Metro East briefs for Jan. 16, 2013


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Library hosting potluck dinner and movie

The Friends of the River Valley Library have rescheduled the Christmas potluck and movie for noon Thursday 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.

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. Saturday. 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.

Trivia night hosted 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 Saturday 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 office@olgca.org.

Learn the art of paper cutting on Saturday
The Rock Island County Home and Community Education Association will host a paper-cutting class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Deere Wiman Carriage House, 1105 8th St., Moline. The cost is $3, and the focus will be on cutting intricate snowflakes. The workshop is limited to 50 people.
To sign up, call (309) 793-4675. Participants should bring sharp, pointed scissors and tracing paper.

Neighborhood Watch meeting set in EM
A Northeast Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the fire station on 19th Street and Morton Drive, East Moline. For more information, call watch coordinator Larry Leedom at (309) 738-0188.

Fundraising dinner to help softball team
The Quad City Firebird 04's will hold a fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 28 at Godfather's Pizza in East Moline. Ten percent of the proceeds from a buffet dinner will go to the Quad City Firebird 04's softball team.

Get your chance at winning $10,000
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, 603 18th Ave., East Moline, is holding its third annual Mardi Gras Magic Raffle. Tickets are $100, and only 600 will be sold. Prizes range from $10,000 for first place; $5,000 for second place;three $2,500 prizes; and five $1,199 prizes.
Revenue left after prize money is awarded will go to the school building fund.
The raffle drawing will be during the Mardi Gras celebration in Cleary Hall on Feb. 9. Participants do not need to be at the event to win.
Tickets are available at the school office or by calling the office at (309) 755-9771.

Schedule a visit from the pink gorilla
Surprise your Valentine with a visit from the East Moline Mainstreet's pink gorilla. For more information or to schedule a visit on Feb. 13 or 14, call (309) 281-9498.

Hear 'Abraham Lincoln in Song' in Geneseo
Award-winning folksinger Chris Vallillo will present "Abraham Lincoln in Song" from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Geneseo Public Library, 805 N. Chicago St.
He uses Lincoln's words, contemporary folk music and period folk songs to tell the story. The program is historically accurate and has received the endorsement of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Mr. Vallillo plays six-string and bottleneck slide guitar. The program is free and open to the public.

Author to discuss airport book
David Coopman will discuss researching his book on the Quad City International Airport at 9 a.m. Jan. 23 at Fulton's Windmill Cultural Center. There will be coffe treats at 9 a.m., followed by the talk. The event is open to the public.

Book discussion planned in Fulton
The Volunteer Millers at De Immigrant Windmill in Fulton will host a discussion on the book "Country Driving," by Peter Hessler, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave., across from the windmill. Refreshments will be served afterward.
Martha Bonte, instructor at Clinton Community College, will lead the discussion. Fulton residents can borrow a copy of the book at the Schmaling Memorial Library in Fulton.
For more information, visit cityoffulton.us, or call Heidi Kolk at (815) 589-3160.

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 uscg_aux_mac@yahoo.com, or call (309) 755-3537.

Ann's seeks items for those in need
Ann's Helping Hands, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, is seeking a microwave, an electric washer 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.

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 rivervalleylibrary.org 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.















 



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