Davenport, IA - Volunteers for Symphony is proud to announce its 2nd annual Derby Day, an evening of fun, food, and horse racing benefiting youth music education in the Quad Cities, on Saturday, May 2, at 4 PM. Derby Day is at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club and feels like it's at Churchill Downs. The party includes horse races, authentic Derby Cuisine, a Kentucky Bourbon tasting, live auction, generous raffles, and live music. All attending will take home a commemorative mint julep glass created especially for this year's event. Derby attire is optional and the afternoon's festivities include a hat contest.

This year's auction items include a trip to the 2010 Kentucky Derby, a little black dress designed by emeDesigns, exclusive lodging at condos near Estes Park in Colorado and along the beach in California, a titanium drusy necklace from Doland Jewelers, an authentic northern Italian meal for 8 prepared by Maestro Mark Russell Smith, a wine tasting party for twelve, a four-day get away for two, and many more. For more details on all the auction items and raffle prizes, visit www.QCSymphony.com.

Derby Day is presented by Volunteers for Symphony and supports the nationally-recognized music education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association, which reach more than 30,000 Quad City area students each year. Our VfS members contribute their time, talents, and resources year-round to support the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's missions. Proceeds from VfS fundraising projects such as Derby Day and the upcoming Second Fiddle Sale are directly invested in the operation of the Youth Ensembles and other music education programs.

Derby Day is just $75 and reservations can be made at 563-322-QCSO or online at www.QCSymphony.com.


Scott County Family Y Celebrates YMCA Healthy Kids® Day on April 18

DAVENPORT, IA - April 10, 2009 - On Saturday, April 18, the Scott County Family Y invites the Quad Cities to participate in YMCA Healthy Kids® Day, the nation's largest health day for children and families. YMCA Healthy Kids Day includes fun, engaging and creative activities for children and families and promotes year-long wellness and healthy living. YMCA Healthy Kids Day events are free and open to all.

"As families struggle to balance life's daily demands and persevere during an economic downturn, it is important that we reach beyond our YMCA facility to the entire community," says Deb Gustafson, Executive Director of YMCA Child Care and Family Services. "We've been doing this with the annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day event for more than 5 years. Through this event, the Scott County Family Y and our community partners have given our neighbors the opportunity to take their minds off daily stresses, and instead have fun and focus on positive sustainable healthy lifestyle changes together, as a family."

This year's event is from 8:30am-1pm, at the West Family YMCA, 3603 West Locust Street Davenport. It will feature a highly interactive concert with nationally recognized children's performer CJ. His children's music has been described as the "Wiggles meets "Justin Timberlake" and is designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. He will be performing from 11am to Noon and is being sponsored by the Davenport Community School District. Other activities taking place at the 2009 Healthy Kids Day event include : Family Body Vive; cheerleading clinic; youth obstacle course, family Zumba; healthy sneak creation and appearances by area mascots - Quad City Riverbandits Rascal, Scrubby Bear from the American Red Cross, Happy the Dog from Happy Joes and many more. Community agencies also participating in YMCA Healthy Kids Day are Medic EMS, Davenport Fire Department, Scott County Health Department, I Smile Program and many more.

For the past 150 years, the Scott County Family Y has supported families and individuals in good times and bad. During this period of uncertainty, the YMCA mission of providing opportunities for healthy spirit, mind and body for all, is more important than ever. "In tough economic times, it is imperative to keep focus on the important areas of our lives - the areas in which we have the power to make a positive difference?health and well-being, family and community," added Gustafson.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated across the country at more than 1,700 YMCAs. Last year, more than 700,000 attendees participated in YMCA Healthy Kids Day events nationwide.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is supported by the following national donors: Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney, Eli Lilly and Company, Huggies Little Swimmers Brand, Northwestern Mutual Foundation and Tropicana. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is also supported by the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

For more information about YMCA Healthy Kids Day, call the West Family YMCA at (563) 386-4414 or visit: www.ScottCountyFamilyY.org.


The Quad City Sports Center is excited to be hosting its 3rd Annual Trivia Night. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18th at 6pm. You can register now by calling the Quad City Sports Center or stopping by to pick up a registration form. Day of registration will start at 5pm on April 18th. Cost is $10 per person or $100 for a table of 10. Mr. Trivia will be here and it's sure to be lots of fun! There will be prizes for the winning team, raffles and much more!! Drink will be available for purchase, and you are welcome to bring your own snacks or grab something from our concession stand. All proceeds from this event go to assist with the further development of our One Goal and Learn to Skate programs. For more information or to register call 563-322-5220.

A full schedule of events can be found online at www.qcscskate.com or by calling 563-322-5220.


The Quad City Sports Center is excited to have the Easter Bunny appearing on Sunday, April 5th. The Easter Bunny will be skating off and on from 2-4pm. Come see him before he is off to deliver Easter baskets! The Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities will also have skaters out on the ice helping out new skaters. At 4pm we will have an on ice 'egg hunt' for kids who attended the session. This event is just one of a number of events the Quad City Sports Center hosts each year. Other upcoming promotions include a Mothers Day Skate, Fathers Day Skate, and more Skate the Day Away promotions! For more information call the Quad City Sports Center at 563-322-5220.

A full schedule of events and programs can be found online at www.qcscskate.com or by calling 563-322-5220
DAVENPORT, Iowa - February 16, 2009 - One of the most popular Scott County Family Y group fitness classes is picking up the pace all in an effort to help area families in need. The West Family YMCA, a branch of the Scott County Family Y, will hold a SPIN-A-DAY AWAY event on Saturday, March 7.

This biking event will span 8 hours and will offer participants a variety of cycles including uprights, recumbent, air dynes and spinners along with music that begs your legs to pedal all while having tons of fun, all benefiting Quad City area children and families who are seeking quality childcare, mentoring and health and fitness programming. "Cycling is the hottest aerobic class in town," says Sherry Emerick, West Family YMCA Executive Director. "Participants come from all walks of life but have the same common goal - getting into the best shape they can. They do it with determination and energy like no one has ever seen so what better way to raise some much needed monies than by harnessing this energy and putting a whole new spin on the a traditional fundraiser."

SPIN-A-DAY AWAY biking fundraiser costs $25 per hour or $150 per bike for the day. Individuals and teams are encouraged to sign-up. The event pushes off at 8am on Saturday, March 7, at the West Family YMCA, 3503 West Locust Street, Davenport. Each hour will offer a different musical theme in addition to door prizes, giveaways, healthy snacks and drinks and party favors. Every dollar raised goes directly to the Scott County Family Y's Partner with Youth/Kids to Camp Annual Campaign. Currently there are more than 10,000 area children who are seeking quality childcare, mentoring and health and fitness programming. In addition, more than 2,500 youth, families and seniors are in need of financial assistance to become YMCA members. Participation in this event will help ensure that no one is turned away due to their inability to pay.

The West Family YMCA is a branch of the Scott County Family Y. For more information about this event or to make a reservation, call (563) 386-4414 or for more information about the programs and services offered through the Scott County Family Y, visit www.scottcountyfamilyy.org.

The Quad-City Disc Golf Club, or QCDGC, is once again hosting the annual Disc Golf Ice Bowl, set for Feb. 21 at Prospect Park, Moline. Proceeds from this year's event again will benefit the River Bend Foodbank, Moline. Last year's QC Ice Bowl gathered about 250 pounds of food and more than $600.

The Ice Bowl is for all those disc golfers gutsy, crazy, desperate or fun-loving enough to join together in an act of disc golf solidarity. Regardless of the weather conditions, the idea is to have fun, raise funds and food for a local food bank and dispel the gloom of winter. There are mandatory Ice Bowl Rules: No. 1 - Under no circumstances may an Ice Bowl be cancelled or postponed because of weather conditions. No. 2 - No wimps or whiners are allowed. No. 3 - There are no excuses for not attending ... Either be there or be a wimp! For 2007, more than 200 Ice Bowls have been scheduled throughout North America and in parts of Europe.

Registration for the Ice Bowl runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the shelter by the pond and tee off is at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $15 plus 5 canned goods. Each entrant gets a player's pack containing an Ice Bowl commemorative disc. Players are encouraged to bring more canned goods, as the person who donates the most canned good items will take home an Innova DISCatcher portable basket. All players are welcome regardless of ability and the field will be split into three categories: Recreational, Intermediate and Pro. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division. For more information, visit www.qcdiscgolfclub.com.

All proceeds and canned good goods collected with go to River Bend Foodbank, Moline. River Bend Foodbank distributes to more than 300 charitable community organizations that support the hungry. The Foodbank's service area includes the Quad Cities and 22 counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. For more about the River Bend Foodbank, please visit www.riverbendfoodbank.org.
The Quad City Sports Center is proud to announce that they are currently running one of the most successful OneGoal Hockey programs in the United States. Justin Nelson, on-ice coordinator and Todd Finch, off-ice coordinator, have been extremely overwhelmed with the attendance numbers they have achieved with children throughout the Quad Cities. On average, every OneGoal Hockey session has 70-90 players attending each 6-week period. Our OneGoal is to give kids a cost effective opportunity to play a sport that is usually expensive. Our OneGoal Hockey program is on Monday Nights from 6:15pm - 7:45pm here at the QCSC, and our next session starts April 9th, 2009. Please contact Justin Nelson for more information or questions concerning OneGoal Hockey at 563-322-5220 ext. or nellyspowerskating@Gmail.com.

YMCA Offers A Unique Way To Put Some Distance Between You and Those Unwanted Pounds! 

At 2,360 miles, the Mississippi River is the fourth longest river in the world.  So if you could, how long would it take you to swim the entire thing?  The Scott County Family Y is giving you the opportunity to answer that question with its Swim the Mississippi fitness program.


"Swim the Mississippi is new twist on an old favorite - aquatic fitness," said Emily Jacobson, Aquatics Director, Davenport Family YMCA.  "It gives participants a visual image with a start and stopping point, which in turn gives them a goal to reach and that helps keeps them on track and motivated."


So how does this work?  You don't actually get to swim the Mighty Mississippi but for every one mile you swim in the pool, the Scott County Family Y will count it as 40 miles of the Mississippi, which means your total mileage will be 59 miles (2,124 laps or 4,248 lengths of a 25 meter pool).  Sound like a lot?  Not so, you have until June 30 to take this amazing journey - one that will benefit your spirit, mind and body.


Swimming is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise because involves the use of almost all the muscles required for movement, without the weight of your body pounding you with each move like when you are walking or running.  Regular swimming builds your muscle strength, endurance, and cardio-vascular fitness. The longer you swim, the more your endurance and speed will improve.

Anyone interested in participating in the Swim the Mississippi program can register at the Davenport Family YMCA, 606 West Second Street.  Registration fee for this program is $15 per person.  Mileage can be completed at any Scott County Family Y branch location but the official record will be kept and charted at the Davenport branch.  All participants completing the distance by Tuesday, June 30, will receive an official "I Swam the Mississippi" t-shirt and a certificate of completion.  For more information about this or other health and wellness programs, visit www.ScottCountyFamilyY.org or contact any Scott County Family Y branch location.


The Quad City Sports Center will be holding two sessions of its annual Camp Freeze this summer during the weeks of July 21-25 and August 4-8. Registration is still open for both sessions, and we will be taking campers up until the first day of camp.  

Camp Freeze offers comprehensive instruction for skaters of all ability levels. Our supportive coaching staff introduces campers to the fun and fundamentals of skating, whether you want to figure skate, play hockey or just enjoy the coolest sport in the world. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 5-18. The cost of Camp Freeze is $150 per week.  

If interested, or if you have any questions please call the Quad City Sports Center at 563-322-5220 ext. 0, and ask for Carrie Bognar or Collin Shutt. The Quad City Sports Center is located at 700 West River Drive, Davenport, IA 52802. For more information please visit qcscskate.com.

The Bettendorf Parks & Recreation Department accounces openings in its summer daycamp program. Hours are 9am to 4:30pm. Children who have completed kindergarten through 8 years old meet at Upper middle Park. Youth 9-12 years old meet at the Middle Park Lagoon. Fees are $90 per week with discounts for additional children and for paying in full. For a small additional fee, an early bird option is also available from 7:45-9:00am, and late bird option from 4:30-5:30pm. Children swim, take fun field trips, play sports and games, and make new friends. To register, go online at www.bettendorf.org/parks, or stop by city hall at 1609 State street.