Metro East briefs for Jan. 9, 2013

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American war sacrifices seen by Europe topic of historical society

Bruce Peterson will show pictures and discuss how Europeans honored American sacrifices in World War I and World War II at the Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. today on the second floor of the River Valley District, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron.
Mr. Peterson will show pictures of the Vietnam and WWII memorials in Washington, D.C., and pictures of the Vietnam War, in which he served in 1968 and 1969.

Silvis to honor library director at open house
The Silvis Public Library will hold an open house for retiring library director Imogene Jensen from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 12. The public is invited to say goodbye to Ms. Jensen and meet new director Laura Long.

Library hosting potluck dinner and movie
The Friends of the River Valley Library have rescheduled the Christmas potluck and movie for noon Jan. 17 in the Community Room at the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. Sign up for the potluck at the library. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, and beverages will be provided. The movie will be "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." For more information, call the library at (309) 523-3440.

Fire Department hosting blood drive
The Silvis Fire Department is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 12 at the fire station. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call the department at (309) 792-9553. You must be at least 110 pounds and 17 years old, or 16 with a parent consent form, to donate. For more information, visit The meeting is free and open to the public.

Learn about boat safety at class
The USCG Auxiliary, a community service organization working in water and vessel safety, invites people interested in boating to its monthly meetings from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
Boating safety courses will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 to March 26, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 356 16th Ave., East Moline.
To register, email, or call (309) 755-3537.

Make your own cards at library
The Silvis Public Library, 105 8th St., will host a card-making class with Donna Banta from noon to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19. She will help people create greeting cards. The cost is $1.50 per card, including supplies. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (309) 755-3393.

Windmill center hosting free programs
Volunteer educators at the Windmill Cultural Center in Fulton will hold free adult programs from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays in January, February and March at the building opposite the windmill. It is handicapped accessible.
On Jan. 2, four Fulton volunteers who went to Ireland to exchange ideas on how to integrate windmills into their communities will speak.
On Jan. 9 and 16, there will be travel programs about New Zealand by Ron and Connie Koehn, who have visited New Zealand four times.
On Jan. 19, David Koopman, author of "Quad-City International Airport," will speak.
For more information, visit

Ann's seeks items for those in need
Ann's Helping Hands, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, is seeking a microwave, an electric washing and dryer, boys size 10 pants, boys size 10/12 shirts and girls clothes sizes 5 and 12.
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 information, call Ann at (309) 314-5226.

Trivia night at Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Grace is hosting a St. Mary's, St. Anne and Our Lady of Grace trivia night on Jan. 19 in Cleary Hall at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, 1705 6th St., East Moline. Doors open at 5 p.m., and trivia begins at 6. The cost is $10 per person, with up to eight people on a team. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Bring your own snacks and soft drinks. Beer and wine will be available. Reservations are required. Call (309) 755-9771 or email

Quilting Club raffling themed quilts
The Quilting Club of the East Moline Library is raffling Elvis-themed, military-themed and 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.

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.

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.

Storytime returns to East Moline Library
Visit the East Moline Library on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 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.

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. They 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 through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (309) 792-0548.

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.

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.


Local events heading

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
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