Trivia Night


The friends and family of Jared and Beth Johnson are hosting a trivia night fundraiser to help the couple with their adoption of twin boys from South Korea. Teams cost $80 and may have up to 8 members. Silent Auction items, mulligans, and a cash bar will also be available at the event. Top prize is $200. To register, contact Kim Nimrick at (309) 786-3591 or

Beth and Jared Johnson are a Quad-Cities couple building their family through international adoption. In 2005, they brought home their oldest son, Thomas Jung-hyun, from South Korea. "We are so lucky to have a strong community of support around us," said Jared. "Before we brought Thomas home, all of our friends and family pitched in to host a multi-family yard sale that raised nearly $2,000. That was enough to pay for our plane tickets to South Korea. This time, since it is not really yard sale season, they came up with this wonderful idea of having a trivia night." Jared and Beth are currently in the process of adopting a pair of twins, Russell Jin-pyo and Elliot Jin-seo, also from South Korea. All the money raised by this Trivia Night will go towards helping the Johnsons bring home their newest family members. Jared and Beth both grew up in East Moline and currently live in Davenport. Jared is the Director of Marketing for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and Beth is staying at home with their now 3-year-old son Thomas. If you are interested in donating items for silent auction, or simply giving money to the cause, please contact Susan Curry at (309) 752-1917.


Overtime Sports in Bettendorf is having an essay contest titled "My favorite sport is.....".  Entries can be picked up at Overtime, by calling 563-650-0849, or email

Rules:  Must be 17 or younger.  One boy and one girl will win- $50.00 gift certificate to a sporting good store and a $100 gift certificate to Overtime!

Essay must be 200 words or less, one entry per person.....we'd also love to have a picture of the entrant in sports gear, we'll add it to a collage of pictures to be hung at Overtime.  Entries must be turned in by October 28th at noon, winners will be announced October 29th at 7:00 at Overtime.  Need not be present to win. 




Overtime in Bettendorf will be showing the World Series of Poker- Main Event Final Table starting at 2:00 on July 17th.

Happy Hour Specials- Drink and Food Specials!

Overtime is a non-smoking, family- friendly sports bar.

3700 Belmont Road, Bettendorf (near Fareway and Lujacks)


ImageThink Spring! Thanks to Mother Nature and the grounds crew, Saukie Golf Course will open for the season on March 15th. There will be temporary greens and no golf carts allowed, but regular greens are soon to come. Saukie is located at 3101 - 38th St, Rock Island and can be reached by calling 309-732-2278.
ImageCredit Island Golf Course is now open for the season. Winter rates of $5.00 for 9 holes will be in effect until other courses are open and ready for play. Emeis and Duck Creek golf courses will open late the week of March 18th, weather permitting.  Contact Credit Island at 563-326-7820, Duck Creek at 563-326-7824 and Emeis at 563-326-7825.

Come see nationally-ranked professional disc golfers compete for cash and prizes at the 2007 River Cities Rumble disc golf tournament!

ImageJunior Theatre Mainstage Company presents "Monster in the Closet", an innocent tale of a bold young monster who yearns to play like you and me.



News Release
For Immediate Release
Date:  July 5, 2006
Contact: Jared W. Johnson
Nehlsen Communications
Phone:  517-374-1071
Fax:  309-736-1073


MOLINE, IL–This summer hundreds of girls under ten, and thousands of their parents, will journey to Green Valley Park in Moline, IL to compete in the A.S.A National Junior Olympic Fast Pitch Softball Tournament.   The Moline Park and Recreation Board has done a lot to prepare for their arrival, but one addition has taken on a special meaning.  Harlon Wheatly, who during his lifetime served both as the President of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 25 and the Quint Cities' Metro Umpires' Association, will be honored this summer as Local 25 donates the plumbing supplies and labor necessary to construct a new umpires locker room.

When the Park and Recreations Board began to prepare for the tournament, one of the things Green Valley Park lacked according to ASA regulations was a locker room facility for the umpires.  One option was to erect tents for the duration of the tournament.  However, the recent construction of two new concessions stands had left the old concessions stand available for demolition or renovation.  Moline Park Director Milt Hand decided that this was the perfect opportunity to create a more permanent solution by turning the old concessions stand into a public restroom and permanent umpire's locker room.

Getting the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 25 involved was a natural next step, since both the current Umpire's Association president, Dennis Mesick, and its previous president, Harlon Wheatly, were members of the union.  "Harlon was a good friend," Dennis said, reminiscing about how Harlon had gotten him started with both his vocation and his avocation.  "I did my apprenticeship under him at the Local 25, and he got me into umpiring softball."  As a result of this relationship between Local 25 and the Umpires' Association, and in honor of Harlon Wheatly who passed away in 1999, the Plumbers and Pipefitters of Local 25 are donating the plumbing materials and labor necessary for the renovation.  The labor will be provided by volunteer Local 25 apprentices working at the ballpark during their off-hours and overseen by Dennis Mesick.  "They will be installing all new automatic toilets and handicapped accessible toilets in the restroom area and then also the showering facilities in the umpire's changing area," explained Park Director Milt Hand.

This project is slated to be done and available for use during the 2006 USA/ASA Girls' Class A 10-Under Fast Pitch National Tournament which begins on July 31st.  The new umpire's locker room will be an exciting upgrade for Moline's Green Valley Park, and a fitting way for the Plumbers and Pipefitters of Local 25 to honor their former president.

For photographs of the construction process, please visit  If you would like to schedule your own photo shoot or request interviews, please contact Jared Johnson at (309) 736-1071.