Metro East briefs for Nov. 14, 2012

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Rotary Club donates 800 books to Project NOW
On Monday, the East Moline-Silvis Rotary Club will deliver more than 800 preschool books and six bookcases to Project NOW Head Start in East Moline. Half the books will stay in five Head Start classrooms and the other half will be for home visits given by Project NOW child development advocates.
For many children, this will be their first book. In 2011, 94.5 percent of Head Start children were from families at or below the poverty level.
Early Childhood Literacy is critical to the success of a child's education. Rotarians work with children, parents and educators to encourage and build reading skills at an early age.
The literacy project was made possible by the Rotary Club of East Moline-Silvis, a District 6420 literacy grant and First Book.

Seniors can get Thanksgiving dinner in Colona
First Baptist of Colona, 305 1st St., will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner for seniors on Saturday. The event will start with a music program at 11 a.m., followed by dinner. For more information, call (309) 236-6188.

Catch 'The Christmas Express' on Thursday
The Rock Island County Home and Community Education Association is hosting a presentation of "The Christmas Express" on Thursday at the Playcrafters Barn Theater in Moline. There will be hors d'oeuvres from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., followed by the play at 7:30. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door or from an Extension member. There will be door and raffle prizes.

Colona group seeks Giving Tree donations
The Colona School Builders Club, a junior-high student volunteer group sponsored by the East Moline/Silvis Kiwanis Club, is organizing the Giving Tree again this year in an effort to help 138 local children ranging in age from 4 months to 17, with a new outfit, shoes, socks, underwear, book and an age-appropriate wish.
People can pick a tag off thetree at the school, Bjs Fast Stop, Colona Dollar General, Colona Bank or the Colona Branch of Black Hawk State Bank. People also can contact Janna Miller at (309) 721-8823 or for information about a child. Cash donations can be sent to Colona Grade School, 700 1st St., Colona, IL 61241.

EM businesses giving away turkeys
Register to win a turkey from downtown East Moline businesses through Nov. 15 at any of the participating businesses. Businesses giving away a turkey are Smokey's Country Diner, VanDenBerghe Agency, Family Chiropractic, Extreme Tanning, Sanders Chiropractic, Supermercado Monarca, Mane Street Hair Company, The Herald Printing, P.E. Potteramics, Menos Ink, AIram's Boutique, A-1 Skilled Staffing, Doggie Doos, Tri County Alcohol and Drug Services, Dave's Barbershop, Butch's Barbershop, LCV Food Store, Sharon's Family Restaurant, The Dance Connection, A Plus Auto, All Major Restoration, Silver Sput Dance Hall, Generations, Jim's Rib Haven, THE National Bank (downtown only), Bordner's Service Inc., Claudia's and Chiquis Boutique.

Learn about Hennepin Canal in Geneseo
Gary Wagle, president of Friends of the Hennepin Canal, will speak at the Geneseo Public Library, 805 N. Chicago St., at 2 p.m. Thursday. It's free and open to the public.
Mr. Wagle will discuss how the volunteer group is working with the Illinois DNR to restore locks 22, 23 and 24, which cover 50 miles between Sterling/Rock Falls and Geneseo.
Once restored, pleasure boats would be able to cruise the canal. The group is working to raise money for an initial historic structure report/engineering feasibility study.

Quilting Club raffling themed quilts
The Quilting Club of the East Moline Library is raffling Elvis themed, military themed and an East Moline themed quilts. Tickets are $5 or three for $10, and are available at the library. Proceeds will go to the library foundation fund.

Take Red Cross babysitting class Monday
The Geneseo Public Library is hosting an American Red Cross Babysitter's Training class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. The recommended age for this course is 11 to 15 years old. Topics will include leadership training, understanding and caring for kids up to 10 years old, safety skills for picking up, holding, feeding and diapering infants and toddlers, first aid and the business of babysitting, including how to set prices. The cost is $85, and everyone should bring a sack lunch. To register, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

Ann's seeks items for those in need
Ann's Helping Hands, 805 S. High St., Port Byron,is collecting food for Thanksgiving baskets for needy families in the Riverdale School District.The baskets will be distributed Nov. 22 at the Port Byron Maintenance Building on Illinois 84.
Nonperishable food items can be dropped off at Ann's, Port Byron State Bank, Dollar General, the River Valley District Library or any of the Riverdale schools. Perishable food and gift certificates can be donated the last week.
Ann's will hold a Christmas Open House during regular hours Dec. 1-4, and is seeking Christmas items for needy children such as Legos, Beyblades, art supplies, dolls, remote-control cars and Chicago Bears items.
Ann's also is seekingbeds of all sizes, men's 34-waist pants, men's jeans of all sizes, men's size 10 cowboy boots, size 10 girls clothes, boots of all sizes and Legos.
Ann's store hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.
For questions or more information, call Ann at (309) 314-5226.

Speaker to discuss 'City of Mills'
Gayle Rein will speak at the Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, on the second floor of the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. Ms. Rein will explain how David B. Sears helped to create, "Moline, The City of Mills."The public is invited.

Go on a shopping bus trip to Schaumburg
The Friends of the East Moline Library are sponsoring a shopping bus trip on Nov. 18 to Woodfield Mall and IKEA. Cost for the bus trip will be $25. Call the library to reserve your spot at (309) 755-9614. Spots are filling fast.

Buy discount dining book and help library
The Friends of the East Moline Library are selling QC Dining Tour Books for a fundraiser. The books are $35 and include more than 300 coupons for local restaurants. The books are available at the library.

Get dining-tour books at Colona Library
Friends of the Colona Public Library are selling Quad Cities Dining Tour Books as a fundraiser for library programs. The $35 books include more than 300 buy-one, get-one free coupons for area restaurants. They are available at the library, 911 1st St. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (309) 792-0548.

Lighted Christmas Parade returning
The East Moline Main Street Business Association will hold its second downtown Lighted Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Nov. 27, followed by a lighting of the 9th Street Commons.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with children and pose with them for pictures at the American Legion, where Frosty's Chili Supper will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations will be accepted, and proceeds will go toward new downtown holiday decorations.
For information on sponsorships or participation, contact Brian Wagner at (309) 314-3730 or, visit or search Facebook for East Moline Lighted Christmas Parade.

Library board has openings
The River Valley District Library Board will have five seats open in the April election: four 4-year terms and one 2-year seat. Anyone who is at least 18 years old and lives in the library district is eligible to run. Election packets are available at the library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, during regular library hours. For more information, call library director Shelli Fehr at (309) 523-3440.

Take a tour of River Valley District Library
River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, is offering library tours at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. People should meet at the main lobby circulation desk.
During the tour, people will learn how to become a card member of the library, how to check out materials and the rules of the library. They also will observe some activities at the library. This is an all-ages tour. For information, call the library at (309) 523-3440.

Yoga offered 2 days each week in Port Byron
River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, hosts yoga classes at 9 a.m. Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost for each class is $8. All skill levels are welcome.
For more information or to sign up, check the event calendar at or call the library at (309) 523-3440.

Learn to crochet, knit or cross-stitch
Stitching & More meets from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays (except the second Wednesday of each month) in the community room at River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. For more information, call Bev Skelton at (309) 523-2516.

Zumba classes offered at River Valley Library
Zumba classes are offered upstairs at River Valley District Library from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays for people 16 and older. Classes are $8. Bring a towel and wear tennis shoes, loose-fitting clothing, shorts, T-shirts and tanks — no sweats.

Stamping Club meets in Port Byron
Stamping Club meets from 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month at River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron.
Share your own creations and learn new techniques. For more information, call Bev Skelton at (309) 523-2516.

Christian Motorcyclists gather monthly
Quad Cities Victory Riders No. 421 of the Christian Motorcyclists Association meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at Denny's, 2601 52nd Ave., Moline.
For more information, call Darrell and Sue Abney at (309) 949-2040.

Storytime returns to East Moline Library
Visit the East Moline Library on Tuesdays from 10:30-11 a.m. for Storytime. The events are for all preschoolers. Read a book, make a craft and meet some new friends. For more information, call the library at (309) 755-9614.


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