Do Association announced that the 2010 WKA Midwest Open Kum Do Championships are scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2010. Kum Do is the modern martial art of fencing, the Korean equivalent of Japanese Kendo. Visitors from around the region and across the country will be competing, including teams from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Ames, Iowa City, and Madison. The event will include structured training, tournament competition, and Black Belt testing. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 9, 5:15pm - Press Conference at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St. Davenport IA.

Saturday, September 11, 9-10:30am - Training; 10:30am-3:30pm - Kum Do Tournament; 3:30pm-5:00pm - Kum Do Tournament; all Saturday events will be held in the Lower Gym at Black Hawk College, Moline IL.  There is free admission.

For more information, please contact Dr David Birdsell, 309-235-3132 or e-mail:davidbirdsell@sbcglobal.net