Metro East briefs for July 23, 2014

Posted Online: July 22, 2014, 12:20 pm
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Colona library offering free technology courses
Colona Public Library is offering free six-week technology courses to residents in the Colona library district beginning tonight, thanks to a state grant.
Courses will be offered in a variety of technology-related subjects, from basic keyboarding and computer skills to training in various Microsoft Office applications, such as Word and Excel.
The schedule is designed to be flexible to accommodate an individual's home and work obligations. Preference is given to people who are unemployed or underemployed. Applicants for training must be 18 or older.
For more information, visit, email or call 309-792-0548.

Crafters sought for Sept. 5 show
The GMC Auxiliary will hold a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 5, at the Larson Center next to Illini Hospital, Silvis. The auxiliary is seeking crafters interested in setting up a booth at the event. Tables cost $17 and set-up begins at 8 a.m. Handmade craft items only. To reserve a spot, or for more information, call Christie Brown at 309-755-3461 or Cheryl Henry at 309-755-3550.

Colona Library hosting talk on WWI today
The Colona Library, 911 1st St., will host historian Jim Gibbons at 6:30 p.m. today. He will discuss World War I. He will discuss events that thrust the United States into war and how weapons first were introduced to achieve absolute victory. The free program is open to the public.

Today last day for returning Silvis students to register
Today, from 8 a.m. to noon, is final registration for returning students in the Silvis school district. Any returning student not registered after today will not be able to attend the first day of school on Aug. 5. The next chance to register would be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6. Registration for returning students will be at the school they will attend:
- K-5 at George O. Barr Elementary, 1305 5th Ave. Silvis. 309-792-0639
- 6-8 at Northeast Junior High, 4280 4th Ave., East Moline. 309-203-1300
Parents should bring at least two proofs of residency (most recent utility bills, tax bill, rental or purchase agreement, etc.). For more information, stop by the school office.
New students to the district should call the school their child will attend as soon as possible for an appointment to register.

River Valley Library upcoming events
The River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, has several activities planned.
- Today: 5-6 p.m., Music Round Table. First meeting will look at The Beatles and their impact on music, fashion and culture.
- Thursday: 11 a.m. to noon, Animal Story Time with Ms. Cathy. Children can make and decorate their own cupcakes. Registration required.
- Thursday: 5-7 p.m., Video Book Trailer Viewing Party See Book Trailer Videos created by kids. Everyone invited to watch. Refreshments served.
- Monday: 10-11 a.m., Animal Story Time with Ms. Cathy. Registration required.
- Tuesday: Computer Class in upstairs Community Room. Focus on Excel Basics including cells, sheets and using functions for basic arithmetic.
- Thursday, Aug. 7: Library closed from 4 to 8 p.m. for Tug Fest
- Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9: Closed for Tug Fest.

Sign up for women's self-defense class
Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts, 1319 5th Ave., Moline, will host a women's self-defense class from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9.
The class is designed for females 14 and older, of all fitness levels and ages. You do not need to be athletic to do these simple moves to defend yourself.
The cost is $35. To sign up, call John Morrow at 309-764-1929.

Civil War Roundtable meets Monday
The River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, at River Valley District Library, 216 S. Main St., Port Byron, to discuss events in July of 1864.
Battles in the east, the 1864 presidential campaign, charter of the Northern Pacific Railroad, a peace conference at Niagara Falls and other events will be discussed.
The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Lawrence Bay at 309-523-2046.

Ann's Helping Hand seeking items
Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, is seeking an electric dryer, refrigerator, air conditioners, size 5 boys' and girls' clothes.
Ann's also is seeking school supplies for needy Riverdale students, including tennis shoes, gym clothes, new socks and underwear, pencils, Crayola watercolors and 12-count crayons, and 1-inch binders. Cash donations also accepted.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Learn about BHC's professional, continuing ed programs Aug. 14
The 6th annual Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) Open House will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline.
The free event, in the Sustainable Technologies Building, which is accessible from Lot 1 off 70th Street, will highlight several programs offered by PaCE, and people will be able to talk with PaCE instructors about classes.
Fall schedules will be available and registration will be open during this event. For information on PaCE, visit

Cordova Library to host bus trip to Des Moines on Oct. 3
The Cordova Library will host a bus trip to the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines for the American Quilter's Society Quilt Expo on Friday, Oct. 3. The bus will leave the library at 7 a.m. and return in late evening.
The cost is $40 person, which includes bus fare, treats on the bus and show admission. To reserve a spot, call the library at 309-654-2330.

BHASE Center collecting cans, bottles, box tops
Black Hawk Area Special Education Center, a school for special-needs students at 4680 11th St., East Moline, is accepting donations of cans, plastic bottles, Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. For more information or to arrange for pickup, call 309-743-1466. All proceeds benefit the vocational-education programs at the school.

Our Lady of Grace taking registrations
Our Lady of Grace Academy in East Moline is accepting registration for the 2014-15 school year.
For more information or to schedule a tour/appointment, call the school office at 309-755-9771. You also can visit

Little Lambs taking registrations
Little Lambs Preschool is taking registration for the 2014-15 school year. For more information, call the preschool at 309-496-3512.

Kiwanis Club looking for new members
The East Moline-Silvis Kiwanis Club is seeking new members. The club meets at 6 p.m. each Monday at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, 801 Illini Drive. To join or to learn more about the club, contact Mike Laufenberg at For information on Kiwanis, visit

Yoga at Colona Activity Center
The Colona Activity Center, 617 8th St., offers a gentle-yoga class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $5. Bring a mat, blanket, towel and water. To reserve a spot, call Deb at 309-737-5143.
Insanity classes are held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Thursday at the center. The cost is $8 per class or $60 for 6 weeks.

Us Too prostate cancer support group meets
Us Too, a prostate cancer support group, meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in the Jardine Conference Room at Trinity Medical West Campus, Rock Island, except for July, when meetings are at the Adler Heart Center at Genesis East in Davenport.
The group provides a forum for men with prostate cancer and their loved ones. For more information, visit, or call Larry at 309-738-0188.

Group grants grievers comfort, healing
Gibson-Bode Funeral Homes and Hillsdale United Methodist Church are co-sponsoring a support group for people experiencing grief from the death of a loved one, job loss, divorce or any other kind of serious personal loss.
Elizabeth Saelens, a pre-planning consultant/after-care coordinator with Gibson-Bode Funeral Homes, and the Rev. Randy Rutledge will host the group at 9 a.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at the church, 124 Butzer St.
For information, call 309-523-3151 or 309-256-9685.

Neighborhood Watch still active in Watertown
The Watertown Neighborhood Watch group still is active and meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the East Moline Fire Station at 1523 Morton Drive. For more information, call 309-752-7115.

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.

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 Don Curtis at 309-797-1832.


Local events heading

  Today is Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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