Metro East briefs for Dec. 5, 2012

Posted Online: Dec. 04, 2012, 8:49 am
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Craft and vendor show Saturday in East Moline
Messengers of Hope will host a craft and vendor show with a free children's craft corner, rafffles and lunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday atPark Vista, 1451 20th Ave., East Moline.
People will sell everything from homemade enchiladas, birdhouses, jewelry and books to Scentsy, Avon, Shaklee and Tupperware.

Meeting set for Silvis Senior Citizens
Silvis Senior Citizens will meet at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Silvis United Methodist Church, 13012nd Ave. There will be a ham dinner for $7. A representative of "In Touch" senior services will speak. Reservations are required by Monday. Call Jean Neely at (309) 792-1545.

Christmas on the Canal planned
The Colona Park District and Colona Community Events Boosters will host the first "Christmas on the Canal" at the Hennepin Canal Pavilion, across from fire station, from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
There will be caroling, and a 25-foott tree donated by the Colona Park District will be decorated with items made by Colona Grade School students and anyone else who wishes to make a decoration.Santa and his Elf will be there to pick up Christmas wish lists.
There will be hot chocolate and coffee.

Go to the library in your pajamas
Friends of the River Valley Library will hold Pajama Storytime for children at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the community room at River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. All children attending will receive a free book. Pajamas are optional. For more information, call the library at (309) 523-3440.

Youth Committee to meet in Hampton
The Hampton Youth Committee will meet today at 7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Heritage Center. Anyone interested in joining the committee is invited to attend. For more information, call Toni DeJaegher at (309) 496-9889.

Plenty to be had at church sale
First United Methodist Church, 9412 228th St. N., Port Byron, will hold its annual Christmas Traditions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with aChristmas Tour of Homes, luncheon, silent auction and several "sale" rooms, selling homemade candy, cookies, pet items, arts/crafts and homemade baked items and canned goods.
The Christmas Tour of Homes will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include five homes in the Port Byron area.
The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $8 and includes chicken stuffing casserole and many homemade salads.
A silent auction will be held from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m.

Do Crafts with Santa on Saturday
The Hampton Youth Committee will host its annual free Crafts with Santa from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hampton Heritage Center. All children are invited to attend to make and take crafts and visit with Santa.

Help library friends at open house
Friends of the East Moline Library, 740 16th Ave., East Moline, will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The library will be selling cookbooks, quilt raffle tickets and dining-tour books, and Bob Dravis will sell homemade Christmas ornaments. Friends will hold a cookie sale ($3 per dozen) from 9 a.m. to noon. All proceeds will benefit the library. For more information, call the library at (309) 755-9614.

Learn Christmas ornament felting at class
River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, will hold a free Christmas Ornament Felting Class from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday. Come and make a felted Christmas ornament. Space is limited. Call the library at (309) 523-3440 to sign up.

Celebrate holiday season in Carbon Cliff
The village of Carbon Cliff will host a holiday celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Visit with Santa at the Mansur Wood Club House, 900 Crampton Ave. There also will be horse and buggy rides and hot chocolate. Admission is a nonperishable food item or cash donation. All proceeds willgo to the village 2012 Holiday Food Basket Program.

United Township hosting Mass Alumni Choir show
UTHS choir alumni are invited to participate in the school's Mass Alumni Choir performance of "Carol of the Bells" on Tuesday. It starts with an alumni reception in the choir room at 6 p.m., followed by a rehearsal at 6:30 and the concert at 7. For more information, contactJuliet Minard at or (309) 752-1633.

Help financial adviser with Toys for Tots
Edward Jones financial adviser Mitch Ryan, is accepting donations for Toys for Tots at his office, 808 16th Ave., East Moline, during regular business hours through Friday.

Geneseo Library to host guest speaker
The Geneseo Public Library, 805 N. Chicago St., Geneseo, will host retired art professor Bill Hannon at 2 p.m. Thursday. He will discuss the concept of Christmas in the mail, and show samples of cards he has created and sent to friends and family. Mr. Hannon is an award-winning calligrapher, illustrator, bookbinder and card designer. The free event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

See, and buy, Christmas trees at Fulton walk
More than 30 decorated Christmas trees will be on display, and for sale, during the annual Fulton Christmas Walk from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Fulton Masonic Lodge downtown.
The trees will be sold in a silent auction, with proceeds going to the Fulton Food Pantry and Fulton Kiwanis Club Children's Christmas Fund. For a list of Christmas Walk activities, visit or call (815) 589-4545.
The eighth annual two-mile Fulton Christmas Run/Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Registration is at Manny's Too. It will be lighted with luminarias courtesy of the Fulton Boy Scouts.
The first 175 registrants will receive an embroidered fleece beanie cap. Registration is $20. Registration forms can be downloaded at (Events page - Christmas walk) or register online at

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.

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.

Ann's seeks items for those in need
Ann's Helping Hands, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, will hold a Holiday Open House during business hours Monday through Thursday. There will be treats.
Ann's also is seeking items for Christmas baskets -- games, a sled, Barbie dolls, clothes, Diego, Scooby Doo, Sponge Bob, footballs and basketballs, baseball cards, air mattresses, books, restaurant and movie passes, gas vouchers, grocery certificates and cleaning supplies.
Ann's is seekingbeds of all sizes, blankets, snowpants, winter coats for men and children, 28-by-34 jeans, air mattresses, a high chair, size 1 boys cowboy boots, kitchen "stuff" for kids, Christmas decorations, wrap and bags, and tape.
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.

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.

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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